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Be Careful with Hair Weaving Glue

Be Careful with Hair Weaving Glues!

Many women enjoy changing their hairstyle up by using a variety of hair weaves. Not only are hair weaves convenient, but they are also a great way to protect hair from the everyday wear and tear! While weaves themselves are generally safe, hair weaving glues (adhesives) can lead to skin irritations and hair loss. You must be careful of how your weave is attached to your skin, scalp or hair to limit the unfortunate side effects. Here's how you can protect yourself when using hair weaving glue.  There are different methods of applying hair weaves. A very common type is the ‘lace front’ style in which the adhesive that is used to secure weave in place can cause more facial/forehead skin reactions. Also, when the glue...

What to Do

What to Do if You’ve Been Exposed to HIV

If you think that you may have been exposed to HIV, it can be a scary time. Your mind races, wanders, and you might feel anxiety or confusion on what to do. This time after exposure is the highest risk of transmitting infection, so you'll need to prepare, plan, and protect yourself. If you think you may have been exposed to HIV here's what you should do. GET TESTED The reality is, that while the HIV virus has many symptoms, you can not rely on symptoms--or lack of symptoms--alone to confirm whether or not you may have the virus. The only way to know for sure is to get tested. The moment you think you may have been exposed to HIV or participated in one of the risk factors,...

Getting Tested

Why Women Should Be Getting Tested for HIV

Fact: 60% of women living with HIV in the United States are African American women. That's a hard statistic to face, but it's essential to understand the extent to which Black women are continually effected by HIV and AIDS. Knowing the numbers is the first step to having an open discussion about what we can do as a community to improve our health and the health of our partners. And we can start by getting tested. For many women, getting tested isn't something that's talked about at length in our communities. There's a lot of misinformation floating around about how to get HIV, how it spreads, and even how to prevent it. Because of this, many women, especially those in committed relationships or those who have been...

National Women and Girls HIVAIDS Awareness Day

Join Us in Recognizing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Friday March 10th, 2017 marks the 12th year that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Office on Women’s Health will be observing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This national recognition day was created to raise awareness of the impact that HIV and AIDS has on our the women and girls of our nation. In observance of this day and our dedication to taking part in the campaign to help women and girl protect themselves from getting or transmitting HIV we’re sharing some facts and tips about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in our communities. THREE FACTS ABOUT HIV/AIDS & WOMEN According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in four people living with HIV in the United States are...

Robin Roberts Fitness and Nutrition

Why Robin Roberts Puts Fitness and Nutrition First

This week’s #wcw goes to the remarkable Robin Roberts. Most known for being a prominent TV broadcaster on national stations such as ABC and ESPN, she has gotten even more recognition for sharing her journey through surviving breast cancer. Learn why she thinks fitness and nutrition are the keys to a healthy lifestyle. Being in the public eye forces you to be in shape, but good health is what made Robin Roberts adapt a strict nutrition based lifestyle. As an athlete, Roberts has always tried to lead a healthy life by adapting a mostly low carb diet, but after her health issues and battle with cancer, she knew it was time to make some significant changes. Focusing on Fitness and Nutrition Low carbs aren't the only thing that...

Get Rid of the Mad Black Woman Stereotype In Your Life

We have all heard it before: the mad black woman stereotype. In fact, filmmaker Tyler Perry made it a household phrase with his “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” film. BlackGirlHealth talked with a professional about the danger of anger and why we should let it go. Dr. Patrice Jucks counsels all ages in her Atlanta, Ga. practice. But she shed some light on the importance of forgiveness for women. She acknowledged the mad black woman stereotype and pointed to black women often bearing a heavier load. “There is a “mad black woman” stereotype that exists and just like most stereotypes, it came from ignorance and lack of information about black women, such a diverse group of people, who have overcome vast challenges while often times being the...

ARE BLACK WOMEN SATISFIED WITH BEING OVERWEIGHT?

Eating soul food, fast food, and fried foods are known as fulfilling and regular diets in the black community. Even though over-indulging in these foods add on extra pounds, that hasn’t always changed one’s desire to eat them. Thus, would you concur that being overweight becomes a way of life that some women have grown to appreciate? The numbers show that African-American women have the highest obesity rate of among other American women. “Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Click on the link below to read more on how being obese/overweight has become prevalent in the African American culture. http://wjla.com/news/health/african-american-women-have-highest-obesity-rate-cdc-says-82913 #Transformationtuesdays...

RED HEART TRUTH CAMPAIGN: HEART DISEASE KILLED MY MOM

Bobbie J. Brown was a loving & caring person. She cherished her faith, family, friends, and serving others. She also had a stubborn side when it came to admitting she was feeling under the weather and going to the doctor. Taking a Goody/BC powder and drinking hot tea was her way of healing herself. In 1997, she was forced by her sisters to go to the hospital. She was admitted into the intensive care unit where she was diagnosed with fluid in both lungs and congestive heart failure, which means that your heart can't pump enough blood throughout your body, causing blood and fluid to get backed up. There are many causes of congestive heart failure, but in my mom's case, it was mainly due to her...

Top Foods to Eat (and Avoid) for Uterine Fibroids

Top Foods to Eat (and Avoid) for Uterine Fibroids: Did you know that uterine fibroids occur in about 25% of women over age 35, and are 3 times more likely to occur in African-American women. may occur at a younger age, grow more quickly, and are more likely to cause symptoms in African-American women. can cause heavy menstrual bleeding and/or pelvic pain or bloating grow during pregnancy and with estrogen therapy decrease in size after menopause Foods to Eat that may help reduce fibroids: vegan diet (no animal products) liver cleansing foods (because the liver processes excess hormones like estrogen): beets, carrots, artichokes, lemons, parsnips, dandelion greens, watercress, burdock root Morning detox drink: juice half a lemon and add to a cup of warm water, or fresh...

This Herb Can Help Treat Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where blood glucose (sugar) levels are consistently too high, eventually leading to damage of tissues and organs such as nerves, blood vessels, skin, heart, kidneys, and eyes.  Approximately 1 in 4 African-American women over age 55 have diabetes, and the rate of diabetes in younger African-American women, and even children is growing at an alarming rate. In addition to diet and exercise, there are many herbs and nutrients that can help to keep blood glucose in check. One particularly effective herb is called Gymnema sylvestre.  This plant has been used in India for the treatment of diabetes for over 2,000 years.  Commonly known as the “sugar destroyer,” it is mainly used to decrease elevated blood sugar levels and help control appetite and sugar...