About Alma Ruddock

I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.


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  1. Shante WillnevasettleShante Willnevasettle says

    I disagree being natural is also about controlling damage. Smh. I was natural before and had my share of issues so from first hand experience going natural doesnt free u from damage. Natural doesnt mean healthy…natural means natural. It can be severally damaged if u dnt treat it with care which takes more care/matainence than relaxed haircare imo…i cant stand agenda pushers! Lol

    • BlackHairInformation.comBlackHairInformation.com says

      Oh come on now, for some ladies it probably would be! lol I suppose the article is really for those with superfine super soft hair that when relaxed keeps on breaking regardless what they do. In their case giving up relaxers may be their only option.

  2. Ebony ShelbyEbony Shelby says

    I think that “going natural” is a preference by the person some people have found that relaxers are not for them and that’s fine and some relaxers are for them and that’s fine to. I think that you have to do what’s right with your hair type and style. I found myself that relaxers really didn’t do much for me but make my hair straight with no body but again a personal preference.

    • Taryn StewartTaryn Stewart says

      Ditto to Black Hair’s thoughts; I have been technically natural for a year now. This time, I actually went natural by accident. Prior to, I was tex-laxed (I think that is the new phrase for it) using a texturizing system from a lady out of South Atlanta for 2 years. Since moving back to my hometown this Spring, I haven’t been able to get back to be “retouched”, hence its been a year sans chemical. However, I’ve still maintained my curly fro and have just learned to do twist outs. And I continue to experience great hair growth.

      Finding products that work for you and establishing some kind of daily, weekly, monthly hair care routine is key. Maintaining moisture is also key, regular cuts/trims, tying hair up in silk scarves at night, as well as regularly combing out or detangling your hair. But moisture, moisture is a must! Experiment with products you see touted online or that others suggest and observe how your hair reacts. I have a friend who found some products at Dollar General that she likes. Once you find a product line you like, find a routine, and stick with it! You’ll see results in no time!

  3. Tiffany says

    Totally disagree. I am bone straight relaxed..not a kink left when I get my touch ups and I am beyond BSL. I started at neck length 2 years ago and followed a really well-researched regimen to make my hair healthier and grow. Voila. It’s not rocket science, but you need to be educated and do the right things for your hair. Most of my friends who went natural to have longer hair still have shorter hair than my 4b/c hair. Go figure!

    • Alma Ruddock says

      I suppose in your case it hasn’t failed Tiffany! I can assure you, there are those with baby fine natural hair which if relaxed will just break regardless how fabulous their regimen. If your quest is for long hair then you should be willing to try something different until that one thing that works.

  4. Jerae FarriesJerae Farries says

    I’m just hoping after all the time, effort and money I’ve put into going Natural that I don’t revert back to relaxers. The kinky look is beautiful on some just not sure if it’s for me. Thankful for protective styles.

  5. Barbara NaylorBarbara Naylor says

    I think healthy hair must be the first priority, not everyone will have long hair or a lot of growth. People say things like,”I have no growth” but really what most mean is, “it’s not as long as I want or feel like it should be”. Hair is no different than fingernails or skin, it’s just different from everybody…..

  6. Tsebo KobbinaTsebo Kobbina says

    I am still waiting for my hair to grow it a afro does not seem to grow is it the weather in Africa? Only relaxed hair grows natural hair doesn’t grow in Africa it’s horrific horrible I hate it I would trade anything to be another race with silky smooth straight gorgeous long hair

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