While dealing with your hair, especially in its natural state, it’s vital that your priority be focused on what is healthy for your hair. No matter how cute the style you should always ask yourself, what is the healthiest way that i can achieve this style without damaging my hair? Below is a great article on how to approach dealing with your hair from a healthy point of view vs just doing things because they’re cute. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. 🙂
We understand that what we consume in food has a lot to do with the health of our skin and hair. But after attending and participating in workshops, it’s amazing to see the things that people will do to their hair in the name of beauty.
When you’re adding someone else’s hair to your scalp, whether you’re sewing it in or gluing it in, it’s very interesting to see the type of trauma you’re infringing on your scalp, in the name of beauty.
Granted, not everyone is pro natural hair, but what makes that so?
What is it about your hair that you don’t like it in its natural state?
When you look at everything that you go through to get your hair healthy, you go through that same amount of trouble and trauma and more to destroy it.
If we take a survey of what happens to your scalp after you’ve glued or sewn in so many weaves, it would be really interesting to see the condition of your scalp.
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.
Cheryl Swinger damaged her hair over the years, after two decades of wearing weaves. The more her hair dropped out, the more reliant she was on extensions to cover up her bald spots.
“Over a period of 16 years my hair was thin and damaged,” says Swinger, 47, a hospital administrative assistant, based in Atlanta. “I used sew-in and glue but the damage was worse with glue.”
She admits, though, she wore her weaves for far too long. “By the time I was ready to take it out I would lose my own hair,” says Swinger. “I have lost whole braids before.”
In fact, according to some dermatologists, hair loss is epidemic among black American women. “Hair loss is a significant problem for many African-American women of all ages,” says Dr. Susan Taylor, a Harvard-trained dermatologist. “I probably see 20 women a week with hair loss.”
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 🙂
You all know that i’m not a fan of weaves. But I have said if you’re going to wear one make sure it’s a sew in and not a glue weave because those chemicals can not be doing your body any good. Sadly this story is not the 1st case of a woman dying from how she chooses to wear her hair. I’m hoping in this day of lace front wigs and glue in weaves this story will scare more women in to wearing their own hair and not feeling the need to glue hair in to feel beautiful. RIP Atasha Graham. May your story be a lesson and a warning to all.
Did glue from hair extensions kill a London woman? Apparently so.
Doctors in London believe that Atasha Graham, 34, died from a possible allergic reaction to the adhesive used to apply her weave.
After a night at the club where he boyfriend DJs, Graham collapsed and it is believed that the sweat from her dancing may have allowed glue to enter her blood stream, in turn causing the deadly chemical reaction.
Although the specific cause of death has not been linked to the toxic glue, Pathologist Dr. Michael Heath isn’t ruling it out, explaining to the London Southwark Coroner’s Court that this is not the first time he has seen deaths linked to extension glue.
“There are about 10 to 20 deaths a year in this country, many more in America. I have seen four in the last three months,” Heath said.
According to the Daily Mail, Coroner Christopher Williams recorded a verdict of death by natural causes as he said it was not possible to identify conclusively a link with a particular allergen that caused her to go into shock.
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 🙂
Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs
Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com
A friend of mine showed me this video the other day while i was doing his girlfriend’s locs. It’s about young Japanese girls embracing the “black culture” and living it out in Shibuya, Japan. I visited Shibuya in this past January and hip hop is definitely alive and well over there 🙂 Watch the video and let me know what you think about others adopting aspects of “black culture” or their version of it in other contries 🙂