A few weeks ago Ange­la Sim­mons tweet­ed a pic­ture of her hair sans weave. This sparked a lot of dis­cus­sion on BGLH about whether the fro was nat­u­ral or not. I reached out to Ange­la to get an answer and was excit­ed to dis­cov­er that her hair is indeed nat­u­ral. Check it out.

How long have you been nat­u­ral? Are you a life­long nat­u­ral or is this some­thing that you recent­ly did?
A:
I’ve been nat­u­ral for like 3 years. When I get weaves in I just sew it up and leave it alone.

Why did you decide to stop per­ming it?
A:
I just fig­ured that I didn’t real­ly need it. And I did notice that my hair was way thick­er with­out the perm and it just seemed health­ier with­out it and I just didn’t want to put any more chem­i­cals in it. So I just left it alone.

Angela Simmons, Natural Hair
Angela’s nat­u­ral hair, blown out

Would you ever con­sid­er hav­ing it huge and nat­u­ral out in pub­lic?
A:
You mean with­out flat-iron­ing it? No. [Weaves are] eas­ier for me. I work out alot and I trav­el a lot. So to have my own hair out is a has­sle for me. So I don’t do it.

When you tweet­ed that pic­ture of your hair did you get any neg­a­tive reac­tion?
A:
It was pret­ty good. Nobody was neg­a­tive. They just didn’t know I had so much hair under­neath when I wear weaves.

So your hair grows pret­ty fast?
A:
I guess. If I cut it it would prob­a­bly grow back pret­ty quick­ly.

What are your tips for main­tain­ing your hair, because it looks real­ly healthy and real­ly thick.
A:
I just keep it braid­ed up alot. For the most part I stay in the hair salon alot and get my hair done alot so I kind of lean on my hair­dressers for that. So for the most part, when I go, I do deep con­di­tion­ers and sit under a dry­er or steam­er. But oth­er than that…

But I did some­thing bad not too long ago. My front got all messed up. I had a blonde weave, you know I had that moment where I want­ed to go blonde. And I bleached some of my hair and it broke off and that was a bad idea.


Pho­to Source: NecoleBitchie.com

So I don’t sug­gest that any­one bleach their hair. Over­all my hair’s pret­ty healthy it’s just the front’s a lit­tle messed up so I’ve been doing what­ev­er I can. Oh, and I do sug­gest Moroc­can oil. It’s amaz­ing.

How long do you keep the weaves in at a time?
A:
Not that long because I change my hair so much. So, prob­a­bly a mon­th at the most. But I’m the girl who changes my hair a lot, so.

You have a new fash­ion line com­ing out soon.
A:
Yeh, I’m real­ly work­ing on my designs and stuff, so not quite yet. I don’t have a date for you guys but I am work­ing on it. That’s why I’m here at New York Fash­ion Week get­ting inspi­ra­tion and all that stuff.

If you could describe the aes­thet­ic of your line, what would it be?
A:
It def­i­nite­ly has to rep­re­sent me and how I dress and my sense of style but I would def­i­nite­ly say it’s Bet­sey John­son meet­ing the Juicy Cou­ture girl. In between that I feel like she’s not catered to, so that’s the girl I wan­na find. It’s the girl who’s on her own and liv­ing for her­self. That’s me.

With your sneak­er line, Pas­try, you’ve had a lot of suc­cess at a very young age. Did you think this was the path you would go down?
A:
I’ve always want­ed to know what I want­ed to do. Since I was 9 I’ve want­ed to be a fash­ion design­er. So the path I’m on isn’t much of a shock to myself. I’ve worked pret­ty dili­gent­ly to be where I’m at and I’m still work­ing on per­fect­ing my craft and what I do. I’m very excit­ed and hap­py that everyone’s accept­ing me and that so many young girls say they have some­body that they can look up to. Now that I real­ize that I’m such an inspi­ra­tion for young girls I think it’s amaz­ing.

Thanks for set­ting the record straight, Ange­la!
You can find Ange­la on Twit­ter.

