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Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike.
New Edition was the soundtrack of a generation. 80's babies still jam to "Cool It Now,""Candy Girl," and "Mr. Telephone Man," embarrassing their kids on the way to school.
BET is helping us relive the era with the New Edition Story, starting on Tuesday, January 24 at 9:00pmEST. Headed by producer Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood, Soul Train Awards) and award winning director Chris Robinson (ATL), the three night event stars
Luke James as Johnny Gill, Woody McClain as Bobby Brown, Elijah Kelley as Ricky Bell, Empire's Bryshere Gray as Michael Bivins, Algee Smith as Ralph Tresvant, and Keith Powers as Ronnie Devoe.
“I want people to see the sacrifices that [Tresvant] made,” Smith says. “It was New Edition against the corrupt business, and they came through it. They all stayed as brothers.”
Producer Jesse Collins says he came up with the idea for the film after working with the iconic group for BET's 25th anniversary show. “I grew up a fan just like everyone else,” said Collins. "“They were very cautious. They only get one shot at doing this and it was about finding the right script, the right producer and the right time to put their business in the street. They wanted to tell the real story of their relationship. They didn’t want to sugarcoat it.”
Spanning the group's humble beginnings in Boston’s Orchard Park projects to their meteoric rise to fame, The New Edition Story gives viewers an in depth look at the group's, drug use, money problems, and departure of Bobby Brown--giving rise to New Jack Swing and the birth of Bell, Biv, Devoe.
After watching a screening of the film at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills in December, Bobby Brown was emotional.
“I was sitting in the chair over here and got a little crying on,” Brown said during the screening's Q&A. “Watching and being alive to be able to see what my life was and has become and where my life is going from this point on? It’s special, man. These kids put their hearts and souls into this, just like we put our hearts and souls into our lives.”
Dance along in your living room starting Tuesday at 9pm!
|Pictured: 2 of 3 creators of Greauxph, Left to Right: Chaun Tucker and LaMont Zeno Russell|
These three barbers have launched their own hair and body soap. Twenty-somethings Chaun Tucker, LaMont Zeno Russell and Will Koehn are the founders of Greauxph.
According to their site,Greauxph is a hair & Body Soap Brikx made with coconut oil, shea butter, vitamin E, and other essential oils that invigorate your hair, body, and senses. The product is described as a great source for those with body acne, eczema and dandruff. The three barbers, all originally from Detroit and Chicago, says the spelling stems from the creators' distinctive cultures, consisting of Creole roots.
I briefly chatted with LaMont, the executive director of Greauxph. He shared with me the story of how the company started, how the three creators met and how they're all Howard alumni.
"The cool thing is that all three of us are barbers from the Midwest and went to Howard University around the same time. Chaun and Will came up with the name Greauxph back in Detroit when they were talkingg about being good barbers that wanted to keep uplifting their field and community. Over time, a lot of ideas were developed but Chaun came up with a hair and body soap that we could push to clients for convenience. So then when I got into the mix, I wanted to develop the brand and help us make a business of it all. We launched in September of 2016."
Centric, the first network designed for black women, takes aspiring businesswomen a step further with Queen Boss, the first business competition reality series for Black female entrepreneurs.
“Black women are and have always been pioneers and titans of industry — from Madame C.J. Walker to Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter. We are proud to help nurture the next wave of women taking over,” Zola Mashariki, executive vice president, head of original programming, BET Networks, told Forbes Women.
Eighteen women will showcase their products, potential, and passion through a series of challenges testing their elevator pitches, networking skills, and social media knowledge. A panel of self-made celebrity judges, including host and CEO of Edmonds Entertainment Tracey Edmonds; reality show star and co-founder of the shoe line Pastry, Vanessa Simmons; lawyer, author, and star of Paternity Court Lauren Lake; businesswoman, singer/songwriter/producer and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss; Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew; the former beauty director and cover editor of Essence magazine, Mikki Taylor; founder and CEO of Carol’s Daughter Lisa Price; public relations mogul Rakia Reynolds; founder and CEO of NewME Accelerator, Angela Benton; and interior designer and author Robin Wilson decide who has what it takes to be the ultimate #bawse.
“We as the judges are very particular about our brand of inspiration,” says judge Lauren Lake. ”It’s not just about the business of it all, but also about connecting on a spiritual level and helping these women grow and challenging them. We’re giving them the tools needed to truly pitch and grow their product.”
The winner will take home $25,000 for her business and the title of “Queen Boss.”
