My hair has been an expression of confidence, culture, and connectedness since I emigrated from Jamaica in 1970. My new friends and I followed all the trends in braiding, Afros & pressed hair styles.
In 1984, in my early 20s, I was fired because I did not remove my braids as my employer demanded (yes, I filed and won that lawsuit). I tell the the full story in this HuffPost article.
Like many Black women firmly entrenched in corporate America, I eventually decided to go along to get along and gave up my natural styles for many years. However in 1997, I decided to stop chemically straightening my hair and wore a close cut Afro and various other natural styles until I started my locs. I loved my beautiful locs but after over 10 yrs started to see early signs that my crown was in distress.
By 2010, I was in senior management at a large tech company and became a president of their global Black employee organization. It was in this position of influence (and scrutiny) that I really wanted my hair to be a bold affirmation of who I was and who I represented.
Unfortunately, I found few options for middle-aged and older Black women who want to maintain a natural curly/kinky aesthetic. I felt compelled and equipped to create more choices for my tribe.
After saying farewell to the corporate life, back to school I went, but this time to get a fuller understanding of the history, science and sensibilities of the natural hair of Black people. I became a Licensed Natural Haircare Specialist learning that above all, our hair craves moisturize, massage and rest for its delicate coils. But while pampering your hair, your style choices need not wait.
It is my wish that you will find Rhythm Wigs are just what you have been waiting for; that they allow you to show all the beautiful versions of you; that they become a powerful tool for self-discovery and self-expression; that they make you feel like the phenomenal woman you are!