*UPDATE* After read­ing through the com­ments we’ve reti­tled this post as a ques­tion instead of a state­ment. While we tru­ly believe that black wom­en are capa­ble of grow­ing a full head of healthy hair, the fact is we don’t know for sure if this is Taraji’s real hair. We are prone to believe that it is, but we just don’t know, so we’re leav­ing room for doubt. Below is the post as it was orig­i­nal­ly writ­ten.


Tara­ji P Hen­son has some impres­sive hair! The actress revealed her unstraight­ened tress­es on Insta­gram with the cap­tion:

Peek­a­boo!!!! This is a lot of hair @danteblandshaw!!!!! Now got­ta strait­ened it ALL!!!

What do you think ladies?

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All her hair or not I think its fab­u­lous!


That is not all her hair. Y’all are too gullible. How does, “This is a lot of hair” trans­late to it’s all hers? That’s a big weave. Let it go.


i dont think this is her real at all. she just said a lot of hair not have to straight­en it. if u go back and watch baby boy u will see her real hair. she wore her real hair for most of the movie. com­plete­ly two dif­fer­ent tex­tures. it looks like a weave that u can wash. but this doesn’t mean her real isn’t long. Her real hair is shoul­der length. but this is not hers


Her hair is so full and love­ly!


I don’t know where the writ­ter of this arti­cle gets the info (Tara­ji sure didn’t claim this to b her hair). She’s one of our best..But this is definet­ly not all her hair. You can clear­ly see where her hair ends and the weave begins.
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Not that it mat­ters either way, but what part of her state­ment makes every­one think this is her nat­u­ral hair?


black woman’s hate to see some­one else hair longer then theirs


Idiots! Lol
She nev­er said it was all hers
And if ts not..who cares
If it is…who cares
Must we con­tin­ue to micro dis­sect every sin­gle thing. I promise black wom­en and they hair us always a fierce top­ic. It’s up there with reli­gion and pol­i­tics! Get over it, either grow it, cut it, perm it, dred it, rid it or braid it…but shut up talk­ing about it fir Christ sakes,


um you do real­ize that you’re on a site ded­i­cat­ed to hair right?


Omg…that’s EXACTLY what I was think­ing just before I scrolled down to see your com­ments. Some peo­ple are so weird. lol!


.…and then she has the audac­i­ty to call every­body else “idiots”. LOL!


I fol­low her on IG too and if you look chrono­log­i­cal­ly you’ll see it’s a weave. Looks good done though!


Its beau­ti­ful. My hair looks like that before straight­en­ing so what if its real or fake. I believe its real! How about that. No mat­ter what peo­ple do its haters every­where. Why do peo­ple make it a point to critize oth­ers. LOL Im laugh­ing at em.

C Marie
I am with you sis, most of the haters are African Amer­i­can wom­an who are the first ones to say negi­t­ive things. We have always had long beau­ti­ful hair way before the (lye) relax­er stuff came along. I think now a days most of us are afraid to wear our hair unre­laxed. The looks and the whis­pers that will start soon as you leave your house those looks, and whis­pers will be from most­ly Black Wom­an. A Black Wom­an news per­son just lost her job because she stopped relax­ing her hair, and she refused to wear a wig The pro­duc­er… Read more »

The straight hair at the top/root of her head is her hair, and the un-straight­ened hair under­neath is weave. She explained on the Wendy Williams Show that she was tired of burn­ing her edges out try­ing to match the tex­ture of the weave, so she asked her styl­ist to use hair that matched her tex­ture instead of the Indi­an and Malaysian hair that was being used.

Ugonna Wosu

real­ly? Why has she been hid­ing all of THAT??? lol. Its gor­geous. Even if kinky/curly doesn’t work for Hol­ly­wood actress­es, she could have at least worn it straight­ened. If you have great real hair, WEAR IT.


I think her words were prob­a­bly mis­in­ter­pret­ed. She didn’t say it was all hers, she just said this is a lot of hair and I have to agree with the above poster… Look close­ly!

