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In case you were wondering, YES! We are celebrating our 16 year anniversary for the rest of 2020! We wouldn't be the brand we are today without the support of our community! Over the years, we've had the pleasure of partnering with countless talented creators, many of whom have become like family to us. Today, we're passing the mic to a few of these awesome influencers, so they can tell you why they love EDEN!
1. Favorite EDEN product?
“My favorite EDEN BodyWorks product is the Natural Curl Defining Creme! It’s such a great product! It defines and moisturizes my curls. It became my fave when I realized I could use it for a one product wash n go! Game changer!” - @watchciwork
“That’s hard because I have two! The Citrus Fusion Hair + Body Butter because it’s so extremely moisturizing, smells great and it’s muti-use. The second is the Papaya Castor Conditioning Hairdress. Again it’s a multi-use product for me; I use it all the time when I’m doing mine or my husband’s hair, it doesn’t matter the style.” - @curlsandcouture
“My favorite EDEN product is the JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner. I love this entire line but the Deep Conditioner gives me a great amount of moisture while strengthening my stands at the same damn time! The jar also lasts forever which is great for my pockets! Love this deep conditioner!” - @maia_poppin
“One of my favorite EDEN products is the Hibiscus Honey Hydration Custard! It was the first EDEN product I ever tried and quickly became a fave because of its versatility. The Hydration Custard can be used for protective styling, as a base for twist outs, wash n gos, braid outs, literally ANYTHING. The Hydration Custard is so moisturizing, smells amazing and leaves my hair feeling super hydrated and shiny.” - @somahriah
“The Almond Marshmallow Therapy Leave In Conditioner currently has my heart! In the past, I completely stayed away from "spray leave-in conditioners" because they would never work for me! Then I tried the entire Almond Marshmallow Collection & it was a game changer! The leave-in works AMAZINGLY and allows the process of moisturizing my hair to be quicker while still being very efficient. Definitely a Must-have product!” - @knotsncurls
“The Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo is a life saver! As a natural hair blogger, I'm constantly experimenting with new products which can sometimes lead to unfavorable results. After having a horrible experience experimenting with a product, using this shampoo for several wash days really helped bring my hair back to life!” - @stephrachel_
“My favorite EDEN product is the Hibiscus Honey Hydration Custard. It’s my everyday goto to moisturize my hair.” - @thevillage_baddie
2. Favorite way to #StylewithEDEN?
“Two & Three strand twist outs are my FAVE to do with EDEN because I get two styles in one. Generally, I use the Coconut Shea Leave in Conditioner + Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme -or- Papaya Castor Foam Conditioner + Papaya Castor Nourishing Curl Jam. I can wear my twists for a week knowing the hydration I receive from EDEN will not disappear and when I'm ready to bring my fro out, I simply coat my fingertips with my Papaya Castor Conditioning Hairdress and take down my twists. Boom, EDEN has made a wash day stretch for 2 weeks!” - @thisisdananicole
“Wash + Go’s are my absolute faveeeuh, my OG, my go to- LOL, you get the point. Plus, I quite enjoy allowing my fro to sorta just do its own thing.” - @tropicurlie
“I love using the Papaya Castor Foam Conditioner to create a rod set.” - @heycurlie
“I don’t do many hairstyles, but using the Coconut Shea Leave In as my base will allow all my looks to flourish. Especially my twist outs.” - @naturalpartnersincrime
"My favorite hairstyle to do with an EDEN product is a twist out. My twists always come out moisturized and beautiful." - @heyyyitsmimi
3. What comes to mind when you think of EDEN BodyWorks (or favorite memory)?
“When I think of EDEN, I think family. EDEN BodyWorks is more than a natural hair brand to me. It's a family of creators and curators that provide a new experience with every event and every new product launch. When I use EDEN, I genuinely feel like the product was hand-crafted with me in mind and my hair loves it. Favorite EDEN memory is my very first CURLFEST repping the brand. I was overwhelmed in the best way from all the love I received from my brand family, but also the naturalistas that attended who recognized me and trusted my judgement when recommending products. This sense of belonging and having my seat at the table with this family is an indescribable feeling.” - @thisisdananicole
“I think about power, black power. Jasmine- a woman of color, defied the odds stacked against us with 16 years of business neatly tucked under her belt. 16 years of creating diverse and inclusive products. 16 years of helping to mend the beauty industry that once didn’t cater to us. All of this while being active in the community with philanthropic efforts to help women, and all of this as a black entrepreneur? Much more- a black female entrepreneur (who are not awarded the same opportunities as their non-POC and male counterparts)? There are so many hurdles that Jasmine, we, us as a community must overcome in a system that just isn’t built for us. I could walk circles around the block going on about how groundbreaking & inspiring her story is. Jasmine has been leading, inspiring & innovating for 16 years and might I add, ever so gracefully and if that isn’t an example of black power, I’m not sure what is. “ - @tropicurlie
“I had been natural for almost a year before trying any EDEN BodyWorks products. I experimented with so many brands and products (high end and drug store) but had never been able to consistently recreate styles until I started using EDEN products. EDEN BodyWorks has products for all hair types and conditions, with natural ingredients for soft, strong, and healthy hair. Although I do still use other brands, every style I execute I always have at least one EDEN product in my routine, whether that begins with my shampoo, deep conditioner, leave-in or styler. I always know what I will get with EDEN products - and that is quality! My hair LOVES EBW.” - @somahriah
“Family comes to mind when I think of EDEN BodyWorks. I’ve been using EDEN since I started my natural hair journey. The brand has been a major part of my life and natural hair journey.” - @heycurlie
