Got it from my momma: hair wisdom from older generations

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Got it from my momma: hair wisdom from older generations

With Mothers’ Day approaching, I’ve been thinking about all that I owe to my own mother. I have a lot to thank my momma for: clear skin, curves, and full lips. A penchant for finding a good bargain and the ability to stand up for myself. I inherited my love for capturing photos from my grandmother. There’s a lineage of motherly love that formed me into the woman I am today--including the ways I care for my hair. Let’s take a moment to honor the hair wisdom shared from generations past.

Ancient Egypt


Do you apply Shedavi’s Hair + Scalp Growth Elixir to your hair daily? Is Shedavi’s Protein Masque part of your weekly routine? You can thank your ancient Egyptian foremothers for those practices. Women in ancient Egypt were said to use a mixture of castor and almond oil to promote hair growth. Just like the women of old, Shedavi’s products use simple, natural ingredients for beautiful results.

Early America

tignon law

Agostino Brunias

In the 1700s, black women in Louisiana adorned their hair with jewels and feathers. They looked good, so good that the powers that be enacted the Tignon Laws to literally put a cap on black girl magic. Black women had to wear a covering over their hair. Instead of wearing plain scarves, the women picked decadent fabrics and incorporated jewels. Racist laws could not dull their shine, and you shouldn’t let any circumstance--budget, fear of judgement, etc-cause you to hold back your magic.

The Present


Mama Maya summed it up best,  “I would say that hair is a woman's glory and that you share that glory with your family, and they get to see you braiding it and they get to see you washing it. But it is not a bad thing or a good thing, it's hair.”  Hair is deeply personal. We can choose to wear it straight or natural, protect it with braids or a weave. No matter how we choose to wear it, our hair is our glory. And we live in a time where there are role models of all  ages, hair textures, and styles to look up to. We can learn from our moms and choose hair aunties of our own. What a time to be alive.

What hair wisdom did you get from your momma? Show you us how you use Shedavi products and your mom’s hair wisdom in your routine using #shedavi for a chance to be featured.

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