September Beauty of the Month
Alika Beauty of the Month, Vecoya Banks has cultivated remarkable brand relationships with major hair care and cosmetic companies. Wife, mother, and entrepreneur Vecoya provides a valuable solution for those of us searching for the perfect haircare products and resources. Her company, Love the Hair You Wear, annually boxes the best of the best for customers to try at an affordable rate with mostly full size products!
Q: Tell us about the brand Love The Hair You Wear.
Vecoya: LTHYW was created to help black women embrace their natural hair roots, increase self-esteem, and enjoy the company of other natural beauties. This is especially important in today’s political climate because women of color need a safe space to be themselves and discuss the issues that are important to them. Hair is the vehicle for this event but the message is so much deeper. At Love The Hair You Wear, vendors, male/female models, tutorials, natural hair bloggers and a hairstylist panel unite to create a welcoming environment to embrace who you are. LTHYW is a uniquely curated experience for Natural Beauty Enthusiasts to directly connect natural hair brands that support the multicultural community.
Loving and accepting yourself means loving every part of you flaws and all. This includes loving the hair that grows out of your scalp and not comparing it to anyone else. It’s so important to be grateful and find the beauty in each of our natural tresses. The LTHYW campaign, opens up the dialogue and opportunity to network with natural hair enthusiasts, and build a network with other confident natural beauties.
Q: Thoughts on bras, undergarments?
Vecoya: If I don’t have to wear one I won’t. Now that I’m working from home I don’t have to wear them often and for that I am grateful. I love a nice lingerie set for my hubby, it makes me feel beautiful.
Vecoya: I’m from Greensboro, North Carolina. I love North Carolina, it’s so peaceful. I love to go back to visit my family as often as possible.
Q: Favorite childhood memory?
Vecoya: That’s a tough one. The first thing that comes to mind is going to Carowinds with my parents and sister when I was a child. We had a great time at the amusement park that day riding all the rides. That’s a warm memory in my mind.
Q: What makes you feel sexy?
Vecoya: When I have my hair, makeup, and nails done. Oh and a great outfit.
Q: Who do you admire?
Vecoya: You are really trying to make me think with these questions! Let’s see, I can say that I admire Gia Peppers. I met her when we both auditioned for a hosting role for the Washington Wizards in 2014. She won the role, but we’ve kept in touch via social media. Fast forward to 2021, she’s doing her thing and shining as an entertainment journalist. I admire her because she exudes positive energy, remains humble, and I can see God’s light shining through her. With her positive attitude, I know she’ll continue to thrive and watching her make moves is inspiring.
Q: What lesson has life taught you that you value the most?
Vecoya: That God’s plans are bigger and better than my plans. So, I’m trying to do better and stop getting so bent out of our shape when things don’t go the way I planned, because He knows what’s best.
Q: Do you have a favorite word or phrase that resonates with you?
Vecoya: ‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’ Philippians 4:6-7
Q: What is one thing you think everyone should know that most don’t?
Vecoya: Girl I don’t know, I’m not Jesus. We’re all just on this earth trying to do the best we can and figure it out one day at a time. I’m not a life expert (no one is) but I will say that I try to be mindful that my perspective is one of 7.9 billion perspectives in this world. So, my way isn’t the only right way. I wish more people thought like that and realized that just because I can’t see your perspective, it doesn’t mean you’re wrong and vice versa.
Thank you Vecoya for your insights and for creating a safe space for these conversations, resources, and tutorials. We can’t wait to see where you take things next!
– Ms Jheri Worldwide for Alika