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Hair! How I Grew It

39 EpisodesProduced by Drakeel BurnsWebsite

The first #naturalhair podcast uplifting Black women sharing raw firsthand stories of acceptance and how to embrace your authentic crown and self.

39 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

Ep. 39: Lori Danley

August 7th, 2023


On today’s show I interview Lori Danley. Lori is a project manager in Washington, D.C. She is also the cousin of past Hair! How I Grew It guest Sylvia Danley-Smith. When one of my podcast guests fell through, Sylvia …

Ep. 38: Kamarah Green

May 29th, 2023


On today’s show, I interview Kamarah Green. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kamarah now lives in Washington, D.C. She is a …

Ep. 37: Lurie Daniel Favors

May 1st, 2023


On today’s show, I interview attorney, author, activist and radio host Lurie Daniel Favors. Lurie is the Executive Director at the Center for Law and …

Ep. 36: Sylvia Danley-Smith

March 13th, 2023


On today’s show, I interview Sylvia Danley-Smith. Sylvia is living her best natural hair life, and she’s showing it off as a content creator and social media influencer. Her target group—women over 40.

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Ep. 35: Nichelle Smith

October 24th, 2022


On today’s show, I interview my Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Sister Nichelle Smith. Nichelle is the enterprise editor for racism and history at USA TODAY. Saying Nichelle and enterprise in the same sentence makes me think …

Ep. 34: AJ Watkins

September 19th, 2022


Hair! How I Grew It is number 1. It tops the list of Feedspot’s 20 Best Natural Hair Podcasts on the web.

On today’s show, I interview AJ Watkins. She is the founder and CEO of All Natural Kinks, a natural hair care …

Ep.33: St. Clair Detrick-Jules

August 15th, 2022


On today’s show, I interview St. Clair Detrick-Jules. She’s a photojournalist in Washington, D. C., her hometown. St. Clair’s love letter to her …

Ep. 32: Mercy Chikowore

July 11th, 2022


On today’s show, I interview Mercy Chikowore. Mercy is a publicist in the Washington, D.C. metro area. She is also my Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sister.

I always start my Hair! How I Grew It interviews with, “Where were …

Ep. 31: Bernita Cooper

June 13th, 2022


On today’s show, I interview Bernita Cooper. Bernita is the CEO and Founder of Bernita Cooper Communications. She helps her clients alleviate the stress of creating content that informs, educates and tells a story.

Ep. 30: Sharron Fletcher

July 26th, 2021


On today’s show, I interview Sharron Fletcher. Sharron is a Lead Victim Justice Specialist in the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. I met her in 1999 shortly after I moved to the Washington D.C. …

Ep. 29: Linda Dukes-Campbell

June 28th, 2021


Good news! Hair! How I Grew It is "movin' on up." It’s now ranked #5 on Feedspot's Top 25 Natural Hair Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021. That’s six …

Ep. 28: Ashley Rowe

May 17th, 2021


On today’s show, I interview my Divine 9 sister, Ashley Rowe. Ashley is a licensed natural hair care specialist and instructor. She is a …

Ep. 25: Helen Maynard

January 25th, 2021


On today’s show, I interview Helen Maynard. She is an assignment editor for News 5 Cleveland, which is the local ABC television station in Cleveland, my hometown. Helen has worked in TV newsrooms for more than 30 years. …

Ep. 24: Eddith Dashiell

December 21st, 2020


Hair! How I Grew It has been named one of the top 25 natural hair podcasts on the web by Feedspot. Check out the rankings at

On today’s show, I interview Dr. Eddith …

Ep. 23: Tanikka Charraé

November 16th, 2020


On today's show, I interview my beautiful and talented cousin, Tanikka Charraé.

I wanted Tanikka to be a part of Hair! How I Grew It’s first season, …

Ep. 22: Sabine Paul-Yee

September 21st, 2020


On today’s show, I interview my family doctor, Sabine Paul-Yee. She’s a CentraState physician, who embraced her natural six years ago. Dr. Paul-Yee …

Ep. 21: LaWanda Toney

August 31st, 2020


On today’s show, I interview LaWanda Toney. LaWanda is a Communications Director for a nonprofit based in the Washington, D.C. metro area. A South …

Ep. 20: Rita Brent

June 1st, 2020


On today’s show, I interview Comedienne and Musician Rita Brent. Rita embraced her natural five years ago. Her viral videos are the humor we need during this unprecedented time. The Mississippi native’s Quarantine …

Ep. 19: Karla Redditte

May 18th, 2020


On today’s show, I interview Karla Redditte. Karla is a TV anchor and reporter at NBC 12 in Richmond, Virginia. The Memphis, Tennessee, native is …

Ep. 18: Ashley Moore

May 4th, 2020


You know the saying, don’t judge a book by its cover? Well, it applies to today’s guest, Ashley Moore. A Georgia peach, who now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, Ashley is a Cardiac Clinical Specialist with one of the top …

Ep. 16: Janelle Coleman

April 6th, 2020


On today's show, I interview my fellow Clevelander and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Sister, Janelle Coleman, who is one of the busiest people I know.

