Coconut Water for the Hair?

I started this blog because I have a deep love for coconut.  I mean everything Coconut.  Now that Spring has sprung and Summer is fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about how to keep our bodies hydrated during the hot months.

Nothing says “thirst quencher” like good ‘ole fashion H2O… Nevertheless, a personal favorite alternative is Coconut water.  My favorite brand o coconut water is Vita Coco.  It si the closest thing on the market that has retained the refreshing taste of the coconut water; it’s like truly drinking it right from its natural state.

With that said, I had a conversation today with a fellow dancer (yes, I am a dancer) and she told me that she uses BOTH coconut oil AND coconut water as part of her hair care regimen…SHUT THE RONT DOOR!

See what she has to say:

Fabiola and I at Innervisions: The benefits of coconut water for your hair.

I am also sharing this recipe that I found on the Vita Coco Website for a cool refreshing anytime drink:

COCO MINT LEMON GIMLET

Coconut water good for the body AND Hair?

Join me as I embark on the 90 days Coconut Water Hair Care Challenge.

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Miko Branch, Entreprenuer of Excellence

In my last blog post, I wrote about the women who made it possible for me to believe that Madinina Kiss is going to be the next beauty empire in this nation, even internationally.  I am so glad that Miko Branch, thought well enough of “us” sisters, to leave a blueprint so that we as African-American women can continue to leave our mark in the beauty industry.  I am grateful for Annie Malone, and Madam C.J.Walker for the footprints left, that women like myself, can follow.

And then there was Miss Jessie’s.  Two sisters, Miko and Titi Branch of Japanese-American and African-American parents, re-igniting the Natural Hair Movement and revolutionizing it.  Unlike our foremothers, Annie and Madam C.J., who were meeting the need for “straight hair” Miss Jessie’s was reclaiming our natural hair.  I remember it so well.  I will admit that I did not understand what was happening at the time.  But I knew, it was something.  It had to be in the air…lol. I no longer desired to have my hair chemically treated.  I don’t remember how I came across the Miss Jessie’s Curly Hair Movement—but I remember traveling to D.C. to get that “curl” pattern.  Miss Jessie’s LLC, is the company behind the premium hair care product line, Miss Jessie’s, that caters to the diverse spectrum of all curly and textured hair types. Miko founded the company with her sister, Titi, and they named it after their beloved and fiercely independent “do-it-for-yourself,” and “tell-it-like-it-is” paternal grandmother – Jessie Mae Branch.

Miko and Titi Branch were from “around the way” as I too live in Queens, NY in the same area of South Ozone Park as they did, and still do.  So it makes me proud, not only as an up and coming pioneer in the natural beauty industry but also as an African American woman who shares community ties.  Sadly, in December 2014, Titi passed away.

 

Miko carries on the legacy Titi Branch and continues to develop innovative, original and effective solutions for textured hair needs. She has received numerous accolades for being an innovator, pioneer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and leader.

Miko also is the author of the national best-selling business memoir “Miss Jessie’s: Creating A Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally” (Harper Collins) and has been recognized by WWD’s Most Influential Women in Business, Ebony Power 100, and the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award. She has been featured on the March 2016 cover of Black Enterprise Magazine as a result of her remarkable business acumen.

Miko on the stages of life women go through (including women entrepreneurs)

• In your thirties, you get to know how who you are.  You start to tap into how you are built. 

• In your 40’s you are going to embrace and love yourself.  What you did in your previous decades affects you now. 40’s is the decade of satisfaction or regrets. It’s a transitional time.  This decade is a time where you get to make some changes and you still have the opportunity to make corrections. 

• In your 50’s, it is what it is–just accept it.

