Oh mama! What have you done? I went through a weekly roller coaster of bad hair days. We could call it a decade of hair WOW’s. My lovely mama was born with long, straight, blond hair. I used to love to brush her hair and if you tried
doing that to my hair the brush would get stuck! And my hair was her favorite, fuzzy, chia pet! Just add water and who knows what you might get!!!! Apparently, I would never stay still long enough for her to braid it. So every summer she would cut it short and it ended up looking like a boy’s cut. This went on till Junior High, which can really hurt a girls style! The many trials and tribulations of my hair, long, short, long and short again, then Jheri curl then an afro, because going back to the salon every month wasn’t going to happen. Then finally I rebelled and in the 7th grade I gave myself a mohawk as an homage to the lead singer of Bow Wow Wow!!
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nona’s life began as a fairytale. She was the daughter of a famous actress Sue Lyon (Lolita), and NFL player (Roland Harrison). Her father was absent for most of her childhood, and being a bi-racial child, she had questions at a very early age about why she looked so different.
By age 12, Sue remarried, and her relationship with her mother was never the same. Nona was kicked out of her house and by the age of 13 she was taken to a halfway house. That same year her mother placed her in an insane asylum where she stayed for almost 3 months. That kind of betrayal by her mother, a woman she once idolized, broke Nona’s spirit in a way which would take years to recover from. The author currently lives in Los Angeles…
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