Black Hair

The Guide To Healthy Hair

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Black people who share their opinion about natural hair. Are black women with straight hair considered cleaner than those who choose to go natural? The argument about self love may be questionable.

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The Natural Argument to chemically processed hair. Is it unprofessional for black women to wear her natural hair? 

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A Womans Heart Should Be So Hidden In God That A Man Has To Seek God In Order To Find Her

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What’s An Outfit Without The Right Hair Style?

Your outfit is not complete without the perfect hairstyle.

What’s an outfit without the right accessories? In this case, hair is the accessory. Despite the length or texture, hair seems to be the most important part of any outfit.  Women can spend hours looking for the perfect dress and hours finding the perfect hairstyle. Their reason? To make the dress stand out of course! For many women, a major effort in their physical appearance is a key priority. The most plain and simple outfit can look outstanding with the perfect hair.

Celebrities are judged on their physical appearance just as much as they are judged on their talents. Jennifer Lopez; actress and singer, always gets it right. Her hair style choices are often effortless and always works well with her outfit. In terms of style, it is always best to go simple. Simplicity is key. A woman looks her best when her beauty appears to be effortless or undone. Remember to always keep your hair well groomed and trimmed at the ends.  

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Maybe Natural Beauty Isn’t What All Men Want

 

Often in the black community, the topic of natural hair seems to cause quite a debate. Throughout my life, I’ve always embraced my natural hair. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with others.

Living in New York City, you are bound to see all different styles and types of hair. Individuals in the black community can often change their hair style, which can change their entire appearance/demeanor. Braids, afros, dreadlocks and twists are some examples of hair styles that are often associated with blacks who rock the natural look. Unfortunately, many aren’t that accepting to these natural choices. “I just think that dreadlocks are nasty. They smell funny because they cannot be washed,” said 18 year old Christian Velez. “I would never date a girl with dreads. It just shows me that she isn’t clean,” he added.  The pressure for black women to straighten their hair can take a huge toll on one’s self esteem. Miami native, Tania Hernandez expressed that she hates her curly hair. “I never wear my hair curly. Not even in the summer. I don’t even go in the water at the pool or beach because I want my hair to be straight. “

The other side of the argument talks about how important it is to embrace natural hair. Sydashia Lokert, 21 years old, argues that her hair never grew until she went natural. “It was like my hair was dying to be natural. Before I had my dreads, my hair was weak and always short. I always thought that men would only want a woman with straight hair. Now I’ve come to realize, I will only be with a man who accepts my natural hair. Why force my hair to do something God didn’t create it to do?” Jamal Simon, says that he will never date a woman with a relaxer or hair extensions. The 22 year old Rastafarian strongly believes that black women who prefer straight hair are brain washed by society. “I can never be with a woman who doesn’t embrace her natural beauty. We are black people, our hair wasn’t made to be straight, it was made to be the way it is. I love me a natural woman, who isn’t ashamed of what she has on her head, even if it is short!”

With the organic and “going green” trend continuing to expand, why wouldn’t more blacks become more accepting of natural hair?

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Cancer Isn’t The Only Disease That Can Make You Go Bald

A growing number of African American women are suffering from Alopecia areata.  It is a skin disease resulting in the loss of the hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body.  The condition destroys the hair follicles leaving the area bald and eventually resulting in permanent hair loss.  Alopecia is also known as the autoimmune disease. The body’s immune system fights the hair follicles disrupting normal hair growth.

CAUSES:

While genetics can be a possible cause for Alopecia Areata, unhealthy hair maintenance is the key problem. Hair pulled tightly for braided styles, hair extensions, or ponytails destroys the hair follicles, causing permanent damage. The normal amount of hair loss is 75-100 strands a day. Hair loss becomes noticeable when large sections of the scalp are discovered to be bald. Alopecia Areata does not discriminate. Men and women are possible victims, but for any woman, despite the length, hair is a pivotal accessory.  The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF), supports the research to find a cure or a possible treatment for the disease. The NAAF also supports those with the disease and educates the public about it.  


NAAF
14 Mitchell Boulevard
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: 415.472.3780
Fax: 415.472.5343
E-mail:
 info@naaf.org

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What’s The Point Of Having Hair If Its Unhealthy?

Relaxed or natural; grow strong and healthy hair. Your hair contains natural oils, therefore apply a deep protein based conditioner in your hair; apply a plastic cap over your head. Avoid tight hair styles. Maintain a healthy diet including, soy, protein and water. Remember, healthy hair is always natural hair!

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Imagine Putting A Bomb In Your Hair?

Relaxers are the only hair products in history of hair products that can be made into a bomb. The same sodium hydroxide used in a relaxer is what can be used to unclog pipes. Therefore, why would any parent want to put a chemical of that sort in their child’s hair? Many parents put relaxers in the hair of their young daughters; many starting from the prime age of 4 years old. 

Just about every 6-8 weeks, beginning from childhood, women of the African descent receive a hair relaxer. These hair relaxers, whether it is mild, regular or strong, have curved the minds of many women. Apparently, the clear solution to “good hair” is would be going through the painful process of getting a relaxer every 6-8 weeks.

Despite the language or country, black women all around the world relax their hair, and all for the same reason. The natural locks that black people were born with are often coiled into what most call “nappy”. Many children grow up with the mentality that if their hair isn’t straight, then a relaxer can easily fix the “problem”.

Hair products within the black community are the most toxic on the market. The chemicals entering the hair shaft breaks the protein bonds inside the hair, causing the natural curl to become limp, giving it the straight appearance. Children, who start getting relaxers at a premature age, develop hard to grow over processed hair.  Whatever happened to teaching children to love themselves and what they were born with? Is it unacceptable to embrace a characteristic that black people have from other races? 

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A Hairdresser Isn’t Considered A Job, Unless You Love It Of Course

Fredericka D’Auvergne, licensed professional hair dresser.

Fredericka D’Auvergne has been in the hair industry for 15 years. After getting a degree in Business management, she went to cosmetology school and received her license. This was the stamp of approval as a professional. From the prime age of 7 years old, whether it was for school, church or simply to go out to play, Fredericka would always style her own hair. Throughout the course of her life, Fredericka worked at several companies; in industries unrelated to hair. Somehow, she always found her way back in the hair industry. “I’m a grown woman and I still don’t know what God has in store for me, but I do know that hair will always be in my life,” said Fredericka. “The industry has its downfalls, like just about every career, but I can honestly say that working in the hair industry isn’t considered work for me. I’m doing what I love, and that is just a blessing”

Although Fredericka specializes in many aspects of the hair business, her main focus is black hair care. “I think it’s extremely important as a licensed professional to educate my clients on ways to attain healthy hair. Unfortunately, many black people do not know how to manage their hair. My duty is to teach everyone who sits in my chair ways to get healthy, and ways to maintain it.”

Along with educating others about the importance of healthy hair, Fredericka makes a natural hair treatment with ingredients that she keeps to herself. The treatment is for all hair types, whether it is natural, relaxed, short, long, thin or thick. With its sweet smell, the treatment is applied according to the amount of damage the hair has encountered.

Fredericka’s hair treatment is the first of many products that she wants to make from scratch. “I see myself doing much more. Who knows what God has in store for me? I just know that I am excited to be part of this amazing journey.”