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Leopard print is a bold, fun, and fearless print. It’s also a timeless print, and some, including myself, consider it a “neutral color”. Wearing leopard print makes me feel confident and, of course, fashion-forward. As I’ve shared before, my confidence took a slight hit when I cut my hair. Since then, I’ve been paying close attention to how clothes and certain prints make me feel. It’s important to me now more than ever to wear clothes that make me feel confident.

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Pants: Lane Bryant (another option) // Tunic: Nordstrom Rack, RDI (same tunic, different print) // Sneakers: Converse, Converse Outlet (same)

To be honest, when I first saw these pants hanging on the rack at Lane Bryant, I was unsure how they’d look on my body. As much as I love wearing prints, sometimes I shy away from wearing them on the bottom. Nevertheless, I grabbed this pair and whisked off to the dressing room, silently praying these pants would look and make me feel A M A Z I N G. Prayer, answered.

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Wearing prints on the bottom can be tricky, regardless of your size. Something I keep in when wearing printed bottoms is to wear tops that cover my bottom, or tops that are mid-thigh length. Such tops can include:

    • Tunics 
    • Long/mid-length cardigans (worn over a tank top, cami, bodysuit, or fitted t-shirt)
    • Over-size sweaters (this works best with leggings or straight-leg pants) 

I also suggest, if at all possible, trying on printed bottoms before you purchase them. If you’re really feeling bold, create different looks while in the dressing room. This will give you a better idea of how you can style your printed pants for future outfits.

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Purse: Nordstrom Rack, Marc Jacobs (similar) // Earrings: Gifted

So…are you a fan of wearing printed bottoms? Let me know by commenting below!

Until next time: be blessed, stay safe, and take care of yourself. Talk soon!

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Converse is my favorite sneaker brand. Their sneakers are always comfortable, stylish, and affordable. They seemingly last for a lifetime, so the cost per wear is never an issue. For years, these classic sneakers have been a wardrobe staple. The platform pair worn here have quickly become one of my go-to pair for everyday outfits.

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Converse: Converse Outlet (same)

When styling an everyday outfit, or any outfit for that matter, I keep the following in mind:

  1. Comfortability
    • The fabrics must be soft and breathable
    • I shouldn’t have to constantly rearrange my clothes throughout the day
  2. Functionality 
    • I should be able to walk, bend, stand, etc. in the outfit
    • My movements shouldn’t be restricted due to my outfit choice
  3. Personal Style
    • The outfit must be true to my personal style
    • I have to feel good about myself when wearing the outfit

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Tunic: Nordstrom Rack, RDI (same tunic, different print) // Denim: Lane Bryant (same) Purse: Nordstrom Rack, Marc Jacobs (similar)

Tell me…what’s important to you when styling an outfit? Let me know by commenting below!

Until next time: be blessed, stay safe, and take care of yourself. Talk soon!

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For the past few months, I’ve been working on building confidence in certain areas of my life. I’ve added different colors, textures, and brands to my wardrobe, become more vocal about topics I’m passionate about and I’ve said “YES” to certain opportunities I’d normally say no to. There’s less second-guessing, and very little discussion with outside people before I make a decision.

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I also find myself less timid when asked to try something new. As a result, I’m genuinely more happy, less stressed, and more content than I’ve been in a while. I’m learning to trust my gut, have faith in my capabilities, and most importantly, I’m learning to trust and recognize the voice of God.

Denim: Lane Bryant (same) // Sweater: Nordstrom Rack (similar) // Shoes: Converse (same)

“Confidence is an inside job: it’s about how you feel about yourself regardless of what anyone else does or thinks. It’s a knowing that you’re human, you’re flawed, and you’re awesome in your own way.” ~ Jen Sincero

Building confidence isn’t easy. In my case, I believe wholeheartedly that cutting my hair was the catalyst for my confidence boost. While not an easy one to make, that decision changed the trajectory of my life. Months prior, I was stuck in a rut. My wardrobe was boring me, I was extremely indecisive about the simplest things, and I compared my life to (some of) my peers more times than I’d like to admit. So, when I found out I had Alopecia, I decided to cut my hair not only track my regrowth but also as a way to revive some things that had been lying dormant in my life.

