By Winnie Gaturu 

Benny Harlem’s hair kits are quite impressive, especially when you consider they sell out within seconds. Containing rare ingredients which are guaranteed to nurture and nourish African hair, the products are handmade with ut-most care and dedication to ensure supreme quality. To obtain the ingredients used, Benny Harlem has to travel to countries like Ethiopia. It was during one of these trips that Benny was bitten by a viper snake. Since he had been informed that the bite was non-venomous at the facility in Ethiopia, he went about his business as usual. It was when he came back to the United States that the effects of the venom began to manifest. While in the middle of a photo shoot, his face and neck began to swell, eyes slowly shut down and he was rushed to the hospital. His condition was severe to the point that he couldn’t walk or breathe on his own.


Benny Harlem at a hospital in LA
Due to the sensitive nature of the situation, the family had remained silent, except for this cryptic message that was left on his page last week that had many of Benny’s friends and fans thinking the worst. And well wishes and prayers began pouring on his page.

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You see, Benny is more than just a hair care entrepreneur, committed to his customers and product. He also mentors young black men and inspires them to love their families. As a matter of fact, Benny Harlem’s Instagram account can be summarized as a display of love, unity, and dedication to family. However, this hasn’t always been the case.

Like a large number of young black men, Benny didn’t have a father or many positive male role models growing up. So by the time his daughter Jaxyn was born, he wasn’t equipped to be a Dad. By his own admission, Benny’s life was a mess:

“I was selling drugs out my Miami Beach Condo .. Messing with everyone’s wife except my own.. 90 pounds over weight (From years of Abusing Lean) I was Completely high on codeine until I overdosed in this very tub. I woke up in the hospital crying .. Thinking about my daughter and how I was repeating a cycle of lies .. Pain .. selfishness and hurt.. @kourtneydandridge wanted nothing to do with me .. she didn’t believe I was ready to change .. So I had to prove it.. I traveled all over Africa for almost a year finding myself .. Tracing my roots .. learning new ways of living .. Spiritually & Physically .. I came back to America delivered.. ready to teach my daughter everything I learned while on my quest to freedom, healing and detoxing from all the evils I learned to consume spiritually and physically since I came into this world .. I not only taught my wife and daughter how to grow their hair higher & closer to God .. But I showed them how to be an example in moving closer to God.”

Now this is what you see today!

So as you can imagine, a LOT of people were very happy that Benny posted this picture to his IG account just yesterday, saying that prayers were answered. We celebrate Benny Harlem’s dedication to his hair kits, family and the black community, and we’re praying that he’ll be around for a very long time! 

What do you think about Benny Harlem and what he’s doing with his life today?

Winnie Gaturu is a writer, tech lover, mom, wife and student from Nairobi, Kenya. During her free time, she loves trying out new recipes, diy projects, filling in crossword puzzles and spending time with her family. 


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