Intro­duce your­self!
Hey there! My name is Chelsea and I’m from Hous­ton, TX but I’m cur­rent­ly attend­ing school in San Mar­cos, TX.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
I went nat­u­ral because relaxed hair was expen­sive to main­tain. I was going off to col­lege and there was no way I was going to keep going home to get my hair done, espe­cial­ly because I didn’t have a car. Also, I just nev­er enjoyed get­ting relax­ers. I think it’s been about 3 to 4 years now that I’ve been nat­u­ral.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
I don’t know my tex­ture in terms of 3a, 4c, etc. My hair isn’t coarse, but it isn’t fine…it’s in the mid­dle I guess. It’s extreme­ly thick and fluffy. Some strands coil more than oth­ers. There are some parts of my hair that coil then poof in ran­dom sec­tions.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
Well, usu­al­ly my hair is in the same style because I work­out a lot and my hair sweats out quick­ly. It also depends on my mood. Usu­al­ly I wash my hair every two weeks, but again I work­out a lot so I have to wash my hair week­ly. I then twist my hair in big twists and prob­a­bly take it down the next day or the day after that. It real­ly just depends on what I have going with school in that mon­th.


What does wash day look like for you?
Wash days are loooong days. I divide my hair into four sec­tions and wash each sec­tion once or twice with Trop­ic Isle Liv­ing Jamaican Black Cas­tor Oil Sham­poo. After­ward I dry it sec­tion by sec­tion with an old t-shirt, apply Koils by Nature Hydrat­ing Shealoe Creamy Con­di­tion­er to each sec­tion and let it stay on for a few hours, some­times overnight (just depend­ing on how much time I have). After I rin­se my hair, I dry each sec­tion with a t-shirt and apply Koils by Nature Mois­tur­iz­ing Shealoe Leave-In Con­di­tion­er then twist my hair with cas­tor oil and Koils by Nature Nour­ish­ing Hair & Body But­ter. I usu­al­ly just do large twists so my hair can dry with­out tan­gling, then I style it the next day (usu­al­ly a braid out or a puff). Also, I fin­ger detan­gle as much as I can then use a wide toothed comb before twist­ing.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
My favorite go to has to be my puff/pineapple, espe­cial­ly when I’m going to the gym. Anoth­er is a fro­hawk, but I don’t do that one near­ly as much as the puff.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
I com­bat shrink­age (to the best of my abil­i­ty) with braid outs. I usu­al­ly don’t do them on wet hair though because it…still.…..shrinks. Lol

Tell us about your hair col­or?
I used box col­or from Clairol, but I don’t remem­ber the col­or. When­ev­er I first col­or my hair, which I rarely do, I MUST make sure my hair is thor­ough­ly mois­tur­ized. I know it’s sup­posed to be mois­tur­ized all the time, but it is espe­cial­ly cru­cial the weeks fol­low­ing fresh col­or.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
1. Braid out all the way! 2. Cas­tor oil is a def­i­nite do for main­tain­ing mois­ture.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
1. Wash n go’s are a def­i­nite No No. 2. Hav­ing my hair out on a humid day, but that’s a don’t for all nat­u­ral girls. Lol

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Yes! IG: respect­the_fro and Tum­blr:


Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
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Black Girl With Long Hair
Recent­ly, Chelsea’s fea­ture came under attack by a very hate­ful, vio­lent and ven­omous troll who, at times, used his user name to post as BGLH edi­tors. We banned his IP address, but he re-appeared using a new IP address to con­tin­ue his attacks. We are keep­ing an eye on the sit­u­a­tion, and are pre­pared to ban him if he re-emerges. In the mean­while we are dis­abling com­ments on Chelsea’s fea­ture. We are proud to fea­ture Chelsea. She is a beau­ti­ful young wom­an with a gor­geous head of hair. If you have any ques­tions or con­cerns, or need to report any oth­er… Read more »