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True Roots

What Quitting Hair Dye Taught Me About Health and Beauty
Narrated by: Joyce Bean
Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
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Like 75% of American women, Ronnie Citron-Fink dyed her hair, visiting the salon every few weeks to hide gray roots in her signature dark brown mane. She wanted to look attractive, professional, and most of all, young. Yet as a journalist covering health and the environment, she knew something wasn’t right. All those unpronounceable chemical names on the back of the hair dye box were far from natural. Were her recurring headaches and allergies telltale signs that the dye offered the illusion of health, all the while undermining it? 

So after twenty-five years of coloring, Ronnie took a leap and decided to ditch the dye. Suddenly everyone, from friends and family to rank strangers, seemed to have questions about her hair. How’d you do it? Are you doing that on purpose? Are you OK? Armed with a mantra that explained her reasons for going gray - the upkeep, the cost, the chemicals - Ronnie started to ask her own questions.

What are the risks of coloring? Why are hair dye companies allowed to use chemicals that may be harmful? Are there safer alternatives? Maybe most importantly, why do women feel compelled to color? Will I still feel like me when I have gray hair? 

True Roots follows Ronnie’s journey from dark dyes to a silver crown of glory, from fear of aging to embracing natural beauty. Along the way, listeners will learn how to protect themselves, whether by transitioning to their natural color or switching to safer products. Like Ronnie, women of all ages can discover their own hair story, one built on individuality, health, and truth.

©2019 by Ronnie Citron-Fink. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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If you color your hair, listen to this.

I loved this book. It gives you all the information you need to reduce toxic personal care items in your life. Great narration, great story. May make you think twice about chemical exposure at the beauty shop.

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True Roots for Stylist, Clients Manufactures

Simply amazing 5 Stars me and my daughter learned swapping stories after each chapter. The Author chose a great narrator very vibrant I felt if it my experiences we're similar and not just passed down, discovering how Black woman have more problems in health, prevention and less alternatives also kept me reading and listening. True Roots reads very well and written with passion, purpose giving us so many reasons to make a choice Finally Someone Made a Choice - I received my first ever Night Owl badge read the first eight chapters I enjoyed the education and reasoning behind why we struggle to decide Ronnie Fink Citron gave me life with so many informational purposes and resources. Your going to enjoy the entire book and audio as I have.

E.Miller
Burtonsville MD
Natural Hair & Education

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  • Alicia
  • 08-26-19

a personal journey of a woman ditchin' the dyes

i don't think I am the target audience for this book, and I struggled to relate to her stories and journey. I'm an early 30's person going grey (having just decided to go cold-turkey on the hair dyes); and while there are a number of fairly interesting chapters relating to the dyes chemicals, health concerns, etc, I got bored in her personal stories - like the one where she briefly interacted with a personal shopper to find a sustainably-made silk dress that would match her hair so she could mother-of-the-bride it fashionably.

It's well performed, and I can see the value/appeal of this book to many, but it just wasn't for me.