Culture in Harlem: Serengeti Teas & Spices

C360_2015-05-03-18-28-49-903It is almost impossible to have dull conversation at a venue featuring a modern minimalist décor accented with an Afro-centric theme, culminated with flavorful teas, coffees, spices, baked goods and hot chocolate!  Serengeti Teas & Spices has continued to be one of my favorite hotspots in Harlem! The myriad of tea recipes are concocted from harvested ingredients directly from East Africa, offering customers the highest quality in organic blends. If you are just a tea lover (like me) or an actual tea connoisseur, you will absolutely love this place and what it hasto offer.  Whether you have a cold, are suffering from allergies or feeling lethargic, or just need a quick refresher, ask for John – the mixologist and he will make a potion to fit your needs!  Stop by and enjoy!




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Natural Treatment for Bald Spots – DIY 

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Natural haircare can be an exciting and yet, discouraging journey.  The time and effort neo-natural women spend to become acclimated with their natural hair and implementing a healthy hair regimen takes a lot of patience.  And the last thing you want to deal with is shedding/thinning hair leading to a bald spot!

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Natural hair – on average- sheds 50-100 strands per day.  Seems like a lot, right?  So imagine that amount, multiplied by ten, coming out on your hands every single time you touch your hair!  Well, that’s exactly what happened to me and I knew I had to fix this problem before it was too late. However, it seemed there was nothing I could do to stop the shedding and believe me, I tried everything from protein deep conditioners to hair shedding treatments.  Then, of course the inevitable happened.  I experienced my first full blown bald spot.  Yes, I cried and cried… and cried some more.  But, after a while I had to remind myself that there are people in this world suffering from much worse things than whatever I was going through at that moment.  Finally, I pulled myself together and used my energy and time to research a solution to fix this problem.

Causes for Bald Spots

There are plenty of reasons why bald spots occur:

  • Family history
  • Stress
  • Chemotherapy
  • Tight hairstyles (i.e. protective styling, tight ponytails)
  • Poor diet (lack of iron and protein)
  • Thyroid
  • Ringworm on the scalp
  • I knew my causes were from stress, poor diet, along with my anemic condition.


Since I live a holistic lifestyle, I knew I wanted something natural and preferably something I can mix on my own. Therefore, I decided to try garlic, black castor oil, and to live an overall healthier lifestyle.

Garlic and Black Castor Oil



Garlic stimulates blood flow to the scalp and purges out toxins while aiding to help make our hair stronger, shinier and less prone to breaking.  The stimulation of blood flow from garlic encourages hair regrowth in a situation such as baldness and Alopecia Areata which is another type of hair loss.


Black castor oil:

Jamaican Black Castor Oil is a versatile oil and one of my favorite oils to use!  What is so special about it, you ask?  Well, I found that using it regularly will strengthen, thicken, moisturize and increase hair growth.   Jamaican Black Castor Oil increases blood flow to the scalp, prevents hair breakage, and supplies valuable nutrients to our hair follicles. It will also heal dandruff, eczema, and other causes of dry, itchy scalp.  I even use Jamaican Black Castor Oil on my eyelashes and eyebrows to help them grow as well.  I will discuss that in a later post, so stay tuned for that!

What I did:

  1. I changed my diet and exercised regularly.
  2. Increased my water intake.
  3. Rubbed a fresh garlic clove or a garlic extract on the bald spot day and night (yes my head smelt like garlic but it’s really not that bad (and really worth it) given the results!)
  4. Every night I’d massage the Jamaican Black Castor Oil into my scalp (massaging your scalp also stimulates blood flow which aids in hair growth).
  5. Meditated more (I made improvements to live a more peaceful and stress free life).

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Did you experience a bald spot in the past?  What are some things you did to help your hair follicles grow back?  If you are currently experiencing a bald spot or thinning hair, let me know if what I suggested worked for you.  Kick some knowledge below!