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Melanie Fiona Sparks Backlash with Comments on Mixed Heritage and Hair Growth

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Melanie Fiona

Good hair” is a loaded phrase in the black community, as it often excludes kinkier textures and tighter coils in preference of straight locks or loose curls. It’s a sensitive topic, and the firestorm surrounding Melanie Fiona’s comments to Sophisticate’s Black Hair Styles and Care Guide shows that the wounds are still fresh.

Here’s an excerpt from Fiona’s feature in the June/July 2012 issue:

SBH: What’s the secret to your gorgeous long hair?
Melanie Fiona: I was born with a full head of hair, and my mom wouldn’t let me cut it until I was 12! I’m mixed – my mom is Black and Portuguese and my dad is Indian so I have a good mix for growth.

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J. Nicole
8 years ago

I don’t think Melanie Fiona meant any harm considering the ‘mixed’ races she was referring to generally have long hair. There are many ‘mixed’ race people whose hair doesn’t grow that fast. I do think many celebrities speak before completely mulling over the context of what they are trying to say or to what point they are getting across. For many, this is still a sensitive topic in our community so there’s no way to fain ignorance on it. At the same time, we have sites like this and other hair blogs that debunk the myth black hair cannot grow.

T.B.
T.B.
8 years ago
Reply to  J. Nicole

She didn’t reference fast or slow growth, but her comments imply that without certain “mixes” its harder to grow hair. Afro textured hair takes more intentional effort to MAINTAIN LENGTH (not grow from the root) due to its propensity to knot, tangle, and break due to dryness. Point blank period. HER ETHNIC MIX IS GOOD FOR LENGTH RETENTION because her hair has less propensity to knot, tangle, and break due to dryness. She’s a singer, let’s give her a pass. #move on

Jana
Jana
8 years ago
Reply to  T.B.

You go girl. That’s the truth of it-“length retention.” I wish more of our people understood that.

nika
nika
8 years ago
Reply to  T.B.

you beat me to it. Well said and this is TRUTH.

Jor-El (MANE MAN)
8 years ago
Reply to  T.B.

+1

B
B
8 years ago
Reply to  J. Nicole

I dont think she meant any harm either & guess what its her hair she can call it, define it how ever she wants to! The natural community is so darn sensitive when another natural describes, there hair or say something they deem to be NOT political correct!! YEAH, she got that GOOD HAIR.…long, healthy and thick!! Nobody is standing in line for short, thin, hair that is breaking, natural or not!

DaynaJoe
DaynaJoe
8 years ago
Reply to  B

@ B — ROTFL! You are not lying –> “Nobody is standing in line for short, thin, hair that is breaking, natural or not!”

B
B
8 years ago
Reply to  DaynaJoe

Thanks DaynaJoe!

Kourtne
Kourtne
8 years ago
Reply to  B

lol B you are too real! Love it!

B
B
8 years ago
Reply to  Kourtne

Thanks Kourtne, just keeping it real, like you said!

hotttgyal
hotttgyal
8 years ago
Reply to  B

Wait a minute since when is having short hair having BAD HAIR? That is a crock of crap and people need to stop denying some of the self hating crap that people say. When I look at her I see a BLACK WOMAN so as mixed as she wants to appear she needs to try harder lol BTW since when did this become a topic for ‘naturals’ only? Seems like you have something against them as from what I see ALL black women with different hair types and styles had varying opinions on this not just those who choose not… Read more »

B
B
8 years ago
Reply to  hotttgyal

IF short hair was so coveted why is there thousands of blogs, videos, Facebook pages, You Tube videos all about GROWING LONG HAIR!! No other group of women focus on hair length and growth then black women!! Heck, there hundreds of hair products all aimed at HAIR GROWTH!!
Why do APL, WL, BSL all exist its all about growing long hair! Naturals even called the stage between TWA & long hair the AWKWARD STAGE!!
Bottom line MOST black women want long hair, relaxed, natural, loced or weave!

Angela
Angela
8 years ago
Reply to  B

Hilarious!!

goyta
goyta
8 years ago
Reply to  J. Nicole

i agree with you, especially given the knowledge that we have about black hair growth available to us today. But based on my experience in my personal life, i can honestly say that a lot of people of other races actually do have markedly faster growth. I remember growing up and going to a mostly white school, how my white classmates would get hair cuts in the spring, and would come back off summer break in the fall, literally with hair down their backs. it never ceased to amaze me. they would grow, i kid you not, at least a… Read more »

anonymous
anonymous
8 years ago
Reply to  goyta

The factual evidence you’re referring to is simply your experience with your own hair growth and resilience versus the other people around you. With no information about nutrition, genetics, haircare practices your evidence sounds short-sighted. Also there are countless examples of the exact opposite of what you write, your personal example can’t be used to create facts and sustain ignorant stereotypes.

fluffy-in-flight
fluffy-in-flight
8 years ago
Reply to  anonymous

Agree with you there — based on my own experience. My hair grows extremely fast, but I do not treat it well at all. I’ve tried so many times to be consistent with water intake, because it promotes healthy hair, and it’s still a battle. I’m anemic, my thyroid is slow and I have other health issues, but yet my hair is thriving. I cut my hair down to around 3 inches about 2 years ago, and my hair is bra strap, heading toward mid-back length, and this is in spite of the fact that every time I deal with… Read more »

goyta
goyta
8 years ago
Reply to  anonymous

there actually was a study produced that i’m sure all of us know about by now that did give factual numbers behind the different hair growth rates of the various ethnicities in question. While i can find a number of real life black women who have long hair (MBL to WL), as i’m sure can most of us here, the fact does remain that generally speaking what i said holds true. I’m quite certain that most black women do grow hair at the average rate, or slightly less than (a few perhaps faster. i’ve seen this on youtube). but i’m… Read more »

chelsea
chelsea
8 years ago
Reply to  anonymous

please you guys are the exception not the rule. I have never heard of caucasians and asians going on hair journeys to grow out their hair. I have witnessed the bad hair care practices of asians and caucasians and they suffer no ill effects. How many white hair care sites have you seen or heard of and white hair care is not as large of an industry as black hair care is. Lets face the facts, coarser hair and less curls equals stronger hair that retains length better. Does that mean they are a superior race? No it just means… Read more »

