Yellow “Shea” Butter vs Ivory Shea Butter

SheaButter2     When most people think about Shea butter, they visualize a yellow thick hard butter.  This information is incorrect. The yellow butter is actually called African Butter and is from a totally different tree than Shea. The reason for the confusion stems from the marketing technique used by the Westerners and Europeans when the originally began to sell this product. African Butter comes from the nuts of a tree that grows in a dense forest in wet and shaded areas. There is no organic yellow Shea Butter. If you are being sold “Shea” Butter that is yellow and hard, it is African Butter.

African Butter does have similar properties to Shea Butter in that it aides in anti-aging, healing of the skin and conditioning of the hair. Organic Shea Butter is an ivory color, not white. East Africans describe the color as ivory because the tone is similar to that of an elephants tusk. Shea Butter also is much creamier than African Butter. The tree that produces the nuts of Shea Butter grows in the open Savanna. With that being said the trees are in totally different environments hence why the butters would be completely different.

african vs shea     Because of the high demand for “Shea” butter and the wrong marketing techniques used in the beginning some are adding yellow coloring into actual Shea to conform to the buyers idea of what it should look like. However, in adding color and other chemicals to it the natural properties of the Shea has been changed. In return it is being stripped and is no longer as beneficial to the consumer because adding things interfere with the natural abilities of Shea.

So the bottom line is yellow Shea butter is AFRICAN BUTTER and ivory Shea butter is Organic. I am in no means judging people who cannot or do (did, after you read this) not know the difference between the two. In all honestly this is new information to me as well!! I am sharing this new information because I think it will be helpful to everyone. In light of this new information I myself now have to go and purchase some organic creamier ivory Shea Butter.

Sincerely…

A Yahweh loving shoe fanatic Dutchess.

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Hair Touching… Is it weird?

hair humor      Since I’ve been rocking my natural curlz and kinks I’ve noticed that people are actually curious and opinionated about my hair. Much more than when I was perming. I receive feel good compliments such as, “Wow! You really look good with natural hair. I like this look better on you.” Then there is the back hand compliments, “Well damn. Your natural hair is maaad nappy. When you perming it (lml). Sike nah, it looks good on you.” My face afterward =  -___- this chick just tried to blow my high (smh). And then there is THE REACH.

Out of all the responses one can get, this one leaves me the most puzzled on how to react to someone. I mean I totally understand their curiosity. There has been days when I am in the mirror amazed at how my hair spits in the face of gravity everyday. I pull on strands to release it slowly to see the curl pattern. I even gave myself a headache because it finally moves when I shake it. Truthfully, I don’t mind people wanting to touch my textured fro, but only when they ASK! It gives me a chance to chat it up about my 4c, the natural and store bought products I use and I can answer any questions or concerns they may have about doing it themselves. In my head I’m the star of the party, which is right up the alley of a Leo woman.

We, meaning family – friends and complete strangers, can chat as long as I have the time. Even joke about perms and hot combs. However, what I can’t stand is when we haven’t been properly introduced – or even if we have – and that individual just starts tugging on my hair asking questions. It drives me crazy… bout to slap her/him and #YeenEVENknoIT (LML)!! Oh hell no. They don’t even know how long it took me to play around with this 4c to get this defined braid out and now they messing it up. This is the part when I tilt the head, do the hand wave and make the face (0_O). That’s right I’m confused. Confused on how the hell am I now the rude one for not allowing you to pull on my hair. Next, it is the awkward silence.

I don’t know ladies. Am I handling the hair tuggers the right way?? It isn’t breaking up any friendships, but I know they probably feel some kind of way. Is it really my problem tho? Complete strangers I am not to concerned about, because they are rude for doing it. Has anyone else been thru similar experiences in their natural hair journey? If so, please share your story or comment below.

(P.S – My dentist is the worst of them all! An Asian woman.)

 

Sincerely….

A Yahweh loving shoe fanatic named Dutchess.

My when it “feels right” hair care regimen.

Being or going natural takes effort, especially when dealing with 4c hair textures. Tons of naturals have a faithful hair care regimen scheduled by the days and time. Maybe their lives call for it.. and I hope they continue the good work. Me, not so much.

the odd ballI do clarify and moisturize. I also cowash and oil treat, but only when it “feels right”. This may seem strange at first because we hear so many agree that having a strict regimen helps their hair grow – which is the truth for them. Don’t put anyone else hair habits on yourself. You will naturally develop one. Learning your hair takes time. Think to yourself when was the last time you actually did not have a perm in months?? Been a while im sure.

Textures may also change after it becomes more healthy. Detangling will be come easier. You may start to use less product as well. And if that does happen, you can be sure that you may not have to cowash your hair as often as you do now. I know a few YouTube ladies who wash once a month. I’m not there yet… I need my edge control, lol.  Although we have the same hair texture type remember beauties that our strands are unique as our finger prints. So what works for some does not work for all. What works for me may be all wrong for you. Right now it probably crossed your mind that you don’t need a regimen, lol, think again. Don’t let me gass you ❤ .  I’m just simply stating what does me justice.

It works because I actually listen to my hair when she talks to me. When it’s not acting right and dull (not dry) it is time for a wash. When tea tree oil and my olive oil hair grease don’t sooth my itchy scalp I know it is time to clarify and remove residue build up. I moisturize daily, definitely because of recent temperatures, and I’m good. I actually like my not so strict regimen. It saves me from becoming a product junkie.

Sincerely…

A Yahweh loving shoe fanatic named Dutchess.

Coiled Inspiration

In recent years within the black community I’ve noticed a change in our women. Many have been embracing the way Yahweh (GOD) has made them. I also have come to know that sporting hair type 4C instead of 1B or 3A doesn’t make anyone’s beauty less perfect. Rocking my hair has definitely added some “umph” to my walk and undeniably gave me a self-esteem boost.

I don’t care to know if anyone else likes it. I don’t care to know if it may make me look dated. My coiled kinks actually make my eyes sparkle. They make my smile brighter. My coiled kinks has taught me self acceptance. So I ask, “Isn’t that one of the end goals in life?” Correct me if I am wrong.

I have been inspired by so many beautiful women that I’ve seen. In the grocery store buying eggs, on Youtube doing hair tutorials, in my family, on television, social media… sheeesh. I must admit that the politics of black hair has caught my attention. I am forever grateful to these random people who unknowingly changed the attitude I have toward myself.

Now readers, because I am here proclaiming my love for my natural hair does not mean that I will never wear a wig. I would be cheating myself! That’s the beauty of being a women… I can change hair as I please. However, what I will NOT BE doing is adding any chemical straighteners to my hair. And once my hair grows to a certain length I will not be able to wear a wig… and that’s perfectly fine with me 🙂 .