Wow. It seems that we are con­di­tioned to assume that a black woman’s hair is always fake if it pass­es her col­lar­bone. To those of you who are con­cerned that she nev­er said that this is her real hair, why would she post this pic­ture of a weave before it is flat ironed??? The intent of the pic­ture is obvi­ous­ly to show her real hair, and I think it is safe to assume that it is. As oth­ers have said, longer nat­u­ral hair (and pos­si­bly relaxed hair, but I do not remem­ber) tends to look “fried” at the ends after… Read more »

U r soo right!! I have nat­u­ral below the shoul­der lenght hair but I wear a weave when I want straight hair or want to add a lil col­or and I leave hair out at the top for a ‘nat­u­ral’ part. And when I take my weave out, my hair in the front does­nt have the same tex­ture as the rest of my head bc of me stright­en­ing my leave out. Any­hoo she has beau­ti­ful hair!


I luv her, but I don’t think that’s all of her hair. The tex­ture and full­ness is incon­sis­tent from the front vs the rest of her hair. I have nat­u­ral hair and “nat­u­ral look­ing” exten­sions in now and my hair+weave looks just like hers.

i love blackgirlwithlong hair
i love blackgirlwithlong hair
Hatred is a hell of a thing. Instead of say­ing that is not all her hair, con­grat­u­late her on being nat­u­ral. By the way it is not uncom­mon for a wom­an who has worn weave a lot to have long nat­u­ral hair beneath her weaves. The fact is that hair grows best when left alone and not exces­sive­ly manip­u­lat­ed. PS as wom­an who myself have nat­u­ral Tar­i­ji length and vol­ume hair, I can tell you that is how your hair looks flat ironed. The dif­fer­ent tex­ture on the top can be a result of her exces­sive heat that is some­times… Read more »



It might just be my phone, but a post may say “34 com­ments” yet only 6 are shown. Is it just me?


Nope, it’s not just you. : )


if you scroll to the top or down click OLDER COMMENTS, BUT IM ON A LAPTOP


If I wear my hair in braids for 2–3 months it takes about 3 relax­er cycles for my hair to get straight and it NEVER gets bone striaght so I can always wet & wear slight­ly wavy.
AA hair has a nat­u­ral wave and your hair “learns” based on how you style it espe­cial­ly over extend­ed peri­ods as MyClutched­Pearl attest­ed.


Thanks MyCluthced­Pearl. :o)

My hair looks just like that after blow dry­ing and I don’t have weave, don’t have any split ends and have healthy hair. I don’t allow any­one to relax me to the ends (damaging)and I only relax my new growth once every 9 weeks (5 times a year). It dries out fast so I have to keep it mois­tur­ized but that’s just my tex­ture. My sister’s hair is nat­u­ral and it looks like this before she gets it pressed and it’s so thick it takes almost 3 hours to press. My niece has nat­u­ral unprocessed hair to her butt…looks just… Read more »
Have you all thought that may­be the top looks relaxed because that is the area of her hair which is ALWAYS straight? Nat­u­ral hair will have a dif­fer­ent tex­ture if the top is always left out when they wear weaves and has to be straight­ened to main­tain the style while the rest of the hair isnt both­ered and is braid­ed up in a sew in? If you con­stant­ly straight­en nat­u­ral hair then it will be trained and it will be straight. When Tara­ji wears her weaves her real hair is ALWAYS out in the front for a more nat­u­ral look… Read more »
steph g.

It could still be hers…i have about four tex­tures in my head an the part in the top could have been chem­i­cal­ly straight­ened because thata the part left out in some of her weaves


I wish she would have said whether or not this is her real hair or not so peo­ple can stop bug­ging out on the com­ments lol


Exact­ly!! LOL


Folks, Tara­ji has a short, bob hair­cut. This is like­ly Yaki tex­tured exten­sions (which looks awe­some, so no shade). Prob­a­bly just had them sewn in and now about to get it flat ironed.


