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      Be Careful Toxic Ingredients targeted at black women

      Be Careful Toxic Ingredients targeted at black women

      Be Careful about your products

           A report published has proven that African American Women are being targeted toward exposure to potentially dozens of hazardous chemicals via their hair products. It is quite disconcerting due to the love that Black women have for their hair. It is also evident this would be an area that we would be most vulnerable due to our lack of accessibility to alternative options that do not contain these harmful ingredients.  

      Life-Threatening Ingredients?

      Many people would ask, Why target Black women's products? Are white women's products laced with the same toxic and life-threatening ingredients? Great questions, but the jury is still out on this information as no company has come forward to make the comparison on how much more Black women's products are targeted in contrast to white women.

      It is also a disconcerting fact that the Silent Spring Institute, the company that introduced the study, has touted this study as the first ever done of its kind, with the focus toward the health of African American women and these endocrine disrupting chemicals.


      So Where Do We Start?

      “Black women are over-exposed and under-protected from toxic chemicals,” says executive director of Black Women for Wellness

      - Janette Robinson Flint -

      So let's start here:
      Why did they do this study?
      Black women face many health issues that are not as prevalent in other parts of society, or even in the neighbor next door, or our white counterpart in the workplace.

      What health issues?
      Black women go through puberty at much younger ages and have much higher rates of fibroids, infertility, premature birth, breast cancer and endometrial cancer, among other ailments, have been on the rise as of late.

      What products were found to be a problem?
      Companies are not required to disclose "EVERYTHING" thats in their products on the label, so it becomes more difficult to make good choices.


      Non-Expert Thoughts

      What does this mean to me?
      Black women are overexposed and under-protected from toxic chemicals. Furthermore, Black women have a higher level of phthalates and parabens in their bodies than compared with white women. Hmmmm.....can you say conspiracy?

      Is this the new racism? Maybe not but we do need to make ourselves more aware of not only what we are putting in but what we are putting on our bodies.


      Dr. B. Davis says: Everyone Else's Hair is growing...Are Hair Grease, Pomades and Gels the reason yours is not?

      Dr. B. Davis says: Everyone Else's Hair is growing...Are Hair Grease, Pomades and Gels the reason yours is not?

      Hair Grease on Your Natural Hair Problem or Benefit?

      Dr. Brenda Ware-Davis, PhD.

      “Sit here.” “Be still.” “Stop pulling your head.” “Turn around.” Pop! goes the comb; Spank! goes the brush. Yes, you guessed it! This was my weekly hair combing routine. No, I did not get my hair combed daily and you can see why. As a child my hair was exceedingly thick, very soft, and very curly. 

       Because it was so thick, soft and curly, it tangled easily. Therefore, combing it was something I hated, and my mother dreaded. I was, what my grandmother called, tender headed. Hence, combing my hair meant all-out war! With tears steaming down my face, my mother would pull and tug, while I twisted and turned, jumped, twitched and jerked, as the comb and brush, moved through my hair.

      To remedy this problem, my mother did not comb my hair every day. It was combed once a week and washed about once a month.  After washing my hair, she would grease my scalp. What did she do to keep it looking good during the week? Grease and Water! The grease and water were excellent for getting the look she wanted. Wavy, curly hair that look freshly combed. 

      Looked as if it had never been combed...

      Nevertheless, my mother complained that no sooner than she could get my hair combed, the next day, it looked as if it had never been combed. 

      Grease and water, Grease or...


      Thus, to refresh it, she would add more grease and water and put a stocking cap on it at night.  This was our regular routine. Grease and water, grease and water… until the next wash day. I loved the grease and water routine because, it was easy. It was painless, and it kept my hair wavy, curly and shiny!

      But is this grease and water routine good for our hair and scalp? Of course, black hair needs oil and moisture. For the most part, the sebaceous glands in the scalp naturally produce oil, called sebum. Sebum aids in keeping the hair moisturized and it helps create an environment for hair growth. When sebum is not adequately produced, it causes the scalp to become dry and itchy. Many individuals create this dry itchy condition by doing thing to their scalp that inhibit the natural production of sebum (Davis-Sivasothy, 2011). 