As CEO of Madinina Kiss, a natural, handmade Bath, Body and Hair Company in NYC, I am honored that Miko will an Honoree at the women’s organization I belong to- The National Association of University Women where Miko will be awarded the 2017 Entrepreneurial Excellence Honoree Award. Click on flyer to attend this event

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Miko is my inspiration, as I read for the third time Miss Jessie’s “Creating A Successful Business From Scratch…Naturally”.  With my planner and book in tow, Madinina Kiss is building its empire, brick by brick, stone by stone.  I cannot wait to meet her in person!

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Beautifully Yours,

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On Her Own Ground-Madam C.J. Walker

I will admit that I don’t know all of the African Americans that made an impact in the way we live today.  I don’t know every inventor or entrepreneur.  But I was pretty sure that I knew enough to have a decent, intelligent conversation about certain people. Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglas, W.E.B Dubois, Nat Turner, and my favorite Madame C.J. Walker. So when a trivia question was asked about the First African American Female Millionaire, I was the first to answer “Madame C.J. Walker!!!”  Wrong!…what do you mean wrong? As the CEO and Founder of Madinina Kiss, a Bath and Body Products Company, Madame C.J. Walker has been my inspiration…still is.  She is my role model. But she had one too. Her name is Annie Malone.   In my recent blog, entitled The Mother of the Black Beauty Industry, I wrote about Annie Malone who is recorded as the U.S.’s first black female millionaire based on reports of $14 million in assets held in 1920 from her beauty and cosmetic enterprises, headquartered in St. Louis and Chicago.

I am currently re-reading On Her Own Ground which is only the first comprehensive biography of one of recent history’s most amazing entrepreneurs and philanthropists, it is about a woman who is truly an African American icon in the beauty industry.

Learning about Annie Malone only confirms what I know: Someone has already started building the bridge on which I will walk.  Madame C.J Walker had Annie Malone and I have Madame C.J Walker and Miko and Titi Branch of Miss Jessie’s Products.  I am currently reading Madam C.J. Walker: Building a Business Empire and Miss Jessie’s “Creating A Successful Business From Scratch…Naturally”  I want to know what they did to make their businesses great.  From slavery to millionaire… From South Jamaica Queens, NY (Where I am from) to Millionaire.  If they can do it, so can I.

Madinina Kiss recently re-launched its Hair Care System, called Madinina.  We currently have the Madinina Conditioning Hair Butter made primarily with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Neem Oil and Kokum Butter, which is a customer favorite.

So in honor of Black History Month, I will be reading about Madam C.J. Walker, the business woman.  I cannot wait to learn from her because Madinina Kiss is going to be the next Bath and Body Products Empire!

 

How are you honoring Black History Month?

Unveil the Beauty Within

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The Mother of the Black Beauty Industry

 

Madam C.J. Walker, Shea Moisture, Carol’s Daughter, Madinina Kiss.  These are are some of the descendants of Poro Beauty Products.  So why has the mother of this trillion dollar industry not given the respect that is rightfully hers?

As the owner of a natural skin care company, I can let the month dedicated to Black History Month go by and not talk about the woman who paved the way for Madinina Kiss and other African-American female owned business like mine to be in existence.

Who is the Mother of the Black Beauty Industry? Annie Turnbo Malone. Perhaps you have never heard of Annie before. If not, you’re in good company. Most everyone reading this page has never heard of Annie.  And if you are in the African American hair care or cosmetics industry, Annie is the “mother” of what you are doing. You are about to meet a remarkable woman…

Before Madam Walker, Rosa Parks, Mary McLeod Bethune, Oprah Winfrey or Cathy Hughes there was Annie Turnbo Malone (aka Annie Minerva Turnbo Pope Malone and Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone), a remarkable woman who made her mark during the early 20th century.

Malone is recorded as one of America’s first black female millionaire based on reports about her beauty and cosmetic enterprises — Poro — headquartered in St. Louis and Chicago.

Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone (August 9, 1869—May 10, 1957) was an African-American businesswoman, educator,  inventor, and philanthropist. Annie was two years younger than Madam C. J. Walker. She had launched her hair care business four years before Sarah Breedlove (later known as Madam C. J. Walker). In the early 1900s, Madam Walker worked as a “Poro Agent” for Annie for about one year.

