Conversation with Dr. Phoenyx Austin: If You Love It, It Will Grow!

Dr. Phoenyx AustinDo you know what it takes to grow long hair? If not, you’re in the right place. Today we’re discussing hair growth with Dr. Phoenyx Austin – author of “If You Love It, It Will Grow”.

Dr. Phoenyx is a very well respected physician, author, and media personality. She has been seen on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and other media outlets. Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Phoenyx and discuss her new book. Dr. Phoenyx has really good knowledge of natural hair care and this is was a great conversation.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right into the conversation.

Dr. Phoenyx Discusses If You Love It, It Will Grow

Kenneth: Hi Dr. Phoenyx. How are you today?

Dr. Phoenyx’s Comments: I’m doing great! How about yourself?

Kenneth: I’m doing very well. Thanks for taking the time to chat about your new book. I must begin by saying congratulations on the release of your book. I know that the feedback that you’re receiving has been great. How does it make you feel to have such a successful product launch?

Dr. Phoenyx’s Comments: Well first off, thank you for checking out my book and sharing it with your readers. And to answer your question, it’s been an awesome year since my book dropped. I put a lot of time and a lot of love into this book, and it’s an incredible feeling watching it get so much success and recognition.

Kenneth: Dr. Phoenyx, the book begins with your hair story. I found it really intriguing that you got your first relaxer in kindergarten. That first relaxer was the catalyst for various emotional changes that you went through. Before we begin discussing hair growth, tell us a little about your experience with relaxers and the impact they had on your life.

Dr. Phoenyx’s Comments: Yes, I got my first relaxer when I was in kindergarten. And I’ll be blunt, it was a total negative experience in the sense that it was a catalyst for serious self-esteem and identity issues. I think about it now and I’m so glad to be out of that space – that space where I literally hated my hair. It’s really sad, and even a bit insane the lengths that I went to hide the kinks and curls that I now love so much. From a young age, I had the idea planted in my head that I “needed” a relaxer to have pretty hair. And this isn’t something exclusive to me. There are countless little girls and women like myself that had the same idea planted in their heads. It’s so crazy how so many of us are conditioned to believe that there’s something wrong with the way our hair naturally grows out of our head. But no child, or adult for that matter, “needs” a relaxer. And speaking from personal experience and observation, I don’t sugarcoat the fact that getting a relaxer, especially at such a young age, can have serious negatives effects on how little girls grow up to view themselves and their hair.

If You Love It, It Will GrowKenneth: You really have a great hair story. In your book, you do a really good job of explaining lifestyle principles for healthy hair growth. I’m sure you’re commonly asked by women about how to grow longer hair. How do you generally respond to that question?

Dr. Phoenyx’s Comments: Yes, I get that question a lot. And basically, I tell women that having the hair you want first starts with loving and respecting the hair you have – which is why I titled my book, If You Love It, It Will Grow. And yes, achieving healthy hair growth does involve following certain lifestyle principles. In fact, having healthy and longer hair is all about following a healthy beauty regimen in general. For example, we all know that if you want to have healthy skin, you’re supposed to follow a certain lifestyle. You’re supposed to eat right, drink plenty of water, exercise, regularly cleanse your skin, moisturize, wear sunblock, etc… We hear the regimen all the time, especially the parts about eating fresh fruits and veggies and drinking plenty of water. And it’s really the same with hair care. The regimen may be slightly different, but it’s the same concept. Look at what you eat, what vitamins you take, what hair products you use, how often you cleanse your scalp and hair, etcetera… Beauty starts from the inside and there are most certainly foods and vitamins that you need for growing healthy hair. Then there are certain things you want to stay away from, certain types of hair products, grooming practices or hairstyles. There are even health conditions that can affect your hair growth. And I go through everything in my book- everything you need to know about growing healthy and longer hair.

Kenneth: I really enjoyed reading through Chapter 13 where you talk about Ayurveda. This isn’t really my area of expertise, so I haven’t specifically addressed the trend of healing science in the beauty and hair care industry. For those who haven’t had the opportunity to read your book yet, can you talk about Ayurveda and how it applies to hair care?

