I was just floored for a couple of moments after coming across a shocking online article in a South African newspaper. The article written by Tony Healy which can be found here, informs that the Department of Correctional Services has been dismissing employees for….wait for it……wearing dreadlocks! The employees first faced suspension for failing to comply with the newly enforced dress code. Certain employees then submitted their reasons for refusing to comply which ranged from being followers of Rastafarianism, to believing loc-wearing is the cure for a “traditional sickness”.
To make this long appalling story short, the Labour Appeal Court has deemed the dismissals to be wrongful as they infringe on the cultural and religious rights of the employees. Precedent setting for South Africa? I hope so.
Is all well that ends well? Have you ever been mistreated, or even dismissed because of how you choose to wear your hair?
Just putting a question out there for you: What is the one hair care product that you can’t survive without?
If I had to choose, it would be Extra Virgin Olive Oil. But, I am curious as to what everyone else is using.
As those of you who follow the blog know, I am in a constant and frazzled pursuit of eliminating harmful chemicals and preservatives from my haircare and skincare line-up-especially for my kids. But it’s HARD!! Products that are full of amazing ingredients, also contain one or two ingredients that have been deemed carcinogenic. Plus, products that claim to be organic or natural sometimes lie…not cool!
I encourage you to check your labels, but not to become obsessed with it like I am 😉 For a list of ingredients that you should DEFINITELY avoid those:
Using creamy shampoos, even when rinsed well, will cause unwanted build-up
Always use a black towel to dry your hair to avoid visible lint
ACV rinses erase all of the above listed mistakes
Black Sharpie markers are great for covering up stubborn lint but probably bad for your hair. (this one might be a toss up)
Not all proclaiming natural products are actually natural. Even if its jammed pack with other beneficial natural ingredients avoid it if it contains ingredients such as Isopropyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), Propylene Glycol (PG), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Mineral Oil/ Petrolatum,Diethanolamine (DEA), Momoethnanolamine (MEA), Triethanolamine (TEA), anything labeled “______Parabens” or FD & C Colors. Check your products with EWG!
Styling too tightly or re-twisting the roots too often will damage your hairline
Brilliant people make loc style tutorials and post them on YouTube (check out the video style of the week here.
Your scalp and hair both benefit from using Essential Oils that make your hair grow quickly
Throw out your cotton pillow case. They suck the moisture out of your hair. Satin pillow cases and head scarves will keep your hair from breaking and avoid unwanted fuzziness.
Do not style you hair while dry, as it will cause breakage, however, do not wrap and go to sleep with excessively wet hair as it may cause your hair to mildew!
But also-Take the EWG challenge. The EWG database is a website with a database of about 74,000 beauty products. You can literally type in the name of your favourite product, and it will let you know if the product contains any ingredients that you should be worried about.