Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Texas Pastor Forbids The Wearing of Weaves in His Church!

Pastor A.J. Aamir ofResurrecting Faithin Waco, Texas believes if it didn’t grow from your scalp, it doesn’t belong there.

no weaves in church A.J. Aamir

The Pastor made this comment to an organization called "American Preachers."  He further told them that he had "instructed" his female staffers to not "wear weaves" to work.  His words were:  " because “our black women are getting weaves trying to be something and someone they are not. Be real with yourself is all I’m saying.”

His called to action was the fact that he has  "a 26 year old mother in my church has a $300 weave on her head.  No,  I will not be quiet about this.   Sadly, this statement is surely repeated amongst his poor and financially strapped church.  His comments has paralyzed our church and culture with stepping across the boundary of personal choice.

Most intelligent persons of our community would agree that if you cannot pay your rent, you should rethink spending $300 of it on your head!  We are not privy to how she obtained the money to get the weave, it could have been donated or gifted to her.  Whatever the case, it simply is not our business! However, to simply "ban" a fashion statement from "your" church, which I thought Christ was the Head of, is just crossing the line.  It is not clear as to whether or not Pastor Aamir is speaking on Christ's behalf or not.  

My primary issue with this blatant statement is based on this premise:  If Miss Can't Pay My Rent, placed her $300 in the collection plate, I do not believe that the good ole' Pastor Aamir would go running after her to return it!  Understanding that Pastor Aamir grew up in a "strict" muslim home sheds more light on his opposition to weave wearers and his feeling as though he has authority to tell the women of his church how they should wear their hair!

This story reminds me of the one found in John 8:1 - 11 (woman found in adultery) - The Pastor has taken a stone and has thrown it!  Unless, he has and remains faultless in the realm of debt and finances his approach has been without compassionate and not exhibiting a Christ-like manner of the One he is assumed to represent.

The scripture states:

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—1 Peter 3:3

In understanding the above-noted scripture, we should not be concerned with the hair on the sister's head but the condition of her heart!  The Word of God is powerful and quick and pierces to the marrow and bone and if handled correctly can and will root out whatever insecurities one may have -- if they are willing.  However, God has not created any of us to be someone else's Holy Ghost!

The neglect to pay one's rent vs. paying $300 on a weave goes way beyond the fact that she is wearing a WEAVE!  Weave wearers know the price can range from $100 and upward into the thousands.   Ever since I can remember attending Church, male Preachers have made fun of, or ridiculed women for the wigs, clothes, hands on the hips, and gossiping.   Mind you that the Church is made up of over 90% women, male Preachers are still bashing women who are their primary support to the Church!

I wore tracks in my hair for years.  A pack of top of the line hair costing over $100 for 4 ounces. However, as other things changed in my life (financially) the once affordable hair style of $50 had risen to over $150 to redo, aside from the every two-week maintenance of $70 that I was faithful to.  This hairstyle was no longer a viable option and I stopped and went natural but this was a decision I came too on my own and was not berated into.

We've just seen Beyonce go from waist-length flowing blonde, billowing waves to a pixie cut, and then to a Blonde Bob cut!  She has plenty of money -- is it alright for her to attend the Church wearing her weave.  Would she be questioned about her self-esteem issues and not wearing her natural, God-given hair, whatever that might look like!?

A lesson of economics, responsibility, and good stewardship would be the most effective solution to remedy this issue but to "ban" a hairstyle is simply way out in left field.   A discussion on how, we as a culture, support a billion dollar industry that does little or nothing to enhance and support our community is a viable subject.  Making decisions to destroy the hold of this industry on our community is also another viable discussion.  Getting a better understanding as to why we gravitate to weave wearing instead of wearing our natural hair, to me, is beating a dead horse.  It's a matter of choice!  Provoking people to a closer relationship with God and soul-healing is a more effective choice!   I would quickly find myself another place of worship over this dictatorship!

This was my say...leave your comments and thoughts below!

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Friday, August 9, 2013

July - Curl Kit Review

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Here is my review for Curl Kit's July 2013 subscription box.  This month's box had a make-over.  The box is white with the Curl Kit logo scrolled across it.  It was a pleasant surprise and a nice touch and a diversion from the grey box, which I also like.

Following is what was included in this month's Curl Kit Box:

Eden Bodyworks Jojoba Deep Conditioner (sample) ▪Hi Pro Pac Extremely Damaged Hair Intense Protein Treament (sample)▪Curls Cashmere Curls (sample) ▪Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel (squeeze bottle)▪Eco Custard Argan Oil▪Luscious Locks Shea Butter Shampoo▪CB Smoothe Styling Creme

I've noted the products that were samples, otherwise, all else were regular size products.  The only two products that I was familiar with, previously, was the Eco Styler Olive Oil and the Curls product.

I have tried the Eco Styler Argan Custard, that was included in the Curl Kit, and made notations accordingly.

Eden Bodyworks Jojoba Deep Conditioner

16 ounces for $9.99 on Eden Site

Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Coco Nut Oil, Tiare Flower, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-11, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Camomile) Flower Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol , Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid

Ingredient Attributes: silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, protein free

Hi Pro Pac Extremely Damaged Hair Intense Protein Treament 

                                                  1.75 ounces for $2.00

Product Description

HI PRO PAC Extremely Damaged Hair Intense Protein Treatment 8 OZ Guarantees exceptional conditioning to improve strength & prevent breakage. Treats and corrects excessively damaged hair. The concentrated proteins and active moisturizers guarantee exceptional conditioning in 2-5 minutes, improving strength, and preventing split ends & breakage.
Purified Water (Aqua), Hydrolyzed Collagen, Glycerine, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetyl Alcohol (and) Butylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol TEA-Dodecyllbenzenesulfonate, Fragrance (Parfum), Wheat Amino Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylcholoroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Disodium EDTA, FD&C Yellow #6 (CI 15985), FD&C Yellow #5 (CI 19140).

