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Sisters sharing knowledge – There is not a hair issue that I can not solve in 5 minutes.

From Lori van Echtelt in the Netherlands

I started Mariposa Import because I was frustrated at the lack of quality products in Europe in 2004. I took the matter into my own hands. I also knew that having natural hair was not a fad for me but a way of life. I was used to folks making their remarks about my hair within earshot ,”Girl, You need to get a relaxer!’ I giggled out loud and shook my head. Their remarks had no influence on me. I did not understand why a total stranger had something to say about my hair. It said more to me about their own discomfort with natural hair.

We all know that it can be fun looking at You Tube videos or photos of hairstyles.  There is nothing wrong with that. You can’t help but admire the sheer talent that is on these videos. Many of these YouTubers have more talent than so-called “hairdressers” who are afraid to touch natural hair. And the ones who do touch your hair are quick to rake a comb through dry natural hair. I am a patient woman but when I witness that, I loose my patience. Hair care is not supposed to hurt.

But what happens if that fascination turns to obsession?  When minutes turns to hours on the internet. You lose track of time and days turn into weeks and then months and then years. Has “hair” become your obsession? Does it own you instead of you owning it? Do you have any other hobbies? What about personal relationships or social political events or self-development? Do you see what I am getting at? On the Mariposa Import Facebook page, I show the many hobbies that I engage in. My hair takes less than 5 minutes maximum. That frees up so much personal time to do other things that I love.

I love hair just as much as the next person standing next to me, but there is so much more to life than hair. I see hair just like plants. I treat my plants the same way I treat my hair, give it moisture, quality ingredients, Love and then leave it alone to let it grow. This principle applies to all hair types, no exception. Love the hair that you have right now, at this very moment with no conditions. You would not say to a child, “I will only love you when you reach 1.47 meters”. This is no different. Replace obsession with Love and your hair and life with thank you for it.

Product feature of the month:

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Oyin Greg Juice

I love how this keeps the hair moisturized throughout the day. You can use it on babies to adults. It keeps your fro and twists feeling so soft. Let’s not forget about locs. This is a favorite of loc wearers.

Love Your Hair!

Mariposa Import

www.mariposaimport.com

Europe’s First and Original webshop for people with curly and afro hair

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Lori van Echtelt is the owner and founder of Mariposa Imports (MI), based in the Netherlands. She was on the Black Women in Europe™ 2010 Power List. Mariposa Import started in February 2004. It is the first and original shop focused on curly and frizzy hair in Western Europe. MI specializes in unique, high quality, hair and skin products from America and Afrika. We only sell products we ourselves use. The products we sell do not contain mineral oil or petrolatum, ingredients which block moisture absorption by the hair. We select products is based on our personal experience and that of our friends.

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Sisters sharing knowledge – My being Social is NOT entirely yours …

Laura Bazile from England

Using social media on a daily basis, essentially in a professional context and -to a certain extent, privately as well (make things like scheduling, taking notes, booking tickets far much easier and funnier) I had a thought of how I could describe my “being social”, the other day, on my way to a barcamp.

ePROFILE
It is no secret that you must build a consistent profile online if you want to grasp a chance that it is going to be useful at a certain point. Going further, it is more what people would think about you or retain which is a key. Being social online has exactly the same value than a social event you join as a “business owner” or a “jazz fan” or a “contemporary art lover”, just be there for what it is, find the right balance when considering what it is, that is all, not what others WANT you to be.

eREPUTATION
If building a profile can be easily done, here and there, the multiplicity of online tools make things harder when it is time to sum up details on a global e-platform. Plus, the frontier between private and professional spheres must be clearly outlined for you AND for your connections. As far as I am concerned, one un-appropriate drift, you are out! This is me, of course and in the end I could understand that a “connection” does the same if -for some reason, I no longer have any value for him/her.

