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Some Poor Woman Existed Her Whole Life Not Knowing Hair Wraps Were A Black Girl Thing And Then Tried To Make It Her Own

When Sarah Marantz Lindenberg was preparing for her wedding, she “wanted everything to be perfect”, but unfortunately, her skin had other ideas. She was suffering from pesky breakouts, so, at the advice of her dermatologist, she started tying her hair back at night to prevent oil and dirt from clogging her pores. And it worked–Lindenberg immediately noticed a positive change in her skin. The silk scarves she was using, however, left much to be desired: “They didn’t stay on,” Lindenberg said.

In fact, Lindenberg didn’t like any of the night hair-wrapping solutions she found on the market. “None of them had a functional and fashionable solution for me”, she told Fashion Magazine. “Synthetic fabrics that I felt did more damage or horrible colors that I felt silly going to sleep in.” So, Lindenberg decided to take matters into her own hands, or as she said, “create something of my own”. Being the Director of Marketing for the Canadian fashion line Pink Tartan, Lindenberg was already well-versed in entrepreneurship, so she decided that she would fix the problem herself.

Lindenberg got to work and created a ground-breaking new product: a silk hair bonnet.

But not just any bonnet. This one is made of “beautiful materials” that a woman can “merchandise with all of [her] products on a nightstand”. That’s right, Lindenberg “invented” a product that would help with “promoting growth, preventing breakage, preventing frizz” and aid in prolonging hairstyles. Sound familiar? That’s because it is. Silk hair bonnets have a long and storied history within black hair-care culture as any Afro-Latina raised around any female figure (literally any) knows.

According to NiteCap’s website, the product is intended to ” extend the life of your blowout and style, ending bedhead, frizz, damage and bad hair days, once and for all”. Lindenberg said that not only did NiteCap help her hair become shinier and thicker, but it helped “support the regrowth of all the little baby hairs” she had (aka edges).

Needless to say, this woman’s claim to have invented a silk bonnet to prevent hair breakage is not sitting too well with the online black community.

Additionally, the fact that Lindenberg’s so-called “invention” was featured in an international publication is further proof that there is a massive double-standard when it comes to the media’s treatment of white vs. black entrepreneurship.

To POC, it’s not only irritating that Lindenberg has claimed to invent the silk bonnet, but it’s also annoying that reputable, high-fashion publication is using their platform to perpetuate this myth. To many POC, this is just further proof that black beauty trends are only accepted by the mainstream if they’re presented to the public in a way that’s digestible for a white audience.

This seems to be just another instance of white culture appropriating and re-packaging black trends for their own economic benefit.

And to add insult to injury, Lindenberg admitted to Fashion Magazine that, before inventing NiteCap, wearing the regular-shmegular hair bonnet she found at the store made her feel “silly” because of the “horrible colors” she was forced to choose from. And another point of contention for the black community is that Lindenberg’s NiteCap retails for $98. In the same Fashion Magazine interview, Lindenberg compared wearing her bonnet as “sleeping in silk pyjamas” as opposed to “sleeping in an old dirty T-shirt” (which, we’re assuming, is what a regular Beauty Supply hair bonnet would be viewed as). Again, this is further proof that the high fashion world only accepts black beauty trends if it’s white-washed and presented as “haute” like the recent phenomena of baby hairs, “Bo Derek braids”, and locs.

Since the viral uproar against Lindenberg’s claim of “coming up” with the idea for a silk hair bonnet, she has since taken to her Instagram page to apologize for her faux pas, admitting that she “failed to connect [NiteCap] back to the broader historical context”. She also stated that she is “committed to honoring the historical significance of hair wrapping” and pledged to incorporate it into her business approach.

Needless to say, the black community on Twitter has a thing or two to say about NiteCap:

This woman made an on-point comparison between this instance and another notable white person who claimed to have discovered something that POC had known about for a while.

This woman isn’t too happy with the exorbitant price tag attached to Lindenberg’s “invention”.

But really–why in God’s name is a simple silk nightcap retailed at $100? It can’t really be because it was invented by a white woman, can it? Sigh.

This woman wanted to make it clear that we can all do something to help fix this problem instead of just complaining about it on Twitter:

She has a definite point. Positive action towards solving a problem will definitely make more of a difference than negative, passive complaints.

