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The Caribbean is home to several thousand varieties of tropical and exotic plants that grow and thrive in the natural sunshine without human intervention, no fertilisers. Many of us have already used, know of, or have reaped the benefits of using Jamaican Black Castor Oil or the Haitian variety l'huile maskriti. This oil is wonderful for kinky, curly hair but can be used for all hair types. It encourages circulation to the scalp which in turn brings the hair strands much needed nutrients for growth. It also helps maintain healthy hair.
There are other plants in the Caribbean which older generations will tell you are the best way to keep hair and skin supple and also keep the wrinkles at bay.
1) Jamaican TunaJamaican Tuna or Opuntia ficus-indica is also known as 'Prickly Pear' or 'Barbay Fig'.The oil derived from Opuntia Ficus-Indica is said to be the most expensive beauty oils in the world due to the labour intensive and time consuming process to produce it. It contains numerous small black seeds from which the precious Prickly Pear Seed Oil is extracted. In Jamaica this plant is used to wash the hair but it can also be used for hair, skin and nails. Prickly Pear Seed Oil nourishes, moisturises, and softens the skin, tightens pores, has been known to prevent premature ageing and wrinkle formation, brightens dark spots and under-eye shadows.
2) PapayaThe fruit sometimes called Paw-Paw is bursting with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins A, C and E and has anti-inflammatory properties. Papaya has natural conditioning, moisturising and healing properties and is great for skin and hair. For supple, healthy, clear soft, spot free skin papayas smoothing and exfoliating properties are perfect. It helps to reduce brown spots, is smoothing, assists with wound healing, pimples, wrinkles, psoriasis and eczema.
3) Aloe VeraPromotes hair growth, reduces dandruff, and is a natural conditioner known as "the elixir of youth" and "the herb of immortality". It provides moisture and hydration for dry hair.4) GuavaThis delicious fruit is very rich in Vitamin A, B and C, and it helps prevent oxidation of cells. It is revered for both its vitamin content and anti-ageing properties and can also be important for hair as a natural source of fibre.
How Can I Get A Hold Of Products
With These Lovely Ingredients?Joliette is AfroDeity's own brand of natural products for hair and skin formulated with a Caribbean theme. Joliette's CURL ME SOFT is a light shea butter and aloe vera leave-in conditioner. There are 3 versions: Guava & Prickly Pear, Mango & Papaya, and Caribbean Berry.
Why Joliette Created Curl Me SoftMany people still believe that an oil can moisturise the hair. OILS DO NOT MOISTURISE! They can seal moisture into the hair or act as humectants and draw moisture in but they do not actually moisturise the hair. Applying an oil to dry hair will not moisturise it. A build up of oil may even block moisture entering the strand.We created Curl Me Soft as a way to add much needed moisture to the hair before applying an oil. It is great for twist outs and doesn't weigh hair down, as it has a light formula. It also contains all natural ingredients particularly fruit extracts. This product has a mild fruit fragrance from incorporating fuit extracts like pomegranate and cranberry, and this gives it a pink colour too.
Ingredients: Aloe vera gel, Organic shea butter, Castor Oil, Green Tea extract, and Caribbean inspired fruit extracts.
*AfroDeity Ltd. is an online store that features and retails natural Caribbean Inspired hair and skin products. The ultimate goal is to help small farmers in the Caribbean and reinvigorate the declining agricultural industry by bringing natural healing oils and butters to the UK. Our main product line the signature Fountain Jamaican Oils Collection from which products are a mixture of oils and herbs grown in Jamaica is exclusive to AfroDeity.
AfroDeity was founded by mother and daughter team Alicia and Joliette around the knowledge of healing herbs, oils and butters passed down through the generations and culminating in Alicia’s interest in science. As such combining beauty, science and their commitment to the rural Caribbean.
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