Holistic Healing: Trippy Tress Chronicles


I had internalized for so long that I would never know my hair. She wrestled with me, cooperated but would then  dehydrate, leaving me confused and like many of us, a product junkie. I was lost trying to figure it out for years. This society has fed us the ideal that Black hair should be straightened, chemically processed, or stored away under wigs and weaves. Although I have grown to love the versatility of my Black hair, I had yet to better understand the science behind my gravity-defying hair. Growing up with a cosmetologist mother, I never had to really do my own hair until I was in college with a box of color and a friend down to do the same. I colored the sides and back of my hair causing my hair to break and shed for the first time in my life. In 2012, I fell into a journey of growth and countless trial and error that has brought me to revelations and new beginnings.

Recently, I unlocked the door to many answers from past and present knowledge. I had searched and struggled, but pushed to reach a consensus. Here are some key nuggets that helped me.

  • Everyone’s hair requires different care and attention. My fellow sister with a similar hair type might not use the same products or regimen for healthy hair.

  • Chemicals are not necessarily bad for your hair. It matters which ones you are putting in your hair. There is a stigma around natural hair that suggests that all chemicals are bad. In fact, our hair needs smaller properties to better receive nutrients from anything we apply to our hair. Some chemicals help restore, revive and maintain healthy hair. Better understanding which ones are good for your hair is key.

  • Moisture retention is key to growth and health in Black hair. Understanding porosity, density, and the climate of your location will help determine what your hair needs for maximum moisture and retention.

  • Protective styles such as twists, weaves, braids, and wigs, are great ways to help growth. Your hair still needs attention. Rule of thumb: After one month, remove these styles to prevent breaking and suffocating your hair as it grows. And most importantly, prepare your hair by deep conditioning before putting in these styles. Oil your scalp weekly. Refrain from tightly pulled edges as well.


After learning that my hair was actually high porosity and not low porosity like I initially thought, I realized I was doing some things wrong and needed to revisit certain products in my regimen. I live in sunny Miami, Florida and the humidity robs my hair of so much moisture. After three days, my hair would be dry again and thirsty, which I could not make sense of. I learned that I needed to add an anti-humectant to retain moisture which was a game changer. 

Here is my restorative hair care regimen that unlocked a whole new world of healthy hair I’m excited to share!

  1. I washed my hair with a sulfate and paraben free shampoo called Sayblee’s Lime Shampoo focusing on my roots and edges where I had the most build up. I love this shampoo because my hair is not stripped of all moisture yet clarified. The bottle goes a long way considering a little lathers a lot!

  2. I used a cotton t-shirt which does not snag my coils to remove excess water. My hair was so dry and weak, I applied a ORS Hair Mayonnaise packet which is a medium strength protein treatment. My hair is protein sensitive so my porous hair cannot handle coconut oil or treatments that are too strong. The protein treatment is a repair mechanism that fills protein into the bonds of your hair strands that are missing from breakage and damage. Time: 15 minutes.

  3. I rinsed my hair with lukewarm water and cold water after to close my hair cuticles. The elasticity and curls were popping and defined! I sectioned my hair into four parts and dried off the excess hair.

  4. I applied Mina Organics Hemp Conditioner which includes keratin, hemp seed oil, and rosemary oil. My porous hair needs keratin and loves hemp seed oil which help repair and maintain moisture. After two minutes, I rinsed out the conditioner.

  5. To help rebalance the pH level of my hair, I prepared an apple cider vinegar rinse (acv) with ½ cup of water to ¼ cup of acv. I had refrigerated water to rinse my hair and close all my pores and hair cuticles. I dried my hair and sectioned off my hair.

  6. Here is the holy grail for this humid weather! I mixed aloe vera juice with my Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Leave-in Conditioner. The key ingredients are shea butter, peppermint and keratin which are perfect to assist my high porosity hair. The aloe is a humectant and helps the other products work better to retain moisture for longer and stop humidity from robbing those goods.

  7. I applied Crème of Nature with Argan Oil Pudding Perfection Curling Enhancing Crème. I revisited this product since it has worked beautifully in the past which ingredients my hair loves: argan oil, glycerin, shea butter, avocado oil, olive oil and water.

  8. I use the LCO method (liquid/leave-in, crème, oil) which I learned works best for my porous hair. Oil is a sealant which makes more sense to use last instead of the common LOC method. I applied Black Jamaican castor oil last to seal my ends. Your ends need the most love to keep the dryness away for as long as possible.

I applied all these products generously which left my hair feeling soft, defined, and smooth. No frizz! I did a wash and go style and let my hair air dry. I re-moisturized my hair after five days which is record breaking for me. I hope this helps someone and provides more clarity to better understand your beauty tresses.

~ Much love, TangySpiceTami ~

The Business of Cannabis: Cannabis on Tribal & Trust Land Pt. 1

Historically marijuana cultivation on tribal land was seldom. Cannabis Indica grew wildly and there was no need for them to grow mass amounts when, depending on where they were, they could gather and collect what they needed. Natives in early (written) documented years used marijuana for ceremonial and medicinal purposes. When smoking cannabis, which not all tribes did, they viewed this as way to connect with their Creator. Just like any ceremony conducted, Natives would use specific pipes to inhale the smoke. These pipes were seen as living beings and spirits, making the act a very personal ritual.

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The late 1800s roll around and the USA now makes each tribe become federated and divi up the land they once roamed according to weather and food cycles. Now Sovereign Nations, each tribe has their own form of government called Council. One act of the Council is to bring forth a new law and oversee the passing of any law pertaining to their trusted land. To begin selling or cultivating cannabis, each tribal member must vote a majority to legalize the act. Even today, cannabis is legal in the state of Washington, but unless the tribe you have entered has legalized the substance, and very few have, you would then face a federal offense.

