5 Things You Should Know about Human-Trafficking in STL and How you can help now:)

  1.  That it exists  A lot of times when we hear the word trafficking we think of places overseas and yes that’s what I thought as well until I learned that there are over 300,00  child victims in the U.S. alone.  I then didn’t think it was so close to home until I read that St. Louis is in the top 20 cities where trafficking takes place.  We are number 17 to be exact!  There’s a highway called highway  35 that runs through St. Louis and you can virtually get to any state from it which makes it easier for these children to continuously be shuffled around so that no one finds them.   The average age of entry into this sick industry is 13 however, the earliest reported victim in St. Louis was in the second grade and the earliest reported victim ever was 2 years old ;-(.
  2. What their life is like  Sex-trafficking is defined as a “commercial sex act induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.”  Their life is pretty much hell.  In order to groom these victims they make them watch hours of pornography as well as dance in strip clubs.  When they are ready, victims have reported having to  service up to 40 clients a day.
  3. Know the signs  Teachers you may have a victim in your class whose parents sell them on the weekends for drug money.  Here are some of the signs, but for a complete list visit here.   Social Interaction:
    • Inability to speak to individual alone
    • When addressed, answers seem scripted and rehearsed
    • Inconsistencies when describing or recounting events
    • Unable or unwilling to give local address of or information about parent or guardian
    • Refers to sexual situations beyond their age level or maturity
    • Avoids eye contact

    Physical Signs:

    • Signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement or torture (may be reluctant to explain)
    • Untreated illnesses or infections, especially STDs
    • Appears malnourished
    • Lacks healthcare and/or dental care
    • Tattoos/branding on neck, lower back
    • Always wears same clothes regardless of weather or situation
  4. There’s help for victims  Thank God that there are people in this world dedicating their lives to rescuing and restoring victims of sex-trafficking and we have a wonderful organization right here in St. Louis, MO called The Covering House.  The Covering House is a place where victims can seek refuge, transitional housing, therapy, prevention and out-client services.
  5. How you can help  There are a number of ways that you can help.  The Covering House is a great place to start.  Whether donating money, time, or talent, they can definitely use your help.  If this issue pricks your heart like it does mine, take a look at their website and see where you fit in.  One of their biggest fundraisers is coming up called the Race For Refuge on September 5th at Tower Grove Park.  Kenny and I will be there and we hope to see you too!

My husband and I are also doing a Beauty Drive.  The Covering House has this beautiful home in an undisclosed location where victims can have a safe place to rehabilitate.  They are in need of African American Hair products such as, shampoo, conditioner and styling products.   We have two drop off locations one at a Cosecha Coffee  7360 Manchester Rd. in Maplewood and in St. Ann ALISA’s TKO Barber and Beauty Salon 9774 St. Charles Rock Road.   We are collecting these products now through Saturday, Septmber 12th. Small acts like this are  a way to restore these girls beauty inside and out.  Show them that love is dope!

Beauty Drive

Race for Refuge L

2 Chic Shampoo and Conditioner

Today I’m doing a product review of 2 Chic Shampoo and Conditioner from Whole Foods Market Galleria, here in St. Louis, MO. When asked to review this product, I was excited because I know that Whole Foods Market’s mission is to carry the finest facial skin and body products available. In order to be sold in Whole Foods, products have to meet a strict set of quality standards, and all of those can be found here. Because of that commitment to quality, I was confident to give this product a try.

The 2 Chic Shampoo and Conditioner systems guarantee restoring moisture to dry and damaged hair and adding shine, protecting color and helping prevent splits and breaks. This line of shampoo and conditioner has an avocado and olive oil blend to add moisture to the hair. I consider my hair pretty healthy, but dryness is an issue for me especially since my hair is natural and curly.

I know from friends and family and even my husband who has a really awesome afro that dryness is definitely a problem with this type of hair. My husband and I normally look for products that offer a lot of moisture and that are specifically designated for curly/natural hair. Many times we use leave-in conditioners but we often have a problem with the residue or film that it leaves on our hair.

I was interested to see how my hair would react to 2 Chic Shampoo and Conditioner. Right now also have extensions in my hair for length but they are the same texture as my hair. I wanted to see if that made a difference. So here is my review of the product.

First things first, when I opened the top to smell the product it smelled pretty good a bit overpowering, but good. I will add that it smells better on the hair than in the container. I shampooed my hair twice and the second time, I noticed that my curls began to loosen up and That my hair felt a lot softer. I went on to add conditioner to my hair, and I was bit concerned at first because normally when I coat my hair with a conditioner the lather is very thick. I didn’t experience that thick lather with 2 Chic. At this time, I didn’t comb through my hair because I didn’t feel like the lather was thick enough. However, when I washed the conditioner out I used a wide tooth comb to comb through my hair, and I was very surprised that it was easy to comb through my very tangled hair. I looked in the mirror, and I noticed that my hair was very shiny as well, and there was no left over residue. I was pleasantly surprised. My husband walked past me while I was combing my hair and said he really liked the smell of it;).

After I had washed my hair, I let it air dry, put a bonnet on and went to sleep. When I woke up the next morning, I was happy to see that my hair was still untangled and that my curls felt loose and airy. I think the combination of the olive oil and avocado were responsible for that. I occasionally put olive oil on my hair, but I have to be careful that it doesn’t get too greasy. This shampoo and conditioner seemed to have the right combination. I think this product is pretty good especially since it isn’t specifically for curly hair. I would be curious to see how it worked on other textured hairs. I give this product a B+ only because I want to try it a few more times in order to see how it tackles my dry hair issue. I am always trying to find the best products for my hair and I am really glad that I tried this one and will definitely use it again! What about you? Have you tried this product? What do you use for dry or damaged hair?

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This was after conditioning and combing through my hair.  It felt really soft and airy.  I let it air dry.

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