How important is hair for people who work in television broadcasting?

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In news broadcasting, image seems to be one of the most important parts of being a news anchor. Women on national and local news stations always¬†seem to have neat, straight hair with a little bounce to it. This is often referred to as a “professional” look. With this look being the only accepted form in the broadcasting industry, it is very rare to see women with natural hair as news anchors.

But why are women conditioned into ‘playing it safe’ when it comes to hair in the television journalism industry? It is not playing it safe when women whose hair is not naturally straight has to go out of her way to make it straight out of fear of no longer being employed. Well thanks to a courageous news anchor, this social norm in broadcasting might be changing soon.

A news anchor from Tennessee (pictured above) made news recently for revealing her natural hair on air. Pam McKelvy, a news anchor known for her battle with breast cancer, shared her views on why hair is so important in television. During this testimony, McKelvy revealed that since losing her hair to chemo therapy, she has been wearing wigs but now she has the confidence to wear her natural hair without the accompaniment of wigs. For more on this story, check out this article.

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Natural hair in Mexico

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Whenever you think of a Mexican person, what comes to mind is always a person who has more European features, very light skin and long black hair. What most people don’t know is that a good amount of Mexico’s population is black or Afro-Mexican. The term Afro-Mexican means that they are indeed Mexican but their ancestors hail from Africa.

Now that I’ve explained that black people can also be Mexican, an issue popped into my mind. Being that black people in Mexico are “forgotten” and surely face their own forms of racism, hardships and exclusion, I wonder if natural hair is accepted in Mexico? Has the movement made its way to those communities? Do Afro-Mexicans feel free to wear their hair as it grows out of their scalps or do they conform to match the other races in Mexico?

For more information on Afro-Mexicans, go to this website.

Afros in Korea

ImageImageThe new trend in Korea is having kinky textured hair that resembles the hair type of Africans. I am not exactly sure how they are able to change their texture from bone straight to kinky, but it is being done. Many either wear their afros out, braid them into styles, wear dreadlocks or install box braids. The trend is also spreading to other Asian countries such as Japan.

But why is this a trend over seas? This makes me wonder why it is that kinky textured hair is more appreciated on the other side of the world than right here in America. Is it due to African presence being limited in Asian countries? Is the Afro/Asian culture from the Caribbean reaching Asian countries? Or is this a form of cultural appropriation?

To lock? Or not to lock?

Lately I have been debating on whether or not to lock my hair. Recently I have discovered yarn dreads which are pretty much fake dread locks. This can either be a fun protective style, or for naturals like me, it can be a way to try out locks before actually doing them. The video I have attached is of a girl putting in her own yarn dreads. Take a look!

Hairfinity?

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Lately I have been hearing a lot of naturals complain about wanting their hair to grow faster or longer and some are even going as far as taking supplements to achieve this goal. I am not a supplement taker so the only vitamin I am familiar with is Biotin. Biotin is a dietary supplement sold in pharmacies, used for skin, hair and nails. It is known to strengthen the nails, clear up the skin and promote hair growth.

Word on the street is that there is now an alternative to Biotin called Hairfinity. What makes Hairfinity different from Biotin is that it claims to make the hair stronger faster, it contains 18 amino acids and it reduces the amount of shed hair one would have in a 30 day period.

I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon especially when it comes to hair products, but to me this does not sound legit. I really don’t think this pill does anything but supply false hopes of hair growth. Your hair grows at the rate it is supposed to and no magic pill is going to automatically add 10 inches of hair to your scalp. Not to mention that there are countless reports of women who claim that Hairfinity’s side effects are more harmful than beneficial.

If you want to check out the website for Hairfinity, click here.