So remember, a couple weeks ago I got 4 1/2 inches of my hair cut off due to breakage (click here to read more). Well here's the picture of my mini afro taken a few days after the massive hair cut.......
I've had a little difficulty with styling because I haven't adjusted to the haircut. But no fear, I welcome this challenge and ready to experiment with different hairstyles & new products! My first real challenge comes this weekend when I go "On The Run" with Jay-Bey ....MUST have FIERCE hair, stay tuned!!!
“I couldn’t understand what they had a problem with," says Tiffany Bryan.
By Patrice Peck
Posted: 06/19/2014 on http://www.bet.com
Filed Under Natural Hair, Discrimination, National News, Lawsuit
(Photo: Image Source/Corbis)
"Bone-marrow cancer survivor Tiffany Bryan decided to go natural in 2008 following successful chemotherapy.
“I just didn’t want to put any chemicals in it after that,” she told The New York Post. “After you lose it, you don’t want to do anything that might cause a problem again.”
The 27-year-old's chemical-free hairstyle did not cause her any problems until last March, when her supervisor, Denise Brown of AEG Worldwide, a leading sports and entertainment events production company, allegedly said Bryan’s Afro “looked like she stuck her finger in a socket and was electrocuted.”
Bryan claims that the ridiculing of her hair continued, with orders to “do something with her hair” and “tame it,” until she was ultimately fired from her security job at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center for not controlling it.
Now she has launched a federal court lawsuit for $900,000 against her bosses at AEG Worldwide, alleging that they ridiculed, discriminated against and effectively terminated Bryan for the way she wears her hair.
“It was ridiculous,” said Bryan, adding that she would even receive compliments from people at events at Barclay. “I couldn’t understand what they had a problem with."
This is a very unfortunate....The workforce dictating how natural women should wear their hair. Our kinks and coils are inherited at birth, we have no control on how our hair grows from the scalp. So telling me to "tame" my hair and not wear it in an afro, is like telling me not to wear my skin.... It doesn't work that way. I was born with this hair and I have the right to refuse harsh chemicals or straightening. Even though, the acceptance of women wearing natural hair is increasing, its sad we still have to fight these battles, especially for Tiffany who already fought a battle with cancer..... I hope she wins this battle too.....Good Luck Tiffany Bryan!!!!
It was Friday June 13th, 2014, 5 years and 2 days after my first big chop June 11, 2009.... I woke up looked in the mirror at my hair and realized my hair had gotten progressively worst. Rewind to the last six months. I had noticed my hair was more limpy and frizzy than normal, but with a ACV and/or deep condition it slightly recovered and bounced back. In March,I was still experiencing issues with my hair, so I got 2 inches cut, thinking it would solve my problem. My hair looked nice but I had to use a lot of manipulation and product. Last month, I was frustrated with all the manipulation and using more products then normal.... I decided to go back to henna. The results, fluffy, shiny, and what appeared healthy hair. The results were easy to manage hair and defined curls. Unfortunately, those results were short lived. Henna was only a temporary fix, my hair went back to being limpy and dull. Fast forward to last week, I noticed my hair was shrinking, not the natural curl shrinkage but length shrinkage. I was in total shock when I did a length check, certain areas of my hair had broken off by at least 2 inches. In a panic mode and desperation, I decided I would just keep my hands out of my hair and just wear protective styles....When I woke up on Friday, June 13th, I realized I was in denial, there was no fixing, no bringing this hair back to life. I called up my stylist Paulette, I sometimes go to her for styles and professional advice, she got me in for an appointment right away. She exam'd my hair only to give me some really bad news. I would need 4 1/2 inches chopped..... I felt like I was in a scary movie, running in the woods with Edward Scissor Hands gaining close behind....
Anywho, imagine this, I had already lost 2 inches from breakage and now 4 1/2 inches needed to be cut off. On Friday the 13th, I walked out of the shop with a semi- TWA......My scary movie was a reality. I cannot pinpoint what caused the downfall of my hair. However, I believe it was probably multiple reasons in the past 6 months. First, I started back using sulfate shampoos to wash out the over usage of products (murray's pomade and product build-up). Secondly, I focused on styling while using harsh manipulation on a regular basis (rods and brushes). Lastly, I neglected my hair, I didn't focus on it being healthy. Either way I have learned a valuable lesson and looking forward to a NEW natural journey ---Getting my hair back healthy........
I know this is sort of old news, but I still wanna weigh in on this situation.....So a Louisiana stylist cut the braids of this little girl after her mother did not pay. There were circumstances where the mother left the child with the stylist 2 hours after her hair was completed. The stylist even found herself taking the child home only to get more angry because the child's mother was not there to pay her. She then proceeded in cutting the braids out of the child's hair. After the ordeal, the stylist posted the above pictures on social media exposing the child's face and all.
Now....I decided to ask a few of my stylist friends their thoughts as well as my mother (who has been a hairstylist for 35 years). Their thoughts on the situation were very similar, they all felt the stylist in this case was very extreme. They did not agree with how she handle the situation. Now, it is understood the stylist was upset but this a case she could have written off on her taxes or considered a good deed for the child. I do not believe the Lord Almighty would bless anyone who took such extreme measures on an innocent little girl. The issue should have been between the adults.... The stylist contributed to what could be emotional grief for this little girl.... I'm sure her mother does enough of that already. Very unfortunate situation for all parties involved, just wish the little girl didn't have to suffer.