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summer-daze
I just want­ed to give MY opin­ion on what nat­u­ral means: Hav­ing nat­u­ral hair/being nat­u­ral when it comes to hair is some­thing that tran­scends race — this goes for white, black, yel­low, brown & every­thing in between. When you wear your hair in its NATURAL state (which is where the slang term of just plain ol’ “Nat­u­ral” orig­i­nates) — you don’t do ANYTHING to alter the NATURAL TEXTURE/LOOK of your hair — that is, you don’t straight­en, bleach, relax, texlax, dye, fry, etc. — *TO ME* it means you leave YOUR hair in its NATURAL STATE. This is why some white… Read more »
rosie

There’s def­i­nite­ly crit­i­cism about Angela’s styling, but I don’t think it’s just about Natural’s being ter­ri­to­ri­al. I think her pro­file, in some ways, con­tra­dicts the spir­it of BGLH, and it’s not wrong for peo­ple to observe that. That said I think we should just take the inter­view for what it is — a brief spot­light on a tv personality/designer.

Jasmine
And if any­thing, this re-opens the dia­logue about weaves as a pro­tec­tive style. Nat­u­rals con­tin­ue to turn their nose up at weaves, while they con­tin­ue to be a proven and effec­tive way to grow hair out.  Online nat­u­rals real­ly need to get over them­selves. Because we’re talk­ing this ish too far. And I’m all for more and more wom­en accept­ing who they are nat­u­ral­ly… and I def­i­nite­ly believe that we live in a Euro­cen­tric soci­ety… but when it gets to the point that we can’t even allow in wom­en who don’t fit our def­i­n­i­tion of what it is to be nat­u­ral, then… Read more »
Jade

Ange­la, is that you?

Seri­ous­ly. Are you her cous­in or some­thing. You sure seem so pas­sion­ate to defend Ange­la Sim­mons.

rosie

If you want to spend your afternoon/day/evening rag­ing again­st this, enjoy.

Fabre

Third. It’s exhaust­ing watch­ing her and the sim­i­lar­ly named Jazmin hi five each oth­er as they rail again­st the odd neg­a­tive com­ment towards Sim­mons. Most of the neg­a­tive, dis­heart­en­ing com­ments come from those two. It’s wrong to slate Sim­mons but ok to make ASSump­tions about the com­menters and read­ers of BGLH. Good luck with that.

Annie L.

2nd Rosie, LoL!

Jasmine

The “spir­it of BGLH” is in its title: “Black Girl with Long Hair: Cel­e­brat­ing the Dope­ness of Nat­u­ral Hair.”

Right now I’m look­ing at a wom­an with nat­u­ral, long, beau­ti­ful hair.

So what’s the issue?

hehe

the about page of BGLH:

“Black Girl with Long Hair is a web­site ded­i­cat­ed to the ever-grow­ing com­mu­ni­ty of black, Lati­na and mul­ti-racial wom­en who choose to wear their hair nat­u­ral­ly — with min­i­mal or no use of chem­i­cals, heat, weave or exten­sions.”

pay atten­tion to the min­i­mal part.Angela is con­stant­ly using heat and weaves so she does not fit the BGLH ide­al.

df

wow…idk i think peo­ple need to take a break from dis­cussing nat­u­ral hair…it’s just con­stant­ly so heated.…and tiring…wow.

Wow, really?

The com­ments on this blog are atro­cious. This “you can be apart of this club but you can’t” reeks of the paper brown test. How dare you!!! EVERYONE has the right to wear their hair the way they want to wear it. This “you aren’t real­ly nat­u­ral because you don’t wear an afro or you use heat” bulls**t is so stu­pid and shows the imma­tu­ri­ty and judg­men­tal atti­tudes of so many wom­en.

Likewaterforchocolat

I agree. This site is becom­ing like those chicks over at Napp­tural­i­ty. A site I don’t even both­er vis­it­ing any­more.

BeautyIAM

Right? I’ve been see­ing this more often then I would like. I have to laugh at some of the nat­u­ral hair police some­times. I’m find­ing myself want­i­ng to dis­tance myself from a lot of this.

Back to the actu­al top­ic, I think Angela’s hair looks gor­geous! Thanks for the inter­view BGLH.

