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.
Avoid rubber bands or clips that will easily tangle your hair. Rubber bands are especially good for putting stress on your hair and ripping it out. After your hair has experienced breakage, rubber bands are the last thing that you want to use.
Stop over manipulating your hair. Give your hair a resting period with a protective natural hair style. You can wear twists, box braids, cornrows, buns, or pretty much anything that protects the ends of your hair. If you don’t mind wearing wigs, cornrow your hair, moisturize it every day and wear a quick wig for a couple of weeks. They are great for easy styling, can be purchased in kinky-curly textures; giving your hair a well deserved break.
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 🙂
The below video is in French so I don’t understand most of it, but the story is about flight attendant Aboubakar Traoré, a Frenchman of Ivorian descent. He has been working for the company Air France since 1999. He has had his locs for a while now, but the company recently asked him to start covering his locs with a terrible wig so that he can look “more presentable” and “neater” in front of of their customers.
They are using the company employee manual as an excuse for this ridiculous demand. It’s bad enough that women have been bullied into frying their hair or wearing wigs to cover up their natural crowning glory just to make corporations feel more comfortable, but now they’re doing it to men too. I mean the photo alone is just insulting, but watch the video to get the real feel of the disrespect they are dishing out to this man. In the video you will see that his locs were already twisted within an inch of their life and pinned back in a bun which should have been more than enough to fill their “neat” presentation rule. If you don’t understand french you will still be able to fully understand the injustice happening just from the flow of it. Leave a comment and let me know what you think natural family 🙂
I was irritated along with everyone else when I heard Wendy put Viola down for wearing her natural hair to The Oscars. But then I had to remind myself that this is a woman who has her own show yet doesn’t have enough self esteem or self respect to wear her hair natural on her own program. So of course she doesn’t get how beautiful natural hair is. This is a woman who brags about the two tons of wig that she puts on everyday as if it’s something to be proud of. The idea that natural hair is not “professional” or “red carpet worthy” is moronic. Viola was a Natural Goddess on the red carpet last Sunday and should be respected for the bold step forward that she took.
Wendy doesn’t have guts enough to get rid of the wigs and embrace her own natural hair so really her opinion on it doesn’t matter. I’m well aware that she has a thyroid issue and has thin hair, but that should give her even more motivation to get rid of the relaxer and wigs and give what hair she has a chance to be healthy. Even Oprah embraced her natural hair for a whole season on her show before she refried it with relaxer in her last season on air. Granted, she had it flat ironed or blow dried out, but she still went natural. So since you want to be Oprah so bad Wendy, you should follow her lead and go natural for a season before you talk smack about other folks hair.
Stick to your usual non factual celeb gossip Wendy and leave the natural hair comments alone until you have enough sense to wear your own hair natural.
Viola Davis looks amazing tonight at the Oscar Awards 2012 ! She shocked everyone when she stepped out looking royal with her emerald green gown and fire orange afro. Viola you always look beautiful in your different wigs, but tonight you were stunning ! Keep rocking your natural hair sis 🙂 Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
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