Loving my afro and building my knowledge and confidence to 'go natural'

Thank you for watching the above video. I recorded this 4 years ago, a few months after my first baby had been born. Since then, I have researched even more intensely, how to maintain healthy skin and hair. Here is a recent photo of me:


If you found this video inspiring and/or want to learn more about plant-based methods for maintaining a healthy afro, as well as what to do ‘beyond’ Hempseed and shea butter for skin and hair care, please consider taking a 60 minute webinar course offered by me, Dr. Breeze Harper to learn more:

  • Learn how to combat breakage and strengthen your hair, no matter how long or short.

  • Discover how postpartum hair loss can be remedied without medical treatment or expensive alternatives

  • Learn how this one simple and cheap natural oil can grow your hair, add hydration, and is also excellent for your skin

  • Learn how easy it is to ‘go natural’, with the right shampoo, oils, herbs, and conditioner

Will you join me?


Dr. A. Breeze Harper without make-up, May 2013.

Dr. Harper, November 2012 with daughter, Eva Luna.
Dr. Harper, November 2012 with daughter, Eva Luna.

Date: August 18, 2013

Time: 12:30 pm PST/3:30 pm EST (USA Time Zones)

Cost: $30.00

Spaces : 30.

Duration: 1 hour talk and 15-30 minutes for Q and A (approximately)

Technology requirements: a computer with a fast internet connection and a free WebEx account (my webinars are hosted through Any meeting.com so if you don’t want to call a regular phone number to access it ,you can join the webinar with a password via a free Any meeting.com account). You should have speakers or headphone to hear. I will be using video and audio so participants will be able to see and hear me present. The webinar will be recorded and available to access for free for you who have registered, to refer to as long as you desire. There will be Q and A at the end.

How to pay: please sent payment to my PayPal account. My email associated with that account is breezeharper (at) gmail (dot) com. In the memo field please type in “hairAug182013”

About the Instructor: Dr. A. Breeze Harper is the director and founder of the Sistah Vegan Project, a organization dedicated to critical race feminist perspectives on veganism, as seen through the collective experiences of Black North American females. Dr. Harper started the project in 2005. She holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and University of California-Davis. Her innovative ability to integrate the use of educational technologies to analyze Black female vegans food and health philosophies earned her the Dean’s Award from Harvard University in 2007 for her Master Thesis work: this is an honor only bestowed upon one candidate per program.

Dr. Harper’s knowledge about diversity within the field of food and wellness has marked her as a highly sought after paid consultant and speaker for many American universities. She has given many keynote addresses including at Boston University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Oregon, and Southwestern University. She teaches students, faculty, and staff how and why people have unique relationships to food and wellness and how these relationships are impacted by race, socio-economic class, gender, sexuality, and ability. She has published extensively, including Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health and Society (Lantern Books 2010). She graduated summa cum-laude from University of California-Davis with a PhD in critical geographies of race and food.

Disclaimer: I am not a certified practitioner or medical doctor. Please consult with your practitioner before trying any of the foods or herbs that I recommend.

7 thoughts on “Loving my afro and building my knowledge and confidence to 'go natural'

  1. I don’t shampoo my hair; I haven’t in 8 years since I went natural. My hubby (who doesn’t shampoo as well) told me while he was vacationing in Europe that this well-to-do woman said she never shampoos her her. She “washes” it by using water as hot as she can stand it, while using her nails to scratch gently over her entire scalp.

    I do this about twice aweek–no dandruff, no smells.

    This is me, after having my hair braided for a few days then gently unbraiding to keep that crinkle look intact (I hope the photo comes out here):


  2. Oh one more thing, I use absolutely nothing on my hair–no shampoo, no conditioner, no oils. I just “wash and wear”. My hair was dry at first but eventually my natural scalp oil really began to lubricate my hair just fine. I drink at least a quart of liquids a day to stay hydrated.

    Maybe not all women can do this but just some info I wanted to share. 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing. As with all webinars, I let people know that this was/is my ‘path’ and what worked for me, so perhaps you want to give it a try and see what happens. I always add that each person has a unique physiology, so what may work for me may not work for you and vice versa. Thanks so much for adding your wisdom and knowledge to Sistah Vegan!

  3. This webinar will be very beneficial to many poc women. It is a shame how many of us have very little knowledge about the hair growing from our heads. I myself went through a period where I had to learn how to manage my hair properly for the first time in my adult life. My hair responded very well to it and I later went on to loc my hair. Now I only use natural ingredients on my locs and my skin. Both are responding very well, but of course we are all dying to know your secrets too…LOL

  4. Beautiful! =) Wish I had glowing skin like yours! Although I’m not part of the main audience you are aiming this webinar at, I do very much enjoy reading about your experiences on finding methods that work for you. =)

  5. Dr. Harper, I would love access to this webinar. I have to work during the time of this webinar. Is there any way the webinar can be emailed to me?
    I already have natural hair. I keep it VERY short as I love the freedom of just being able to wake up and go. I would like more information on skin care. I have noticed a huge difference in my skin once I cut out meat and dairy from my diet . With the addition of green smoothies, I have noticed my skin glows a lot more. I’d like even more information.
    If there is still space, I am interested. Please feel free to email me at cobbs3 at illinois dot edu as to whether or not the webinar can be emailed to me.

    Thank you so much for offering such a great webinar.

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