[saymaListserv] Katrina Relief Supplies

Susan Phelan sjpsprout at comcast.net
Thu Sep 8 23:16:56 JEST 2005

Greetings, FN/Friends:

I saw this on another posting and wanted to pass the information along.

Peace, Susan
Huntsville Area Friends Meeting


  when you donate hygiene products to Katrina survivors, please make an
  effort to give items that are specifically made for African-American
  hair and skin. a friend working at a shelter in Phoenix  told me that
  this is becoming a an issue  nobody seems to be addressing.
  the following products are some suitable for black hair and skin. i
  thought i'd offer up a list of brands/products to make it easier for 
  African-American angels to help. you can refer to Sally Beauty Supply 
  see most of the products i'm talking about. i didn't link to everything
  because it would take too long. you can poke around just to see what 
  products look like.

  Brands: Creme of Nature, Motions, At One With Nature, African Pride,
  Elasta QP, Soft & Beautiful, Luster's, Infusium 23, Organic Root
  Stimulator, Nexxus, Proclaim, Doo Gro, Ultra Sheen, TCB, All Ways
  Natural, Dark and Lovely.

  as a general rule of thumb, shampoos for black hair should have a 
  sheen to them. look for the word "moisturizing" in the name of the
  product, or somewhere on the bottle for both shampoo and conditioner. i
  would assume that the majority of folks have either relaxed or pressed
  (straightened with a hotcomb) hair, so oil is a necessity. i'm pretty
  sure that it's illegal to mail aerosol cans, so i'd suggest the big 
  of hair moisturizer: Luster's Pink Oil Moisturizer. if you buy a big
  bottle and some of those empty travel sized bottles, it can be rationed
  out. other hair dressings that are inexpensive and can be shared are:
  Blue Magic Hair and Scalp Conditioner, VO5, Ultra Sheen Conditioner and
  Hairdress. also, there will be some people who need curl activator.
  Right On and Care Free Curl are the brands most drug stores carry.
  people with braids need braid sheen spray. African Pride and African
  Royale are two good ones. people with natural hair (like mine) can use
  the suggested hairdresses, but i personally like using shea butter on 
  hair (it makes it MUCH easier to comb). i'd also recommend anything 
  carrot oil or olive oil for natural hair. people with locs need wax.
  look for products with "lock and twist" in the name, or dread shampoo,
  like Knotty Boy or DreadHead dread shampoo.

  combs, brushes, afropicks, barrettes, ponytail holders like these, and
  black rubber bands and doo rags are critical, too. get wide toothed
  combs. African-American hair is more fragile than Asian or Caucasian,
  especially if it's chemically relaxed. The Cricket Ultra Clean is by 
  the best comb i have ever used on my thick, dense hair. it detangles in
  minutes and is seamless, so it doesn't cause split ends. and if hair is
  matted, it's perfect. if you're just shopping at the local drug store,
  look for those wide toothed combs that are triple dipped on the ends,
  like this one. Ace hard rubber combs are good for relaxed/pressed hair.
  get durable afro picks like this one, as little plastic ones will snap
  easily. look for bristle brushes. vented brushes are no good for our 

  Brands: Triple Lanolin, Black Opal, Ambi, Neutrogena, Nivea, Keri.

  generally speaking, black skin needs moisture regardless of the skin
  type (oily, dry, combination, normal). Nivea and Keri are popular
  because they both have oil in them, which prevents extreme dryness. but
  i'm thinking that you don't want to get anything too heavy, seeing as
  showers are probably a rare commodity. i would recommend anything with
  aloe vera, cocoa butter, olive oil or shea butter. essentially, we can
  use anything you use. one thing, though. African-American men get razor
  bumps, which are essentially ingrown hairs. Magic Shaving Powder helps
  prevent razor bumps, so i would include a can along with shaving cream.

  Brands: Posner, Black Opal, Milani, Iman, Flori Roberts.
  there are others particularly formulated for African-American skin
  tones, but again, generally speaking, we can wear what you wear. just
  use your discretion. pale pink lipstick probably isn't going to look
  good on dark skin. stick with plums, browns, reds, and bronzes.
  eyeshadows can be bright or muted, but again, stay away from pale 

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