The Nisqually Indian Tribe, a tribe located in the state of Washington near Olympia, is where I met with a tribal member, Monty Sison, and the heads of their economic department, Cynthia Iyall and Bob Iyall (sister and brother), to discuss their plan in the coming years and/or if they even had one. Some tribal members have begun to make those first crucial steps in legalizing the plant by sending out a survey to each of the 900+ members. After analyzing the responses, about 80% of the tribe has said they are in favor of legalizing and getting involved in the cannabis industry, while the other 20% says no. Can you guess who the 20% are?

Elders traditionally have a lot of say in the tribal community. They are held to the highest regard, and their thoughts and opinions on matters are taken very seriously when deciding the future of their youth. Many of the elders today are from a time when the US government was putting the most money into propaganda, highlighting the (speculative) negative effects the plant holds in society. Many of these elders have also lost many friends and family members to substance abuse stemming from generational trauma, causing them to perceive the legalization of cannabis as a clear way of promoting a drug to Native youth.

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Cynthia and Bob both stated that they will put the time and effort into planning as soon as the tribe votes and passes the legislation. Until then, they both have other economic opportunities to focus on. Both shared a concern over recent letters from Jeff Sessions to the heads of the state, claiming they are in route for a crackdown from the DEA.

Let’s rewind to August 23, 2013: Obama is in office, Michelle is our First Lady, and we've come to one of the most crucial moments in modern cannabis history. The Cole Memo is released. The Cole memo consists of eight guidelines for states to follow to assure that the federal government would not officially step in and interfere with the states' endeavors in regulating the schedule 1 substance. Put forth by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, the Cole Memorandum’s highlights are as follows:

• Preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors;

• Preventing revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels;

• Preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law to other states;

• Preventing state-authorized marijuana activity; from being used as a cover pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity;

• Preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana;

• Preventing drugged driving and the exacerbation of the other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use;

• Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environment dangers posed by the marijuana production on public lands; and

• Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property.


The Cole memo now gave free range, in some sense, to regulate the production and sale of cannabis. However, the memorandum was missing one very important element. Cole stated that this memorandum was allowing “state and local government” to regulate the production and sale of cannabis, leaving sovereign nations in question. Because trusted tribal land is the associated tribe's land to govern, a few tribes got the green thumb to join in what is now referred to as the “Green Rush.”

One Nation that is visible in the press for jumping in the game a little too quickly, and still has a court case pending against them, is the Flandreau Sioux Tribe in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. And yes, this is a federation of the same tribe that fought for their water rights at Standing Rock this past year. The Sioux tribe had high hopes (no pun intended) to have the first ever Cannabis adult resort. There, you would be able to stay at the five-star hotel, smoke amazing ganja, and all the while be immersed in the divinity of the first nations culture.

The tribe immediately held a Council meeting after the release of The Cole Memo, voted to legalize, and began breaking ground for a massive grow operation. Yes, the tribe did the right thing by legalizing cannabis on tribal land but what they failed to work with was that fact that cannabis was/is still illegal in South Dakota, making it still illegal for anyone, Native or non-Native, to buy any type of cannabis products and leave reservation or trusted land, or participate in resort or lounge activities and drive home intoxicated afterwards. Should anyone be stopped by police after doing so, they would face charges with the state of South Dakota, which would also be fronting the bill (via tax dollars) for jail/court.

Even though cannabis was legalized on trusted Sioux tribal land, the fact that their main consumer was traveling from an area of the state where cannabis was not legalized, posed a threat to the state of South Dakota. The federal government then proceeded to reprimand the Sioux tribe, stating that they had no business or right to legalizing cannabis before the state. Their Council ultimately decided to stay on good terms with the government by shutting down any future of the resort and burned their crop to the ground. But where did they go wrong? Cannabis was legalized on tribal land! They are their own sovereign nation and govern themselves (clearly only to a certain extent). What happened?! As mentioned above, the Cole Memorandum included all state and local government, leaving an unclear explanation as to where tribes fit into the picture...

...To be continued !  

~ Stoney Spice ~

Mystic Marijuana: New Moon in Libra


Stellar forces bring about the required assistance to manifest the change we are so eager to see in the physical dimensions. Usually the beginning of a new moon cycle is an introverted time to go within, and explore what we wish to align. As you know, Libra is all about relationships and balance, focusing on exactly where we are now, uniting what we feel distant from - our own glory. All relationships begin with the relationship with ourselves. Fuck the north node (metaphorically), pull that needle out of the compass and begin to dig, painstakingly pressing into imperishable flesh, and become closer to your soul. The spirits journey is far from a simple, straightforward process. 

We must continue to purify anything that keeps us fragmented. Whether it is negative self-talk or an acquaintance barking for your attention. Often we create our own mental programs that impede our higher truth. Self-imposed beliefs don't help you move forward, our planetary map is laid down for us to zoom out of our personal interpretations of reality. These constructive frequencies coded in the sky are meant for you to see with new eyes, squinting through the corridor of each star to visually lose the grip of challenges blocking your sight. Above all, your cosmic guidance is from your unified self, an energetic and rejuvenated version of you, breaking free from insufficient justification.  


If you're wanting to pursue an activity, like eating more home-cooked meals, taking a social media break, but you're not doing something about it, this would be a self-programmed punishment. Even through being determined to win an argument, you still pose a mild threat against yourself, stopping some final steps to help you cross your own ascension timeline. Influenced to be a puppet, attached to a powerless and motionless state spawned by judgments of the past or the emptiness of mundane procedures. Focus on how you're going to improve, rather than focusing on how hard it is to be where you want to be. 

~ J-Na$ty ~