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Marsha’s Surprise Big Chop and Journey to Natural Hair

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by Marsha Willis of www.savvynaturalyou.com

It was around midnight; I jumped out of bed remembering that I needed to finish my son’s hair for school pictures. My son, who was six at the time, had his first haircut months before.  He now wanted his hair back, so we were in the process of growing it out.  So earlier that evening, I started braiding his hair, which was a chore.  My children unfortunately inherited the cry-scream-kick tender headed gene from me and I had to take a short break. Well, I fell asleep longer than I expected with only half of his hair done.

I woke up and went to the restroom. Still sleepy, I glanced over at the wastebasket and noticed a whole bunch of hair sticking out of the top. I was trying to figure out who in the heck had all of that straight hair. Then I was thinking, well maybe the kids got into the hair that I saved from my son’s first haircut. I am embarrassed to admit it, but he had very long, RELAXED hair. He was five when he got his hair cut for the first time and like most moms, I saved it. My heart began to drop as I raised my left hand to touch the left side of my head and I realized that it was my own hair. What the heck, my hair was cut!

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I told myself it was only a small amount that was cut. So I stood up to brave the sight and OH MY GOD, about a fourth of my hair was gone. I mean really gone, down to the scalp-GONE. It looked as if clippers were used to cut my hair off. The tears began to fill my eyes and I couldn’t breathe. It was as if my life had been taken away.

I felt a presence behind me so I turned around and it seems that out of nowhere there was my daughter, Olivya only three years old at the time. Barely breathing I asked her if she cut my hair. “Yes”, she calmly answered. I asked, “Olivya, how could you?” “Oh, IT WILL GROW BACK MOM,” she replied. I was devastated. I thought she was the devil. How could this perfect, sweet, very smart, very well behaved child that I created, betray me like that?!

I wanted her gone. I called my sister, who lived in the building next door and told her what happened and asked her to come get Olivya. My sister Shalonda is a prankster and she thought that I was trying to prank her. Her exact words were, “Marsha, I am sleepy and if I come over there and your hair is not cut, I am going to be mad.” She walked in the house to me balled up on the sofa crying my eyes out took a look at me and said, “OH MY GOD!” I cried out more and she took my daughter.

I had to get myself together because I had to finish my son’s hair and also be at work in a few hours. Normally I would have taken advantage of him being sleep so that I could continue his hair in peace but I woke him up to ask him why he let Libby cut my hair. Before I could ask him, he glanced at my butchered head and I could tell that he was confused. Then I asked him. He told me that he didn’t know that she has done it. I finished his hair and just cried for hours trying to figure out how I was going to work missing a fourth of my hair in the front of my head of all places.

I had to think fast. It’s crazy because that would have been a good reason for me to call into work, but I never thought of just taking off to deal with this extremely emotional and heartbreaking event. I mean, here it was, the worst day of my life and all I could think of was making to work on time. When I thought that it was a decent enough time, I called my aunt for a wig, went to work then immediately after work I went to the Beauty Supply Store and purchased my own wig. For the first time in my life, I was wearing wigs and I liked it. They were fun and I was cute in them. For a moment I was alleviated from the heartbreak of having my hair taken from me and was introduced to a whole new world. But I couldn’t understand why my head seemed to be throbbing. It was as if something had been raked through my head.

Later that day I got home, looked under the bathroom cabinet and saw three paddle brushes full of hair and of various lengths. It was as if Olivya had cut the hair and used the brushes to sort of vacuum it all up. I guess what was left ended up in the waste basket and I assume that she was vigorously brushing my hair. All of this and I was sleep.

There are many folk that claim that they are not their hair, but for me not having any was a big deal. I did not have a clear understanding of what I was going to do to get my hair back but I knew from that moment that I was never going to use chemicals to straighten my hair ever again. On that day, May 21, 2009, thanks to my three my old, I made the decision to return back to natural. On July 16th, the day before my birthday; I took the clippers and shaved it all off. Returning back to natural has been the most liberating thing that I have ever done and has changed my life forever.

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Queen Hustle V Presents Got Curl? Expo 2.0

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Queen Hustle V presents Got Curl? Expo 2.0 on Saturday, September 28th from 12-4pm. The event will be held at the African American Museum in Hempstead, New York.

