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Recent Reports about Hair Straighteners & Uterine Cancer

Disconcerting information about uterine cancer – a rare type of cancer, has resurfaced in the news recently. A study from the National Institutes of Health revealed that women who use hair straightening products at least 4 times a year are twice as likely to develop uterine cancer.

And, Black Women are at a higher risk. Below are some key points listed in the article. Use the source links in this post to get a detailed description of the study.

Key Points

  • Uterine cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in women around the world.
  • A new study from the National Institutes of Health has found that women who use hair straightening products are twice as likely to develop uterine cancer than those who do not.
  • Researchers believe Black women may be at increased risk due to a higher usage rate of hair straightening products.
    Source: Uterine cancer: Chemical hair straighteners double risk (medicalnewstoday.com)

The information is both important and disturbing. After reading the articles, you may want to consult your care providers for more information and recommendations specific to your personal circumstances. One question, which comes to mind is does the study indicate that other types of cancer may also be attributed to hair straighteners?

Additional Source:
WEBMD HEALTH NEWS,  Article written by Lisa O’Mary
https://www.webmd.com/beauty/news/20221018/hair-straightening-products-linked-uterine-cancer-risk-study

The harmful ingredients in hair straightening products are:

  • Ammonium thioglycolate (found in relaxer/straightener products that do not use lye)
  • Guanidine hydroxide (found in relaxer/straightener products that do not use lye)
  • Mineral oil
  • Polyethylene glycol
  • Sodium hydroxide (found in relaxer/straightener products that use lye)
    Source: medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002706.htm

All the best in Wellness!

SKIN TALK

Does your skin change with the seasons? What do dermatologists say about skin challenges?

Use these links in this post to learn more.

https://www.buttahskin.com/blogs/news/5-fall-skincare-tips-for-african-american-skin

https://www.allure.com/story/fall-skin-tips

Suggestions from the Cancer Foundation
https://www.skincancer.org/blog/layering-is-the-key/

Photo by Ryutaro Tsukata on Pexels.com

Sources with skin information https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/derm-treat

https://www.dermalogica.com/blogs/living-skin/seasonal-transition-skincare

https://www.healthline.com/health/largest-organs-in-the-body

More info from HairBlues.me
https://hairblues.me/2014/10/18/whats-your-fall-beauty-regimen/

All the best in Wellness!


FYI – Latest Cruelty-Free List

Has it ever occurred to you that purchasing cruelty-free products is good for our planet? You can learn more at the link below.

https://biofriendlyplanet.com/eco-awareness/7-ways-cruelty-free-products-help-save-the-planet/

Find out more about the latest cruelty-free brands by clicking the link below. The list is available in this free pdf document from Cruelty-Free Kitty:
https://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/exclusive/2022-March-CF-guide.pdf

Happy Earth Day!

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.

Continue reading The Hair Loss Conversation

Hair Loss & New Remedies

Those of us who suffer from hair loss remain hopeful that new remedies for this problem will continue to come forward and become more available. After all, we can go to Jupiter right?  The hair loss issue is ongoing, complex and continues to grow.  Even Instagram Star Kayla Itsines thought it was important enough to share her hair loss. I think it’s comforting for young women who are feeling ‘singled-out’ and scared to know they are not alone, and it’s not just a ‘senior citizen’ problem 🙂

Having said that, I am encouraged by a recent article in the New York Times about a Danish company, Harklinikken.  This company is opening clinics in the US.  Yes! Read a summary of what I learned.  As always you can view the entire article on your own by clicking the source link. Continue reading Hair Loss & New Remedies

Eye Care for Dark Circles – Reasons & Solutions

For some of us, dark circles under our eyes is a beauty issue we would rather not have. As a matter of fact, when I speak with others about this issue, they often don’t know why dark circles appear under their eyes. I am sure you have heard that rubbing your eyes constantly is a cause of dark circles. I was eager to search the www to find out what was available for us to learn.  It turns out that the Mayo Clinic had a very simple list of reasons why this occurs. Continue reading Eye Care for Dark Circles – Reasons & Solutions

What’s Your Fall Beauty Regimen?

