Did you know?
Did you know that there are some trees and shrubs found all around the world that can produce suds? Certain types of tree bark contains a substance called saponins. Saponins have detergent properties because they contain both water-soluble and fat-soluble components. Yucca schidigera grows in the Mexican desert country of Baja California, another type called Quillaja saponaria is found in Chile.
There's also soapberries, washing nuts, soap nut/shells, soapberry nut husk, Ritha (Hindi) nut shell, Chinese soapberry and many more. They are eco-friendly because they are biodegradeable and organic. They do not contain synthetic chemicals, dyes or unatural fragrances and is considered hypoallergenic. They can be used to wash the laundry and used in shampoo. Did you know? ☺
Kinky Coily Textured Curls
There is a new book that is all the rave on Youtube and within the 'natural hair community'. It's called 'The Science of Black Hair', written by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy. This book discusses and provides a vast amount of information about the structure of the kinky coily curly hair texture. On the main page of the website, it states
'The structural characteristics that make black hair so unique can also make it a challenge to grow long and maintain. Although black hair is made up of the same materials as other hair types, it is quite different in the arrangement of these elements and general appearance. Stronger, natural hair fibers must contend with complex kinks, coils, and curls that naturally intertwine as they grow from the scalp. Relaxed hair contends with an immediate reduction in strength brought on by chemical processing , and an incompatibility with natural hair new growth as it emerges'. blackhairscience website- 2011
So the question I ask is, how do some humans have this hair type and others do not? Typically, the answer would be 'because of DNA". Fairly simple answer right? The more dynamic question is, what was the original human hair strand type? Scientific research and human history may be able to answer that question. Many haircare gurus have tried to come up with some way of "hair typing". Most notably discussed and used today is the Andre Walker system . According to the book and discussions found on the internet, this system is designed by the types of curls (or the lack thereof) that grows out of the human head naturally.
The main types are listed here
Type 1: Straight Hair, Type 2: Wavy hair, Type 3: Curly Hair and Type 4: Kinky Curls. There are sub categories as well, but there is a wealth of information about the system on the internet...so do your research if you're interested or buy the book - Andre Talks Hair.
Kinky coily curly textured hair has been viewed by many people as this aweful, unmanageable, brittle, poofy, tangled, hard to comb mess! Many young afro textured girls have had to go through their lives with having their hair manipulated into something that has caused harm - social and physical. The hair has been burned by the pressing comb, smeared in Jheri Curl juice, tied down in tight braids (weave extensions), shaved off, chemically laid flat...which made it more brittle); flat ironed into temporary submission at temperatures ranging above 350 degrees and talked about as if it were an extension of the devil. All because of the failure to understand that this most delicate and natural hair growing out of your skin only needs a little moisture, condition and love in order to grow long and luxurious, even more kinky coily and curly. There's NOTHING wrong with that!
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