( ENSPIRE She Did That ) Raechelle Bright Speaks on Balancing Crohn’s Disease and Her Professional Life
ENSPIRE Contributors: Elizabeth Duchan & Anastasia Hanna
Raechelle Bright, also known as Chelle, is a licensed cosmetologist and certified lash technician. Having been in the beauty industry for over 10 years, Chelle prides herself on her knowledge of hair and being able to get each client on a path to healthy hair. This passion has driven her to better her craft by studying under published stylists and masters in their crafts. She has also taken several professional courses on things that go beyond beauty, such as team building, branding, and client relations. Not only does she enjoy what she does, she also has a passion for teaching others and further empowering them to take care of their own.
In August 2020, she released her hair cair line, R. Marie. Additionally, Chelle teaches a class for young girls where she covers the basics of hairstyling and braiding and also shares a few secrets. In all that she does, Chelle desires to be better than she was before and to build a legacy. On her journey to leaving a legacy, Raechelle has faced some of her own challenges, such as being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 16. Although she stepped away from the salon chair for a while, Chelle did not allow her diagnosis to deter her. She uses her diagnosis to educate, advocate for, and connect with others who have been affected by the disease. Chelle is an inspiration to many and has an amazing story to share with Enspire Magazine’s audience.
What sparked your interest in the beauty industry? How has your career developed over the years?
My interest in the beauty industry began at the age of eight. Watching my mother who was also a licensed Cosmetologist. I was a tender-headed child so watching her is how I started doing my own hair and playing in whoever’s hair would let me. Over the years my career has evolved from a young, shy, not so confident stylist to an educated multi-skilled entrepreneur.
How did you find the balance between combatting Crohn’s disease and pursuing your passions?
Crohn’s disease has sat me down a few times, so finding a balance was not the easiest thing to do. It was definitely a project. I was sick for six years straight to where I couldn’t hold a job. Hair was always my passion, and I knew I needed to get back to it because that’s where I belonged. I found the balance when I was able to get my Crohn’s under control and found myself in remission (2 years strong!)
What has been your biggest takeaway from this journey and a message you would like to share with others?
Perseverance, that’s my biggest takeaway. Not giving up when things were not happening when I wanted them to. Realizing that maybe it just wasn’t my time and to be patient. When I sit and think about all the times I wanted to give up, I see that it just wasn’t my time and I’m glad I held onto my hope that things would get better. Dreams do become reality.
Can you discuss the inspiration behind your hair care line, R. Marie? How has the business aspect of the beauty industry shifted your perspectives?
R. Marie came about with my clients, future clients, and anyone who uses it in mind. I wanted anyone who used it to feel like a VIP, to have that salon experience at home. Something simple yet complete and not confusing that leaves your hair feeling hydrated moisturized and downright amazing! I introduced the line during the COVID quarantine which was a perfect time to show people how to care for and maintain their hair at home since we were on a worldwide shutdown.
How has the business aspect of the beauty industry shifted your perspectives?
Running a business is not for the faint of heart. I can tell you that!!! The more I learn, the more I see that being a brand and running your business is more than just selling a product. There is so much more that goes into it. Branding, marketing, strategizing, and so much more go into making your business successful.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of your career, especially on your journey to share your legacy?
Honestly, the most rewarding part of all of this is just being able to wake up every day and do what I absolutely love with a smile on my face. Crohn’s disease tried to steal my joy, and I can’t lie, it did sit me down for some years; however, I never gave up. I promised myself that when I got better I was gonna live life, and I was going after everything I deserved and more. Dreams do turn into reality.
You can follow Raechelle Bright on Instagram to stay up-to-date on her journey and see her professional work. Also, check out her company website to view her product line, her gallery, or book an appointment.