Who will take the crown? Watch Centric's Queen Boss on Saturdays at 10pm.
If that’s you, the thought of trying to style your own hair can be daunting. But never fear – it is not too late to learn. Here are some tips for styling your own hair even when you aren’t the best at it:
#2: Practice. We know the saying ‘practice makes perfect’ and it is true when it comes to learning styling techniques. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. So if there is something you want to learn to do, or get better at doing, try it over and over again until you have the technique perfected. Don’t avoid it because it’s harder to do. Find video tutorials on YouTube that show the technique close up and don’t be afraid to slow it down or rewind it a few times until you’re comfortable with it.
#3: Professional help. Don’t be afraid (or too cheap) to seek the help of professional natural hair stylists. A great stylist will not just style your hair, but will also teach you how to style your own hair at home so that you can maintain the style or even recreate it. Many salons and stylists even offer hair styling classes for their clients so that they can learn hands-on how to do simple styles. Salon Noa located in Virginia Beach, VA, and N Natural Hair Studioin Silver Spring, MD are both salons that offer these types of classes. The at the beginning of this article is from one of their hands-on classes offered during the Naturalista Hair Show they host each year.
Remember the 3 P’s of becoming better at styling your hair: Patience, Practice, and Professional Help. Putting these 3 tips to use will help you improve your hair styling skills.
Reports show that Jay Z has sold 33% of his stake in Tidal to Sprint for $200 million.
Jay Z and the companies owners including Kanye West, Beyonce and other artist owners will still keep their stake in the company. The new deal will make Tidal available to Sprint's 45 million retail customers, partnering to release exclusive content. Sprint's CEO Marcelo Claure has also joined the Board of Directors. You can read his statement below on the partnership.
"Jay saw not only a business need, but a cultural one, and put his heart and grit into building TIDAL into a world-class music streaming platform that is unrivaled in quality and content," Claure said in a statement. "The passion and dedication that these artist-owners bring to fans will enable Sprint to offer new and existing customers access to exclusive content and entertainment experiences in a way no other service can."
Sometimes I understand why black girls and women relax their hair. Natural hair can be a challenge, if exposed to too much sun, the Keratin which our hair is made of, would start to break down. Yet if exposed to too much wind our ends would dry and break off. So yes, sometimes it is a struggle and I begin to wonder if the grass is greener on the other side. But then I go onto @lambbofficial Instagram and I am reminded of the beautiful and bouncy nature of natural hair! (Perfect plug right?) Anyways, let’s get into how you can protect your tress this winter!
Know your Porosity Level- Porosity refers to how open the cuticles on your hair shaft are. To find out your porosity take the hair porosity test. If you have Low Porosity hair it means your hair has issues getting moisture to penetrate on the other hand if your hair is High Porosity you need help retaining moisture. Shea Moisture has a product line that is geared for high porosity hair and one for low porosity hair.
Know your Hair Type- Some naturalista’s question the importance of knowing your hair type, but in this case it does play a vital role. Kinkier hair types (4B/4C) tends to be dryer and this is because it is harder for your scalps natural oils to travel down your strands.
Use The LOC Method– this method is Holy Grail for every naturalista, no matter the hair type, although some prefer to reverse the order to LCO the principle is still the same. Adding Liquid, Oil and Cream to your hair is the perfect way to add moisture. In the winter it is better to use thicker sealant’s like Shea Butter which helps to retain moisture. Also make sure your Liquid is primarily water based, or just water itself.
Do the Baggy Method- the most important part of our hair is the ends because it is the oldest part, and just how your supposed to care for the elderly, the baggy method does just that. By applying a moisturizer to your ends and sealing it with an oil, then putting a baggy (plastic cap) over your hair, your ends would be rejoicing!
Go digital with your natural hair journey! There are a few apps available that will simplify some things for you. While there may be some aspects of natural hair care that will always be challenging, that doesn’t have to mean everything about it has to be. Especially when we have technology right at our fingertips why not use it? Here are the Top 5 Natural Hair Apps every natural should try.
|Viola Davis pictured at the 2016 Critics Choice Awards|
Viola Davis makes history as the first African-American woman to receive three Oscars nominations.
Tuesday, Davis announced via Twitter that she would receive a nomination as 'Best Supporting Actress' for the movie Fences in which she stars alongside Denzel Washington.