Annie Malone is the “mother” of the African American
Cosmetics, Hair Care &
Beauty Industries

PORO BEAUTY PRODUCTS — from  Freeman Institute Black History Collection

ANNIE MALONE’S LEGACY: Credit Where Credit is Due

Malone’s business failure tarnished her image. Her former employee, Madame C.J. Walker, often overshadows Malone because Walker’s business remained successful and more widely known. Walker is often credited as the originator of the black beauty and cosmetics business and the direct distribution and sales agent system that Malone developed.

Many historians believe Malone deserves more credit for her devotion to helping African Americans gain financial independence and her generous donations to educational, civic, and social causes.

HER LEGACY STILL LIVES ON: St. Louis honors her memory with the Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center whose mission is “is to improve the quality of life for children, families, elderly and the community by providing social services, educational programs, advocacy, and entrepreneurship.”

St. Louis honors her memory with the Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center whose mission is “is to improve the quality of life for children, families, elderly and the community by providing social services, educational programs, advocacy, and entrepreneurship.”

Did you Know?

 Annie was one of the first in Missouri to own a Rolls Royce
        * Annie paid over $40,000 in taxes alone…in 1926
* Annie owned a whole city block in Chicago
      * Annie’s philanthropy was legendary
* Annie gave diamond rings for five years of service
    * Annie gave cash awards for savings accounts & home purchases
* Annie trained well over 75,000 women entrepreneurs
 * Annie  trained Madam C.J. Walker to be a “Poro Agent”

Click Here for More Information about Annie Turnbo Malone

45 1/2 Reasons for Coconut Oil Use

45 1/2? What does that mean? And why the “1/2”? Founder and CEO Dominique McCullough (That would be me, the blogger😂) is 45 1/2 years old. Not many women would layout their age for all to see, but when you reap the rewards of coconut use as part of your skin care regimen, and look as good as I do, well yes “Do Tell”

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Don’t let the Mac beat face fool you! me againMake Up Free.

So in case you were wondering, that was your 1/2 (LOL).

Now on to the remaining 45 reasons why everyone should use coconut oil.  Disclaimer: If you are allergic to coconut, then this blog is not for you, but please feel free to share.

  1. Face Scrub – Mix coconut oil with baking soda, sugar, or cinnamon and oatmeal for the perfect face scrub and exfoliator.  Kiss Me Nature’s Exfoliating and Detoxing Dead Sea Scrub is a great way to…

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2. Facial Wash – I blogged last summer about Beauty Tips using Coconut Oil, Coco-Lemon Face Wash System™, to cleanse and clear dark spots or blemishes, AND moisturize your skin.  for more information about our system, click on the link.

3. Acne – Coconut oil gently fights the bacteria that cause acne. Dab it directly on the offending pimples and watch them shrink.

4. Moisturizer – Coconut oil is an excellent way to soften and hydrate dry, rough, or damaged skin.

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5. Dandruff – Massage coconut oil into the scalp to ease symptoms of dandruff, both itching and flaking.

6. Curb Appetite – Take a spoonful before meals to curb appetite so you don’t overeat

7. Wrinkles – Rub into lines, creases, and wrinkles to rehydrate skin and soften those wrinkles away.

8. Pet Health – Coconut oil can do a multitude of things for pets, both topically and internally. It improves breath, makes for a shiny coat, eases joint problems, cleans ears, gets rid of fleas, and much more.

9. Chicken Pox – Ease the itch and encourage healing with dabs of coconut oil. It also works on poison ivy, poison oak, mosquito bites, and other insect stings or bites.

10. Toothpaste – Mix 1 part coconut oil with 1 part baking soda and add a couple drops of peppermint oil. This makes a refreshing, natural toothpaste that whitens and cleans without added preservatives, fluoride, sweeteners, or other chemicals.

