Many African Americans suffer from hair and scalp dehydration during the winter months. Have you ever noticed how dry and “ashy” your hands and feet are in the winter or during whether changes? Well there is a reason for these changes: the air is so dry that moisture is pulled from whatever is moist- in this case your skin, and your hair and scalp are suffering right along with the rest of the body. "should I grow natural or go straight?" David Pryor, MD Recently, there has been a lot of interest in Vitamin D—it seems that all of a sudden everyone is deficient in Vitamin D. Consistently several individuals and companies are urging us to consume Vitamin D tablets to supplement our diet to make us healthier. The real question is: Is there a real health issue here or is it just hype to sell more vitamins? According to Letsmove.gov, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. Some black women feel forced to choose between working out and having great hair. I am here to tell you that you can do both. That is right: you can work out and have great hair! Some of the challenges that women go through as they try to do both is their hair tends to feel dry, look frizzy, and lack luster; the number one complaint is loss of style retention.