The quickest way to acquire self-confidence is to do exactly what you are afraid to do. ~ Anon
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After the cut, things started falling into place in the most seamless way. It was and still is, uncanny. The way my faith is set up, I know that’s nothing but God working. Cutting off my hair, AKA my security blanket, literally catapulted me outside of my comfort zone. Sink or swim, like it or not, my new normal was happening with or without me.

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By the grace of God and some cute items I’ve added to my closet, I’m becoming the most confident version of myself. Do I still get stuck in my own head? Absolutely. Do I get scared sometimes and revert back to what’s comfortable? For sure! However, I make it a point not to stay in those places too long.

Faux Leather Baseball Cap: Nordstrom Rack, Free People (Similar) // Earrings: Nordstrom Rack (another option)

So…what’s something that has helped build your confidence lately? Let me know by commenting below!

Until next time: be blessed, stay safe, and take care of yourself. Talk soon!

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Today, I’m wrapping up my Black History Month series. I’ve enjoyed highlighting some of my favorite Black women entrepreneurs. As I said in Part I, Black women are making tremendous strides in numerous fields. We deserve to be celebrated and supported, and my hope is that after reading each post, you will do both.

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1. Roni, Personal Styling | Roni is one of my favorite personal style bloggers, hands-down. She has impeccable taste and an incredible eye for fashion. Roni’s love for bright colors and vibrant prints matches her personality! If your wardrobe or closet is in need of a fashion overhaul, I suggest contacting her ASAP. This New Jersey-based fashionista offers services including, but not limited to, personal styling and personal shopping. Click HERE to find out more about Roni’s style services.

2. Tiona Blyden, Christian Mentorship & Entrepreneurship | I was introduced to Tiona a few years ago. At the time, I was growing in my faith, becoming more clear on my purpose, and navigating my way through married life as a semi-newlywed. One of my prayers during that time was to connect with like-minded, married women. A few months later, one of my friends invited me to a 5 a.m. prayer call challenge, hosted by Tiona. Over time, our relationship grew into a beautiful friendship. I’ve watched and supported Tiona’s growing business, Proverbs 31 Boss, and I couldn’t be more proud of her success. She has a gift and a passion for helping women, especially wives and mother’s, grow in Christ. If you’re looking for a Christian mentor, click HERE to connect with Tiona.

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3. Monroe Steele, Blogging & Social Media | No one can style a little black dress or a monochromatic outfit as effortlessly as this New York-based fashion blogger. Monroe has her finger on the pulse of fashion, and watching her blossom into a full-time blogger and entrepreneur has been awe-inspiring! She’s a genius at storytelling through social media, and her writing style is concise, enjoyable and refreshing! Recently, Monroe began offering social media templates through her Etsy Shop to help other entrepreneurs monetize Instagram Stories, pitch to brands, and more! Click HERE for more on Monroe’s templates and style.

4. Jei Monroe, Thrifted Fashion | I was thrilled to connect with Jei on social media last year. After finding out we were both Leo’s and addicted to thrift shopping, we pretty much realized our connection was a match made in heaven! Based in New York, Jei is on a mission to “help the everyday woman be fierce, fabulous, and fearless by building up her wardrobe, style, and confidence”. Jei offers styling, branding and creative services to business clients, as well as the everyday working woman. She also hosts IT’S THRIFT!” — A Curated Pop-Up Thrift Workshop. To connect with Jei and to find out more about her style, branding, and thrifting services, click HERE!

5. Whitney James, Women’s Empowerment | Of course, I had to round out this Black women entrepreneur series by including me! For the past three years, my women’s empowerment organization, Fearless Woman I Am (FWIAM), has been thriving. The purpose of FWIAM is to encourage women to BE FEARLESS while living unapologetically with intention, purpose and audacious faith. With each vision board event, ambassador’s meeting, and community service effort, that purpose is being fulfilled. To see what’s next for FWIAM, signup for our newsletter HERE!

Below are five easy ways you can support these Black women entrepreneurs.

  • Join their online communities (i.e. social media, newsletter, mailing list, etc.)
  • Purchase an item/or one of their services
  • Gift one of their items/or services to someone
  • Share their information with at least ONE person you know
  • Share this post with your online community (i.e. social media, newsletter, link back to post, email, etc.)

So…who some of your favorite Black women entrepreneurs? Let me know below!