OhnoYo
She’s a pret­ty girl and I’m hap­py for her suc­cess.… but uhhm, no I am not real­ly feel­ing this inter­view as well. There seemed to be some sort of dis­con­nect. To me per­son­al­ly I take “nat­u­ral” as any­thing rep­re­sent­ing your nat­u­ral hair tex­ture. It’s the dif­fer­ence in tex­ture that has caused afro-haired-black wom­en to alter their hair with chem­i­cals or hide it under wigs that are not sim­i­lar to their own.  Tech­ni­cal­ly wear­ing any sort of weave wouldn’t be nat­u­ral. BUT when we get into dis­cus­sions about the dis­crim­i­na­tion Afro-hair faces, the beau­ty stan­dards that Afro-hair fails to meet, and the… Read more »
Barbara

ICAM. You hit the nail on the head but it will be ignored and cries of mil­i­tant nat­u­ral police will be chant­ed, the usu­al go to deflec­tion ploy.

OMSS

+1 bil­lion!

Danielle

Exact­ly.

Angela

I am not judg­ing any­body for relax­ing or weav­ing, but please don’t expect me to call them nat­u­ral if all they do is hide their nat­u­ral hair. What makes flat iron­ing and wear­ing weaves 24–7 more nat­u­ral than relax­ing? So, they do every­thing they can to have straight hair EXCEPT relax? Big deal.

MBB
I am about to go on a rant because this real­ly both­ers me.  Ange­la, I com­plete­ly agree with you! As a com­mu­ni­ty, we real­ly need to rede­fine what it means to be “nat­u­ral.” It real­ly dis­ap­points me when peo­ple lim­it the def­i­n­i­tion of nat­u­ral to just hair that is “chem­i­cal free.” In my opin­ion, there’s so much more to it. On a phys­i­cal lev­el, being nat­u­ral is about main­tain­ing one’s hair in its UNALTERED, NATURAL STATE OF TEXTURE (more on this lat­er). But most impor­tant­ly, being “nat­u­ral” is a state of mind. It’s not just about a ces­sa­tion of using harsh… Read more »
Malantha

Co-sign 100%! You nailed it.
You are NOT nat­u­ral if the hair that you present to the world 24/7 is 100% Yaki or straight hair from the head of an Indi­an wom­an! There is too much non­sen­si­cal band­wag­on jump­ing going on. If you wear weave, then good for you. But spare every­one the delu­sion­al non­sense that you are nat­u­ral, when you nev­er wear out the hair that grows nat­u­ral­ly out of your scalp!

Monday's Baby

Yes. Yes to all of this.

Cher Nikki

The obvi­ous­ly your def­i­n­i­tion is more than just the mean­ing that hair is not chem­i­cal­ly treat­ed. It is like Black peo­ple that ques­tion someone’s black­ness because they have beliefs that dif­fer from a large por­tion of the group. Still Black by def­i­n­i­tion. Doesn’t mat­ter what you wan­na call them. You are decid­ing who is in or out based on a stan­dard that you cre­at­ed and is not what the term means.

Tess

BAZINGA!!

Jasmine
You know what… a lot of you commenters/observers either have short term or selec­tive mem­o­ry. Because I remem­ber when BGLH ini­tial­ly post­ed the pic­ture of Ange­la Sim­mons’ nat­u­ral hair and was CRUCIFIED because many of you said that a.) the hair might not be nat­u­ral or b.) flat out that the hair was NOT nat­u­ral. Remem­ber?? http://bglhonline.com/2011/08/angela-simmons-reveals-her-massive-natural-hair/ Now you wan­na com­plain that the inter­view is unin­spir­ing. SMH. For me, I’m glad that it’s been cleared up that Ange­la Sim­mons IS IN FACT nat­u­ral under­neath the weave. And even though she might not be at a point where she’s walk­ing up… Read more »
Jazmin

I know that I’m more sur­prised about her respons­es than if she wears it out or not.

tobes

WOW!!! to be hon­est While wac­thing Daddy’s girls, I didn’t even realise that she had a weave!!lol. she is beau­ti­ful and her hair is absolute­ly healthy and geor­geous

Ali

yesss, Cher Nikki. You could­nt have said the words bet­ter.. I total­ly agree:0)

Ali

some are tak­ing this hair thing to seri­ous­ly. This girl is not putting any harsh chem­i­cals in her hair to per­ma­nent­ly change the tex­ture. So is she Nat­u­ral? hell yes. If she choos­es to wear weaves as pro­tec­tive styling, then kudos to her because from the looks of it, it’s working..what is the prob­lem? i don’t get it.

