This is behind the scene video of the recent photoshoot we did for our new products. It took place in a magnificent park in London. This is the very first photoshoot where the weather was just perfect, the flowers were blooming and not closed off with plenty of choices; the only downside was, of course, …
We are please to announce that we are now open from 01 August 2020 and to celebrate our opening (back in business for the very first in almost 3 months), our 2 years start up anniversary (August 2020) and 1 year trading anniversary (July 2020) we are offering 25% off everything including new products (excluding postage and packaging). This deal is for ONE DAY ONLY (from 01 August 2020 at 00:00 BST to August 2020 at 23:59 BST). Shop NOW and enjoy shopping
We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year’s UK Black Business Show which is taking place on 10 October 2020 at The QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE. This is going to be a fully fun-packed event. For more information visit: https://ukblackbusinessshow.co.uk/
We are still close and not taking any orders as Rhoda is still recovering. We plan to reopen for business on Saturday 1st August 2020. Works are ongoing behind the scene.
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We would like to wish every single father a very Happy Father’s Day especially the Afro Caribbean fathers. May you have a wonderful day. Thank you very much for being leaders, teachers, protectors, providers and inspiration not only to your household, but to the community and all the future generations to come; keep doing these and more.
To celebrate Father’s Day, we decided to celebrate some men (this is not an exhausted listed- to learn more, the links are below under Reference) from the Afro Caribbean (including America) community who have had an impact on the world and in history.
In 1923, inventor Garrett Morgan invented the three-way traffic light amongst other things. Morgan inventions tend to improve systems and machines that were already in place. The two-way traffic light that was in place at the time caused many accidents which Morgan witness and came up with the three-way traffic light to make the roads a lot safe by adding the amber light as a warning for drivers to slow down and stop. Morgan other inventions improved the gas mask, sewing machines, safety hood and smoke protector amongst other things.
In 1881 Lewis Latimer improved Thomas Edison invention of the light bulb by using carbon filament to create the light bulb. This made the light bulb last lot longer. Before Latimer improvement, light bulbs were made using many different materials such as bamboo filament and would only last for days. Latimer also co-improved the railroad train bathrooms with his other invention of the train water closet.
In 1980 Dr Mark Dean worked for IBM as a Chief Engineer with a team of 12 others. Not only did him and his team created the first IBM Personal Computer he also co-invented and developed the colour monitor and first gigahertz processor chip in the late 90s. This chip allowed the processing rates at faster speeds in computers.
Paul Cuffee was an 18th-century sea captain of an all-black crew and a businessman. His parentage stems from a Ghanaian Ashanti man and an Aquinnah Wampanoag. Cuffee sailed the Atlantic Coast and travelling to Africa and Europe and he even helped the British to resettle freed slaves.
William Alexander Leidesdorff, Jr was one of the most successful ad earliest Mixed heritage businessmen in America. He gained success as a trade in the ship and logistic industry (by establishing shipyard, lumber yard, and ship chandlery shop) as well as the real estate industry (property industry) in the 1800s. Leidesdorff built San Francisco’s very first hotel, served as the city’s first treasurer and became the first African descendent to become a millionaire in America with a net worth of 1.4 million dollars at the time.
John H. Johnson founded the Johnson Publishing Company which published both the very popular Ebony and Jet magazines. To help support his venture Johnson took a $500 loan and borrowed it against his mother’s furniture. Johnson was the very first African American to appear in the Forbes 400 in 1982. He currently employs over 2,600 people and has sales of nearly $400 million.
Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele is a Brazilian football player (soccer player). Arguably he is considered one of the great footballers of the 20th century, if not, of all time and he is the player that has won the most world cup (three in total- 1958, 1962 and 1970). Pele is an advocate of overcoming poverty as well as a global ambassador for sport.
Michael Jordan is an American six times NBA champion and is considered the greatest basketballer of all time. He is one of the pivotal players in popularising the sport of basketball not only in his home country but internationally.
Usain Bolt is an iconic, record-breaking Jamaican athlete. He is a triple gold medallist at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016) and holds the records for both the 100metres and 200metres.
