At first, I was hesitant about this week’s challenge. I only knew Jamaican Mango & Lime as a product line for dreadlocked hair and I knew little about ‘dreads. I had always assumed dreadlocks were a counter-cultural fashion preference. So before my package of Jamaican Mango & Lime products arrived in the mail I began to do a little research. I realized in the process that dreadlocks can also be symbolic of spiritual conviction (as with the Rastafarians) or ethnic pride (as with the beautiful thin, red dreadlocks of the Maasai of Kenya). I cut off my chemically straightened hair in high school because I wanted to learn to accept and take pride in my natural beauty. It was as much a personal statement as a style choice, and I found new kinship between that choice and the choice other make to develop dreadlocks. I thought it would be fun to arrange a photo shoot with someone whose dreadlocks were representative of this, which is why this week’s entry features my friend reggae DJ, Q Bwoy, who knows the products well!
First of all, I would just like to thank the sponsors of this challenge, Jamaica Mango and Lime, for sending all of us such wonderful products. Wow! Before this competition, I had heard of this brand but never used their products. I thought that they were only for people with dreds. Boy was I wrong. I loved these products especially for my twists. Twists and twist outs have been some of my favorite natural styles to wear because they are so low maintenence and promote length retention.
Jamaican Mango & Lime Company Background
This company truly inspires me. Before the shoot, I watched a Jamaican Mango & Lime infomercial with company president Cyrus Jackson. His message is so captivating. I love that the company is committed to the Jamaican community. If we as a people are ever going to rebuild and revitalize our communities, we can’t keep relying on handouts. We have got to support ourselves. We need to invest in our communities. We need to build our OWN businesses and WE need to support these businesses. That’s what this company is about. Not only does Jamaican Mango and Lime support the Jamaican community, but the Jamaican community embraces and supports the product also. I really admire this company. I put my heart and soul into this shoot and I hope that it shows.
Every little thing is gonna be all right with Jamaican Mango & Lime. Picture yourself wanting to go to a natural hairstylist but you don’t have the time or a lot of money. Therefore you decide to try Jamaican Mango & Lime to get the job done yourself. Don’t worry. I am a witness that you can do it and your hair will be clean, healthy, and beautiful. Below I will share my thoughts on some of the products I used.
When I first received the package containing Jamaican Mango & Lime products I was so ecstatic. I admit I use to be a product junky, but attending college leaves me little to no room for experimentation with different products for my hair. When opening the box, I didn’t know where to start there were so many products I was overwhelmed! I decided to test some of the products previous to the shoot to see the results depending on the combination. Looking over the Jamaican Mango and Lime colorful website and even the products, I noticed the product creators in the division of the Rastagroup, aimed for great twist and even locs maintenance. After reviewing the website, I realized that despite the fact that communities have became progressive with natural hair care and products, we lack creating great products for people with locs and those who like to wear their twists majority of the time.
Whirlwind. This challenge was by far the most difficult, but also very gratifying. All I kept thinking was it’s freezing and snowing in Ohio. What am I going to do?
Jamaican Mango and Lime products are incredible. I was so excited to get so many different products. Trying out new products is probably one of my most favorite things to do! 🙂 I think my favorite is the oil (I love the smell) and the shampoo (it tingled and really made my hair feel so fresh and clean). The leave-in-conditioner was so light and didn’t weigh down my hair. It was fun, and I still have more products to try!