Cher Nikki
I feel like peo­ple are being hard on the Ange­la. Par­tic­u­lar­ly with their descrip­tion of nat­u­ral. Nat­u­ral is sim­ply the state of the hair…is it chem­i­cal­ly processed or not. How she decides to where it (cov­ered up or braid­ed or out) is a per­son­al deci­sion. I find it odd that peo­ple are say­ing she is not nat­u­ral if she doesn’t embrace her hair. I feel like embrac­ing you hair is dif­fer­ent for every­one. Peo­ple get on Kim­my­tube because 90% of the time she wears her hair twist­ed up and pinned back. Kizzy twist are often used to describe what she… Read more »
Patricia Kayden

Good com­ment, Cher.

Right now I wear wigs so that my nat­u­ral hair can grow to a length where I can blow or flat iron it out. That’s my choice. I com­plete­ly under­stand how Ange­la feels. Per­haps she just doesn’t like the way her hair looks when it is curly and prefers a straight style. 

No big­gie.

Angela

How “nat­u­ral” are you real­ly if all you ever do is hide your nat­u­ral hair under weaves or flat iron it? There is more to being nat­u­ral than not relax­ing.

Jazmin

No theirs not. If you don’t have chem­i­cals in your hair. You’re nat­u­ral. bot­tom line. It doesn’t mat­ter if she hides it all the time, she still is nat­u­ral.

Jasmine

+1,000,000 THANK YOU Jazmin! There’s a dif­fer­ence between being nat­u­ral and being part of this online nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty.

Being nat­u­ral sim­ply means being chem­i­cal free. No ifs, ands or buts. Ange­la Sim­mons is nat­u­ral because she doesn’t alter the tex­ture of her hair.

But as far as being part of this online nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty… hmm… that’s a whole nother sto­ry. There’s a whole set of rules and reg­u­la­tions to that.

BeautyIAM

Jas­mine, can you please provide me with a man­u­al about the­se “rules and reg­u­la­tions” in regards to being a part of the online nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty?

Fabre

No there real­ly isn’t. Most agree with the idea that nat­u­ral is just chem­i­cal free unal­tered hair. It goes no deep­er than that for many. Of course there are some that feel nat­u­ral hair should car­ry cer­tain caveats and reg­u­la­tions but the­se are tru­ly in the minor­i­ty. You come across as some­one who has a very neg­a­tive view of the online ele­ment of the nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty. It shouldn’t affect you as much as it does or any­one else for that mat­ter. If I were you, i’d leave it alone. Being on here com­plain­ing seems futile.

Lyn

+1

I think some peo­ple fail to real­ize that, a weave, is not a chem­i­cal. It’s not about “hid­ing” your hair (for some it may be), it’s sim­ply an easy hair choice that equal­ly pro­tects your hair strands. You don’t have to jump around pro­claim­ing how nat­u­ral you are, wear­ing T-shirt’s, etc. It’s just hair, just like relaxed hair! We’re all here for the same pur­pose, pro­tect­ing, grow­ing and keep­ing our hair healthy! JS.

AGrlCanMac
+1 I couldn’t agree more. We’ve got­ten way off the path and have start­ed “polic­ing” what nat­u­ral is. Yea she wears weaves all the time but she is a nat­u­ral. Sheesh.  I do agree with oth­ers though that her inter­view was and wasn’t inspir­ing. It was in that it shows pro­tec­tive styles like weaves give your hair rest so it can grow and retain unin­ter­rupt­ed if tak­en care of prop­er­ly. It wasn’t inspir­ing because on BGLH, we want to see what wom­en are doing to their hair to keep it thriv­ing and look­ing good and since she doesn’t do her… Read more »
TINA SMITH

I CAN’T UNDERSTAND HIDING YOUR HAIR ALL THE TIME LIKE THAT, AND THEN ONLY WEARING IT OUT IF IT’S STRAIGHT? REALLY? AT LEAST IT WAS CLEARED UP THAT SHE IS NATURAL.…… BUT I RATHER READ AN INTERVIEW ON SOME ONE THAT WEARS THEIR HAIR NOT SOME ONE THAT IS WEAVE DEPENDENT

afro

Inter­est­ing hair design :)

a

I under­stand 24/7 pro­tec­tive styling for those in the enter­tain­ment indus­try. While I don’t take much issue with her not wear­ing her own hair out, I won­der if she would (or has) worn weaves that resem­ble her nat­u­ral tex­ture? Any­ways, I wasn’t exoect­ing much from the inter­view on Angela’s end; from the lit­tle that I know about her, she seems like a run-of-the-mill vapid indus­try gal.

