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On the Couch with Rene Syler

By January 27th, 202133 Comments
René Syler, anchorwoman, author, and journalist, co-hosted CBS News’ The Early Show from 2002-2006. She was the first African-American woman to host a network morning news program.
René has interviewed well known figures such as First Lady Laura Bush, Senator John McCain, Secretary of State Colin Powell… even Prince! She is now natural and loving every minute of it. Her routine is SOLID, check it out:

On the Couch with Rene Syler
CN: How long have you been natural?
I had been relaxing my hair since I was 16. When I went into TV news, the blow drying and heat several times a day just took its toll. In late ’08, I was hospitalized for asthmatic bronchitis. When I got out, I went right to the hairdresser for a touch up. The next week, my hair was like tissue paper, thin and BROKEN! I transitioned for 3 1/2 months and BC’d on March ’09.

On the Couch with Rene Syler
CN: What is your current regimen?
Once a week, I pre-poo with warm Olive oil, usually overnight. The next morning I cleanse with Organic Curl Maintenance Shampoo, a sulfate free shampoo. I follow that with a deep conditioner and then oil my scalp with Jamaican Black Castor Oil. In the evening I moisturize and seal and then place a plastic bag over my head. I baggy probably 5-7 nights a week. In the morning I co wash with VO5 conditioner and use Hair Rules in the shower for curl definition. I sit under the dryer or loosely blow out my hair on the low, cool setting.

CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
The baggying at night has done wonders for me in retaining moisture and length. I carry in my little make up kit, a travel size moisturizer that I apply once or twice a day while I’m on the run.

CN: How do you protect your curls at night?
I sleep on a satin pillow case and use a satin scarf over the plastic bag. Whenever I rollover I make a crunching noise. My poor husband..

CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
BE PATIENT! I was so impatient when I first BC’d, all I thought about was hair, hair growth, hair length, hair everything. When I finally stopped paying so much attention to it (still caring for it but not obsessing) it started to grow. Remember that old adage ” a watched pot never boils?” A watched hair follicle will take it’s sweet time!

CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
I love my hair because I feel like it suits my personality. Wild and unpredictable just like my curls. They are visually interesting and I look unlike anyone else walking down the street. I have not had one bad hair day since going natural because I feel like I am more accepting of it when it decides to do it’s own thing. Oh yeah, and it’s SUPER EASY!

CN: Anything else you want to add?
This is a lifetime journey/commitment. If you are good to your hair, it will return the favor. I never knew my hair could be this long and strong. But after I stopped beating the heck out of it with heat and chemicals, it began to show me real love and shows no signs of slowing down 🙂

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**Check out René’s successful book- Good-Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting

**Check out her blog-

Have any of you tried the baggying method? What were your results?


  • Anonymous says:

    Hello Renee,
    I just saw you on HLN. You look great! I love your hair! Thanks for being a role model for many african american women. May God bless you and your family!

    Renee Cole

  • cornelia says:

    … love baggy, its only been bout a week and it has done wonders…

  • tvmommy2 says:

    oh sweet mercy, LOL @ Chasing my kids through Target. That is hilarious. They're older now 11 and 13 so now I chase them all over town!

    I had a hairdresser at TES who styled it and fixed it in EVERY SINGLE COMMERCIAL BREAK but it was very damaged from heat and chemicals. Honestly I didn't know I could love my hair this much!
    Thanks for your support, and all you girls on here at!

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm coming out of lurk-dom… Rene, you are absolutely gorgeous! I've admired your hair since you lived here in the DFW metroplex. I saw you one day in Target chasing your kids and hoped I wasn't too obvious as I notticed, yep it's cute even off camera! I watched The Early Show and loved what you did with your hair while you were on there, although I never could figure out how you got it to look so darn cute EVERY day! Thanks for sharing your story!~QurlyQT~

  • BlackBetty says:

    I've never tried the baggying but will give it a go.
    Also, the video on plopping it interesting. I guess that's what I do every time I wear a washngo. Just didn't know it had a name.
    So nice to see someone so prominent wearing natural hair! Thanks for the continued motivation!

  • Gigi says:

    her hair looks amazing!

  • Angie says:

    What a beautiful head of hair! She definitely inspired me to take better care of my hair! Her hair looks so healthy!

  • michelle says:

    hi rene-
    i used to live in the dallas area and remember you from channel 8 news. you look beautiful. i am going to definitely have to add baggying to my routine. thanks so much for the great advice.

  • Unknown says:

    Your hair is beautiful!:) Love the versatility!