11. Yeast Infections – Coconut oil fights these fungal infections internally and externally.

12. Conditioner – Coconut oil conditions, strengthens, and repairs hair. Massage it in and rinse it out after ten minutes. A small amount can be rubbed in to dry hair to tame frizz.

13. Nose Bleeds – Rub a bit of coconut oil in nostrils to fight the dry cracking that can lead to nose bleeds and pain.

14. Nursing – Coconut oil works great to repair dry, cracked skin, including sore nipples from nursing.

15. Fitness – Coconut oil boosts energy, increases metabolism, improves thyroid function, and aids healthy weight loss. It is the perfect addition to any workout or fitness regimen. Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend includes medium chain triglycerides from coconut oil specifically to raise energy levels and increase stamina during workouts and speed recovery and healing after any exercise.

16. Acid Reflux – Take a small spoonful with meals to keep acid reflux and heartburn at bay.

17. Toothaches – Coconut oil eases the pain and strengthens teeth. You can mix it with a drop of clove oil to almost instantly relieve pain.

18. Canker Sores – Dab coconut oil on canker sores to kill infection and speed up healing. Coconut oil is also a far tastier way to treat canker sores than most other methods. I would add a little tea tree oil, peppermint and cinnamon to the mix.

19. Hemorrhoids – Coconut oil eases the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids and encourages natural healing both internally and externally.

20. Deodorant – Mix coconut oil with cornstarch, baking soda, and your favorite essential oils for a natural deodorant that smells fantastic.

21. Energy – Coconut oil and its medium chain triglycerides make it an excellent energy source to improve stamina, endurance, or just to give you a boost through the day.

22. Polish Furniture – Coconut oil gives a protective shine to wood furniture. Just make sure you test it out on a small area to make sure you like the outcome.

23. Makeup Remover – Coconut oil removes oil-based makeup easily, like mascara. It cleans, hydrates, and makes skin glow.

24. Shaving Cream – Coconut oil keeps the razor gliding smoothly while leaving skin smooth and soft.

25. Age Spots – Coconut oil has beneficial effects on any skin blemish. Use it to help fade age spots with powerful antioxidants.

26. Bruises – Rub coconut oil into bruised skin to speed healing and watch the bruises fade fast.

27. Cradle Cap – Coconut oil is gentle and safe for infants and helps ease the itching, pain, redness, and flaking associated with cradle cap.

28. Earaches – Earaches, swimmer’s ear, and ear infections clear up fast with a few drops of coconut oil mixed with garlic oil.

29. Stys/Pink Eye – Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the sty or around the eyes to get rid of these painful and annoying infections quickly.

30. Gum Removal – Coconut oil gets the sticky stuff out of hair, carpet, and anywhere else it doesn’t belong.

31, Lubricant – Coconut makes an all-natural personal lubricant for intimate moments without chemicals, but it should not be used with condoms as oils tend to compromise the integrity of your protection.

32. Lip Balm – Coconut oil hydrates and protects lips. Coconut even offers some protection from the sun, about an SPF 4.

33. Ring Worm – Rub coconut oil onto affected area to kill the fungus that causes unsightly ringworm. Add tea tree oil to clear the infection even faster.

34. Warts and Moles – Rub oil into area and cover with a bandage. Rub in fresh oil and place a new bandage each day.

35. Stretch Marks – Prevent and soften stretch marks from pregnancy with coconut oil for soft and supple skin.

36. Lice – Coconut oil kills and removes this pesky problem.

37. Cleanser – Coconut oil makes an effective and gentle cleanser to remove the grime of the day.

38. Athletes Foot – The powerful anti-fungal properties of coconut oil make it perfect for any fungal infection. Add a few drops of oregano or tea tree oil for more anti-fungal power.

39. Massage Oil – Coconut oil soothes tired and sore muscles. Add a few drops of essential oils for more effect.

40. Diaper Rash – Coconut oil can help heal mild diaper rash gently and effectively.

41. Cradle Cap – Coconut oil is gentle and safe for infants and helps ease the itching, pain, redness, and flaking associated with cradle cap.