FALL  &  BEAUTY …  

canstockphoto10814817 As the Seasons change, so does our skin. How we treat these changes can determine how our skin will look.  In this Post I want to share with you some suggestions for taking care of your skin in this Fall season.  See what some of the experts say about what we should do, and what products can help us.  After you read the summary, click on the link to read the full details.  Continue reading What’s Your Fall Beauty Regimen?

Celebrating Black History of African American Beautiful Skin

canstockphoto9925263How do you imagine that African-American women ever thought that their skin was different from everyone else?  How many of us remember the concern for ‘ashy’ skin.   As young girls African-American girls learn to ‘lotion-up’ their skin .  How many of us remember ‘Jergens’,  and that wonderful smell in the morning before you put your clothes on?  Well it turns out that training we received from our parents, cousins, grandmothers,  has proved to give many of us beautiful skin late into our older years 🙂

The truth is African-American skin is no different from other skin-types, except that we have more melanin. And, having more melanin means that you will have darker skin.  Darker skinned ladies will havecanstockphoto4301241 better defenses against the sun, but they still have to protect their skin from the sun.  This is very important to remember.  We all burn in the sun.

Below are some tips I found for you to help you take care of your skin.  When you find the time, read the full article, and learn about the many care steps you can take to stay beautiful !

What You Must Know

  • Always use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser (avoid bar soaps; they are too drying, can clog pores and cause skin to look ashy and feel dry).
  • Always choose products that are right for your skin type (i.e. gels and serums for oily or combination skin; creams and lotions for dry skin).
  • Always use a well formulated sunscreen during the day (the most typical cause of uneven skin tone for women of color is sun damage).
  • Always use products loaded with state-of-the-art ingredients including antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients.

via Skin Care for Women of Color: Basic Skin Care Tips: Skin Care Advice: Cosmetics Cop Expert Advice.

Winter Skin Tips for Everyone

  • Add humidity to your home. Portable humidifiers or those that work with your heating system put moisture in the air that will be absorbed by your skin and hair.
  • Use an oil-based moisturizer. Ointments or heavy creams seal water in the skin and preserve moisture better when the humidity is low.
  • Slather on sunscreen. Before heading outdoors, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to any exposed areas. Sunscreen protects from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
  • Clean up the right way. Frequent bathing or hot showers or baths can strip your skin of natural oils. Avoid deodorant bars, antibacterial soaps, perfumed soaps, and skin care products containing alcohol. Instead, use warm water and a mild, fragrance-free soap or moisturizing body wash. Limit your showers or baths to no more than 10 minutes, pat dry, and moisturize while your skin is still damp.

via Fighting Dry Skin: Beat the Itch of Winter.

Black Beauties Celebrate Black History Month

canstockphoto4506025[1]For too many generations, beautiful black women worried whether their beauty was something to celebrate.  As a matter of fact, for too long their hair was thought by some to be  a source of embarrassment! canstockphoto15964695[1] Oh my goodness, get caught in the rain and get it wet!  What a disaster!  Flash forward . And how wonderful it is to see today’s young, old, beautiful black women of  many hues celebrate their hair, as well as their beautiful diversity. With that said, as we celebrate African-American beauty, we will bring you tips for taking ‘beautiful’ care of yourself, including your hair.

Click the picture below to see 12 Beauty Blogs for Natural Hair

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hair slave

hair slavery

appointment it,

perm it ,

curl it,

hat it

protect it,

gel it, sell it,

braid it,

unbald it,

buzz it,

bald it,

lace wig it,

unfrizz it

every six-week it,

straighten it,

texturize it,

natural it,

French roll it,

dry it then un-dry it

adorn it,

Biotin it,

bonnet it,

hairnet it,

volume it,

French braid it.

beauty parlor it,

kink it,

dye it,

ribbon it

brush it,

scarf it,

condition it,

cut it,

dermatologist it,

Bosley it,

weave it,

freshen it,

shampoo it,

transplant it,

rogaine it,

minoxidil it,

grow it….

Good genes it!

Are you a slave to your hair?