Natural Hair = Healthy Body?

4 May

Most women of color dread hot weather, especially women with relaxed hair. To us, nothing can be worse than “sweating my perm out” – which was personally my excuse for not heading to the gym and being careful when…yenno haha. A Fox News report from Chicago examines the relationship between Black women and their hair and the rising trend of women with natural hair. Health officials are hoping that more women with natural hair means more women working out, seeing as how 75% of Black women are overweight. I don’t necessarily agree with how the anchors presented the story, nor with the styles that were presented (the anchor is not natural, her hair is just curled). Nonetheless, the actual point of the story is interesting, check it out here.

What are your thoughts on this? Does one need to go natural to get that workout in?

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4 Responses to “Natural Hair = Healthy Body?”

  1. alissa May 5, 2009 at 12:58 PM #

    what a shame. i couldn’t view the video at my job because they have things locked down…

    but, anyway… i think that exercising is a personal preference that has nothing to do with hair. i am natural and my best friend has relaxed hair. we used to work out together on a regular basis and she never worried about sweating her perm out. in fact, she liked to sweat. i think it may be more of a body preference issue when it comes to black women and working out (in this case, i’m using the term working out to replace dropping a few pounds) but that’s a whole different discussion.

  2. Kelly. May 5, 2009 at 8:16 PM #

    alissa, agreed. i know lots of relaxed chicas who hit the gym on the regular. and i also think Black women are okay with being “thick” (a lot of men prefer it) so we become content with that. but it must also be understood that there is a difference between “thick” and “fat” lol

  3. Jessica Jones May 6, 2009 at 12:08 AM #

    Wow. I am highly offended by this broadcast for three reasons:
    1. She goes “ethnic’ and puts twists in her hair and acts like her look is offending the viewers!! “Are you startled?” WTF. AND why did she have to do those fake twists, why couldn’t she just wear her natural hair?
    2. Her co-host asks some of the dumbest questions. ‘Can anyone get hair like that? Or is it ethic people only. Can you cut it into curls. ‘ Not feeling the ignorance to other hair and cultures.
    3. Being straight = more professional. Really though?

    I guess this is what you get with Fox news. Ick.

  4. Kelly. May 6, 2009 at 12:13 AM #

    yep, same thing i said jessica! her hair is still relaxed, there’s nothing natural about it smh.

    and the other anchor i just had to tune out because i couldn’t deal. and this is EXACTLY what you get when you deal with Fox!

    BUT the underlying message was good, in my opinion. I’m taking my booty to the gym! lol

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