Zoezemyna
Zoezemyna
8 years ago
Reply to  chelsea

Lol @ I never heard of Asians or Caucasians going on hair journeys hahaah, I love ur comment. Pple who just meet me think I have fast groing hair but it’s just I mastered length retention (FOR MY HAIR) I have breakage prone,dry, fine kinky hair, 15–16″ that took about 6 yrs to get! I drink a half gallon of water a day and am a vegan and my hair is still dry lol ( genetics man) anyway The tighter the curl the drier the hair tends to be and more prone to breakage. Imagine tryn to get through 18–20″… Read more »

Andrea
Andrea
8 years ago
Reply to  chelsea

+10000

goyta
goyta
8 years ago
Reply to  chelsea

that’s what i was trying to say. thank you so much for saying it better than i could!!! this woman is jumping down my throat for stating fact, when everybody else knows what’s up. it’s true. i’ve never heard of white girls (or any other race for that matter) ever doubting that their hair could grow long. for us, even when armed with good hair advice and techniques, still are unsure about whether we can or not. because generally our track record is staunchly against us. doesn’t make it impossible of course, but it does mean that we face tons… Read more »

anonymous
anonymous
8 years ago
Reply to  goyta

Your ignorance is frightening. Countless examples of Black women around the world on this site and others growing long, strong, healthy hair at the same rate as any other woman and yet you cling to your own myths and unsubstantiated racialized baggage.

Pseudonym
Pseudonym
8 years ago
Reply to  anonymous

Indian women living in poverty with poor nutrition manage to grow long, thick hair. Just sayin.

Stephanie Thornton
Stephanie Thornton
8 years ago
Reply to  Pseudonym

hello they never put chemicals in the hair Hello ignorance just saying..seriously people your points are not valid.

Barbara
Barbara
8 years ago

Than you go ahead & explain why that is not the case for African women living in poverty with poor nutrition? I’ll wait, Ms Anti Ignorant RMFE

Stephanie Thornton
Stephanie Thornton
8 years ago
Reply to  goyta

my friend goyte side note all hair whether ehtnic or not grows the same..everbody no!! other ethnic hair asian hispanic whatever grows faster. There hair over our hair appears to grow faster especially if you are natural because are hair shrinks 50 to 80 percent!!!my hair out the shower is one length and stretched is a completely different length. Don’t forget that no other race has something better then the other we are all equal and the same just. Just characteristics are different. Our hair doesn’t grow straight that’s a character. It grows and long. Straight hair will appear different… Read more »

goyta
goyta
8 years ago

i’m aware of the effects of shrinkage but i’m actually saying that i believe that many of those races do grow hair faster. if it’s genes that determine whose hair grows faster and whose grows longer, then no doubt, race (from a genetical standpoint and not as a social construct) must also be a determinant of that, logically speaking. i never said in any way that that made one group better than another- in fact i remember specifically saying the opposite. it’s not ignorance- it’s observation. i’m not going to be in denial simply because a lot of other people… Read more »

Ivy
Ivy
8 years ago

In my opinion this is a non-issue„ she makes no reference to the term ‘good hair’ all she argues is that she has her heritage to thank for her good growth- and its TRUE- Why do you think many indian women can grow and sell their beautiful hair for weaves?

smh the natural police are too sensitive

Natalee
Natalee
8 years ago
Reply to  Ivy

I’m not trying to debate what you’re saying, but traditionally what makes Indian women’s hair grow and seem healthy is their hair care practices. Many don’t use heated irons or chemicals on their hair and rely mostly on natural oils and powders.
And yes, the internet is hyper sensitive.

AfroGeisha
AfroGeisha
8 years ago
Reply to  Natalee

+1

Ivy
Ivy
8 years ago
Reply to  Natalee

+1 with this Natalee, you’re completely righ hey are diligen with their hair care, I think I was momentarily considering my sister in law who’s from sri lanka and has done all manner of things to her hair and its still beautiful grows like weed lol.

I guess some hair can tolerate that!

Lillian Mae
8 years ago
Reply to  Natalee

Took the words right out of my mouth!

chelsea
chelsea
8 years ago
Reply to  Natalee

i disagree. Many of the rich women do not sell their hair as they do not need to. Most of the hair comes from poorer women who do nothing to their hair and have poor diets due to third world conditions. Asians have the strongest hair out of all the races because of their strands circular shape and large diameter which makes it very strong. I had a pure indian friend who did nothing to her hair besides wash and condition and she had some strong hair. We used to try to break her strands by pulling on them and… Read more »

B
B
8 years ago
Reply to  Ivy

+1 Ivy!

hotttgyal
hotttgyal
8 years ago
Reply to  Ivy

AGAIN what does this have to do with women who have naturals? Some of you wannabes sound really jealous.…I am natural and you couldn’t pay me to put Indian hair on my head. It’s not for me nor do I think it is superior in beauty to Black hair. BTW Melanie Fiona ALL hair grows so you don’t have to have a MIX to have hair that grows. DUH!

Carla
8 years ago

Why is just now being discussed? It’s from the June/July issue…??

Renae
Renae
8 years ago
Reply to  Carla

I was wondering the same thing…

Natalee
Natalee
8 years ago

*cradles face into palm of hands* Its not race that makes your hair grow, its the caring and keeping of your hair. A lot of people, multiracial or otherwise, don’t have long hair. My white roommate in college had the hardest time growing her hair and I know many non blacks that ask me for advice. I assume Melanie hasn’t heard of the internet or hair blogs and forums or met a black girl with long hair (pun intended) so I won’t go in. I’m made of the finest African chocolates and my hair is long, thick and healthy. I guess… Read more »

Vonnie
Vonnie
8 years ago

*SIGH* I hope we can put this issue to rest once and all. I just got on someone in the Tia Mowry post about that “good hair” shtick. I don’t think Melanie was being spiteful, but her choice of words were miseducated concerning what she meant. Like the comment above said, ethnicity and nationality DOES NOT play a role in how fast, or healthy, your hair grows. Like my mom told me growing up, “Good hair is healthy, clean hair”. Unless we mentally outright reject the notion that there is a such thing as a good grade of hair, this will still… Read more »

chelsea
chelsea
8 years ago
Reply to  Vonnie

i do agree that ethnicity and nationality does not but RACE does. Why do we not want to face the facts. It’s just hair. A caucasian or asians ability to retain length does not make them better than us so let’s call a spade a spade and admit that they have an easier time growing out their hair because they retain length better.

