Memphis-area news anchor, Pam McKelvy decided to share her natural hair with the world on camera, and the results were beautiful!
After battling breast cancer, being treated with chemotherapy, and losing her hair within seven days, McKelvy wore wigs to cover up her bald head for nearly a year. But after a few months of having her natural hair grow back, she decided to toss the wig and reveal her true tresses. “I made my choice because I think about the message I send to young women about confidence and self-acceptance,” she said on air. “The times are changing, and God’s delivered me with a brand-new spirit and a head full of hair, and here it is.”
McKelvy described taking the wig off for good on national television as a “milestone” moment for her and says that she hopes her decision helps to inspire other women who have gone through major hair loss. “A woman’s relationship with her hair is sacred,” McKelvy said. “Her hair is her crown of glory. And for women in TV, it’s intensified.”
She’s right. India.Arie may have had a song, which boldly declared “I Am Not My Hair,” but Black women have often felt a strong bond with our hair, so much so the hair-care industry is still raking in billions of our dollars a year.
Personally, once I opted into wearing weaves and wigs, I became addicted. I forced myself to wear my natural hair, but that only lasted a very short six months before I was back to covering up my short, kinky hair–opting to wear a fuller and blonder curly wig. I’ve always wanted more hair than what actually grows from my scalp, so I can sincerely appreciate brave women like Pam McKelvy, who can reject every criticism of society and be proud of the hair that actually belongs to them.
McKelvy says, “I want everybody to know that no matter what you go through, it’s not about what’s on the outside, it’s about what’s on the inside. And I feel that on the inside I am more radiant and beautiful than I’ve ever been.”
This is not a discussion about Black women’s natural hair being accepted in mainstream. This is a conversation about a woman boldly accepting herself. What do you beauties think about Pam McKelvy’s beautiful and inspiring story?
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