Love Your Default
“Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair? Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet? …you should ask yourself who taught you to hate being what God made you.” - Malcolm X, May 22, 1962
You were made perfectly.
A novel concept, for sure. As long as you can remember, you have been told what is attractive and what is not. For so long you have allowed others to define your self-worth. However, attractiveness comes in many forms and it is time for you to define beauty for yourself.
Everyone seems to desire that which is unnatural to them. Brunettes want to be blonde. Blondes want to be redheaded. People with straight hair want perm rods. Curly-haired individuals seek out flat-irons or chemical curl-relaxers. Aging men wish for full heads of hair. Young men covet the sleek, bald look. People with naturally pale skin desire artificial tans. Those with darker skin look for skin brighteners. Everyone wants the grass that is greener on the other side, not realizing that their lawns could be just as beautiful if they tended to it every once in a while.
Wearing your hair the way in which it grows from your scalp or embracing your unique skin-tone is not radical, nor is it a revolution. It is simply natural. It is your default. How vulnerable an existence one must live when not comfortable with their default. You were not born with a flat iron, perm rods, a can of tanning spray, or a tube of skin brightener. You were made exactly how you were meant to be. You were made perfectly.
In addition to accepting that you were made perfectly, understand that there exist in nature the perfect ingredients for physical maintenance, enhancement, and repair.
The Karite Tree of West Africa (from which shea butter is harvested) is one of the "super-plants" that provide whole-body benefits to its users. Not only is shea butter a superior cosmetic aid, but it is one of the few renewable resources in the Sahel region of West Africa, and its harvesting helps to develop sustainable economic opportunities for women in rural Sub-Saharan Africa.
Included below are a Hair Guide and a Skin Guide to help in your journey toward caring for your body naturally. You will learn how to use shea butter as well as other natural ingredients to maintain, enhance, and repair your hair and skin. This information is provided with the intention of helping you to begin a successful journey toward harvesting your natural beauty, as God intended!