Creativity Works: ‘Orange is the New Black’ actress launches hair company through Lehigh Valley business incubator – Allentown Morning Call

Several years ago, actress, author and entrepreneur Tanya Wright (“ER,” “24,” “Orange Is The New Black”) found herself at a crossroads. After the death of her brother, she was looking for some perspective. A way to reconnect with herself and the world around her. In 2010, she decided it was time to confront the issue that for years caused her much anxiety and frustration. So, she did something drastic. She cut off all her hair.

She began to explore the sociology, physiology, and spirituality that surrounds our hair. She took that knowledge and turned it into a book called, I found God in my hair: 98 spiritual principles I learned from my …hair!” Tanya said the entire experience was incredibly cathartic and has taught her patience, acceptance, and the power of letting go.

“Getting control of my hair made me feel powerful. The more I worked on my hair, the more I was able to confront everything in my life that needed an overhaul,” said Wright. It was through the process of writing that she found the confidence needed to start her own company, HAIRiette, which produces a line of haircare products for women with naturally textured hair. “I always knew I wanted to create a business around hair, I just wasn’t exactly sure how to make that happen,” said Wright.

A chance meeting provided the next step Tanya needed.