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Beyond the Chair

Guest Contributor

Dene’t Radden

Hair Care Provider & Consultant

Healthy Hair Republic

203 Hull Street, Suite A

Richmond, Virginia 23224

Instagram: @HairByDenet


In order to achieve a healthy life, we must first vision it for ourselves. We must see the possibilities derived from our visions and dreams to find our true selves. To find our true selves, we have to release the expectations that others have of us, and learn how to embrace and love ourselves, flaws and all. We also have to learn how to nourish our spirits- one day, one step, one moment at a time. As women, we often give so much of ourselves to others that we love and serve, but we don’t spend that same energy on nurturing our own desires.

As a hair care provider, I often experience women searching for their higher selves through the expression of hair, but I consider myself blessed to have an opportunity to service more than their hair. I am also blessed to serve as a confidant, encourager, counselor, and a friend. The salon has served as a place of solace and comfort for African-American women for ages and today still stands as a place of release. I have been honored to pour words of encouragement into women so that they may see more than a beautiful hairstyle, but a beautiful being created to do amazing things beyond the limits they have adopted into their spirit. With women, I often find myself discussing the importance of incorporating healthy habits, nurturing their mental health, and living their lives with intention and purpose. As they learn how to look beyond some of their self-imposed limits, they obtain clarity about their purpose and realize that every challenge they have faced is bringing them one step closer to where they would ultimately like to be in this journey we call life.

Denet’s Book Recommendations

Wholeness: Winning in Life from the Inside Out (Author: Touré Roberts)