Vonnie
Vonnie
8 years ago
Reply to  chelsea

I understand the point you make about length retention, but HOW FAST YOUR HAIR GROWS versus HOW MUCH OF THAT LENGTH YOU RETAIN are two different things. Yes other races do not have to tend to their hair as much to retain length but that doesn’t mean their hair grows any more FASTER than AA’s. Not to mention other factors such as shrinkage, etc. You bring a good point but I’m still gonna have to disagree.

Oh, really?
Oh, really?
8 years ago

I didnt bother to read the whole artical because who cares really. But seems some of you didnt even read the text provided. She didnt say she had good hair. She said she was born with a head full of hair and because of her African/Portuguese/Indian heritage she feels she has a good mix for growth.(I read that as potential for growth) Good hair is strong and healthy not just silky. If nappy/kinky/coily headed women cant accept that their type of hair can be good too thats not the fault of the person who chooses to describe their thick full… Read more »

hotttgyal
hotttgyal
8 years ago
Reply to  Oh, really?

It is cracking me up how much HATE natural women are getting in here…and from OTHER BLACK WOMEN. This is so sad. Where oh where are the natural women who are freaks, nazis, or policing this topic? It seems like some of you women are trying to divide natural women into all kinds of NEGATIVE categories in order to defend those who straighten their hair. For what? I’ve met more misguided crazy women with FAKE, STRAIGHT DYED and FRIED hair than naturals so please get it together and stop attacking sisters who love their natural hair and may just want… Read more »

Dannii
Dannii
8 years ago
Reply to  hotttgyal

I agree!!!

Tonya Juanise
Tonya Juanise
8 years ago

LOOKA HERE! The only reason why it seems like other races hair grows fast is because its straight or has a looser curl pattern. Kinky hair is fragile and it breaks QUICK which cuts the length retention. Kinky hair requires extra care that a lot of females don’t put the time in. Either that or their hair is breaking off from relaxers. I mean come on now, we are at a natural hair site, we should know this. I don’t take what she said as offensive.

Miz B
Miz B
8 years ago
Reply to  Tonya Juanise

..I agree! The science of it is if the curl pattern is looser your hair grows at a faster rate.

Ivy
Ivy
8 years ago
Reply to  Miz B

+1

Neesha Cherie
Neesha Cherie
8 years ago
Reply to  Miz B

@ Tonya & Miz B Exactly!! I don’t get why people aren’t acknowledging this. It is what it is!

AnonUK
AnonUK
8 years ago
Reply to  Miz B

Retains better — it doesn’t grow faster. Jeez.

Diva
Diva
8 years ago
Reply to  AnonUK

Exactly.…Stop thinking that our hair grows slower when it doesn’t people!!! gish

chelsea
chelsea
8 years ago
Reply to  Diva

actually new data has proven we tend to have below average or average growth whilst many white and asians are above average. But either way let’s not split hairs we all know what we mean when we say grow. We mean the ability to go from one length to the other i.e retain so let’s not feign ignorance

Diva
Diva
8 years ago
Reply to  chelsea

That depends a lot on the person and heredity. My hair grows very fast!!! I dont know about yours or any other black person!!

Erin Corine
Erin Corine
8 years ago
Reply to  Miz B

@Miz B–No. Be careful with your wording, because you are saying something different than what Tonya said. If the curl pattern is looser, it LOOKS like your hair grows at a faster rate. If you compare to women with the same hair length but one has a curlier texture than the other, of course the less curly texture will appear shorter! Come on, ladies. Genetics is what causes it to grow faster or slower; it has nothing to do with your curl. But maintaining the length that you have? THAT part is up to you.

Vonnie
Vonnie
8 years ago
Reply to  Erin Corine

+1000000

Landry
Landry
8 years ago

I don’t think she meant any harm…she doesn’t strike me as “that” type of person.

Her hair is gorgeous, and from the pics I’ve seen it is quite long, so what she is saying is true. It is what it is.

Diva
Diva
8 years ago

Ignorance is bliss all people who are alive have hair that grows!!! smh I really wish people would stop identifying race with long hair it’s what you do with your hair to retain length that matters.…Natural hair police has nothing to do with this.…HELLO & WAKE UP.…Her comments make me believe that she is a very superficial person who probably also believes that all men want her because of her mixed heritage and long hair!!! Get a life sweetie!!!

hotttgyal
hotttgyal
8 years ago
Reply to  Diva

Thank you what is all this crap about natural hair police? That is so ignorant and I bet this is coming from the same self hating women who were all up in arms about Gabby’s hair! Now all of a sudden being natural is almost automatically some sort of bad thing? STOP HATING 🙂

Jaxanne
8 years ago
Reply to  Diva

Uhmmm, I’m not entirely sure it’s what you do to your hair, is the definitive answer, when seeking to retain length. For example, I have curly/kinky hair apparently, and I big chopped last September (11), and my hair is now, thick and curly and past my shoulders. I rarely wash/cowash, moisturise at the most, twice a week, sleep on a cotton pillar, never do protective styling, and my hair has grown, loads. Tell me what is the reason for that? And although, I’m biologically, my grand parents, were mixed, I would class myself as black. What causes my hair to… Read more »