NETWORKING
This is directly connected to what is above. All in one, if the previous are weak, you being social CAN be tricky. I am not pretending that you must have a Facebook account to be social… Not at all!… I am just re-ajusting the exact value I give here to “being social”: it is being social online and being the same … in reality.

COMMUNITIES
When I met Adrianne (my dedicated editor here), it was online and … in a social context. Being social on that precise moment, was finding a community, accurate to ONE side of me: a Black woman in Europe. There might be other communities like BWIE™, but for some reasons, being social here, added to people I met there, meet my expectations. I assume that I could join other types of communities, in connection with diverse topics I find valuable.

“Circling” on Google+, being part of events, planning events … more and more socializing to-do’s… (or at least try, get to know a little bit more about it …)

I could not imagine a social situation online that goes against my values. Tools are numerous and being social is a personal thing raised to the online level under YOUR control.

What is your “being social”?

Laura

Laura Bazile is an events professional, loves travelling, meeting & helping people, and is passionate about social media, live & virtual arts, and design.

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Sisters sharing knowledge – Health and Hair

From Lori van Echtelt in the Netherlands

The two are interconnected. Sometimes a change in your hair texture or the amount of  hair loss is the first symptom that something is wrong in your body. That is one of the reasons to pay attention to your hair. It can give you invaluable clues over your health.

I have been plagued with allergies since my 20’s. I later developed asthma. I stopped smoking but the allergies still continued. I came to accept it as a way of life.

Fast forward 20 years later, my sinus problems, allergy problems, and more health issues began to arise. I changed over to a vegetarian diet, thinking that was the solution. The health problems continued so I started to consume meat again. My blood levels showed that I was deficient in many key vitamins.

I changed over to organic meat and vegetables. I started to feel somewhat better but I still felt something was wrong. In fact I knew something was wrong. My stomach was always extended. My skin was not glowing. I felt tired no matter how much sleep I got. I started to get tingling feelings in my hands and feet that were excruciating. This confirmed that something was seriously wrong. Also my hair was not growing as fast as it normally does. My hair looked great but I was aware that the growth of my hair had slowed down. The same with my body, I could not seem to shake the weight off.

I decided to try to go gluten free. It was very hard in the beginning because there are so many food products that contain gluten. I had to read every single label. I started to notice that I wasn’t sneezing all the time. The first time in over 20 years. My skin started to clear up. The tingling in my hands and feet was reduced. My hair started growing at the normal rate. I had taken a picture of myself and I could not believe what I saw. I looked alive. People who have seen me, asked me what was I doing; that I looked great. I tell them that I have been juicing and avoiding gluten. I knew I was lactose intolerant but it never occurred to me that I had a gluten sensitivity.

As I did more research, I found out that gluten is responsible for 265 symptoms; such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Also the testing for gluten sensitivity or celiac disease has not been standardized. Celiac disease is when all the villi has been damaged and this is confirmed by a biopsy.  It makes sense not to wait. Some say , “well my ancestors ate bread and there was nothing wrong.” There is 50% more gluten in the wheat, rye and barley products that we consume today.

With the hair products that I use from Mariposa Import and a modified diet, my hair length is to the middle of my back. I had to share this personal story with you.

So please take a look at your diet. Try going without food that contains gluten and see how you feel.

You can have the best hair products in the world but if your diet is deficient, it will show up in your hair.

Now for the product feature of the month:

Bee Mine Curly Hold Butter

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The Bee Mine Curly Hold Butter gives you great shiny curls without a stiff feeling. It is 100% natural so you can also use it on kids hair. Great for also smoothing down the hair line or creating twists and braids.

Love Your Hair!

Lori

Mariposa Import

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Lori van Echtelt is the owner and founder of Mariposa Imports (MI), based in the Netherlands. She was on the Black Women in Europe™ 2010 Power List. Mariposa Import started in February 2004. It is the first and original shop focused on curly and frizzy hair in Western Europe. MI specializes in unique, high quality, hair and skin products from America and Afrika. We only sell products we ourselves use. The products we sell do not contain mineral oil or petrolatum, ingredients which block moisture absorption by the hair. We select products is based on our personal experience and that of our friends.