4. One word to describe your natural hair experience.
5. How do you use your hair/style to inspire others?
“I use hair to inspire others by showing people how beautiful our hair is in its natural state. Contrary to what the media tries to tell us, our curls are beautiful just the way they are. Our hair is so versatile and unique. With the proper knowledge and products, we all can achieve poppin' hairstyles." - @watchciwork
“I'm a skinny, tall girl with big frizzy hair. In the natural hair world, much attention is given to the perfect frizz free curl and coil and we as women have enough to deal with on social media with body shaming if you don't have the "ideal body type" (whatever that is). Styling and showcasing my natural hair in all its craziness offers relatability. It's a confidence thing that I'm trying to communicate. I want my curlfriends/followers to know that the feelings they felt about their hair and body aren't unusual, but that place of self doubt isn't where they need to stay. I hope that sharing my insecurities and journey to acceptance of my hair and body encourage women to give themselves grace but also to make whatever necessary changes they need to expose the beauty within themselves, to themselves. Get that EDEN product, pick up that resistance band and work out; eat that pasta sis! You're STILL poppin'!” - @thisisdananicole
“When I started transitioning natural and subsequently launched Curls and Couture, my goal was to inspire women to love their natural hair and own it. Whether that was in a twist out, locs, braids, blow out, perm rod set, I want them to fall in love with their crown. So I chose to do that by sharing my journey of learning and loving my hair. “ - @curlsandcouture
“I use my hair to inspire others by showing simplicity. If you master a style and love it, keep doing it until you feel like moving on. That’s what I did. Also, my style is as simple as it gets. I want my audience to know that there are people out there that don’t get glammed up everyday and they’re just as awesome!” - @maia_poppin
“How do you use your hair/style to inspire others? By letting others know that styling your own hair can be fun and easy! It's especially fun when you have great products to help you along the way :)” - @syeda_bombom
“Doing my hair is therapeutic. Coloring my hair has now become a part of my signature tresses look. Natural hair is not one dimensional. There are so many options - healthy options that you can turn to, so I hope that anyone that follows me is able to see that & think outside the box for themselves.” - @imaprilchristina
“I use my natural hair journey to inspire my audience to feel more confident in loving their hair and in turn, themselves.” - @kensthetic_
“As a low porosity type 4 natural with medium/high density hair, I use my platform to inspire others with similar hair types to really embrace and care for theirs. Ultimately, with the right techniques, regimen and products, caring for your natural hair is 100% feasible. If I can do it, anybody can!” - @stephrachel_
“I use wash ‘n gos to inspire because I feel like a lot of people think that their natural hair is “too much” or they just don’t know how to deal with it and I want people to see with their very own eyes, what their hair can be capable of doing if they take the time to learn to care for it. I also like to inspire guys. Guys can have natural hair as well. Guys can have NICE natural hair at that.” - @therealdremajor
“I consider myself an average Naturalista, so when I’m able to achieve a great style I always go back to my followers with all my tips and tricks and products used to hopefully help them as well.” - @naturalpartnersincrime
“I wear my natural hair out because I want to inspire females to do the same and to not be ashamed of their coarse natural hair. 4C is beautiful and it should be embraced and taken care of just like any other type of hair. “ - @thevillage_baddie
"There are many people with type 4 hair that want to become natural or want to maintain healthy hair in general, but don’t know exactly where to go. I try to inspire people through my styles and with experience/knowledge so that they can be motivated and excited to do their hair." - @heyyyitsmimi
Establishing real relationships and a sense of community remains our passion. We're grateful for the opportunities EDEN has had to build that with these creators and many more. We look forward to making more memories, connections, and amazing products moving forward.
We'd love to hear your EDEN stories too! In the comments below, tell us how you discovered EDEN!
Also, it's not too late to get your hands on one of our 16th Anniversary Boxes! Filled with 8 full-sized EDEN products + beauty and wellness items from 9 other women-owned brands, it's truly the ultimate self care package. Special treat: receive $20 off your Anniversary Box (shipping included) by entering code: BOX20 today!
This month, we're celebrating 16 years of EDEN BodyWorks! That's right, it's our anniversary! Since day one, it has been our passion to create high-quality, nature-inspired products that deliver amazing results. It all started with the JojOba Monoi Hair Oil and has now flourished into eight ingredient-focused collections. From dry scalp to breakage, and anything in between, we're still dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers. We're so grateful for all of the support we receive! And now, whether you've been rockin' with us since the beginning or you're new to the family, we want to know...
How well do you know EDEN?
Never have we ever...
If you knew all of the above, we're thrilled! You've made it past first base. Now, it's time you get to know a little more about who's behind the brand.
MEET THE TEAM
Founded EDEN in 2004
Name something you learned from your experience in beauty that you’ve been able to carry over to tech (or vice versa)?
I've learned to focus on solving the root problem rather than just treating symptoms. This involves asking deeper questions and getting clarity on expected outcomes and goals.
What does EDEN mean to you now vs. what it meant to you when you first started the company?
It's the same! It's always been my personal opportunity to do good in the world by trying to help improve people's lives. I'm honored to be able to have this impact.
Best part of being a young, Black woman entrepreneur?
Being all of these things has given me the strength and focus that enables me to believe that anything is possible!
What kind of impact do you want the brand to have?
The impact I hope to see from EDEN BodyWorks is that we can help people live their best lives inside and out. From products, conversations, and education this brand offers a wide range of experiences to meet people where they are on their journies and support them well.