Moon
I real­ly love this blog and I usu­al­ly don’t post, but the Ange­la Sim­mons top­ics are real­ly eat­ing at me. As some­one who wears weaves and inter­lock­ing as pro­tec­tive styles, I can cer­tain­ly attest to the growth and health of my nat­u­ral hair now vs. when I was wear­ing my nat­u­ral hair out in twists or oth­er styles. I am not Ange­la Sim­mons and I don’t have her genet­ic make­up or hair type, but I have a gor­geous head of nat­u­ral hair that I love, a tex­ture that I hap­pi­ly embrace and a hair length that I want to retain… Read more »
lucaya
i agree with you Moon but i think what peo­ple are try­ing to say is that Ange­la seems very indif­fer­ent towards the whole hair top­ic.. alot of us who vis­it the site went nat­u­ral for dif­fer­ent rea­sons and know how much time and care we put into our hair ( i mean thats why we read the blog) so we were inter­est­ed in see­ing her rou­tine or rea­sons, not just o my hair dresser does it i just did­nt see the point in perm. I wear weaves and pro­tect my hair but the rea­son i pro­tect it is because im… Read more »
NinaG

what is inter­lock­ing?

AGrlCanMac

Inter­lock­ing is anoth­er term for cro­chet braids.

NinaG

oh ok. thanks!

@KuteKink

I agree with the com­ments made, this isn’t real­ly an inspir­ing inter­view. She’s got a gor­geous head of hair on her, it would be nice to see more of it.

I don’t think her going nat­u­ral seemed like too much of a choice, like she said.. there was no point in per­ming .. espe­cial­ly if its under a weave the whole time… duuh!

hehe

I under­stand that nat­u­ral hair is diverse and you can do so much with it in the sense of style(twist-out, weaves, straight­en, etc.). Wom­en can do what­ev­er they want with their hair but some­thing about this inter­view just rubbed me the work way. Is it real­ly embrac­ing the beau­ty of nat­u­ral hair if the per­son isn’t will­ing to wear their nat­u­ral hair out sans flat iron? 

Heck I use to wear noth­ing but weaves so there was no need for a relax­er does that mean I embraced my nat­u­ral tex­ture? No.

Danielle

I agree. I was like what’s the point of being a nat­u­ral if you’re not rock­ing the nat­u­ral hair…ever?

anastasia

“Is it real­ly embrac­ing the beau­ty of nat­u­ral hair if the per­son isn’t will­ing to wear their nat­u­ral hair out sans flat iron?” 

I total­ly agree with you. While var­i­ous styling options are fan­tas­tic, the inabil­i­ty to leave the house with­out flat-iron­ing speaks vol­umes.

Nev­er­the­less, I do believe that she will inspire many to take care of their hair while it’s weaved (espe­cial­ly if mon­ey is no major concern)and I hope that she may be inspired to learn, for there is pow­er and free­dom in this, to take care of her own hair.

Eboni

+10,000!

Annie L.

Beau­ti­ful wom­an, I wish her con­tin­ued suc­cess. The inter­view was my least favorite on BGLH though, for either her hair care tips, her design inspi­ra­tion or career his­to­ry and moti­va­tion. Every answer seemed so gen­er­al, unin­formed and worst of all bor­ing. Despite all that I love the diver­si­ty of inter­vie­wees and the great ques­tions!

Ms. M

I agree that her answers were pret­ty gen­er­al and she seemed rather dis­in­ter­est­ed. But she was prob­a­bly just doing the inter­view because it’s free pub­lic­i­ty and she can plug her fash­ion line(s). I don’t know if it’s my least favorite inter­view, but it wasn’t real­ly inspir­ing or infor­ma­tive to me. 

