Now That I Have Your Attention….That intro was extra but you get the point 🙂 I’m going to share some very cool reads while being in quarantine. I’m going to share excerpts from the articles and you can follow the links to continue reading!
“Don’t Let Your Hair Stress You Out”
Our Hair Our Glory
The salons and barbershops are closed. The nail salons are closed. Most beauty supply stores are closed. What are you supposed to do? If you’re frequent the salon or barbershop I’m pretty sure you’re about to lose it. Calm down and try not to let your hair stress you out, believe me it can. Looking good on the outside makes us feel good on the inside. I spoke with Eunice Mingo, Psychotherapist and Emotional Wellness Coach in Mobile, Al. and here’s what she had to say about hair and mental health: https://head2toemag.com/2020/04/02/dont-let-your-hair-stress-you-out/
What causes hair loss?
Hair loss is quite a complex subject, there are many different types of hair loss and because of this, there are different factors and causes. As there are different types of hair loss it can become quite difficult to work out exactly what is causing your hair loss.
Hair loss can happen for a number of different reasons including genes, hormones, age and your mental health can even have an impact. It is important to visit a hair loss specialist or a doctor to find the cause of your hair loss as this can help work out the best course of treatment.
Mental health can cause hair loss
Although there are four main factors in hair loss, there are certain aspects of your life that can have an impact on your hair. There are parts of your lifestyle that can be a factor in hair loss such as your diet, where you live, alcohol intake, stress and even how much you sleep.
As it can be quite hard to determine why your experiencing hair loss we’re going to take a look at different factors of mental health and see if they have anything to do with hair loss. https://www.hshairclinic.co.uk/news/mental-health-and-hair-loss
What It’s Really Like to Live With Depression
Although approximately 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression, the mental illness is still largely misunderstood. Often, people associate depression with sadness, a relatively common symptom of the condition. In reality, however, depression is so much more than simple unhappiness: It’s debilitating and pervasive and can present in countless different ways. For one Wisconsin woman it meant staying in bed for nearly six months, unable to do much of anything. https://www.allure.com/story/hair-photos-reveal-what-its-really-like-to-live-with-depression
The 21 Most Game-Changing Natural Hair Products
Say it with me: having curly hair is an honor and privilege. Then, repeat it one more time. Solange, who so eloquently reminded us that our curls are our crown with her heartfelt lyrics featured in 2016 single “Don’t Touch My Hair”, further reaffirmed that we should be proud to treat our hair like royalty. With that being said, natural hair is still a lot of work, and requires top-notch products to keep curls flourishing. No one curl is the same, and it’s important to know what works for you and the universal hair rules that apply to every single hair type.
Thankfully, there hasn’t been a shortage of amazing products that cater to natural hair. There’s literally something for everything. Considering that the curly styling options are endless, your product shelf has to be in alignment. And as hard as it is, don’t be afraid to try something new! Testing new products will only allow you to get to know your curls better—embrace the experiment, even if the results don’t always add up. From sophisticated styling creams to next-level leave-in treatments, ahead find the very best curl products naturalistas should know about. https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/hair/news/g5006/best-natural-hair-products/
Natural Hair 101: What No One Tells You About Going Natural
“The term natural hair is defined as relaxer-free hair, which is different from chemical-free hair. Chemicals, on the surface, are often considered dangerous, but this is often times not the case at all. Most chemicals that you encounter on a daily basis are perfectly safe and harmless. For example, water or H2O is a safe chemical.”
Black natural hair (i.e., African American natural hair) is sometimes labeled as nappy hair that needs to be corrected by a relaxer. We’ve heard of situations where women have been discriminated against in the workplace due to having natural hairstyles, which are deemed unprofessional by some employers. Others have been denied jobs or promotions because of their natural hair. https://www.curlcentric.com/natural-hair-101/
Hair Relaxers: No Breast Cancer Link
Researchers found women who used hair relaxers seven or more times per year over a period of 20 years or longer had the same risk of breast cancer as those who had used the products for less than a year.
“This is good news,” says researcher Lynn Rosenberg, ScD, professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, in a news release. “The present study is definitive that hair relaxers don’t cause breast cancer, as much as an epidemiologic study can be.”
It’s the first study to examine a potential link between chemical hair relaxers and breast cancer. Researchers say hair dye has been associated with an increased risk of certain types of cancer in some studies, but these results have not been conclusive.
Black women aged 45 or younger are more likely to develop breast cancer than white women of the same age, and black women of any age are more likely to die of the disease than white women. https://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/news/20070517/hair-relaxers-no-breast-cancer-link
THE DEVALUATION OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN HAIRSTYLIST AND SALONS
God blessed Annie Turnbo Malone and Madame C.J. Walker with the gift of paving the way for black women to make a living for themselves with a trade that not only helped them take care of their family but also helped black women look and feel good about themselves.