Ep. 15: Adrian Lane

March 23rd, 2020


On today's show, I interview my fellow Clevelander, Artist and Preschool Teacher Adrian Lane. Adrian is designing the cover of Cleveland’s Crown …

Ep. 14: Victoria Davis

March 9th, 2020


On today's show, I interview Digital Content Creator Victoria Davis. Victoria and I have a lot in common. We were born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. …

Ep. 13: Tonya Brewington

February 24th, 2020


On today's show, I interview Technology Consultant and Life Coach Tonya Brewington. Tonya is the CEO and founder of TBrewing Consulting and …

Ep. 12: Kimberly Turner

February 10th, 2020


On today's show, I interview Fitness Entrepreneur Kimberly Turner. Everyone calls her Kim. Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, Kim has rocked her natural for nearly 25 years. She likes the look because it’s versatile, …

Ep. 11: A'Lelia Bundles

January 27th, 2020


On today’s show, I interview A’Lelia Bundles. She is African American haircare royalty. I spoke to A’Lelia just days before the 152nd birthday of her great-great-grandmother, Madam C. J. Walker. I’d heard of Madam …

Ep. 10: DaNotta Jackson

January 13th, 2020


On today’s show, I interview my cousin, DaNotta Jackson. She’s a retired United States Marine Corps Company First Sergeant. A Beaufort, South …

Ep. 9: Doreen Hodge

December 16th, 2019


On today’s show, I interview Doreen Hodge. I met Doreen more than a decade ago, when her husband, who has worked with me on media productions, introduced us, and we hit it off right away. A Queens, New York native, …

Ep. 8: Christian

December 2nd, 2019


On today’s show, I interview Christian. She is the daughter of my friend and Hair! How I Grew It guest, Caroline Brewer. Caroline, as Christian …

Ep. 7: Tamika Felder

November 18th, 2019


Normally, I introduce my guest, but today, I’m letting my guest introduce herself because quite frankly, she does it a hell of a lot better than I …

Ep. 6: Kamara Douglas

November 4th, 2019


On today’s show, I interview Kamara Douglas. The natural hair discrimination she experienced on a job helped change the law in Cincinnati, Ohio. Now, Cincy is the second U.S. city to ban natural hair discrimination at …

Ep. 5: Keturah Bobo

October 21st, 2019


On today’s show, I interview Artist-Entrepreneur Keturah Bobo. Her work often embodies young black girls’ natural hair struggles. The Toledo, Ohio, …

Ep. 4: Caroline Brewer

October 8th, 2019


On today’s show, I interview my friend, Communications Professional and Children’s Book Author Caroline Brewer. Caroline is busy gearing up for the …

Ep 3: Carla Moore

September 23rd, 2019


On today’s show, I interview my Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sister, Carla Moore. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Carla is the second Delta featured on the program.  Don’t worry, this won’t turn into a DST podcast, but a …

Ep. 2: Estee Irby

September 9th, 2019


On today’s show, I interview my sistah from another mistah, Estee Irby.  I wanted to talk to Estee because she’s my natural and silver hair twin.  Like me, she has course, very tight coily curls.  But, unlike me, she’s …

Bonus: Jen on wigs, weaves & braids

September 4th, 2019


In this HHIGI bonus clip, my Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sister, Jennifer Jones, explains why she'll never wear wigs and weaves, but she has considered sporting braids.  Braids pic courtesy of Meghan Linehan at 

Ep. 1: Jennifer Jones

August 26th, 2019


On today’s show, I interview my Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sister, Jennifer Jones.  Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Jennifer was one of the first people I called for advice when I was thinking about going natural. …

Bonus: Jen's Straight Hair Relapse

August 19th, 2019


My Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sister, Jennifer Jones, is the first guest on Hair! How I Grew It, which debuts on August 26, 2019.  Here's a bonus clip from Jennifer's  interview.  She explains why she occasionally still …

Preview: Story behind Hair! How I Grew It

August 11th, 2019


Host and Producer Drakeel Burns previews Hair! How I Grew It and explains why she created the podcast.


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