  • mood_indigo says:

    Baggying seems like a great option for me; I have three different textures on my head and am always trying to figure out how to get my "kitchen" area to be and stay moisturized. One question though, if you baggy are you limited to only a wash and go look? I prefer twist-outs and seem to have wear my hair in a puff if I wash and go. It's cute but I would rather have options. 🙂

  • ameenah says:

    I love the baggy method it leaves my hair feeling so soft and full of moisture

  • Curly Gigi says:

    I started baggying at night with the satin bonnet on top and in the morning I just take them off and voila! I MAY have to spritz a little with water but absolutely nothing. My hair is left supple and moist. I got the idea from another website and it reminded me of when I used to wear a Jerry- Curl 🙂 lol But the poing is that it really works. thanks for the interview. What beautiful hair on a beautiful woman!!!! Thanks so much. Nice to have advice that's not cookie cutter.

  • Nika says:

    wow beautiful woman with beautiful hair. I think I'll be baggying from now on.

  • OloriOba says:

    Oh wow, what a lovely surprise seeing Rene. I wondered where she was and what she was up to. I love her hair. It looks so healthy. From the time I bc'd, I did the baggy method consistently and it helped alot with growth. Now that my hair is bra strap length, I have kind of been lazy about it but I will surely get back on the ball. Lovely interview!!!

  • Notthecoolmom says:

    Your videos are fun, I love that your headquarters is the walk-closet. Mine is the bathroom.

  • tvmommy2 says:

    Duh, btw, tvmommy2 is Rene, LOL.
    that's also my YouTube channel

    thanks again!

  • tvmommy2 says:

    Hi ladies!
    Thanks so much for the nice words.. You all make me feel so loved 🙂

    Chardae: to your question. I would approach my news director and tell him or her what you wanted to do. Maybe show examples of styles you would like to sport as long as they did not break the cardinal rule of TV, which is nothing distracts from the message. My hope is that more natural women, will make their way into TV, not just entertainment but news as well. We'll see. Good luck!

  • KeetaRay says:

    Gorgeous hair! Thanks, I'm going to start doing the pre-poo with Olive Oil, I keep hearing such great things about it.

  • cali says:

    Dang Rene, I didnt know you had all that under your belt. OMG you're a celeb! LOL Love her…

  • Melyssa says:

    i love that last picture of her in the turtle neck. she looks fab!

  • ~~Candi Luxe~~ says:

    She has beautiful hair and she even has a youtube channel with her hair videos on it. She seems like a real down to earth person. Love her hair! I gotta try the baggy method, my hair is always dry in the morning 🙁 lol

  • k-a-double r-a says:

    Her hair looks like mine! I've never seen a curly hair twin. I'm so excited. I've been natural 3 years and no ones hair looks like mine.

    I decided that this summer will be the summer that I grow my curlies out and I will be using her baggy method for sure. 🙂

  • Butterfly73 says:

    Her hair looks great!
    I've tried the baggy method, the crinkling sound is C R A Z Y, but the results were that my hair was somewhat moisturized in the morning.

  • Anonymous says:

    That is really good advice about being patient with your hair. I have been been obsessing over my twa growth and everything Rene said so patience is something I really need these days.

  • Anonymous says:

    I've enjoyed Rene's work on TV, too! And her motherhood book is so on point. Wow! What a pleasant surprise to find this Q & A here. Her hair looks fantastic and shows just how versatile natural hair can be.
    Rene's another great celeb "get," Nikki. You're on a roll. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see who your next get will be.

  • Frizzcurls427 says:

    Love Rene Syler! Classy natural woman she is!

  • Tiffany says:

    Wow her hair looks great. She def has a solid routine. If only I could make up my mind and stick with it.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  • Amaspiritartist says:

    You look great Rene! Great advice about not obsessing over your hair1

  • sewdope says:

    YEAH!!!!! GO RENE! You know I love your hair. Fantastic interview and great advice!

  • erika says:

    I never tried this method and by being in Brazil do not know your program … but I will research more about this method on youtube and I'll try to see how my hair will behave …
    the only one I could see is that your hair is beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Chardae Davis says:

    I'd be really interested to know what Rene thinks about female TV reporters wearing their natural hair in protective styles. I'm a broadcast journalist who also happens to be transitioning, and I love how my hair looks in two-strand twist outs. But…what does she think news directors would say about the style? I know appearance is important in the news industry, but I'd hope that people could look past what is considered non-traditional hair and focus on a reporter's story.

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair looks great, Rene! I remember you from the CBS morning news show. I have always admired your curls. Thanks for sharing your regimen!

  • Anonymous says:

    haven't tried the baggying method, but will after reading and seeing this post. I absolutely love Rene's hair! Fabulous!

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