What is the process of "becoming Black"? Several theories and measures have emerged in the field of psychology in attempts of answering this very question. In the episode, Dr. Afiya worked up the courage to interview the esteemed Dr. William E. Cross Jr while he was in a busy lobby between sessions at the Black Psychologists conference. Dr. Cross is a theorist and researcher in Black identity development. He is best known for his Nigrescence Model, first detailed in a 1971 publication, and his book, Shades of Black, published in 1991. Cross’ Nigrescence Model expanded upon the work of Black psychologists who came before him, and created an important foundation for racial/ethnic identity psychology. Throughout his career, Cross has been concerned with racial identity theory and the negative effects of Western thought and science on the psychology of Black Americans, specifically the need for “psychological liberation under conditions of oppression.”
It is not often that a psychologist shares the complexities of their own mental health with the public. However, mental health professionals have a responsibility to be self-aware about mental illness and seek treatment for themselves through therapy and self-care. Dr. Lisa Whitten (psychologist and Black hair researcher) discusses her life as a psychologist with a mood disorder, specifically bipolar disorder. This episode highlights how hair can be used as both a trigger for mood disorders and form of treatment.
Psychology can take you on a journey to discover yourself, your purpose, and to change our world. In this episode, Dr. Afiya engages in a meditative conversation with Dr. Mawiyah Kambon on the history of Black psychology and the process of merging psychology with African spirituality. Dr. Mawiyah Kambon is a licensed psychologist, past president of the Association of Black Psychologists, and founder of the Sankofa Journey African travel company. She took Dr. Afiya on her first trip to Africa about 10 years ago. Dr. Kambon will be leading her next Sankofa Journey to Ghana and Benin from May 26 - June 8, 2020.
Websites: www.sankofajourney.com and www.onipa.com
We need to use what is happening on social media to push us to have the hard conversations in person, especially as relates to Black beauty and mental health. You may know her as the YouTube beauty vlogger BeautifulBrwnBabyDol with over a million followers on social media, but Dr. Nina is also a tenured professor of psychology, licensed psychologist, and certified life coach. In this episode, Dr. Afiya and Dr. Nina have a phone session focused on the process of becoming a psychologist, the role of psychologists on social media, the psychology of natural hair, and exciting new projects coming out.
YouTube & Instagram: beautifulbrwnbabydol
Soulcare can take you to places beyond what you have imagined, if you are willing to make the investment. Wellness is a lifestyle that has deep African roots like meditation, yoga, secure emotional support, and a live food diet. In this episode of PsychoHairapy with Dr. Afiya, Omikunle Ekundayo (formerly known as Ashley Freeze) takes us on a journey of how she discovered her life purpose as a mental health therapist and healer as a millennial traveling the globe and her inner world.
IG: @omikunlewa , @theomiwalicenter , @thesoulcareretreat
Hair is a language, it is the first thing a woman says before she speaks. Yene Damtew is fluent in the language of hair as the owner of Aesthetics Salon in Arlington, VA and as one of the two personal stylists to the Obama family for the past decade, as well as several celebrity clients across the country. In this episode, Dr. Afiya and Yene Damtew discuss the politics of hair and hair care.
Instagram: @yenedamtew and @aesthetics.salon
The hair doctor is in! Trichologists are professionals in the the branch of medical and cosmetic practice concerned with the hair and scalp. Dr. Kari, a trichologist and hairstylist, is known throughout Hollywood by some of her clients (such as Brandy Norwood, Meagan Good, Willow Smith and Ava Duvernay) as having a healing touch and she launched into fame as the creator of The Goddess Locs. Dr. Afiya and Dr. Kari tap into the medical, spiritual, and educational importance of hair care practices and offer ideas into building a business as a celebrity hairstylist.
Website: www.drkariwilliams.com and www.mahoganyrevolution.com
With about 80 million Americans facing hair loss, Wade the Barber found his entry point in resolving hair loss issues for men of all hair textures through his unique hair units. His transformation videos of men’s hair replacement have taken the Internet by storm and globally popularized his special techniques making him a sought after master educator and entrepreneur. Dr. Afiya chatted with Wade Menendez on the signficance of restoring confidence to men experiencing hair loss and the power of barbers to transform lives.
Remember Solange’s breakthrough hit “Don’t Touch My Hair”? Well, Solange had to make an exception for the master braider and interdisciplinary artist, Shani Crowe, to create gravity defying braids with her hair. In this episode, Dr. Afiya sits down with Shani Crowe at Sankofa Cafe in Washington DC to reflect upon the powerful connection between mind, body, and spirit in the art of braiding.
The struggle is real! But, you have to keep the faith. Skye Charlie and Dr. Afiya reflect on the power of vision in growing a successful career in the hair care and the fashion industries.
Instragram: @the_afropolitan and @businessofblackhair
Did you eat today? Or drink enough water? What about exercise? Hustling in the hair care industry does not mean that you should neglect your own health. Dr. Afiya and Angela Walker (owner of N Natural Hair Studio and Professional Experience Curator) engage in a chat on how to be business minded while engaging in self-care in the natural hair industry.
Instagram: @angelagonesocial @nnaturalhairstudio @naturalhairindustryconvention
Hair matters for men too! Aremu Mbande and Dr. Afiya explore the cultural significance of hair on Black manhood and the healing power of barbershops for Black men.
Not the average girl in the video? Media archives the cultural trends of Black women and hair. Tayo Mbande and Dr. Afiya discuss the patterns of hairstyles in the media and specifically on the magazine covers of Ebony magazine over the past 60 years.
Have you heard about all these Black girls being suspended from school because of their hairstyles? Dr. Danielle Apugo and Dr. Afiya breakdown hair bias in school and challenges that Black girls face in the educational system.
Has your hair prevented you from exercising? Hair continues to be a barrier for exercise for most Black women. Avery Lacey and Dr. Afiya discuss their published findings on the relationship between hair and exercise, and strategies to keep your hair styled and your body fit.
What did your mama teach you about hair? Our early memories of hair with our mothers may shape our present perspective. Ingrid-Penelope Wilson and Dr. Afiya discuss their recently published article about hair combing interaction and the impacts of hair on our relationships with our mothers.
Do you know your hair type? 4C texture often gets over looked in the hair care industry and on social media. Latisha Neil and Dr. Afiya reflect on texturism and the role of YouTube hair tutorials in disrupting the myths of tightly coiled hair.