I have always respected the power of the woman’s body. It houses a soul, it gives birth to life, and it loves unconditionally without as much a shove. This is why the woman’s body is much more beautiful than just her shape. I believe that whatever shape comes along with healthy living is the most beautiful form. Most people count calories, cut out pertinent foods that really should be in their diet, all in the name of “beauty” and a thinner body. This is actually more damaging, not only to the body, but to the mind as well; stressing the body releases a chemical in the body known as cortisol.
Meet the beautiful and intelligent Dr. Andrea Alexander, also known as Paging Dr. Dre from the US who has joined the Healthy Movement with Versatility Beauty&Fashion 2016. In this interview Dr. Andrea Alexandra shares her recommendation of how to attain healthy lifestyle in a healthy way.
Who is Andrea Alexander?
I am a child of God and Jesus Christ first and an Obstetrician and Gynecologist second. I am also a YouTuber who loves sharing all things natural hair, healthy snacks and good food, whether it be from a restaurant, or from my own kitchen (mostly my kitchen though). Fitness and advice/discussion forums also wiggle their way into the scene as well.
Tell us about your YouTube-channel Paging Dr.Dre?
Paging Dr. Dre is still a fairly novel channel, but in the coming months, it is expected to cover a variety of topics, including natural hair care, fitness, health, cooking, and lifestyle.
How would you describe your inner beauty?
My inner beauty is faith-based and spirit-led. Period.
What do you love about your beauty?
I love that my beauty is natural and uncovered. I believe that all beauty is created by God, so why cover that up? Rock what you have and what He created!
What do you love the most when it comes to your beautiful hair?
I love that my hair represents my roots and heritage, where I come from, and because of that, what I am capable of. My hair is a direct reflection of a diaspora of people that were enslaved, and while under the incarceration of oppression, developed communities, churches, colleges… No other race can mark this extraordinary achievement in their history books. That is what is most beautiful about my hair: the rich and triumphant history that it represents.
What three things would you recommend for women with curly/coily hair?
I would recommend to my kinky curly sisters to become comfortable with it, treat it like silk, and ignore the malice from others that may come along with it.
What three things would you not recommend women with curly/coily hair?
- Don’t be a profligate person; save your money from being thrown away on products and put it towards something valuable. Stick to the products that give you the results you want, as well as proper protein-moisture balance, and put your bucks towards hair accessories (scarves, jewelry, etc.) that will compliment and play-up your look on your my-hair-is-not-so-cute-days.
- Don’t limit yourself to only looking at people with hair types similar to yours, or to a person with a curl type that you want. Keep your horizons broad! This way, you’ll be able to add more motivation, tips, and hairstyles to your arsenal.
- Lastly, don’t just record how much your hair has grown; record other pertinent factors (like diet, exercise, water intake, if you were taking vitamins, etc.) so that you can see not only if your hair is growing, but WHEN your hair is growing and WHAT you are doing when it is.
Four years ago, Versatility Beauty&Fashion interviewed the famous natural hair stylist Felicia Leatherwood. One of the questions Versatility Beauty&Fashion asked her was what she thought about the trend amongst women with coily or curly hair becoming natural. She responded that in her perspective becoming natural is not a trend, but more as a movement. Do you agree or disagree with Felicia Leatherwood statement about becoming natural is a movement?
I agree with Ms. Leatherwood 110%. If I ever want my hair to be straight for an extended period of time again, I’ll just use a blow dryer and a flat iron instead of jumping back into a vat of creamy crack. After seeing the benefits of proper hair care sans alkalinizing chemicals, I doubt people will trade in length AND thickness for a lousy itinerant trend.
There has been a lot of discussions about why there most be one type of ideal beauty. Since 2013 the ideal of woman’s body is to look strong and therefore the new ideal of beauty is ”Strong is the new skinny”. Versatility Beauty&Fashion is pro-health and believes that working-out is the best medicine you can give to your body and soul. But some women misunderstand the ideal and work out too much that they hurt themselves. Instead of taking a break to let their injury fully heal; they take pills to counteract the injury to sustain their work out in fear of gaining weight! What are your thoughts about today’s attitude of the ”new” ideal of body?
I have always respected the power of the woman’s body. It houses a soul, it gives birth to life, and it loves unconditionally without as much a shove. This is why the woman’s body is much more beautiful than just her shape. I believe that whatever shape comes along with healthy living is the most beautiful form. Most people count calories, cut out pertinent foods that really should be in their diet, all in the name of “beauty” and a thinner body. This is actually more damaging, not only to the body, but to the mind as well; stressing the body releases a chemical in the body known as cortisol. This hormone causes muscle wasting and fat deposition in the mid-truncal area (AKA the waist). Bearing this in mind, one’s lifestyle should ideally be a stress-free as possible. Starving oneself, straining the body, and not getting enough sleep are all forms of stress and can actually make it harder for the body to maintain its size. Eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, and meats (staying under 2200 calories, 66 grams of fat, and 22 grams of saturated fat per day), getting enough sleep, and finding methods to relax are the best ways to not only stay in shape, but boost your self-confidence and your inner and outer beauty alike. Trust me! I’m a doctor!
