Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Know Thy Self, Accept , and Love You!

We are All Royalty

My focus in Ashe' Natural Hair is to explore Natural Hair as a way of Life from a holistic perspective and promote the “natural” lifestyle in the spirit of Ma'at. My purpose is: to bring the Overstanding of The Most High into everyday life through the knowing, embracing and acceptance of self . Isn't it amazing that when you're happy your hair grows and when you're not it seems to be at a stand still. Least I say be stressed and it "falls " out. We put our hair and bodies in a "dis-eased" state. How? By what we eat, think, drink, and allow. We were made perfect and whole. Your beautiful coiled, kinky, nappy, hair is on purpose! If you're Nubian.

My salon is a sanctuary to ALL that come to my door. Incense burning and candles, bowflex , gazelle, ab lounger, and wholistic food being delivered. Vegan, vegetarian or Live. My clients come in and I often hear" this is different". "There's a vibe here like I've never felt before "or "this place feels like church , it's peaceful."

I have a Television that I use for educational documentaries Only .. sorry no soap operas in Ashe'! My new clients ask" Queen, do you watch the t.v.?" I answer as my father use to say "nope you've got to limit the amount of garbage you take in. If your brain is cluttered your hair won't grow!!  (Nothing will) I think to myself...you must sound like a broken record to everyone in your reach. I preach the same concepts every day. Eat healthy, meaning Eat to live not live to eat, drink enough water, preferably alkaline , exercise, and detox.

Read something, as your mind is a muscle as well. Feed your spirit, meaning center your self in meditation and listen to your Spiritual source. Breathe slowly...... in and out 3 times.. Reset!

Being a true advocate for living a "beautiful life/my livity "and examining what constitutes one, there seems to be a few essential components. Out of all of these, the primary principle that comes up again and again for me is "Peace ". Hair being natural gives one that. Especially Nubian ladies.
No chemical burns, no standing in the mirror with bad hair days, no jumping up about to have a nervous break down cause you over slept and no time to curl your hair. No gotta put off your date cause your hair isn't done. No HAIR DRAMA.. It's hilarious the things our hair puts us through!

Now in my mind I have distinguished levels that constitute degrees of Acceptance if you will. It goes something like this- from the lower to the higher levels. In the infancy stages: adorable and cute i.e. as a baby/child. Next you work on "be-coming" attractive, fine, handsome or even gorgeous as you are an adolescent/young woman or man discovering your attractiveness . As you become a mature adult you should become more secure in your identity and focus more on being attractive from the "inside/out"; your inner beauty and spiritually. Pending on your exposure to groundness.. meaning knowing you. This represents a certain depth of "Being". At this level, you know that being radiant, healthy and clean from the inside will manifest itself as Attractive . When you sit firmly in this place long enough you are no longer "becoming" beautiful/ handsome. You are! Society has a way of making us feel less attractive. If our bodies aren't a certain size or our hair straight, or our incomes not to a place of all the bling and designer fashion. What's wrong with just being you? What's wrong with EXHALING?

I believe that "Peace" within your Soul and Being is the source that creates true ATTRACTIVENESS.. It doesn't come in a box, it's not going to burn and it surely doesn't make your hair fall out.. Need I say more? Until next time .. Love and Nappiness. Ashe'!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Locs, an African Evolution

Greetings, the following blog article is not to offend anyone. I'm simply going to give you all an insight into the world of Locs. Welcome to locology 101, so sit back relax ," Overstand" and unlock your mind.

Locs are mentioned no fewer than seven times in the Bible. Sampson, the strongest of the Israelites, wore seven Locs upon his head. It is said that there laid his strength. If you research the ancient Egyptian race, and look at the pictures or drawings in the tombs; the Kemetians had Locs that were beautifully adorned with precious stones.

The Himba women in Nambibea twist their hair with Sheep's wool and coat it with a mixture of mud, fat , and a clay-like iron reddish tinge. The result, LOCS.. The men if the Kenyan Pokot tribe encourage their hair to loc into a large flat, mud packed bun, which they call " Ancestor Hair". Now the Rastafarian Brothas prefer their Locs to grow naturally with out any parting other than nature and JAH. They looked unkept to the untrained eye. Those Locs are clean, healthy, and shampooed .

In 1950, the Kikuyun soliders of the Mau Mau tribe in Kenya fought  the British  and won a revolt against them. The Rastafarians took a pledge  in honor of this revolt and said they would not cut their Locs. They refer to 3 scriptures of the Bible: Leviticus 19:27, 21:5, and Numbers 6:5, that simply put, state that a man should not cut his Locs. The Rastafarians took the "a" out of the word " dread ", to take away the negative connotation the word holds when spelled like Websters. Now, lets clear this up: The correct terminology is " loc" not " dred". Dread means to hate or to fear. Slave traders referred to the newly arrived Africans slaves hair as " dreadful" . Needless to say , their hair would be dreadful too if having to lie in their own waste, and waste of family and friends.

Locs do more signifying than the Afro ever could , in my opinion. They say , I will not compromise my ideals, I AM that I AM. Anyone can start the loc process, but a "Loctician" will be able to give you positive reinforcement about wearing and caring for your Locs. He or she will also know the proper oils and correct parting to start your Locs., as not every crown is the same. Here at Ashe' , I use products that contain no wax, petroleum , or alcohol. Wax clogs the pores of the scalp , collect debris and will hold any odor. Wax also leaves the hair with a grey coating. The Locs will eventually begin to shed and " break off". They are also hard to shampoo clean when full of wax. If your natural texture is tightly coiled or extremely curly , your hair will loc anywhere from six to eight months depending on the texture. And yes, know that your hair can and should be shampooed. I use products that contain natural herbs, such as peppermint or rosemary for oily scalp, aloe or basil for moisturizer, olive and tea tree as anti- dandruff treatments. Growing Locs is a spiritual awaking which consists of embracing patience and a love for YOUR SELF. I hope the " third eye" opens for everyone reading this article.