Open Letter to Ms. Gorgeous – Pep Talk Tuesday


Dear Ms. Gorgeous,

You are gorgeous, but you don’t know it. You think everyone else has got “it” better. Better smile. Better eyes. Better curves. That’s so untrue. You are uniquely you. Have you ever stopped to wonder why bees make a honey so sweet for you to enjoy? The God who made the bees also made you. Just by being yourself your inner sweetness attracts other people to you. Just like the bees, God made you to produce and to bring glory to him by what you do (John 15:4) (Isaiah 43:7).

You have an inner sweetness that no one can steal. Even when you don’t feel like you are worth it, God knows you are. Like a bird singing a new melody the morning, God’s love is afresh each day. He never changes, never turns his back on you (Hebrews 13:8).

Stop chasing after the Ms. America and Ms. Universe titles and looks. Focus on the title you already have; the one your creator crowned you with: Ms. Gorgeous.


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The LOC Method (Liquid Oil Cream)

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by Tamara of Natural Hair Rules!

The LOC (Liquid Oil Cream) Method moisturizes natural hair in 3 simple steps. Its scientifically one of the best ways to moisturize natural hair when done with the right products and in the right order. Let’s explore 3 Reasons the LOC method works to moisturize hair and how it works.

Smiling at your Reflection the Mirror - Pep Talk Tuesday

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When you look in the mirror what do you think? Does your mind instantly fill with positive adjectives… or is it just the opposite? Do you think negative thoughts about your appearance?
Start doing something different today. Instead of waiting for someone else to complement you, complement yourself. Next time you look in the mirror say a prayer of thanks to the One who made YOU.

Sweet Almond Oil to Reduce Hair Breakage & Increase Shine!

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by Yolanda Renee @etcblogmag via

Are you looking for a staple oil with a plethora of benefits? Then look no further, sweet almond oil is here to save the day. It's a carrier oil which is very similar to coconut oil; both are great sealants for deep moisture.

Guest Blogger: My Journey with CCCA Alopecia and My Recovery (Part 2)


Continuing the Hair Loss series, this post is by blogger Ronnie of Sankofa Power who wrote of her experience with CCCA Alopecia. This is Part 2 of her journey to recovery and she mentions a hair growth treatment she used from essential oils.

In my previous post, I spoke about how I came to discover that I had alopecia, specifically Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)- a mouthful! I discovered my condition during a visit to my dermatologist at the Roosevelt Skin of Color Center.

This was after I tried unsuccessfully to tackle the issue with products from renowned European companies such as Rene Furterer, Klorane and Phystospecific lines. I was already primed from my childhood to run to these brands. Growing up in Haiti, my older sisters were avid users of Rene Furterer products and revered any hair product from European laboratories. Rene Furterer Ampoules were very popular in Haiti. My sisters used them to promote hair growth and scalp health. I bought some of those products online and also used the opportunities during my visits to Europe to stock up.  I am sure these products are of the highest quality, but they just weren’t the solution for my specific problem.

Guest Blogger: My Journey with CCCA Alopecia and My Recovery (Part 1)

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As I continue my Hair Loss series, I wanted to share with you all a personal blog post by blogger Ronnie of Sankofa Power who wrote of her experience with CCCA Alopecia. This is Part 1 of her hair journey.

This post has taken me 2 years to write. This post is not just about me, I have felt that I am writing this post for so many of my sisters, therefore I felt a sense of reservation, and responsibility. Overtime, I also realized that only a few women are bold and open enough to bare it all and write this post, and because of this, they should. This blog is about health, and presence of mind and as a result, I could not think  of a better topic than the forbidden and hush reality of alopecia in women.

Throwing Out the Magazines - Pep Talk Tuesday

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It’s easy to become obsessed with the celebrity world. With the magazines, the glamour, and the flashiness of it all. In fact, just today I found myself taking a break from doing some much needed work in order to read an online editorial about an actress, view the photos, and gawk at the outrageous prices for the clothes mentioned in the captions.

As women, we all have found ourselves being drawn to the glamour of another person’s beauty or seemingly perfect life. What was meant to be a quick break can easily become an hour pouring over picture spreads and pining after the latest clothing, accessories, looks or even “lifestyles.”

But when is enough, enough?

4 Differences Between Castor Oil and Jamaican Black Castor Oil

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by Natural Hair Rules via Latoya Watson

Castor oil has long been revered for its properties that encourage healthy hair growth.  The two types of castor oil are: (yellow) castor oil and Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO). But what is the difference between the two?  It is a common question among naturals everywhere.  Although they are close cousins, castor oil and JBCO, have some key differences. You’ll want to keep them in mind the next time you are shopping for hair products.

No Lead in This Lipstick, But...

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There's a company out there you may be familiar with (once again, I'll keep their name to myself). Their main focus is creating products with ingredients that score low in the EWG Cosmetics Database. They make a lot of color cosmetics and have gone to admirable lengths to ensure that the levels of naturally-occurring lead in their products is at the lowest level possible. (Lead, a naturally-occurring heavy metal in the earth's crust, can be found in trace amounts in mineral ingredients used to create colors in makeups because it's inherently found in the ground.)

However, while they're concerned about lead, they intentionally add other concerning metals to their products, with one lipstick containing: tin oxide, Yellow 5 Lake, Red 5 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Red 27 Lake, and Blue 1 Lake. (Of course, there are lots of other companies that use these colorants, but this company's main marketing point is safety, so I'm bringing it to the table today.)

Finding Your Self Worth - Pep Talk Tuesday


Do you feel beautiful? It’s a simple question… or is it? A lot of how we feel about ourselves has to do with the perceptions of those around us. We convince ourselves that if they think I am worthwhile, gorgeous, and spectacular… than I am. But what about when people don’t give you the satisfaction of proclaiming you as beautiful? What then?

The Toxic Truth: Lead and Other Trace Metals in Lipstick Are Carcinogenic

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Yes, it’s true. There may be lead in your lipstick that you put on every morning. Actually, there is a high possibly that your lipstick is one of the 400 lipsticks that the FDA revealed as containing lead, a known neurotoxin and hormone disruptor. Need I say more?

6 Body Butters and Sugar Scrubs to Remind You of Spring & Summer

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With the weather going haywire, the cold grip of winter has yet to let up. What a perfect time for homemade body butters and scrubs! These recipes will keep your skin nourished and moisturized as you brave the lingering cold days, while reminding you of the warmer ones to come.

Herb of the week: Ginger

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Native of Southeast Asia, particularly China, ginger has natural antioxidant and healing properties. Not only is it helpful in cleansing skin, but combined with Calendula, it can be used as a spray to soothe an inflamed scalp.

Study, Skin Care Turmeric for Hyperpigmentation and Wrinkles?

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Today's Monday skin tip comes from Heathly Hair and Body. Turmeric and curcumin are usually associated with Indian cruisine and golden curry sauces, but both spices also have extraordinary benefits as anti-aging and inflammation reducing treatments.

I am subscribed to tons of YouTubers, and one of them is Farah.  She has several videos discussing the effectiveness of turmeric against hyperpigmentation.  While I have not tried her homemade mixtures (nor intend to anytime soon), I did view this is an opportunity to find any research on turmeric and hyperpigmentation. What did I find?