42. Sunburn – Coconut oil can help prevent sunburn for short exposures. When you burn, it will also speed healing and take some of the sting away. Make sure you wait until all the heat has dissipated before applying it or you trap the heat in. Wait 24 to 72 hours depending on the extent of the burn.

43. Eczema – Coconut oil reduces the itchiness, pain, flakiness, and dryness of eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.

44. Makeup Remover – Coconut oil removes oil-based makeup easily, like mascara. It cleans, hydrates, and makes skin glow.

45. FINALLY!!!!! BAKING!!!! Try our Simple Home Made Coconut Cake, and let us know our thoughts!

My Coconut cake

Do you know of any other uses or benefits of coconut oil? Comment below.  we would love to hear your thoughts!

Some of this information taken from SunWarrior News.

 

Coconut Oil and Foot Reflexology for Sinus Sufferers

As an allergy sufferer, I am always in search of natural medicines to help alleviate the sinus irritation/infections that results from my allergic reaction to dust, dust mites, and mold.  Short of living in a bubbles. how I can truly escape these triggers?  Or even avoid them?  Well the reality is that I can’t because dust mites are everywhere, dust is everywhere and while I don’t have mold in my home, the moisture in the air right before it rains wreaks havoc on me.

I was on Periscope (follow me @kissmenaturecog) and I was talking about how I need my son to test my Kiss Me Nature products because I have lost all sense of smell.  Rita Pardo (also on IG), a fellow scoper, interacted with me and gave some suggestions as to some essential oils I should use to help alleviate my sinus congestion.  Rita, is the proud owner of Naturally Me and You.  She also suggested Foot Reflexology!!!!  So I did some research and came across this site about reflexology.  As Rita and I were talking about the carrier oil to use for the massage I was about to give myself…what do you know, she mentions my favorite oil–COCONUT OIL!!!!  Organic Facts states that the health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.

So with that said, prior to speaking with Rita, I would add some coconut oil to my sinus rinse for its antimicrobial, antibacterial and soothing qualities.  It is working, but inconsistency is my challenge.  So when Rita suggested reflexology, I thought, why not, I have tried everything else.  Rita is a distributor for Young Living, so when she suggested a combination of lemon, peppermint and lavender, all essential oils I know are all anti-inflammatory, I knew it was the start of finally finding a natural product to hep manage my allergies.

As the CEO and Founder of Kiss Me Nature, I made my own therapeutic oil, using the the suggested EO and coconut oil for my reflexology and aromatherapy oil to open up my sinuses.

The Aromatherapy worked with in minutes, as I began to smell the wonderful scent of the lemon, peppermint and lavender.

In just one day, I was 60% better than I have been in years!

Reflexology Sinus Management, try this:

1oz. of Organic Coconut Oil, 4 drops each of the following essential oils: peppermint, lavender and Lemon

To provide relief from blocked sinuses using this reflexology foot chart below

  • Locate the sinuses area on the map above (tips of all the fingers and toes)
  • Repetitively squeeze and release the sinus area for twenty seconds on each finger or toe (begin on the right hand/ foot with thumb along to little finger, repeat on left hand/ foot)
  • Gently rotate all the joints on each finger or toe (begin on the right hand/ foot with thumb along to little finger, repeat on left hand/ foot)
  • If it is a severe cold, drink plenty of H20
  • Do reflexology to the whole of both feet or both hands and go back over the above top three points again until feeling some relief

Aromatherapy Sinus Management, try this:

In a diffuser, combine:

1oz. of Organic Coconut Oil, 4-7 drops each of the following essential oils: peppermint, lavender and Lemon

Relax and breathe it all in until you feel relief.

My Favorite online shop for organic coconut oil is Tropical Traditions

You have been “Kissed” by “Nature”

D.M