Madam CJ Walker

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.

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Newspaper ad from 1915

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.

The Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture line

“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

Harris Teeter Finds

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.

I’ll be buying more of these for sure.

Pureology Offer

Groupon is having a great deal with $1 off this Pureology holiday gift set.

You can choose from:

Perfect 4 Platinum

This Set includes:

• Perfect 4 Platinum Shampoo 8.5 oz

• Perfect 4 Platinum Condition 8.5 oz

• Plus 3 Free Travel Sizes:

• Hydrate® Air Dry Cream 1 oz

• Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier 1 oz

• Colour Stylist Supreme Control Hairspray 2.1 oz

An $83 Value

Hydrate

This Set includes:

• Hydrate® Shampoo 8.5 oz

• Hydrate® Condition 8.5 oz

• Plus 3 Free Travel Sizes:

• Hydrate® Air Dry Cream 1 oz

• Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier 1 oz

• Colour Stylist Supreme Control Hairspray 2.1 oz

An $83 Value

Smooth Protection

This Set includes:

• Smooth Perfection Shampoo 8.5 oz

• Smooth Perfection Condition 8.5 oz

• Plus 3 Free Travel Sizes:

• Smooth Perfection Intense Smoothing Cream 1 oz

• Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier 1 oz

• Colour Stylist Supreme Control Hairspray 2.1 oz

An $83 Value

Strength Cure (sold out)

This Set includes:

• Clean Volume Shampoo 8.5 oz

• Clean Volume Condition 8.5 oz

• Plus 3 Free Travel Sizes:

• Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier 1 oz

• Colour Stylist Supreme Control Hairspray 2.1 oz

• Strength Cure Superfood Treatment 1 oz

Fullfyl (sold out)

This Set includes:

• Fullfyl Shampoo 8.5 oz

• Fullfyl Condition 8.5 oz

• Plus 3 Free Travel Sizes:

• Fullfyl Densifying Spray 1 oz

• Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier 1 oz

• Colour Stylist Supreme Control Hairspray 2.1 oz

Clean Volume (sold out)

This Set includes:

• Clean Volume Shampoo 8.5 oz

• Clean Volume Condition 8.5 oz

• Plus 3 Free Travel Sizes:

• Clean Volume Weightless Mousse 2.2 oz

• Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier 1 oz

• Colour Stylist Supreme Control Hairspray 2.1 oz

Plus an additional 10% off with code SALE3

Pureology products are free from sulfate, ZeroSulfate® shampoos and 100% vegan formulas with signature aromatherapy fragrances

Grow Long Leave In

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

$7.99

Details

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.