Hype Hair: You released a single called “Well Done” that really connected with people. Can you tell us a little about what this particular song means to you, and about any other new music that you will be releasing soon?
Erica Campbell: “Well Done” is what I want to hear when it’s all over, when I see Jesus! I choose Jesus on purpose, not because I couldn’t do anything else with my life. That’s the cool thing about faith. It’s a choice to give your life to God and have a strong faith in His love and His plan for you! I love this song. The new one, called “All Of My Life,” is a duet with my man, War- ryn Campbell. It’s the first time we’ve recorded together. It’s fun and fresh and lit. We’re shooting the video in a few weeks! First time with my hubby and I’m super excited!
HH: As an artist, a wife, the first lady of a church and a businesswoman, how do you balance all the different areas of your life?
EC: Take it one day at a time. I accept what I can and cannot do. I know they—work, marriage, parenting and business—are all blessings, and that’s how I look at it all! God gives me strength to do it, plus I listen to my body and how I feel. I try not to be unrealistic with my schedule, and yes, I know it still sounds crazy! It’s hard to explain, but somehow it just works. Basically, I trust God with my life.
HH: Speaking of being a businesswoman, can you tell us a little about your luxury hair collection, Erica By Erica Campbell?
EC: OK. I love hair and have loved hair since I was a little girl. I went to school for hair at El Camino College in Torrance, California. This hair line happened because of Vernon Martin in the DMV [D.C./ Maryland/Virginia] area, whom I love. We’ve been working on this for a few years now, and it’s going well. We have wigs, bundles, lashes and clip-ins on our site. He said there is never a weekend when a woman doesn’t ask for one of my many looks! Some amazing women—like the legendary Cicely Tyson—have worn my line.
HH: As the owner of your own hair collection, can you share your suggestions on how to maintain wigs and weaves?
EC: For your weaves and wigs, you have to give them the same love as your natural hair. Sometimes I “soak” my units in conditioner overnight. I keep them on wig heads, and I’m gentle with combing and styling them so I don’t lose too many strands. I send my wigs to get treated by my stylist, because I switch it up a lot!
HH: What is your day-to-day hair care routine?
EC: Whether [I do] wigs or natural, I moisturize daily with a leave-in conditioner and add grape-seed and coconut oils so my hair stays healthy, even under my wigs! Maintaining my ends with trims is important, as well.
HH: What is your favorite tried and true hair care tip, and what products do you use on your hair?
EC: Love your hair like you love your skin! I love Creme of Nature, SheaMoisture, ORS Olive Oil hair-care products, Eco Style gel and Carol’s Daughter! I use a lot of natural shea butter as well. I’m kind of a product junkie—I like trying new things!