The Brown Girls Green Beauty

The Brown Girls Green Beauty!

We are excited to bring you our truly beautiful organic and natural afro hair and skin care range.  We wanted to create something really special that fits seamlessly into our lives enhancing it and simplifying it, while at the same time reflecting a growing desire for the products that we use to be beautiful, ethical, sustainable and healthy to use.

It’s been a long road a lot of experimentation and a huge learning curve but we are proud of the results and are happy to present to you genuinely effective products that directly seek to address the needs of women and men of colour. Products that keeps your needs in mind at every stage of development, so that you don’t have to “make-do”.

We appreciate the slow beauty approach which values simplicity, purity, sensuality and quality over fast disposable products, that do nothing for our health. We believe that beauty shouldn’t have to cost us our health so we select our ingredients with a view to minimising harmful effects on the earth and ourselves.

Our products are packed with potent plant goodness that work hard to nourish, protect and soothe leaving you visibly radiant, while restoring hair and skin to better health. We’ve refined, researched and tweaked and tested our recipes on willing volunteers over  a long 5 years to create a truly green beauty option that effectively meets our specific hair and skin needs.

We are a proud Afro-British brand that sources many of our natural ingredients from these very shores, bringing you better nutrition for your hair and skin completely naturally. We hope you’ll enjoy it.

Best wishes

Ibi

Founder

About Us


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The Afro Hair & Skin Co. is a small independent afro beauty business located along the beautiful English coast. We are dedicated to creating truly organic and natural products carefully crafted by hand, using fresh natural ingredients that will feed your skin and hair with all the goodness necessary to blossom and be truly healthy.

Our Beauty Philosophy

Real beauty is an energy that you put out into the world, the way that you treat yourself can have a direct impact on how you view and interact with the world. Therefore it’s important to repeat messages of love to yourself. When you take time for yourself, you are feeding your consciousness telling yourself that you are worth effort, energy and love. You are taking time to replenish reserves that can easily be depleted through everyday challenges. Simple realisations like this can be profoundly energising bringing a sense of wellness and balance. It’s ok to take down time, be creative and indulge ourselves in the things that we love.  You are your most beautiful self when you are happy and comfortable with who you are.

Our Ingredients

As lovers of all things natural and organic. We like our beauty to be clean and green. So we make the extra effort to ensure that the ingredients we use are the purest and most natural we can find. We source the finest quality sustainable ingredients that are grown, harvested and cold-pressed right here in the U.K, as well as certified organic and Fairtrade natural ingredients.

Who’s it for?

We specialise in providing high quality green beauty options to meet the unique needs of afro textured hair in all its forms as well as skincare that addresses some of the concerns of WoC. This way we are able to offer a more tailored beauty experience, working to create highly effective products that deal more directly with common issues that are often unique to our skin and hair. That being said, our products are all natural and full of wonderful healthy ingredients that anyone is welcome to try.


 

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Images of Black Women: Out of My Hand

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INFO

Please be aware that there are no trailers before the performance.

  • Sun 12 Jun
  • 135 minutes
  • Director: Takeshi Fukunaga
  • Cast: Bishop Blay, Shelley Molad, Duke Murphy Dennis, Charles Justo
  • USA-Liberia (2015)

SYNOPSIS

In the Liberian countryside, Cisco’s quiet life as a rubber plantation worker is disrupted by a workers’ strike. Risking everything to embark on a new life, he accepts a chance invitation to New York, where he immerses himself in its small Liberian community. But when Cisco meets Jacob, a former Liberian child soldier, he is forced to confront his difficult past. The film is a modern twist on a classic immigrant story, shot on locations in Liberia and New York.

Out of My Hand is only the second foreign-production narrative feature film ever shot in Liberia and the first to be made in association with Liberia Movie Union, an affiliate of Liberian government. The film was premiered in the Panorama section at Berlinale and won Grand Jury Prize at LA Film Festival in 2015.

IBW highlights the work of women behind the camera with this film distributed by the ladies of ARRAY

Founded in 2004, Images of Black Women Film Festival returns to promote race and gender equality both in front and behind the camera, highlighting the work of Black women and the diversity of Africa and its Diaspora.

This event is an extension of the BFI African Odysseys programme in association with the Phoenix Cinema: Inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema. Explore the African roots of World Cinema through our monthly programme of Sunday screenings.
Supported by Black History Walks www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk


 

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Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations

Hat tip: Monique Wells. Source: British Black List

Baroness Patricia Scotland Makes History as 1st (Black) Woman Secretary General of The Commonwealth of Nations!

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Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations

Nominated to discuss her life and career on the ‘Inspiring Women’ segment of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour by ‎Grace Ononiwu, the Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal, PC, QC, aged 60, took up her newest landmark position as Her Excellency, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations on April 1st 2016.

