Fashion

The Fro Expert

I have a hair issue. Not about my 4C texture, and I only just learned about porosity, so that’s not it. I’m ok with the length, it’s kind of thin if you straighten it and apparently my edges are not even close to the standard of fleetness necessary these days. But…these are not my hair issues. Not even close.

Curious?

My hair issue is lack of knowledge and inconsistency. Period. I’m not sure why but one day I was minding my business and realized that Black women’s hair had had a revolutionary upgrade. natural is not just in, it’s supported, studied intently and discussed with passion and fervor. Suddenly everyone seemed to have a huge mane of unprocessed hair growing out of their heads and I was caught out there, completely unaware of how it had happened. I think I tested some products from Cantu and Ojon back in the day, but only because pr people gave them to me. On my own, I had no clue what was good, so I had to start researching.

I used to buy from another brand, and while I loved the products, I wasn’t crazy about the shipping times or customer service but I wasn’t going back to the drugstore aisle brands. I found Fro.ology on etsy when I was looking to add to my list of natural haircare brands and ordered immediately. I liked the minimalist design of the labels (very important for me, because I think clean design is a sign of clear thinking and efficiency). I started with the Onion & Garlic Oil, Aloe Vera and Agave Deep Conditioner and conditioning Tea Rinse and I was not disappointed. My scalp and hair are completely satisfied.

So of course I ordered more. And I follow the brand on instagram like a stalker so I can stay up to date on new products like the Avocado Pre-Shampoo Mask and Growth Oil. This week we have a short interview with the amazing founder of Fro.ology, Gianni Alexander, who shared her reasons for starting the business and some insights on Black haircare.

The interview:

SEBMARKETBK: Where did you get the idea to start your hair care brand? 

Fro.ology:  I got the idea in fall of 2018 after I got my mini chop. Everyone at my job was so amazed at my Afro and kept coming to me with their hair questions. While most of the feedback was positive, some was not. I didn’t let the negative offend me or trick me into thinking that I needed my hair straight again but it did trigger a light bulb in my head: 


Why is my hair and how I wear it such a big deal? 


My friends told me that if I made hair products they would buy from me for sure. I made my goal to have my business started in April of 2019, the same month I quit both of my jobs and moved back home to Atlanta. I used it as a hobby and a way to keep me busy and out of depression while I looked for a job.


SEBMARKETBK: I love using your products, and my hair is definitely improving. How did you develop your recipes? 

Fro.ology: I began researching how to make my own formulas after I realized most of the chemist I found used toxic ingredients. I started with basic formulas that didn’t require a preservative: butters, oils, dry clays…and then found whatever I could on different beauty formulating blogs and YouTube. They taught me how preservatives and formulas work. I worked with one product at a time until I had the formula perfect, logged the formula down and moved on to the next product.

SEBMARKETBK: What is the one best thing a woman with 4C hair can do to encourage growth? 

Fro.ology:  The best things a woman with 4C hair can do to encourage growth are: sealing in moisture through proper protective styling and not getting upset at shrinkage. Shrinkage means your hair is healthy!


SEBMARKETBK: What do you think the beauty industry can do better for black women? 

Fro.ology: The beauty industry can start by hiring more black models and stop brainwashing us into thinking that we need to have straight hair to be hired or simply just to be beautiful. 


SEBMARKETBK: Where do you visualize Fro.ology going in the future? What is your ultimate goal for the brand?

Fro.ology: There are a lot of things in the works with Fro.ology! I am hoping to be in a major retailer by year 3. Right now I am just taking it one day at a time.

Keep up with ro.ology s it develops on instagram and order Gianna’s amazing products (recently featured in Teen Vogue) at fro-ology.com.

Until next time,

Faith/SEBMARKETBK

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The Beauty Boss

I was thinking about what to blog about this week as I was scrubbing up in the shower and then I realized that I wanted to write about some of the black owned brands that I’ve been buying from. As a former beauty and fashion influencer, I now hate everything. Partly because I was just used as a lure for big businesses that find it cheaper to throw a party and give away merchandise that they can write off and still profit. Partly because after testing so many products that were not meant for my skin or hair I realized that I was a pure idiot to keep promoting a system that doesn’t really see me as valuable. So, now I try to buy from small, independent and Black companies. If I’m going to influence people, then I want to influence them to help build new companies and business moguls.