Not in reply to Annie L.- I can’t agree that just because she only wears her hair straight­ened or in a weave that it’s not “real­ly nat­u­ral.” As long as she doesn’t have a relax­er, it’s still nat­u­ral.

lilkunta (to MsM)

MsM: Angela’s hair is nat­u­ral yes.
What we see day to say inst nat­u­ral.

TheShinigami

Her hair is gor­geous and thick, it was my least favourite inter­view as well…she answered the ques­tions like yeah its just what­ev­er any­thing goes I guess smh umm real­ly, oh ok…

crist_lite

well may­be there’s link between her non­cha­lant atti­tude and her length reten­tion. she doesn’t fuss with it and so its allowed to grow unin­hib­it­ed…

GirlPuh-leeze!

Ha Ha! Your so right. She’s young though, so I’ll give her a pass. That’s my girl though I dig her a lot :)

Sieta

+10000000000

I couldn’t agree more.
But hey at least she was com­plete­ly hon­est about what she does with her hair which isn’t that much.

Jasmine

Um… Why are you being a hater?? BGLH has no con­trol over the respons­es celebri­ties give to the ques­tions.

#icant with some com­menters.

hehe

How is she a “hater”(gosh I hate that word)? She’s stat­ing HER opin­ion . Annie clear­ly stat­ed that the ques­tions asked was great clear­ly she knows that BGLH has no con­trol over responses.She just did not like Angela’s reply to said ques­tions, what’s wrong with that?

Jasmine

Why even say “The inter­view was my least favorite on BGLH”.

Who says that? Why take shots at BGLH if Ange­la is the prob­lem.

But I’m not a fan of the BGLH com­ment box. There’s a lot of pas­sive aggres­sion and out­right nas­ti­ness that goes on here.

And check the end of this com­ment thread for my oth­er respon­se.

When BGLH ini­tial­ly post­ed the pic of Ange­la Sim­mons’ hair, peo­ple were upset, and swore up and down that a.) it wasn’t real or b.) it wasn’t nat­u­ral.

To me, this inter­view silenced those accu­sa­tions that were prob­a­bly lev­eled by some of the same wom­en com­ment­ing now.

lilkunta( to jasmine)
lilkunta( to jasmine)

jas­mine: YOU are the hater. Annie post­ed her opin­ion which many of us agree with. Ange­la has no adi­vce bc she does­nt take care of her hair her­self. Then when was talk­ing about her shoes PASTRy)overpriced chit IMO) and her new clothes lines, more gen­ral stufff. ARe she/her sis real­ly involved or are they just fig­ure­heads?

jas­mine, u aint the mod­er­a­tor or the thought police.
So YOU JASMINE sit down and shutup.

Annie L.
Q:“Why even say “The inter­view was my least favorite on BGLH”” A: Because that was my RESPECTFULLY stat­ed opin­ion. Q:“Why take shots at BGLH if Ange­la is the prob­lem” A: I didn’t, if you read my post it went as fol­lows: “Beau­ti­ful wom­an, I wish her con­tin­ued suc­cess. The inter­view was my least favorite on BGLH though, for either her hair care tips, her design inspi­ra­tion or career his­to­ry and moti­va­tion. Every answer seemed so gen­er­al, unin­formed and worst of all bor­ing. Despite all that I love the diver­si­ty of inter­vie­wees and the great ques­tions!” Your reply to my com­ments weren’t… Read more »
Kris

Yours was the first neg­a­tive com­ment I read on this post, and I don’t think she was tak­ing shots at BGLH, because she only asked the ques­tions, I think she was sim­ply say­ing Ange­la was a bor­ing inter­vie­wee.

Fabre

Agree, Jas­mine you came across like the thought police and appeared to be the only pas­sive aggres­sive at this point in the com­ments. There were a lot of com­pli­men­ta­ry com­ments on the last AS post. Why do you read and post in the com­ments if your dis­po­si­tion is so del­i­cate that you can­not han­dle opin­ions which are con­trary to your own? This was a bor­ing, strange­ly flat and non­cha­lant inter­view and I under­stand that the crit­i­cism was of the respondent’s lack­lus­tre answers not Laila at all.

Cher Nikki

@Jasmine Co-sign

Jazmin

I agree with Annie. She didn’t seem like she had much to say. she doesn’t take care of her hair, her hair dressers do. So she wouldn’t have many tips on tak­ing care of it, oth­er than weav­ing it up.

