5 years ago this week, I did something pretty freaking drastic; I cut off what remained of my chemically straightened hair. I know a lot of you might be thinking, “Big deal.. a different hairstyle.”
WRONG! Hair is a BIG DAMN deal to women; even bigger to African American women. When you add being on TV to the mix, you can begin to understand the magnitude of the act.
See my whole TV career, I’d been trying to conform. That meant hair that stayed in place and looked like everyone else’s. In order for me to achieve that, I had to get my hair chemically straightened every 5 weeks or so.
Well, a few years ago, tragedy struck. After a brief illness that landed me in the hospital, I went back to chemically straightening my hair. What happened? My hair got dry, broke off and fell out! It was a mess!
That’s when I decided ENOUGH!
Needless to say, it’s been an incredible journey of self-discovery and one of self-love. And I’ve learned a lot about what works best for me; prior to this, I was a middle-aged woman who had no idea how to care for her own, natural hair.
Now, fair warning.. this video is a bit on the long side. I DESPISE long videos but there was a lot of ground to cover here.
You have been warned.
As I said in the video, I’m more than happy to answer any questions you may have about my natural hair journey. You can leave them here and I’ll get right to them. In the meantime, here’s a quick look at my growth over the last 5 years and the lessons I learned!