3 Things Common To Most Long Haired Black Women – Relaxed & Natural

3 things common to long haired black women natural and relaxed

While individual paths to 'long hair nirvana' vary widely, there are certain things that are common to the women who have got there. In my research, here are the top 3 that I've found.


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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.

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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Helen Adair
Helen Adair

I am natural but sometimes I straighten my hair, once every 3 to 6 months, my hair is curly so why doesn’t my hair stay straight, I Don’t straighten it that much and I have been relaxer free for about two years now love my curly hair, but I don’t like the shrinkage what can I do about that, makes me so mad. I use moisture products but it acts it’s best when worn in up dos when in its curly state, I want to wear it down without looking overwhelmingly, my hair can look that way as it gets dry when worn down despite my moisture routine. Frustrated!!!!!

Park
Park

Personally I had the same problem when i first decided to go natural. My hair is naturally very think and coarse and I found that in it’s curly state retaining moisture was extremely difficult. I also had TERRIBLE single strand knots there were really delaying my growth progress. What has worked for me is biweekly washes, blow drys and flat irons. I shampoo, deep condition ( with heat cap) and apply leave ins first, then blow dry on warm using a heat protect ant. After that I flat iron my hair on the lowest heat possible that can still get it straight. The straightening not only makes me hair MUCH more manageable but it ALSO does wonders for it’s moisture retention. After this process I only need to add moisture maybe 2x a week depending on the weather. A lot of natural sisters are scared of heat by for me it’s worked wonders! Straight hair can DEFINITELY be used as a protective style. It’s easier to moisturize and cuts down A LOT on daily manipulation.

Sakiina Lifeisablessing Pleasant

Natural: ))

Love lady
Love lady

I feel like I have the slowest growing hair possible. I try to keep it in loose braids and most of the time I keep them under a wig. Once in a while I’ll get my hair done in sew ins. Any advice on this? I’d love for my hair to fall well below a bob for once.

Indira Barton

There is only two things listed..

Heather Roebuck

The rest is on page 2

Familia Rojas Carter

Go natural

Indira Barton

@heather, thank you!

Maww S Moore

Dey forget one most people ask “is that your real hair”

Kareen Foster

I’m relaxed, I grew out my hair in 2009 using buns. Then I cut it to neck length last year April 2013… I did mainly braidouts all year my hair is bsl after one year of braidouts and twist outs … I flatiron it once. And roller set a couple of times. I always dust and trim right after the new moon. Hope this helps someone

Cleopatra Jones Best

this is true!

Coa Luck-Spicy

Wow i can honestly say I like the natural hair better than the relaxed photo

Adriana Porter

I’m relaxed but people seem to think I’m natural because my is still super thick even with a perm. I wear braid outs a lot and I keep my hair up in a bun most of the time. I did try weaves but couldn’t take it. My head itched like crazy no matter what I did.

Quecina Burts Nute

This is so very true… I wear my protective hair units and/or twists all the time with daily moisturization and low manipulation. I’m a natural advocate since 4 yrs and also had long hair just past bra strap length hair when I used to wear a relaxer BUT now my hair moving in the direction past waist length being natural…. I love my hair and I love it enough to not always show off my length daily and care for the strands that’s what retains length… Check out my natural hair on INSTAGRAM @pinkstarnute

Jemele Austin

Who cares who’s natural or permed. I done both and equally love them both. Its about keeping your hair healthy either way.

Brittney Holland

I believe that relaxers aren’t for everyone. Its possible to have long relaxed healthy hair. I’m living proof.

Cassandra McNeil

And some people hair will just grows long because that is what it will do no matter what they do to it.

Kamela M Oxner

I’m relaxed & I have been for many years. I think the key to to healthy hair (short or long) is not over-doing with the styling tools, wearing styles that don’t put a lot of stress on the hair, good moisturizing, drinking water, eating healthy & genes.

Хенли Янукович

I think hair grow faster when are not relaxed i never did and my hair grow fast !

JoshandKris Royal

My grew super fast and long when I relaxed my hair, and I flat ironed and blow dried weekly. I never did any protective styling. Now I’m natural and though my hair is growing at the same pace, I have to do more protective styling to avoid knots. It kinda makes me miss my relaxer days… :/

Roxanne Holmes

genetics plays a role. some people just dont have the active genes to grow long hair

Jenny JackJack

Ive been relaxed for 21 years with no problem…My hair is long and thick and i don’t do anything special to take care of it……Yes relaxed hair can be healthy to with minimal upkeep.

April Byrd

What? Everyone thinks it’s a weave anyway! Lol

Alisha Marie Berry

Black women and this natural/relaxed stuff Lord y’all need to get it together

iammastar21
iammastar21

Did you ever read the article ? This is not a relaxer vs natural article . This is saying what relaxed ladies AND natural ladies with long hair did to grow their hair long . Also how they kept their hair healthy and styled it . READ NEXT TIME !

Fine Brown Frame

Wtf