Thursday, March 6th 2014 is a day I thought would never come. That is the day I decided to add hair to my hair. It is something I thought I would never do, and I must admit, I am not comfortable with my decision. But I felt I had to do it. As the talented India.Arie famously sang, “I am not my hair”, but I have to admit, I do love my hair… especially when it looks healthy and is styled within a strand of perfection! Like many women and men in my family, I have thick hair. And any stylist that has work with my hair will attest that I am a bit persnickity about it… down to what combs are used, how much heat is applied, and what products I use (which is why I never use hair spray).
So you must imagine my shock when I noticed that a section of my hair, about an inch from my forehead back, and from temple to temple, was thinning. In addition, the texture of my hair had become very dry and brittle. It’s not the first time I’ve had damaged hair. Usually, it’s been the result of chemicals used at the hair salon. But this time, I had no idea what was going on.
I knew I needed to take action, so I headed to Phyto Universe in NYC and met with my healthy hair guru, Ron Williams. About five years ago, when my hair was last damaged, someone suggested I try Phyto products. Since I was in NYC, I decided to go to the Phyto Universe to make my purchase. That is where I met first met Ron and he convinced me to visit their salon for treatment. After giving me a scalp analysis with a special device, he determined I needed a hair intervention. I would go to Ron weekly for hair treatments that included product cocktails he concocted (explaining what each mixture consisted of and what those ingredients would do to my hair) and placing me under the steamer. He also carefully applied my relaxers.
There was also work that I had to do. I was not working on tv at the time, so I was able to keep the heat out of my hair. And since it was winter, I wore hats everywhere. Underneath, I kept my hair hydrated with various products and wrapped it up to protect if from being pulled by the hats. I was pretty hopeless at first, but in a matter of weeks, I could see improvement in my hair. Within a matter of months, my hair was back to normal. So I continued to go and see Ron, but not as frequently.
During a recent visit some months back, Ron was the first to notice something was off about my hair texture. But my hair still looked good and I was just too busy to pay attention. Now, as I struggle to make a decent bang, I realize that my hair is in serious trouble. So I ran to get a special treatment from Ron and he informed me that it was time for another hair intervention.
We could not really pinpoint what was the source of my hair issue this time. I knew a big part of the problem was daily heat used to style my hair before my TV show. But Ron believes there is more going on and wants me to get some type of blood analysis. He thinks the issue may be related to some medical issues I have been having that have impacted my iron levels. I was relieved that he is confident that he can bring my hair back.
So I decided to chronicle my hair intervention every week here on S&LF, because I know most women could relate to dealing with hair issues. I hope you will share your stories and tips and support. I must admit, this is unsettling. I also felt blogging about my journey would help me to deal with my own issues about wearing my little hair clips. Ron says the hair clips are great for tv styling because my studio stylist at WNBC, Angie, can apply heat to the clipped in hair and style my hair around it. But I have to do my part by rolling my own hair up every night during the week . On the weekends, it’s back to hats with my hair wrapped and moisturized at all time.
WNBC stylist Angie Lorenzo, was kind enough to make my clip in hair pieces and I must say, I do love the look of my new bangs. I was really ready for a change. I think the reason I feel some discomfort with wearing this fake hair is that not long ago I had the exact same look without the hair pieces. I’ve always been so proud of my hair that I even became upset when people suggested that I had fake hair. Well now, there is no denying it. I do take comfort in the fact that so many women of all nationalities have some type of ‘hair help’. While I want to get to the point where I am ok wearing my pieces, I can’t wait until I don’t need them anymore.
As I write this, the texture of my hair feels better. That’s because I kicked off my intervention treatment with Ron the night before. Ron thinks he can restore my hair in a matter of weeks. I can only hope, but right now I am trying to decide if I will only wear the clips on my tv show and public appearances or every day. I will keep you posted.