Asea
Asea
8 years ago

Oh Melanie… lol. Well this is just another example of the inaccurate ideas about our hair that have been imprinted in our minds for generations. You can’t fault her for what she’s been taught… but to be frank, she’s only 1/4 Black, so I would not put any weight on her perceptions of knowledge of my plain old Black coils 🙂 Just sayin… With that said, I used to really believe kinky hair grew at a slower rate because I could not retain length. Even when I went natural I still believed that. But the more exposure you have to… Read more »

AfroGeisha
AfroGeisha
8 years ago
Reply to  Asea

+1 I agree. My hair is coily, and grows an inch per month. I just have to protect my hair more than most in order to retain length. But, I can stretch my hair super easy, and as a result, it looks fuller than Melanie’s (but not that length yet due to BC last July). When I was younger, my hair was super long(before the relaxer)and people would either tell me that my mom must put weaves in my hair or I had Native American in my family, so that’s why it was long. Ignorance is within our own community,… Read more »

kb1908
kb1908
8 years ago

It really doesn’t make sense , to comment on a article and say “who cares” cause if you didn’t we wouldn’t take the time to write, but really tho? Even though she alluded to her being mixed as why her hair was so long, who really cares? This is just her opinion, we all know the truth here. Maybe she will too one day, or maybe not.

???
???
8 years ago

who ?

E.A.
E.A.
8 years ago
Reply to  ???

Thank you, and +1!

Zanthe
Zanthe
8 years ago

She made a throwaway comment that may have come across as a little ignorant but she is not the first person and won’t be the last who thinks this way or says this. I have seen people who are using YouTube and hair sites who have said the same thing plus many people and society in general believe that on the whole Afro textured hair doesn’t grow especially tightly coiled Afro hair like mine I.e 4b, c etc. Maybe the women in her family all have long hair and growing up she only saw mixed women with long hair while… Read more »

anonymous
anonymous
8 years ago

Black women look stupid when they go out of their way to prove they are ‘less black’ than the next black woman — like it’s a step-up or something. It seriously makes her look like an idiot. I really don’t see Indians or the white Portuguese claiming her as their own no matter how long her hair is. Melanie, YOU-ARE-A-NEGRO, just like the rest of us honey. Like it, live it, love it! That little hair-social-hierarchy you’re so heavily relying on for likability is crumbling-down. Get over yourself.

FloridaHoneybee
FloridaHoneybee
8 years ago
Reply to  anonymous

Exblackly!

Ivy
Ivy
8 years ago
Reply to  anonymous

So she shouldn’t be proud of being Indian and Portuguese as well?

???
???
8 years ago
Reply to  Ivy

cos they aint proud of her

Ivy
Ivy
8 years ago
Reply to  ???

Sorry I didnt realise you were their spokesperson, lol. I don’t see why person needs any sort of validation or permission to be proud of their heritage.

I’ve witnessed some people go ham on mixed women of pedominntly other races for “trying to be black”[and those accused are proud to be part African or African American]

smh, you people…

Eloisa
Eloisa
8 years ago
Reply to  anonymous

This woman is not black. She is multi-racial and has only 1/4 of black in her. Americans are so brainwashed I swear. One drop of black doesn’t make you black. Bi-racials/multi-racials are not black. Please stop it with that slave mentality and stop claiming every and anybody who has a tiny bit of black in them. Y’all look ridiculous and desperate.

Marcia
Marcia
8 years ago

I definitely do not think she meant any harm, she wasn’t saying that she had “good hair” I took it as she meant she had hair perfect for length retention, which I think might be true. While it is true that many Indian women take good care of their hair their hair also tends to be a bit “stronger” or less prone to breakage so they tend to hold on to the growth. I have seen so many negative comments, I think many are being a bit too sensitive. I have learned that if you have a certain texture of… Read more »

Sassy24
Sassy24
8 years ago

she looked awful as a blonde

niki
niki
8 years ago

short hair…don’t care (-_-)

Maha
Maha
8 years ago

I wanted to bring her up on the whole Nicki minaj post… I mean if Nicki was sooooo Indian as people claim. I believe she would rock MORE of her natural hair like Melani Fiona does.

chelsea
chelsea
8 years ago
Reply to  Maha

Nicki minaj is a different type of entertainer. She has different colored hair and a new cut every time i see her. if she did that with her real hair she would have none left so…

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

HAHAHAHAHA I found it hilarious people are addressing this “Melanie” whoever she is
And she’s not even going to read it.….

Ladies take care of YOUR own hair n let it blow in the wind…

WHO CARES ABOUT SOMEONE’s hair comments …

COME ON!!!!!

FloridaHoneybee
FloridaHoneybee
8 years ago

She was a one hit wonder and not particularly good at that hit. I listen to the song every now and then–when I am in the mood for a cat wail. She isn’t the prettiest and she is no Ledisi, Susan Boyle, Adele in regards to singing talent. Frankly, if touting her cultural albeit nationality bloodline makes her feel special, earn points and sells records–how is this different from Rihanna announcing her father was some derivation of Irish or was it Scottish? We make ourselves the laughing stock–for all of these black people claiming Portuguese, French, Irish–do you not find it… Read more »

Venus
Venus
8 years ago

Well.… She said she had a good mix for hair growth. That’s it.… Was that comment worth all this ugliness and anger? Lol sheesh

Ivy
Ivy
8 years ago
Reply to  Venus

+1 on this, some people seem so quick to jump down persons throat, It completely baffles me when people judge a persons integrity by their hair.