We Asked, You Answered: Best Acne Remedies

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We Asked, You Answered: Best Acne Remedies

No doubt about it, acne breakouts can cause a world of woe. As the country’s most general skin condition in the country, we were pretty certain that you had at least one or two experiences dealing with a pesky pimple. If you have, you probably have questions about how to tackle them and how to prevent them. To get answers, we reached out to you for your best acne remedies and boy did you deliver.

These are the top recommendations we found on Instagram when we asked what tried-and-true acne remedies that have worked for you.

Aztec Clay

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“Aztec Secret Bentonite Clay mask with Apple Cider vinegar!!”- one user wrote in reply to our post. Aztec Clay is a 100% Calcium Bentonite Clay that works to heal skin and comes in powder form. To activate the ingredients, many of our users wrote that they used equal parts of apple cider vinegar or water and mixed everything together in a bowl. You can apply this product in a 1/8 inch layer on your skin and allow to try before scrubbing it off after 20 minutes.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Instagram user ven_bailame recommended the use of apple cider vinegar and her recommendation was multiplied by so many of the replies in our post. Apple Cider Vinegar has proven to be a popular acne solution by many for years. According to Healthline, apple cider vinegar has organic acids that can kill bacteria that causes acne while also reducing the appearance of scars.

Healthy sleeping habits

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“Change your pillow cases like every few days, don’t put your phone on your cheek🙌”- lettyaldrete wrote.

And it’s true! Regularly changing your bed sheets and pillow cases is so key to ensuring your skin stays clean and acne-free. Sheets are often loaded with bacteria that can clog your skin’s pores and can increase the chances that bacteria causes acne.

Healthy eating habits

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“Healed from the inside out by eating lots of foods that have probiotics like yogurt, keifer, kimchi, combucha, etc.”– dre_dayy13

The old adage “you are what you eat” could never be truer when it comes to your skin. Pump your system with poor foods will undoubtedly produce bad results when it comes to your skin. If you notice breakouts whenever you eat foods that are low in protein and high in saturated fats, it might be time to take a review of your diet.

Accutane.

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In response to our post, Instagram user jjolieth wrote that Accutane has been her go-to for tried and true acne relief. The controversial, and relatively misunderstood, medication is used to treat severe cystic acne as well as acne that is hormonal and persistent. Like any medication, you’ll want to read up and educate yourself about Accutane and discuss using it with your doctor. This acne cure comes with a powerful punch as well as potentially severe side-effects.

Find out if it’s hormonal

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“If it’s on the jaw and cheeks, that’s hormonal…take herbs that balance your hormones-chaste tree berry, maca root, primrose oil,” lettyaldrete also shared.

Hormonal acne can have various cures but it does need a certain and particular type of attention. Hormonal acne because of skin’s response to hormonal changes and comes often as a result of a rise in androgens, such as testosterone. When it comes to working to tackling hormonal acne, treatment might need to be more aggressive than just a change in diet or the use of oils. Many women turn to birth control, Accutane or other medications for treatment.

If You’re Guilty Of These 9 Bad Skin Care Habits It’s Time To Reconsider Your Daily Routine

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If You’re Guilty Of These 9 Bad Skin Care Habits It’s Time To Reconsider Your Daily Routine

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A good skin care routine is always evolving and improving. In the pursuit of flawless, glowing skin, it’s hard not to whip out our wallets at the news of every beauty-related technological advance. However, we have to be honest with ourselves and admit that we can’t just buy our way to good skin. Good skin is built off of consistent, healthy habits.

And although we say we’d do anything for good skin, we’re also human. That means a late-night partying or the rogue urge to pick at our skin can derail all the progress we’ve made over the past few weeks. Luckily for us, the new year is a clean slate and permission for us to re-commit to the skin care goals we may have neglected as 2018 wore on. In celebration of the new year, we’ve compiled a list of skin care habits we pledge to change in 2019.

1. Sleeping on Dirty Pillowcases

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As the year wears on and our schedules get busier, it’s hard to remember to wash our clothes every week, let alone our pillowcases. But we mention this resolution because it’s important. Unclean pillowcases can be a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria–and that breeding ground comes into contact with our faces every night. Yes, we can steadfastly remove our makeup every night, but our pillowcases remain a veritable waste dump for any straggling debris that’s left on our faces at the day’s end. And there is always debris. To combat pillowcase buildup, have a few pillows on rotation, flip them regularly, and wash them once a week. Your pillows–and face–will be cleaner.

