Must Drink: Caveman Coffee’s Sparkling Hibiscus Cold Brew Herbal Tea

Must Drink: Caveman Coffee Sparkling Hibiscus Cold Brew Herbal Tea

About this time last year, we were neck-deep in food trends at the Summer Fancy Food Show. Learning about all the wonderful food trends we’d all be enjoying this year. One of those trends is something we’re very familiar with – the Hibiscus flower, one of the top food trends we highlighted last year. The main thing made with the Hibiscus flower is tea; a bold red tea with lots of health benefits that boasts slightly sweet and tart flavors. We were recently introduced to a new refreshing Hibiscus flower tea drink, Caveman Coffee’s Sparkling Hibiscus Cold Brew Herbal Tea.

Must Drink: Caveman Coffee’s Sparkling Hibiscus Cold Brew Herbal Tea

Caveman Coffee Co. is the buzzed-about Amazon brand known for healthy, nutritious specialty coffees and they have expanded their line to include something different in the cold brew category. The brand’s original cold brew beverage is the number one best-seller with the stats to back up its title. This delicious, caffeine-free sparking tea is an herbal beverage brewed cold with hibiscus flowers, lemongrass, and organic natural flavors. Because it’s a natural adaptogen, it is packed with antioxidants and has been linked to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

Must Drink: Caveman Coffee’s Sparkling Hibiscus Cold Brew Herbal Tea

The Sparkling Hibiscus Cold Brew Herbal Tea is lightly sweetened and carbonated after cold-brewing for 12+ hours for optimum flavor. Some benefits of drinking Hibiscus tea include helping to reduce body temperature, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol; This naturally calorie and caffeine-free tea is also used to help in the treatment of heart disease, sore throats, and can help with weight loss. Another great fact is the effect a cup of hibiscus tea can have on cramping and bloating during your period. It helps ease the pains of cramps, as well as elevating your mood and has a calming effect.

Must Drink: Caveman Coffee’s Sparkling Hibiscus Cold Brew Herbal Tea

Although recently launched, Caveman Coffee’s Sparkling Hibiscus Cold Brew Herbal Tea is already receiving great reviews. Available in 11.5 oz cans, the 6-calorie drink is refreshingly delicious when served cold. The shelf-stable herbal tea is available in 12 packs for $30.00 and is available at Whole Foods, Amazon.com, and on their website, www.cavemancoffeeco.com.

Topicals Skincare Seeks to Transform the You Feel About Skin

Topicals Skincare Seeks to Transform the You Feel About Skin

For as long as beauty trends have existed, if you don’t have flawless skin, you were deemed as ugly. Social Media filters are popular for a reason. But what if a skincare brand made you rethink the way you feel about skin? Topicals Skincare, a revolutionary new skincare company seeks to transform the way you feel about your skin. They are making the treatment of stigmatized skin conditions synonymous with the luxury and fun of self-care. These new skincare launches boast targeted solutions for eczema and hyperpigmentation.

Topicals Skincare Seeks to Transform the You Feel About Skin

Did you know one in four Americans lives with chronic skin conditions? Add in costly prescriptions and targeted skincare products and you’re left with skin issue sufferers who just “learn to live with it.” 23-year-olds Olamide Olowe and Claudia Teng, Topicals Skincare founders, are women of color who’s lived with conditions like severe eczema and post-barbae folliculitis. They grew up settling for products that didn’t really serve them or represent how the condition appeared on their skin. For this reason, Topicals Skincare was born out of necessity.

Topicals Skincare launched with two products, Like Butter ($32.00), a hydrating mask for dry, distressed, and eczema-prone skin, and Faded ($36.00), a serum for discoloration and dark spots. For the past week, we’ve been using the Topicals Skincare Faded Brightening & Clearing Gel to get rid of the discolorations and dark spots on our cheeks.

Topicals Skincare Seeks to Transform the You Feel About Skin

We are currently in the midst of our skin purging all the bad stuff out. We’re well on our way to healing our scarred skin. Darker skin tones can be plagued with stubborn marks, scars, and spots; and Faded is gentle enough for those experiencing hyperpigmentation and erythema. It goes on like a nightly moisturizer and is great for those whose skin can’t tolerate more aggressive acids; plus it has the bonus of not bleaching your non-hyperpigmented skin. Scent-wise, it does smell sulfuric, which takes some getting used to. But if you’re familiar with the amazing Sulphur Springs natural mud baths in St. Lucia that thousands flock to for its skin healing properties, you won’t mind the scent.

Topicals Skincare Seeks to Transform the You Feel About Skin

We haven’t tried it yet, but the Topicals Skincare Like Butter Hydrating Mask is great for dry, sensitive, and/or eczema-prone skin. This thick, whipped mask is packed with powerful botanicals for skin so smooth it’s like butter. Like Butter helps to strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier; it soothes irritation, inflammation, and smooths dry, textured skin. It’s creamy without feeling greasy or heavy and works great for flare-ups on other areas of the body as well.

Both products are fragrance-free, dye-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. Plus they do good too. Topicals donate 1% of their profits to important mental health movements, to help raise awareness around the connection between mental health and skin health.

How Clear Face Masks Are Opening a Window of Communication

How Clear Face Masks Are Opening a Window of Communication

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t exactly been convenient for anyone, but the changes and regulations that have occurred because of it are more troublesome for some than others. In particular, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that everyone wear cloth face coverings in public has created a major challenge for people who have hearing impairments. People who are deaf or hard of hearing often rely on lip-reading to understand what others are saying. With masks now covering the lower half of almost every face in public, reading lips has become virtually impossible.

How Clear Face Masks Are Opening a Window of Communication

For the 10 million Americans who are hard of hearing, this means that basic communication is not-so-basic anymore. Just going to the grocery store presents problems, as they can’t tell if someone is asking them a question or to move out of the way. Going to important appointments creates an even more dangerous situation for people who rely on reading lips, as they don’t know what doctors or other medical professionals are attempting to tell them.

These challenges have caused the demand for window or clear face masks to skyrocket over the past few months. The United States already spends nearly three times more on healthcare than any other country in the world, but people across the country knew they had to put the necessary money and time into making masks that would create a safer way of living for people who are hearing impaired. While they might not be able to get everyone in a grocery store to wear one, their family members could wear them and act as a go-between for people with hearing impairments and the general public or medical providers.

How Clear Face Masks Are Opening a Window of Communication

One company that has started manufacturing window masks is ADCO Hearing, a company that has long made products for people who are hard of hearing. When the nonprofit Hands and Voices, which supports families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, approached ADCO about making masks that allowed for lip reading, the company got to work. The President of ADCO Hearing, Abby Armijo, started the production of these window masks by hand sewing them with her mother in her kitchen. They made 150 clear face masks and every single one was sold by the next morning. Armijo knew she had found a major gap in the mask market and began the process of expanding the operation.

How Clear Face Masks Are Opening a Window of Communication

Now, ADCO has three large-scale manufacturing facilities that make thousands of window masks. According to Armijo, the company is almost always sold out of the clear face masks.

Although the mask’s see-through panel is a simple concept, it’s a game-changer in the daily lives of many people. Not only can it help people who are deaf or hard of hearing, but a window mask also allows anyone to have an effective conversation involving full facial expressions with another human being while staying safe. This can be extremely important for the 65 million people who provide care for a chronically ill, aged, or disabled family member or friend and need more than their eyes and muffled voices to communicate. Even though people may not realize it, humans use every part of their face to communicate, not just their voices and ears.

This perk of window masks is also important when communicating with children. Seeing people wearing face masks can be scary for young kids and many children with hearing or speaking impairments or other disabilities have significant trouble communicating with masks. Using window masks may be a great option for teachers to have effective conversations with kids if they go back to school. Whether they work at a school that is among the 87% of private schools that have fewer than 300 students or at a public school with a thousand students, teachers are concerned about kids following mask policies. With window masks, everyone can stay safe while having better communication.

In addition to ADCO, there are many companies and individuals making masks with clear windows. Rafi Nova is a speech pathologist based in Boston and made a mask with a BPA-free plastic window. Inu is selling window masks on Amazon that have a cotton-based face covering and plastic for the window portion. ClearMask™ is producing a wraparound mask that is completely clear and doesn’t fog as easily as vinyl plastic. Three years of research and development went into this mask and this is one of the only window face masks approved by the Food and Drug Administration. For those who don’t need FDA approval and just need a way to better communicate with family and friends, there are several window mask sellers on sites like Etsy as well.

How to Celebrate National Rum Day With Bacardi Rum

How to Celebrate National Rum Day With Bacardi Rum

Tomorrow is National Rum Day; and while there are many ways to enjoy rum, we have three absolutely delicious ways to enjoy it. Rum is known for its versatility and mixability, and thanks to Bacardi’s Premium Rum Portfolio, you can enjoy some simple yet elevated cocktails from the comfort of your own home, to celebrate National Rum Day.

How to Celebrate National Rum Day With Bacardi Rum

Embrace your inner bartender or elevate your sipping experience, neat or on the rocks, with the following variety of Bacardi dark rums: Añejo Cuatro ($19.99), Reserva Ocho ($29.99), Gran Reserva Diez ($39.99), and Gran Reserva Limitada ($100.00). These rums from the world’s most awarded rum brand and leader in the rum category for over 158 years. We’ll show you why these make the perfect drinks to celebrate National Rum Day.

Bacardi Añejo Cuatro takes four years maturing in a barrel under the Caribbean sun to achieve its unique taste, which boasts notes of mild vanilla, toasted oak, clove, and honey, with a smooth finish.

Based on the original recipe from the family reserve created in 1862, Bacardi Reserva Ocho has a rich golden color and has warming notes of butterscotch, nutmeg, and dried apricots. Barrel-aged for a minimum of eight years with a rich, velvety body – the longer aging process sparks an additional layer of complex flavors from the barrel.

A master blender’s reserve, Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez is barrel-aged for a minimum of ten years. This libation has a dark golden hue that boasts bright notes of banana, pear, and tropical melon, that is balanced with caramelized vanilla and oak, resulting in a premium rum with deliciously complex flavors.

The Bacardi Gran Reserva Limitada is an extremely rare limited release. It is barrel-aged for an average of twelve years for a rich and expressive taste that is best enjoyed neat.

CUATRO PRESIDENTE

How to Celebrate National Rum Day With Bacardi Rum

1.5 parts BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro
0.75 parts Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth
0.25 parts Dry Curacao
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Stir all ingredients with plenty of rice until very cold, strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with orange peel.

OCHO OLD FASHIONED

How to Celebrate National Rum Day With Bacardi Rum

2 parts BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho
0.25 parts simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura® bitters
Add all ingredients into a rocks glass, fill with ice and stir until well mixed and very cold. Garnish with orange peel.

DIEZ ON THE ROCKS

BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Diez (MSRP: $39.99)

2 parts BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Diez
In an old-fashioned glass, pour BACARDÍ Diez over ice. Serve. No garnish.

However you choose to celebrate National Rum Day, all four of these premium dark rums are available for delivery now from www.reservebar.com.

Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Honors 50th Anniversary of Kentucky Derby's First Female Jockey

Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Honors 50th Anniversary of Kentucky Derby’s First Female Jockey

Fifty years ago, Jockey Diane Crump made history as the first female jockey to ride in The Kentucky Derby®. This year, Woodford Reserve is dedicating their $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program to honor that history-making achievement.

Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Honors 50th Anniversary of Kentucky Derby's First Female Jockey

According to Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris, the $1,000 Mint Julep program has become a beloved tradition with the Derby. Morris is happy that the company is able to use the 2020 program to celebrate this important milestone in racing history and that the money raised from the program will go to charity.

A total of 146 julep cups, celebrating Derby 146, are already on sale. Each cup is individually numbered. Those between numbers 1 and 25 are gold-plated and sell for $2,500 each while those numbered between 16 and 146 are silver-plated and sell for $1,000 each. In commemoration of Crump, the cups feature etchings of the jockey silks she wore in 1970, as well as the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs. The cups also come in a walnut case with a replica of the white and turquoise silks Crump wore on the day of her historic race.

Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Honors 50th Anniversary of Kentucky Derby's First Female Jockey

On that day in 1970, Crump rode the thoroughbred racehorse Fathom. Although Crump and Fathom finished in 15th, Crump won a place in history and opened the gates for many other female jockeys to follow in her steps. At the time, male jockeys and horseracing fans were resistant to women competing in the sport. Crump was also the first woman to compete in a pari-mutuel race in the U.S. at the Hialeah Park Race Track in 1969. A police escort accompanied Crump to get her to the track, taking her through a crowd of angry, shouting people.

In 1989, Crump had a riding accident in which she broke her leg, ankle, and ribs. While a minor injury like a mild ankle sprain would only take seven to ten days to heal at home, Crump had to be hospitalized for over a week due to her severe injuries. Doctors told her she wouldn’t be able to ride again, but she was able to resume racing in 1992 and kept at it until she officially retired in 1999.