Mohammed Ali is thought of as the greatest boxer to ever live (to date). He is famous and admired for his boxing skills as well as his beliefs and principle; for example, he took the controversial decision not to fight in Vietnam
Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics; this Olympics were thought as the “Hitler” Olympics due to the climate of the era, Owens faced many racism and discrimination whilst competing.
Abebe Bikila was an Ethiopian marathon runner who became the first African to win a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics game. He is a double Olympics champion (1960 and 1964) and even competed barefooted.
Bob Marley is a world-famous, cultural icon and globe music superstar from Jamaica. He helped to make Jamaica Reggae an international sensation with his songwriting skills and his concise music.
Michael Jackson is an American musical entertainer who was a pioneer of music videoes and making the channel MTV change course. Jackson’s Thriller video made record companies realised how important videoes are, and what great marketing tool they can be. Record companies started investing money in creating videos and this became a must for any artist. Jackson also made MTV played a lot more Pop and R&B music (MTV was only interested in Rock and alternative music such as Indie) after the Thriller video made the Thriller album the biggest selling album of all time.
Quincy Jones is a well-respected American Producer and Musician (he plays multi-instruments) who produces both music and entertainment shows. He has worked with people such as Michael Jackson, Prince, The Beatles, Will Smith just to name a few and have produced shows such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Mansa Musa ruled Mali, a landlocked country in West Africa that produced fifty per cent of the world’s gold and salt at the time of his ruling. Mali natural resources made Musa the riches ad wealthiest person of his time.
Haile Selassie was Ethiopia Emperor from 1930 and inspiration in helping Africa nations fight for independence when he stopped the invasion of Italy on Ethiopia.
Kwame Nkrumah became Ghana’s first beloved president when they gain indecent from Great Britain. Nkrumah was an advocate of Pan-Africanism and African independence.
Biography Online; Accessed on 08 June 2020: https://www.biographyonline.net/politicians/african/changed-world.html
Biography Online; Accessed on 08 June 2020: https://www.biographyonline.net/people/famous-black-people-changed-world.html
Barba, R (2015); 21 Most Successful Black Entrepreneurs Throughout History; Tech.co; https://tech.co/news/21-successful-black-entrepreneurs-throughout-history-2015-02
The Voice (2017, 2020); Five Black Male Inventors You Should Know; The Voice: https://archive.voice-online.co.uk/article/five-black-male-inventors-you-should-know
The Black Inventors Online Museum; Accessed 08 June 2020; Male Inventors; Adscape International, LLC; http://blackinventor.com/male-inventors/
Morgan, T (2019/2020); 8 Black Inventors Who Made Daily Life Easier; The History Channel; A&E Television Networks, LLC; https://www.history.com/news/8-black-inventors-african-american
Apologies that everything has to put on hold as our founder Rhoda had to have emergency medical procedures (none Covid-19 related) and is now recovering from these procedures. Even though we are very fortunate to have many volunteers and family members helping us with the business (from the photo shoots to Tradeshows and even the blogs) however, predominately of the business is run and operated by Rhoda.
Even though many activities are not taking place in front of the screen, but behind the screen, Rhoda is working very hard on the business. We have new products launching straight after the lockdown, and we had hoped to launch phase two of the business (the original business concept) in the summer of 2020; but due to Covid-19, this is postponed until the summer of 2021. Rhoda is focusing on creating contents for the blog and social media; she is also doing all the behind the screen preparation to launch the new hair accessories. This will be the last blog post for a while, the next blog post will be in a month’s time as Rhoda needs to focus on her recovery.
Brief Background on the Founder:
Rhoda was a professional Actress/Performer by trade and has appeared in pantomimes, short films and many shows and performances such as UEFA Championship League Final 2011 and London 2012 Olympics where she danced at the opening ceremonies. Although Rhoda loved performing and was grateful to work with some of the industry best, she knew this path was not her calling and retired from the performing industry in 2012 after 5 years (from qualifying but was performing since she was young). She then spent years wondering what to do and what path to take.In her student days, she worked in London and the home counties selling luxurious cosmetic products.
