Author Archives: MaddyMonty
I was exchanging emails with a friend of mine today and he mentioned that he recently bought a pair of UGG’s. What?? Do they make UGG’s for men now? Since when? I had to investigate… Well, my UGGs are atrocious and between my atrocity (aka snow boots) & our conversation — I went to the UGG website and behold this natural beauty!
This really came as a surprise to me because UGG is an Australian company and Australia doesn’t have the best reputation for celebrating diversity. However, the country has made some improvements by electing Aboriginal people to its Parliament and recognizing the injustices done to the native Aboriginal people. An UGG ad, does not compare to an Aboriginal person being elected to the Australian Parliament — however, it does say that the company is attempting to be diverse and inclusive. I hope that the country will continue to move toward racial equity — Media and advertising are definite steps.
…. or at the very least yoga helps to prevent hair loss. Stress can wreak havoc on your hair. It can not only STOP your hair growth but it can also make your hair fall out!
According to Mayo Clinic psychiatrist
Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D. there are 3 types of hair loss that are associated with high stress levels:
* Alopecia areata. A variety of factors are thought to cause alopecia areata, possibly including severe stress. With alopecia areata, white blood cells attack the hair follicle, stopping hair growth and making hair fall out.
* Telogen effluvium. In this condition, emotional or physical stress pushes large numbers of growing hairs into a resting phase. Within a few months, the affected hairs may fall out suddenly when simply combing or washing your hair.
* Trichotillomania. Trichotillomania (trik-oh-til-oh-MAY-nee-uh) is an irresistible urge to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body. Hair pulling can be a way of dealing with negative or uncomfortable feelings, such as stress, anxiety, tension, loneliness, fatigue or frustration.
Always assess your stress levels, not just for your hair but for your heart and mental health. When in doubt, exercise.
Yoga, is an exercise that I’ve always incorporated into my regimen. It requires intense mental and physical strength (beginners don’t fret, just take your time!). You are literally forced to focus on the moment right now. Nothing else matters except following the breath and counting down the time until you get out of the downward dog pose! I love how yoga begins with a physically intense set of poses and then slows down into a meditative cool down relaxation.
Afterward a session of yoga, I’m calm and relaxed — I actually sleep better!
Yoga can help you overcome stress, anxiety, and poor blood circulation in the head. These are all issues that contribute to hair loss. Remember that stress and hair loss don’t have to be permanent. If you make the effort to get your stress under control, your hair may grow back. However, if you are eating better, less stressed and exercising but don’t notice your normal hair growth — it is probably time to see your doctor.
There are many products on the market that claim to “grow hair” but most of these don’t work! I’ve NEVER found a topical product to “grow hair.” IMO the only way to have a healthy head of hair is through a healthy diet, exercise and a vitamin supplement.
My favorite yoga guru is Steve Ross on INHALE Yoga on Oxygen. You can get a preview of his class here
I always appreciate companies that recognize diversity. What I appreciate most is when a company appreciates diversity and is honest in their representation of that diversity. Martin Luther King would shake his head in today’s society IMO. Since his time racial and wealth disparities have grown further and further apart. Poor people in this country, especially children, continue to slip through the cracks in society.
Poverty has enabled a destructive society. A society where our young people find themselves in gangs, illiterate, without healthcare, HIV+, depressed, racially profiled, underemployed, unemployed — the list goes on. Yes, some of us have come a long way — but truly how far when a group of Harvard grads can find themselves likened to gang bangers in Boston.
It is important to focus on the positive accomplishments from people in our community like Ursula Barnes the chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation. However, we must recognize that there is still much work to be done. Read Read Read!
That was the question asked by a single black male and then it was discussed by natural hair girls around America. I even posted the question to a few friends of mine on Facebook and we came up with this. One of my girls (lying) said that she doesn’t get hit on anymore LOL Lies!! She recently went back to wearing her curly hair, but she’s been natural like forever. The consensus is really that our audience tends to be more diverse when we wear our natural hair. IMO (b/c I don’t want to misquote anyone 🙂 its like asking the question, do I get hit on more when I look like a bum? Yes. Why? It’s because you’re more approachable, when you look too high-maintenance men tend to be more intimidated and look the other way.
Honestly, what seems to make a difference is my mood. If I’m in a happy light hearted mood, I am approached easily. However, if I’m projecting a negative angry (grr) energy, I don’t get approached. People can sense energy. Even though the article is true, you would never expect anything less from Jill Scott, India Irie, NEW! Chrisette Michelle, Corrine Bailey Rae etc to sing anything else but honest, empowering music that touches you in an emotional feel good way. You also don’t see them stripped down to their panties, bent over touching their ankles….. in their videos. But you also don’t see every weave wearing, permed hair black woman performing a strip show on tv.
Natural hair women have a lot to face when it comes to acceptance from others. Some people can’t appreciate it, don’t understand it, don’t want it — but that doesn’t matter. The ONLY thing that matters is how you feel about yourself. If a guy is going to go for the “easy win” as the author suggests — you don’t want his tired ass anyway! Who wants a lame?! Who wants a guy who will settle for 2nd best? If he settles for 2nd best in his wom
anen he will most certainly settle in many other ways in his life.
Being natural is also like a 2nd enlightenment and it’s true many of us have made a distinct truthful choice to really start appreciating ourselves for who we are. At the end of the day sometimes, it’s just hair, damn! But it’s really true, we are sometimes a more militant & enlightened group & we don’t & won’t play that foolery. We know that money isn’t everything and it surely can’t buy you love. We expect you to go hard or go home. We know what we want, we go for it, and we get it!
Remember Tempestt Bledsoe who played Vanessa on the Cosby’s? Oh she looks absolutely amazing & never mind her hair — it is spectacularly fabulous. I couldn’t resist snatching this picture up from IMDB! Looks like she did a twist out and perhaps uses natural henna on her hair, to give it that rich deep black color.