|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 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"