In 2009, Rhoda decided to go natural once and for all (she attempted this many times but got dissuaded by friends and family) and spent two years not know how to look after her hair (and hiding her hair most of the time). She was then ridiculed by others (from all races, including the black race- before the natural movement became big) anytime her natural hair was out during those two years. She spent another 18 months researching (and still learning) natural and organic herbs, spices, plants, vegetables and fruits that supported healthy hair growth for natural hair and wanted to share this wealth of information by creating natural hair product business (she is now sharing this through the blog). Rhoda spent another year researching how to start a cosmetic company whilst also attending the Prince’s Trust business programme (a very good programme and would highly recommend). However, many things went wrong, and she decided that this was not the path for her. This was not the first entrepreneurship itch she wanted to scratch; between 2003 and 2004, Rhoda wanted to start a fashion business, but fear and the “wisdom” from her family and friends persuaded her not to gamble on such risky and unpredictable venture.
In 2009, When Rhoda first went natural (for good), a family member was getting married and she wanted to decorate her hair. Although there were beautiful hair accessories around (which she invested in a lot) it because evident how difficult it was to remove (difficulties in pain as well as in hair loss) these accessories. So, she went on a mission and started to research good quality hair accessories that are kind and gentle to all hair types, especially Afrocarbbean hair. This research took about 5 years (this just goes to show how very little the natural hair community is represented in this part of the beauty industry) but, once she found this, she sat on the idea for another 3 years. Rhoda thought that this might not be a popular concept in the black community (as many foci were placed on hair products) and had another concept for head attires.
So, she spent another two years researching for quality materials, suppliers and conducting several market researches to ensure that it was a very feasible business. Between 2014-present she researched different types of funding her business venture, but this was very hard (as it is either a grant- which she didn’t meet the criteria or a loan- which she was against). So, she started working for an NHS Trust and have worked full time for the NHS on and off since to help fund her business and to support herself. Even though the business was legally launched in 2018, the planning and preparation started in late 2014 as Rhoda slowly started to put things in place to make the launch possible in August 2018. Between launching the business and now running the business, it has been a huge learning curve and Rhoda is still learning.
When Rhoda launch the business in 2018, not only was she a full-time NHS worker but she was a part-time student (was studying MSc Psychology) as well as freelancing as a children’s entertainment worker (She love working with children and young people); so effectively Rhoda was doing 4 very demanding things between 2018 and 2019. Rhoda has overcome hardship and so many obstacles and this current one will not stop her from providing her community, customers and readers with the things they need. Rhoda story is a true testimony that if you overcome fears, hearsays and you put in a little hard work, determination and dedication, you can achieve anything. Yes, she has just begun her business journey; yes, there are many more obstacles to overcome and many more learning curves to master, but with her steely determination and confidence, she can achieve whatever she wants.
Unfortunately Flourishing Crown will have to stop posting blogs and taking orders as an unforeseen incident has taken place. We will resume all activities in the very near future and keep you all updated.
Please stay safe and look after yourself and your loved ones.
Thank you again to all our customers and readers for your support and patience. Please bear with us during these difficult times. We love and appreciate you all.
History of Black Seed Oil
Black Seed comes from the fruits of a small plant with pale purple, blue, or white flowers that can be found in Eastern Europe, Western Asia and the Middle East. The plant is called Nigella Sativa, but the seed has many different names such as Black Cumin, Black Caraway, Black Onion Seeds and Kalonji. This seed is also mentioned in the bible in Isaiah:27
Black seed has been used as remedies for thousands of years as well as used to spice food and drinks such as pickles, curries, salads, vegetable dishes and bread. The high quality of black seeds is used for food and drinks.
Black seeds have many benefits for the skin, hair and overall health of the body and form part of the ingredients for many beauty products, for example; Shampoo, Massage oils, fragrances, etc.
What is it?
