The Right to be Natural

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The United States has prided itself on being one of the most racially diverse countries in the world. For centuries millions of African Americans have lost their lives and suffered for the right of equality and fairness in a Caucasian owned country.

Sure, slavery was abolished in 1865, and the Civil Rights Movement ended in 1968 but the fact is America is not as liberal and racially unbiased as its lead on to be.

On April 1 the U.S Army updated its Army Regulation 670-1, a code of conduct that explains rules and regulations that each soldier must obey including hairstyles wore by soldiers. According to the new regulations, hairstyles commonly favored by African American women have been strictly prohibited and soldiers found in violation will face non-judicial punishment from commanders in the form of administrative discipline.

With the approximately 44.5 million African American inhabiting America, one would assume that there would be a better understanding the African American culture and traditions. African Americans have been wearing protective hairstyles such as twist, dreadlocks and braids for hundreds of years because of the unique growth pattern of kinky/curly hair.

Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs, of the National Guard, began a White House petition that calls for the U.S Army to reconsider their decision to prohibit the African-American friendly hairstyles.

“Most black women, their hair doesn’t grow straight down, it grows out,” she said. “I’m disappointed to see the Army, rather than inform themselves on how black people wear their hair, they’ve white-washed it all.”

On one hand, there is no way for an African American woman with natural hair to achieve the approved hairstyles without cutting off their hair, wearing a wig or chemically altering their hair. On the other hand, this should come as no surprise from a predominately Caucasian profession.

“Females with natural hair take strides to style their natural hair in a professional manner when necessary; however, changes to AR 670-1 offer little to no options for females with natural hair,” Jacobs states in the petition.

Regulations or not, the miseducation of many may lead to the oppression of a third of the female population in the army. Caring for black hair is an intense and time consuming process that if not done right would result in severely damaged hair, but it’s often eased by the hairstyles that are banned by the U.S Army.

Since African American hair does not have the same growth formation as Caucasian hair, it is understandable how black hair could get in the way of headgear. By braiding or twisting hair could be an easy solution for that problem. Most African American women that don’t chemically relax their hair have issues with pulling their hair up in styles such as a bun or ponytails because of the fullness and texture of their hair. Depending on the length and fullness of a black woman’s hair it could take up to two hours to straighten their hair using a hot-comb or flat iron. With the time restrictions that branches of military face that is an unreasonable amount of time to spend on your hair.

If hairstyles like ponytails and buns, that are convenient for Caucasian or other races that are known for having fine hair, were banned there would be utter chaos. The United States Army made a huge mistake by putting these restrictions into action. In their world there is no room for individuality only uniformity and it is about time that someone has brought this issue to light. African American women will continue to be disregarded unless a change is made starting here with the U.S Army.

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The hunger games and your health!

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It seems fairly logical that if you reduce your daily calorie intake drastically you can easily get rid of those excess pounds.

In this day and age it appears as though a startling amount of individuals are obsessed with the concept of weight loss.

When it comes to the topic of weight loss people tend to gravitate towards the easier task of consistently skipping meals. Despite the medical evidence and a general consensus from virtually everyone across the world, there’s still an ongoing issue of thousands desperately attempting to utilize this weight loss method.

An article in the December 2013 edition of Vogue magazine discussed the seemly ubiquitous fad that encourages those who follow the trend to either eat nothing for 24 hours between 1-2 times a week or skip breakfast and lunch, but have a high protein dinner.

This trend of meal skipping or intermittent fasting has been recently popularized by a New York Times best seller that endorsing the concept of skipping meals stating that fasting can protect against age related cognitive decline and as well as diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

A thing of that sort is what essentially leads some to believe that not eating is a legitimate way to reduce their weight.

Although it may look as if a particular demographic could possibly benefit from intermittent fasting, that does not mean that everyone will be able to reap the benefits of the demanding diet.

This seemingly simple solution to everyone’s weight loss problems undeniably ignores the worrisome truth that you would be drastically altering your body’s function.

The more pressing matter is the possible health related consequences for its practitioners. If you have decided to set a personal goal to reduce your daily food intake to one meal per day composed of one unseasoned salmon filet, a pint of quinoa and a cup of broccoli, then you are not consuming an adequate amount of nutrients while also supporting the development of diabetes and undesired weight gain.

