I was trollin' for handmade on etsy and this is what I added to the wish list..
Minxshop's Crown of Love VI - Black feathered headpiece...it's just fierce.
DownRight Country's Summer Breeze... there's something whimsical yet dark about this painting that i adore.
Shagbag's dragonfly jade cuff...just lovely.
Fresh Vintage Love's vintage orange weekender and The Habits of Rabbits's vintage avocado weekender... so these are my latest obsession. and i love how some etsy artisans are upcycling these vintage carry on bags by stenciling cool designs onto them.
I'm a pretty active member of a local natural hair group in town and whenever new people join, I seem to be the one they talk with most. Why? Because I'm the one preaching the gospel of "keep it simple". I think my fifteen years at this really lends itself to that notion. I've avoided getting caught up in all the hot products of the moment because I managed for so many years without them. And, since I'm always being asked: "What do you use?" and get looks of disbelief when I say: "only shampoo, conditioner, and shea or mango butter," I think I'm getting something right.
I've explained to others time and again that all of those other products on the market for natural hair are about manipulating the curl pattern. Now, I know that we like to have more length or bigger hair and this can be achieved without slathering purple minty products laden with mineral oil in our hair. I have a good friend who loves to remind everyone that mineral oil is a by-product of crude oil. Yes, the same oil used to produce gasoline for your car. It just sits on the surface doing nothing for your hair in actuality. Two strand twist outs or braid outs can help you "stretch" your hair.
We have got to stop overwhelming ourselves and others with these arsenals of products. So many of us will find it's just not necessary to use all of that stuff. The only thing I might add to my products (occasionally) are essential oils. They're great for making the hair fragrant and addressing any hair and scalp issues such as dandruff or hair loss.
Let's remember to pamper ourselves internally as much as we do externally. Nutrient rich food, water, and rest are essential to healthy hair just like the rest of the body. So spend your extra money at the farmers market or a yoga class (yes, I'm biased to those two). As for our hair externally, we should aim for clean and moisturized. Simple.
"Every valuable human being must be a radical and a rebel, for what he must aim at is to make things better than they are."