The record was previously held by Whoopi Goldberg, who held two Oscar nominations, one for "The Color Purple" in 1986 and "Ghost" which she won best supporting actress in 1991.Thank you to @TheAcademy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it. Thank you Denzel for being at the helm! https://t.co/E7diniFqN1— Viola Davis (@violadavis) January 24, 2017
Making history is nothing new to Davis. In 2015, Viola Davis would become the first Black woman to win an Emmy for a lead actress in her role as Professor Keating on "How To Get Away With Murder."
To date, Fences is Denzel Washington's highest grossing directorial project. The film is also up for three additional nominees, including 'Best Picture,''Best Actor' and 'Best Writing Adapted Screenplay.'
The 2017 Academy Awards is set to air February 26th on ABC.
You can create tight defined curls, loose waves, or use them to curl your ends. The rollers work on all hair lengths and textures. For longer and or thicker hair you will need to purchase more than one pack to set all of your hair. The roller packages have a standard size, husky size (for thick hair) and a combo package that includes both standard and husky sizes. The new line of rollers is available on Mycurlsquad.com.
I love seeing naturals in the community creating new innovations.
The course, titled A Seat at the Table Syllabus: The Truths of Young Women of Color is expected to focus on the following themes: (1) Resisting Racism, (2) Understanding Gender and Sexuality, (3) The Role of Relationships, (4) Nurturing Ourselves, (5) A Seat at the Lunch Table.
Perry's course invites women of color between the ages of 16-30 to have a seat at the table by collecting the texts, music, and visual art that speak to 'our experiences.' Each theme breaks down some pretty complex challenges that might have a significant impact on your coming into adulthood. For example, theme three, 'Role of Relationships' hopes to analyze your relationship with mother figures, father figures and women of the same race/ethnicity.
A Seat At The Table debuted at number one spot, becoming Solange's first number one album to date. On the record, Solange poses a lot of questions, those both asked to her by the world, and similarly those she finds herself asking. Things like, "Where do we go from here?"
You can find out more information about Perry's course here at SeatSyllabus.com
Your hair is a part of your body, like your skin and nails, and they all require nourishment and attention to thrive. In order for your mane to be at its beautiful best, it’s important to take care of your hair in several areas.
Heat & Dryness
Your strands can take a beating from the heat, whether it’s dry weather or repeated styling. Heat (direct heat) in general dries out the hair's cuticle, stripping it of natural moisture and making it more prone to thinning and breakage.
Heating elements like hair straighteners and curling irons do the most damage, causing breakage and split ends. Try to use these less often, or switch to a rolling brush and soft curlers to protect the hair cuticle and get the same style.
Just as the sun can change the color of your skin, it can also affect your hair color. Hair dyes in particular may turn orange or brassy when exposed to persistent sunlight. Wear a hat in direct sunlight and for extended periods of time in the sun.
It’s important to condition your hair regularly to lock in moisture, lessen frizziness, and overall improve the health of your hair. Shampoo less often and condition each time you shower. Leave conditioner in for five to ten minutes to allow it to penetrate into the hair cuticle and provide the maximize effect. Avoid putting conditioner on the scalp, which causes hair oiliness.
Deep conditioning treatments also help with frizziness and hair damage during high temperature months or a period of styling. Use a hair masque once a week or once every other week to treat itinerant damage and perform upkeep.
Having healthy hair also means getting haircuts. Though you may lament cutting any of your locks if you have long hair, it couldn’t be more important for having a healthy head of hair every day. Stylists recommend getting a haircut every four to eight weeks (which may be too often for naturals so opt for less frequent trims. I go about twice a year) to get rid of dead ends. This keeps your hair looking longer and smoother; skipping trimmings makes
Natural oils are great for keeping your strands smooth and are great for use as a detangler. Argan oil, olive oils, coconut oils are good options for helping out your hair cuticle in the face of frizz.
One thing that’s very important for healthy hair is protecting it at night. While you sleep, your hair can tangle, which promotes breakage. Cotton pillowcases also cause your hair to catch, twist, and break as you toss and turn throughout the night. There are several solutions here. In the first instance, satin or silk pillowcases have much finer textures that are smoother against the hair strands. A hair cap also helps protect the hair. Finally, putting your mane in a simple French braid or set of twists does wonders for keeping your strands from tangling while you sleep. As a plus you’ll wake up with sexy waves!
Having great hair can be as easy as establishing an everyday routine. Take good care of your strands with prevention and maintenance to get the a healthy, beautiful mane.
|Pictured Left: Emmett Till, Right, Carolyn Bryant and her two sons. Photos courtesy of Getty Images|
The woman responsible for Emmett Till being killed after accusing him of whistling at her has admitted it was all a lie. 62 years later.