2. Using Abrasive Exfoliants

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Who doesn’t remember buying St. Ives’ Apricot scrub from CVS as a little girl and scrubbing our faces until they were red and raw? At the time, we thought we were helping our skin by giving it a much-needed exfoliation. But now we know that mechanical exfoliation like causes “micro tears” to the delicate skin of our faces. These “micro-tears” make our skin more vulnerable to environmental irritants and more susceptible to bacteria sneaking into our skin and inflaming it. In 2019, follow TLC’s lead and say no to scrubs.

3. “Forgetting” To Wear Sunscreen

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If you compile a list of advice from leading dermatologists, the one thing they’re all guaranteed to agree on is this: use sunscreen. Every. Day. Along with “drink more water”, it’s one of those pieces of advice that we’ve all heard a million times, and we’re all still struggling to adopt as a practice. Not only do sunscreens have the reputation of leaving your face like a Kabuki mask, they’re also famous for leaving behind a greasy film that makes makeup slide around your face like a skating rink. Fortunately, skin care technology has advanced in the past few years and lightweight, sheer sunscreens are now easy to find. That means you have no excuse to slather on the sunscreen after your moisturizer every day. That’s right–Every. Day.

4. Picking At Your Skin

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If you commit to changing any bad habit in the New Year, let it be this one: stop picking your face. We’ll be the first to admit that it’s hard to resist attacking a whitehead or clogged pore that looks ripe for popping, but most of the time, picking does more harm than good. Not only can it push more bacteria deeper into your pores, but it also inflames areas that were otherwise calm. Also, picking can leave permanent scars in its wake. Ladies, just say no to picking.

5. Sleeping in Your Makeup

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We’ve all been there–you come home from a crazy night out, tipsy, tired, and ready to flop into bed. The last thing you want to do is drag yourself into the bathroom subject yourself to your seemingly endless skin care routine. So you decide to close your eyes for a few moments just to rest a bit before you wash your face and…you get the picture. We understand that washing your face before bed is sometimes just impossible, so at the very least, commit to removing your makeup every night before bed in 2019. This means keeping a pack of makeup remover wipes by your bedside at all times. That way, you’ll have no excuse to snooze in your makeup.

6. Not Washing Your Makeup Brushes

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Our makeup brushes are one of the tools we use every day but overlook when it comes to upkeep. Like any device that comes into contact with our faces, they need a good scrub-down once in a while. Foundation brushes, especially, should be cleaned at least once a week. If the idea of committing to a makeup brush cleaning schedule seems daunting, invest in a brush-cleaning pad for your sink. Not only will it cut down cleaning time, but it will work to get deeper into the brush bristles, ensuring a more thorough clean.

7. Product Overload

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With all the incredible skin care products out on the market right now, it can be tempting to buy everything you see that has a five-star review on Amazon. However, this approach to skin care can be counter-productive. Not only do some active ingredients react negatively together (like salicylic acid and retinoids), over-treating your skin can cause your skin to over-react. This means that your skin can over-compensate for its oil-loss by producing even more sebum to make up the difference. That can result in a one-two punch of dehydrated, oily skin. Keep your skin care regimen simple by sticking to cleansing, toning, and moisturizing with a few tried and true products on rotation. Your skin likes routine!

8. Drinking Too Much Alcohol

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You may hate hearing this, but it’s true: alcohol is bad for your skin. Not only does drinking produce toxic byproducts in your liver, inflame your bodily tissue and dilate your pores, it also dehydrates your skin and overall body. If cutting out drinking completely is unrealistic, try to stick to less inflammatory alcohols like red wine, which contain the antioxidant resveratrol. That way, you can have your wine and drink it too.

9. Stressing Out

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And finally, the bad skin habit that beats them all: stress. Science tells us that high levels of stress cause the body to release the hormone cortisol, which not only incites the over-production of sebum in your glands but can contribute to eczema and psoriasis flare-ups. Although we could write a whole thesis statement on the negative effects of stress on the mind, body, and spirit, we’ll keep it simple. In 2019, pledge to take things less seriously, breathe deeper, remain present, and put yourself first once in a while. That way, by 2020, you’ll be glowing from the inside out.

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