Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hair Salons vs. Health Studios

Imagine, for every beauty supply selling hair grease, hair gel and skin lightening cream, we also have a yoga class, dance studio, gym or health store. Instead of stores selling body glitter and plastic jewelry, they sell natural body soaps, freshly squeezed juices and veggie wraps. What if we replaced the hair and nail salons with health studios and fitness centers?

Would you rather spend $50 on a weave or a workout?
How much money do you spend on hair, nails, wigs, and weaves? How much money do you spend working out?
What good is a great hairstyle if your health isn't in order?

Do we like short-term solutions to change? 
Changing a hairstyle takes a couple of hours, money and time.Changing a lifestyle requires discipline, commitment and self-accountability. I am not promoting that anyone go around looking like a Woolly Mammoth, but I am calling on us to build a healthy and balanced lifestyle. A fresh perm or a tight weave will not prevent diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.

Spending $100-$200 on a lacefront is no different than spending $35-$100 on a fitness membership, healthy groceries or healthy cooking workshop. The three hours spent sitting in a hair salon pales in comparison to the 1 hour spent power walking, running or practicing yoga.

Black hair care has always been a major measurement of beauty and self identity. Millionaire Madam CJ Walker cornered the hair care industry by selling the dream of a perfect hairstyle to thousands of black women. Now it is about time we take our vanity to the next level.
Businesswoman Madam CJ Walker's first hair growth serum for 50 cents.
Black women have increasingly gained access and control to disposable income. We can shift how we think of ourselves, our money and our bodies. We can now collectively transform the health of our neighborhoods and our families!

For more on Black Hair vs. Black Health:
Black Girl Long Hair article "Twisted Priorities: Why Doesn't Weight Get the Same Attention as Hair 
Essence: When Hair Gets in the Way of Exercise
Surgeon Dr. Regina Benjamin tells black women, "Sweat Your Hair Out"

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