With EDEN since 2011
What’s it like leading a team primarily made up of Black women?
I discovered my love for serving and working with women of color, in particular Black women, at the end of my twenties. It was my first opportunity to work in beauty. I had a tech background, where few women, especially those who are brown and black, reside. As soon as I started my new role in beauty, I knew instantly that there was no other place I'd rather be - than surrounded by women who looked like me. Our tribe here at EDEN holds me up.
Most impactful lesson you’ve learned during your time in the beauty industry?
That you can work (in) your passion, but never forget your purpose. There are many lessons surrounding beauty - inside and out. I treasure the ability to mentor women in this industry to pull others along. I don't want women to go down rocky roads, when there's a smoother path available. Let me help you cheat to win!
How do you create harmony /manage your time between managing a brand, being a mom of 3 (with 1 under the age of 1), a wife and a mentor?
I'm glad you said harmony. I learned quickly that there's no such thing as balance. Something suffers when you're giving one (something) your all. I try to make sure I am deliberate in scheduling time in each aspect of my life, including time for me, so that I reduce burnout, limit stress, and ultimately feel satisfied and gratified in my pursuit of wearing multiple hats. If my cup is empty, I am no good to anyone else. I feed my love of travel and quiet time often. I never take for granted the ability and opportunity to excel in each of these roles. I simply give myself grace and am always in prayer that harmony is achievable.
Customer Relations Manager
With EDEN since 2011
Best part of interacting with customers daily?
Engagement. When customers feel they’re engaging with a person rather than a faceless corporation, they enter an emotional relationship with the brand that fosters a strong sense of loyalty. I believe customer interactions are the lifeblood of a company because they humanize the brand.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your position?
I’m most challenged when a customer has an issue and/or complaint and the resolve is not immediate. It’s unfortunate, but sometimes reply/resolution times are slow. The challenge is keeping the customer satisfied and retaining their business, boosting customer loyalty.
Funniest or most interesting question you’ve ever been asked by a customer?
The most interesting question recently has been regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. I’ve received numerous emails and phone calls from customers wanting to know if the brand/founder is Black. It’s such a pleasure to answer, yes, we absolutely are.
Assistant Marketing Manager
With EDEN since 2015
What’s the best part (most enjoyable) about working for EDEN BodyWorks?
Honestly, it’s getting to work with so many incredible Black women (both internally and externally)! I grew up and went to school assuming I’d end up in a more “traditional” and male-dominated career environment - one where it was likely I wouldn’t have many coworkers or superiors who looked like me. When I joined EDEN, it felt like my wildest dream had come true. It’s such an honor to be able to work not only with a team predominantly made up of women, but Black women specifically - all who have such unique career backgrounds and reputable skills to bring to the table. I’m always learning from them!
What are your top 3 beauty product must-haves (1-skin, 1-body, 1-hair)?
Skin - an exfoliator! I love a good natural apricot scrub.
Body - a quality moisturizer. Any blend of natural oils and Cocoa Butter seems to treat my skin well.
Hair - Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner! Leave-in the most crucial step in my routine for a great wash ‘n go, and this one has been my staple for so many years. It clumps the curls, keeps them moisturized, and brings me the same results every time. Can’t help but love it.
Bucket list of places you want to visit (or things to do) before you turn 30?
I have a little less than four years to tackle these goals so they may be a tad ambitious; however, I'd like to make it to Maui and Greece, and later hopefully to South Africa to bring my 30th! I'd also love to purchase a condo.
Designer & Innovator, Patent Ventures Consultancy
Describe your design style.
Jazz personality, G-Mentality. Or Abstract, Conceptual, Sensual. I'm a minimalist who sometimes likes to do the most.
How do you stay inspired to find unique ways to share brands?
By listening. Letting myself wonder. Finding things that please me and indulging and asking the universe really hard questions.
Number one tip for getting out of a creative/design rut?
Dance. Have a twerk session. Travel or workout. Whatever releases your mind from its current state into a place where it's free to roam around and explore.
Website Services & Consulting
Favorite part of site-building?
I like the challenge of collecting all the information I can, brainstorming ideas, sketching out a plan, and then putting everything together. Then, at the end of it all, there's this brand new website. The scary part is that no matter how much consideration and planning goes into a project, there's always a huge risk. There aren't any guarantees.
What is it like working with a team of women?
I feel incredibly grateful to be surrounded by a group of professional and capable teammates who I know I can depend on. Honestly, I don't ever think of our team as a team of women -- plus me. Obviously, I know they all are but that thought never crosses my mind.
Most exciting project you’ve worked on with EDEN and why?
It's almost a tie between relaunching EDEN's website last Spring and upgrading our email marketing platform back in the Fall of 2019. I think the website redesign wins though just because of the scope of the project. This was an overhaul from the bottom up of everything that customers see on the site. Ashley and I put in a lot of hours planning, building, and getting all of it ready. I'm really happy with how it turned out. It's a nice looking site and most importantly, the redesign is resonating with our visitors.
Designer & Co-Founder, Key Design & Media
Is it ever challenging to get on one accord when working with a team of designers vs. working independently?
I actually love working on a team with other designers. Each designer can bring something unique to the project. EDEN does a great job of making sure that their design team communicates and collaborates on projects.
How does it feel seeing your designs go live (on social, ads, websites and etc.)?
I absolutely love seeing my designs once printed. Large formatted prints and packaging makes me the most happy to see.
What do you enjoy most about having EDEN as a client?
