Category Archives: Conversations

Thanks for the Feedback

Hello everyone, I want to take a moment to let you know that I appreciate getting your feedback when you click a ‘like’ button, or click a ‘follow’ button to receive emails from the blog posts that I create.

I have been blogging for about 10 years. Currently, I post on 4 blogs. Recently, I started doing a Podcast. I am an essential oil enthusiast. My intention is to provide interesting and useful information for your Well-being journey, and Wellness regimen.

If you would like to learn more about the topics I post, please visit my website, JudithGuerra.com

All the best for your well-being,

Judith

The Hair Loss Conversation

I am struck so much by the unfortunate display of sadness about the alopecia conversation. I started the HairBlues.me blog 10 years ago, and still, after all this time, women, and I might add, men, and children continue to be troubled by this condition. That’s why the Alopecia industry is such a big industry: wigs, solutions, and potions that promise delivery of new locks.
When you find a moment, listen to my brief podcast about this challenge.

This podcast is available on Apple podcast, Google podcast, and other platforms of your choice. 
Just click this link to select:

https://anchor.fm/judith-guerra7.

We can get to the moon, but we have not solved this problem yet – unless we accept that “beauty” comes in all forms. The sooner we get in touch with that the sooner we will not find ourselves witnessing painful incidents of what is pre-determined as “beauty” by how one’s hair grows and looks.

By the way, does anyone remember the beautiful Black women in the Black Panther film who are bald?

Following is a post that I wrote on this blog March 2013 about hair loss.

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HEADACHES: Can Caffeine Help?

I always want to share when I have an aha’ moment and I think the information is something people can use for their well-being and wellness regimen.
So, when I heard that caffeine could help with headaches, I just had to find out how could that be true. It certainly was counter intuitive.

When you have a moment, listen to my brief explanation on my podcast: Judith Guerra Wellness Connections – Episode #34 for details about this topic. In addition, you can use the links provided in this post for your own research.

This podcast is available on Apple podcast, Google podcast, and other platforms of your choice. Just click this link to select:
https://anchor.fm/judith-guerra7.

I often preface information presented on my blogs and podcasts that you check with a medical professional to assess your medical care when exploring other methodologies for your well-being and wellness regimen.

The Mayo Clinic states that caffeine can provide relief and reduce pain: Learn more about the facts at their website here: https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/does-caffeine-treat-or-trigger-headaches

Are you aware that The National Headache Foundation has been in existence over the past 52 years?
Learn more about them at this link: https://headaches.org/about/

At the website link below, I learned that women have more headaches than men through their lives. For example, between ages 21 and 34, the prevalence of headaches is 92% in women and 74% in men – and older people have fewer headaches.
Source: https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/geriatric-headaches

The resources about this topic are impressive. Listen to a podcast at: Heads UP – Episode 49: Caffeine and Migraine • National Headache Foundation (headaches.org)

All the best for your well-being!

January 23 is International Integrative Health Day!

Listen to my latest podcast to find out what tools are available with these free resources for attending to your well-being.

This podcast is available on Apple podcast, Google podcast, and other platforms of your choice. Just click this link to select:
https://anchor.fm/judith-guerra7.

A Conversation about Cruelty-Free, Vegan Beauty Products and Climate Change.

These days the conversation about climate change is a constant concern. A recurring topic on HairBlues.me has been cruelty-free and Vegan products. This month we continue that conversation as we explore what the differences are between cruelty-free, vegan cosmetics, and why some companies use “green” packaging.

The November Wellness Connections podcast explains the difference among these products, and packaging.

Also available on Apple, Google and other podcast platforms

Do you know cruelty-free products are not more expensive?
Source: Are Cruelty Free Brands Actually More Expensive? (crueltyfreeonly.com)

Do you know that there is no confirmation testing on animals makes cosmetics safer for humans?
Source: http://www.humanesociety.org/resources/cosmetics-testing-faq

Do you know that Covergirl has a Vegan product called CleanFresh?

Source: Is CoverGirl Cruelty Free and Vegan? (2021 Update) – Cruelty Free Only

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What is “green packaging“?

Source: https://www.thecosmeticboxes.co.uk/


Find out more about cruelty-free and vegan products :
ethicalelephant.com/crueltyfree-vs-vegan/

Reasons to Use Vegan, Cruelty Free Products – Cocosoul (mycocosoul.com)

Natural Skin Care & Hair Care Blogs – Cocosoul (mycocosoul.com)

Happy Holidays!

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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