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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Natural Hair / Sisterlocks: More Photos, (less text)

A good sistah's traditionals - working hard in ICU this day.


Gwen, now sisterloc'd, but natural for 45 years :o)


Melinda, 3 months sisterloc'd


10 years sisterloc'd


Sisterlocks Originator Dr. Joanne Cornwell

Dr. Cornwell, Dr. Sharita and Seestah Imahkus Nzinga Okofo chatting between their presentations at the Shrine this past Saturday.

My first braid-out in several months.

I'm liking the waves. It didn't take as much time as I thought because I braided it while damp (not soppin' wet), so I was able to use far fewer spongeless sponge rollers than when I don't braid first. I've been a little nervous about the rollers since discovering that weak loc base a while back.

I just might stick with the old braid-out for a while.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Pill to "Cure" Curly Hair or "I have a Disease"

I have a disease...

...it's called "tricohyalin" and it's genetic. Perhaps you have it too. But never fear, a pill to "cure" tricohyalin is in development...

"..The Australian scientists that discovered the curly gene (aka trichohyalin) are now working on creating a pill that would "cure" genetically textured locks.

This pill would render relaxers, texturizers, and flatirons obsolete--but it could also signal the end of luscious, Tracee Ellis Ross-type curls, forever.

The thing is, if scientists can isolate the gene that causes curly hair, what's to stop them from one day reversing or removing the gene altogether? It's a chilling thought..." Read Tia Williams post on Essence.com

Apparently, the "curly hair gene" might be of help to law enforcement officials as well, helping them determine the hair texture of the assailant from genetic material left at the scene of a crime.

Professor Nick Martin, the scientist who reported discovering the tricohyalin gene several years ago, says it may be possible to come up with treatments (emphasis mine) to make hair straighter rather than relying on heated hair straighteners. According to the online magazine Naturallycurly.com, he claims that further development and marketing strategies are in the works. Last December, he said, “I will be discussing this with a major cosmetic company in Paris in January."

By the way, the company is L'Oreal.

The folks at NaturallyCurly.com aren't too thrilled about it.
They posted this editorial back in 2005:

"When you think of a pill, you think of something designed to heal an illness. That is why we at NaturallyCurly.com are appalled by L’Oreal Paris’ announcement that researchers are developing a pill to straighten hair.

Popping a pill, they claim, could turn curly hair straight and vice versa by changing the hook-shaped hair bulb. The thought that people would be swallowing hormones to straighten their hair is a terrifying prospect.

In addition to the possible health implications of ingesting something powerful enough to change your hair, it sends a negative message to people with curly and kinky hair.

We at NaturallyCurly.com do not believe curly hair is something to be cured. We are not against straightening curls, but do not believe people should feel that they have to do so to be attractive.

We would urge the scientists at L’Oreal to focus on those ailments that truly need fixing."

The National Science Foundation is, of course, on the opposite side of the issue.

They created the video below to praise the potential benefit of genetic manipulation of hair texture. It's discussed within the context of the treatment of a disease of hair growth referred to as "Wooly Hair".

They were politically correct enough to play down the potential market demand from the general population.

A National Science Foundation Promo Video

Would you take a pill to straighten your coily hair?
Or do you think they'll discover, soon after it's release, that the pill causes you to grow a third eye just to the left of the center of your forehead?

Take the poll in the sidebar.

Peace, love and self-acceptance,

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sisterlocks Originator Dr. JoAnne Cornwell returns to Atlanta at the Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Bookstore

WHEN: Saturday, August 21, 2010
TIME: 5:30 PM
WHERE: 946 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd. SW Atlanta, GA 30310

THAT HAIR THING and the Sisterlocks Approach
Meet and greet Dr. JoAnne Cornwell. Hear her discuss "Good Hair" and what defines this idea for African Americans. Her book includes 50 pages of gorgeous color images - featuring kids, youth and adults of all ages.

Read about why our natural hair issues have been such a sensitive topic of African American culture. Sisterlocks has the answers to all of our questions about a natural hair solution. Gone are the days when black women had to complain about a lack of natural hair care options.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Old Chinese saying...

I needed some comic relief and Latara sent this to me right on time:

Old Chinese Proverb...

Confucius say,

"If you are in a book store and cannot find the book for which you search, you are obviously...

...in the...

[Shh! You didn't hear it from Docs!]

Have a great week ;0)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Anonymous has an opinion

"What if hoards of Afrikan women realized that our hair texture makes us unique among all of the women on the Earth? That in days of old, before the oppression of our hair, our paradigm taught us that our tightly twisting coils mirrored the spiraling hair of the dieties. Our hair was compared with the swirling of galaxies, the torrential, whirling, winds of a storm. Our hair is like unto the helical meanderings of DNA - the very essence of life."

The passage above is from my post entitled, I bumped into my old stylist yesterday.

Ah, but alas, Anonymous has an opinion...
On July 11, 2010 at 12:25 PM, Anonymous left this comment in response to my post entitled, Black Women are Ugly:

"The majority of African American women exhibit masculine traits such as large hands and feet, tougher skin, and a pugnacious attitude. The general facial structure of African American women tends to exhibit an undersized chin and oversized cheeks, that is in stark contrast to women of other races who have fully developed chins and tight cheeks. African Americans also have tough hair which is usually not considered to be attractive in women."

Guilty. I have big feet.

But trade my gorgeous high cheek bones for a 'tight cheeks' and a jutting chin?!?!

~~~NOT happenin'!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

My First Dragon Head

Oh boy.

I think when I popped a loc near the crown of my head, I torn away most of the base of the loc. Plus, perhaps I had my sponge-less sponge rollers in too tight when I set my hair last night. This is why I think Julia found a loc on a pretty flimsy base of a few strands of hair at my re-tightening this morning.

"I think you're gonna lose this one," she said. "I have to join it to another one."

And thus, my dragon head, or viper tongue, or whatever you want to call it.

Sorry for the blurry photos. These were taken with my iphone :o)

"V" for victory! Just kidding.

Maybe some Rogaine might speed up the regrowth process...

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