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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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This month’s blog post provides ways and ideas to support breast cancer organizations in the fight for a cure. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization.

General Information

Breast Cancer Research Foundation
28 West 44th Street, Suite 609
New York, NY 10036
Toll-free: 1-866-346-3228
Fax: 646-497-0890 

bcrf@bcrf.org 

Please note: They do not solicit over the telephone

Ways to Give | Breast Cancer Research Foundation (bcrf.org)

FAQs | BCRF

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Read the blog at:
https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/blog/

Learn how to donate items:
https://breastcancerpickups.org/donation-guidelines/
or call 1-888-233-0858

Other ways to support:
https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-support
https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/nbcf-programs/breast-cancer-support-group

Donate a Car:
https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/more-ways-to-give/cars-for-a-cure.html

Breast Cancer Research Stamp:
https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/2014-breast-cancer-research-stamps-S_555304#content

Essential Oils & Well-being Conversation

I had the pleasure of being a guest on a podcast with Amy Anthony, who is the creator of https://nycaromatica.com/

Amy says her passion is plant-based, well-care modalities“, and that it is “closest to her heart”.

That is what I recognized when I first took a class with Amy Anthony at the former New York Institute of Aromatherapy.

I was actually “hooked” by Amy’s passion for plants and essential oils. Her knowledge base is extensive. She lights up the room with her “plant energy“.

Amy is a certified clinical aromatherapist. She has studied Herbalism, and has an in-depth “poetic” knowledge of plants. One of the places she teaches is the  New York Botanical Gardens. The list is long of her accomplishments, and I encourage you to visit her website.

When you have an opportunity listen to our conversation.

You can also listen to this podcast on Apple and other platforms.

Listen to other podcasts with Amy Anthony at:
https://nycaromatica.com/podcast/

Is It An American Thing: SUNSCREEN?

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Episode #14 of the Wellness Connections introduces you to a conversation I had with some people who think that Sunscreen is an American thing. This conversation informs those who think that this is true that there is evidence to the contrary.

You can also listen to the Wellness Connections on Apple podcast, Google podcast, and other platforms of your choice. Just click the link below to select.
https://anchor.fm/judith-guerra7

The websites below are worth looking at.

Sources:

Natural Nigerian Website:
https://naturalnigerian.com/2018/01/18/do-africans-black-people-need-sunscreen/

Bare Skin Naturals Website:
https://bareskinnaturals.com/helpful-tips/ig-live-on-sunscreen-do-africans-need-to-wear-sunscreen/

Afropolitain Website:
https://afropolitain.com/the-real-reason-africans-dont-wear-sunscreen/

Bolden Website:
https://www.boldenusa.com/blogs/discover

Just FYI


Guidelines from American Academy Dermatology Association
https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer/types/common/melanoma/skin-color

SPF HAIR, Beauty & Wellness

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Have you ever thought about using SPF on your hair during the months when you may be spending a lot of time on the beach, playing tennis, or just being outdoors during sunny days? Probably not.

It turns out that SPF for haircare is something we should pay attention to. Not only should we protect our bodies, we should also spray sunscreen on our scalps.

Hairblues has discussed this topic before, but I can not say it often enough. People of color NEED to use SUNSCREEN. See the excerpt below for details.

Health experts advise everyone, regardless of skin color, to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Although dark-skinned people won’t get sunburned as quickly, they will still burn and are still susceptible to sun-induced damage—such as sun spots and wrinkles—and cancer .
True or False: Dark-skinned People Don’t Need Sunscreen … True or False: Dark-skinned People Don’t Need Sunscreen | Winchester Hospital

As the Cancer Foundation states:
Everyone under the sun needs to use sunscreen“.

If you use an SPF 30 product properly, it would take you 30 times longer to burn than if you used no sunscreen“.

This includes children and babies.



Reminder you want to purchase products that do not have Oxybenzone and Octinoxate

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SPF Skin and Planet Safety

Happy Earth Day ! In celebration of Earth Day, Today Hairblues is focusing on “planet friendly” SPF products . By the way, do you know that there are two ingredients in most SPF products , which are harmful to coral reefs?

SPF has a range of uses. For example, it’s remarkable that simply stated, when used correctly, sunscreen products may help prevent some skin cancers, including melanoma. “Sun protection factor (SPF): Is a number on a scale for rating the degree of protection provided by sunscreens.” Some African-Americans and Hispanics have a misunderstanding about requiring sunscreen. In fact, although  darker-skin people  have more melanin, they can get sun-burned and get skin cancer.  The great Jamaican Reggae artist Bob Marley was diagnosed with Melanoma, which happened to be located just under a toenail. 

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Is your SPF product safe reef spf“? Hairblues has focused on this topic in the past. And, you may recall the two ingredients in SPF determined harmful to the coral reef eco system – Oxybenzone and octinoxate should be avoided, if at all possible, for greater “planet safety.”