I love working with EDEN. They are super organized with their marketing and plan ahead for all of their graphic requests, which gives me the opportunity to think ahead on how to plan and execute an effective design deliverable. Honored to have them as a client for the past several years.
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Thank you for taking a moment to get to know the team! It has been our pleasure to build and connect with our customers over the years. We look forward to bringing you more EDEN goodness in the times to come!
It’s no secret that we take haircare very seriously. However, today, let’s have a little fun! Every head of hair is unique, some requiring more TLC in particular areas than others, but we all tend to measure our “hair fitness” according to a few general concerns. We’re coming through with a special game of “This or That,” the "hair fitness” edition, covering 5 areas of concern: Definition, Detangling, Moisture, Breakage, and Scalp Care. Play along and pick which contenders suit you best!
Round 1: Products
COCONUT SHEA CURL DEFINING CREME
An OG fan-favorite, this thick, humidity-resistant styling cream is known for providing medium hold, helping to make even the coiliest of curls pop! It’s specially designed for high density hair and delivers moisture along with the definition. Stand out ingredients: Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Avocado Oil, Rice Extract, and Jojoba Oil. It’s ideal for wash ‘n gos or stretched styles like twist-outs or braid-outs.
ALMOND MARSHMALLOW HYDRATION SERUM
Nicknamed “Liquid Gold” by customers, this jelly-like serum slips and slides through all textures of hair, providing unmatched shine and definition with soft-medium hold. Its lightweight formula smooths down the hair shaft to combat frizz and frayed ends. It hydrates and protects hair against daily pollutants. Reputable ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Marshmallow Root Extract, and Aloe Vera. Great for wash ‘n go styles + slicking back updos!
Round 2: Methods
The raking method refers to applying product to wet curls by using your hand as a comb and “raking” it through the hair, from root to tip, section by section. This takes a moderate amount of time, depending on hair length and density. It leaves behind defined “day one” hair, with moderate volume prior to fluffing or picking.
During the shingling method, product is applied to the hair overall (wet), then each curl is individually coated, clumped and twirled, one by one. This tends to take a considerable amount of time, leaving behind highly defined “day one” hair, with minimal volume prior to fluffing or picking.
Round 1: Products
PEPPERMINT TEA TREE CONDITIONER
Minty and refreshing, this rinse-out conditioner provides quality slip to varying hair textures. It’s creamy, but not super thick, so it spreads through curls with ease, providing a tingling sensation that’s therapeutic to the scalp. It’s built to fortify and soften the hair, especially following a clarifying shampoo. Peppermint Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil and Carrot Seed Oil are just a few of its knockout ingredients.
HIBISCUS HONEY CURL HYDRATION CONDITIONER
This hidden gem can serve as a rinse-out or leave-in conditioner. Soft and sweet-smelling, its lightweight consistency provides major slip to curls while also penetrating them with hydration. Key ingredients: Hibiscus Flower Extract, Honey, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Aloe Vera.
Round 2: Tools
BRUSH WITH THE BEST, FELICIA LEATHERWOOD BRUSH
Made with incredible flexibility, this brush is only bonded on three sides, unlike most brushes, which are bonded on all four sides. These “flexi-bristles” provide fluidity, allowing them to move with the hair, which prevents pulling and breakage from occurring. It was crafted by professional stylist and Hollywood’s Natural Hair Guru, Felicia Leatherwood (@lovingyourhair).
WIDE TOOTH COMB
Simple, yet effective, this OG tool gets the job done. It’s a comb with teeth set spaciously apart from one another, to prevent breakage to curls.
Round 1: Products
HIBISCUS HONEY HYDRATION CUSTARD
Thick and ready to hydrate, this custard moisturizes while it styles. It helps smooth and strengthen the hair + define curls with a soft-medium hold that’s perfect for twist-outs, braid-outs and other stretched styles. It works particularly well on high density curls and coils. Made with Hibiscus Flower Extract, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Rice Extract and Aloe Vera, it’s sure to fight off dryness!
CITRUS FUSION HAIR + BODY BUTTER
Don’t let this product’s dual purpose fool you, it delivers when it comes to moisture - whether it’s used on the hair or skin. Loaded with antioxidants and nutrients, this butter provides intense hydration, leaving behind moisturized tresses (and skin) that’s soft to the touch. Castor Oil, Acai Fruit Extract, Aloe Vera, Honey, Grape Seed Oil, and Avocado Oil are just a few of its impactful ingredients.
Round 2: Practices
HAIR MASQUE TREATMENTS
This type of treatment involves thoroughly applying a designated hair masque or deep conditioner to the hair, especially focusing on the ends, which tend to be the oldest and driest part of the strand. Cover the hair with a plastic cap, and let the product work its magic for a minimum of 15 minutes before rinsing it out. Those with low porosity hair (when moisture doesn’t easily absorb into the strand) may also want to sit under a hooded dryer or heat cap to ensure the product penetrates. The frequency of these treatments depends on the individual; they can be done as often as every wash day, or as seldom as once per month.
HOT OIL TREATMENTS
An age-old practice, hot oil treatments are an effective way to saturate the hair with moisturizing nutrients. A number of different oils can be used or even mixed together to perform the treatment; some of the most commonly used are Olive Oil, JojOba Oil, and Coconut Oil. One of the most effective ways to carry out a treatment is to thoroughly apply the oil from root to tip, then cover the hair with a plastic cap. Sit under a hooded dryer or heat cap for 15-30 minutes, then rinse. Heat opens up the hair cuticle, allowing the benefits of the oil(s) to penetrate.