I came across Goldenbrownskin LLC after they posted on Fashion Bomb Daily’s instagram page. I started with the Rose lip gloss ($4) and ended up going back for the Coconut and Rose brown sugar scrub ($27.95) that looks super expensive and pretty in the bathtub edge. My items were created, packaged and shipped quickly, and the owner was really nice about answering messages and whatnot. You really feel that there’s a human being behind the screen making beauty magic for you.

8 custom tubes of lipgloss, with custom labels from Goldenbrownskin LLC

One night I was looking for something to buy and I noticed that they were offering Wholesale lipgloss. You get 40 to 100 tubes custom made for you. I chose five flavors and GBS worked with me to create the colors that I wanted. They basically went flavor by flavor with me specifying my color choices and then sending me photos of the progress. I sell them and give away tubes with items that I sell in my online shops and people adore them.

Of course I had to be nosy. I love finding out about people’s processes and ideas. So here, in her own words, is Goldenbrownskin LLC:

SEB Market BK: What made you start a business for yourself? 

Goldenbrownskin LLC: I started a business for myself because I noticed I work better alone. I’ve always been a leader, a creative & I enjoy helping others. 

SEB Market BK: What inspired your Upcycled designs? Did you go to fashion school? 

Goldenbrownskin LLC: I have a lot of old clothes & I don’t like being around crowds of people so I normally just rework the items I have. I love to see ideas come to life. I’ve never been to any fashion school, I just watch a lot of YouTube, lol.

SEB Market BK: Your lipgloss is amazing! How did you get into creating your collection and what got you into selling wholesale? 

Goldenbrownskin LLC: Thank you so much! I started making lip gloss because I wanted to experiment with a variety of products, that women would shop for all the time. I enjoy doing wholesale more than making individual lipgloss because I like helping others start their own business.

SEB Market BK: You’re taking orders for custom t-shirts now. Are you going to be designing a collection exclusively for Goldenbrownskin? 

Goldenbrownskin LLC: I have started taking t-shirt orders, but I am still practicing. I’m not sure if that’s something I’d get into, I really enjoy making custom tees for other people. But of course a branded t-shirt with “Goldenbrownskin” has to happen! 

SEB Market BK: Tell me about your latest product, Dragon Butter. It looks like the secret to perfect summer skin! 

Goldenbrownskin LLC: Yes, so my body butters are my new favorites. Everything is natural & homemade. My fav body butter is the dragon butter, I love the strawberry scent. The body butters a natural raw African Shea butter. The Shea butter is great in healing and evening out your skin tone. Works great for individuals with any skin disorders via eczema, psoriasis, rashes etc 

SEB Market BK: You’ve been really outspoken about the protests. How has the current climate affected you and what are you doing to make a difference?

Goldenbrownskin LLC: I haven’t personally been too affected by what’s been going on. I have a blended family so it’s a hard subject to speak on, but I have been donating 30% of each order to fund the BLM movement. It’s a very sad situation, something I truly don’t understand.

So, basically a savvy business owner with empathy, kindness, and social conscience as part of her business plan. In other words, a Queen building an empire of love. Yes, I do see what just wrote. I said what I said. Click to check out Goldenbrownskin, and follow her awesome instagram, too.

Until next time,

Faith/SEBMarketBK

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The Yoni Thing

So since I can’t deal with skiing, I had to find another outlet. Apparently the yoni (or vagina as most of us call it) has become a hot area so I thought that might be a thing. Having spent most of my life in a sort of utilitarian mode regarding that area, it came as a shock to find that it had been rebranded and now I have to buy special products for it and possibly steam it. Who knew that a washcloth and soap had been replaced by bowls of boiling water infused with herbs that you squat over, risking life, limb and scalded yoni.

Hm. Ok. Here’s what happened…

I was buying my third (and not last, never last) tub of Even Skin Hyper Pgmentation Moisturizer, $15.99, which features fragrant lemon oil and skin beautifying turmeric for glowing smooth skin. Just before I checked out, I saw the yoni products and decided to jump off the cliff. I wasn’t ready for steaming and all that, so I chose the Gentle Herbal Yoni Wash, $13.99. It’s a lovely foam with castile soap, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, and chamomile among other things.