Frederick Douglass, the former slave and abolitionist, had noted the significance of the occupations to blacks when he wrote an editorial in 1853 titled “Learn Trades or Starve,” arguing that blacks could gain greater economic independence if they were given the opportunity to perfect useful skills. https://head2toemag.com/2016/05/10/the-devaluation-of-the-african-american-hairstylist-and-salons/
PART 1-4 HAIR WEAVE AND THE DAMAGE IT’S CAUSING
HEAD2TOE MAGAZINE TAKES A LOOK INTO THE IMPACT HAIR WEAVE HAS ON BLACK WOMEN AND THE COMMUNITY. WE BELIEVE THAT BLACK WOMEN HAVE BECOME SO ADDICTED TO HAIR WEAVE THAT IT CAN ALMOST BE CONSIDERED A DRUG. HAIR WEAVE HAS NOT ONLY STARTED A HAIR LOSS EPIDEMIC AMONG BLACK WOMEN, IT HAS ALSO BECOME A CRUTCH MEANING WOMEN HAVE BECOME ADDICTED TO THE CONVENIENCE OF WEARING WEAVE THAT THEY IGNORE THE FIRST SIGNS THAT THEIR HAIR NEEDS A BREAK FROM WEARING WEAVE. HAIR WEAVE IS IMPACTING THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITIES BECAUSE EVER SINCE THE HAIR WEAVE TREND STARTED A LOT OF BLACK SALONS REVENUE STARTED TO DECREASE BECAUSE BLACK WOMEN STARTED WEARING MORE AND MORE WEAVES AND WIGS, WHICH MEANT THEY STARTED GOING TO THE SALON LESS AND LESS. SO NOW THE BLACK SALONS ARE DEALING WITH THE NATURAL HAIR TREND ON TOP OF THE WEAVING AND WIG TREND ( ANOTHER TOPIC WE WILL DISCUSS LATER ). A LOT OF BLACK WOMEN HAVE BECOME BLINDED TO WHAT THE ACTUAL MEANING OF WHAT BEAUTIFUL MEANS AND WE ARE ON A CAMPAIGN TO GET BLACK WOMEN BACK TO WEARING THEIR OWN HAIR, AND FEELING BEAUTIFUL WHEN THEY DO. “WHETHER CURLY OR STRAIGHT, RELAXED OR NATURAL, SHORT OR LONG MY HAIR IS HEALTHY AND STRONG” https://head2toemag.com/2017/06/19/part-1-4-hair-weave-and-the-damage-its-causing/
Effects of Stress on Your Skin
How Stress Affects Skin
Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. It can also make it harder for skin problems to heal.
Have you ever noticed that you break out more when you’re stressed? This is because stress causes your body to make hormones like cortisol, which tells glands in your skin to make more oil. Oily skin is more prone to acne and other skin problems. https://www.webmd.com/beauty/the-effects-of-stress-on-your-skin
The Best Hair Growth Vitamins
Hair loss and thinning can have many causes—stress is a big one, for example—but there are vitamins and minerals you can pop each morning that can support healthy hair growth. A supplement with keratin, biotin, collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid, all the alphabetic vitamins, or any combination of the above can help your hair grow back longer and stronger in as little as a few weeks. The key to getting the best results? Be consistent with the pills and commit to them daily for at least six months. Ahead, the 16 best pills, powders, and crazy-delicious gummies for healthier and thicker hair. https://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/hair/g7807/hair-growth-vitamins/
Vitamin D Deficiency and Hair Loss
Vitamin D is an important nutrient that is essential to our health. It boosts immunity, keeps bones strong and skin healthy, stimulates cell growth, and helps create new hair follicles. You absorb vitamin D through sun exposure primarily, but you can take dietary supplements and eat certain foods to up your intake of the nutrient.
A number of symptoms, such as hair loss, can occur when your body lacks the recommended amount of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to alopecia, also known as spot baldness, and a number of other health conditions. These include bone softening, low bone density, osteoarthritis, heart disease, and cancer. https://www.healthline.com/health/vitamin-d-deficiency-hair-loss#vitamin-d-and-hair-loss
6 ways exercise speeds up hair growth
The regular exercise increases general health and improved blood circulation in the body. Increased circulation stimulates growth in hair follicles. This means that improved overall health facilitates healthy hair growth.
However, too much exercise may do more harm than good to your hair. It causes chronic stress in the body, which can lead to immature shedding of the hair. Excessive exercise also causes you to sweat and salty sweat build up on your head can cause faster shedding or other damage to your hair. The solution is thus exercise regularly, but avoid extreme exercise activities, and take good care of your hair with the proper hair care products. https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/evewoman/article/2000197682/6-ways-exercise-speeds-up-hair-growth
Top Foods for Calcium and Vitamin D
Foods that provide vitamin D include:
- Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
- Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
- Beef liver
- Egg yolks
Foods to eat for better sex
Scientists have linked a variety of foods with better sex. In this article, learn about which foods to eat to boost libido, improve stamina, and enhance your sex life. Keeping the circulatory system in good working order is essential for sexual health. Better circulation can lead to an improved sexual response in men and women. This is especially true for the erectile response. Cardiac health is also vital for stamina. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322779
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