Black seed oil is obtained from the seed using a cold compression method This allows the purest and highest potency nutrients from the seed retain in the oil; the darker the oil, the higher the purity. Black seed oil contains thymoquinone. Thymoquinone is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that may have tumour-reducing benefits.
Black seed oil is also high in fatty acid, but low in Omega 3 and rich in polyunsaturated fat, which means it is great for the heart.
Benefits for the Hair
Studies have shown that black seed oil helps to grow and strengthen the hair shaft diameter (fight against thinning hair) as well as adding shine to a lacklustre and lifeless hair. Black seed oil reduces dandruff, soothes itchy scalp and help fight against greyness.
Benefits for the Body
Black Seed has many health benefits both in the application and when indigested (capsule).
A 2013 study shows that black seed oil reduces the severity of eczema compared to prescribed medication. It can also help with acne according to different research because black seed oil contains antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
According to recent studies, black seed oil may help with treating cancer as thymoquinone found in the oil may be able to kill off cancer cells found in leukaemia, breast and brain cancers. These researchers didn’t conduct on human, but on cancer uses cells. A research conducted on rats in 2013 shows that the oil may reduce liver and kidney disease complication and improve these organ structures. An article from the Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism suggests that black seed oil may contain anti-diabetic properties and improve blood sugar. This sounds great for diabetics- but remember that these researches happen with animal participants and not humans. There is great news for men who want to have children but finds it hard. Research conducted in men found that the oil increases sperm mobility and sperm count. It may also help with Rheumatoid Arthritis and muscle spasms. The oil may aid in lowering Cholesterol (and supporting the health of the heart) as well as easing toothache
Black seed oil may cause a rash in some individual, so it is very important to do a patch test before using it.
The oil should not be used near the eyes, nose or other sensitive areas of the body.
Consuming black seed oil may cause stomach problems such as constipation, stomach upset and vomiting.
If you are pregnant or breastfeed, please seek medical advice before using.
Naturally Curly; Berley, S (2019); Natural Hair Growth Remedy: Black Seed Oil; https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/kinky-hair-type-4a/hair-growth-remedies-black-seed-oil
Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322948#takeaway
Natural Food Series; Jessimy, M (2019); Black Seed Oil Benefits: For Health, Skin, Hair and Side Effects; https://www.naturalfoodseries.com/11-health-benefits-black-seed-oil/
Healthy Hubb: https://www.healthyhubb.com/black-seed-oil-benefits/
Beauty Best Care; Smith, J (2020); How To Use Black Seed Oil For Hair Growth; https://www.beautybestcare.com/black-seed-oil-for-hair-growth
Fresh, Body Mind; Ellie (2019); The Amazing Black Seed Oil Benefits for Hair; https://freshbodymind.com/black-seed-oil-benefits-for-hair/
Naturally Daily (2019); Black Seed Oil For Hair: 10 Benefits of Kalonji Oil; https://naturallydaily.com/black-seed-oil-for-hair/
Organic Facts; Staughton, J (2020); 5 Amazing Benefits Of Black Seed Oil For Hair; https://www.organicfacts.net/black-seed-oil-hair.html
NCBI; Yousefi, M, et al (2013); Comparison of therapeutic effect of topical Nigella with Betamethasone and Eucerin in hand eczema; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23198836
Mental health concern or disorder is when an individual display an emotional or behavioural pattern that is considered abnormal for the individual or the society, they live in. It can impair or causes distress to their everyday functioning such as; working, getting dressed, socialising, sleeping, etc. This can impact an individual’s mental and emotional part of the body which takes place in the brain. Just like physical health, mental health needs support, love, understanding and care for an individual to recover from it. However, mental health is often misunderstood, stigmatised and discriminated against. Mental and physical health are interlinked in many ways, and one can have an impact on the other.
Although experts are not exactly sure of what causes a decline or a complete breakdown in mental health, many of these factors can contribute to a mental health disorder.
Substances (whether recreational or prescribe): Substances are complex chemicals that react to the chemicals and electrons in our brain. Sometimes these reactions have a very negative impact on the overall functioning of the brain which can cause a mental health breakdown.
