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Sunday, November 1, 2009


Sometime ago i recall my life resembling a light switch. When daylight-saving time arrived in spring, it flipped on–I felt energetic, beautiful, focused, and active. In winter, however, it switched off. I struggled to do the simplest household chores. My weight ballooned. I would go to work and function at some level, but it was obvious that something was wrong. “All winter I was feeling like a turtle walking on the expressway.”

I finally realized that my mood change coincided with dreary days. A visit to my therapist explained in the diagnosis: There was one of 10 million to 25 million Americans, 75 percent of whom are women, who suffer from a subtype of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Though I heard of the winter blues but I didn't relate it to any disorder, until I heard of SAD. Also called “winter blues,” it often gets mistaken for clinical depression as the two share many symptoms–sadness, anxiety, lethargy, lack of sleep, diminished sex drive, and increased appetite. The difference lies in their duration and severity. SAD typically strikes around September or October and then fades away in March and April. (Depression on the other hand can occur year-round.) Merely troublesome and potentially disruptive at first, SAD can be controlled if you take appropriate action, but “left unchecked, the changes in mood and behavior can become so powerful they can create significant problems in your life and may manifest into year-round major depression if not addressed.,” says some doctors.

Light therapyThe primary cause of SAD is light deprivation, so light therapy ranks as the first line of defense. To put that therapeutic amount in perspective, traditional lighting produces 300 to 500 lux, and the sun produces more than 100,000 lux on a bright summer day. Contact your doctor to discuss what light therapy for you.

Many doctors recommend using light therapy for about 20 minutes a day at first, ideally in the morning. How early depends on the individual’s body clock.
If you suffer from SAD, try placing a light/light box 1 to 3 feet away while you eat, read, go through your mail, or meditate. If your symptoms remain unchanged, increase your treatment to 45 minutes a day or see a therapist for SAD. Reevaluate your symptoms on a weekly basis and make adjustments. “Almost everyone should feel the benefits within two weeks.” Brighten up your living and work space with full-spectrum light bulbs that closely match natural daylight.

Diet and exercise
Dietary changes also can ease SAD symptoms. For breakfast, incorporate a protein meal to boost intake of tyrosine. “Consuming this amino acid in the morning helps boost your energy throughout the day.” For dinner, less protein and more carbohydrates like whole grains to help the brain increase serotonin. “In addition to improving your mood, increased serotonin may help people sleep better.
You may want to add cod liver oil or more fish to your diet, too, especially cold water types like sardines and salmon that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. People with depression often have low levels of omega 3s.

I personally have found that staying active in winter helps me to feel ENERGIZED. Try chosen a treadmill or the elliptical inside a brightly lit gym, but don’t be afraid to head outside. On bright mornings and afternoons, go for a long walk. Got more time? Climb on a bike or hike up to Valley Green. You’ll get your required light exposure and also some exercise, which can help alleviate stress that may contribute to SAD-related depression. Psychiatry found the combination of bright light exposure and aerobics reduced many depressive symptoms, especially those related to insomnia and other sleep problems.

Mind over matter...Make it a Bright Fun-Loving Winter!

Friday, October 30, 2009


Vinegar & Fresh Rose Flower Hair Rinse Recipe

2 cups of cider vinegar
1 cup of fresh dried rose flower or rose water

1. Place approximately 1 cup of chopped fresh dried rose flower/rose water in a clean boiled mason jar.
2. Fill jar with 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and tighten lid.
3. Store jar in a dark, cool place for 2 weeks. If using rose water steep for 1 week.
4. If you use dried flowers then strain vinegar from roses through cheese cloth or a coffee filter into a fresh, clean jar.
5. Pour an ounce in a bottle and leave in the shower to use at your leisure. Left over refrigerate up to 6 months.

Directions: dilute 1 tablespoon of the vinegar rose mix to 6 oz of warm water. Apply throughout wet hair after last shampoo. Rinse with lukewarm to cool water or Leave-in for extra conditioning benefits. The vinegar scent will disappear as your hair dries.

