News anchor reacts to online debate over natural vs. straightened hair

North Carolina news anchor Angela Green made waves on the Internet recently after a video posted to her station’s Facebook page reignited the debate over natural versus straightened hair.

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Alopecia Awareness Month

A’Miracle Law

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Living with Alopecia

Head2Toe Magazine is on a mission to bring awareness about Alopecia and other hair loss issues. Alopecia can happen to anyone no matter age, race or gender. We had the chance to meet 14 year old A’Miracle Law who resides in Mobile, Al. We love how A’Miracle has overcome the issues that come with having Alopecia especially being that she is school aged and having to deal with mean spirited kids. We honor A’Miracle for her bravery and we are joining in with A’Miracle and her family to help bring awareness to Alopecia. Read what A’Miracle had to say about living with Alopecia.

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Hi, my name is A’Miracle Law and I’m 14 years old. I was diagnosed with Alopecia in the 5th grade, but I’m now in the 9th grade and attend Mary G. Montgomery High School. It was hard the first 2 years after being diagnosed I wore a wig, because I didn’t think I would look as pretty as all the other girls. Wearing wigs sucked they where hot, smelly, itchy, and wasn’t who I was. I used to pray that no one would notice it was a wig or make fun of me. My 7th grade I decided not to wear a wig anymore because I was sick of it. Yes people made fun of me and pointed, stared you name it. More people started talking to me, but I wasn’t happy with how I looked. I still felt empty and scared also ugly even though my family told me I was beautiful I didn’t believe them. In my head they had to say that because I was family. One of the main people that helped me was my grandmother she told me that I was beautiful and that I should be happy with how I looked. When I got to 8th grade I decided not to wear a scarf or cap. That day was one of the best day of my life even though I was scared I was happy. My friends where happy for me I even gained more friends. The best part was how happy my mom was to see that I was finally happy with my look. Now wherever  I go I own my look I fill like I’m on top of the world. Even now that I’m in high school I OWN my look and I don’t care if people stare, point or look. I’m BEAUTIFUL, CONFIDENT, and I OWN my look. My name is A’Miracle Law…. I have Alopecia but Alopecis doesn’t have me!

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I Am Not My Hair!

India Arie said it best in 2006 when she made this hit song I AM NOT MY HAIR. Take a look at these lyrics…..

Little girl with the press and curl
Age eight I got a Jheri curl
Thirteen and I got a relaxer
I was a source of so much laughter
At fifteen when it all broke off
Eighteen and went all natural
February two thousand and two
I went on and did
What I had to do
Because it was time to change my life
To become the women that I am inside Ninety-seven dreadlocks all gone                 india-arie-that-grape-juice-she-is-diva
I looked in the mirror
For the first time and saw that

I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am not your expectations no no
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am a soul that lives within

Good hair means curls and waves
Bad hair means you look like a slave
At the turn of the century
Its time for us to redefine who we be
You can shave it off
Like a South African beauty
Or get in on lock
Like Bob Marley
You can rock it straight
Like Oprah Winfrey
If its not what’s on your head
Its what’s underneath and say HEY….

Does the way I wear my hair make me a better person?
Does the way I wear my hair make me a better friend?
Does the way I wear my hair determine my integrity?
I am expressing my creativity..

Breast Cancer and Chemotherapy
Took away her crown and glory
She promised God if she was to survive
She would enjoy everyday of her life ooh
On national television
Her diamond eyes are sparkling

Bald headed like a full moon shining                      India Arie-5
Singing out to the whole wide world like HEY…

If I wanna shave it close
Or if I wanna rock locks
That don’t take a bit away
From the soul that I got
If I wanna where it braided
All down my back
I don’t see what wrong with that

Ladies we are not our hair! Stop letting a man decide how you should wear your hair. If you want to wear your hair short, wear it short. If you want to wear it long, wear it long. If you want to wear weave, wear weave. If you want to color your hair, color it! You are not your hair and if a man tells you that he will leave you if you cut your hair then he never loved you in the first place. I think people have gotten the word submissive misconstrued just because the bible says wives be submissive to your husbands doesn’t mean that a husband is supposed to control his wife. It is a control issue when a man tells a woman how she can and can’t wear her hair. I think every woman has that moment when she feels she needs a change and one of the first things we want to change is our hair! download

No matter how you wear your hair make sure it’s clean, healthy and age appropriate! For the women who are rocking the natural look make sure you keep your ends trimmed and get regular conditioning treatments. Going natural doesn’t mean that you no longer have to maintain your hair because some of you are walking around looking a hot ass mess! Hair is meant to be combed so comb your damn hair!.

Thanks for reading

Bold and Beautiful

 

 

 

Healthy Hair Foods

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Picture courtesy of NouriTress Salon and Hair Clinic Fayetteville, Ga

Waiting for your hair and nails to grow out can be as frustrating as watching a pot boil. But if you’re not eating the right nutrients, it can take even longer. Since both are composed of keratin, there are a few foods you can add to your diet to give them the boost that they need. “The biggest thing with hair and nails is to eat a diet that is full of healthful nutrition. The healthier you eat, the better your body will function,” says Dr. Robert Kominiarek, DO, FACOFP. Here’s what you need to put on your next grocery list:

1. Milk
Studies have shown that certain deficiencies in iron, zinc, biotin, and protein can contribute to hair loss, says Holley Grainger, MS, RD. Iron deficiencies can also lead to ridges and brittleness in nails. “The ideal would be to find foods with the highest amounts of all of these.” And milk is one those super foods. It’s a great source of protein, calcium, vitamin D, and biotin, which also helps make hair soft and touchable.

2. Eggs
Your hair (which grows about half an inch per month) is about 97% protein, so you need to replenish your body with this nutrient to “promote cell growth and repair,” says Grainger. Eggs also are rich in biotin and iron.

3. Salmon
Omega-3 fatty acids can help strengthen hair and make your scalp less flaky. They can also keep fingernails, which grow about 3 millimeters per month, from getting brittle and frail. Bonus: It’s also rich in biotin, an essential B vitamin for hair and scalp health says Grainger.

4. Leafy greens
Kale, spinach, collards, and other dark green veggies are full of good-for-you vitamins C and A. “It’s really important in collagen production, which builds up and strengthens blood vessels,” says Grainger. Vitamin C is important for the absorption of iron (that you’re getting from eggs), and vitamin A supports hair growth. According to Dr. Kominiarek, vitamin C also helps with a healthy scalp—and a healthy base is extra important for strong hair.

5. Orange- and yellow-colored vegetables
According to Dana White, MS, RD, ATC, vitamin A-packed veggies like carrots, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes can make your nails shinier and less dry. They’re also full of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which helps the body convert vitamin A for healthier skin. Eat a lot of these and you may be able to do away with those pesky hangnails. Thank goodness!

6. Water
It’s not a food, but staying hydrated is equally as important to hair and nail health. “Adding more water to your diet and making sure you stay hydrated is key to general body functions,” says Grainger. It also helps transport all those nutrients you need to your hair and nail follicles.

Hair weave…what are we teaching our young black girls?

Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian, Indian is all over the social media so are we saying that African-American hair isn’t beautiful? Will African-American women ever embrace their theirown hair again? The truth is that all women won’t have long thick shiny hair and whatever type of hair that you’re born with you should embrace it and know that you are not your hair, and your hair doesn’t make are break. We need to teach our daughters that they don’t have to have hair down their backs to be beautiful. What are your thought?