Nominated by the Hon ‎Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica, the main issue of contention for the appointing Commonwealth Heads of Governments, was her Catholic faith! That’s saying something for a lawyer and politician!

This pioneering barrister, Britain’s first black female Queen’s Counsel (QC), Privy Counsellor (PC), member of the House of Lords (Upper House) since 1997 (life peerage), former UK Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1999 – 2001, former member of theCommission for Racial Equality, UK Parliamentary Secretary (Lord Chancellor’s Department 2001-2003), UK Minister of State (Home Office, 2003-2007), Labour attorney general (2007 – 2010), andshadow attorney general (2010 – 2011), obviously rises to any challenge!

Read the full story on The British Blacklist.

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HAIRitage, a short film exploring Black hair in Britain

HAIRitage: We asked Black men and women of East London to share their opinions and experiences of living with Black hair in Britain.

Whilst some simply shared their favourite hairstyles, others explored the more serious topic of how their hairstyle choices impact their identity. This film explores how and why Black women have been made to feel that their hair is inferior.

Eastside Community Heritage seeks to build, service and enable partnerships which record, document and preserve the experiences of different communities, through the provision of social, cultural, educational and historical activities.

Our methodology incorporates education and training, with schools, families and adult learners. Eastside produces exhibitions, publications and multi media stimuli which are an opportunity for all cultures and age ranges to engage in a proactive discovery of their own and their community’s history, culture and heritage.


 

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Yoga retreats for Black women and women of colour in the UK

OYA Yoga retreats for Black women and women of colour in the UK

OYA Retreats are dedicated to delivering an holistic movement and mindfulness practice to Black women and women of colour. On exclusive retreats in the United Kingdom and abroad, guests are offered room to explore, reflect, release, and renew.

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Recalling the Elements: Fire & Wind

Join Nikita, Shiggi and Stacie for their first weekend yoga and mindfulness retreat together at Poundon House, a beautifully exclusive house and grounds located just 60 miles northwest of London. The retreat will include yoga, mindfulness, movement, vegetarian meals, as well as free time to explore the area, swim, rest, read, and relax.

Theme

The elements are expressive and reflected in our own moods. We move between emotions of hot and cold, happy and angry, sometimes without even recognising or understanding why. At this weekend retreat we will explore the seemingly opposite poles that both fire and wind represent and how, in conversation with one another, transformation becomes possible.

On the one hand, fire is irreplaceable in its warming capabilities, for example of food or the body, and it can even illuminate one’s path. If untamed, however, it can burn and scorch everything in its way. Similarly, wind offers us a cooling system and can provide the energy we need to power up. At high speeds, however, wind becomes an indestructible force bringing chaos to anything it touches. This retreat will benefit anyone looking to find balance in the midst of the world’s extremes.

The body is the only true home that we will ever have, so it’s important that it be nourished and cherished. Over the course of the weekend, guests will be led in movement and mindfulness practice to do exactly that. Grounded movement and powerful Hatha flow sessions that invigorate will be balanced with soothing mindfulness exercises to leave guests feeling rejuvenated.

The retreat schedule is subject to change and will be released to registered guests closer to the date. Please have a look at our example schedule here.

Meals

The retreat is fully catered with dairy- and wheat-free vegetarian cuisine. On Friday evening a light dinner will be served. Saturday and Sunday morning, a warm broth will be offered before the movement session, and breakfast after the movement session. On Saturday, a filling and warm lunch will be served and a light and healthy dinner. On Sunday, guests will receive a boxed lunch, if they desire to take something with them on their journey home.

Instructors

Learn about the three instructors, including Founder Stacie CC Graham on the OYA Retreats website.
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DJ’s we’ve loved the last 10 years

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In addition to our 10th Anniversary Shero DJ Candice McKenzie* we’ve blogged about a two other DJ’s over the last 10 years:

Jade Avia – UK

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Jade Avia is a young, beautiful, natural TV and Radio presenter. She currently co-hosts the Capital Xtra Breakfast Show with Kojo and presents her own Sunday evening show 16.00-20.00. Jade also hosts The Chart Show for Emirates in flight entertainment. Jade is very hands on and has recently produced and presented an online TV Show called LipGloss and Candy Floss.

Diva Cruz – Sweden

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Since she is a professional percussionist, Diva Cruz uses percussion while playing record. She has been playing drums since she was little, first in children’s orchestras and later as a percussionist in various salsa bands in Colombia, where she grew up.


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*Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I picked Candice to be a Black Women in Europe Blog10th Anniversary Shero for many reasons but mainly for her positive energy that I find completely infectious! I first blogged about Candice in March 2009 when I learned about her Dolly Mixes. She is known for her signature blend of house and Gospel music that makes me want to sing and dance and laugh at the same time. I also chose Candice for her drive, diverse appeal and creativity.

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Picture courtesy Candice McKenzie

Read more about DJ Candice McKenzie and download your anniversary gift.

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