Rose Vinegar for Skin Toning & Blemishes: It helps soften skin and restore the natural acid mantle.

1 cup vinegar
One tablespoon fresh dried rose flowers or rose water
One cup distilled water

Heat the rose flowers or rose water with the vinegar and water. Bring to a boil and steep for 30 minutes. After cooling , place mixture in a jar with a tight fitting lid and let sit for 2 weeks.

1. Cleanse the skin with a cotton ball dipped in olive or coconut oil to loosen grease and dirt.
2. Bring a pan of water to a boil, hold your head over the pan and drape a towel over your head to allow the rose vinegar-enhanced steam to open pores and loosen the dirt or soak a clean warm wash cloth in rose vinegar and lay over the face for five minutes, each time redipping the washcloth to reapply. For best results, keep the washcloth on the skin for a total of 20 minutes. Relax and enjoy the smell of roses!

Friday, October 23, 2009


back by popular demand!
Showing that 80% of clients and hair stylist still remember the brand, we're hoping to turn that awareness into sales with your support. Aginah also intends to return the hair-care line to barbershops, salons and wholefood/healthfood store shelves beginning 2010.

Aginah’s Healthier Hair Solutions Gift Packaged $50

Herbal Pomade
“Not just a pomade but a superior leave-in treatment” was expressly homemade For Us By Her for the purpose of restoring health to hair and roots and is made in a base of herbs and natural butters including mineral rich Horsetail Butter in a blend of olive, coconut and organic Jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is great for the root follicles allowing oxygen in and thereby encouraging new growth, while the Nettles and Sage extracts provide superior leave-in conditioning. The Wintergreen and Rosemary essential oils both stimulate hair growth and nourishing for the scalp and skin too!
4 oz $12.00

Herbal Shampoo
This gentle yet moisturizing shampoo will cleanse and moisturize your hair without stripping it of its natural oils. If your hair is dry, brittle, over processed, split ends or just normal to dry hair this is your herbal shampoo. The botanical infusion of herbs makes this a shampoo that leaves your hair with the 4 Ss – Stimulating, Soft, Smooth with a Vibrant Sheen.
8 oz $10.00

Herbal Conditioner
This light conditioning cream rinse detangles the hair leaving a beautiful shine and hair that is easy to comb through. Excellent for long thick hard to manage hair, natural hair, locks, braids and curls. The botanical infusion of herbs makes this a conditioner that leaves your hair with the 4 Ss – Soft, Smooth, Silky, Shiny.
8 oz $10.00

Tri-Protein Deep Conditioner
Deep conditions dry, braided, weave damaged and chemically treated hair. Three unique restructuring proteins condition "working from the inside of the hair shaft out". Botanical Extracts revitalize depleted, stressed hair and control frizz. Produces a healthy luster and provides exceptional manageability. Designed for fragile, damaged or chemically treated hair.
8 oz $14.00

Protein Taming Leave-In Spray
Aids in restructuring hair before blowdrying. Deep conditions fragile, dry, braided, weave damaged and chemically treated hair. Botanical extracts revitalizes depleted, stressed hair. Structurizing proteins and botanicals produce more benefits than any single protein can “working from the inside of the hair shaft out.” Produces a healthy luster and provides exceptional manageability.
8 oz $11.00

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Philadelphia, PA 19151, 215.878.1227,

Sunday, October 11, 2009


When our Sistahs are raised up, the victories will be all of Ours... for A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Women.


I wanted to let you know about the new phase in our work with Team CHOICEZ. As you know we have been speaking at colleges and in high schools, recovery centers and holding workshops in prisons for men and women in the Philadelphia area. We also volunteered our services for a pilot program at Martin Luther King High School for at risk girls. I am grateful and blessed for these experiences as I see women, men, and young people look at life’s possibilities.
Recently, I took yet another step in my personal commitment to help women learn to realize there are choices. I own a home in Germantown and I have opened it up to women who are from shelters, group homes, recovery programs and/or homeless.

