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

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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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Dani’s Do it or Lose it List: Garlic – the ANTI breakage formula

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The key to growing black hair is in stopping breakage and, therefore, retaining your length. The misconception that black hair can’t grow very long is a common and sad error. The biggest issue usually lies in the frail nature of black strands. Sometimes, merely brushing (or using the wrong comb) can set your hair growth journey back by miles.

One of my favorite anti-breakage formulas is garlic shampoo and conditioner. Be sure to get the unscented bottles, unless you want to go around smelling like a Pizza Hut breadstick!

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Garlic stops shedding in its tracks!

I can definitely attest for this product. I don’t use it often, but when I do, I literally see results in a day or two.

The pic I posted is the brand that I use, but you can mix grocery store garlic (don’t go overboard please) into your own conditioners (or hair oils) if you like making your own concoctions at home.

:: Hope this helps ::

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Hair Mavens: Michelle Obama

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You KNOW I had to do it.

Today’s hair maven is…..MICHELLE OBAMA!

Our (soon to be) First Lady is all business with her sleek looks –pulled off with both style and sophistication. Here’s an interview I found at bellasugar.com with Michelle’s stylist Frederic Fekkai:

Do you have any tips for recreating her signature hairstyle at home?

It’s pretty simple. The foundation of any hairstyle is the cut. That’s one thing we focus on doing very well here at Fekkai. With that, I am able to switch the hair into like maybe two, three different looks. We try not to give her too many different variations. People want to see her with the same style, especially when it comes to politics; there’s a lot of scrutiny when you’re in that arena.

I say go back to basics and just keep it simple. Sometimes I flat-iron her hair under, or I use a ceramic curling iron to flip it out at the ends a little bit. With a flat iron she’s going to be able to lock the moisture in the hair. Because she has to get her hair done so often, the flat iron is probably the best tool for her. For an updo, I might do some cascading curls according to how formal the event she’s attending is, but mostly I give her a clean sweep up.

Also, to keep her hair moisturized, I use the Shea Butter conditioner from Fekkai and Glossing Cream. It really keeps the hair moisturized. And Fekkai Coiff Anti-Frizz creme is excellent for that. It’s probably one of my favorite products.

Here are a few more looks from our faboulous First Lady!

:: Enjoy ::



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Extra Attention and Special Care: THE NAPE AND EDGES

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Some of you have been asking about ways to thicken and/or regrow thinning hair around the nape and edges.

Since these regions of the hairline frequently require special attention by many women, I thought it might help to address some tips for caring for these areas.

1. Castor Oil is a great means of sealing in moisture, thickening your hair and giving your tresses an extra touch of silk and softness. Try buying a brand of castor oil that is cold-pressed and natural.

2. Stimulate hair growth by massaging your scalp regularly (with the pads of your fingertips)

3.  A proper diet is also a huge factor in hair health, as well as plenty of water!

:: Hope this helps ::

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Dani’s Do it or Lose it List: NATURAL OILS

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Whipped Shea Butter....mmmmm :->

Ladies, please DROP KICK every jar of hair grease that comes into your line of sight! lol

But seriously, hair grease is not a good look. I’ve always hated its scent and consistency growing up, but I didn’t really know at the time how bad hair grease is for your hair!

The products to look for when shopping are those that contain natural oils. Natural Oils, such as olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil and shea butter, are always best to use when oiling your hair (or scalp), they’re also great for your skin too. You should always be on the hunt for these essential oils. The higher up these oils are on the “key ingredients” list, the better.

Hair greases :O< on the other hand, are packed full of mineral oil and petrolatum (also known as petroleum) which clog your pores and steal moisture from the hair. ALOT of hair products use these ingredients as cheap fillers. So always turn the can/jar/ bottle of whatever it is you are using around and read the ingredients list!

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Olive Oil

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Hair Mavens: Tracee Ellis Ross

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Well what do ya know? I was looking at an old BET.com interview from Tracee Ellis Ross and its looks like she’s on the hair mayo bandwagon too! In the following Ms. Ross talks a bit about her hair regimen (including tips for detangling, deep conditioning and bringing out her natural curl):

Once a week, usually on a Sunday, my trick is that I go to the steam room and I fill my hair up with conditioner. There’s three different conditioners that I’ll use, that’s my deep conditioning day. I wash it once a week, sometimes twice depending on how many products we’ve put in my hair because if you wash it too much it gets dry. There’s a really cheap product called Hair Mayonnaise, it’s an organic product that you can buy at health food stores. It’s a big tub and it’s like a hair growth product [and] really good conditioner. Rene Furterer makes a conditioner called Karite Nourishing Conditioning Cream for dry hair ($22, 3.4 oz.). It’s expensive but good, but I say that the Hair Mayonnaise is just as good and cheap.

In terms of products to get my hair curly during the week, the trick is the Denman brush, a D4 ($17) or the industrial one, it’s the key to curls. [While in the shower,] wet your hair, fill it up with conditioner. I split my hair into six sections, bottom section split it in two, brush it over the shoulder, next section, brush it over the shoulder, etc. Leave the conditioner in. After I’ve brushed it out, I put a little more conditioner in my hair and (shaking the hair gently) I try to make the curls happen. You can see them develop at that point. Put the hair up in a clip, wash the body, do what you gotta do, rinse it out.


Her hair is natural and I love that she wears it in a range of curly to straight styles. Here are some pics of her mane over the years….just for some inspiration ;>

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