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Hair Talk with JoJo
The Hair Care Expert
Q. JoJo, my hair is shedding like crazy. I think it’s a side effect from my new blood pressure medicine. My doctor is prescribing a different one. My question is will my hair stop falling out after I switch meds, and is there anything I can do to help stop the shedding now?
A. A lot of medicine list hair loss as a side effect, and blood pressure meds top the list. Fortunately doctors have options for different meds that can minimize hair loss. In the meantime, up your intake of water to help flush your system. Conditioning is also important. Proteins might be good in certain situations and moisture in others. Your stylist will know which conditioners you need. If used improperly conditioners, can damage or cause breakage to your hair.
Q. JoJo I’m a wig wearer and I have grey hair, so I’ve been buying grey wigs. I’m comfortable with my look but my daughter keeps trying to get me to try another color. My thinking is that I should get something that looks like me, what do you suggest?
A. You and your daughter are right. You should have some wigs that have some grey in them, when you want that mature motherly look. You should have some with a little blonde or red popping through it, maybe a lighter brown if you’re not into the blonde highlights. Be bold, be brave, change your look with confidence. We’ll tell you if you went too far. In the old days, a lady wore the same wig or same look all the time, but this is the millennium of change. Your length, your color, and your style should change with how you feel and what you’re wearing. You should have several different styles and looks in your wigdrobe . Don’t think that older women aren’t supposed to have fun. My uncle used to say “a old hen makes good stew”.
Q. JoJo, it seems like my eyebrows are getting thinner and my mustache is getting thicker, what should I do?
A. Yes ma’am, it always seems like the hair never grows where you want it to grow. Why couldn’t that mustache grow over your eyes? I would suggest you get your lip waxed and even though the brows are thin get them shaped. It will make them look thicker, stop by Terry’s Place we’ll take care of it.
  Remember, when your hair is on your mind, drop JoJo a line. Terry’s Place is the largest black-owned wig salon in Detroit. We want to take your look to the next level. When you look good, we look good. Visit Terry’s Place online at or on Facebook. Email [email protected] or stop by Terry’s Place at 19139 Livernois Ave., Detroit, Mich. 48221. We’re open six days a week. Please call (313)863-4014.

PRNewswire/ -- Dove and fellow co-founding members of the CROWN Coalition (National Urban League, Color Of Change and Western Center on Law & Poverty) are proud to announce The CROWN Act (Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair) passed in the state legislature of New Jersey on Dec. 16, 2019.  
  "As the legislative year comes to a close, New Jersey has been hard at work reforming our criminal justice system so that it will treat incarcerated women with dignity, restore voting rights for formerly incarcerated individuals, and put a stop to hair discrimination. All New Jerseyans deserve to be treated with decency and respect, and each of these measures will end unequitable and disenfranchising realities that too many have been facing," stated Senator Cory Booker. "(The) passage of the CROWN Act marks a historic step in banning a culture of discrimination against black hair. Hair discrimination is a civil rights violation and we must stop reinforcing racism and biases against Black hair."
  Introduced by Senator Sandra B. Cunningham and Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight, the bill addresses unfair grooming policies that have a disparate impact on Black women, men and children, making New Jersey the third state in the U.S. to pass this groundbreaking legislation (California and New York passed The CROWN Act in July).  
  "In 2019, it is unfortunate we have to pass legislation to further expand the definition of discrimination, to include something as natural and organic as how our hair grows from our heads," said Senator B. Cunningham, District 31, NJ. "This legislation is necessary; it will serve as a protection for those who feel helpless in any situation where they are forced to choose between being employed, and/or being allowed to participate in a sporting event (like our own New Jersey resident Andrew Johnson), or changing their identity to make others feel comfortable."
  The passing of The CROWN Act in New Jersey will ensure that young students like Andrew Johnson, the 16-year old wrestler from Buena Regional High School in Buena, New Jersey, will not be forced to make a decision of having his locs cut, or forfeiting an earned match, like Andrew was asked to do during the infamous Dec. 19, 2018 incident in which the freedom to wear his hair in a natural protective hairstyle was denied for no justifiable reason.
  "This is so exciting that we are really this close to making sure no one in New Jersey will ever legally experience having to cut their hair or change their hair texture in order to play a sport or work at a particular place. I'm so proud of my state for moving this bill along so quickly, " said New Jersey Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-Hudson). "The fact that this bill passed the General Assembly overwhelmingly with bipartisan support proves that this isn't a partisan issue, but rather a human rights issue that we can all agree upon. I commend my colleagues across the table for standing up for civil rights."
  "It is our mission at Dove to champion individual beauty and ensure all beauty is respected and welcome in our society. For too long, narrow beauty standards have perpetuated unfair scrutiny and injustice for hairstyles and textures inherent to Black identity. On the anniversary of the infamous and painful wrestling incident, I am proud that New Jersey has passed The CROWN Act to put an end to hair discrimination," said Esi Eggleston Bracey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of North America Beauty and Personal Care at Unilever, the New Jersey-based parent company of Dove.
  "The National Urban League is behind this mission and are is committed to making an impact with the CROWN Coalition," said Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League. "Hair discrimination, whether in schools or in the workforce should simply not be allowed and we will continue to rally policy-makers and our communities to end discriminatory practices that disproportionately affect communities of color. Senator Cunningham and the state of New Jersey have our support to turn this legislation into law."

CROWN announces passing of legislation in NJ to end hair discrimination