Most of these women have only enough money to pay the nominal rent for their room which is furnished with a double bed, dresser & mirror. They share the bathroom & kitchen, living room and dining room. It’s a very nice home, and I feel that the women are comfortable and safe.

I have set up certain “house rules” that prohibit stealing, smoking, profanity, alcohol or drugs, illicit music and fighting. The biggest rule, however, is to love self, be respectful towards themselves, me and others. Yes I’m the big sister who genuinely cares. I'm working closely with them to teach them how to cook, clean, prepare a sit down Sunday dinner to eat together as family and, of course, the CHOICEZ team is working with them to help the women learn how to make the right choice.

This is not a nonprofit effort. Team CHOICEZ does not have a 501 (c) 3. It is a personal commitment on our part to make a difference. Those of you who know me know that my heart is in this effort, and so, I am coming to you with a request.

There are still many items that we need in order to keep the house clean and make it more enjoyable for the women living there. Supplies like paper towels, toilet tissue, cleaning supplies, sheets & pillow cases, towels, and wash cloths are some of the items we need. Basically anything that will help them keep things clean and livable – dish washing liquid, etc.

For anyone who donates paper items or gift cards, I am offering a 10% discount on any hair service. If you’re sharing this information with someone who does not know my background, Please visit for your and their information.

Many women’s lives will be positively affected by your most generous contribution. Thank you, and may you reap one hundredfold the goodness that you sow. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

In grateful appreciation,


All donations may be dropped off at Hoime Choicez located at 323 W. Apsley St or at the hair salon. Call 215.878.1227 // 267.226.3430.


Dear Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.,

I am writing to ask for your help, to be a part of a very special fundraising effort for a dear friend and your sorority sister, Kathryn Boyd-Green (known lovingly as Kathy). Some of you may not have been in contact with Kathy recently, and on her behalf, I would like to let you know how she’s doing.

Kathy was inducted into the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc Chapter Gamma Iota at Hampton University in March 1980. At the age of 33, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) by John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Kathy was misdiagnosed for several years before her condition was confirmed; however, the correct diagnosis revealed that Kathy has the worst type of MS - chronic progressive - meaning that her disease will continue to worsen with no chance of remission.

Now 49 years old, Kathy has gone from walking with one cane, to two canes, to a walker, to a scooter and finally to a motorized wheelchair. She has no physical mobility today, and, as a result, needs 24 hour home care, seven days a week, and she is totally limited in her life.

Kathy majored in Accounting and was employed as an Accountant and Mortgage Broker until her condition forced her to stop working. She is blessed with a daughter, Whitney, who was born when Kathy was 27. It was shortly after her daughter’s birth that Kathy began to show symptoms of MS. Today, Kathy is proud of Whitney who at 23 is a top medical student at John Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 to purchase a motorized wheelchair accessible van so that Kathy can meet critical transportation needs. Kathy’s current source of transportation only takes her to the doctor. Kathy’s physical condition has worsened, but her spirit hasn't changed. She is in dire need of socialization outside the home. She is unable to attend family gatherings and is very saddened by this. She expressed the desire to get outside and be out among people. She is still the woman we all know, love and respect. I am asking you to please make a contribution, no matter the amount so that we can give Kathy the transportation she needs.

You can donate by visiting this link ,click send money then type in email address: or make a direct deposit into Kathy Boyd-Green bank account number 1267558 at the Sterling Bank, 1006 Kresson Road, Voorhees, N.J. 08043. Kathy gave Aginah permission to accept checks on her behalf made payable to Kathy Boyd-Green at Aginah Hair Design 215.878.1227.