Until next time: be blessed, stay safe, and take care of yourself. Talk soon!

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At the beginning of the year, I knew I wanted to continue refreshing my wardrobe. I started this process a few months back. First, I figured out what items were missing from my closet. Next, I gathered personal style inspiration; finally, little by little, I started shopping around for certain pieces.

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Leopard Print Denim: Lane Bryant (same) // Tunic: Nordstrom Rack (another option) // Flats: Tory Burch (similar)

I knew I wanted to add color, (more) prints, and different textures to my wardrobe. That said, purchasing these leopard print pants were a no brainer! I tried them on in the fitting room of Lane Bryant and immediately fell in love! I was more than pleased with the fit and length, and the slightly fringed hem made this pair of denim even more appealing.

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Turbans and hats were also on my shopping list. Both are the perfect accessory for just about any outfit and, because I’m not 100% comfortable with wearing my semi-bald head out in public just yet, stocking up was a must. So, I purchased two handmade turbans from Emijaa Jaaemil during the holiday season: a black faux leather and a multicolored leopard print one. Wearing these turbans not only makes me feel comfortable in public, but it adds an effortlessly stylish touch to my outfits.

Turban: Emijaa Jaaemil (same) // Necklace: oNecklace (shop here)

So…how are you refreshing your wardrobe this year? Let me know by commenting below!

Until next time: be blessed, stay safe, and take care of yourself. Talk soon!

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This week, I’m delighted to recognize five more Black women entrepreneurs! Four of these women are based in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area, and the other is based in New York. These east coast entrepreneurs are trailblazers and it’s my pleasure to highlight them today.

1. Stacey Bolden, Artist & Creative Coach | Stacey, AKA “The Creative Coach”, recently relaunched her business, Creatively Speaking Company. From face painting to paint parties, Stacey is one of the most creative women I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I hosted a Create & Paint for my first FWIAM event, and Stacey was the consummate facilitator! With a mission to “change communities, stretch imaginations and empower people from all ages, backgrounds, and cultures, through creative arts & expression”, Creatively Speaking Company also has plans to offer creative coaching in the near future. As a longtime family friend and a fellow Black woman entrepreneur, I’m thrilled to watch as Stacey makes her mark on the creative arts industry! To hire her for your next event, or to stay up to date on what’s next for this thriving company, click HERE.

2. Stania Romain, Fashion Styling, Mentorship & Empowerment | Working with this DC-based entrepreneur is always a joy! Stania is passionate about empowering young ladies and making women look and feel their best. Her delightful personality and her keen eye for detail are refreshing. A true “girl’s girl”, Stania is always there to support and encourage other women who’re doing positive things. Click HERE to connect with Stania for your personal styling needs, or to find out how you can book her to facilitate your next young women’s empowerment event!

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3. Danielle Lewis, Beauty & Lifestyle | I attended high school with Danielle and I always remember how kind, well-liked, bubbly, and fashion-forward she was. Fast forward to today and Danielle is putting those amazing qualities to work! With 10+ years of beauty industry experience, Danielle is a sought after makeup artist and beauty educator. She’s also the host of her own podcast, The Danielle Lewis Show, and the co-founder of The Dreamers Brunch. This New York-based entrepreneur is truly walking in her purpose, and inspiring women along the way. Click HERE to keep up with Danielle, and to see what services she offers!

4. India Roseborough, Fitness | If you’re looking for a personal trainer in the Baltimore area, I highly suggest connecting with India, the owner of PYT Training Studio and PYT Meals. India was one of the trainers during my 21-day boot camp experience. She has a no-nonsense, yet encouraging, style of training, and understands that everyone works and trains at their own pace. India has a degree in Exercise Science and over 5 years of experience in the personal training industry. With a mission to “help each client reach their maximum potential inside the gym and beyond”, India is well on her way to becoming a standout in her field. Click HERE to find out more about the PYT experience! 

5. Erin A. Martin, Photography | Erin is a DC-based “CuratHER, InfluencHER, and PhotograpHER”. She is extremely talented and hardworking and has a passion for telling stories through photography. Erin has captured some of life’s most beautiful moments with her camera, and her quality of work is superb. I’m inspired by her creativity and I look forward to working with her in the near future. Click HERE to view some of her work, and HERE to find out what services she offers.

