In 2010 Roxanne Morgan, Founder of Graced by Nature, decided to take a break from relaxing her hair. Little did she know that it would be her final time chemically relaxing her hair and the beginning of her Natural Hair Journey. She had up to two inches from across the nape and up of her hair that had broken off to basically her scalp, as well as developed alopecia in various spots. At that point it was her goal to get her tresses back to a healthy and manageable state, which led her to wearing her hair in protective styles. These styles included slicked back ponytails, buns and wearing weave in rotation throughout that period in time.
By the time June 2012 rolled around, Roxanne noticed her hair was beginning to grow back, however not at the pace she had wanted. In order to see faster results, she began researching online ways to grow back healthy hair faster. In doing so, she stumbled upon Youtube, which opened her eyes to all the beautiful natural haired ladies educating others like herself on how to achieve healthy and long natural hair. It was at that point she then realized she was going Natural and saying goodbye to chemicals altering her hair that contributed to her breakage, and scalp sensitivity issues. Instead of doing the "BC" (big chop) she continued to grow out her chemically relaxed her, which is known in the natural hair community as "transitioning". While trying to figure out how to deal with transitioning hair and what products to use, wearing flexirod updo styles with scarves such as in the above picture seemed to be her easiest way without feeling uncomfortable. After watching all the videos on youtube and reading blog posts, Roxanne realized she was presented with a problem…Products!! At that time the products that are around now were very hard to attain and were more expensive if found here in Canada.
In early 2013, the lack of well known natural hair products being easily attained helped to kick-start her exploring other solutions to not having the products she had been seeing all over social media! First off trying the ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) Rinse as a cleanse in replace of using shampoo that contained sulphates, silicones and parabens. Then to finding herself in need of a cleanser that not only got rid of build up, but also stimulated the scalp without drying her hair out at the same time. So Roxanne began researching how to make a homemade shampoo, which eventually ended up being her Peppermint & Coconut Milk Scalp Renewing Shampoo her friends and family quickly requested to use on a regular basis. The constant research for finding ways to perfect her shampoo led her to other avenues of the world of hair and body care such as conditioners, lotion, body wash etc. And with the help and encouragement from her family, friends, and co-workers testing her products, she found herself spending her down time in her kitchen coming up with highly requested natural and organic products to add to her Peppermint & Coconut Milk Shampoo.
Finally in 2014, Roxanne had come up with quite a few products, all personally homemade and took the next step in officially starting her Natural and Organic Hair and Body care business to what we now know as Graced by Nature. But stay tuned, because she does plan on having more products added including make-up remover, facial cleansers, bubble bath and Home Care products!!