Dr. Phoenyx’s Comments: I’m very much into holistic healing and alternative forms of medicine. Ayurveda is a form of alternative medicine that’s been around for thousands of years. It’s been practiced in the East for thousands of years and in the past few years it’s become quite popular in the West. Honestly, Ayurveda is a pretty extensive topic that covers both beauty and health, and I really couldn’t do it justice in a short interview. But suffice to say, when you hear women in the natural community talking about things like henna and Indian hair oils, those are aspects of Ayurveda. I wrote about Ayurveda in my book because it’s something many natural women haven’t been exposed to or may not completely understand because there is a bit of misinformation out there. Overall, I do believe that incorporating principles of Ayurveda into a hair care regimen will help women achieve healthier hair growth. I practice certain principles of Ayurveda. It’s had a positive effect on my hair and I would highly encourage women to learn more about it.

Dr. PhoenyxKenneth: We have several new naturals who visit of our site quite often. What advice can you provide for new naturals who are just starting their natural hair journey?

Dr. Phoenyx’s Comments: First off, I would say congratulations! The transition to natural hair should be celebrated and I do believe that going natural is a step in the right direction if you want healthier hair. I’d also say that as a new natural, you should have patience with your hair and show it lots of love. You should also educate yourself. There are countless bloggers and vloggers giving out tons of helpful info. And yes, there will be days that your hair stresses you out or doesn’t do what you may want it to do. Just remember that being natural is about learning to submit to your hair. For years, when you wore a relaxer you were trying to get your hair to submit to you. And that’s a major part of the problem. Just let your hair be what it was intended to be. Learn how to care for it and fall in love with it. Because honestly, when you learn to submit to and love your hair, the natural hair journey becomes so much easier and fulfilling.

Kenneth: Dr. Phoenyx, what can we expect from you in the future?

Dr. Phoenyx’s Comments: Right now, I’m doing quite a bit of promo work for my book. I’ve been contacted to do interviews, beauty shows, conferences, etc… I’m also in the process of writing my second book and releasing a couple hair care products. It’s really an exciting time for me – a very busy and exciting time. And I’m so happy that so many women are benefitting from the knowledge I have to share.

Kenneth: Dr. Phoenyx, that sounds really exciting. Thank you for taking the time to discuss hair growth with Curl Centric. You have an awesome book and I wish you much success in the future. Finally, to learn more about Dr. Phoenyx Austin, check out her website Dr. Phoenyx and her book If You Love It, It Will Grow”.


  • Tell me more about Ayurveda. Now I heard a little but I would like more. All my friends are asking how did I get my hair to grow the way it is now,even the lady that’s done my hair for over 14 years.I wish that I would have know not to put all the mess they tell us we need in my hair and just loved the hair that God gave me,but now I know. Once again thank you for all your help.”I LOVE MY HAIR”!!!

    • Annette, I will need to write an article on Ayurveda in the future to do it justice. Keep in mind that Dr. Austin’s book covers Ayurveda in good detail and might be a good option to consider also.

  • I love dr. Phoenyx’s hair & was wondering is her hair in locs or dreads? Lately I’ve become interested in getting either but was unsure because of the permanence of it. Is it true that there is a process to undo them without cutting them out of hair?

    • Yes, you can usually comb/pick them out, but it becomes more difficult the longer you wear them. I’m not sure about Dr. Phoenyx’s hair, but I will ask her next time we talk.

    • Hi Leslie and Kenneth! My hair is twisted. Because I wear it in this style for weeks at a time and allow it to get a matted/messy look, people tend to think they’re dreads/locs. I love the look of locs/dreads but I do like to wear my hair out in a fro from time to time. My afro is very big and thick. It can be lots of work when worn loose, which I why I often wear my hair twisted. With twists, I feel like I can have more versatility in styling, while cutting down ALOT on daily maintenance and tangling. I’m actually wearing my hair out this week. And if you’d like to see what my hair looks like untwisted I will be posting pics to Facebook later on in the week.

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