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Tangled Thought

The Societal Implications of Hair Maintaince among African American women in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Monica Parkin

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Tangled Thought The Societal Implications of hair maintenance among African American Women in St. Petersburg, Florida. Monica Parkin Undergraduate Research Student University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Hair Food A. Hair products, especially those using food terms in the product name, i.e Hair Mayonnaise Hair Food B. Foods used in treatment for the hair or scalp avocados: for curly hair sour cream or yogurt:
for dull hair eggs: for all hair types lemon juice and olive oil: for an itchy scalp beer: for volume-less hair corn starch: for oily hair honey: for dehydrated hair Identity the beauty shop "Good hair" vs "Bad hair"
Part of cultural identity
Hair Doctors
The Beauty Shop
Display of socioeconomic status
Form of self expression Society for Applied Anthropology
Annual Meeting 2013 Racialized Beauty Promotes lighter skin and straight hair This advertisement is for a hair relaxer for young African American females. I interpreted the product name, Beautiful Beginnings, as a message encouraging young girls (in the beginning stages of their lives) to achieve beauty by straightening their hair. Of the four shown beauty queens, only one is promoting natural hair, (the first) Miss Black America (pictured in the bottom right corner) with an afro. All the others have straightened hair. The Native American Actress Acquanetta, featured on the cover of a “weekly negro magazine”, displays long straight hair and light hued skin, a desired look for many African American women. Braids (Just a few)
Styles Relaxed Afro Twists Wig Extensions Bald Pressed Up-Do Downsides Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)
aka "Alopecia from Traumatic Hairstyling" Early sexual development Happy with Nappy The Natural Hair Movement Special Thanks Dr. E.J Ford
Dr. Anna Dixon
Dr. Vikki Gaskin-Butler
Ms. Pat Scott
The Laurens
Me Me's Beauty Gallery
Fat Boys Beauty Supply
USFSP's Anthropology Department Works Cited Battle-Walters, Kimberly
2004 Sheila’s Shop: Working-Class African American Women Talk About Life, Love, Race, and Hair. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Borovicka, Judy, Lorna Thomas, Carol Prince, Darius Mehregan
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Callender, Valerie, Amy McMichael, George Cohen
2004 Medical and Surgical Therapies for Alopecias in Black Women. Dermatologic Therapy 17:164-176.

Donovan, Maryann, Chandra Tiwary, Deborah Axelrod, Annie Sasco, Lovell Jones, Richard Hajek, Erin Sauber, Jean Kuo, Devra Davis
2007 Personal Care Products That Contain Estrogens or Xenoestrogens May Increase Breast Cancer Risk. Medical Hypothesis 68:756-766.

Guarner, Maria Pia, Gianfranco Brambilla, Alberto Loizzo, Ilaria Colombo, Guiseppe Chiumello
2008 Estrogen Exposure in a Child From Hair Lotion Used By Her Mother: Clinical and Hair Analysis Data. Clinical Toxicology 46:762-764

Jacobs-Huey, Lanita
2006 From the Kitchen to the Parlor: Language and Becoming in African American Women’s Hair Care. New York: Oxford University Press.

Olsen, E.A., V. Callender, L. Sperling, A. McMichael, K.J. Anstrom, W. Berfeld, F. Durden, J. Roberts, J. Shapiro, D.A. Whiting
2008 Central Scalp Alopecia Photographic Scale in African American Women. Dermatologic Therapy 21:264-267.

Rele, Aarti and R.B. Mohile
2003 Effect of Mineral Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Coconut Oil on Prevention of Hair Damage. J.Cosmet.Sci. 54:175-192.

Robinson, Cynthia
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Stilson, Jeff
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Tsao, Sandy
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Weitz, Rose
2004 Rapunzel’s Daughers: What Women’s Hair Tells Us About Women’s Lives. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Image Sources Afro: http://minglecity.com/photo/star9-2
Bald: http://aunaturale007.blogspot.com/2010/11/admiration-for-beautiful-bald-women.html
Beautiful Beginnings: Ebony Magazine September 1996
Beauty Queens: Ebony Magazine November 1995
Beer: http://www.cafebink.com/wine-and-beer/
Braided Hair: http://prestigebuildingsupplies.com/inspiration/braid-hairstyles-for-black-women/
CCCA: http://www.carfintl.org/faq.html
Corn Starch: http://www.goetzecandy.com/ingredients
Cover Photo: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/gabi%20fresh
Dreadlocks: http://onealacia.wordpress.com/tag/dreadlocks/
Dreadlock products: Parkin, Monica. 2012. Fat Boy’s Beauty Supply, Inc. St. Petersburg, Fl
Early Sexual Development: http://envirocancer.cornell.edu/Newsletter/articles/v6premature.cfm
Hair lotions with carrot oil, mayonnaise, and olive oil: Parkin, Monica. 2012. Fat Boy’s Beauty Supply, Inc. St. Petersburg, Fl.
Honey: http://securehealth12.blogspot.com/2013/02/honey-against-colds-and-flu.html
Hormone Hair food: http://isoplus.co.za/wp-content/themes/h-child/tables/product-catalogue-table.html
Natural Vs. Relaxed: http://www.myhairisme.com/2011/03/natural-hair-v-relaxed-hair.html
Negro Hair: Million-Dollar Business http://www.dipity.com/tickr/Flickr_magazines/
Olive and sunflower oil: Parkin, Monica. 2012. Fat Boy’s Beauty Supply, Inc. St. Petersburg, Fl.
Placenta shampoo and conditioner http://daddytypes.com/archive/shivvy_placenta.jpg
Relaxed Hair: http://crazywitpink.blogspot.com/2008_09_01_archive.html
Traction Alopecia: http://www.brownskin.net/hair_loss.html
Twists: http://thirstyroots.com/
Up-Do: http://top-hairstyles.info/up-do-hairstyles-for-black-women/
Weave: http://ladyleobeauty.com/curly_weaves_by_karen
Wig: http://www.freeclothingshop.com/2011/06/29/full-lace-wigs-are-designed-for-black-women/ Follicle Bigot Introduction Methods Semi-structured interviews
Archival research
Participant observation
Watched YouTube tutorials of hair styling techniques
Analyzed poem and song lyrics
Visited beauty supply shops
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