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Celebrating 100 Years of Madame C.J. Walker!

Madam C.J. Walker was arguably the first self-made black woman millionaire.  She was an African-American businesswoman, hair care entrepreneur and philanthropist.  Her own hair loss (due to scalp disease) inspired her to experiment with developing shampoo and an ointment that contained sulfur to make her scalp healthier for hair growth.  She began with a mail order business that started in Denver and led her to establish her headquarters and build a factory in Indianapolis. She made her fortune by developing and marketing a hugely successful line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. The Guinness Book of Records cites Walker as the first woman to became a millionaire by her own achievements.

Best Foods for Hair Growth

As hair is primarily made up of protein, you can understand the importance of consuming protein rich foods in making hair grow fast naturally.

Some such protein rich foods for hair growth are:

Soy products, Beans (try chickpeas or lima beans), Eggs, fish (salmon), milk (soy milk), cheese, yogurt, whole grains, seeds and nuts.

Adding herbs such as parsley, oregano, cumin seeds, coriander leaves, basil, sage etc is also beneficial for hair.

Dark green vegetables such as Swiss chard and kale are rich sources of iron that assists in hair growth by carrying oxygen to hair.

The Smell of Love

Smell. One of the most important senses.  It can alert us prior to being able to see or hear anything.

“Smell, like taste, is a chemical sense detected by sensory cells called chemoreceptors. When an odorant stimulates the chemoreceptors in the nose that detect smell, they pass on electrical impulses to the brain. The brain then interprets patterns in electrical activity as specific odors and olfactory sensation becomes perception — something we can recognize as smell. The only other chemical system that can quickly identify, make sense of and memorize new molecules is the immune system.  But smell, more so than any other sense, is also intimately linked to the parts of the brain that process emotion and associative learning.”