Life Stressors: Life is full of ups and downs (stressors) and sometimes too many stressors can have a significant impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Life stressors can be anything and everything an individual finds difficult to overcome, so things like finance, bereavement, job loss, divorce, parenthood, exams, isolation, illness, etc. can be stressors.
DNA: This is one factor that is really hard to trace as most of us only know our DNAs up to our grandparents, grandaunts/uncles so, we don’t really know our family history let alone the different personalities and medical histories. However, if any members of your family had suffered from a mental disorder, then there is a possibility that you may suffer from one. Your DNA can also be linked to your coping mechanism and resilience you are with life stressors.
Lifestyle: Lifestyle is looking more at your diet and sleeping pattern (even though the above factors are part of your lifestyle). The type of food we consume; the amount of food we consume; the length and quality of sleep we receive can have an impact on our mental health.
People you associate with: The people we associate with and the interaction we have with them can have an impact on our mental health.
Weather: The weather also has an impact on our mental state. Us Brits (as well as most Northern and Southern hemisphere countries in the world) are very much aware of this during seasonal chances such as winter.
Below is a list of the different types of mental health concern an individual can be affected by with brief information of what it is and how it effect can take place. Please note that individuals can suffer from more than mental health concerns.
Anger: We have all felt anger at some point or another. However, this becomes a disorder when an individual cannot manage it and exact their frustrations on others in a physical and/or emotional outburst frequently.
Anxiety and Panic Attack: It is an intense emotional worry (this is when our adrenaline is increased to the Fight, Flight or Freeze response) that increases our heart rate and blood pressure. Anxiety and Panic Attack can be caused by a thought, a feeling or a physical sensation.
Bipolar Disorder: This is a mood disorder and can affect individual people differently as we all experience different moods in a slightly different way. There is also different severity of the disorder. There are two parts to Bipolar, which are Manic or Hypomanic episode and Depressive episode. A Manic/Hypomanic episode is when the sufferer is on a high and a Depressive episode the sufferer is on a low.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder: This disorder is when an individual is overly anxious about their body image. This can present itself in eating disorders, over exercising and excess cosmetic surgery.
Clinical/Chronic Depression: This is a very deep, dark and extremely low mood type of depression, where an individual can self-neglect and seize to (or finds it extremely difficult to) function in their everyday life.
Hoarding: Finding it very difficult to throw anything away (regardless of the value), has emotional attachment to things and feels anxiety at the thought of throwing anything away
Loneliness/Isolation: Feelings of being along and physically being alone for a long period of time without any social interaction.
OCD: This stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This is a disorder that has two components which are Obsession and compulsion. Obsession is a repeated but unwanted thoughts, images, worries, doubts and urges in an individual mind. This can cause a feeling of anxiousness. Compulsion repeated activities or actions that helps to reduce anxiety cause by the obsession.
Personality Disorder: Is having difficulties in relating with others and yourself, and having problems in coping with day to day life.
Perinatal Depression: is a depression that is associated with pregnancy and up to the first year after giving birth.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: It is an anxiety type disorder that can happen after experiencing and/or witnesses a traumatic situation or events
Psychosis: This is when an individual interprets and/or perceive reality differently from those around them and their society (this can be delusion, paranoid delusion, hearing voices, etc.)
Schizoaffective Disorder: Is both mood and psychotic disorder that can happen within a couple of weeks from each other during a single episode and can cause individual to self-neglect.
Schizophrenia: This disorder can cause hallucination, delusion, paranoid delusions and disorganised speech and thought. Individual suffers self-neglects
Seasonal Affective Disorder: This is a type of depression that individuals can experience during a particular season (weather) or time of year.