In September 1955, Emmett Till was accused of whistling at a white woman, who we know as Carolyn Bryant. Till, 14, while visiting family in Mississippi, entered a store to purchase two cents of bubble gum. It was here, after exiting the store that he was accused of whistling at then 21-year old Bryant. Two men, J.W. Bryant and half-brother Roy Bryant (husband of Carolyn Bryant) decided to take matters into their own hand, kidnapping Till three days later and brutally murdering him. The two admitted to the crime but were later acquitted.
But here's where things get interesting. It turns out that wife Carolyn Bryant admits that she fabricated most of the story.
Read the excerpt below from Vanity Fair that highlights this new book in which Bryant details the fabricated story:
In a new book, The Blood of Emmett Till (Simon &; Schuster), Timothy Tyson, a Duke University senior research scholar, reveals that Carolyn—in 2007, at age 72—confessed that she had fabricated the most sensational part of her testimony. “That part’s not true,” she told Tyson, about her claim that Till had made verbal and physical advances on her. As for the rest of what happened that evening in the country store, she said she couldn’t remember. (Carolyn is now 82, and her current whereabouts have been kept secret by her family.)
|Photo courtesy of Watch The Yard|
"I'm the child of Ethiopian immigrants and a proud Muslim. It's important that we all stand up against bigotry of all forms in this country. #NoMuslimBan" - @tefanyusuf (@WatchTheYard is doing a project to highlight D9 immigrants/ refugees and put a critical a spotlight on how the US is currently treating immigrants. The purpose of this is to show that we need to care about this because these people are our frat brothers and sisters.) #D9Immigrants
"My family immigrated to the US from Ethiopia looking for a safe haven and more opportunities, after the communist Derg regime overthrew Emperor Haile Selassie and killed my grandfather (a government official). Thank you for standing with immigrants and refugees. #HabeshaGreeks ✊🏾💞💚" - @meronne (@WatchTheYard is doing a project to highlight D9 immigrants/ refugees and put a critical a spotlight on how the US is currently treating immigrants. The purpose of this is to show that we need to care about this because these people are our frat brothers and sisters.) #D9Immigrants
"Moved to the US from Jamaica. First generation college student, graduate, and the first to pledge." - @phrozen7amaican (@WatchTheYard is doing a project to highlight D9 immigrants/ refugees and put a critical a spotlight on how the US is currently treating immigrants. The purpose of this is to show that we need to care about this because these people are our frat brothers and sisters.) #D9Immigrants
"My parents moved to the US from Senegal in search for a better life. They may have had great hopes for this country, but they never let me forget my roots. I am a proud Muslim Senegalese woman and pRHOud member of Sigma Gamma Rho! Both of these homes taught me the value of community and love. So thank you for your support. May we all continue to support each other when we need it most." - @rholen2less (@WatchTheYard is doing a project to highlight D9 immigrants/ refugees and put a critical a spotlight on how the US is currently treating immigrants. The purpose of this is to show that we need to care about these people because these people are our frat brothers and sisters.) #D9Immigrants
"I am Muslim born, From Casablanca, Morocco , as a nation we need to stick up for all our brothers and sisters in these times, all we have is each other." - @kor0nary(The guy in the middle) (@WatchTheYard is doing a project to highlight D9 immigrants/ refugees and put a critical a spotlight on how the US is currently treating immigrants. The purpose of this is to show that we need to care about these people because these people are our frat brothers and sisters.) #D9Immigrants
"My family immigrated from Guinea 14 years ago. My parents gave up their lives & careers to give my siblings & I a chance at a better of life in a country they were unfamiliar w/ culturally & socially. Putting us through school while working jobs they didnt want to have, but they pushed through them. They've sacrificed so much for my siblings & I. Through all this they have taught me the importance of determination, the value of education & persistance. Today, I stand as a First generation COLLEGE GRAD, a proud MUSLIM, and a woman of DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Thank you so much for your support." - @she_so_aissy (@WatchTheYard is doing a project to highlight D9 immigrants/ refugees and put a critical a spotlight on how the US is currently treating immigrants. The purpose of this is to show that we need to care about these people because these people are our frat brothers and sisters.) #D9Immigrants
"The daughter of two amazing Somali parents who escaped from Ethiopia over 35 years ago in hopes of a better life, for them and their children. I am a proud Muslim and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Thank you for standing with us." - @lkabdi (@WatchTheYard is doing a project to highlight D9 immigrants/ refugees and put a critical a spotlight on how the US is currently treating immigrants. The purpose of this is to show that we need to care about these people because these people are our frat brothers and sisters.) #D9Immigrants
"This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside."#HiddenFigures#SAGAwardspic.twitter.com/glwYx5bD5k— Jason Carlos (@jaarlos) January 30, 2017
“We stand here as proud actors." - @TherealTaraji on behalf of the cast of @HiddenFigurespic.twitter.com/7oL24Vpo5V— SAG Awards® (@SAGawards) January 30, 2017
Congrats to these women on a much deserved award! Have you seen the film yet? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
|Imelme Umana, first Black Woman to serve as President of the Harvard Law Review.|
This Harvard law student just became the first Black woman to serve as President of the Harvard Law Review.