Round 1: Products
JOJOBA MONOI DEEP CONDITIONER
Another OG customer fave, this deep conditioner is thick and packed with nutrients. It treats hair that’s damaged from daily manipulation, heat styling, coloring or over-processing. It penetrates strands with moisture, locks it in, and smoothes out the cuticle, boosting the hair’s overall strength and integrity. It’s key ingredients are Jojoba Oil, Tiare Flower, Coconut Oil, Chamomile, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, and Tea Tree Oil.
ALMOND MARSHMALLOW SPLIT END REPAIR MASQUE
This masque has incredible slip! It melts right into the hair and smoothes out frayed ends. It infuses restorative ingredients into each strand, protecting the hair from snagging or becoming rough and brittle. Sweet Almond Oil, Marshmallow Root Extract, Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil are its top performing ingredients.
Round 2: Protective Styles
Shelter-in-place has inspired many to try out DIY protective styles like this one. Mini braids are a series of small braids installed on natural hair, no extensions added. It’s super cute, and the style can last for weeks if the hair and scalp are regularly moisturized and cared for.
Trending right now, this style is very similar to traditional box braids, except the braiding hair isn’t added at the root. Instead, the extensions are gradually added to a person’s natural hair in small portions as the braid continues down, feed-in style. The result is: more “natural” looking roots, with less weight, tension and pulling. Knotless braids can last for many weeks, if the hair and scalp are properly cared for on a regular basis.
5. SCALP CARE
Round 1: Products
PEPPERMINT TEA TREE HAIR OIL
Scalp therapy in a bottle! This Hair Oil contains a unique blend that quickly absorbs and penetrates into the hair and scalp. It leaves behind a tingling sensation that helps stimulate blood circulation + relieve itching. The essential oils within its mix also work to treat dandruff without leaving behind buildup. What does it consist of? Sweet Almond Oil, Peppermint Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil and more!
PAPAYA CASTOR SCALP MASSAGING SERUM
This daily scalp treatment was formulated to provide hydration and nourishment at the root. It’s a lightweight serum that readily absorbs into the scalp. It soothes and cools, promoting a healthy environment for hair growth - great to use while protective styling! Ingredient highlight: Papaya Fruit Extract, Castor Oil, Mango Seed Butter, and Aloe Vera.
Round 2: Practices
Oiling the scalp is self-explanatory. It’s a way to alleviate itching, prevent dandruff and promote growth. While a number of different oils can be used, it’s important to opt for those that easily absorb into the skin to assure the scalp is actually reaping benefits. Some examples: Peppermint oil, Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil. Many routinely treat their scalp with oil on a daily or every other day basis.
Co-washing is a practice intended to remove buildup between regular shampoos. Essentially, it means using a conditioner to wash the hair. Co-washes are conditioners containing very gentle cleansing agents that can break down product build-up on the scalp and hair while also infusing moisture back into them. Co-washing does not replace regular shampoo sessions, but it can be especially beneficial to those prone to buildup. As an example, if a person normally shampoos every 10 days, on day 5, they would co-wash.
Congratulations! You made it to the end of our “This or That” game. We’d love to hear your results! In the comments below, be sure to share which matchups were your favorites, along with your winning picks.
P I S C E S
gentle · imaginative · dreamer
S C O R P I O
passionate · intuitive · independent
C A N C E R
protective · sensitive · caring
T A U R U S
reserved · patient · reliable
V I R G O
humble · analytical · hardworking
C A P R I C O R N
resourceful · intelligent · traditional
A R I E S
courageous · confident · honest
L E O
bold · warm-hearted · passionate
S A G I T T A R I U S
free-spirited · thoughtful · humorous
G E M I N I
curious · adaptable · outgoing
L I B R A
gentle · witty · mediator
A Q U A R I U S
friendly · humanitarian · collaborator
The hair care world is overflowing with the glorious fros, slicked styles, helpful tips, tricks and influence of amazing women... and we LIVE for it! However, we mustn’t forget that men are taking charge of their hair regimens too! It’s not often that we hear men talk about their personal hair journeys, so to shed a little light, we're passing the mic to a few fellas who are passionate about their curls!
MEET THE GUYS
Q1: Has taking care of your hair always been important to you, or is it something you grew interested in over time?
OZZIE: Taking care of my hair has not always been a priority, it was something I defaulted to nature and thought just washing it and using grease occasionally was enough when I had short cuts. Over time, I picked up tips from my mother, friends, women I dated, and random pages online. But over the last year, I really started asking more questions and doing research and trying different natural hair product lines because I moved to a new city, and my mother wasn’t doing my hair for me. It dawned on me that I am responsible for my hair’s health. That’s how I discovered EDEN BodyWorks, through a friend, because I wanted to do a better job taking care of my hair.
STEPHON: Taking care of my hair has always been important to me, but how I took care of my hair has evolved over time. When I was younger, "taking care of my hair" meant trying to have waves and getting haircuts and shape-ups to keep looking sharp. I was using Luster's Pink Lotion and a hair brush... religiously. My parents didn't allow du-rags in the house, so I would borrow a headscarf and tie it down tightly at night for protection! Dark times.
Over the last 5 years, haircare is much more about how my hair, beard and scalp feel, rather than how it looks. Pink Lotion and Head and Shoulders can't do anything for me. I've taken the time to understand what my hair needs to thrive, and build a regimen to support it.
DARIUS: It’s definitely something that I grew interest in over time. My mother and sister really informed me about how important it is to take care of your hair. Or at least take care of it as best as you can.