So now I’ve put myself out there and I have this one lonely yoni product and I’m thinking ‘she deserves more’. I’ve just started selling my upcycled designs on Aliwazas (a platform that supports black female + femme businesses because we don’t always get seen or recognized on other crowded sites) and I decided to buy something so that I could see what the purchasing experience was. I saw an instagram post about Honey Milk and liked their backstory, so I dropped by their shop .

I got the I Am Happy lemongrass bodywash, $8.49 because I love citrus-y bath products. And I sprang for the Yummy Yoni Nectar, $6.49 which is a mix of oils infused with calendula and cornflower petals. You’re supposed to massage your yoni once a week, using the nectar to encourage circulation and natural lubrication.

So now I’mpaying all this attention to my yoni and she’s like ‘more’. So I gave her this:

My first vibrator ever. At this point of dealing with my yoni, I came to understand that she’s sick of the nonsense that I’ve been putting her through by dating people who don’t care about her. This is real. It’s not like words came out of my vagina or anything, I just started understanding that I’ve been wasting my natural resource and not honoring the fact that understanding how to pleasure myself sets me free of romantic delusion and unrealistic expectations. I just never thought of dedicating time and effort into figuring out what me and my yoni needed to be happy and successful.

Lifechanging. My attitude towards myself is totally different.

So now we’re here:

Valentine’s Day came and instead of feeling sorry for myself or desperate, I felt lucky. Lucky to be alive and well and falling in love with myself. Tapping into the whys and wherefores of this person. I was at Bloomingdale’s and this guy was selling this most delicious smelling fragrance and I thought ‘she deserves it’. So now we wear Tiffany & love eau de parfume, $105 because it’s who we are. Yesterday I spent all day choosing the perfect bouquet because… just because. When I opened my eyes this morning they were there, and when I drew up the shade they were illuminated by the morning light and the pleasure of this is so intense it’s beyond words. And I deserve this beauty and the pleasure that comes from witnessing it.

When it was just my vagina, I didn’t think it was special because and I didn’t think that I was special. But now that I have a yoni to care for and honor, I’m a new person. I’m a better, wiser, happier, more productive and less inhibited person looking to grow and manifest blessings for myself and others. Still petty, still irascible and sometimes downright annoying, but better.

How have you honored your divine self lately?What have you done to remind yourself that life is beautiful? Are you living your best self love journey right now?

Until next time,

Faith/SEBMarketBK

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The New Skincare Routine

So after a few years of testing out products for Origins & Aveda (both owned by Estee Lauder, so really one thing), Tata Harper, Elizabeth Arden and a slew of companies that I’d never heard of and will prob never think about again, I ended up wanting to make my own skincare because I was paranoid about lab created skincare that has who knows what in it.

Now I’m always busy doing stuff and I just don’t feel like taking the time to gather everything and make body butter or scrubs. I know how, but I’m lazy. I’m also not really trained to make skincare and I gave myself a painful back rash once, which ended up in me getting cut at the dermatologist’s office. That slowed my roll to a full stop.

Ancient Cosmetics Even Skin face cream and Healthy Glow sugar scrub.

I discovered Ancient Cosmetics on instagram and after reading a lot of enthusiastic comments (kinda jealously, I never get that kind of attention on social media) and decided that these fangirling users must know something. The praise was rabid, fervent, enthusiastic…every word in the dictionary for ‘i love this stuff’. I went for the Even Skin hyperpigmentation face cream with turmeric and lemon essential oils ($15) because it addressed my concerns about crazy ingredients, and the price is reasonable. I wanted something that would moisturize without making me greasy and I got that. I wanted something to keep my skin from looking cloudy and blotchy, and this cream had my back. I liked it so much that when I ran out, I re-ordered.

The Healthy Glow turmeric and lemon body scrub ($12) was on sale the day that I re-ordered, so I grabbed that, too. I love the smell of lemons and body scrub will never go to waste in my place, so this was a no brainer. I was knocked out after my first shower with the scrub, because it softened my skin and left it feeling super hydrated. It worked on my feet, too, which was a bonus. The scrub is made of cane sugar, shea butter, avocado oil and frankincense in addition to the turmeric and lemon. So good.

Definitely worth the money, and you’re supporting a black owned small business. Also, they ship instantaneously. Both times I got my order so fast it was like they teleported it.

Check out their whole VEGAN skincare line, from scrubs to moisturizers to whole skincare sets, here.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK