Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Green Light- Barbara

An eco-sista who says if you decide to go green do it for the right reasons

How long have you been eco-friendly? I've been consciously living green since 2002.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? Less than a year of moving away for college, I decided to go natural. The more I learned about caring for my hair the more I learned that living eco-friendly and consciously was bigger than me. I began noticing a difference in my overall being, in addition to my hair, skin, and body. I quickly learned that there's a huge community right in my background that made it even easier to transition over to.

What do you like about it? I truly love everything about living green. What I like most about living eco-friendly was the joy of learning. I am a sponge when it comes to learning about the world of living consciously and knowing that the decisions I make have long term positive effects.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Of course, the first challenge was breaking the bad habit of thinking a certain way or resorting to what I was use to doing and living. The 2nd obstacle came when I learned about my ovarian tumor in 2010. This life changing situation, taught me an important lesson about understanding my body, reading and understanding food and product labels in terms of preservatives, additives, misleading labeling of "natural" or "organic" products.

Once I discovered a lot of what I was consuming and putting on my skin contributed to my illness, I had to take a step back and re-examine everything I consume and used on my body. This situation gave birth to our product line Jacq's Organics in 2012.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Read, learn, research, and absorb as much information as possible. If you decide to live consciously do it for the right reasons, but know and understand why and how to do it so it's part of your everyday life.

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? Going green is a lifestyle change, but for individuals considering to make the change, I would start with what feels right and where you are in life. Feeling hypocritical is normal and don't allow that to prevent you from living. Going green is about making conscious choices. One has to remember not to get wrapped up in the world wind of "going green", because at the end of the day, you have to live with your decision.

Understand what your core values are, what's important and why you've decided to go green. If the first step is using less, recycling, and choosing paper over plastic, then start there. Living by someone else's standard or idea of living green is a recipe for disaster. Like you said, there is no right way, start where you are and learn more. Doing something is better than not doing anything at all.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been natural since January 2001. I decided  to do the big chop and never looked back. I was a self proclaimed style and trend rebel turned product junkie, but in the process I learned to accept and love myself and my hair. I've worn my hair short, long, twist, bantu knots, braids, braid outs, coils, locs, and enjoy experimenting with henna and hair coloring. But, the older I get the more I can appreciate a more simplistic approach to my hair. Exercise, eating healthy, staying hydrated, and a consistent hair care regimen contributes to staying fly regardless of how you decide to style or wear your hair.

My hair care products consist of DevaCurl, Giovanni, Jacq's Organics Green Smoothie Mask for clarifying, our Shea Butter Moisturizer and our versatile toners for misting my hair and lots of oils. Since cutting my hair, I'm pretty dedicated to a wash-n-go routine that helps save so much time.

Is there anything you like to add? Thank you for the feature and don't forget to check out our website Jacq's Organics. As a token of my appreciation, we are giving your readers and followers a 15% off discount. Use the code: CLUELESSCURL. Valid until 8-31-14

How it all started


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