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Food to feed your healthy fro!

Feed your Fro

When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your tresses that count — it’s what you eat!
“Lather, rinse, repeat” may be standard advice, but shampoo and conditioner alone won’t give you the healthy hair you crave. For the most luxurious locks possible, you’ll need to step out of the shower, and into the kitchen.
“Your hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch every month, and the foundation of all of our new hair, skin and nail growth is the nutrients we eat,”. “If you eat a healthy diet, you will grow stronger and healthier. Here is a list of the top 10 healthy food for healthy hair.

No. 1: Salmon
When it comes to foods that pack a beauty punch, it’s hard to beat salmon. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this high-quality protein source is also filled with vitamin B-12 and iron.
“Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health,” says Andrea Giancoli, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look.”
Vegetarian? Include one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet for some plant-based omega-3 fats.

No. 2: Dark Green Vegetables
Popeye the Sailor Man didn’t eat all that spinach for healthy hair, but he could have. Spinach, like broccoli and Swiss chard, is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which your body needs to produce sebum. The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body’s natural hair conditioner.
Dark green vegetables also provide iron and calcium.

No. 3: Beans
Beans, beans, they’re good for your … hair? Yes, it’s true. Legumes like kidney beans and lentils should be an important part of your hair-care diet. Not only do they provide plentiful protein to promote hair growth, but ample iron, zinc, and biotin. While rare, biotin deficiencies can result in brittle hair.
Blatner, who is also a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, recommends three or more cups of lentils or beans each week.

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Black Hair in Europe

Black hair in Europe.

I stumbled upon two great items on Blair hair in Europe. Since this site has been online, most of the responses that I have received from the states, put emphases on the differences between Europe and the States. Especially for those readers I wanted to find some more items focused on Europe.

There is a wonderful open en honest item published in april by Yale News that I just have to share with you. Yes, Yale, the American University, about a girl with natural Black hair, and how she is looked at and approached by other students. Read the whole item here.

A funny, and so true review of ‘An American Chick in Europe’ about black Hair Care in Brussels and her search for hair care products! You can read the entire blog at here.


Going natural special

‘Going Natural Special ’ was on News Channel 5 last year and Rochelle Ritchie received so many positive reactions, I have to share this with you once again. For those out there who have never heard of her: Rochelle Ritchie is a multimedia journalist of WPTV NewsChannel 5 who one day decided she was tired of wigs, weaves and relaxers. She wanted to go natural and wasn’t the only one: Going Natural Special features women getting the ‘big chop’ and their amazing hair stories were written, shot and edited by Ritchie.

Read more about Rochelle Ritchie.

Fro Fashion Week

If you happen to be in Atlanta from the 17th until the 25 of september 2011, make sure to visit the Fro Fashion week! This event is a celebration of the natural woman and is brim full of workshops, conferences, natural care products, fashion shows and will even feature a penthouse party hosted by Kim Coles.

For updates, you can check their tweets.

See you there!

Little Fro

Sherry Dyanne

A beautiful poem by Sherry Dyanne:

Little fro

I remember,
a long long time ago
When I had. just a Little Fro
My mother used to comb a lot.
2 make sure it didn’t knot
I’d cry and seigh and wonder why
the comb wasn’t a friend of mine.
Then started dreaming of relax
some curly curls or some dread

And that’s just what I did,
the first chance I got.
Ironed every naturel curl,
straight out of my locks.
But the hasle,
was far more than the gain
Due to naturel curly hair,
the wind and the rain

Now growing my locks is so much fun
The dreads have been the easiest thing
I’ve have ever done.
Having tried so many thing,
it’s funny see
I made this journey,
just to get to me

{Image courtesy by Marieke Dijkhof}