      Water is good for adding moisture...

      So, if your desired result is hair growth, water is good for adding moisture. On the other hand, grease is bad for the hair and the scalp.  Using products like grease and pomades create an unhealthy condition for hair growth and are a sure formula for hair breakage.

      1. Clog the pores on the scalp;
      2. Impede moisture,
      3. Cause the hair to become dry and brittle
      4. Prevent the production of sebum

      The use of such products can lead to clog pores...

      The production of sebum is commonly inhibited by using grease, pomades, edge control produces containing petroleum and heavy oily mixtures. The use of such products can lead to clog pores that prevent the scalp from breathing and functioning in a manner that encourages hair growth. 

      Ditch the grease...

      The point? If you are trying to get curly, wavy hair, keep using the grease and water. But if you want moisturized hair, and if you want a healthy environment for hair growth, ditch the grease and look for products that:

      1.       Encourage the production of sebum,

      2.       Allow the scalp to breath, and

      3.        Improve hair moisture.

      Here’s to happy, healthy, hair!

      Reference: Davis-Sivasothy, A. (2011). The science of black hair: A comprehensive guide to textured hair care (Kindle Edition) Saja Publishing Company.

      Low Porosity: Solve Your Low Porosity Problem!

      Low Porosity: Solve Your Low Porosity Problem!

      Have you been wondering why your natural hair products do not seem to work in "ONLY YOUR HAIR"  even though everyone else seems to raves about them?  Your problem may be low porosity.

      1.  Clarify your hair. Low porosity hair is prone to having product build up. Build up + shingle tight cuticles = sad dry hair. Use a clarifying shampoo to remove the build up and give your hair a fresh start.

      2. Bentonite Clay has been well known to help remove product build up that has come from using chemical based products on African American hair.  If you are unable to avoid use of chemical products you will want to clarify your hair before using natural products as your regimen.

      3. Condition with heat/steam. It is important to open your cuticle a bit to deep condition your hair properly.  Any good moisturizing condition can be a deep conditioner.  By using heat you are assured that the cuticle layers will lift so the interior of your strands are moisturized.


        A Good Moisturizing Conditioner can be used to deep condition Just ADD HEAT!


      Use Indirect Heat.Apply deep conditioner or herbal oil to your hair, covering it with a cap (be sure it is made to withstand heat) and applying indirect heat via hooded dryer.

      Use Direct Heat. This is done by applying deep conditioner to your hair and using direct heat from a hair steamer.

      Note: Many find these two methods to work wonders. No matter which way you decide to go it is important to deep condition your hair. Once a week is fine for most. Be sure to do so at minimum biweekly to yield the best results.

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      Use greenhouse/baggy method. The method is done to create a humid environment that forces your hair to absorb moisture. The process is pretty simple. Moisturize your hair as you normally would, cover it with a plastic cap and a beanie/snug fitting hat/hair turban/towel. You can leave your hair wrapped up overnight. You will notice, when you remove the outer layer, that the plastic cap has water droplets inside of it. The droplets form because of the heat rising from your head.

      5 Steps to Start Seeing Your Natural Hair FINALLY GROW!

      5 Steps to Start Seeing Your Natural Hair FINALLY GROW!


      Ah! The age old question, how to get amazing hair growth?. Now it’s common to hear (thankfully) women say “Black women can have long healthy hair!” but, the question is, how? 

      With so many women touting this fact you would think everyone seeking longer hair would have it, right? Wrong. There is such a thing as too much information. As with all things we make things way harder then they need to be, hair growth is no different.This post is going to simply if all for you in 5 easy steps.

      Image result for hair growth black women

      If you’re not seeing hair growth, remember these 2 hair facts:

      1. Your hair grows. If you are relatively healthy, have no underlying damage to your hair follicles (like Alopecia and/or baldness), your hair is growing. In fact, it is growing about 1/4 to 1 inch a month.