Diva
Diva
8 years ago

+1

Crist
Crist
8 years ago

im starting to really dislike the word “claim”

hotttgyal
hotttgyal
8 years ago

AMEN best post on here lol She just made herself appear ignorant!Why do SOME of us insist upon claiming all these other nationalities but hardly EVER can pinpoint where their black ancestors came from? You can point out INDIA and PORTUGAL but where in AFRICA did your people come from? Why aren’t you as proud to talk about that as you are about every little percentage of everything else you have in your blood. Sellouts are on the rise these days…

cb
cb
8 years ago
Reply to  hotttgyal

@hotttgyal..so true, the only mixed celebrity I can think of to say they are BLACK is Halle Berry…and she keeps her her short…who is this broad Melanie Fiona, never heard of her

lisa
lisa
8 years ago

I didnt not know she was mixed.……as far as her comments.…it is not that serious peopl

AC
AC
8 years ago

I didn’t take her comment seriously, I have friends with kinkier hair who feel that their hair cannot grow as fast as other races for whatever reason, and EVERY TIME I tell them that it is not true they cannot just let go of that old way of thinking. It’s not that she puts herself on a pedestal for her hair it’s just that if something has been considered correct for so long it may take a while to disprove in the eyes of so many although i’ve personally never felt like that because i’ve always seen Black women with… Read more »

Memoirs of the Chic
8 years ago

I don’t care how she meant it, it came out all wrong and her publicist or whoever should’ve caught that. The fact that it’s 2012 and people are STILL making comments like this is mindblowing. I’m not mad about it, but people should just be careful about what they say.

Diva
Diva
8 years ago

furthermore.…why does she feel the need to “Advertise” her heritage????? I don’t advertise mine.…People who do that in my opinion are insinuating that they have a 1 up on everyone else because they are mixed.…whatever I’m over this.…REally!!! Being bi-racial does not make you prettier, better, smarter, faster, stronger, or more intellegent than the next person!!! Find another crutch to lean on sweetie!!!

FloridaHoneybee
FloridaHoneybee
8 years ago
Reply to  Diva

Exblackly!
My Gawd, I am tired of reading about the Biracial Blues.
Yeah Yeah cry me a river–everyone has issues–suck it up already.

For nothing else do I like Halle Berry, “Yeah my Momma is white and I moved on.”

I can’t apologize for saying—if being biracial is your proudest accomplishment–you haven’t done much.

Natalie
Natalie
8 years ago

All the people who are slagging off poor Melanie Fiona need to get over themselves. She is entitled to her opinion and personally I do not see anything wrong with what she said. To her her hair probably is the best thing since sliced bread.
Saying you are going to delete her song from your iPod please get a grip.
What is wrong with her going on about her heritage she was asked a question and she answered it in the way she thought fit. I think you are the ones with the chip on your shoulder.

FloridaHoneybee
FloridaHoneybee
8 years ago
Reply to  Natalie

Natalie:

You are entitled to your opinion. I am entitled to mine.
Yes, I deleted her==much like I deleted R. Kelly and others who have theories, ideologies, philosophies and general behavior–not in alignment with my thoughts, ideologies–
See that is the thing about this theory of capitalism–CHOICES!

Hope that helps you, well„.…understand.

LOL!

Ugonna Wosu
Ugonna Wosu
8 years ago

I don’t think she meant anything bad by it, and it is what many of us thought years ago. However, with all the information available now, there’s no excuse to be living under a rock! Black people grow long hair too! When they know how to retain hair that is.

Crist
Crist
8 years ago

well…her hair is pretty sick

Anonymous B
Anonymous B
8 years ago

I honestly think people who are bashing her, are insecure about themselves.

I bet NONE OF YOU of you would have the balls to say these condensing comments to her face.…computer screen makes people bigger than they really are.

Diva
Diva
8 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous B

I guess you are right about that considering your very own handle is ‘Anonymous B” lol Don’t throw stones if you live in a glass house!!!

lj
lj
8 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous B

the people jumping down her throat are tired of having everything associated with blackness, such as kinky hair, implied to be less than. you can hear sneaky snipes at blackness all the time. its a microagression and its tedious.

Renae
Renae
8 years ago

I think this is definitely one of those issues that’s getting blown out of proportion. She didn’t say she had “good hair” but she said she had a good mix for growth…and I don’t even think she meant harm in saying, “good mix.” Now, what I think we should be talking about is the fact that not every long/thick haired woman has hair “secrets.” Let’s talk about that! Too many of us naturalistas and hairlistas think that every long haired woman has a detailed hair regimen and is doing something spectacular to her hair. Not so! I know many long haired… Read more »

starr
starr
8 years ago

Since joining the natural hair community, if there’s one thing I’ve noticed with this “natural hair movement”, its that folks are really insecure. Yeah I said it. All this talk about loving your hair, confidence yada yada, and soon as some one says something to something they don’t like, or doesn’t fit the mold, they scream foul. Please. And why can’t she claim her heritage, because she isn’t 100% black, the “I got good hair, I got african in my family” shirts are okay, but if somebody has one that says I got white in my family, black, indian, portuguese,… Read more »

hotttgyal
hotttgyal
8 years ago
Reply to  starr

One thing I notice is how many Black women seem to think so many Black women are insecure because they simply love their chemical fee hair! That is bull. Some of you need to go back to or just keep your perms, hotcombs and flat irons.…the love of Black hair in colonized countries by BLACK PEOPLE is back on the rise so what is wrong with discussing it and discussing some of the self hating comments that we still hear today. It is as if some of you are ashamed to admit that it still exists. NOBODY ever goes into… Read more »

Diva
Diva
8 years ago
Reply to  hotttgyal

PREACH @hotttgyal All up and through this forum!!! That’s what’s wrong with us as a people today we have no unity!!! We just let ppl of other races say what the want to say about us, to belittle us and we believe lies that we have been told vs. seeking the truth!!! Who told us that our hair grows slower!!! I dont know about any other black person but my hair grows very fast so “They” cannot tell me that my hair grows slower than a person of another race because I know that it doesn’t. “My people are destroyed… Read more »

tigerlily
tigerlily
8 years ago

Is this seriously an issue? LMAO. So Melanie Fiona attributes her long hair to her mixed race. Who cares?

Crist
Crist
8 years ago
Reply to  tigerlily

+1

Heart Curly
8 years ago

We have almost the same mix. I am Jamaican, Portuguese, and Indian.

Now back to the matter at hand. I have half brothers and sisters who are not mixed and have grown their hair to a long length. Race does not contribute to how long your hair will be. She sounds so ignorant. You can’t blame her, she has probably been told that’s the reason since she was little. Someone should definitely school her though.