Returning this year is Palmer’s & Eden Body Works, along with several curly hair specialists, celebrity stylists, vendors, artisans, and more.

Got Curl? carries products for women, children, and offers hair and beard care for men. Be sure to head out with the family to the African American Museum located at 110 North Fulton Ave., Hempstead, New York, 11550 on September 28th from 12-4pm.

*$5 general admission or $15 VIP admission*

*Kids under 12 FREE*

Log on Eventbrite to purchase tickets

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/got-curl-expo-20-tickets-59958746224

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Why Got Curl Expo?

“Welcome…and thank you for your interest in Got Curl Expo 2019! As a fellow Curly Girl and proud Momma of two big curl girls I can totally relate! Finding the best products and styling techniques that are optimal to manage our curly locks has been a challenge over the years. With the wide array of products and services that have come onto the market in the past 5 years we have more options than ever before. Yaaahhh!! Now you would think that managing our hair has become simpler…on the contrary! With more options it is up to the curly endowed to decipher which products and techniques are best suited for her/his specific curly hair type. It is from this need aroused my desire to bring this information to the public via product experts and curly stylists under one roof on one day at one fantastic event. We have also included the men with a special emphasis on products and services geared towards men’s grooming needs! How grand!!!!”Victoria Stanton

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Got Curl? Expo 2018 received positive press from several news outlets and totaled over 150 in attendance.

https://www.newsday.com/business/natural-hair-salon-african-american-1.17995537

http://www.blackhairology.com/got-curl-expo-2018-recap/

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Kim Chapman: Respect The Roots

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“In order for us to have longevity, we [must] continue to do what we are supposed to do – that we are always servicing people and not becoming a bigger conglomerate just to have money to show that I have money.”

A simple motivational motto legendary entrepreneur Mrs. Kimberly M. Chapman, best known to many as Kim, repeats daily as she weathers herself through the daily work schedule as an active phenomenal woman. Already recognized as a legend in the beauty industry, Kim looks to catapult herself to other avenues sharing the knowledge and wisdom she has obtained in hair care.

Black shoppers spent $473 million in total hair care. Since 2015, its been reported through Kim and Will’s creativity, smart business, and customer appreciation expanded the business into a multi-million dollar company. Although one of the most recognizable names in hair care, Kim has mentioned aspirations of being “the” face of hair care. She confessed, “For our products to be No. 1 in the world.”

Influencer, media correspondent, co-creator of Chapman Products, along with husband William P. Chapman, Kimberly M. Chapman is one of the great entrepreneurs and innovators. A Southern Wesley University graduate mother of two, Kim created Chapman Products Inc with well-established entities including Nairobi Professional, Congo Professional, Kerafena Natural Hair Smoothing System, Chapman Foundation Inc., and Sheen Magazine.

Transcending beyond beauty, Chapman has crafted a lucrative addition to her business. Publisher, Kim created various media-related additions to her company’s profile under the popular sub-division known as Sheen. Publication (Sheen Magazine), Podcast, (Sheen Talks), and original viral content securing both beneficial promotions and revenue stream. Through Sheen, Kim and company develop a lifestyle brand that tethers into everything outside of beauty, opening a dialogue to Chapman Products and the culture.

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Consistency, dedication, faith, love, Kim, along with husband, effortlessly deliver the ultimate beauty products in the industry using these infused traits. Always ahead, forward-thing trends, educational, Kim provides inspired individuals with the blueprint to achieve similar heights themselves through implications of a simple strong work ethical regiment. Enriched with constant growth, its undeniable Champan Products will remain the ultimate brand in beauty and media for generations to come.

Outside of the hair culture, Kim preaches the importance of education in the community through the Chapman Foundation. In 1999, she began providing scholarships to high school students, delivers school supplies and toys to the less fortunate, and much more. The Chapman Foundation, Inc. donates a minimum of $250,000 per year to students nationwide.

Brooklyn College professor Zinga Fraser reminds, “African women have a rich history in terms of the ways they adorn their hair.” U.S. having one of the most lucrative hair care markets in the world. Chapman Products is atop of a black culture’s 2.5 billion dollar hair industry thanks to the brand’s Nairobi haircare products.

Catch Kim Chapman Tuesdays on her celebrity talk show, “Sheen Talk Live” on YouTube.

For more on Kimberly M. Chapman, follow the legend on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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