Monday, August 13, 2012
Let's take a look down memory lane; we are going way back to the days of the paleolithic man. We were designed for famine, as well as feast. If we miss a meal, do we really suffer. Hunger pains, weakness, and a desire to enjoy food varies by each individual person, but most of us are just fine. Back in the days of the paleolithic man, when our fore fathers had to hunt or gather food, it would take a very long time to acquire food. It was impractical to drink beverages while concentrating on finding lunch. Some days we didn't find any food. The whole days life was centered around hunting, and gathering for this reason.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Juice is for sick people. Juice is medicine, it is not food, because it has no substance. Juice is more like a bioavailable supplement. Smoothies have some food like properties, but are easier to digest, so they help us to heal to an extent. Food is the best thing to maintain health.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Turmeric is the beauty herb. Of course there are other beauty herbs, but I am talking about this one right now. Kelp is a beauty herb, burdock is a beauty herb, but turmeric is the beauty herb. Why? because it is so easy to add to the diet. Turmeric is the main ingredient in many curries. Yummy curry, and beautiful skin. Yes, many people eat kelp and burdock, but there is a learning curve to enjoying a fresh kelp/burdock salad. Whereas since the first time I bit into a juicy piece of tandoori chicken with some curry peas, we have been inseparable.
Why we relax our hair goes deeper than we like to admit. I always wanted a relaxer so that I could wear the styles I saw on Sebastion models in magazines. I wanted hair extensions so that I could finally have long flowing hair like I saw on white women in Pantene commercials. I still love Sebastion haircuts, and Pantene hair weave; they are beautiful. Aside from the heavy media influence, the local beautician informed me relaxed hair was easier.
Only speaking for my own experience, my areata prone scalp hated chemicals. My scalp would feel very irritated, and burn with every application. I had to cut off a head of hair at every retouch so my hair never grew long enough for any of my favorite styles. It did have bounce when I left the salon. The stylist made it look as long as she could. I always had a fresh haircut. The hair was thinner in a relaxed state, but I assumed that was because the texture was removed. One day I dreamed of having long flowing hair that would blow in the wind, so I could do my own commercial.
A close family friend got a weave, and I was in awe of her hair. The day she walked in with thick hair replacing her thin traction alopecia filled snatched out looking overprocessed hair- blew my mind. She had her Pantene commercial, and I wanted mine. I remember drooling over her weave, telling her how good it looked, and asking her all sorts of questions. Let's just say I wanted that hair too. My desire to have this look allowed me to happily endure hours of pulling, tugging, scolding, and head aches in order to look beautiful.
When we say we have relaxed hair because it is easier; there is a unspoken end to that sentence. We have relaxed weaved up hair because it is easier to achieve the european look of beauty we are accustomed to seeing in the media. Europeans are beautiful, I love my straight haired sisters. My real people, European friends don't look like that media images we all aspire to, but that is another blog. Straight hair looks longer than curly hair does, and curly hair looks longer than kinky hair. Having a relaxer makes it harder to wear a twist out, or afro, but it easier to wear straight.
Some say natural hair takes too long to style or it is unmanageable (too wild). Natural hair takes a long time to style when the goal is to make it appear more relaxed. It takes a long time to find out how to perform the perfect twist out, because most people use the twist out to relax their curl pattern and show more length. It takes a long time to learn anything new, that is why we go to school.
Calling natural hair unmanageable again has to do with a desire to make it more relaxed and socially acceptable. My hair is about as kinked as it comes, but I can easily put my hair into a short tightly coiled professional looking manageable afro. African men have been doing this for decades. Secondly, afro textured hair easily conforms to cute bun styles at shorter lengths than my straighter haired peers. Thirdly, natural hair does great braided or twisted styles. Of course, these styles have yet to enter mainstream, so we may not want them.
