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 full story here.
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 locs. I loved my natural hair but 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 make a bold statement. Unfortunately, I found that options for middle-aged and older Black women who want to maintain a natural curly/kinky aesthetic (not too long, not too big, not too blond, not too straight, not too time-consuming) were hard to find. 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 learned 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. Hair that puts a smile on your face, a bounce in your step, and allow your true rhythm to shine through!