Mercedes
Mercedes
8 years ago

I don’t see anything wrong what she said. She DOES have a good mix of ethnic groups that generally mean you won’t have any problem growing your hair. Women who are 100% black tend to have hair with tighter curls and thinner cuticles, meaning that their hair breaks easier and does not retain length as well. Melanie attributes her hair length to the fact that she is mixed with other ethnic groups that don’t have such curly hair with thin cuticles, meaning less breakage and better growth retention.

What’s wrong with that?

Crist
Crist
8 years ago
Reply to  Mercedes

another +1

Jackie
Jackie
8 years ago

I didn’t think anything of it. Certain ethnicities do grow hair faster…but not because of race. It’s genetic. Their diet, their health habits, etc. I am black and grow hair as fast and as long as my white and Indian counterparts…as long as I leave it alone and stop chemically killing it! Or tacking something else in it. Mi have long thick hair. I also drink tons of water, eat lots of veggies, very little meat, etc. my mom has long thick hair. Her mom had long thick hair. It’s a mix of DNA and what you do to maintain,… Read more »

Diva
Diva
8 years ago

Black people when are you people going to wake up an stop being so ignorant!!! You think your hair don’t grow or grow slower than every other race so it does!!! How about you actually start to take care of what’s on your head and see that it does grow just as fast!!! smh I can’t believe some people on here are actually taking up for that ignorant comment that the singer with a lack of real talent and longevity made. This is why ya’ll are where you are today a bunch of follow the leader type people instead of… Read more »

srb199
srb199
8 years ago

FYI, many black Americans are mixed race. We’re all a long way from 100% African. But we can’t ignore the racial history that contributes to how we define good hair. And I take offense to people who dismiss valid emotional responses to what this singer implies in her statements (whether conscious or not). The interviewer asked her how she got her gorgeous, long hair, to which she responded not with a routine, but her DNA. What this site and numerous others have taught me is that not only can black women with mostly African DNA have gorgeous, long hair, that… Read more »

anonymous
anonymous
8 years ago
Reply to  srb199

Brilliant reply, agree 1,000,000%

Monz03b
Monz03b
8 years ago

I’ve noticed that on this website, people always find ways to bicker about something. Everything is not worth arguing about.

KaraJ
KaraJ
8 years ago
Reply to  Monz03b

I agree so much, the other day was Tia, last week it was Nikki who will it be next week?

Elodie
Elodie
8 years ago

It is definitely still a sensitive topic in the community…being proud of our “Black Hair” means accepting the good and the bad. Good : you can go to a lot more créativity and craziness in the hairstyles…but for the growth rate…even with vitamine, excellent routine, etc, the Black Hair grows slower than a mixed-etnicity or an Asian or a White person hair. This is not saying that our Hair is bad or that we don’t love it but just accept that it has certain caracteristics and proprettes. Full stop. No necesity to make any comment controversial.

Maryam
Maryam
8 years ago

I don’t see the problem, even if she wasn’t mix she does have a hair texture that is simpler to handle in terms of growth. All hair can obviously grow, some just do so faster and easier. The end.

Sometimes I feel like people take things personally and read into things too much.

polymathk
polymathk
8 years ago

All you people here are fucking crazy. She was not attacking all black women and their hair. She gave her opinion about why she has naturally long thick hair. Your nationality obviously has to do with hair growth, Indian women for example grow their hair up to 32 inches long! Some of yall just need to deal with the fact that everybody is not going to be rapunzel, and some genetic predispositions mean very thick, very long hair. God, you natural hair nazis need a fucking ego check.

JJ28
JJ28
8 years ago

I don’t think it’s a big deal that she attributed her long hair to her mixed race. Race is biological and genes do play a role in hair growth. She may not be 100% right, but it definitely IS a factor. Other textures retain length better than us because the coilier the texture, the more fragile it is b/c it has many areas in which it can break. So she is at least partially if not fully right. Even so, it’s her own life, why should it matter what she attributes it to? I’m sure she wasn’t trying to harm… Read more »

cynthiachea
cynthiachea
8 years ago

I don’t see what the big deal is. She didn’t say she had “good hair”, she said she had a good mix for growth. Like Melanie Fiona, my mother was Guyanese of mixed heritage (Indian, Black and White). Unlike Melanie Fiona, my father is Liberian. I too would say I have a good, even GREAT mix for growth. I have locs that are past my rear. People are making it a “good hair” issue. It is not.

FloridaHoneybee
FloridaHoneybee
8 years ago
Reply to  cynthiachea

*sigh*

Since when did geographic/national origin relate to hair texture?

Wow!

Black people kill me–we really are the most ignorant–I mean we make it so easy to be the laughing stock.

Really.

Diva
Diva
8 years ago

Preach @FloridaHoneybee

Jordan
Jordan
8 years ago

What’s wrong with the statement? there are millions of black women walking around with indian hair on their head.

Diva
Diva
8 years ago
Reply to  Jordan

That is the problem right there!!! lmbo

Zoezemyna
Zoezemyna
8 years ago

Lmaooo at these comments, seems like a war zone hahah!!

MarkiaB
MarkiaB
8 years ago

So I have a question. Is it the differences in hair or the difference in hair practices that affects length and growth. Many black children grow hair that is very strong, thick, and long. Once these children began trying new practices on their hair, it seems to me that that is when hair length retention and growth becomes a struggle. As a chid my hair was thin, but yet it grew long. Even when it was permed it grew fast and long. Back then it was maintained by my mom. As a new natural (advent afro wearer), my hair grows… Read more »

Aim
Aim
8 years ago

My mom is Black and my dad is Blacker (that makes me 1/2 black, 1/2 blacker). That’s a good mix for growth since my 4a hair is shoulder length when natural and waist length when straightened.

Nikia
Nikia
8 years ago

Oh please, everybody knows Portugese and Indian people are hairy as hell.

