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It's been two months since the last update! Sorry for the hiatus, lovelies. We'll be updating more frequently now. Anyway, I am one month away from my first year ful...

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A great video on Black women, natural hair, and exercising. Feel free to speak on it in the comments!


TheBlessedOne says
April 15, 2009 at 2:34 AM

I'm relaxed and I for one don't think hair should be an issue when it comes to health. I think the actual issue is laziness. Face it, most women just don't want to exercise and they use their hair as an excuse. I don't know why, but I didn't like the ending when the anchorwoman compared her straight and curly hair... That had nothing to do with the topic. SMH.

Anonymous says
April 15, 2009 at 9:42 AM

I agree with the pp. I also have relaxed hair and I haven't let that stop me from working out regularly. Of course there are times when I have gotten my hair done for a special occasion or something and maybe didn't work out the next day to preserve the hairstyle but overall my health is a priority and I'm not going to let my hair prevent me working out on a regular basis. Now, I am seriously considering going natural so I'll be interested in seeing if that truly makes a difference post workout when the times comes.

Anonymous says
April 15, 2009 at 10:43 AM

I agree with both the girls above and the video. i'm a athlete and in HS i wore a relaxer and still kept my hair looking decent. however, now that i'm in college and have gone natural, it really is easier to deal with, specially with things being so much more chaotic(classes, etc) than it was in HS. now i can get from practice, cowash/rinse, and head straight to the library while it air dries. both worked well for me. i just think it has to do with preference.

Anonymous says
April 15, 2009 at 10:43 AM

I just did my BC this week but for my entire life... ever since I can remember anyway, my hair has been relaxed, and VERY active! Right now I am in university and I am working a lot so that is what's keeping me away from the gym. However that does not stop me from eating very healthy and from being as active as I can in my everyday life. If I can walk the distance, I ditch the bus and the metro and I do the walking! So I think that it is a bit of a stretch to say that hair is what's keeping African American women from exercising. As {TheBlessedOne} stated, it is an issue of 'laziness'.

Pam says
April 19, 2009 at 2:07 AM


I may just be different, but while I was transitioning, if my hair wasnt braided, I wasnt going to the gym.

I had perms, and done professionally (is that spelled right) done by my girl, my hair bailed.

What I think you sisters above dont understand, there are alot of us who truly want to have the best of both worlds and cant. We want to be healthy and at the end of our work-outs have fabu hair. Unfortunately, we look in the mirror and say "what to do with this head?"

I am with the anchor woman. I am not crazy about her curls, but I also know that as her hair grows, and as she is watched, it will go by the wayside. Her hair will become beautiful and healthy and so will she.

Anonymous says
April 19, 2009 at 6:16 PM

I went natural about 18 months ago and it was the most liberating thing that I have done in my entire life. It took me 30 years to get there, but once I crossed over and embraced my natural style, I never looked back. Sisters keep on keeping on!

Anonymous says
April 19, 2009 at 6:37 PM

At the end of the day, black women mostly have tightly coiled hair and that is their natural hair. I don't see why they must sport a crowd pleasin' relaxer to be accepted. It's what gave us!

Anonymous says
April 21, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Honestly I don't white people give a flyin' flip about the way our hair looks. If you notice that white co-anchor seemed amazed but the fact that it was a different hairstyle. It seemed to me that the one that had a real problem with her hair was the black anchor. From my experience, my natural hair has not prevented me from getting jobs and all my employers were white.

In my opinion the only people that discriminate against natural hair are black women.

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