Others say it takes hours to do natural hair. In my experience I spent hours doing my permed hair, it took hours to get my weave right, and it can take hours to put twist into my hair. A good haircut on any type of hair takes hours. I would be very upset if I paid a stylist $200 dollars for a cut, and they just cut off my pony tail in one minutes and was done. My naturally straight haired friends take hours blow drying, and styling their hair. They are wearing extensions just like I did, because we have all been looking at the same media. It can take hours to do any great hair style until one is accustomed to it. My natural hair goes into a pony tail faster than straight hair, and it stays much longer. I can pick out my Afro and shape it with my hands in no time. I am a slow braider/twister but a stylist can braid my hair in an hour. In each of these styles my edges are nappy, just like Gabby Douglass, and we both look good. Of course if I were trying to make my natural hair look relaxed, natural hair would take too long to style.
We wear perm because of the slave/colonization process inundating us with images of white is right. During the slave and Jim Crow eras appearing white was a survival technique. It allowed us to pass into society. It made sense in that forum. It can only be imagined how hard it must have been to learn to bleach the skin, relax the hair, and disguise African features at every turn. It must have taken years to learn, and many people must have been maimed getting the formula right. Straightening the hair meant progress, it meant a better chance at survival. Now it is so much a part of our culture that is is easier to exist in an unnatural state, than the one we receive from God.
House slaves ate better, and had a more comfortable life. House slave spent less time in the sun, so they were lighter, many are said to be mixed with European. It was a career goal to achieve a better job with benefits. House slave was perceived as the highest career achievable. Even today, we find out what people dress like at the job, and try to fit in.
Slavery is illegal today, so the tools of slavery are outdated. These images are now cultural, and are pasted down from generation to generation. We no longer remember that we are conforming to a culture that ceased to exist. We are attempting to please a master that we don't have. We want to be accepted by someone that died hundreds of years ago. We are asserting our right to use the whites bathroom, and not have to drink out of the colored only fountain, when they don't exist.
Relaxed hair is cultural. If we are honest, it takes a lot of time to maintain pretty relaxed hair. It is what we are used to, because it has been pasted down through the generations. It is all we know.
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Saturday, August 4, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
It appalls me that a young lady, that is beautiful, athletic, and embraces her natural roots while utilizing the ease of a relaxer is being vilified taking home the gold.Gabby is doing very well, but I am concern about the backward mentality among African American women. It is unreasonable to perform olympic gold level gymnastics in a twist out! The level of balance required to compete in gymnastics is not conducive to a banging hair weave! Runners can wear a weave, because they are not putting that level of demand upon their balance. Sprinters in particular only perform a straight dash for a brief period of time. Gymnast have a time honored tradition of wearing very short styles or ponytails. On a daily basis someone who has participated in the African American form of self mutilation called traction alopecia contacts me to find out how to grow back the hair. When I tell them use a toothbrush in their mouth, not their hair, and wear looser styles, I am talking with someone whose edges begin at their ears. Hooray for Gabby Douglass, she has a bevy of gold medals, a banging body, and luscious thick edges.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
At the beginning of July, one of my favorite you tubers dropped the bomb on the naive you tube community. She came out of the fake review closet, and admitted that she is paid to review products. Then went on about how honest her reviews are. Even a dog has the good sense to prefer the person that feeds them over strangers they just met, that is the dog's honest opinion. Dave Chappell ( I love Dave Chappell) said it best, and I am paraphrasing,'Pepsi and Coke taste the same, but (every) since Pepsi pays me-Pepsi taste better.' Dave observed his honest opinion changed with his paycheck.
Although I have only been juicing for a few week, I can already tell the difference in my health. Normally I am a big skeptic when it comes to nutritional trends. Normally I purchase an appliance, and find out it is easier to use a knife. I have yet to pay more than $$20 for an appliance. My hand blender is called a ballon whip, if you really want to understand how low tech I am. Even the cheapest juicer cost about $100, so I was prepared to do without them. Now that I have a juicer that fits into my lifestyle, I can see paying more than $20 for this appliance.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
There was a time in the 1990's when I had a bevy of make-up lines targeting the African American to choose from. Let me name them in case anyone wants to research them, Iman, Black Opal, Posners, Barbera Walden, and Flori Roberts were my brands of choice. Some brands were sold in department stores, while others were available at the local drugs store. At this hey day of the African American targeting I was able to get the look I wanted. Flori Roberts offered me an orange undertone, Barbera Waldern was movie quality make up, and Fashion Fair offered workday innovation.