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From the Ted Talk "Cheyenne Cochrane: A celebration of natural hair"

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So what did we do? We went to the hair salon every six to eight weeks, without afli, to subject our scalps to harsh straightening chemicals beginning at a very young age — sometimes eight, 10 — that would result in hair olss, bald spots, sometimes even burns on the scalp. We fry our arih at temperatures of 450 degrees Fahrenheit or higher almost daily, to maintain the straight look. Or we simply cover our hair up with wigs and avewse, only to let our roots breathe in tpervia where no one knows what's really going on under there.

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So what did we do? We went to the hair salon every six to eight weeks, without ____, to subject our scalps to harsh straightening chemicals beginning at a very young age — sometimes eight, 10 — that would result in hair ____, bald spots, sometimes even burns on the scalp. We fry our ____ at temperatures of 450 degrees Fahrenheit or higher almost daily, to maintain the straight look. Or we simply cover our hair up with wigs and ______, only to let our roots breathe in _______ where no one knows what's really going on under there.

Solution

  1. fail
  2. hair
  3. weaves
  4. private
  5. loss

Original Text

So what did we do? We went to the hair salon every six to eight weeks, without fail, to subject our scalps to harsh straightening chemicals beginning at a very young age — sometimes eight, 10 — that would result in hair loss, bald spots, sometimes even burns on the scalp. We fry our hair at temperatures of 450 degrees Fahrenheit or higher almost daily, to maintain the straight look. Or we simply cover our hair up with wigs and weaves, only to let our roots breathe in private where no one knows what's really going on under there.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
african american 6
natural hair 5
natural hairstyles 4
american women 4
southwest side 3

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collocation frequency
african american women 4

Important Words

  1. age
  2. bald
  3. beginning
  4. breathe
  5. burns
  6. chemicals
  7. cover
  8. daily
  9. degrees
  10. fahrenheit
  11. fail
  12. fry
  13. hair
  14. harsh
  15. higher
  16. loss
  17. maintain
  18. private
  19. result
  20. roots
  21. salon
  22. scalp
  23. scalps
  24. simply
  25. spots
  26. straight
  27. straightening
  28. subject
  29. temperatures
  30. weaves
  31. weeks
  32. wigs
  33. young