Memphis-area news anchor, Pam McKelvy decided to share her natural hair with the world on camera, and the results were beautiful!

After battling breast cancer, being treated with chemotherapy, and losing her hair within seven days, McKelvy wore wigs to cover up her bald head for nearly a year.  But after a few months of having her natural hair grow back, she decided to toss the wig and reveal her true tresses. “I made my choice because I think about the message I send to young women about confidence and self-acceptance,” she said on air. “The times are changing, and God’s delivered me with a brand-new spirit and a head full of hair, and here it is.”

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McKelvy described taking the wig off for good on national television as a “milestone” moment for her and says that she hopes her decision helps to inspire other women who have gone through major hair loss.  “A woman’s relationship with her hair is sacred,” McKelvy said.  ”Her hair is her crown of glory. And for women in TV, it’s intensified.”

She’s right. India.Arie may have had a song, which boldly declared “I Am Not My Hair,” but Black women have often felt a strong bond with our hair, so much so the hair-care industry is still raking in billions of our dollars a year.

Personally, once I opted into wearing weaves and wigs, I became addicted. I forced myself to wear my natural hair, but that only lasted a very short six months before I was back to covering up my short, kinky hair–opting to wear a fuller and blonder curly wig. I’ve always wanted more hair than what actually grows from my scalp, so I can sincerely appreciate brave women like Pam McKelvy, who can reject every criticism of society and be proud of the hair that actually belongs to them.

McKelvy says, “I want everybody to know that no matter what you go through, it’s not about what’s on the outside, it’s about what’s on the inside. And I feel that on the inside I am more radiant and beautiful than I’ve ever been.”

This is not a discussion about Black women’s natural hair being accepted in mainstream. This is a conversation about a woman boldly accepting herself. What do you beauties think about Pam McKelvy’s beautiful and inspiring story?

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18 thoughts on “This News Anchor’s Emotional Reveal Of Her Natural Hair Will Melt Your Heart [VIDEO]

  1. I went natural about five years ago and I started with dreads. I recently cut my dreads and just letting my hair grow. I can appreciate how emotional that must have been for you Pam and I hope you feel the love that you’re getting from this site!

  2. stop trying to defend looking other than self and kind! your Christian Bible mentions in the Book of Revelations that the “Beast” is gonna create an Image and YOU will give “LIFE” to that Image “IGNORANTLY”!!! IGNORANCE IS SOOOO “RAMPANT” IN THIS DAY AND TIME..you Negroes don’t what your Bible is saying about YOU!!! WAKE UP!!! #DONTBEHUMANCATTLE

  3. You look great with or without the wig. How you wear your hair is your business. No one questions how other race’s females wear their hair, whether they are wigs or natural. Again, you look great.

  4. sO TIRED OF THESE COMMENTS IF YOU WEAR A WIG OR WEAVE YOU DONT LOVE YOUR SELF THATS A BUNCH OF CRAP ! Why is it that every other race of woman can cut their hair color their hair and its NOT on the front page of something ! Black womans hair seems to bother alot of people what about the days when everyone wore an afro large and small now it is going natural REALLY ! They are all hair styles . Are Asian woman dening their race when they color their hair since everyone else has black never heard that but black woman are I dont think so !

    • Summersky on said:

      I agree with you Pamela, where do people get that you want to be white because your hair is straight and you must not love yourself, blah, blah, blah! All of that is far from the truth. If women want to wear their hair natural, so, be it, but stop defining those who choose to wear their hair the way they want to darn it!

  5. Yeah we “Black folk” brainwashed ourselves…can’t blame white folk for our lack of confidence…I mean really it’s just hair..No big deal. Love God, yourself..then others.

    • Lilly44 on said:

      You are full of it. The white mans standarded of beauty has brainwashed ALL people of color, not just black women. Being told you are ugly becaseu you are not light and you don’t have “good hair” what do you think they are being compared to?

    • jshevon on said:

      Yes, may God continue to bless Ms. McKelvy. I am so happy for her and for her sharing her experience and testimony. I didn’t have cancer but I mysteriously started losing my hair a few years ago and it did not grow back after various treatments. I am NOT my hair, but I WOULD like to have it grow back, even just a little. I enjoyed it in any style that I chose. I miss having this option and I pray that it will “mysteriously” grow back.

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