True Story: I Was Dying Until I Took Out My Breast Implants

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By Sabrina Nelson 

I was 21 when I got breast implants in 2002. My boyfriend at the time suggested I get them and even offered to pay for them if I lost 10 pounds and I was only 110 pounds at the time. He was 10 years older than me and had implanted an ideal image of what I should look like in my head. This was the Pamela Anderson/ Carmen Electra era when extremely skinny with large breasts were in. I was a 34aa. Yes smaller than an A cup. I was also waitressing in Las Vegas so small breasts were not attractive for the typical cocktail waitress. I went to a popular doctor in town, the only doctor I consulted with, and decided on him to do my procedure. Electing to have surgery was extremely scary and I didn’t realize it until I lying on the operating bed about to go in for surgery. Up until then the excitement overcame the fear.

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The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for Hair Typing Natural Hair


by Sabrina of SeriouslyNatural.org

Hair typing is the easy way to determine what type of curls you have. Although it is obvious enough that natural hair varies in texture, hair typing is a system that makes it easy to point out what category your strands fall in. Hair typing is a big thing in natural hair and while the verdict is out on whether it truly figures it all out for you, many still subscribe to it in aiding in hair product purchases and how to care for one's own curls.

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How To Maintain Your Natural Hair While Wearing Wigs



By Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Aside from being an easy way to switch up your style, wigs have the tendency to be utilized the most when you’re not in the mood to do your hair. Using wigs as a way to leave your house looking more presentable and neglecting to care for your own hair is something that many women fall victim to and, as a result, their hair winds up suffering the most. 

Just recently we have been hearing more about black women suffering from hair loss because of wearing too-tight hairstyles, but neglectfulness of our own tresses while wearing extensions and wigs are also to blame. 



I am a lazy natural. I am not one for spending crazy amounts of time on style, techniques, and routines. It makes me antsy and annoyed. Yea, I try to do Bantu knots or twist outs but end up hating the outcome and going right back to my wash and go that is full of ease. I realize we all have our opinions on what is easy and convenient, and for me jumping in the shower to run water and conditioner through my hair is easier than most anything else I do for my hair. I love the ease of my routine, and because I am super busy I do not have a lot of time for hairstyles. I spend what I need to keep my hair healthy and protected but outside of that you are not going to see me with intricate styles. Here is a list of some of the styles and techniques that I don't have the time or the patience for.  
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How Fish Oil Promotes Hair Growth



First off, what is fish oil? This is not a silly question! Drugs.com says, “Fish oil capsules contain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are found in oils from certain types of fish, vegetables, and other plant sources. These fatty acids are not made by the body and must be consumed in the diet.” Fish oil comes from the tissues of fatty fish like herring, mackerel, swordfish, salmon, anchovies, and trout.

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Reclaiming the word "Nappy"

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Nappy was never a word you wanted to hear or be associated with when I was growing up. I’m a part of Generation X, the latch-key kids, Atari players, the generation after the baby boomers. If you were born between 1965 and 1980, you are a part of Generation X.

It’s safe to say that as a black child in this generation, your hair was either pressed or relaxed. Having natural hair (or what we called nappy hair) was unacceptable and made you an easy prey for ridicule. There was no alternative. You had to straighten your hair in some way and if your hair was not funky, fresh laid, you were bound to get teased. Negative labels were hurled from the classmates and playmates who had learned them from their mothers, aunts, and grandmothers. Nappy was not a sentimental word used to tell little girls how unique and beautiful their hair was.

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I'm Not 26 and Neither Is My Hair...



by Sabrina Perkins of http://www.seriouslynatural.org/

Well, it's true. I'm not 26...I'm not 30...not even 35 and I passed up 40 a couple of years ago. Yup, that's right....I'm 42 and will hit 43 around Labor Day. What does that all mean? That just means my hair is 42 too and it ain't like it was when I was 26 just like my body isn't either.

I just wanted to share because if you are like me sometimes you miss the old you. The YOU that could eat anything, do anything, wear anything and do anything to your hair and you could bounce back with no issues, problems, or regret. I had thicker hair, a thinner body frame and didn't even need to wear a bra! Yea, that was a CHOICE at the time. Ha!

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4 Wash Day Hacks: Detangling Natural Hair the Easy Way


 by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

If you’re someone who dreads the idea of wash day because of the hours you spend detangling, you’re not alone. In fact, as I’m writing this I’m cringing at the thought that I actually used to spend close to an hour and a half finger detangling my hair before wash day. While that may be because I rocked a twistout a couple of days too long or forgot to put on my bonnet before I went to sleep, I still wondered what I could possibly do in order to make this detangling process a little easier.

Now, I’m not one to go out and just buy a detangling product, because I honestly feel like its just watered down conditioner, so I went to the internet and found 4 really interesting detangling hacks to try out.

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Salon Give Back Grant Winners Have Been Selected!


Beauty salons occupy sacred space in the lives of Black women. Our stylists not only make us look good, they also make us feel good! We go to the salon to keep our hair on point, but also for good vibes, advice, support, and sisterhood. Our stylists aren’t just stylists, they’re family, and COVID-19 has hit them particularly hard. With “Safer at Home” practices, salons all over the country were forced to close their doors and independent stylists were unable to make a living.

To address this critical need, Gold Series from Pantene and Royal Oils by Head & Shoulders partnered with Grammy award winning singer Monica and Reflect Beauty to launch the Salon Give Back Program, awarding 20 grant recipients with $10,000 each, for a total of $200,000 to support the community. Please join us in celebrating our 20 winners!