Meet ImeIme Umana. She is currently a law student at Harvard University, one of the most prestigious programs in the world. Yesterday, news broke of her making history, becoming the first Black woman to serve as President of the Harvard Law Review. In 2014, Umana earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Joint Concentration in African American Students and Government from Harvard. In 2018, she’ll finish with her Doctor of Law (J.D.) from Harvard as well.
Congrats to Imelme Umana, HLS '18, on her selection as President of the Harvard Law Review. 1st black woman to serve as President. #Herstorypic.twitter.com/liqu40K4Va— Harvard BLSA (@HarvardBLSA) January 30, 2017
In 2012, Umana’s work was published at the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC.) The report takes a critical look at the current state of civic health in Massachusetts and understands current trends and rates of participation relative to the nation.
Previously, Umana has served as Associate Editor for the Harvard Undergraduate Law Review, Chair of Community Action COmmity with Harvard University Institute of Politics and President of Student Advisory Committee.
Congratulations on becoming the first ImeIme!
2. Drink lots – and I do mean lots – of water.
There’s simply no substitute for it, so drink as much of it as you can; 6 to 8 glasses a day is a pretty good amount. The benefits? Increased water results in hair and skin that are adequately moisturized, and it flushes out toxins that daily invade our bodies. If you’re not a big fan of water on its own, why not consider drinking herbal teas like peppermint, spearmint or chamomile? They are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that your hair and body will love, and it’ll add a little flavor to your water. The hydration benefits of the water will be completely unaffected, and you’ll be hydrating your hair, mind and body while enjoying a calming moment of relaxation.
3. Eat a balanced diet that includes fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains and lean meats.Again, the operative word is balanced, meaning in the proper ratio or proportion. Unrefined carbohydrates are excellent, but veggies and proteins should constitute the larger portion of your daily diet.
4. Lower caffeine intake.
Caffeine is not all bad as long as it’s consumed in moderation. Obviously, too much caffeine can interfere with rest and sleeping patterns, and we all know that we do need our beauty sleep. So be sure to monitor the amounts of caffeine that you consume.
5. Reject trans fats in favor of healthier options like olive oil, grapeseed oil, or coconut oil for cooking purposes. These oils are full of vitamin E and other nutrients that your body will simply love. A small transition in favor of one of these oils may seem inconsequential, but your heart, your hair and waistline will thank you for it later.
Today is the absolute last day to sign up for ObamaCare. Have you signed up for your health insurance yet?
Despite the Trump administration's numerous attempts to repeal ObamaCare, there is still time to sign up. But the deadline of January 31st is now here.
In case you're still unclear, Obama Care is a nickname for Affordable Care Act (ACA). The goal of ACA is to put in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that have improved access, affordability and quality in healthcare for Americans.
ObamaCare has made healthcare more accessible for well over 15 million Americans, but if you're still unclear of the benefits, or simply why you should sign up, you can do your own research here.
Because of confusion and wrongful information being spread, along with the cancellation of many of the advertisements, some celebrities are using their voice to spread the word. Ava Duvernay, John Legend and comedian Colton Dunn are among the few. Huff Post Black Voices did a great job of pulling together celebrities advocating for ObamaCare, but you can check out some of them below.