How often do you work out/ how often do you think one should work out to feel good?
One should work out definitely at least 3 times a week. I usually work out every day to every other day. My mantras for keeping it going are “GETTING UP IS THE HARDEST PART,” and “If you don’t do it now, it will only be harder tomorrow; and tomorrow, your health may be dependent on you to work out, so you might as well have a head start.“ But, letting your body rest is a necessity. Learn to listen to your body when it says, “Hey there, I’m actually tired today.” Now, the mind is stronger than the flesh, so don’t let this voice overpower your will too often.
Versatility Beauty&Fashion has started the Healthy movement with Versatility Beauty&Fashion 2015, where we want to inspire women around the world to set goals for achieving healthy hair, healthy body and healthy soul(inner beauty) this year of 2015. If you would like to join the movement what would your goals be to achieve
- Healthier body
- Healthier hair
- Healthier soul (inner beauty)
this year of 2016?
Healthy Body: Work out, take vitamins, don’t stress (increased levels of cortisol cause increased blood pressure and abdominal fat deposition), get 6-8 hours of sleep (although I rarely practice what I preach in this portion of my life, unfortunately) and EAT! Don’t cut calories or vital foods from your diet! The most important thing to remember while eating is to include all colors of the rainbow on your plate (sans artificial dyes of course) and all food groups. The average human body should be taking in 2200 calories a day, 66 g of fat, and 22 g of saturated fat. If you go under, go a little bit under your fat and saturated fat count. Because you are constantly burning calories (even as you are sitting here reading this), cutting calories, especially when you also add in working out, is actually detrimental to the body. Also, make sure carbohydrates do not make up more than half of your diet.
Healthy Hair: Keep you hair moisturized! Every day, your hair needs water! A lot of naturalistas are afraid to do this because of the accumulation of frizz that comes along with doing this every day. However, the function of human hair is to do more than add to one’s physical features! It also functions in sensation of the surrounding environment, which means that if there is frizz, then the hair is doing its job! It is supposed to frizz up, grab at surrounding water, and absorb surrounding moisture! Don’t be afraid to moisturize your hair because of frizz! Also, weekly deep conditioning is a must! This not only helps with detangling, but length retention and styling! Lastly, make sure you try to adhere to a healthy and stress-free lifestyle as much as possible! Cortisol, (that funny little hormone I keep mentioning), also causes the body to get rid of what it doesn’t need ignored to survive. So guess what: your hair, skin, and nails will be the first to go because, who needs aesthetics and beauty when one is trying to stay alive?! You more so need your heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, etc. to keep the body functioning.
Healthy Soul: Pray! Whatever prophet you pray to, do it! I claim Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior, so for those fellow Christians out there, I would like to share my thoughts with you! This year one of my biggest accomplishments was thanking God for the good, AND BAD. I learned to stop questioning Him whenever things didn’t go my way. A pitfall is temporary, and that’s it. It too, shall pass. Thank Him for all that He does, whether it is good or bad (in the moment). Learning this was actually surprising since I rarely attended church for the past few years. When I was attending church FAITHFULLY every Sunday, I had so much trouble with this task. But surprisingly when I drifted away from the church, I grew closer to Him and what He had to offer. Now I’m not suggesting to leave the church, but don’t do what I did and beat yourself up for being a so-called “Bad Christian” because you are not in His house every week. There are several ways to serve Him and grow closer to Him: evangelism, prayer, well wishes to others, etc., all of which can be practiced outside of church! Now I know whenever I return to my home church in Houston, Texas, I will serve Him like I have never done before!
In which social media can one find you?
YouTube: Paging Dr. Dre
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I love you guys! Thanks for listening! Be happy with yourself, underneath the make-up, fake nails, and whatever else falsifies your aesthetic: love who you are, love your strengths and faults: they make you UNIQUE. Make sure to always give back, especially to our communities and HBCU’s! Our people DIED so that we could have these institutions of higher learning! Don’t forget about them and let the lost lives be lost in vain. And guess what? Tomorrow isn’t promised to ANYONE! I know it’s hard to not take people and things for granted, but thank God for who you have today, and tell them you love them, because the reality is, you may not get a chance to tomorrow! The sooner you put this into practice, the more fulfilled you will be! I love you all, and whether it’s in my next post, video, or on the flip side in the obituaries, I’ll talk to you all soon! Love ya!
Interview by: Versatility Beauty&Fashion