Q2: How much time do you put into your haircare daily/weekly?
SHELDON: I always take at least one day out of the week to care for my hair's needs. This typically starts with wash day & takes about 3-5 hours from start to finish.
DEANDRE: I dont put as much time into my haircare as people would think, my wash day is the longest day of course. But after wash day it takes no time to refresh my curls for the day.
DARIUS: Usually everyday at least 5 or 10 min. Stray bottle with water, hair moisturizer and coconut oil to seal everything in
Q3: Most important step to your regimen?
STEPHON: Water! My hair loves moisture, and it's really the only way that it's able to absorb any product. I think it’s a very slept on step for most men, but I recommend that every guy has a small spray bottle full of water handy.
Q4: Favorite EDEN product + why?
OZZIE: My favorite product is the Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo because I feel like it does such a good job of cleaning my hair, especially since I frequent the gym and therefore sweat quite a bit. Also, washing my hair thoroughly in between getting it braided is super important to help the braids look crisp because clean hair and a clean scalp go a long way.
STEPHON: Hands down it's gotta be the Coconut Shea Pudding Souffle. I love the texture, and I love how it moisturizes my hair strands. It also helps that coconut and shea butter smell great 100% of the time.
DEANDRE: My favorite EDEN product is the Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner because it moisturizes, defines and clumps my curls. It also pairs well with a lot of gels, and my curls are ALWAYS poppin' when I use it!
DARIUS: Favorite product would have to be the Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner. The reason why it’s my favorite is because it has coconut oil and shea butter in it, which has always worked best for my hair. Also, it really keeps my hair moisturized and soft.
Q5: Do you feel there's enough male representation in the natural hair industry/community?
OZZIE: There is definitely not enough representation for men in the natural hair community. I’m hoping to help change the narrative. We have hair too and we want to know how to treat it as best we can. A lot of men just use their girlfriend’s products, allow the hairdresser or barber to use products or recommend things, and we really have no way of knowing what's best for us or our hair. I’m thankful to companies like EDEN BodyWorks making efforts like this article. I think this is a great way to let men know help is available, plus the brand and products are of high quality and integrity.
STEPHON: This is a loaded question - on one hand, I believe that women deserve to be *more* represented in this industry. Society has policed women's (and black women's, in particular) hair for centuries, and I think it's high time that natural hair becomes a societal staple in all of its shapes, lengths, textures and styles. On the other hand, I feel like there is room for growth in terms of marketing and educating men on their hair. While hair education is universal, beard textures are niche to men, and the application of hair education is a little different. A lot of men are just using whatever they see their friends, family or partners using, and it would be great to help build their knowledge base moving forward.
SHELDON: Definitely not-there's really only a handful of male natural hair influencers who are consistently producing content, I really hope this is something that changes this year!
DEANDRE: I do not feel there is enough male representation in the natural hair community. The community needs to know males want their curls to be poppin' as well! This is one of the reasons i started my YouTube channel! (Major Ways)
Q6: Something you'd like others to know about men + natural hair care?
OZZIE: I want men to know to take care of their hair. It is an extension of you and whatever look you go for, be intentional. If you are nice to it, you will have it longer. As men, we all want to keep our hair for as long as possible. I would recommend reading articles, watching videos and trying out different things.
SHELDON: It's OK to take care of your hair! You won't have it forever, so cherish it for the time that you do!
DEANDRE: I would like people, especially males, to know it’s ok to want to take care of your hair, test out different products, and experiment with different styles! Learn to love your hair!
Q7: What do you love most about your hair?
OZZIE: I love the versatility of it and how it can be worn in many different styles. Also, when I see that it is growing and looks healthy, I feel proud of my efforts. There is always something new to learn about natural hair. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
SHELDON: I love everything, the shape, the texture, the curls, my hair plays a huge factor in my overall self-esteem. When I have a good hair day, no one can tell me anything haha!
DEANDRE: The thing I love most about my hair is how versatile it is. I can wear it curly, braided, twisted or even blown out!
Q8: Do you share your opinion with your significant other or the women (whether family or friends) in your life about how they wear/style their hair?
STEPHON: I do, but only to a certain extent. I believe that you should be empowering those around you, so an opinion on whether or not a protective style or a wig is "suitable" for them does nothing constructive. Further, if you distill most of those "you shouldn't wear your hair like this" opinions down to its core, a lot of them are rooted in racist and misogynistic philosophy. I offer my girl feedback on styling based on what her desired "look" is, and I encourage her to explore her hair in every fashion she sees fit. If she's having an off day, I'll let her know too...(carefully of course.)
SHELDON: I do, but my opinion is merely that-an opinion. I always want the best for all of my loved ones-even if it just down to choosing the hairstyle that suits them best!
DEANDRE: Yes, I share a lot of my opinions with the women in my life. They know that I know a lot about natural hair, they know I take very good care of my natural hair and I'm always here to help!
Q9: Did a woman (or women) have influence on how you wear your hair - or the products you use?
OZZIE: Absolutely! When I first started growing my hair, any women I saw with nice natural hair, I would ask what they used in their hair and the response was always very warm and informative about their approach to caring for it. They would tell me products and some dos and don’ts. Once my mother began to braid my hair, she shared a lot of information about methods and products too. Even still to this day, I take the approach of asking women that I meet information about their hair and I try many of their suggestions out.
SHELDON: Most definitely! That's all you saw-particularly on YouTube-was women giving insight on natural hair. Learning about my hair inspired me to start my own channel & share with a male audience as there weren't that many men doing it at that point in time. Three of my biggest inspirations were Mini Marley, Bri Hall, & Sayria Jade.