Lots going on. Don't forget self-care. The deadline for open enrollment is January 31. Go to @HealthCareGov for info on how to #GetCovered. pic.twitter.com/nMaaYX7SQB— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 29, 2017
If you want and need to sign up for the insurance exchanges, do so before Jan 31. You'll be covered for the year. Tell a friend. https://t.co/CMUMO33xNN— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 27, 2017
Some POS pulled all the ads so i made my own. Sign up for #Heathcare today! Deadline Jan 31st https://t.co/nvZGIFqGba#PullThisAdpic.twitter.com/U0N5uDCsZF— colton dunn (@captdope) January 27, 2017
Dumb dumbs tried to pull ads. We stopped them! 3 more days! Go to https://t.co/OvjKSszcrF before January 31st! Tell yo friends! #PullThisAdpic.twitter.com/Ithl5pTDWq— colton dunn (@captdope) January 28, 2017
They out here banning peeps, we out here getting healthcare. 2 more days! Go get it! https://t.co/OvjKSshBA7#pullthisad#NoBanNoWall LA2NYC pic.twitter.com/mR4gmfe3lR— colton dunn (@captdope) January 29, 2017
And most importantly, you can sign up for ObamaCare by simply going to HealthCare.Gov
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When it comes to long and lovely hair, length can be a challenge for some of us. Growing out your natural hair can feel like a slow journey with little to no results to show for it. Follow these tried and true 5 tips for growing out natural hair, and get the long strands of your dreams!
Why would experts say the key to hair growth is in your eating habits? Because hair health starts on the inside! If you aren’t getting those essential nutrients like vitamin B, iron, and protein, hair won’t grow as quickly. Try to eat foods rich in these nutrients like spinach, salmon, eggs, and even cinnamon, and drink plenty of water. If you are dehydrated, your hair will show it. Dry hair is hair that can’t grow long and beautiful.
2. Hair Supplements
Following the same idea that hair growth is about the foods you eat, taking certain vitamins can help hair growth. Consider a hair supplement such as biotin. Not only will it make your hair healthy enough to grow in length, it gives your nails a boost too! Other supplements to consider are zinc, collagen boosting silica, and kelp. Biotin is still the most commonly used hair growth supplement with many people reporting impressive results. Be careful before you jump on the biotin train. Before adding biotin supplements to your routine, check with your doctor. If you are pregnant, nursing, or have certain existing medical conditions, there may be concerns about adding it your supplement intake.
3. Regularly Trim
One of the most important of our 5 tips for growing out natural hair is to cut regularly. I know it may seem like the opposite of what you should do, but experts agree that regularly trimming hair can help it stay healthy. Make sure you watch out for split ends. Once these split ends show up, it is time for a trim. In fact, trims are the only effective way to get rid of split ends. It is a good idea to trim ends every 4-6 weeks or more frequently based on your hair growth.
4. Take Care of Scalp Matters
The scalp is the foundation of growing your hair out. If you have a dry, irritated, or overly oily scalp, your hair will be less healthy. You want to make sure you don’t get too much build up, so use a reliable clarifying shampoo like As I Am Curl Clarity Shampoo. For a dry scalp, consider something like ORS Shealicious Scalp Relief Shea Butter Conditioner. You should also make sure you protect your scalp from damage caused by the sun. Wear a hat or use products with SPF to help safeguard your scalp.
5. Use the Right Products
The key to hair growth is making sure your hair is healthy. I’ll say it again; unhealthy hair just won’t grow. Part of making sure your hair is healthy is to use the right products. Your hair growth is a result of the overall health of your hair. If you are using products that are too harsh, such as certain shampoos with sulfates and other chemicals that throw hair out of balance, you won’t get the length you want. You want to steer clear of mineral oil because it coats the skin on the scalp and makes it harder for hair follicles to generate cell turnover needed for new growth. You should also be on the lookout for any ingredient listings with propylene glycol which also inhibits the turnover of healthy cells. Make sure you carefully read the ingredients and directions of your favorite hair care products.
|Photo courtesy of Essence//March On Washington 2017|
Everyday there's a different headline about what's going on with the Trump Administration. And while it's affecting a lot of us, many are choosing to focus on life outside of what's going on in The White House.
Essence recently caught up with a few women of color during the March on Washington to discuss how they're protecting their Black Girl Magic during this new era of President Trump. Some of the common themes are centered are self-focus and community. Two important things needed to progress but individually and as a society. Read and excerpt from the video and watch it below.
"I plan to continue my black girl magic by setting goals, especially my New Year's Resolutions that I have set for myself. And I feel as though the presidency doesn't affect how I'm going to prosper, and how I'm gonna push on, and how I'm gonna continue. I plan to graduate within the next year, and I already think that that's an accomplishment as a black female."
Another woman chimed in: "I plan to continue my Black Girl Magic by always remembering my foundation and that I come from a family of strong, incredible black women. And continuing to inspire other black women and women of color."
In the February cover story of Latina Magazine, Bruno Mars gets very real and honest about Black culture.