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Black HISTORY & BEAUTY

During Black History Month I like to put a spotlight on beauty products and companies owned and operated by African Americans. One example is Gloria L. Williams, the CEO of Footnanny, Inc.

Williams is from Montgomery, Alabama. She created the company with the knowledge she gained as a young girl watching her mother. She declares that her mother would mix “creams, ointments and oils” along with an “Old Fashioned Rub Down” to attend to sick and elderly neighbors.

Gloria L. Williams
Founder and CEO
Footnanny, Inc.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for products that can help me care for my feet. One of the foot buffer’s I recently used turned out to be just what I needed. The Footnanny RESCUE Buffer . After following the directions and using the buffer with a cream, I was very happy with the end result.

We can all use a little pampering, especially during these stressful times. Why not treat yourself to some tender loving care? Lift your spirits and well-being with a soothing pedicure and relax.

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Visit her website to learn more by clicking this link – (1) all – Footnanny

Breast Cancer Beauty

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Oftentimes Cancer patients face challenge with their skin and beauty care caused by the chemo, radiation, and scarring, among other things. The treatments can cause issues women may not be familiar with, nor, how to manage them. I searched the www for some support on how to manage some of the difficulties women face for which there is support.

* The Cancer Horizons website provides support with information, free products and services. These are links to websites and services, which provide free makeup sessions, wigs, and even free makeup samples. It’s all designed to support the cancer patient through the cycles of getting well. Try exploring the website yourself by clicking this link. https://www.cancerhorizons.com/cancer-products/skin-care/

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You may also want to explore the
* Look Good Feel Better website which supports women navigating cancer treatment by learning how to enhance their beauty routines . The website is supported by certified professionals who volunteer their services to support cancer patients with guided lessons. Due to Covid19 – currently sessions are provided virtually. Click this link to learn more – https://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/virtual-workshops/

If you want to participate in supporting these organizations use the links below.

https://www.cancerhorizons.com/become-a-sponsor/

https://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/donors/donate/


Sleepless in Covid19 Times

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How are you sleeping these days? Recently I have had some issues with getting a ‘good nights sleep’, and I am not the only one I know who is having this problem in Covid19 times.

Lack of ‘Beauty Sleep’, seems to be the least of our concerns these days  as we attempt to figure out how to live and prepare our lives, and family members safely for this challenging Covid19 period.

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Sleep has been determined as therapeutic to our wellbeing. It supports a healthy immune system; physical health; emotional wellness, and more.

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HairBlues: To our Professionals with Gratitude

hairblues thanksThose who rely on hair salon specialists, flexible schedulers, and beauty professionals are facing major adjustments in managing their own hair and other things at this time. We are learning all over again what brought us to the salons in the first place:  we are not nearly as proficient at performing those beauty tasks as the professionals whom we rely on. However, rather than feeling sorry for this “beauty reality check”, it occurred to me that this might be a good time to offer sincere thanks to those specialists who take such good care of us. Have you tried lately to do your nails, hand or feet, or tried waxing your own face, or managing your hair so that it looks more than just presentable? These are not welcome challenges.

 In recent days, the people who have jobs in hair/beauty salons have not only “NOT” been able to give us luxury treatments, to which we have become accustomed, some of them may even have been stripped of their livelihoods by way of collateral damage.salon-1923165_1920After all, this is exactly the kind of  work where the professional performs in close proximity with the client.  With little to no “prior notice”, COVID19, has intruded itself into that very private space. Until the last possible appointments, these reliable professionals continued to entertain our shared stories, our “prepared reality”,  by applying their creative talents to our faces, hair, nails, and above all to our egos. Now, many of them find themselves in the position of having to apply for unemployment benefits. Some are wondering, no doubt, how they will manage the near and distant futures of their bill payments, childcare, etc.  For some it is the challenge of a lifetime.curler-2224006_1920 (3)

I searched the www for some ideas on what these beauty professionals suggest that their customers do during this crisis.  I am impressed with their care and attention to our needs even during this period.

Suggestions:
you can manage your hair until the salons are open again.
there are ways for you to maintain your hair color.

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Time Out for May Chang

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The news lately about COVID-19 has been disturbing. However, I want to take a “mindful time-out  to put  visual concepts of beauty in this post to remind us that our planet is still filled with beauty. And, once again to remind us that we must try to see more than our current troubles.heart oceans

As some of you know from following HairBlues, I am a certified aromatherapist, grounded in the wellness remedies of plant therapy and essential oils.   So, in this post I want to introduce you to the essential oil, ‘May Chang‘.   In my own experience, one whiff of ‘May Chang‘ essential oil quickly reminds me of peace and calmness. I am aware that because I live on this planet, there are those who distill the plants and flowers. Their work and process bring this fine oil to me. I am further comforted by the accumulated  knowledge of those who work with essential oils at a level that I have a newfound respect for.  In the meantime I benefit from that knowledge source: one can find solace even when there is much at stake by taking a “mindful time-out to breathe. Continue reading Time Out for May Chang