Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Trinity St. Paul, 427 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 1X7.
Hosted by Shakara Natural Tips and Hair by Glenna
Hair is a major part of our self-respect and Identity. Everyday, I try to encourage curly girls to love what they have and make the most of it!
Come out an meet with other local women (and men) in Toronto to celebrate curly hair! Gather to network and motivate one another in our mission for chemical-free hair. We’ll discuss different curl types, top ECO & GREEN products for skin and hair, and natural hairstyle ideas!
Natural hair & green beauty experts will also be on hand to give you advice!
Last year I was on a quest to find a natural deodorant; it was a very challenging task. If you’ve been reading my blog you’ll have gathered I’m a huge fan of anything natural. Whenever I can help it, I limit my use of chemicals to the minimum. Not an easy task in our world. There are so many studies, debates and counter debates about whether or not aluminum and parabens found in most commercial antiperspirants/deodorants really do cause breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other ailments. According to the FDA both are “safe”.
Being natural gives you the opportunity to experiment with a diverse range of products. For instance, I was unaware of Apple cider vinegar hair rinse until going natural. Apple Cider Vinegar is an old natural remedy for conditioning.
Apple Cider Vinegar helps to remove build up from oils & styling products.
It strengthens the hair shaft and balances the PH level of the hair, and;
Increases blood circulation thus promoting hair growth.
Now your reaction might be: “you don’t shampoo! Now that’s just gross!”
I’ve always believed that if we knew half the truth about a lot of cosmetics we buy, it would undoubtedly change our outlook.
Recently Johnson & Johnson were in the news for having “chemicals of concern” [human carcinogens] in their iconic baby shampoo. While all the focus is on their baby shampoo nothing is being said about their Aveeno and Neutrogena brands, which still contain harmful toxins.
Ola walked into our store; she needed to pick up a check that was owed to her. We began talking about a number of things, and the topic of exfoliating came up. She was complaining about the brand she was currently using and was considering trying our 100% Red Moroccan (Ghassoul) Clay. Which by the way is great!
I told her I do not exfoliate. To be completely honest with you I don’t remember the last time I did. She did not believe me, saying I had such great skin that it was impossible that I did not exfoliate.
I replied, “I don’t. I use natural oils and they do wonders!”
I’ve always been vain and I care a lot about the way my hair and skin look. To be completely honest, my culture and background do not help! Nigerian women are beautiful with flawless radiant skin, and they put a lot of effort into their outward appearance.
Since I am Nigerian, what can I say; my appearance comes first!
However, in the past 2 years things have changed, especially after meeting my husband, he’s an advocate for natural beauty. But what is natural beauty?