Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp....🌳
Almost every Melanin child has had their scalp "greased". This was a rites of passage for many of us growing up.
We have all sat on the floor and had this rich grease or pomade applied to moisturize the scalp, prep the hair for styling and/or promote hair growth. Whichever reason you indulged, it was definitely a time to bond, to relax and get some hair TLC.
Let's rewind. Our people have always treated our hair as our crown. Tracing back to our early ancestors, haircare and hairstyling have always been super important and a necessary mean to celebrate style, culture and lineage.
Local plants, butters and oils were used in recipes to treat and grow hair. For example, chebe powder is a popular ancient african hair growth secret that was commonly used in the Northern parts of Africa, particularly among the women of Chad. It is a powder made by mixing Shebe seeds, cloves, Samour resin, Missic stone and Mahllaba seeds. Ancient Egyptians used castor oil from the castor bean to moisturize and nourish their hair and wig pieces.
And it wasn't until enslavement that our ancestral traditions were oppressed and discarded. We were beaten down mentally, spiritually, physically and culturally. Specifically, haircare and hairstyling became non-existent, due to lack of homegrown ingredients and supplies to produce salves, pomades and cleansing methods for optimal haircare. We were forced to wear scarves or head wraps to hide scalp disease and hair loss. Along with being stripped of our humanity, haircare was no longer a priority, instead survival was..
Fast forward to 1900s entrepreneurial titans, Annie Turnbo Malone and Madam C.J. Walker. These women took on hair issues, such as scalp disease and hair loss, by creating products and processes to nuture the scalp and promote hair growth. They worked diligently to sell and market hair products that actually worked. This turned the haircare game around by helping women cure scalp disease and grow healthy hair. These new ventures also made these ladies and many others, millionaires in the process. It was definitely a win-win situation for the culture.
Nowadays, there are millions of products to care for our hair. We have come a long way and now we're flourishing.
However, there is so much focus on hair, but scalp care is super important, as the scalp is the foundation of your hair follicles. Consider it the soil for your hair. You water and add nutrients to the soil for plant growth. Trust me, the same thing applies to the scalp.
To close out this blog, you want to use plant based oils, butters and extracts to nourish the scalp and provide nutrients and vitamins to grow the hair root. This is very important. I recommend greasing your scalp 2-3x weekly and pairing with a scalp massager to stimulate the hair follicles even more. Also, follow up with a clarifying shampoo to cleanse the scalp of dirt, sebum, dead skin and debris.
On the Marketplace there is a vast assortment of hair essentials to care for and maintain your crown. Be sure to check them out, because there are a lot of gems for your hair regimen.
Be well.🤎 #ProtectYourCrown