During her career, Crump rode to 235 wins and participated in international races as well as those in the United States. Now, Crump is one of the 47 million seniors in the United States and remains involved in the horse industry.

Anyone who purchases a julep cup in honor of Crump’s life achievements will have it sent directly to their home. Traditionally, consumers would pick up the cup on Derby Day at Churchill Downs, but the global COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary to change that procedure. To celebrate Derby Day while keeping in line with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, Morris is planning on holding a virtual julep experience. This year, Derby Day and its virtual celebration have been postponed to Saturday, September 5.

To celebrate the Derby as well as Crump’s legacy, Woodford Reserve created an exclusive cocktail recipe that features the official fruit of Kentucky, called the Diane Crump Blackberry Mint Julep. The ingredients for the recipe are:

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

  • 2 ounces of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 1 barspoon simple syrup
  • 1 barspoon blackberry preserves
  • Mint bitters
  • Crushed ice
  • Fresh blackberries and mint springs, for garnish

To create the honorary cocktail, start by mixing the blackberry preserves with the simple syrup at the bottom of the julep cup. You then add two to four dashes of mint bitters and fill two-thirds of the cup with crushed ice. Next, add your sipping straw and the bourbon. Top it off by packing in more crushed ice and garnishing the drink with fresh blackberries and a sprig of mint.

All proceeds from the cup sales and the delicious cocktails that go with them will be donated to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) in Crump’s honor. This fund is dedicated to providing financial assistance to 60 former jockeys who have experienced catastrophic on-track injuries. This money can fill a much-needed financial gap for those who may not qualify for federal health insurance programs like Medicare, which is for people who are aged 65 or older and younger people with certain disabilities. Many of the jockeys who are supported by PDJF were injured in their 20s and 30s and face a future of living with a disability without a way to generate an income. Since its founding in 2006, PDJF has disbursed almost $9 million to jockeys who are permanently disabled.

How Can South Africa's Wine Industry Recover from COVID-19?

How Can South Africa’s Wine Industry Recover from COVID-19?

There aren’t many industries left unaffected by the global spread of COVID-19 this year. With each affected industry is the many people who work within it and depend on its success for their livelihoods. Despite an increase in at-home drinking in the U.S. and Britain during the pandemic, the wine industry is among these affected industries. The restaurant and hospitality sectors were almost immediately impacted by the resulting lockdowns and quarantines from COVID-19. causing global wine sales to drop significantly.

How Can South Africa's Wine Industry Recover from COVID-19?

In the famous South African wine country, those in the industry have been struggling even more acutely with a total ban on the sale of alcohol during the lockdown and a temporary ban on wine exports. South Africa is the only country to have imposed such bans during the global pandemic.

How Can South Africa's Wine Industry Recover from COVID-19?

The controversial alcohol bans came in two waves. The first ban on the sale of alcohol began at the end of March and lasted for about nine weeks. For five of those weeks, wine exports were also banned. As about 50% of South Africa’s wine is exported in some of the 17 million shipping containers that circulate globally, this was a devastating blow to the industry. This initial ban was lifted on June 1, but President Cyril Ramaphosa reinstated it on July 12 when COVID-19 rates began to rise again.

The purpose of these bans is to ease the burden on South Africa’s health services. So far, coronavirus has hit the country the hardest out of all nations on the African continent. The health systems in many areas of South Africa are on the verge of collapse.

Graham Beck Wines - South Africa Wines

Officials hoped that the initial ban would reduce the number of injuries and accidents hospitals had to deal with if alcohol was out of the picture. With 1.25 million people dying in road crashes and an additional 20 to 50 million people sustaining injuries from traffic collisions around the world every year, removing a primary cause of these accidents could make sense. According to the South African health minister Zweli Mkhize, the government reinstated the ban after a study showed that when the alcohol restrictions were lifted facilities reported as much as a 60% increase in trauma emergency center admissions and up to a 200% increase in ICU trauma admissions. Mkhize also said that models showed that a ban on alcohol sales could result in a 20% decrease in all trauma cases and a 40% reduction of all alcohol-related trauma by the third week.

While the reasoning behind the ban is to ultimately save lives, the 290,000 people directly employed in the South African wine industry fear for their financial futures. There are 533 wineries operating in the country and 2,778 grape-growing farms. The worries over job losses in these businesses are not so different from the worries those in the 28 million small businesses in the U.S. are facing. Without the ability to produce and sell products, jobs are at risk.

