But when her daughter Tanisha was born 15 years ago, all of that changed.
Reece, who now has two curly daughters, has become a curl expert. The professional stylist has gained a reputation throughout Canada for her expertise in working with all curl textures, with some clients traveling from as far away as Kentucky.
Earlier this year, she launched her Taria Curlz instructional video for curly kids. She just introduced a line of five products specifically for kids with curly, kinky hair.
Like many hairdressers, Reece came by her knowledge on her own. The beauty school didn't address the needs of textured hair.
She recalls working at a salon after graduating from beauty school and watching in horror as a black woman was turned away because the receptionist said the salon didn't work on hair like hers.
To help with her training, Reece has traveled to Toronto to take classes because they incorporate curly hair into their curriculum. She also has worked in a multicultural salon to learn how to work with all different types of curly and kinky hair.
Reece says 75 percent of her clientele now are black or biracial. Although most of her clients are adults, curly children are a special interest of hers.
Reece says the principal of her daughter's school told her a child's self confidence and self esteem have a big influence on their academic achievements.
Reece has learned a lot from her own daughters about proper haircare. Tanisha has spirally curls, while Aria has kinkier hair. They were the inspiration for her video, which provides steps for how to wash, condition, comb (painlessly) and style all types of curls. It even provides guidance on how to get them to sit still while they're getting their hair done.
She is also excited about the recent launch of her haircare line: Banana Cream Dream Shampoo, Creamy Chocolate Chip Conditioner, Juicy Melon Berry Curl Quencher Spray, Moisturizing Mango Butter Cream for Curlz and Curlz in Control Coconut Frizz Smoothie. It will be available later this month in CurlMart.