Researchers have found that skipping meals throughout the day and then consuming a large meal at night can result in possibly hazardous changes to metabolism. Individuals that typically skip meals had a delay in their body’s insulin response and elevated glucose levels. These conditions are so severe that it could result in type 2 diabetes.

There is debate that intermittent fasting is still considered self-starvation and the gateway to many other eating disorders.

People in United States are aware of the prevalence of eating disorders in the county, but still do not see the damage that comes from skipping meals or the elimination of eating altogether. The latest studies have found that approximately 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically diagnosed eating disorder at some point of their lives, which includes anorexia nervosa.

The persistence to evade eating, escalated fear of weight gain and negative body image are all signs that point to an eating disorder such as anorexia.

For those who shared their testimonials in support of intermittent fasting, there needs to be much more objective research done with varied trials before crash dieters around the world can battle with the human’s primal response to food deprivation or what some may call hunger.

Western culture teaches people to aspire to be perfect in practically every aspect of their lives and at times base their lives and actions on trends. Drastic measures such as not eating for an entire day or missing essential meals throughout the day, is not a long-term health venture you should embark on.

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Newest Trend in Hollywood: Pixie Cut

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You may of thought that pixie cuts were of the 90’s and no one would ever where them again but think again it’s making a MAJOR comeback!

In recent years, we have seen celebs like P!nk, Emma Watson and Carey Mulligan rock the daring hair-do. Fans did not really take notice until last year when Miley Cyrus decided that it was time to throw out the hair extensions and bleach it up.

The trend has gotten so big that now you can barely turn the pages of a entertainment magazine and not see a  female celebrity with a pixie cut.

I am not quite sure how long this trend is going to go on for but for those who do the big chop remember that “If you don’t like it you can always put a weave on it”.

That is exactly what Beyonce! In August, the singer decided to go short but just a week later she was seen with a short bob haircut. Queen Bey is known for wearing lace wigs, and by me  being a weave-ologist,  I could tell right away that the pixie cut was merely a lace wig.

Personally, I did the big chop twice in my life. Once when I was 13 and again a month before my 21st birthday in April. I can speak from personal experience that the short pixie cut does not work for everyone.

There are certain features you must have to pull off the look. As I search through pictures of celebrities with the pixie cut and I think the hairstyle fit them properly but then I came across a photo of Pixie Geldof ( ironic name right!!) with the pixie cut and I must say it DOES NOT work well with her facial structure.

My point is that yeah this trend is beyond chic and it’s beautiful, but not everyone can pull off the look! I give this trend a few more months and it will be long gone and everyone is back to long hair. Just wait and see.

I LOVEEE Chiffon!!!!!

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It’s official…. I need to go to rehab for my chiffon addiction!

Everyone  goes through fashion phase at some point of their lives or throughout their lives. I went from loving lace to loving chiffon.
There’s just something about the material feels great one your skin without being too smooth and soft like silk or satin ( not saying silk or satin is bad). I have chiffon everything from chiffon shirts and blouses to chiffon maxi dresses.  I LOVEEEE IT!!!!!

I am not ashamed of my chiffon addiction…. Whoever created that fabric was a freaking genius.

 

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Holy Peplum!!!!!!

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A-list celebrities are always coming up with new trends that begin to take over the fashion industry.

The peplum trend has taken over almost every woman’s closest. Whoever invented the peplum is a genius!!!! It something you could wear to the club, work, wedding, etc…. I think you get the point!!!!! A peplum dress or shirt looks GREAT on just about anyone….  If you keep up with celebrities or fashion, you would know that Kim Kardashian is the Queen of Peplums. Although she is a thicker woman with junk in the trunk and she looks fabulous in any type of peplum, they look work just as good on skinnier girl (i.e me)

 

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Most people like to think of color blocking as a spring thing, but I like to think outside of the box and do it whenever I feel it would acceptable. The mint green peplum with the embellished collar area give a cute classy look.  Wearing ripped jeans gives the look more of a laid back feel that is also comfy. The coral pumps just gives us a playful look and they just work well with the mint. Since the embellished peplum has a lot going on, the jewelry should be simple and straight to the point!!!

 

I hope this inspires someone to REALLY think outside the box with this look and maybe give the peplum a try!!!! ❤

 

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