Go for it!

It's Tuesday and we're back at it again with another inspirational interview for the third installment of Haispiration Tuesdays!  This week features a natural beauty who turned her extensive research of growing long, healthy hair into a couture hair product line.  Read on about her journey and how it has shaped her life and the lives of so many others.  Meet Renee Dawes, owner of Naturelle Grow. Renee Dawes, Owner Naturelle Grow

What made you decide to go natural? After years of relaxers, thinning and breakage, I stumbled into becoming a natural after keeping sew in weaves beyond the timing of my touch up appointments. As a natural, I recognized a better growth pattern, but I needed the right products to continue my growth stimulation and retention.

In what ways has going natural impacted your life? Going natural has made me accept me for me. Prior to going natural, I had a poor self-image. I did not like nor appreciate who I was. Once I went naturaI, I discovered true beauty in its purest sense. I realized that God makes no mistakes and, most importantly, I am wonderfully and beautifully made. I am perfect in the image of God.

What is the inspiration behind NaturelleGrow? Once I started learning how to take care of my hair; it started growing. It became a passion. I spent countless hours researching and testing organic and natural ingredients that promised to grow long hair. As I experimented more and more, I soon discovered which all-natural ingredients proved most beneficial for hair, and learned how to combine them for optimal hair growth. It was during this time that I started to formulate my own products and began sharing my creations with close relatives and friends. What began as a personal journey quickly turned into an in-demand side business with family, friends, and co-workers as my first customers. As I learned, created, and experimented, my initial offerings grew into a small product line of couture cleansers, conditioners, hair creams, and oils. And from this, NaturelleGrow Handmade Hair Growth Products was born.

What is your favorite NaturelleGrow product and why? To be honest, I love all of NaturelleGrow’s products but my favorite product would be our Mango & Berries Cleanser and Marshmallow Root Deep Conditioner. I love these products the most because when I use them, I can detangle my extra thick, long hair with ease.

What advice would you share with other women looking to start a business? I would say, “Go for it!” Look unto God our author and creator for inspiration and realize that with him, all things are possible.

You can find Renee's products  on her website here.  She is also a sponsor for this month’s “Crown & Glory Sweepstakes.”  Each week in the month of February three lucky winners will receive a special edition hand-crafted copy of the album, free tickets to the CD Release Party, and a box full of natural hair gifts including a set of products from Naturelle Grow.    To enter your name into the sweepstakes, send an e-mail with your first and last name and physical mailing address to crownandglory@anitrajay.com or visit the Official Sweepstakes Page.

Crown & Glory is an EP about natural hair.  It is a musical diary about being natural.  The album is set to be released in the Spring of 2014.  To listen to demos and to find out more about the album, click here.