Thank you, and may you reap one hundredfold the goodness that you sow. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Warmest Regards,

Her Stylist, Aginah Carter-Shabazz //

Tuesday, September 29, 2009



For Women, Men & Children

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Our Herbal Pomade is an old, but tried homemade recipe restoring health to hair, scalp and skin too! The extraordinary moisturizing and strengthening properties of Shea Butter, Avocado Butter, and Horsetail Butter penetrate to nourish and smooth the hair shaft, while Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Lecithin, Rosemary Essential Oil, Sage and Nettle extracts provide superior leave-in conditioning. Stimulate growth, combat dry scalp, brittle hair and shedding while you moisturize hair.

4 oz jar $12.00

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Also available at:
Aginah E Hair Salon
7516 City Avenue Office 6
Philadelphia, PA 19151
215.878.1227 * 267.226.3430

Additional products:
Tri-Protein Deep Conditioner $14
Protein Leave-In Taming Spray $7
Coming real soon... Shampoo & Conditioner
w/o sulfates, parabens and artificial coloring

Holistic Hair Health Educator
Aginah Carter-Shabazz since 1978
"Choicez do matter"

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Re-Launching One Product at a Time

Aginah's Hair Journey - Chapter Nine Hair Biz

Rebuilds Damaged Hair
8 oz... $14.00

Aids in restructuring hair. Deep conditions fragile, dry,
damaged or chemically treated hair. Botanical extracts
revitalizes depleted, stressed hair. Structurizing proteins and
botanicals produce more benefits than any single protein can
“working from the inside of the hair shaft out.” Produces a
healthy luster and provides exceptional manageability. Brought
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Our Herbal Pomade is an old, but tried home recipe to ensure healthy hair & skin. The extraordinary moisturizing and strengthening properties of Shea and Avocado Butters penetrate to nourish and smooth the hair shaft, while Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Sage and Nettles Extracts provide superior leave-in conditioning. Stimulate growth, combat dry scalp, brittle hair and shedding while you moisturize hair.

Massage thoroughly into scalp to activate herbs and essential oils to insure deep penetration. Or apply a small amount for a natural shine.

Available at
Aginah E Hair Salon
215.878.1227 or email


Monday, May 4, 2009


We need information to help us make better choices...

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A learning tool A teaching tool A keepsake!


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7516 City Avenue Office #6
Philadelphia, PA 19151
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April 23, 2009
Contact: Aginah Carter-Shabazz
Cell 267.226.3430

PHILADELPHIA — To a casual observer, prominent cosmetologist Aginah Carter-Shabazz may appear to be starting a whole new career as she gives lectures about life choices to women, inmates, and college students. Never one to shrink back from a just cause, she has always conveyed strength of purpose to women of all ages. However, the life-long Philadelphian, author and filmmaker is straightforward about her motivation.

“Too many women and young people get caught in the criminal justice system as a result of choices they make about the company they keep, money and materialism. They make bad choices. But people working within the criminal justice system also have choices to make. Is it fair to seek a prosecution of someone based on association?” asks Carter-Shabazz. She has a reason for the question.

In 1998, Carter-Shabazz’s daughter was arrested, imprisoned for a 18 months, for a crime she neither committed nor orchestrated. After a 30 day trial, Carter-Shabazz’s daughter was acquitted, but the 18 months spent fighting the charges was a heartbreaking and depleting experience for Carter-Shabazz, her family, friends and the community.

She closed her lucrative salon business in 2001 to heal from the experience. The results of her two year inner journey are revealed in her award-winning documentary, Justice for Her, which details her daughter’s experience in the criminal justice system, and the publication of her memoir of growing acclaim, CHOICEZ, which shows how the making of poor life choices spans generations.

On April 28, Carter-Shabazz, invited by the university’s Research in African-American Studies, the Department of Sociology, and the Vice-Provost's Office for Diversity Initiatives, will speak with students whose futures may influence the criminal justice system. Will they make the CHOICE to prosecute or persecute?