So, how can you support these Black women entrepreneurs? Below are five simple ways:

  • Join their online communities (i.e. social media, newsletter, mailing list, etc.)
  • Purchase an item/or one of their services
  • Gift one of their items/or services to someone
  • Share their information with at least ONE person you know
  • Share this post with your online community (i.e. social media, newsletter, link back to post, email, etc.)

Who some of your favorite Black women entrepreneurs? Let me know below!

Until next time, be blessed, stay safe, and take care of yourself. Talk soon!

KEEP UP WITH ME

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Last Wednesday, I introduced 5 Black women entrepreneurs who’re making strides in education, fashion, health & wellness, HR and fashion design. This week, I’m thrilled to highlight 5 more Black women entrepreneurs. These women are remarkable and they each deserve to be recognized and supported.

Related Post: 5 Black Women Entrepreneurs to Support, Part I

1. Cortnie Elizabeth, Fashion Design | Miami based handbag designer, Cortnie Elizabeth, founded Love, Cortnie in 2011. I’ve been a loyal customer for seven years and my Love, Cortnie clutches are still some of my favorite handbags. Cortnie’s beautifully designed clutches, bucket bags, and accessories are extremely durable, and each item truly makes a statement. If you’re in the market for a new handbag, visit the Love, Cortnie site HERE.

2. Africa Miranda, Beauty & Lifestyle | I’m constantly inspired by Africa Miranda’s growth as an entrepreneur. She has created a lane for herself and continues to thrive and flourish every step of the way. I’m currently reading her book, Step Up, Step Out, And Shine. The pages are filled with relatable anecdotes, as well as realistic pointers on how to become your best self. I’ve also used the Facial Elixer from her beauty product line, Beauty by Africa Miranda. The Luminous Body Mist is currently one of my daily beauty must-haves. To purchase the book or one of her effective beauty products, click HERE!

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3. Letricia Loftin, Speaker & Emcee | From her infectious smile and personality to her incredible way with words, Letrica Loftin is one of my favorite Black woman entrepreneurs to support! I’ve had the pleasure of working with this vivacious, God-led Baltimore native on numerous occasions. Trust me when I say, her emcee and hosting skills are unmatched. If you’re ever in need of an emcee for an event, book Letricia! Find out more about her offerings and services HERE!

4. NeShanta Davis, Fashion & Lifestyle | This Atlanta based “Dopeness Innovator” and “Fashion Therapist” has made a name for herself as a trusted Fashion and Lifestyle Influencer. Having developed a genuine connection with this uber talented and extremely driven entrepreneur, I can say without a doubt NeShanta is one of the most creative and hardest working women I know. When she’s not styling and influencing, you can find her in the kitchen making healthy, homecooked meals for her catering company, For Lunch Tomorrow. Find out more information about NeShanta’s services HERE.

5. Alisha Robinson, Entrepreneurship | Authenticity, and tenacity. Those are two qualities I admire most about Raliegh, North Carolina based entrepreneur, Alisha Robinson. Alisha founded an eCommerce and digital media company, Living Over Existing (LOE), specifically for creative women who desire to live their lives and create their business on purpose. With over 50+ episodes, the LOE podcast has quickly become one of my go-to resources for entrepreneurial tips and encouragement. I’m working on completing the LOE Art of Podcasting Masterclass and plan to read Alisha’s book, Living Over Existing, this spring. For a more in-depth look at what Alisha has to offer through LOE, visit her website HERE!

So, how can you support these Black women entrepreneurs? Below are 5 simple ways:

  • Join their online communities (i.e. social media, newsletter, mailing list, etc.)
  • Purchase an item/or one of their services
  • Gift one of their items/or services to someone
  • Share their information with at least ONE person you know
  • Share this post with your online community (i.e. social media, newsletter, link back to post, email, etc.)

Who some of your favorite Black women entrepreneurs? Let me know below!

Until next time, be blessed, stay safe, and take care of yourself. Talk soon!

KEEP UP WITH ME

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February is always a busy month for my family. My parents birthdays are two days apart, February 12th (Dad) and February 14th (Mom), their wedding anniversary is on Valentine’s Day, and we’re all usually doing last minute preparation for our annual Miss Heart of Charity Pageant. For those who don’t know, my younger sister, Taylor, founded her own nonprofit organization, Heart of Charity, Inc., six years ago. Since it’s inception, we’ve been hosting a charity pageant, every first Saturday in March. It’s been a family affair from the beginning, and we always look forward to hosting this annual event.