JordanW
JordanW
8 years ago

Nobody should be offended by this AT ALL
“A good mixture for growth”
Everyone knows that the two other ethnicities in her bloodline tend to grow longer, less kinky hair. She didn’t talk down, Or hell even call her hair “good” or “bad” she said she got a good mixture that allows her hair to grow well.
Anyone that got offended is being touchy

Dannii
Dannii
8 years ago

I am BIG fan of Melanie Fiona, so i’m not gonna hate, but personally for me its how you take care of your hair that counts whether your mixed or not mixed, its the effort and care you put in for your hair, simple!!!

JaNelle Lee
JaNelle Lee
8 years ago
Reply to  Dannii

I agree with you.

JaNelle Lee
JaNelle Lee
8 years ago

I don’t think, there is any thing wrong with what she said for her circumstances. Now is it true for everybody? No, it is not. I have relatives that are multiracial and not all of them have the luck (for the lack of a better word) to get fast growing hair. It all depends on the flip of the genes. Also in my experiences, my cousins that are my age and multiracial would compliment my hair, because it was long. I too, am like Melanie. I was born with a head full of hair and had long hair all my… Read more »

JaNelle Lee
JaNelle Lee
8 years ago

true*

mimi
mimi
8 years ago

Where is the backlash??? Other than here…i mean…she’s mixed…that generally comes with long hair genes…

Oh, really?
Oh, really?
8 years ago
Reply to  mimi

stupid.

NikNak
NikNak
8 years ago
Reply to  Oh, really?

Poorly said? Yes. Not completely correct? Yes. Stupid? No.

The same attributes that we complain about are the same reason Black hair tends to be shorter. It’s drier, tangles more, and weaker at the points where the hair bends. Those reasons are why Black hair is so much harder to maintain and why it’s harder for to achieve length.

Now I know that Black women can have long hair. I have seen plenty of examples on this site, but let’s not pretend that super long hair is easily attainable. Most Black women don’t have long hair. That is what it is.

nyla
nyla
8 years ago
Reply to  NikNak

I don’t understand the problem either, if you google her parents you can clearly see that they are mixed, her father even just looks guyanese indian…we all come in all diferent colors and shades…why because of the intermixing…it is what it is…being part or full doesn’t make any you anybetter or less, I just think that she was stating her reality, I mean her last name is Halim, yes we all are culturally black but we have to just to come terms with that we have a mixed, diverse background that varies from person to person.…personal I think that if… Read more »

LK
LK
8 years ago
Reply to  nyla

Hi Nyla, You make a great point. Alot of people don’t know also that there are black Indians of both the Hametic and Shemite Nations. Also if you look at us we are majority all brown, dark brown, red, yellow, tan and so forth different shades of blackness. There are Indigenous people who are darker than Melanie with long hair and Indigneious ppl with curly, straight. It seems to me alot of the people who tend to get offend by this do not know the history of “COLORED” people. They think to be black that = African (Hametic Peoples and… Read more »

Christelle
Christelle
8 years ago
Reply to  NikNak

I don’t see the problem either. She is right with her statement. The texture and curl pattern of her hair allows her to retain length easily. I’m 4a coarse and my daughter is 3c/4a silky. The silkiness of her hair alone makes a huge difference. She has zero single strand knots, her hair does fine even after a week without moisturizing and with 2 years she already has 13 inches of hair versus her cousins with 4c hair that have only 3 inches of hair at an age of 4. My coarse 4a hair gets a lot of single strand knots… Read more »

Roxanne
Roxanne
8 years ago
Reply to  NikNak

I’m sure everyone on this site are not all “mixed chicks” yet everyone has reported some kind of hair growth; thus proving that it is possible for all types of hair to grow. That being said, I take no offense to Ms. Fiona’s comment. For all we know, her own parents probably got her brainwashed into thinking mixed hair is the only hair that can grow…we can’t always judge without all the facts, so her comment is irrelevant in my book.

Over It...
Over It...
8 years ago
Reply to  Oh, really?

I have no problem with what she said about HER hair. I think that as BW, some of us can be overly sensitive. Her hair is beautiful– so what? Some of us will never have that kind of hair, but that’s fine. Realizing that there are other beautiful things about us and having higher self esteem would make what Melanie said a non- issue. The obsession with hair length, texture and skin color is a disease, a mental illness.Some of us need therapy for it.

Nell
8 years ago
Reply to  mimi

can you tell us where the “long hair genes” are? were they discovered during the Human Genome Project or some other experiment? were they discovered by Crick & Watson or someone else?

i’m really curious about these genes that don’t exist…

Sha
Sha
8 years ago
Reply to  Nell

It’s not about long hair genes lol. It’s as simple as her hair is not as kinky so therefore it’s less prone to breakage. So it’s easier for her to retain length which is a good mix for growth like she said. And we all know that apart of retaining length is preventing breakage.

Nell
8 years ago
Reply to  Sha

so.…in other words, she has “good hair”… because that is basically what most of the comments on here are saying. this is really just an argument about someone saying she has good hair, and other Black women, unfortunately, co-signing on it and trying to show through science that she’s right. what seems to be forgotten in this discussion is that not ALL Black people have 4c hair texture. some have 3c/4a or 3a/3b type hair-and are just as Black as anyone else. although, even still, 4c textured hair grows, again, at the same rate and retention is the same, however, shrinkage is… Read more »

Michel
Michel
8 years ago
Reply to  Nell

Exactly! Ignorance at its finest! I know plenty of African Americans withlong hair and they’re not running around saying they’re mixed and that’s why they have a “good” grade of hair! I’m really surprised at how many women agree with that bs!

Blatina
Blatina
8 years ago
Reply to  Michel

Let’s be honest, the lion’s share of African Americans has hair in the 4’s, with a slight minority with hair of looser textures. This is why people are mad at her comment, she is alluding to her genetics giving her her hair (which, duh, it did), and since there’s generally insecurity (and sometimes downright self-hate) in the black community about hair texture, some black women got all butt-hurt, and projected their insecurities onto her.