“For the initial ban on both local sales and exports, we anticipated losses of up to 18,000 jobs. Depending on how long this new ban is in place, this figure is likely to double…With the initial lockdown, we estimated that up to 80 wineries could have to close their doors,” a spokesperson from the industry body Wines of South Africa (WOSA) said.

Many of those in the wine industry, and people in the hospitality industry as well, have taken to social media with the #JobsSaveLives campaign in an attempt to save their futures. The campaign urges Ramaphosa’s government to partially lift the ban and allow the sale of alcohol in sit-down restaurants. It also calls on the government to ease the 9 pm curfew that was imposed in July 2020.

The stand to save the wine and hospitality industries has even made the leap from virtual to tactile, as protesters have gone to the streets in cities across South Africa. They’re hoping that government leaders hear their voices and realize that the hundreds of thousands of people who work in these industries are going to suffer without some kind of help.

Graham Beck Wines - South Africa Wines

Another social media campaign, identified with #SaveSAWine, is calling on wine drinkers around the world to help support the South African wine industry by purchasing and consuming their wine. As the eighth-largest wine producer in the world, the South African wine industry has an impact on the global wine industry. The country produced 974 million liters of wine in 2019, according to figures from WOSA.

For the sake of the global economy as well as the 40,000 grape farm and winery workers and their dependents, people around the world need to support the South African wine industry. Whether you show support by purchasing South African wine or raising awareness of the industry’s struggle through social media, you could be helping the thousands of families who depend on this industry to survive.

Unconventional Ways to Enjoy CBD on National CBD Day

Unconventional Ways to Enjoy CBD on National CBD Day

Two years ago, CBD  (cannabidiol) was the new “it thing” to happen. Two years later, it is going as strong as ever, finding it’s way into almost all products. From wellness and beauty to food and beverages, CBD is the calming ingredient we need during these stressful times. Since it first hit the market, we’ve personally highlighted the CBD industry and several CBD products, such as CBD tea, wellness, and acne products. National CBD Day (August 8th) is a few days away and there’sonly one way to celebrate, and that’s to highlight some amazing new CBD products.

Unconventional Ways to Enjoy CBD on National CBD Day

This time around, we are showcasing the non-traditional products that now contain CBD (no beauty oils or tinctures). Thanks to companies like Good Vibe Mafia and their Good Vibe CBD brand, Mantra Mask, Parform, beeZbee, and CBD Kratom, you have more ways to add CBD into your daily life.

Good Vibe CBD Brazilian CBD Coffee

National CBD Day

Can a cup of coffee wake you up and calm you down at the same time? If you’re looking to increase your energy while decreasing anxiety, the Good Vibe CBD Brazilian CBD Coffee is for you. The hand-roasted, Brazilian Santos Beans are infused with Good Vibe’s full-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD oil. 20mg of CBD per serving is infused right into the beans within 48 hrs of being roasted. For those who need caffeine before even speaking to another human being, the combination of coffee and CBD is a great way to boost your mood; plus both have antioxidant properties, so your body will thank you. The Good Vibe CBD Brazilian CBD Coffee boasts a light body with medium acidity and earthy and nutty undertones.

CBD Bath Bombs

National CBD Day

CBD and wellness go hand in hand, so of course, we must highlight an important factor in wellness, selfcare. The luxurious bath bombs from Good Vibe CBD (above photo) and beeZbee (below photo) were created to provide you with a therapeutic experience to help you heal and relax. Both brands are made with 100mg of full-spectrum CBD and are an amazing way to de-stress and help ease aches and soreness in muscles.

The Good Vibe CBD Bath Bombs are available in Pink- Bubble Berry, White- Hawaiian Ginger, and Purple – Roseberry; as well as Emerald Agave, Calendula Disc, Cornflower Disc, Voodoo Skull Bomb, Glitter Bomb. They are vegan, cruelty-free, and free from any harmful dyes.

beeZbee CBD Bath Bomb 100mg

The beeZbee CBD Bath Bombs are available in 11 scents, including Breathe Easy, Cleopatra’s Milk Bath, Cotton Candy, Cranberry Bellini, Drakkar, Fresh Mango, Island Kiwi, Lavender Fields, Seductive Vanilla, Spring Rain, and Strawberry Champagne.

