I have always wanted to try this brand ever since I first saw it sold in Target. The packaging looks like professional hair styling products, but the best part of the hair care collection is they’re affordable, especially now during CVS’s Epic Beauty sale while supplies last. It’s definitely not compared to Target’s outstanding prices tho.
I purchased the Kristin Ess Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub – 6.7 fl oz used for removing build-up + flakes, scalp soothing, hydrating + rebalancing, gently exfoliating, and non-drying. Contains Zip-Up Technology (™️), used for proprietary strengthening complex designed to “zip-up” split ends while targeting weak areas of the hair. It’s cruelty-free, color-safe, vegan, free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates and silicones. For only $11.27.
As Black History Month reaches its end, let’s honor those Black historical figures who created inventions to make daily routines easier today. Now Women’s History Month is approaching, but Black historical women aren’t given enough credit for the inventions they’ve created.
It is known that Sarah Breedlove Walker, also known as Madame C.J Walker, was the first African-American female self-made millionaire in America. She created a substantial cosmetic industry by developing a hair care line to help hair straightening using hot combs—the type of combs inspired by old-fashioned curling irons. However, that was not the primary reason for creating a haircare line. She relocated to Indianapolis and built a factory for her Walker Manufacturing Company.
Hair straightening tools have made quite an improvement throughout the years. It is debated who the actual inventor of a hair straightener is, and this discovery is often credited to a man, forgetting the actual inventor was a woman. What’s the story behind the invention of hair straighteners??
Let’s dig in.
Marcel Grateau, a Parisian salon owner, is often mainly credited for the invention of the hair straightener in 1872. Grateau used heated iron rods to straighten or style hair. However, the tool was designed to be used with hairstyling creams to straighten hair. The heated rods would often cause damage to hair follicles due to heat, leading to burning hair and scalp.
The second person credited was actually a woman named Erica Feldman, who created heat rods in 1872 by taking heated irons and applying them to the head to shape hair- but in this case, the heat rods were a curling iron.
The third was Isaac K. Shero, who introduced metal plates in 1909, designed to glide smoothly over the hair, minimizing any hair damage, which apparently was two clothing irons pressed together.
The last credited is Scottish heiress Lady Jennifer Bell Schofield, who developed the first hair straightener in 1912 because she wanted to try something different during a time when big curls were in fashion.
The woman who invented the straight iron was a school teacher from Indianapolis, a woman forgotten by history. A woman named Ada Harris, looking to lose her curls. The first patent for a hair straightening iron was filed on November 3rd, 1893.
“Be it known that I, ADA HARRIS, of Indianapolis, county of Marion, and State of Indiana, have invented a certain new and useful Hair- Straightener.”
Patent by Ada Harris.
The device was described to be “heated like a curling iron” as two flat faces held together by a hinge “when they press the hair will make it straight.” It also included a toothed comb to separate the hair while straightening.
Her patent submission in a black and white drawing is of the straightener that resembled kitchen tongs. It had two handles that hinge in the center to make it easier to clamp the irons together with the need to have it heated over a fire or on a stove since there was no plug for the iron.
In her patent, she wrote, “My invention relates to a hair straightener whose purpose is to straighten curly hair, and is especially of service to; colored people in straightening their hair.”
Unfortunately, Harris never built an empire with her invention attempting to find investors or a company to purchase her patent. She never did anything with her patent for the hair straightener, perhaps because she didn’t have the finances to help develop her invention. But she should be recognized for the effort made to create this tool.
What would I do without a hair straightener on days when I want to flatten my waves. While I’ve tried several hair straighteners in the past, and so far, I have to say I’ve been satisfied with my Chi G2 Ceramic & Titanium 1.25 Hairstyling Iron. Like me, you’ve probably wondered how hair straighteners were invented as you style your hair—questioning the analytics of how such a small device can flatten your hair from wavy to straight. The prominent ceramic plates are the secret for easier styling, of course. These simple tools are so easy to use that they also come in mini-sized for traveling convenience.
February is the month when black history is celebrated. African American hair care products wouldn’t have existed if it wasn’t for the legendary Sarah Breedlove, born in 1867 to parents who had been enslaved. She is better known as Madam CJ Walker. In 1905, Walker released her own specialized products after suffering from scalp alignment that later resulted into hair loss. The company became so successful that it soon made her one of the first American women to become a self made millionaire. She owned and operated her own successful business, the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company.
Before the Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture products, there was an original product called Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower, specifically made to condition and heal scalp issues after she started losing her own hair. Though loss of hair was very common due to infrequent hair washes at the time and not many hair products for black women were available then.
Walker explained how her products came to be: “God answered my prayer, for one night I had a dream, and in that dream a big black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up for my hair. Some of the remedy was grown in Africa, but I sent for it, mixed it, put it on my scalp, and in a few weeks my hair was coming in faster than it had ever fallen out. I tried it on my friends; it helped them. I made up my mind I would begin to sell it.”
In 2016, Sundial Brands launched the hair care line Madam C.J Walker Beauty Culture which is available at Sephora.
To keep her legacy alive, Sundial, (acquitted by Unilever as of Nov 2017) the company that now owns Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture products, has taken their part in donating financially to continue the mission to create educational platforms and opportunities for women. Sundial announced a fund of $100 million dedicated to support women of color entrepreneurs.
“I want the great masses of my people to take a greater pride in their personal appearance and to give their hair proper attention.” ~Madam CJ Walker
First time I walked into a supermarket called Harris Teeter, I couldn’t believe how much cheaper some items are compared to a pharmacy store. The most exciting part was finding Live Clean shampoos and conditioners. The conditioner is amazing and smells good. The best part? Buy one get one free! That’s right, at the price of $5.99.
Discounts are applicable of course when you’re a VIC member, a rewards program offered in the supermarket.
Last year, I decided to go for a new look so I got my hair bleached in hopes to get a brownish color since my hair is black and the only way I could get it light brown was by getting it bleached.
Since then my hair has not grown. It usually takes about a few months for it to grow after a haircut but oddly it hasn’t grown fully at all. I figured why not try a product that will help it grow healthier and faster.
While scrolling Ulta.com I found a product that may be a solution to help my hair grow.
Grow Long Caffeine Ginseng Rapid Grow Leave In
6.8 oz Item 2303496
Marc Anthony Grow Long Caffeine Ginseng Rapid Gro Leave In is a ultra-lightweight spray that hydrates dry, brittle hair. Rapid Gro is a hair leave in formulated with Caffeine, Ginseng and Vitamin E to restore strength while promote healthier hair growth. Apply to hair to combat breakage and split ends.
• Ultra-lightweight formula
• Promotes longer hair growth
• Adds suppleness to combat breakage and split ends for healthier growing hair
• Detangles and adds shine
It’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve used it but I only use it about 2-3 times a week after washing my hair. Now, you don’t want to wash your hair everyday and dry your hair follicles in doing so, therefore it’s better to wash hair every other day.
I love the smell of this product tho. After applying it, I blow dry hair and boy does it soften it leaving a pleasant smell.