Carla

I have mixed feel­ings about the inter­view too. I love her long, thick hair and it would have been nice to get some hair care tips besides pay­ing mon­ey to let oth­ers do it or weav­ing. It works for her and her lifestyle (and bud­get!) so I wont throw shade…

Lola

that was a nice inter­view and I liked that she talked about her work and upcom­ing line. but for the life of me, I can nev­er under­stand the con­cept of keep­ing your hair hid­den under weave, wigs,braids and what­not 100% of the time…I don’t under­stand WHEN the­se indi­vid­u­als enjoy their actu­al hair whether it is natural,realxed text­laxed etc.I guess there is just somekind of sat­is­fac­tion in know­ing your own hair is healthy and grow­ing even though you almost nev­er get to show­case it…

Kesha

Lola, I hear ya, at least for the every­day girl, but if I were a celebri­ty I think I would do it to. The pres­sure to be cam­era ready 24–7-365 would put too much stress on my nat­u­ral hair. In order to pro­tect and pre­serve it I would prob­a­bly wear lots of wigs and weaves. Many wom­en I respect in the indus­try Oprah, Tyra, Bey­on­ce use them lib­er­al­ly. I put Ange­la in the need-to-wear-weave group with them. But as for the rest of us, I think we can give it a rest already.

strandzofadiva

Wow, the need- to- wear cat­e­go­ry. That group would have to con­tain more than just cele­br­ties right? Like busy working,studying & attend­ing classess col­lege stu­dents and the work­ing 2 jobs, tak­ing care of the kids sin­gle moms or can’t won’t and nev­er will have hair wom­en suf­fer­ing from alope­cia. In short we should strive to under­stand, sup­port, encour­age and lift one anoth­er as oppose to judg­ing one anoth­er because you nev­er real­ly know who is in the “need to wear group” when you pass them on the street. Great arti­cle and very empow­er­ing.

ac

exact­ly, many wom­en are in the need-to-wear cat­e­go­ry. espe­cial­ly with all the talk of fit­ness and how our hair affects our abil­i­ty to work out.

Likewaterforchocolat

I am in the need-to-wear cat­e­go­ry, because I work out at least 4–5 times a week and a large part of that is car­dio. I use wigs with my hair twist­ed up under­neath. Wigs are best for me, because I need to have access to my hair dai­ly for mois­tur­iz­ing, wash­ing an so forth. It would be impos­si­ble for her as a loose-haired nat­u­ral to wear her hair out for more than a cou­ple days at a time (can we say tan­gles?) with­out invit­ing dry­ness and break­age. Low manip­u­la­tion is what is best for my type 4 hair.

Giovanna

Well I’m not in the need-to-wear cat­e­go­ry, but I did wear wigs for 6 months straight leav­ing my hair in twists under­neath (I’m a tran­si­tion­er) and I saw HUGE pro­gress in hair growth. But kim­may­tube does have infor­ma­tion on how to achieve the prop­er styles for things such as work­ing out w/o hav­ing to wear wigs; her method is using neu­tral ph bal­anced prod­ucts (6.0-for ex. water and oil) that stretch­es the hair and also makes it puffier. This enables one to sweat with­out hav­ing to wor­ry about extreme frizz.

Lyn

Proof that pro­tec­tive styling, weaves etc. are healthy for hair growth! (As long as you take care of it, that is!). I love the growth and the health of her hair. I under­stand with want­i­ng to keep it in exten­sions, because nat­u­ral hair can some­times be a has­sle. I’ve been on the brink of get­ting a weave! 

Alas, she looks great. The pic­ture of her hair straight­ened is to die for!

strandzofadiva

Proof indeed! True die hard weave and wig wear­ers MUST be 100% nat­u­ral if they hope to see that kind of healthy growth. I’ve encour­aged many to release the perm & col­or­ing when wear­ing alter­na­tive hair and with patience and prop­er care growth hap­pens

Amma Mama

Awwww nice inter­view!

Tiffany La'Sha

Love. Love. Love her. :)
from fash­ion, hair and the way
she car­ries her­self.
#teamANG/. :)

vonnie

pret­ty girl, epic hair :)

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