Curls Cashmere Curls

Product Description

This product is good for FINE to MEDIUM hair textures, I would not recommend for most 4s.  Even 3cs, like myself, have reported frizzy hair by mid-day with just using this product as a Leave-In or Styler.  You must also be mindful that the ingredients in the product sold on Curls website is "all natural" and the products sold by Target does not say that it is all natural.

There is also a price difference of about $3.00.

Every curly dreams of healthy, defined, soft, manageable curls...Cashmere Curls is your dream come true! Formulated with pure Cashmere Extract, Certified Organic Aloe Leaf and Coconut Milk, Cashmere Curls softens, strengthens, repairs, defines, and moisturizes damaged tresses leaving them bouncy, shiny and silky smooth. By bonding to the hair shaft, Cashmere Curls strengthens 3 layers of the hair thus enhancing the curl pattern. How To Use: • Use alone as a curl defining, sheen enhancing, softening, and strengthening styler (fine-medium textured curls). • Use under your favorite CURLS styler to soften, hydrate, enhance curl definition (thick, kinky textured curls). • Mixed with your favorite CURLS conditioner to deep treat your tresses.

Updated Ingredient List as of 6-11-2012

Water, Glycerin, Lactamide MEA, Acetamide MEA, Polyquaternium-7, Polysorbate 80, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Certified Organic Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract, Certified Organic Anthemis nobilis (Flower) Extract, Certified Organic Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Methylheptyl, Isostearate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Lactic Acid, Diisopropyl Adipate, Polyquaternium-10, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Ingredients:  On CURLS site!
Botanically Infused H2o, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Keratin - Cashmere Extract, Certified Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Certified Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Flower) Extract, Certified Organic Coconut Extract, Bean Tree, Lactamide MEA, Acetamide MEA, Polyquaternium-7, Polysorbate 80,Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Lactic Acid, Diisopropyl Adipate, Polyquaternium-10, Phenoxyethanol, Natural Fragrance.

This is the item you will find at Targets for $17.99
Ingredients:  Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Lactamide MEA, Acetamide MEA, Polyquaternium-7, Polysorbate 80, Cashmere Extract, Cerifiied Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Certified Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Certified Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract,PEG-40 Castor Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyquaternium-10, Certified Organic Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Polyquaternium-11, Lactic Acid, Bean Tree Palmitate, Diisopropyl Adipate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

I've tried this product but did not like it for my hair.  By mid-day hair became frizzy and I needed to apply water to retame tresses.

Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel (in Tube)

Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel contains 100% Pure Olive Oil for deep down conditioning while maintaining maximum hold. Contains UV Protection and helps your scalp regulate its natural moisture system. For all hair types

Water , Carbomer , Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , PVP , Glycerin , Triethanolamine , Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate , Polysorbate 20 , Tetrasodium EDTA , Olive Oil , Fragrance , Blue 1 , Yellow 11

This is my favorite Eco Styler gel, use a conditioner under to prevent the crunchies and love the new tube feature.

Eco Custard Argon Oil

Eco Custard Conditioning, Shining & Styling Cream provides superior shine and styling flexibility. Infused with oils and conditioners to protect, hydrate and nourish your hair. Excellent for taming flyaways, smoothing, twist-outs and ponytails. Safe for daily use on all hair types.
  • Infused with Argan Oil , it hydrates hair and improves elasticity
  • Alcohol free
  • Flexible hold
  • Extreme conditioning 
Size: 8 fl. oz. -- $4.39

Purified Water (Aqua), Fruit Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Glycerin, VP/DMAPA Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Hydroxymethlglycinate, Polysorbate 80, Polyquaternium-70 (and) Dipropylene Glycol, Lanolin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Parfum,Tetrasodium EDTA, d-Limonene, Quaternium-15, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, FD&C Yellow 5.

I tried this custard this morning, August 5, 2013 and was pleasantly surprised.  It didn't glide on like the regular Eco Styler gel but product was creamy and easy to apply.  In approximately an hour to an hour and half my hair was dried.

What I loved most about the custard, was that it did not leave my hair plastered to my head!  Hair was not crunchy, and I was able to easily fluff for more volume.

This is a keeper!

Luscious Locks Shea Butter Shampoo

This product is apparently new to the market and other than YouTube reviews, little else information was available.  I will update.

CB Smoothe Naturally

Smooth Naturally Curly Pudding Crème keeps your curls looking and feeling luscious. Curly Pudding Crème adds shine, moisture, bounce and strength to your natural curl pattern all through the day. Curly Pudding Crème puts the fabulous in your curls.

I could not find a price for the item since their products are sold through distribution.

I haven't tried this product yet but I did open it and found a very light to faint fragrance of melon.  Product is very creamy and smooth.

After trying the Eco Styler Argan Oil Custard, I have decided that I would not purchase the product after I finish using it up or pass it along to my natural-haired co-worker.   Even though the crunch is controllablem, and those who know me well know that I don't mind the crunch, I just did not find the product moisturizing enough for me.  By the second day, I was spritzing my hair mid-day at work with plain water.  I also found that it did not add the shine that I was accustomed to with other styling products.

I feel that the product could be much better with a tweaking of additional conditioner and added nourishing oils.

This is the review for July's Curl Kit.   Please remember to use the Discount Code to receive 10% off your first Curl Kit order.

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