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In the midst of the celebrations and pageant prep, I have been able to find time to unwind and enjoy a few things; Netflix, my daily devotional, and meal prep! Quite a random list of things, I know. But trust me when I tell you, these three things have been bringing me joy, keeping me laughing, motivated and stress-free.

1. Grace and Frankie | I’ve been watching Grace and Frankie since the first season. The back and forth banter between legendary actresses Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda is simply genius. Each episode has the perfect blend of brilliant one-liners and thrilling plot twists, all leaving you wishing the episodes were (much) longer than 27-30 minutes.

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2. Jesus Calling Devotional | Taylor gifted me this devotional for my birthday last year. Each devotional is easy to digest and gives you a sense of peace, understanding and leaves you feeling closer and more connected to God. The devotionals also provide a deeper understanding of certain scriptures in the Bible thanks to the author, Sarah Young.

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3. Meal Prep | Pre-cutting fruits and veggies and prepping certain meals ahead of time has been a huge stress reliever lately. With my days being filled with tasks, appointments, and other responsibilities, having food in our fridge that’s ready to eat is extremely helpful. For example, Darrius and I eat fruit for breakfast just about every morning, and I use lemons and cucumbers in my water daily. So, having these items pre-cut makes our mornings run much smoother.

So, what’s been bringing you joy lately? Let me know below!

Until next time, be blessed, stay safe, and take care of yourself. Talk soon!

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I made a promise to support more Black women entrepreneurs in 2019. I’m a product of a Black woman who owns and operates her own business. I’m also a Black woman entrepreneur who once owned and operated a successful vintage resale business, and currently a thriving women’s empowerment organization, Fearless Woman I Am. Black women are making tremendous strides in fashion, fitness, health & wellness, HR, education, and beyond! As a result, we deserve to be celebrated and supported.

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That’s where I come in. Every Wednesday this month, I’ll be highlighting 5 Black women entrepreneurs from various industries. Let’s start with the first 5, shall we?

1. Emijaa Jaamil, Fashion Design | If you’re looking to step up your turban game in 2019, Emijaa Jaamil should be your first stop! Emijaa’s unique, handmade turbans are exquisite! I purchased two last month, and I plan to style and share them on the blog very soon. From the quality of the fabrics to the attention to detail and packaging, Emjiaa Jaamil has found a new (repeat) customer! Shop her latest handmade goods, here!

2. Jennifer Amoako, Health & Wellness | A self-proclaimed holistic lifestyle ambassador, Jennifer Amoako is a Maryland based Certified Whole30 Coach. Jennifer is passionate about sharing the importance of working toward optimal wellness by focusing on nutrition, movement, rest, and stress reduction. Thanks to her simple and effective Whole30 tips, me, my husband, and my grandmother have established a much healthier relationship with food. I highly suggest hiring Jennifer as a Whole30 coach, or as an overall wellness speaker. Contact her here!

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3. Jacquelyn Gilbert, Human Resources | Whether you need to refresh your resume, brush up on your interview skills, or hire a Career Coach, Jacquelyn (Jackie) Gilbert is the woman for the job! With over 10 years of Human Resource experience, this New Jersey-based entrepreneur is a true expert in her field. Visit her website here to get the full rundown on her offerings and services.

4. Reiko Foster, Education & Fashion | I’ve been following this stylish, Houston, Texas-based mother of 2 incredibly intelligent and adorable children for years. I’ve always admired how Reiko stays true to her personal style while working as an educator. Recently, Reiko took a leap and published her first e-book entitled, How to Avoid the Dreaded Teacher Uniform. She also offers virtual styling services that will “help unlock your work-style balance”. Click here for her e-book, and to find out more about her styling services.

5. Lashawn Gee, Health & Wellness | Lashawn Gee is a certified fitness professional, a mindset coach, and a Hall of Famer. Talk about a triple threat! This fabulous and fit Black woman entrepreneur teaches professional women the mindset strategies necessary to attract their own next level opportunity. She shares daily mindset tips in her Instagram Stories, as well as quick and effective workout routine videos to help get your body moving. To find out more about Lashawn’s services, visit her website here.

