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Hair and There: Inspiration from the Ivory Coast

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Explore the world and learn secrets for beautiful hair! This week, Madison Reed visits the Ivory Coast to bring you hair care secrets, fashion-forward trends, and fascinating facts.

Bejeweled with starfish-studded beaches, dense rainforests, and gorgeous landscapes, Ivory Coast, or Côte d’Ivoire, is a West African country with an abundance of natural resources–including cocoa, palm seeds and shea butter. It’s easy for women in this country to go au naturale with beauty products growing in their backyards.

Beauty Tip: Shea Butter
Ever wonder why so many women in this region have beautiful, glowing skin? It can all be answered by the shea butter in their beauty products. Also known as “women’s gold,” shea butter comes from the nuts of karité trees, and is naturally a goldish or ivory in color. Shea butter can be used for everything from eczema and stretch marks, to moisturizing dry skin and hair. Want to know another fun fact? The resource itself provides employment and income to millions of women across the continent.

Hair Trend: The Duku
Many women in West Africa wear beautiful printed head-ties called the ‘duku’ or ‘gele,’ which are typically worn to cover the entire head above the ears. These head ties are worn for both day-to-day activities, and elaborate events including weddings & ceremonies. They are making a resurgence in the U.S. as a form of West African pride and as a fashion statement.

Fun Facts

  • The official name of the country is actually Republic of Cote d’Ivoire.
  • The Ivory Coast is the largest producers and exporters of coffee, cocoa beans and palm oil.
  • The primary language spoken is French!

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