Is covering up your balding edges worth a few people’s lives? A group of Facebook users say, “No.” The “Rally Against Lacefronts” has garnered nearly 10,000 supporters who say, “Lets all take a stand to stop this plague that is causing so much grief on the streets of our black communities around the world!!!!”
To quote Haki Madhubuti, “Every action of an oppressed people is political” — even your unkempt edges. Your desire to “whip your hair back and forth” like Tyra and Beyonce could be causing more damage than your yaki-covered brain is aware of. In certain areas of the country (I’m not naming any names, but they like to get hyphy there), stylists have been pepper sprayed and jacked for a bucket of hair. Right here in Los Angeles, Bliss Hair was robbed at gun point just a few months ago.
This doesn’t mean you have to lose all versatility and cast weaves to the wind. Just stop buying that “Blood Yaki” out of stolen Novas and get your tracks from a reputable source — preferably a black one.
I recycle. I take brief showers. I drive a fuel-efficient car. I’m taking new steps to decrease my carbon footprint everyday. I’m what some would call eco-chick, hippie — granola even, but the last place I want granola is between my legs. At least that’s what I thought when I first saw the Diva Cup a few years ago. In fact, I took one look at it and said, “Eww gross! Damn hippies!”
Well, a few months ago this cute little latex-free cup caught my attention again. There was something about not having to buy menstrual supplies for a whole year that was appealing to me, but the main attraction was not having to stop what I’m doing every hour to go check my drip. Get my drift? Some Diva Cup marketing materials claimed the product could be worn for 12 hours straight. “Where do I sign up?” was my first thought. Then I remembered how heavy my flow is each month. What if my cup runneth over?
So I did a little research, but nothing was going to convince me like just trying the darn thing. The first day was strange. It was easy to put in, but I’m so used to putting in tampons that I inserted it at the wrong angle. Needless to say, there was some leaking. I’m no fool. I wasn’t going to trust this thing without at least a pad for protection, so there was no embarrassing moment. Unless, of course, you count the moment in the handicap stall with Mooch staring at me while I attempted to dig the thing out. It was not easy.
I didn’t give up, though. All new things take getting used to. The Diva Cup has to be inserted perpendicularly (pointing at the tail bone) not straight up like a tampon. I did it again. This time, I made it seven hours without leaking at all. The new pad was clean when I got home. I decided to check the level, so I pulled it out. This time it was much easier. The cup was almost full!! At that point I realized that I can’t leave mine in for 12 hours straight — at least not on the first day. I washed it and put it back in. I went over night on the first day of my period with no leaks!!! Amazing.
The second day was even better — inserting and removing with ease. I left it in the whole day and didn’t leak. It was definitely full when I got home, though, so anyone with a heavy flow should just be mindful of how much time has elapsed. It doesn’t need to be changed nearly as much as the other stuff. Speaking of that stuff, it is wonderful not having to carry tampons and pads around. There’s no chance of having the period odor, because no oxidation takes place.
By the third day, I was hooked. I can’t see it any other way. I thought it would take a couple of cycles to get used to it — not a couple of days! I’m saving time, money and the planet in one bloody swoop. I’m very happy to have found this product.