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Sisters sharing knowledge – Compiling your event content whilst including social media – what is old, what is new?

Laura Bazile from England


/ event organizer /

 

obsolete

FRESH!

content impact your website is your showcase your website, plus social media are your showcases
content power key details telling straight away

how unique your event is

your online presence will tell

how unique your event is

content lifecycle starting from scratch or simply update key details is a tip building from what is online is a tip


/ attendees /

 

obsolete

FRESH!

content impact one event goes with one website –  period googling when searching an event
content power checking the event website even close to date will bring accurate details going through interactive promotion, participating to online conversation, being kept abreast of breaking news will bring accurate details
content lifecycle show is over so are event details show is over and attendees expect to receive useful report including what is next

Plus, reaching an international audience is an excellent reason to give your social media strategy a real push.

Whilst it depends on what your event is about/type of expertise you bring/to who/when/how, including social media into your event marketing strategy is no longer a “trend” to be part of, we all agree.

It is where you start to make the difference, as an event prof.

What about you, what is fresh in your new event marketing strategy …. A lot, I guess. Let me rephrase this: what aspect of your event marketing you could not implement the way you used to?

Laura

Laura Bazile is an events professional, loves travelling, meeting & helping people, and is passionate about social media, live & virtual arts, and design.

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Sisters sharing knowledge – Hair over 40

From Lori van Echtelt in the Netherlands

There is a lot of talk about menopause in Europe but not much over Perimenopaause. That is the period before menopause where you hormone levels start to change. Menopause is the cessation of your menstruation. Menopause means that you have gone a full year without a period. Periomenopause can start as young as 30 and this period of perimenopause can last as long as 10 years or longer.

Signs that you may be going through perimenopause:

Weight gain
Mood swings (these can be mild to sudden outbursts)
Thinning of hair
Irregular periods
Hot flashes
Change in bleeding during periods (heavier or lighter flow)
Foggy Brain (forgetfulness)
Fatigue
Insomnia

This is just the begin of the list. This means that that you are not going crazy. It is your body going through a transitional phase. This is a time to be extra mindful of your diet; fresh vegetables, decreased caffeine and sugar intake. You may have to cross things off the list that you once considered “Must Do’s”. I call this a period of increased self-care. A doctor can not do it for you. There are places within Europe that do recognize this period in a womens’ life and offer bio-identical hormones after they have completed tests of your hormone levels.

Estrogen dominance (too much estrogen in the body) can worsen these symptoms. Estrogen dominance is far more common than people think. Certain chemicals (i.e plastics) , foods, can increase the body’s estrogen production. High levels of estrogen have been linked to breast and ovarian cancers.

Natural progesterone replacement can help offset the estrogen dominance.

Your hair may be thinning at this point. It is best to be in touch with your hair. Does it feel dry? Dry is not normal. Mariposa Import has wonderful products to eliminate dryness completely from your hair. However nothing will replace a good healthy diet and the elimination of stress that can cause havoc on your hormones and hair. I like to call Perimenopause, Peri- ME-PAUSE. Kick martyrdom to the side. It is your time to take extra care of yourself.

The product feature of the month is HairVeda Amala Cream Rinse. This product is wonderful for those who prefer to no-poo (wash their hair with a conditioner in place of a shampoo).

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Available via Mariposa Import (www.mariposaimport.com). Ordered today, shipped today!

Lori van Echtelt is the owner and founder of Mariposa Imports (MI), based in the Netherlands. She was on the Black Women in Europe™ 2010 Power List. Mariposa Import started in February 2004. It is the first and original shop focused on curly and frizzy hair in Western Europe. MI specializes in unique, high quality, hair and skin products from America and Afrika. We only sell products we ourselves use. The products we sell do not contain mineral oil or petrolatum, ingredients which block moisture absorption by the hair. We select products is based on our personal experience and that of our friends.

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