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IS NATURAL HAIR A FAD? YOU BE THE JUDGE

Is Your Hair a Trend...or Just the Truth?

Is Your Hair a Trend...or Just the Truth?

A very insightful article from  Naturally You! online magazine delved into women’s thoughts about natural hair. Is it a fad or a revolution?

Farika Broadnax’s piece mentions the results of a http://www.NoLye.com poll. Alot of black women shared their perspectives on the matter:

Eighty-one percent of those polled said that natural hair is not a fad but a phenomenon for the present and future Black woman and man. One visitor indicated, “I don’t believe it can be a fad when you had natural hair before you had relaxed hair…It’s like saying are brown eyes a fad after people have worn colored contact lenses for years.” Another respondent, who agreed that natural hair is here to stay stated, “I think more and more women are realizing it’s a good health choice and that having natural hair is not so hard to manage as they once thought.”

One poll answer revealed an interesting perception about the blurred line between fad and tradition and how one can be a result of the other by commenting, ” If you’d asked me this question about five years ago, I would have said ‘yes’ (natural hair is a fad). However, I think what started as a fad has become a genuine ‘let me be who I was created to be.'”

Some pretty great points made, in my opinion. And even if natural hair has had a wave affect on black women…who cares?!

Who says a fad or trend can’t be the start of something healthy? Perhaps raising the bar?

What are your thoughts on natural hair? Is it a trend? Is this where we should have been all along? Is natural hair a scarcity where you live?

:: Let it marinate for a moment::

Follow the link for the full story:

Naturally You!

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KNOW THE DIFFERENCE: Protein and Moisturizing Conditioners

ElastaQP Mango Butter - A MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER

ElastaQP Mango Butter - A MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER

Motowngirl.com has a great bit on classifying your conditioning products. It’s always a great thing to know what you’re putting on your hair, because if you know this, then you can figure out what you’re doing to your hair.

Pictured above and below are two various conditioning products (which are both great, by the way). One moisturizes, while the other provides protein.

Here’s a segment from the motowngirl site explaining the difference:

Protein conditioners help to make the hair stronger…You normally need to follow up treatments with a moisturizing conditioner. If you use too much protein on your hair, it will feel hard and brittle, and could eventually break off.

Moisturizing conditioners are water-based and essential for natural hair in restoring softeness and moisture. They help to make the hair soft and retain elasticity, which aids in decreasing hair breakage…Using moisturizing conditioners too often can cause the hair to feel weak and limp.

On the whole, its usually good to do protein treatments sporadically vs. moisturizing  products which are normally used daily. A protein treatment once every 2 weeks (or once a month) should do your hair justice and give balance. However, one should always pay attention to their hair “signals.” You’ll know when enough is enough with either conditioning product. Only your hair can tell.

ORS Replenshing Conditioner - A PROTEIN CONDITIONER

ORS Replenshing Conditioner - A PROTEIN CONDITIONER

Click the link for more info:

Motowngirl

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A STEP TOO FAR: Bull Conditioner? Bull Crap!

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Oh, the Bull.

A CosmeticsDesign article featured a prime example of taking beauty TOO FAR. In 2007, Louise Prance wrote on an unusual beauty regimen practiced in a UK hair salon: using bull semen as a protein treatment.

Now, we all want healthy hair, but this is something that can happen when you get carried away. Natural is great…but to a certain extent!

Don’t believe it?? Here’s some more info on the treatment offered at Hari’s Salon in London:

The treatment, which takes 45 minutes and involves a mixture of bulls semen and katira plant root extract being massaged into the hair, could well be the start of a trend within the cosmetics industry, with the protein element also thought to be beneficial in skin care formulas.

Indeed, the trend may well have started with Norwegian based company Maritex who stated that it was the main producer of Cod sperm for use in cosmetic products.

Wow.

Apparently some women were adventurous enough to try this method, but I can assure you that there are about 101 protein treatments that can work for your hair…without giving you There’s Something About Mary flashbacks!

This goes to show you– where there’s a will, there’s an unusual and overpriced way ;>

For the full article, click the link:

CosmeticsDesign

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ASSOCIATED CONTENT BREAKS IT DOWN : Children and Relaxers

Viqi French photograph

Viqi French photograph

Since we are on the subject of children and relaxers, I thought an article I found on AssociatedContent.com might come in handy.

