Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Awhile back, I received an e-mail regarding my statement "Relaxers are Evil." Particularly, a woman who was contemplating Sisterlocks as an alternative to perm because to quote her "Sisterlocks look more relaxed looking than other natural hair", asked me about the medical implications of having a relaxer.
Here is the data I found:
This is an article from the Boston Globe specifying relaxer not related to breast cancer. I would like to note that Black Women are at a higher risk for many other cancers not just breast cancer. And also, researchers say hair relaxers can enter the body through cuts or lesions in the scalp (this is why perm burns and your stylist tells you not scratch); but these products are not fully monitored by the FDA. Since manufacturers are not required to list all ingredients (some are considered to be trade secrets), they say there is the potential for harmful ingredients.
I would like to expose you to this wonderful website http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/
that ranks beauty products by level of hazardous materials along with in-depth ingredient lists detailing their hazards. For example, Dark & Lovely No-Mistake No-Lye Childern's Relaxer has a hazard rating of 10 out 10 with 10 being the most hazardous. The other relaxers in this category appear to be children's relaxers or "kiddie perms". Here are some stats on this product alone:
TITANIUM DIOXIDE - possible human carcinogen
CALCIUM HYDROXIDE, D&C ORANGE 4, DISODIUM EDTA, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SUCCINIC ACID - One or more in vitro tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation results (YES, you are a mammal!)
D&C RED 33, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, PHENOLSULFONPHTHALEIN, PHENOXYETHANOL -One or more in vitro tests on non-mammalian cells show positive mutation results
LAURAMIDE DEA -One or more animal studies show tumor formation at high doses
D&C ORANGE 4 -One or more animal studies show reproductive effects at low doses
Virgin Strand of Hair- No Chemicals Added
I admit that many other products like some shampoos, make-up, and toiletries are carcinogenic and unhealthy too. My argument is for total health and well-being. We have the tools to make the right decisions in regard to choosing products and also in what we ingest in our body. In my honest opinion, using carcinogens to change the texture of your hair is unnatural.
In addition, we should make the healthy, natural decision in regard to the products we choose as much as we can afford too. Many women have argued with me about my firm anti-relaxer stance, saying that I really should accept my sisters. And to them I say, I do accept them and love my sisters which is why I want them to make good, health decisions. Follicle of Hair with Chemical Damage
Another argument I hear often is about the cost of buying natural/organic beauty products. My question is "Are healthy products cheaper than medical bills?". Yes, of course. For example, a gym membership may be high but not higher than having hypertension and diabetes due to being overweight. Furthermore, I invested in Sisterlocks, which is a several hundred dollar investment, when I could have kept my loose natural hair for free. With that logic, why would I not invest an extra $10 in a shampoo that does not have hazardous materials?
I am officially off the soapbox. LOL! If you have any thoughts (good, bad, or ugly), I'd love to hear them.
What do you think?
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Artist shown here photographed by the late James Van Der Zee, noted Black American photographer, in the Armani suits that Basquiat wore while painting
Here is an interview with the painter before his untimely death due to a drug overdose in the late 80s. At his time of death, he was a mere 27 years young. His life was varied and interesting though short. He was the boyfriend of Madonna, a sex worker, bisexual, and a punk rocker in addtion to being a painter. He was also a high school drop-out, dated White women exclusively, and was allegedly physically abused as a child. Basquiat, by Phoebe Hoban, is definitely worth reading if you are interested in the life behind the art.
He was also Haitian and Puerto Rican with wild locks sprouting around his very artistic mind! His art now retails for over $10 million a painting. I really like the rugged, raw way he approached sociology and racism in his art in ways I can't accurately articulate. Here is my favorite Basquiat piece:
Click me! Then scroll to the bottom. This is Sophia, Naturally's favorite Basquiat. You likey?
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
It didn't take long to undo the Bantu knots, but taking down the braided Sisterlocks will probably be a long ordeal.
I love playing with Sisterlock styles. What shall I do next? loc loops? a punky shaved look? crimps? an updo? The possibilities are endless!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
So, I decided to do this style because I feel asleep extra early last night and woke up at 3am. As I was watching reruns and infomercials, I did this style in about 2 hours. I can't exactly remember the last time I spent this long on my hair.
So without using a mirror, here it is. I braided them first; then I twisted them around the base and tucked them under the buds.
Everyone seems to like the short look. Who knows, I might cut it this short afterall...stay tuned.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
I really like the color too. The next picture could be better. She was trying to have a conversation while Onyx Cherry and I were stalking her. I am thankful that she gave permission to be photographed. :)
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I really enjoy seeing everyone and myself clearly. I am slightly near-sighted. This means things far away look fuzzy or blurry without my glasses. My prescription is slight so I only wear them when reading (not on the net), driving, doing my hair, or when they look fabulous with my outfit (lol).
It has made my life so much easier. No more mistaking textile/fabric prints, sitting in the front of meetings, squinting, or aimlessly looking at far off objects or for friends in the distance. On top of all that, my out of pocket expense was very low. Sweet!
I think I will buy another pair as a back up just in case, and I will definitely use the new pair as a fashion accessory.Right now I have my eye on these Green (my fav colour) Pradas. Me likey!
Please comment if you are so inclined. I love constructive feedback!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Mom- Your hair is looking much better. It looks more curly like your hair used to or maybe I'm just now getting used to it.
Sophia, Naturally- Thanks mom! I'm happy it's looking better to you.
Mom- It doesn't look as "kinkybe" as it used to look. Maybe you'll get it together before I die.
Sophia, Naturally- Quietly smiles and is reminded of mom's earlier request to have bone straight hair at mom's funeral in the very far future...changes subject