DARIUS: Yes definitely, my mom and sister. Because they have natural hair I started to use the products that helped them. I learned mainly everything from them. They also showed me what products work best for our hair texture.
Q10: Advice you'd give to other fellas looking to put more effort into their hair care?
SHELDON: It's OK to care for your hair. It's not going to be easy at first, you will have to find what works best for your hair-most importantly make sure you keep it healthy! The feelings you get when you finally start to learn about your hair, & you get to physically see the difference, is incomparable!
DEANDRE: My advice to other men would be to get educated and listen to your hair. It may seem like a lot at first, but it gets so much easier! I promise!
DARIUS: I would say to stay consistent with it and that will make it easier because that will train your hair to stay a certain way. Wash and condition it at least once a week but keep it healthy and moisturized with some type of leave in conditioner and oil. I prefer coconut oil 9/10.
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Ever wonder what the actual benefits are of the ingredients listed on your favorite products? We’re not just talking about the “hot” ones that everyone has come to know and love, such as Coconut Oil or Shea Butter, but those that tend to be less talked about; the ones whose names may sound familiar, but their exact purpose is not so clear.
As always, we’re here to help! Highlighting a few lesser known ingredients from our own formulas, we’re sharing what it is that makes these underdogs so great.
For Scalp Conditions
1. Carrot Seed Oil
Vitamin and antioxidant-rich, this vegetable oil does an amazing job at hydrating both the scalp and hair. It increases circulation and alleviates flaking, rash, and itchiness due to skin conditions on the scalp. Carrot Seed Oil also protects the hair shaft, preventing breakage.
2. Vitamin E
Amazing for healing irritated or scarred skin, Vitamin E is the perfect component for treating a flaky scalp. It penetrates and repairs at the root while also increasing circulation. It reduces breakage as well! Implement a little into your routine and experience a decrease in shedding and an easier time retaining length.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe can also help condition the hair. The plant is packed with vitamins and minerals that are incredibly moisturizing to the entire hair shaft. Whether applying directly from the leaf, or in juice or gel form, it maintains all its beneficial properties.
For Hair Growth
This superfood is packed with vitamins such as A, C, + E, and it contains omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. It’s also made up of many of the B-complex vitamins that are essential to natural hair growth. All of this goodness promotes a healthy environment for strands from root to tip and helps to reduce overall thinning + breakage.
Products containing Acai: Citrus Fusion Collection
For Dry Hair
5. Mango Seed Butter
High in antioxidants and fatty acids, Mango Seed Butter is perfect for combating dry hair. Its nutrient-rich composition helps to soften and seal moisture into the strand, protecting it from becoming brittle or damaged from environmental factors.
Learn a bit more about what you’re feeding your hair with? We hope so! Quality ingredients are what EDEN is all about. We’re happy to share the knowledge!
If you're having trouble deciding exactly which collection to try ('cause don't they all sound pretty great?), have a little fun by allowing your zodiac sign to do the picking!
Click here to get more info on our key ingredients. In the comments below, tell us what natural ingredients you nurture your hair with.
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Whether a veteran or newbie to the natural hair game, we've all got questions about the do's and don'ts of maintaining healthy curls. To provide some professional feedback, we've got a treat for you from a licensed Curl Stylist, ready to share some tips!
My name is Lashawn (ShawnCutMaster). I’m a Curl Stylist from Philadelphia. I’ve been a hairstylist for 19 years. For the last 12 years, I’ve worked exclusively with textured hair after seeing a void of Curl Stylists in my area. There aren’t many salons that focus exclusively on curls and/or how to care for them so along with my business partner, we opened Curls, Kinks and Coils Curl Studio to cater to women with textured hair. Although tight curls are my specialty, I service all textures of curly hair. I have made it my mission as a stylist to make sure my guests receive the best salon experience, superior products, and the most up to date education I can provide for them. I wholeheartedly believe that, “Curly hair is not just a hairstyle but a lifestyle!”
In my years as a Curl Stylist, the biggest concern from clients seems to be, “How do I get and maintain curl definition,” particularly with tight curlies. The truth is, curl definition starts at the shampoo bowl. Before I ask, “What styling products are you using,” I find out what my guests are cleansing and conditioning with. Often times I find they pre-poo with oil, “detox” with bentonite clay, and/or use harsh sulfate-laced shampoos, just to name a few. Once I get to the styling products, it’s even worse! Truth is, curls need water! They need lots of it, and require it very often in order to stay hydrated - much like our human bodies. Oil and filmy products leave buildup on the hair, causing curls to become dehydrated, dry, and frizzy. When hair is properly hydrated and free of buildup, curls will begin to elongate and naturally clump together. At that point, using water-soluble styling products helps curls to stay defined.
I recommend clients refrain from using oil on their hair and scalp (on a regular basis) in order to maintain optimal curl definition at home. I know this is a hard pill to swallow because oiling our hair has been used to combat dryness for generations; however, many misuse it to tackle hair that's actually dehydrated, rather than dry. Oil coats the hair, acting as a barrier that repels water away, which makes it difficult for products to penetrate the hair (ex. like a daily moisturizer). If you're not sure what products work best or when to use oil in your routine, consult a Curl Stylist for guidance.
If you are new to Wash 'n Gos, I suggest finding a Curl Stylist in your area to help you along your journey. Your stylist will prescribe a cleansing and styling regimen exclusively for your curl texture. The curly hair journey can be challenging in the beginning but I promise it’s totally worth it!