The signs that you or someone you know may be suffering from a mental health breakdown are:
Eating problem/difficulties: Having difficulties in eating where they will play with their food or hide their food. They may also over eat (more so than their normal eating habit)
Hypomania: Full of energy, over spend and shop a lot, extremely happy and euphoric, over talkative (can’t get words out fast enough), increase in sex drive, easily distracted in thought and concentration, irritable and agitated (please remember that this should be outside of the norm for the individual)
Paranoia: This is when an individual thinks and believe they are under threat (even though there are little to no evidence of this) or have an exaggerated suspicion (i.e. people making a nasty rumour or comments about them)
Self-Esteem: It is how individual perceive and value themselves based on self-opinion and beliefs. During a mental health break down, individuals can have very low to nonexistence self-esteem.
Self-Harm: This is a coping mechanism, where individual participate in self-destructive behaviour to help cope with difficult events, situations, feelings, thoughts and painful behaviour. Self-harm is a short term realise pressure and pleasure but the original distress is still present as it have not been dealt with (also self-harm may cause other distress as a result).
Sleeping Problem: Finding it very difficult to sleep and feeling more tired than usual.
Suicidal Feeling: Feeling that you cannot go on living and that life would be better minus you (but this is wrong as you may be causing more harm to your loved ones than you will realise). Please remember that all problem has some sort of solution and help should be seek immediately if you or someone you know have these feelings.
To get support there are many people and organisations you can turn to, to receive the right support.
Hospital: You can go to the accident and emergency department who will then contact the right team and professionals to help and support you
Call: You can dial 999 (UK), 911 (US) and 112 (Europe) to be transported to emergency department if you are unable to go (please remember that this is for serious emergency- for example if you feel suicidal). Also, you can call 111 NSH direct (England) or 0845 46 47 (Wales) for advice if it is none emergency.
Samaritans: In the UK you can call the Samaritans for free on 116 123 who can then provide you with a good listen ears and advice (if you need any)
Crisis Team: In the UK you can contact your local crisis team who are specialist mental health professionals available to provide you with the support you need.
Crisis House: Offers a short-term support in a residential setting Crisis House can be a safe haven for many
GP: Your GP will refer you to the right mental health team or professionals
Therapy: Every area has at least one specialist services that consists of Psychologists, Psychotherapists which may include: Psychologists, Arts therapists (including Arts/Music and Sound/Dance and Movement and Drama Therapists), Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Occupational Therapy. These are highly trained professionals who will try to provide you with the right type of support. These are the many therapy service you can access: Anxiety UK, Mental Health Matters, IAPT (England)
Medication: Your GP or a Psychiatrist may prescribe you medication
CMHT (UK): CMHT stands for Community Mental Health Team, this is a specialist team that contains many health professionals to support you in your road to recovery in the community and at home. The professionals can be made up of Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker and now an Employment Specialist. These key workers are there to support you with every aspect of your life from understand your illness and medication (if you are on one), to providing you with your medication, finance, working life, family dynamic, physical health, etc.
Charities (UK): There are many charities that can provide you with support and possible advocacy such as Mind, Young Mind, Samaritans, Mental Health Foundation, Nightline Association, Beat, Calm, Shout, The Mix, OCD Action, Turning Point, Rethink, Cruse Bereavement Care, Rape Crisis. These are some of national charities but there are local charities as well- ask your GP or your local NHS mental health services for more information.
Mental Health UK: https://mentalhealth-uk.org/help-and-information/conditions/
World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/mental_health/management/en/
Who are D’Akins?
Here they explain who they are and what they do.
At D’Akins our services include Makeup, hair-styling and Gele (Nigerian Head-wrap/tie). we currently have 3 artists working for D’akins. We provide services to a wide range of occasions such weddings (inc bride, bridemaids, Mum of bride/groom, bridal-showers), birthdays, baby-shower, christening/naming ceremony, fashion shows etc. All our artists are mobile therefore providing you the best service at the comfort of your home. we also have our range of lashes that are available for purchase (Over 10 styles to choose from, FREE P&P, min order of 2 lashes per purchase). We also work with different team of photographers(@tosyn_studioofficial and @mra.shot.it), DJ (@djcaf_), dance entertainment (@team_survivals) and catering services (@dakinscatering).. Booking any of the above team with our service comes at a discounted price.
Sample of their Work