She makes me want a TWA…

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If you haven’t heard of Lupita Nyong’o then I now welcome you to planet Earth. How was your stay on Mars? 

Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen (and I dare you to argue with me about it). Away from her striking features and glowing skin tone, I cannot seem to stop myself from being obsessed with her hair.

I am natural with hair that is about shoulder length but I have never big chopped. I chickened out and transitioned until I was at a comfortable length. Although I am happy with my decision to transition, a part of me wonders what I would have looked like with a TWA.

A TWA, for those of you who don’t know, stands for ‘Teenie Weenie Afro.’ This is the stage in which your hair is cut really short. Lupita rocks her TWA almost perfectly and now she makes me wish that I had one.

I am glad that my hair is healthy and is growing faster than I can imagine, but a part of me wishes I had short hair so it would be less to deal with. being that my hair is very thick and I have a lot of it, washing, detangling and styling can sometimes be a hassle, especially if I am in a rush.

I am still thinking about it, but if I ever get frustrated enough, I just might chop all of my hair off. After all, it’s only hair–it will grow back.

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Defending Your Natural Hair Can Cost You Your Job

ImageThe woman pictured above is Rhonda Lee, a former meteorologist at KTBS 3 News in Louisiana. Lee says she was fired from the station because of the comments that she made on the KTBS Facebook page.

Lee professionally responded to people on the Facebook page who wrote ignorant things about her hair such as ‘unless she is a cancer patient, she needs to grow her hair out.’ (click the link to see a screenshot of her response) She also responded to a viewer who accused her of being racist because all of the children in a segment were black. You can also see her response in the link above.

What bothers me about this story is that no one in this story understood why Lee defended her choice of hairstyle. Everyone around her kept pressuring her to grow her hair out so she could be employed. Why does a woman have to have a weave in order to report the weather? What does a hairstyle have to do with a persons ability to perform at their job well?

If it wasn’t clear before, it is clear now that natural hair is still not welcomed in the workplace or in public. It is also made clear that if you respond to hecklers by trying to educate them on why and how your hair grows the way in which it does, you are doing something wrong. Once again, black women must shut up and roll over so the world can stomp on us and if we don’t let them then something is wrong with us.

I’m not here for people who think that black women should change every part of themselves to appeal to white American culture, why can’t we express who we are and be proud of it?

Can my birth control pill lead to hair loss?

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Here’s a heads up for all transitioners and naturalistas (people who are growing their relaxers out instead of cutting off all of their hair). Did you know that taking and/or switching your birth control pills can lead to hair loss? I know, this is the worst thing to hear as you are trying to grow your hair out, but it happens. Because birth control pills cause changes in your hormone levels, one of the side affects is hair loss. This change causes the androgen receptors (male hormone) to activate, thus minimizing hair follicles and leading to hair loss. (Fox News)

If you are taking birth control pills and are worried about this or are experiencing hair loss, talk to your doctor about switching back or switching to a new birth control pill.

An Edgeless Miracle

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If you are around enough black women on a daily basis, I am sure that you have heard some of them say that wearing your hair naturally is a “fad.” While there are a lot of women who take the natural hair movement very seriously, I have noticed every now and then the women who jump on the bandwagon because it’s the new thing to do. These are the women who don’t really care about he movement and are just doing it because everyone else is. So it is no surprise to me that edgeless Naomi Campbell is the newest member on the bandwagon. For years Naomi has been known to wear nothing but long silky straight weaves which are the main cause of the loss of her edges. it is no doubt that Naomi has been conditioned like many other black women that her own natural hair is ugly and needs to be covered. But her sudden change in hairstyles after being attacked for years about her missing hairline is a bit suspect. She has never felt the need to stop wearing weaves that were damaging to her scalp but as soon as this movement comes along, you run out a find a wig so people can leave you alone. How long will it be before Naomi sports a weave again? I give it a couple weeks.

Relaxer Sales Decline 26%

 

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According to Mintel.com, relaxer/perm sales have declined 26% over the past five years. Undoubtedly this drop in sales is a result of an influx of women ditching relaxers and embracing their natural hair textures or locking their hair. But what does this mean for the black hair care industry? Well they either have the choice of hopping on the bandwagon and creating a natural hair care line or start promoting their relaxers heavily.

Recently I have seen perm companies split on this decision. Dark & Lovely, a notorious brand for relaxers has taken both routes. They have taken it upon themselves to start a natural hair care line as well as promo their ads on predominately black television stations. It is clear that they are taking these methods in order to fill their gap in sales.

On the contrary, Motions, another notorious brand for relaxers, has decided to only launch a new line of natural hair care products. We have yet to see any promotion from them about the relaxer line, so they are most likely hoping that their former loyal customers who used to buy their relaxers will try their natural hair care line.

The future of relaxers is looking dim, but I don’t think they will completely disappear anytime soon. As long as they keep implementing and preying on the insecurities of black women, I have a feeling these companies will still be in business years from now.

My Natural Hair Makes Me Look Younger?

My Natural Hair Makes Me Look Younger?

I am well aware of the fact that I am cursed with a baby face. Because of this plague, in order to be taken seriously in both social and work settings, I find that I have to do certain things … Continue reading

Creating Natural Hair Barbies

Finding barbies with natural hair is almost impossible, especially when we want our little girls to love and embrace their hair textures! Luckily, I found this video on how a woman changed her Barbie dolls hair from straight to kinky. Maybe you can do the same for your daughters doll.