Got questions? Leave them in the comments below!
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Marvel’s latest superhero film, Black Panther, was released this past Thursday...as if you didn’t already know. The hype surrounding the film even before its release was unreal. Once viewers actually got a chance to see it over President’s Day weekend, social media went wild, and with good reason.
Cast, Marvel Image
Lupita Nyong'o + Letitia Wright, Marvel Image
The plot of this film is also something to be proud of. The writers gave it a level of complexity beyond what we generally tend to see in black films. Without spoiling it, we’ll just say that important issues that currently resonate in the black community, were accurately addressed.
Another notable aspect is the very fact that this film was produced by Marvel, a white-owned company. Some have expressed dissatisfaction with this, but it actually represents something very positive in our eyes. As we’ve stressed many times, representation matters. Usually in media spaces, black communities have create their own spaces and platforms to become represented, which is amazing, and very important. However, it’s also valuable to have a traditionally white company extend an opening for black representation within their platform. It shows growth and partnership. Yes, plenty of the profit will go to these higher ups, but a great deal of it (along with the accolades) will also go to the cast of black actors and the director, which will provide even more opportunity in the future.
Ryan Coogler, Blox Images
All of this to say, whether you’re into superhero movies or not, you should definitely go see Black Panther in theaters. It’s truly a remarkable film for a number reasons. It’s making history all in the month of Black History, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!
This past Monday we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Most of us know of his legacy - peaceful fight for racial equality - and many strive to continue it. However, it’s no secret that although progress has been made since the ‘60s, we are still in desperate need of change in order to fully achieve the dream that Dr. King spoke of.
In the world of beauty, blogging and advertising, it’s often criticized when the issues (politics, injustice and etc.) aren’t addressed or acknowledged, but at the same time there’s a fine line to walk when it comes to addressing politics in business. However, it’s refreshing to see some of beauty influencers we follow using their voices to acknowledge important matters such as these. We thought it would be a great idea to shine light on some of these ladies who are speaking out in hopes of working towards equality.
Whitney White, better known as @Natptural85, has posted on a few different occasions regarding racial and other social/political issues including net neutrality, bettering conditions for underprivileged youth and breaking the cycle of systemic oppression.
image from @naptural85 for @epiphanyschool
In one post regarding she stated, “Respect my right to celebrate who I am, physically and culturally, and I respect YOUR right to do the same… I believe we CAN celebrate our skin colors as well as cultures, it’s what makes us physically unique, and honestly many Black Americans have slavery roots and STILL don’t know what their culture is! So being black BECOMES their culture.”
Whitney continues to use her platform to not only inspire us through her healthy hair routines and formulas, but also by speaking on the tougher issues, in an effort to improve our current societal conditions. We love that!
Nicole of @Watermeloneggrolls has also posted about racial issues and how they have affected her life on a personal level, especially regarding her marriage.
“Racism is a real thing, it’s not outdated and over-exaggerated... You cannot be complacent, you cannot be indifferent. You’re either with it or against it, period. Your silence is a deadly weapon that allows it to brew and manifest continuously.”
Everyone has the right to share what they wish on social media. Those that keep their views private have every right to, and we definitely respect that. However, with that, it is also both important and encouraging to have a mix of influencers who are making efforts to tackle these issues directly on their platforms. Thank you Whitney, Nicole and everyone else out there taking daily strides, publicly or privately, to make Dr. King’s dream come true!
By Abigail Martina (@abigail.martina)
Thursday February 2, 2017, changed our lives completely. He was finally here after carrying him for 40 weeks and 5 days, our son Caleb James. 50% Dutch/ 25% Surinamese and 25% Caribbean, made out off 100% love. Our own mixed baby!
When he cried for the first time it really sounded like music to my ears. Can you believe it? I guess all clichés are true! The pain disappeared (well temporarily :-) as snow in the sun. From the moment the doctor placed him carefully on my chest, his cry instantly changed in a satisfied sound of relief, he looked at me and I felt it, he knew me! So many different emotions flooded at that moment. The biggest realization that felt like a warm bath was the fact that I, Abigail, suddenly became a mom.
I want to take you guys back into my background. My husband and I have been together for 9 years, of which 4.5 years married. He is Dutch and I’m half Antilian/ Surinamese so that makes our son a real mixed baby. We are so called an Interracial couple. (See our story; How we met)
From the moment we knew we were expecting we already discussed that there was no such thing as an interracial way of nurturing, the foundation should be: LOVE! In that way we didn’t want to put too much emphasis on each other's culture. And I’m not saying we don’t use a bit of both of our cultures, but it’s not a battle between who’s culture is the most influential. The biggest challenge is therefore to work as a UNIT. In the end, Caleb should not see any differences in the way we nurture him.
‘’I refuse to choose’’
The plus of a mixed family is the diversity of cultures! What ultimately stands out in a nice fusion. I speak from experience being a mixed kid as well. That’s why when people ask, Abigail are you more Surinamese then Caribbean? For me it's like choosing between my mom and dad. And I REFUSE to choose. And therefore I don’t want the same thing for my son. See it this way, both cultures have their qualities and differences but together makes it dynamic!
But the funny thing about raising a mixed kid is that the kid doesn’t even know that he’ s mixed (in this early stage). All he wants and need is to be loved.
And that’s what are we going to do! (For the rest of his life).
For more from Abigail, check out her YouTube channels
Josh & Abi
and follow her on Instagram @abigail.martina