We have to talk it your hair. It’s so beautiful. Tell us about your journey to return to your natural hair?
AWWW Thank you! It’s funny; I’m smiling now just reading your question. About a year after I lost my job and breasts, I was traveling the country on a book tour. I got sick on a plane and ended up hospitalized with asthmatic bronchitis. For three days, I was pumped full of medication. Shortly after I was released, I had a job interview with a major cable so I went to get my relaxer touched up. The problem was the medication in my body counteracted with the chemicals in the relaxer and the following week, my hair broke off and fell out!
I was traumatized! But it led me to a monumental decision; I decided then and there that I was never going to put another chemical in my hair, even if it meant not having another TV job again.
But there was another reason; my daughter who was a young teen at the time, started talking about wanting to straighten her hair. She has gorgeous, thick locks and it broke my heart that she thought that wasn’t good enough; that she wanted to emulate her white friends with their long, straight hair.
It occurred to me that it wasn’t enough to TELL her to love her hair (and by extension, herself); I needed to SHOW her so I set out to do just that.
During my journey I have learned so much about myself; prior to this, I was a 40-ish woman who hadn’t seen her natural hair in years. I had no idea what it would and could do. I spent countless hours watching YouTube videos to learn about the best ways to style my hair. In the end, I fell in love. I fell in love with the hair that grows naturally out of my head and I hate that it took so long to get to this place. Oh and I still get TV job offers.
Find out how Rene overcame deep depression, and what she hopes you can take away from her journey!
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