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Rock Your Crown
African American women have always taken pride in their crown, which is our hair. According to the website Hype Hair, which promotes the latest hair trends for women of color, states that black women "spend nearly nine times more than our non-Black counterparts on ethnic hair and beauty products. Add in $473 million in total hair care, $127 million grooming aids and $465 million in skin care preparations, and we spend a whopping $1.1 billion on beauty annually." Other beauty brands are taking notice and are creating products specifically for women of color. The hot comb created by Annie Malone and later improved my Madame CJ Walker, African America's first self-made millionaire, is a staple in women of color's homes for centuries and decades. The hot comb is equivalent to a man's shave kit. It's one of the many stages that reflect womanhood. It's a comb that lays flat on top of the stove, and it heats up and combs through your hair to straighten. It was the go-to product before the flatiron existed.
Like most millennials, I find myself scrolling through Instagram for hours at a time. Depending on your algorithm, you can come across some exciting and fun pages. You have your news pages, beauty pages, gossip pages, health and fitness pages, etc. Let's be honest. I use Instagram as a one-stop shop for my consumer purchases. I've purchased jewelry, art, facial scrubs and treatments, shirts with funny sayings and head wraps. For the last few years, I've noticed that I no longer look for brands that appease me — continuous popups on my feed with products that I'm not interested in using. I get it. I love business savvy people who like to introduce new products and to push their business to the limits. I especially have a love for black businesses. I love to spend my dollars on individuals who value me and my money. Once you put your profile on public, it's a free for all for unwanted DM's and product pushers who want you to try their products.
Weight Loss Rollercoaster
Introduction: I am only speaking from personal experience. As a teenager, I practiced unhealthy eating habits. I would encourage men and women to not practice these unhealthy habits. Please consult with your doctor for healthier alternatives.
Phases of Therapy
Imagine waking up on a crisp Saturday without the loud tones of your alarm. You roll over laying on your back, happy that you finally get to enjoy every inch of your bed. You wake up independent and free to use your time off of the clock. You scroll through your timeline for fifteen minutes then jump in the shower. After the shower, you stand there wondering what outfit matches your current mood. You get dressed, head out the door, go up the elevator, then through a secret door which lands you on a sofa. A tall, slender woman smiles then opens her mouth to ask, "So, how has your week been?" That scenario has been my routine for almost a year. I am waking up two Saturdays a month to stare at a woman that I call my therapist.
All Patients Aren't Treated Equal
"I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug. Hippocratic Oath—Modern Version.
A Letter to My Future Self
You're standing in line balancing five items in your arms waiting for your turn to be greeted by the lovely cashier, "Lori;" as you're standing in line, you wonder how many cases of bottled Sprite does one adult need? You look to your right at all of the chocolate that can make your body go into a diabetic coma. You eventually bring your attention to your left and you see your favorite celebrity on the cover of a magazine with the headline: "A Letter to Your Younger Self." For the past several years that has been the tagline most magazines use to remind disadvantaged people how "normal" the rich and famous can be. From J.K. Rowling to Kobe Bryant, celebrities have been open and honest about the advice they would give their younger selves. One topic I've never noticed a celebrity do is write a letter to their future selves. It's a chance for you to start where you currently are in life and project how you see your life in the future. Sounds simple, right? For some, it may be, but if you're like me then you love to analyze and break down every aspect of your life. So, I went one step further and started to think about how I saw my future self in love, in finance, in life. Here it goes…
Breathe, he's real Imagination in true form Height of the tallest tree Cocoa brown skin tone The smell of royalty with high cheekbones
Hello My Name Is Scoliosis
As I start to evolve to be the best version of myself, sometimes it's necessary to go back and reflect on a time when you thought your world was coming to an end. It's very important to study and concentrate on the many lessons you've learned during that difficult period of your life. In order to know where you're going, it's a must that you study where you've been. One story that comes to mind was the time I got diagnosed with scoliosis. According to the MayoClinic, scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty.