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February 29, 2012

Beverly Johnson Reveals Her Real Hair!

Beverly Johnson is On the Couch! Ms. Johnson was the first Black woman to grace the cover of Vogue in 1974. Since then she's been on the cover of more than 500 magazines, ripped all the runways, authored books and appeared on television. Currently, you can find her on the Oprah Winfrey Network, starring in her own reality show, Beverly's Full House', as well as find her new hair care products on the shelves at your local Target. During the interview, Beverly talked staying young, weaving as a protective style and revealed pics of her real hair! Enjoy!


On her new hair care line, 'Hair by Beverly'...

I've been chasing the formula for 10 years, so I can't really take all of the credit. I was the spokesperson for this line... that's how much I loved it. When I was doing my hair care line for Target, I decided to check back in and see if it was available. It's the most incredible products in the sense that we take science and also natural ingredients and put them together. I feel that there is a huge void in the market for an affordable, quality product and this should fill that space. With all the perms and improperly installed weaves, our hair has gotten really, really beat up, so my line promotes healthy hair and growth.

I'm proud to say that there is no compromise in the quality of the products. And I don't get to say that a lot. I've represented a lot of products... I'm a model, that's what I do. But with this, I'm really happy to be an owner, in the sense that I manufacture, distribute... every single ingredient, every single step of the way has been this amazing team effort that I've been very involved with. I'm blown away and I hope you will be as well.

On her hair...

I don't perm my hair. When I take my hair down, people don't even believe it's all mine! It's so thick and long. It's crazy. Also, I'm proud to say, I have all of my edges, all of them.

What happened was 14 years ago, a wig and weave care company approached me and I wasn't even wearing extensions at the time. My manager was like, 'you can't do that... don't even go there'. But I'm glad I did... it really paid off because we went from a 3 million dollar company to an 80 million dollar company.

That was a fantastic and interesting journey in that I really got to know the hair business. We, people of color, have had a love affair with our hair since the beginning of time and that's not going anywhere. But what I found is that through all of this experimentation with relaxers, wigs and hair extensions, is that our own natural hair took a serious beating. And the relaxers are just deadly. You look under a microscope at a hair strand from a perm... forget about it... it's amazing that it can exist on our heads. So what I started to do was not to relax my hair at all, use good products, braid my hair up and use a regular sew-on weave, netting the hair. This is what jump started my hair growth. Whenever my hair is out, I'm careful not to wet it too much and I only use wide tooth combs. Once a year I let my hair down for a while and people just can't believe the growth. For me, it's easier with my schedule to have extensions. I like my hair to look a certain way all the time. I don't care what you do to your hair or how you wear it, as long as you feel beautiful.

Beverly's natural, heat styled hair-

On weaves as a protective style...

I know a lot of women, my daughter included that wear clip in pony tails. That's a great protective style that's easy and not very invasive. My daughter doesn't wear weaves at all, but for shoots, she'll use a clip in. It's fun, we like to change it up. Every woman has a bad hair day every now and then which is why I have the line of ponytails as well.

Also, if you choose to wear extensions, you really have to go to someone that knows what they're doing. And please, stay away from the glue at all cost. Try the clip ons, you can clip it in, take them out and there is no damage to your hair. The sew ins with the net on top is what I use and it really does protect the hair and your edges. My stylist braids in hair with the edges to reduce the tension and then puts the netting around just the edges and then proceeds. I get my hair done a lot. I don't leave my hair in for long periods of time. And my real hair is conditioned and maintained in between.

On keeping it tight and smooth as we age...

This scientist went around and interviewed regions of the world where people live the longest, where people are over 100, and he asked them their secrets to longevity. He discovered four things about them. Most of them had daily exercise and routines. A lot of them live in the mountains so just walking around is exercise, but they work in the fields, etc. that was one of the main components. Everyday, doing something, moving your body. And we have a generation with the TVs and computers... we sit on our asses a lot and it's not good. Another thing they do is of course eat their fruits, veggies and fish and just about everyone ate meat only in moderation if at all. I've tried to incorporate this into my life. The other thing is that they have frequent and meaningful communication with family and friends, a very tight network. And finally, a place of worship... finding faith in something other than themselves. Those are the 4 things that are keeping me vibrant and young.

On her new reality show on OWN...

