I hope you enjoyed my blog about buying black! I am so inspired by the many MANY health and beauty products that are becoming available that are black owned. It is my continued quest to buy black and support our community in industries that we haven't always been represented well in. So, I decided to get a little more specific this time on the products I am personally using right now.
Let's start with hair...because HAIR! Hair is such a huge part of our culture and at times how we define ourselves. All hair is beautiful, it's just figuring out the best way to manage it! I know I have personally struggled with my hair...trying to find the right regimen, being a product junkie, over manipulation, not enough moisturizer, type, texture etc. I FINALLY found my groove in the fall of 2019...judge yourself! LOL!
I have so many YouTube videos and a Pinterest board full of suggestions but still struggled with how to care for this...hair. I have been following Naptural85 and discovered CurlyProverbz during the summer last year. Although I was familiar with ayurvedic herbs I had not used them on my hair. Curly Proverbz spoke a ton about amla, shikakai and henna just to name a few. I started making her homemade growth oil and I saw results INSTANTLY!! My hair grew about 2 inches in 90 days! I was floored! Additionally, I always found Naptural85's tutorials straight forward and very detailed. And then...she came out with products!!!!!! Additionally, my routine during the winter is a consistent hair mask and deep condition WEEKLY! It has worked the best for my hair during these cold temperatures.
The Melanin Hair Care line has been THE best hair styling products I have used thus far...and I have used plennnnnty! This plant based hair care nourishes my strands and continues to keep my hair hydrated throughout the week! The product line expanded and offers an elongating cream, hair and body oil and most recently a leave in conditioner. The products are not overly heavy, can be layered and you absolutely get the most bang for your buck! Not only do I use the products but so do my husband and three young boys. This is not a paid ad..I just like to recommend good, quality stuff. A little goes a long way and honestly even using the products daily they last for close to 60-90 days...liiiike how many of your products last that long?! I also have one of her hair wraps that is extra long and easy to use.
Next, did y'all know Taraji P. Henson had a hair care line!!! Welp, she does and guess what. The products are vegan + cruelty free!! Sold at Target which makes it even better...just a little TOO convenient ;-)
I am not going to return to my product junkie ways BUT I do appreciate the variety of black owned vegan + cruelty free hair care products there are on the market! I tried out her scalp conditioner and was recently gifted her co wash and style smoothing milk. The styling smoothing milk is that TRUTH! If you need a refresh in the middle of the week or the front of your hair needs a quick pop, a little goes a long way!
Makeup without the extra...
I have always been a simpleton when it comes. Eyeliner, lip gloss, the end..haha! I have always wanted to wear more lipstick and explore with makeup but again with a change in lifestyle the search was on for more vegan + cruelty free products that did not have a lot of chemicals. I talked a little about The Lip Bar and their amazing makeup options. This black woman owned business is GROWING and she has now expanded to full face makeup including brows, eye shadow, foundation etc. The eye shadows were JUST released this week and I cannot wait to get my hands on them! The lip colors are amazing, the eyeliner glides on, the mascara won't budge and the liquid matte's are the GOAT!
I manicure my own nails....I honestly cannot remember the last time I went to get my nails done. Partly because of the cost and partly because of the chemicals. Now, I do know that there are salons that just do basic manicures and not fake nails...but even still. What's in your nail polish? How does your nail polish get its color? Happy that you asked! Here is a link that talks about a few of these harsh chemicals. Additionally, testing on animals is like....not the thing to do. I found Ginger + Liz a few years ago and fell in love with their colors!! A lot of colors are sold out and it seems as though they have not been as active online. Check them out anyway to see if there is something you like!
I have mostly made my own skin care products with various oils and essential oils that I keep on hand. I have sampled Urban Skin Rx and I liked the Argan face oil. I am still searching for more brands that are specifically geared towards skin care that might be different than what I already make at home.
Have questions? What's your routine? What products do you like? Leave me a comment!
Let's talk about it!!
Til next time,