Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Why I'll Never Only Use Black (or Latina) Owned Products For My Hair


My family gatherings look like a United Nations conference. With cousins, aunts, and uncles with roots in five out of the 7 continents represented. I have brown eyes, my hubby has hazel eyes, my niece has blue eyes. My suegra has 2a hair, my grandmother has 3b hair, my mother has 4a hair. My aunt is relaxed, my cousin is natural, my sister-in-law is transitioning. The only thing that we all have in common is our love of God, family, and sports; always in that order. 
En route to take our family pictures

Diversity spills over into all facets of my life; from the way that I talk (in spanglish), to the food that I eat (kale, Spanish rice, and beans), and and even what products I use on my hair. Take a look at my regimen. I swear by Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Toner delightfully made in the UK. If I was on a desert island I'd take an unlocked sun powered cell phone to call for help and a lifetime supply of Halka Baba de Caracol made with love in Santo Domingo. My all time favorite multipurpose product is Jessicurl Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner made by a redhead in California. I've faithfully used black AND female owned Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Shampoo for my son since he was born. I have no issues with bloggers who only promote black businesses. I have no issues with bloggers who don't. In fact, if you like it, then I love it. I'm team do you boo! Spend your hard earned dollar exactly how to want to. After all, your dollar is your voice. But I'll never have a predominately black, white, latina, blue, green, or blue owned hair regimen. It's not me. It's not a reflection of my worldview. Plus, variety is the spice of life. And there is no shame in that. 

What's your take?

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KLP 

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26 comments:

  1. I agree with you, mama. My sister-in-law is mixed- on my brother's side- she is Haitian and White. My sister-in-law on my husband's side is completely Caucasian. My daughter's God-father is as white and country as can be and we love him to death. We would do anything to give him life because we love him so much. I agree with you, Chica!

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    1. I say promote and feature products that you like and that work for you. If they happen to be "black owned" yay. If they don't, that's okay too. I'm just not going to bash anyone either way.

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  2. I say use whatever works best for your hair type and your bank account, BUT I too would never limit myself to products designed, produced, engineered or marketed by any one culture. I like a variety of flavor and spice in all sectors of my life and that includes my hair care too.

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    1. Agreed. I just feel like your "black-ness," "latina-ness," whoever or whatever you identify yourself with shouldn't be on trial because you choose to spend your money diversely. If a company wants me as a consumer then make a product that I like and believe in. I won't hate you if you don't. I'm just not opening my wallet. Which is probably worse for them than me.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. This is a good post. Actually I have never thought about who manufactures or owns a hair product I love. I use what works for me in terms of ingredients and damage to my pocket :). Way to go KLP!

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    1. I've come across a few posts this week about supporting black owned companies. The tone made me feel like if you didn't have a predominantly black owned product regimen, you were some how discounted "black" points. I'm sure that wasn't the authors' intention. But I wanted to put it out there that you are the one working for your money and you are the only one spending it. Do want you want and let everything that you do be a reflection of you. Thanks for your note Evalyne!

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  4. I've never bothered myself about the manufacturers of a product. If it works for me, I'll keep buying and using it......provided it isn't too pricey

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  5. I use whatever works for me. I don't care about who it's made by so long as it's not full of dodgy low grade ingredients I'm happy. :)

    Team Do You Boo over here too! :)

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    1. My money is my voice. My voice speaks diversity. *Drops Mic* #Teamdoyouboo

      Thanks Tracey!

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  6. Being a global citizen myself I am team do you boo as well with hair products. For me it's effectiveness and price are usually the determining factor.

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    1. Another member of #Teamdoyouboo! I love it! Thanks for commenting Lydz!

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  7. wow, what a diverse familia, love it!! I agree with you, people should use what works for their hair over who makes it!

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    1. Other people are so confused when they see us. And that's okay with me. The one thing that they do know is that we are related some how! Ha-ha!

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  8. am all for team do what ever works for you.

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    1. Agreed. And I don't want anyone to feel confined by their product choice because they'll be shunned by others on healthy hair journeys. We're trying to cultivate a community of encouragement not the next mean girl clique!

      Thanks for stopping by doll!

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  9. I am all for team do you! Being too picky on my side of the world is not to my benefit, my options are already limited.

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    1. So true. Sometimes you have to use what you got until you can get your hands on something better!

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  10. This is a fantastic post and I totally agree. So-called "white" products have worked wonders for me, so my money goes to what's most effective, not what is most marketed towards me or what is most PC.

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    1. I love it Britt! *Grabs her Matrix conditioner and slathers it on* LOL!

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  11. Exactly my thoughts KLP! Team do you boo all day! And I agree with Britt's comment. I'd rather buy whatever is more cost effective and what works best for MY hair no matter who made it! If you've got a great product then you've got my business! Great post!

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    1. #Teamdoyouboo! I love all the positivity on this post!

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  12. I completely agree. My hair is super selective when it comes to what products it does or doesn't like therefore when my hair LOVES something I have no choice but to listen! Because of that I don't really worry about who makes it as long as they keep making it!

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    1. Amen to that Courtnea! No shade to those to prefer to only support certain cultures. If you like it then I love it. But I'm just not about that life. If you have great ingredients, a reasonable price and my hair loves you---then you're in!

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  13. Hey Girl,
    I agree completely with you. I tried so hard to find good ground products for my hair, but the good ones were too expensive and I am a tad heavy handed on products. The cost effective ones were just never good enough. I figured if I will buy from indie online companies it would be for cost effective reasons. While I enjoy supporting minorities, there are many thing I purchase from many different vendors and in the end its about what works on my body, in my body and for my wallet. Really Great Post!!!

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    1. Thanks Tasia! I'm blessed to live in an extremely culturally diverse area. We have Indian markets, Latino haciendas, and my church is in the heart of Chinatown. I think that my curiosity would prevent me from only supporting one culture's businesses.

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