Mantra Mask CBD Blemish Mask

National CBD Day

Is your Covid-19 mask and the stress from Covid-19 making you breakout? Your solution might be this sheet mask, specifically, the Mantra Mask CBD Blemish Mask infused with 30mg of CBD. The CBD Blemish Mask reduces and refines the appearance of pores and calms blemish-prone skin with nourishing lavender, anti-inflammatory CBD, aloe, and calendula. Wear it while enjoying a cup of CBD coffee while taking a CBD bath; make this a routine beyond National CBD Day. We love Mantra Mask for its variety of CBD masks that target a variety of issues. Check out Mantra Mask’s other CBD masks: Collagen, Repair, After Sun, Anti-Aging, Pore Refining, and Marine Hydration.

Parform CBD Gum

CBD Chewing Gum

If you are not a fan of the taste of CBD oil or have difficulty swallowing pills, how about chewing some CBD gum? This National CBD Day, why not chew your anxiety, pain, and inflammation away with Parform’s CBD Gum. This great alternative to pills, capsules, and liquids contains 20mg of CBD and is fast-absorbing to help soothe general aches and pains, anxiety, and inflammation. We could have definitely used this when we were having tooth pain earlier this season.

CBD Daily Shampoo & Conditioner

National CBD Day

If you find the stress of the pandemic is making you pull your hair out, try CBD haircare products. Using CBD oil-based hair products, like the CBD Daily Shampoo & Conditioner, nourishes the scalp and strengthens hair, which in turn encourages hair growth. Both contain 10mg of CBD to leave your hair and scalp feeling cleansed, nourished, and hydrated.

We hope you’ll be celebrating National CBD Day with one of these amazing CBD products.

Dark & Lovely Presents Unruly's Short Film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt

Dark & Lovely Presents Unruly’s Short Film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt

It’s always been said that beauty is pain and when it comes to Black women and our hair, that’s usually the case. We’ve all heard stories about burned scalps from the chemicals in hair straighteners but until Unruly and Dark & Lovely collaborated, no one really talked about the dangers of protective hairstyles. Thanks to Unruly’s short film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt, we now know that no matter what, pain should not be a part of our hair styling culture.

Dark & Lovely Presents Unruly's Short Film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt

You might be thinking, of course, it shouldn’t be, what a silly thing to say. We challenge you to think back to the last time you went to the hairdresser; if you experienced pain or discomfort, did you let your stylist know? Or did you do like we all do and just grin and bear it? While all Black women may not have experienced being hit with a comb as children to keep still while getting their done, many of us have. As we grew older, we learned to just bear the pain until it was over. This is true for all hairstyles, especially protective styles like braids. It’s topics like this that the Dark & Lovely and Unruly short film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt touches upon.

Dark & Lovely Presents Unruly's Short Film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt

The film features hair experts – Natural Hair Pioneer and Anu Essentials CEO, Anu Prestonia; Dermatologist and Author of 90 Days to Beautiful Hair, Dr. Crystal Aguh; Celebrity Stylist, Trichologist, and Creator of the Goddess Loc, Dr. Kari Williams; and Dark & Lovely Lead Stylist and Three-Time Emmy Nominee, Derick Monroe. It also features Black women with different hair types who share their hair journies and tribulations. You may find yourself nodding in similar experiences with their stories.

Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt challenges the hairstyling practices and beliefs in our community that has led to hair loss in over a third of Black women. It rejects the idea that beauty is pain; especially when it comes to hairstyles that are supposed to give our hair a “rest”; hairstyles that so more damage than good. You can watch the highly informative 26 mins short film below:

How is Dark & Lovely involved with Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt? Aside from the expert advice of  Derick Monroe, they have launched a range of hair products called the Protective Styles Collection. This range of hair products was designed to help relieve, refresh, and recover our hair underneath it all. Dark & Lovely saw that over 80% of women were wearing these styles but didn’t have the products they needed to tame tension, cleanse their hair, quickly refresh and effortlessly detangle.

Dark & Lovely Presents Unruly's Short Film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt

The products include Cleansing Water (a water to foam shampoo), Hair Refresher hairspray with Aloe, Tension Tamer scalp lotion, and Detangling Cream to melt away buildup.

Dark & Lovely Protective Styles Collection Dark & Lovely Protective Styles Collection

There’s so much to learn from this amazing short film. The most important being, speak up if you are feeling pain or discomfort when getting your hair done. It could literally save more than just your edges.