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5 Amazing Benefits of Mango for Natural Hair


by Sabrina of SeriouslyNatural.org

Summer is almost here and you know what that means, mango season is in full effect. One of the most popular fruits eaten around the world, the mango, is best known for its fragrant smell and sweet, juicy flesh. These fruit carries a host of different essential vitamins and nutrients that help ward off heart disease and diabetes, as well as preventing asthma, protect against certain types of cancers, and even aids in calcium absorption.

Aside from being incredibly delicious, mangoes have also proven valuable when it comes to skin and hair health. Everything from the skins to the seed have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic treatments for conditions ranging from dandruff to hair loss.

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The 4 Best Tools for Detangling Natural Hair

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Now, every natural girl, curly girl, kinky girl and coily girl HATES tangles. They are annoying, time-consuming (to remove carefully) and counterproductive to our hair growth goals. They can make washday a hellish nightmare, and can be a transitioners biggest problem.

Who wants that? I am not saying washday should be an orgasmic experience (as the old Herbal Essence commercials would have you believe) but they should at least not be something we hate and put off doing. It seems I have slowly moved away from tangles becoming a weekly occurrence and I just realized this the past few weeks. There are a few tips I've learned over the past year but there are also some vital tools that have really kept those tangles at bay.

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Should I Detangle My Natural Hair Before or After I Shampoo?

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

The natural hair community is chock full of information of all kinds. From co-washing to deep conditioning and sealing, there are many different tips and tricks that are shared by some of our favorite natural hair gurus. One of the most discussed topics by far is definitely the different methods of detangling and whether it’s more effective when done either before or after shampooing the hair.

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Detangling Made Easy!- Avoiding Tangles and Simplifying Washday



Washday blues…ugh! They will have you cursing for sure. We love our curls, coils, and waves but sometimes we get tired of the extra work many of us face during washday. I used to dread washday but now I have gotten my washday down to a science by planning ahead. This is a necessary component of healthy hair, so I put on my big girl panties and do what I gotta do!

Let’s not even pretend you do not understand what I am saying. You, yes you are the biggest culprit for your tangled washdays. I am calling you out (myself included), because we can make them easier if we take the time to ensure they run smoother. Here are a few ways to avoid tangles and simplify your washday.

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Apricot Oil for Softer, Fuller Natural Hair


by Sabrina Perkins of Seriouslynatural.org

From olive to coconut, it seems as though every oil we come across is better than the next. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype, especially when we see our favorite You Tubers and hair crushes raving about the newest trends.

Although most of us would like to argue that coconut oil is the be-all-end-all solution for everything from dry scalp to crusty feet, apricot oil has been making waves for a while as possibly being one of the best oils in the game. So what’s so great about it? What is it about apricot oil that has everyone in such a tizzy?

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The Secret to Natural Hair Moisture Retention

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.com

There's a lot of information out there about the importance of the hair's cuticle and keeping it closed and smooth.  However, it's important to note that you first actually want to open it to allow in the moisture and nourishment!  This article will share details on the structure of the hair, and how to open and close the cuticle to retain proper moisture levels for healthy natural hair care.  A smooth, closed cuticle really is the secret to stronger, healthier hair.

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Top Tips for Caring for Natural Hair at Bedtime

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By Sabrina Perkins of NaturalHairForBeginners.com

What to do with your natural hair at night is just as important as what to do with it in the morning. While relaxed we really didn't worry much about it other than making sure to not ruin the style but as we learn more about how to care for our natural tresses we find the importance of everything we do!

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A New Treatment for Women Who Suffer from Hair Loss


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Hair loss is a serious subject that far too many women face. Couple that with the recent study findings presented at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting that black women are more prone to hair loss and you see why we cannot seem to stop discussing it.

This new treatment is called PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and requires no surgery, no drugs and no expensive or messy ointments. While this treatment is new, the process of Platelet Rich Plasma is not. According to ABC News:

If You Want Your Edges Back, Stop Doing This



Any woman can experience thinning, breaking, or balding edges. It is not just women who are relaxed, wear weave, or are older. There are numerous reasons why your hairline can thin. Hair loss is not confined to men; women actually make up 40% of Americans suffering from hair loss, according to American Hair Loss. Thinning edges can be upsetting and embarrassing, and many of us are haunted by pictures of super models with bare edges. So it is no wonder so many women are desperate for answers.

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How to Make Your Hair Glow and Grow With Caffeine

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

When we think of caffeine we most think of coffee, tea or even soda. We also think of the negative effects they can have on our bodies and how we can cut down on our usage but just like anything else, there is two sides to a story.

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5 Reasons Your Natural Hair Is Not Retaining Length

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Many in the natural hair community are consumed with hair growth but the real concern should be on hair retention. Your hair IS growing and while there are four stages of hair growth, and while all are not growing phases, they continue throughout our lives.

While hair growth does slow down as we age, hair growth can be hindered by things like manipulation, weather, hormones, illness and medications, too. Despite all that, hair growth continues on in these four stages illustrated below:


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So, why is your hair staying at only one length? Your hair is not retaining length-- it's breaking off as fast as it's growing. Length retention is holding onto your hair longer and that means caring or keeping the oldest hairs (the ends) in better condition and healthier. If you are struggling with this, then are five reasons you are probably losing your length.

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