You could be right notice she did­nt say my real hair BGLH is assum­ing its her hair


Do you ladies not know what real hair looks like any­more? That’s all her hair. It’s not overprocessed/overpressed so she has some of her nat­u­ral wave pat­tern com­ing though and her ends are not “fried” as some­one sug­gest­ed.


Lmao there are style icons tht have 3 or 4 dif­fer­ent tex­tures in their hair.. I know for a fact I have at least 3..


Let stop tear­ing down this sis­ter. At the end of the day she is doing her thing to rep­re­sent black females so I am proud. I would rather see hero sting pic­tures ofn­hern­hairn­than some­thing that would hurt her career. Go Tara­ji! We don’t go natural..we go back to Nat­u­ral!


Looks like her hair on the top over per­haps some­thing extra at the bot­tom :)


That’s not all her hair. You can see the dif­fer­ent tex­tures. Her hairs stops right at the chin and is lay­ing on top of the nat­u­ral tex­tured weave. Still cute though.


the dif­fer­ent tex­tures comes from con­stant­ly flat iron­ing the leave out. She wears weaves all of the time and when she get’s her sew in’s she leaves her own nat­u­ral hair out in the front for a more nat­u­ral look. The dif­fer­ent tex­tures comes from the front always being flat ironed and the back is always braid­ed up in a sew in so it is not touched by heat.


I was about to thumbs down those who were at the assump­tion that this isn’t her hair. How­ev­er, like Nicole mentioned,it looks like her real hair is lay­ing over total­ly dif­fer­ent tex­tured hair. It looks like a relax­er at the top and what a blow out would look like under­neath that. What­ev­er the case, its cute!


You’re right. I took a closer look. She’s still a great actress, and her hair always looks good!


I see dif­fer­ent lengths not tex­tures!


My hair has 3 dif­fer­ent tex­tures in it lol


Glad I’m not the only one that did­nt see it. I thought everyone’s ends look like this in a blow out

Victoria Kennedy

That’s often how nat­u­ral hair looks when it’s been blow-dried as straight as pos­si­ble. I think her ends are fine. The next step is the real heat which will smoothe those bushy ends.
Her hair is AWESOME!!!

Sameya Horton

Looks like a nat­u­ral weave because of the dif­fer­ence.… I’ve seen tex­tured weaves look like that and need flatiron


you could be right.….she did­nt say it was her hair.…and it does have very dif­fer­ent length, who knows.…


Seen it on MTO, it looks great she should wear it out some­times.…


Her ends are fine, its just the pic­ture. I’m sure she takes excel­lent care of her hair, that’s why its so long. Oth­er­wise the split ends would cause it to break out and be all dif­fer­ent lengths. I would love to know her reg­i­men!!


Nice length but her ends look a bit rough…just say­ing


I pre­sume to keep that much length her must be healthy, but her ends look fried to me. Not try­ing to hate, just say­ing.


I was think­ing the same thing. Trim those dam­aged ends then show us a pic of the healthy hair. 

Side­bar: why is long “nat­u­ral” hair the holy grail? Why is tak­ing pics like the­se nec­es­sary? What are we prov­ing??


Regard­ing your side­bar com­ment, whether we are nat­u­ral or relaxed it seems the goal is long hair!! And now the trend is with social media is to show off your long hair, thats why the “style icon” fea­ture on this site exist and just think this page is Black Girl LONG hair.…
We as a peo­ple have always been chas­ing long hair with we call it bra strap lenght…lol

Love JAH

And just because you state, ‘I’m just say­ing’, doesn’t mean your state­ment is not full of hate…her hair is not com­plete­ly straight­ened so her ends look fine…especially or a blow out!!!


LOVE it! Just shows what pro­tec­tive styling through weaves can do!


For some not every­one who wears will end up with this much hair its all about car­ing for that hair and how the weave is done


Well of course I didn’t mean all. There is no all cure for any­thing. But for those that say there are no ben­e­fit to wear­ing weaves as many do, this among oth­er pic­tures we see that if used cor­rect­ly can be a great pro­tec­tive style


Yes there is ben­e­fits if done correctly.…by a pro­fes­sion­al

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