      Frustrated mother rubbing her temples

      2. Growing your hair is not the problem. The problem is retaining what you’ve grown. If your hair has been stalling at the same length for months or years, your hair is breaking.  More specifically, it’s breaking off at the same rate it is growing out. For example: If your hair is 5 inches long and grows and 1 inch a month but, breaks 1 inch a month (probably little 1/4 inch pieces at a time), your hair will stay 5 inches month after month.


      Now here is how to start seeing some hair growth; retaining length:

      1. Trim off all damaged, scraggly ends. If you are confident in your own skills, you can trim your hair yourself but, going to a professional for this cut would ensure all the damaged weak hair is cut off. Even if you’re 100% natural, if your ends are breaking, your ends are probably weak and a trim will get rid of split and weathered ends. It’s easier to maintain healthy ends, weak ends will look thin and get weaker over time.

      2. Establish a solid hair regimen (routine). This can take up to a month or 2 to establish but, it’s worth it. Find out how often you need to shampoo, condition and deep condition your hair. How long does your hair stay moisturized? By the end of the month you should have a regimen that looks similar to this (fitting your hair needs of course, this is just an example):



       Ayurveda herbs are great for hair growth.  This is what Indian women have used for years in order to grow their own hair that has been sold to us for the last 25 years as weave and extensions. 


      Detangle 1x a week on damp hair.

      Use Ayurveda scalp oils 2x a week and 1x a week on hair strands with light heat.
      Alternate protein and moisturizing conditioner every other week.

      Deep Condition 2x a month Image result for deep condition african american hair


        Use spray leave-in daily, cream moisturizer and seal ends 2x - 4x a week.


      3. Be consistent. Once you find out what works stick to the same regimen week after week. You can switch up products but, research them first and switch products only AFTER you’ve learned your hair. Learn what ingredients your hair likes and then venture out of your box.

      4. Low manipulation. I have to say most women, who are able to retain almost all of their hair length use very low hair manipulation. Most stick to twist outs, braid outs, protective styles, buns, etc. Remember the more you comb and pull your hair, the more damage you’re doing to it. It’s like wearing and washing the same clothes every week, over time they will get raggedy, same with your hair. When you’re trying to grow out your hair, you want it to be as healthy as it can be to avoid unnecessary trims and breakage due to weak over manipulated ends (that’s what breaks off).

      Moisture Options for your Natural Hair...More


      The NUMBER 1 Reason Your Hair DOES NOT GROW!

      The NUMBER 1 Reason Your Hair DOES NOT GROW!

      African American women today tend to believe that in order to grow long hair it takes being gifted from God or some magical elixir or potion made in a lab with the complexity of Frankenstein.  So the question is asked....

      Why are we as Black women unable to grow and retain hair length successfully? What am I doing wrong?


      When it comes to the topic of African American women and hair growth, most of us will readily agree that its success runs from our grasps at every turn.  Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of how to change this paradigm.  Whereas some are convinced that hair growth is hereditary, others maintain that there is no hope for those that have tighter more course textures of Afro textured hair.  


      Herbal Oils can be used to supplement the hair with many of the vitamins needed to reduce shedding and breakage.  See More...


       Science has revealed that Black hair tends to be more prone to dryness.  This dryness is the reason why our hair tends to become brittle and break more readily than other hair types.  

      1. According to WebMD iron deficiency has a very close link to hair breakage in African American women than many have realized in the past.  
      2. Whatever the cause of your hair loss...Lack of iron makes it worse!
      3. Iron deficiency may have a link to a woman’s menstrual cycle which may tend to increase the amount of breakage and brittleness of African American woman’s hair.

       Image result for iron deficiency

      Common Causes of Iron Deficiency:

      1. Inadequate Iron Intake, poor diet (Eat your green leafy vegetables, and no I don’t mean corn and green beans) corn green? Uh no!
      2. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (It means you are eating but still starving)
      3. Blood Loss during heavy periods (this could be blood loss during light periods if you already aren't eating green leafy vegetables on a daily basis)... No Corn is still not a vegetable (at least not green or leafy).

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