I'm a business woman. I manufacture and distribute beauty products. Oprah I've known and loved for many years so I pitched her some shows. I didn't think she would pick my reality show! I trust and love Oprah and absolutely loved the idea we developed. It's about the mother, daughter relationship. It's so interesting... that relationship. It's a show about building bonds and the whole thing of better communication. Hopefully people will laugh and cry a lot and have a lot of fun. Even though I'm the executive producer, I've only seen a couple of the episodes, so I'm a little scared [laughter]. It should be a lot of fun. Check it out on March 31st! Everyone can always go to my website BeverlyJohnson.com and I'll keep you abreast of what's going on!

28 Chime in!:

Anonymous said...

She is still incredibly beautiful! Love her!

Abstract said...

Alright now Ms Beverly!!! Looking great as always :)

Anonymous said...

I love Beverly Johnson! I remember back in the day she was one of the few African American models that graced covers of European magazines. She is looking beautiful as always! Her daughter is gorgeous as well! I wish them well in their future endeavors. Thanks Nikki for the update on a phenomenal woman!
ThickHair

Ordered Steps Productions said...

Simply stunning!!!!! Awesome post!

Ayisha B said...

Great Interview. It feels good to know that Beverly is in tune with self and not JUST a Model, but a Healthy role model. The older generation can be set in their ways but Beverly's healthy hair kick speaks to the newer generations. I can't wait to see her show.

Anonymous said...

She going to be beautiful regardless but her natural hair makes her appear ages younger!

Kay said...

Is her hair line of products still available at Target? I went to replenish my supply last month & I couldn't find it in the store or online. Please let me know because I love her products. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Can she tell us her skincare routine, because wow...she's looks amazing

FinVoilaQuoi said...

I know others will disagree and that I'm probably missing something, but I just don't get the point of wearing a weave all the time for the sake of protecting hair that's rarely worn.

safywafy said...

Wow love her length

HolisticHoney said...

I totally agree with the 4 things that keep her young and vibrant. Definately have to stay fit and eat right. I love that she showed her real hair too, proving that just because you wear a wig does not mean you dont have any hair!

Anonymous said...

Lovely hair...and what in the world is she using on her skin!!! Does she have a skin care line?

Anonymous said...

She is a beautiful trailblazer.

I totally agree with her about the 4 main things which contribute to longevity.
I work in the healthcare industry (for 15 yrs) and all of the people I've seen who look younger than their stated age have exercised throughout their life. The higher the amount of aerobic exercise they have done over the yrs, the younger they look. The dietary issues also play an extremely important role-the more unprocessed foods there are in the diet, the better the health and appearance. I have seen evidence of this with my own two eyes, daily.
As far as happiness goes, living a purposeful life (or at least feeling like you do) and being a giving, optimistic person weighs heavily in the equation.

Thanks Beverly for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us!!

Anonymous said...

I've always thought Beverly is so beautiful. Those facial bones of hers are classic.

Anonymous said...

Great interview. Love that she showed her hair. I remember back in the day when she was the rage. Checking to see where I can purchase her products.
Also agree with her on the healthy living!!

ShoeHOTLINE said...

This interview made me admire her even more. I didn't know she was natural and her hair is gorgeous.

SN: can't wait to check out her reality show.

catherine said...

this woman is so beautiful, real, and iconic. i've been out of onditioner for a few days now and been meaning to go target, i will for sure check out her products!

Anonymous said...

I remember Beverly Johnson when I was in my teens and 20s....I really admire her and she's been such a trailblazer! I agree - she looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

@FinViola I completely agree

Dee Emerald said...

she has really lovely skin. it's amazing how many celebs are actually natural.

Tonya said...

wow! I did not know she had all that long hair under those wigs!

this was a great post! i am happy for her.

Anonymous said...

Raises hand. I agree with FinViola. What is the point of having all that beautiful hair if you never see or use it? Why is hair being grown for some mythical special occasion? If it grows everyday, it should show everyday.

Still admire her though.

Sunflowergurl said...

Great interview and inspiring words.

Anonymous said...

For all the folks wondering why she wears wigs and weaves for the most part... remember that she does photo shoots and has to be styled by others.

There's not one person who would go without damage to their hair if it was blowdried, flat-ironed, curled, fussed about, for hours upon hours, days upon days. If it seems reasonable to y'all to put your hair at that much risk all the time with different folk putting their hands in it, to each their own.

But I wouldn't do it. A wig or a weave, you still want it to look good but you don't have to worry about growing the damage out or repairing it or any of that.

purplgirl48 said...

GORGEOUS!!! (drops mic and walks away)

Anonymous said...

some people will always have something negative to say......

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

You said it all, Anonymous at Feb 29, 9:13pm! I wouldn't let them fry my hair to death for photo shoots!

p.s. Beverly is gorgeous!

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