More and more women are embracing their natural hair while at work inspite of any push back they may encounter. Thankfully there are more work environments that are relaxing their policy when it comes to us being able to freely wear our hair natural in various ways at work. The article below does a great job of addressing the topic. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂
All to often you see women taking on a very relaxed approach to their hair and skin during the weekends, giving their tresses and skin a much-needed break.
But what happens when you decide to extend your natural look into your work environment? The sky’s the limit. There’s so much versatility when it comes to natural hairstyles.
There’s also much more information available on Natural Hair and how to care for it.
While natural hairstyles can convey many things from trends, to cultural statements or declarations of individuality … they can be styled to look extremely professional for your work environment.
I would love it if this piece would come to Atlanta, GA so i can see the full film. I watched the series Black In Latin America and am interested in seeing this one as well. Click below to watch the trailer.
“Pelo Malo” means “bad hair” in Spanish. It’s a term that is commonly used in Latin America, and it’s also the title of a new Venezuelan film that tackles racism and homophobia.
Junior is a 9-year-old living in a poor neighborhood in Caracas. School is about to start, and he has to have his picture taken. Junior, like many Venezuelans, has European, indigenous and African ancestry, which gives him thick, tightly curled hair. He becomes obsessed with straightening it, trying everything from blow-drying to applying gobs of mayonnaise. That last attempt drives his mother, a struggling widow, insane; she threatens to “cortarle el pelo,” just cut all his hair off.
This is a fantastic documentary about the beauty supply industry and the attempted shut out of Black owners by Korean owners. I live in the Atlanta,GA and I make sure that whenever i’m in Marietta to work with a hair client I go to Atlanta Beauty Depot. Its a black owned beauty supply store on Cobb Pkwy. If you know of any black owned beauty supply stores in your area, no matter where you are, that you would like us to support here at healthylocsblog.com please leave the name and contact info of the store in the comment area below.
This video by Zina Saro-Wiwa made me shed a tear of joy. I know it’s a little sappy and extra of me to be so moved by it, but it really made me proud to the point of tears. In the video Zina talks about her 7 month journey to loving her natural hair after wearing extensions for a long time. Zina and the other “naturals” in the video are absolutely beautiful ! If I wasn’t already 17 years natural myself I would be getting a big chop tomorrow after seeing all the beauty on display here. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂
Natural black hair is not hard to manage. This myth prevents many black women from going natural. They think once they stop relaxing their hair, they will be left with kinky matted hair.
Black women have been conditioned to believe, that their natural hair is unattractive and impossible to manage. Relaxer companies feed this lie, to sell their products. Relaxers are very damaging to the hair and scalp. not only are they unhealthy for your hair, but they can have unhealthy effects on one’s self image.
Most black women relax their hair because they have been taught from a young age that black hair is ugly and needs to be fixed. The decision to chemically straighten one’s hair, is likely about being socially acceptable. It’s more than just a hairstyle choice, for most black women.
Being that our skin is the largest organ on our bodies it make sense that putting something as harmful as a relaxer on your scalp would cause internal damage to your body as well. There have been many studies over the years speaking on the damage that relaxer do to your hair but this one is especially scary. Is looking “cute” really worth risking your life ?! If you’re already natural good for you, but if you read this and currently have a relaxer I would stop putting that in your scalp right away. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
A new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology has linked hair relaxers to uterine fibroids, as well as early puberty in young girls.
Scientists followed more than 23,000 pre-menopausal Black American women from 1997 to 2009 and found that the two- to three-times higher rate of fibroids among black women may be linked to chemical exposure through scalp lesions and burns resulting from relaxers.
Women who got their first menstrual period before the age of 10 were also more likely to have uterine fibroids, and early menstruation may result from hair products black girls are using, according to a separate study published in the Annals of Epidemiology last summer.
I can’t wait to see the full version of this documentary when it is released. It looks like it’s going to be very informative from every angle of hair care. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the trailer 🙂
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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com
Shout out to my friend Shay for bringing this article to my attention. It’s a hefty reminder of how grateful I am to be natural and 18 years free of a relaxer. If you still relax your hair after reading this then you truly need therapy. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
As women we are constantly reinventing our hairstyles, testing new products, visiting the hairdresser and doing our follow up hair treatments at home. We generally don’t pay close attention to what goes onto our hair because we trust the brand we use to treat and look after our hair. I came across this article in The Grio online which I thought would be great to share with our readers who relax their hair. Please note that some images contained in this story are graphic. “From the time she was a small child until she was a teenager, Annmarie Spellen chemically straightened her hair — a process that left her nursing burns and scabs on her scalp afterwards. The hospital worker and mother of two from New Jersey said she got burned “all the time” despite using no lye relaxers and having the stylist wash the relaxer out immediately after putting it in.
“I did it for as long as I could,” said Spellen, who has worn her hair in dreadlocks for the past ten years. “I tried, and I just couldn’t do it. It was just too devastating. It was like going through a trauma.” But the scalp burns weren’t the only health problem she experienced following a chemical relaxer.
“I would go home with these massive headaches,” Spellen said. “And I couldn’t understand why.” Black women spend billions annually on beauty products, and many place special emphasis on keeping their hair styled. They buy a third of all U.S. hair care merchandise, according to industry statistics. The black hair care business has ballooned into a multimillion dollar trade.