True Love Hair - - COVER STORY -

“As my crown, you say a lot about who I am. I used to de­pend a lot on mom to take care of you. She’d braid you and make sure that you’re al­ways neat and cute. She nur­tured you and treated you with spe­cial care. Once, she was fu­ri­ous when I came home from school with lice on my scalp be­cause I played in the sand dur­ing lunch break.

At high school it was su­per easy. Hav­ing at­tended a black girls’ high school, I wasn’t al­lowed to grow you. I needed to keep you short un­til grade 11. Mom would cut you neatly, and other times, the hair­cut made me cringe! When I fi­nally reached grade 11 and could grow you again, we com­peted with other stu­dents to see whose hair would grow the long­est. You, my dear, were a thing of beauty.

I’ve since nur­tured you by avoid­ing harsh chem­i­cals and tak­ing great care of the prod­ucts I use. I love that you’ve al­ways been healthy and strong. Mod­el­ling didn’t make it easy – some­times they’d ap­ply dye and not care that they’d use too much heat. I’d al­ways go back home and fran­ti­cally find ways to make you healthy again! Then for two years, I let you go back to your nat­u­ral state.

I’m proud of your African roots, your strong and tough curl. You re­mind me of my­self. I’m now the am­bas­sador for the best hair­care brand in the world. To you, my beau­ti­ful hair, con­tinue to grow and glow. The whole world is watch­ing – we’re global, baby!”

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