“This documentary, Justice for Her, tells a story that needs to be heard across the country…,” said Columbia University’s Carla Shedd, Assistant Professor in the
Department of Sociology & African American Studies.

- more -

Carter-Shabazz and her Team Choicez have already been speaking with inmates at Philadelphia correctional institutions for men and women, and groups in colleges, high schools, churches, and recovery organizations that support women.

For more information about Team Choicez workshops and discussions call 215.878.1227, Cell 267.226.3430 or email For the book CHOICEZ and copies of the documentary Justice For Her, call the above numbers or visit or


Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Years in March 2009!

Join Giselle, Kim and Aginah as we bring in the NEW YEAR!
With flowers beginning to bloom and the weather getting warmer--March 21st is a beautiful time of the year... It feels like a fresh start!

So if you'd like to start your spring with Sistahfriends and cleanliness of mind and body head to AGINAH'S HAIR SALON where each person is invited to read a brief excerpt from a text you have found to be healing.

7516 City Avenue Office #6, 215.878.1227

Saturday, March 21st @10am - 2pm

Our celebration is hosted by Smiley Ferebee with the art and spirit of Vegetarian cuisine and more...

Babykakes dessert

A Aginah Shabazz production giving back to our Sistahclients

Friday, January 23, 2009


This is an Inauguration for all Americans in celebration of our common values, shared aspirations and the hope Americans feel that the course of our nation will change.

On January 20th, 2009, we all stood together with President Barack Obama as he takes office as the 44th President of the United States of America.

Thursday, January 15, 2009



Contact Aginah Carter-Shabazz

Phone 215.878.1227


9 A.M. EDT, January 15, 2009


Prominent cosmetologist, author and award-winning filmmaker Aginah Carter-Shabazz has joined with The Gathering of Men and Community at the SCI-Chester medium security prison for men to speak with inmates on Monday, February 2, 2009 in Chester, PA.

Aginah Carter-Shabazz was invited to speak at SCI-Chester following the DVD release of her feature-length documentary, Justice for Her, and premier of CHOICEZ, her first novel. CHOICEZ, is a memoir of a life of glamour and violence and speaks about the power of personal vision and the reality of negative inter-dependent relationships. Justice for Her, details how the relationships, Aginah’s daughter, Yonzetta “Nas” Hudson had with men, money and materialism led to a nearly fatal relationship with the criminal justice system. Corrections Classification Program Manager Phyllis Jones-Carter of SCI-Chester heard about Justice for Her and CHOICEZ, and ordered books for their book club and a DVD for inmate perusal. After an overwhelmingly positive response from the inmates, Jones-Carter contacted Carter-Shabazz to come share her experience with SCI-Chester inmates.

Team CHOICEZ: Aginah Carter-Shabazz, Safiyya Shabazz, M.D. and Rosa Lewis, Ph.D., will visit SCI-Chester prison to present a holistic workshop on making better choices. Specifically, Dr. Shabazz will provide information on making better choices regarding nutrition, personal and sexual health; while Dr. Lewis and Aginah Carter-Shabazz will lead discussion on increasing self-awareness, developing stronger personal relationships and decision-making skills that assist inmates in making better choices. The discussion aims to provide inmates with tools that support re-entry and advocacy for young men making better decisions and being accountable for their choices and actions.

Ms. Carter-Shabazz commented “We want to give back to encourage them to make better choices. We don’t want to judge people. They can change; they can see my experience and my daughter’s experience and know that change is possible.” No changes No change.

The SCI-Chester prison is home to inmates left with seventeen months prior to the expiration of their minimum sentence. The Gathering of Men and Community is a group of SCI-Chester prison residents that formed to address issues plaguing youth, families and the greater community.

Aginah Carter-Shabazz has a host of appearances coming up over the next several months. Earn Center (welfare to work program), ReelBlack Cable Television and Book Signings. In April, Aginah will be appearing in New York at Columbia University. Email for appearances, interviews and booksignings.