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.
Madam C.J. Walker, like a lot of us today, was a mixologist, or as I like to say, a Kitchen Chemist!! I am not sure what her creation process was, but personally when I create, I like to have a goal in mind…for instance when I create my shea butter creams, I create two batches; the base is pretty much the same ingredients for each batch. From there, I add things that specifically give me results that I am looking for in my skin and hair. For instance, to the batch that goes in my hair, I add Jamaican Caster Oil for it’s thickening properties.
Moisture is also a big deal. I recommend the following recipe:
Yogurt hair mask
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup plain organic yogurt
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- Beat egg white until frothy.
- Mix with yogurt and mayonnaise.
- Massage into wet hair.
- Cover with plastic shower cap or plastic wrap.
- Leave in for 30 minutes, then wash out with a mild shampoo.
- Rinse with very cold water.
- Use monthly to moisturize hair.
Remember, the best moisturizer is WATER! The best method for me is to seal in the water (moisture) is by using shea butter. My personal mix includes a tbsp of olive, coconut, and jamaican black caster oil.
What are some of your favorite butter mixes?