To break it down simply, writer Talibah Newman made a list of 10 Reasons NOT to relax children. I have trimmed some of her points down, but you still get the gist. Even though these concerns are specific to children, I’m quite sure that this list would make any adult think twice before relaxing too!

Ten Reasons Not to Buy Lye or “No Lye” Relaxers for Children

1) Self Hatred is a deadly disease.

2) Lye Relaxers are subject to cause alopecia areata and male patterned baldness in 60% of men women and children who use Lye Relaxers on a normal basis say once every four weeks.

3) A child’s head is not strong enough to handle a lye relaxer.

4) Though the combination in “no lye” relaxers results in less scalp damage than lye relaxers the damage to the scalp can potentially be the same if not used properly.

5) The FDA lists hair relaxers and hair dyes among its top consumer complaint areas.

6) Lye and No Lye Relaxers can cause severe burns when irresponsibly placed on the scalp of a child.

7) The hair is made up of protein and this protein is necessary to promote the growth, strength, and health of the hair. Hair relaxers and perms destroy the protein that makes up the hair by rearranging and breaking the bonds that hold the hair in its natural shape.

8 ) Hair Relaxers are expensive and the price paid for using them incorrectly is non refundable and irreversible in most cases.

9) The time, patience, and treatment of a child with alopecia areata damage caused from extensive use of permanents is immense and oftentimes discouraging.

10 ) The period of age 5-12 is a very crucial time for child development and when a child has low self esteem due to poor self image during this time the results are often times difficult to reverse.


Want to see this list in detail? Follow the link.

Associated Content article

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Hair Mavens: Esperanza Spalding

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Our newest Hair Mavens addition is the multi-talented Esperanza Spalding.

The bass player/jazz singer started playing the bass at the young age of 14 , and began writing/singing at about 15. Not only is Esperanza known for her skill and grace on the bass- a relationship which she describes as “waking up one day and realizing you’re in love with a co-worker” – but she also turns heads with her awesome crown of kinks and curls.

ymib.com did an interview with the artist on her hair care routine:

ymib: What things do you like to do to keep your spirit, beauty, and health balanced?…Also, being that we celebrate Natural beauty here on ymib, we would love to now how you take care of your beautiful natural curls(any favorite products/regimens, etc.)?

Esperanza: Well, I try to meditate as many mornings as possible, and I run at least 3 times a week. keeping a sugar-free diet and drinking LOTS of water keeps me feeling good and healthy. For my curls, I use an Organic Jojoba Conditioner and pure olive oil. They seem to like those two things.

Want to read more of the interview? Click the link.

YMIB.COM – Esperanza interview

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“GOOD HAIR”: Chris Rock’s documentary on black hair notions

Time Out Chicago- Christina Couch

Time Out Chicago- Christina Couch

An article in Time Out Chicago deals with a pretty common practice in the black community…

Why are so many little black girls being “relaxed?” And in the first place, why are they wanting these chemical treatments so young?

Christina Couch did an interview with comedian Chris Rock who must have been wondering the same thing. In the interview, he talks a bit about his documentary that is scheduled to debut at the Sundance Film Festival this week.

His first documentary, Good Hair, focuses on the ends and outs of black hair, and the cultural and social implications that surround its appearance:

Time Out Chicago: You spent two years researching hair? Really?
Chris Rock: Ha, ha, ha, yes. My daughter’s the star, and I’m a PA. You’ve got to bend over backwards to make sure the star is happy, so if my baby’s not happy with her hair, I’ve got to do something about that. I’ve got to go investigate. [Laughs]

TOC: It just seems like a pretty random topic, especially for someone not all that obsessed with hair.
Chris Rock: On the surface, it seems like it’s not what I normally do, but when you watch the movie, it’s very political, and it deals with relationships. It deals with a lot of issues I would deal with in an HBO special, just in another way. What goes on in the movie most black people know about, maybe not to the extent that we covered it, but any white person who sees it is going to think, Wow, I had no idea. [Good Hair] is kind of a love letter to black women, and it’s definitely a love letter to my daughter.

Whether you choose to relax or not, I think Chris Rock is doing a commendable feat just by asking a simple question. “WHY?

Do any of you regret getting relaxers at a young age? Did you realize what was going on? Why did you want them? Any of you think relaxers are no biggie?

I’d love to hear your responses.

Want to read more of this article? Follow the link:

Time Out Chicago – Chris Rock

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