So, how can you support these Black women entrepreneurs? Here are 5 simple ways:

  • Join their online communities (i.e. social media, newsletter, mailing list, etc.)
  • Purchase an item/or one of their services
  • Gift one of their items/or services to someone
  • Share their information with at least ONE person you know
  • Share this post with your online community (i.e. social media, newsletter, link back to post, email, etc.)

Who some of your favorite Black women entrepreneurs? Let me know below!

 Until next time, be blessed, stay safe, and take care of yourself. Talk soon!

KEEP UP WITH ME

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a new look for 2019. If you haven’t seen my latest post, no worries. Let me fill you in…

In December, I was diagnosed with Androgenetic Alopecia. Ever since mid-October, I knew something was going on with my hair, but I was sure the shedding and thinning could be remedied rather quickly. So, imagine my surprise when my hair stylist looked at my scalp and said, “This looks like Alopecia. I want you to go to a dermatologist ASAP to find out for sure.” Immediately, I went to trusty Google to look up Alopecia. I’d heard of the condition before but wasn’t fully knowledgable about the causes, symptoms, or treatments. The images and the amount of information were extremely overwhelming. But, isn’t that always the case when you look up your symptoms or a possible diagnoses on Google?

Fast forward a week later, I’m at the dermatologists’ office, anxiously waiting to be seen. After a thorough consultation, she confirmed that I indeed had Alopecia areata, but wanted to do a biopsy and send me for blood work to figure out the cause. I’ve never had a biopsy of any kind, and I hate going for bloodwork. However, I too was eager to figure out the root cause. So, I reluctantly scheduled both appointments just a few weeks before Christmas. Two days after Christmas, I returned to my dermatologists’ office for my results – Androgenetic Alopecia. In laymen’s terms, female pattern hair loss, and in my case it’s hereditary. We discussed my treatment options, I decided how I wanted to proceed, and I started treatment the very next day.

After my Biopsy

After receiving my diagnoses, I was extremely thankful that my Alopecia was not connected to any autoimmune or any other disease. Knowing that I still had hair follicles was also a relief. However, I was still unhappy with the current state of my hair. It was brittle, dry, and I was combing out clumps the size of quarters morning and night. Even when I combed my hair as gentle as possible, I could literally hear my hair breaking off. I also felt the bald spots throughout my scalp. I hated it. It was depressing and emotionally draining.

I mentioned cutting my hair to my dermatologist early on, and she told me it wouldn’t hurt or help my condition. It would, however, allow her to clearly see my hair pattern. I also shared how depressing it was for me to comb my hair, and she did agree that cutting it may help emotionally. I brought up the idea (again) to Darrius and he was all for it. Although it was ultimately my decision, and something we’d discussed weeks before, I wanted to make him aware that I was actually going through with it. So, on Monday, January 14th, with my husband and younger sister by my side, I arrived at my appointment to see Susan, a Senior Cosmetologist, and Certified Hair Loss Specialist, to cut off my hair…all of it.

A Few Hours After “The Cut”

This is my new normal. It’s taking time for me to adjust, but I can honestly say I’ve never felt freer. As I shared on Instagram, I know this journey will have its ups and downs. I just thank God for blessing me with an incredibly supportive, loving and encouraging village – my husband, family, and close friends. I’m also extremely thankful for my attentive and knowledgeable A-Team (Alopecia Team) – Dr. Kindred (Board-Certified Dermatologistgist), Susan Peterkin (Senior Cosmetologist, Certified Hair Loss Specialist & Natural Hair Educator), and the entire Kindred Hair & Skin Center. I’m also grateful to my hairstylist, Tamara. She took my hair concerns seriously and encouraged me to see a dermatologist in the first place.

This diagnosis has given me a new perspective on my purpose, and I plan to educate myself first, then others. That said, I will be sharing my journey, and keeping you informed as much as possible. I hope this post answered some of the questions I received on social media, as well as questions you may have had while reading. I will answer more detailed questions in the near future.

A Week After “The Cut”

To everyone on social media who have sent encouraging messages, scriptures, prayers, etc. THANK YOU once again. As I said last week, I am truly humbled by the love I’ve received from my social media community. Until next time, be blessed, stay safe, and take care of yourself. Talk soon!

P.S. Happy New Year!

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