Why Critic’s Response to Gabby Douglas’ hair may be evidence of a bigger problem: Hair vs. Health

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By: Tamara L. Floyd of Natural Hair Rules!!!

Gabby Douglas is a young record breaking Olympic gymnast. Why are we talking about her hair, again. Honestly, I was thinking the same thing. I just don’t get it. It seems the statement is true you can please everyone.  I for one am elated that this young lady has really done our Nation proud.  She is the first African American to steal the Gold as All-Around Olympic Gymnastics.

When you’re training for the Olympics who has time to worry about hair? Interesting enough social media feels this should be a priority.  What does this say about our culture?  I think it’s evident why cities like my home town Houston, TX are the fattest city in America according to Men’s Fitness.

If Douglas was so focused on her hair she wouldn’t have the Gold point blank.  Fellow African American Gold Medalist admits relaxed hair discourages working out. Sadly, this hairy topic is one of the biggest hurdles for African American women when it comes to exercise.

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According to the Office of Minority Health, four out of five African-American women are overweight or obese. In a recently interview Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, Surgeon General confirmed that hair is the problem. Dr. Benjamin said, is that many women — particularly black women, like herself — invest considerable amounts of time and money in chemical relaxers and other treatments that transform naturally tight curls into silky, straight locks. Moisture and motion can quickly undo those efforts, with the result that many women end up avoiding physical activity altogether.

I believe we can all agree that health is more important than hair.  It is for this very reason that many of us are natural.  Dominique Dawes who at the age of 35 wishes she went natural l sooner.

 

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