Hair > Health - The Cause of Obesity?

Apr 7, 2011

Disclaimer: The intent of this post is not to put beauty in a box, nor to perpetuate the notion that women have to be 36-23-36 to be pretty. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and being overweight does not equal being unattractive by any means. 

So now that I've cleared that up, this post was actually influenced by the following tweet:
“I have no sympathy for girls that were skinny and got fat get in the gym, you pay for it”.
I followed that up with the remark: The crazy thing about it all, hair is the leading cause of obesity amongst minority women. HAIR, g! (Being facetious, but you get the point.)

You see, I've heard girls say, “I don’t want to work out because I don’t wanna mess up my hair” which could essentially be reworded as, “Yeah I should be working out but at least my hair cute.” I think it is absurd that some women refuse to exercise because they would rather preserve them hair extensions, fresh relaxer, or whatever your cup of tea is.  Y'all mean to tell me, when you weigh the pros and cons HAIR comes before HEALTH?

Somebody please pinch me, this can't be life.

Of course, my girlfriend Kellie says that I don’t understand because I’m not a woman, yadda yadda yadda. But I think she is forgetting that when she met me I wore braids and there was nothing worse than getting some fresh straight-backs…scalp sparkling all in the sun…hair smelling good…just to turn around and go to football practice and come out looking like this:

Verbatim, g.

Anywho, Kelz went on to say that while hair is essential, there are many other important reasons why women don't work out. And I responded that whatever those reasons are, they pale in comparison to the infamous hair excuse. I think that hair is the MAIN reason some women don't work out (thus there is no valid reason) and Kelz argues that I'm overgeneralizing. So....

Vote. (If there are reasons not listed, feel free to comment.)
PLEASE prove me wrong. But until then, I'm judging all of you.


josie renee said...

Well for starters, I'm a chronic excerciser (no really, something like 5-7 days a week) BUT I can relate to not wanting to work out for various reasons including, but not limited to, my hair. Sometimes i'm lazy, lack motivation, have other shit to do, and YES sometimes I just dont want to have to straighten my hair back.

When I was rock the baldie everything was easy. But now that i've sewn in some yaky, my exercise life/schedule has taken a turn for the worse. No need to judge though, half of you males dont exercise neither and your hair is not the excuse *josie shrug* LOL


Dub said...


You so right. Another post. Another day.

Kelz said...

It's looking like you owe me some B-skis. hahahaha sucka!

Gia said...

since i'm half african american , let's face it . my hair is like a fuzz ball. yes, my pictures make it seem all straight and pretty but it's really nappy and tangled. when i used to work out hard, i used to get it braided :) simple solution and they last for months

Dub said...

thank y'all for voting!
I stand corrected. lol

Caprece said...

Though not an excuse for me I have heard MANY women say that they don't want to sweat out their hair so that is why they avoid working out. I say take the time to figure out workout friendly styles, nothing is more important than your health.

P.S.-That Jim Jones reference made me bust out laughing.

Great post!

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