Someone left a comment on the last post I did on head lice. It was chilling to read it and while I am grateful that it did not end tragically, I am also shocked that people still consider insecticides an option when trying to kill head lice. Yes, I used the word Tragic. There
The Natural Hair Industry sees its fair share of fads and quackery and of late, for the Nigerian Natural Hair Industry, because kpali (certification) is so very important to us, I have noticed that the new one is in Trichology. Here’s a post to help you make informed choices - whether you want
Long time, no post! I came out of posting retirement to tell you about a new thing I tried. Guys! I don't know why I have been sleeping on this. A bit of history - I have had very very very heavy periods since I gave birth to my daughter, ~13 years ago. It has
“I’m black. I don’t need sunscreen.”
If I had a dollar for every time I have heard this I would be chilling by the seaside in Seychelles, sipping a cocktail and competing with Alhaji Dangote for his position on the Forbes list.
A lot of us (black folks) don’t think that we need to wear sunscreen. The argument is that our melanin protects us from the sun and the havoc it can wreak. Parts of that statement are correct but it is not correct in totality. Sun exposure can lead to a range of conditions from hyperpigmentation of the skin all the way to skin cancer. While melanin does protect Africans (and those of African descent) from the sun’s rays more than, say, an Asian or European, it only gives about SPF13-SPF15 protection and this doesn’t block the harmful effects of the sun.
There can be abnormal melanocytes formed and distributed in the skin. This is called dyspigmentation.
If you take nothing away from this post, please take this away: black people can and do suffer from skin cancer.
Obesity. It is something we see every day and in some ways, we have come to even accept as part of the full-figured African structure. While it is definitely possible to be full figured and not obese, a lot of us do not know the difference. It is important that this distinction is made as Obesity comes with a plethora of diseases which can be life-threatening.