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Hair Talk with JoJo
The Hair Care Expert
Q. JoJo I read an article that said Black women’s hair products are killing us. Their study stated that black women who use lye-based relaxers seven or more times a year for more than 15 years have a 30% increased risk of getting breast cancer. What’s your opinion on that topic?
A. I’m not one to argue with science. That’s why continuing education is important for us cosmetologists. Seven or more relaxers in a year is a lot of relaxing. The rule of thumb is once every 2 months equaling six relaxers per year. As clients reached their 30’s and their hair wasn’t growing as fast and the texture started changing, we would change that timetable to once every 3 or 4 months and sometimes shift to 1 or 2 relaxer touch ups per year focusing on manageability and body more that the straight thin look. Cancer is a scary word. Yesterday, hair color caused cancer. Today it’s the relaxer. Tomorrow it could be the oil we use on the scalp or the gels and creams we use for our natural looks. I listen to science and study the information they provide, keeping in mind that nothing exceeds like excess. Use all products in moderation. Don’t grab your permanent color every time you see a grey hair or the relaxer every time you see a nap, less is best.
Q. I’ve been wearing my hair natural for almost two years. It’s thick and coarse, and I spend a lot of time doing it. I buy a lot of products trying to get the looks I want. I’m tired and not happy with my hair. I did good, when I had a relaxer. My hair was in good shape, and I could maintain it easier. I’m thinking about going back into a mild relaxer. Which product would you suggest?
A. None….. go to a professional. Do your homework find a stylist that’s into haircare. Schedule a consultation with them. Look at their clients’ hair. If they’re doing a lot of short styles, that’s probably how you’re going to end up. If they’re doing a lot of long hair, it’s a good shot you’ll end up long. Do your homework, before you leap.
Q. JoJo I bought a human hair headband wig online, and it’s too tight for my head. The style doesn’t look right, and I paid $100 for it. They won’t take it back. Does Terry’s Place fix wigs that weren’t bought from there?
A. Yes we do. Unfortunately a lot of ladies think that because Terry’s Place is a black-owned wig salon, we won’t have good quality wigs or that our wigs will cost more than buying online or buying from Korean-owned supply stores. They’re surprised when they bring their wigs to Terry’s Place for us to fix and make them look right. They find that we have better quality wigs and larger selections of grey, human hair, and synthetic wigs than anywhere in the city. Plus, we have stylists available to cut or thin your girlfriend to your specification; but, we come to us last. Bring that girlfriend (wig) on in here and let Terry’s do what we do.
  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.

Lancôme Announces Write Her Future Scholarship Fund at NAACP in partnership with ACT-SO
PRNewswire/ -- On International Literacy Day, Lancôme is proud to announce its partnership with the NAACP to provide a scholarship fund and mentoring programs for young women on their collegiate educational journey to foster self-confidence, empowerment, and opportunities for learning and career development in the United States. The Write Her Future Scholarship Fund at NAACP in partnership with ACT-SO builds on the brand's global commitment to empower women by giving them access to literacy, mentoring and entrepreneurship courses.
  Starting September 2021, Lancôme will partner with NAACP ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) on a scholarship program that will result in 30 Regional Grants at $10,000 each for students entering college in the 2022 academic year. ACT-SO is a yearlong achievement program that reaches over 10,000 college-bound students to provide a forum for young women to excel in business, STEM, and writing among the array of programs offered.
  "At its core, Lancôme has always stood for and with women by not only making them beautiful on the outside but also helping them to feel empowered on the inside. Happiness comes from living self-fulfilled lives in every aspect, and it is with this in mind that we are launching this program in the United States to help meet the needs of women of color to bring equity to education," says Lancôme USA President Stuart Leitch. "While many programs currently address childhood literacy and education needs, we felt it is vital to support young women to go onto higher education and receive career development, which is why Lancôme USA is proud to partner with the NAACP on our Write Her Future program."
  The NAACP is a leader in making sure the lives of women of color and underserved communities are made a priority in all facets of life, especially education. For 43 years, the NAACP has targeted high school youth in their push to enroll students in collegiate programs. The NAACP creates a level playing field for all students it serves across diverse backgrounds and resources and does not have academic requirements for program participation. Currently 98% of NAACP program graduates enroll in a 4-year accredited institution. They are a leader for change recognized both nationally and internationally and have the unique ability to drive engagement across generations. Lancôme is proud to partner with them to help make sure every young woman is given the opportunity to write her future.
  "We are thrilled to partner with Lancôme on the Write Her Future Scholarship Fund," said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. "As an organization dedicated to doing the work in our communities ourselves, we greatly appreciate Lancôme for consistently using their platform to enable change and influence. We look forward to witnessing these young women who have received mentoring opportunities and scholarships contribute to their communities and beyond."
  The Write Her Future Scholarship Fund at NAACP in partnership with ACT-SO will consist of both in-person and online training programs at local levels (over 200 across the US) and encourage students to submit scholarship applications through social and online call-to-actions. Lancôme will also provide mentoring and internship opportunities to the award recipients and continue to foster female growth post-college to ensure success. In Summer 2022, Lancôme will present scholarships to ACT-SO students during the National Awards Ceremony.