Kitty
Kitty
8 years ago

I don’t know why people get in a tiffy every little hair comment. So her background mix makes it easier for her to retain length. So what? We all know that ALL hair grows, at various speeds, that ALL hair grows period, even super-tight-curly-kinky-nappy whatever you want to call it hair. We ALL know that length is harder to retain when hair is curly — isn’t that why all these blogs, videos etc on “natural hair” exist? To teach us how to retain every precious milimeter of hair BECAUSE curls are so much harder to retain than bone straight?? So… Read more »

mac
mac
8 years ago
Reply to  Kitty

This.

Kamilah
Kamilah
8 years ago
Reply to  Kitty

THANK YOU! You’re common sense is appreciated

ASH
ASH
8 years ago
Reply to  Kamilah

+10000000000

my hair is not so pretty
my hair is not so pretty
8 years ago
Reply to  Kitty

I could not agree more

NicciNaturale
NicciNaturale
8 years ago
Reply to  Kitty

Church!!

ladyluo
ladyluo
8 years ago
Reply to  Kitty

Yes indeed!!! I saw the title, read the comment and asked myself, backlash over what? I don’t see it and decided to read the comments. Thank goodness for people with some sense. There is nothing here, moving on…

I tell you people have too much time on their hands to make mountains out of mole hills

Tasha
Tasha
8 years ago
Reply to  ladyluo

THANK YOU. I was thinking, “And they’re mad about what?” Don’t these natural communities constantly tell us that our natural oils don’t travel very far which makes our hair drier which makes it more difficult to retain length? Im gonna build several seats for Christmas gifts for some of y’all!

Lin
Lin
8 years ago
Reply to  Kitty

Thank you! So done with some of these off-the-wall responses.

Eat.Style.Play
8 years ago
Reply to  Kitty

Exactly…look here my friend pretty much chopped all her hair off I had about 3 good inches of natural hair at the time. Lemme tell you her hair is double the length of mine in the same amount of time! She is Black and native American, bigger curl pattern, softer. Not even gonna lie i call people on BS people who think that it’s a lie that people’s hair grow differently. I’m a firm believer that haird does grow differently. My hair breaks so easily, her’s doesn’t I dont know why folks get in a tizzy over these things. Personally… Read more »

MzKane
MzKane
8 years ago
Reply to  Eat.Style.Play

Well said!

Azia
8 years ago
Reply to  Kitty

can I get an Amen. I seriously think the only people who would get mad about this are people who have serious self hate issues! Let’s just celebrate who we all are and accept that we’re all different and beautiful.

MzKane
MzKane
8 years ago
Reply to  Kitty

I wish there was a like button.

Mamamayhemonu
Mamamayhemonu
8 years ago
Reply to  Kitty

Thank you!!! Thank you!!! To thine own hair be true!

Barbara Horne
8 years ago
Reply to  Kitty

TRUTH, you just made me feel better for the time I wasted reading about this. Thank You.
“the backlash comes from people who wake up in the morning with the sole purpose of finding something to be angry about because they hate who they are and feel they have less because their hair is curly…it’s all transposing self-hatred onto someone else”

Barbara Horne
8 years ago
Reply to  Kitty

TRUTH, you just made me feel better about the time I wasted reading about this. Thank You.
“the backlash comes from people who wake up in the morning with the sole purpose of finding something to be angry about because they hate who they are and feel they have less because their hair is curly…it’s all transposing self-hatred onto someone else”

jonelle
jonelle
8 years ago

I dont see what the problem is. she is telling it like it is. she is mixed and because of that. she has a higher rate of growth due to the ethnicity and her DNA. What is all the nitpicking about. she said she has a “good mix for growth” she did not say she has good hair. she was talking aobut the growth of her hair not the texure of her hair.

whylie2010
whylie2010
8 years ago
Reply to  jonelle

Exactly. People are twisting her words

Sigh
Sigh
8 years ago

There’s nothing wrong with her statement. Certain hair types retain length better than others for a number of reasons. Being able to retain length means, being able to grow longer hair. And yes, the hair growth rate is faster in some hair types, we need to get over ourselves and this hair thing.

Love JAH
Love JAH
8 years ago

Beautiful girl, beautiful spirit, beautiful singer…tightly coiled hair needs extra help getting moisture to travel down the hair strand, this is fact. Because she is mixed with Portugese or whatever else her hair grows out silkier and does not need as much help getting the moisture to penetrate the strand, hence the reason she has a good mix for length retention. Why should I have an opinion about a fact? This s what I consider a dead end debate.

Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty
Reply to  Love JAH

I so agree. I made a similar comment over at Clutch.
Honestly, even the “good hair” comment doesn’t bother me. What people choose to think about themselves is their business. It doesn’t matter if a person’s hair is tightly or loosely coiled. If you think your hair is “good” then so be it. I could care less. The only opinion that matters about a person’s hair or self worth for that matter is their own…and God’s 🙂 Heck, I wonder what ppl would think if he HE had an opinion on “good hair” hmmm

Eat.Style.Play
8 years ago

This! Please…on my hairs worst day it’s good hair, and nobody can tell me other wise.

Ki
Ki
8 years ago

Its fun to see what black women think of themselves when it comes to abstract things like beauty, goodness, intelligence, because it ranges and the negative opinions of self can always be traced back to some colonized train of thought that was reinforced by our white colonizers to make blacks hate themselves and love and become dependent on the presence of the oppressor. This particular conversation on hair growth is interesting to me to me because I think its no different from other abstract opinions of ourselves. How can the black women writing comments even say our hair doesn’t have… Read more »

Ki
Ki
8 years ago
Reply to  Ki

Best,
She, the black college student

Erica
Erica
8 years ago
Reply to  Ki

cosign.

Chellebourne
Chellebourne
8 years ago
Reply to  Ki

THANK. YOU.
Its this kind of thinking that has every 4‑type sista out there throwing in the towel. The secrets of retaining length in African hair can be very simple. Its the lack of effort put into discovery and education on the topic that have us believing all this BUUUULL
BLACK GIRL WITH LONG HAIR does not mean MIXED BLACK GIRL WITH LONG HAIR (though obviously, they are included)
Well said KI

missnoel1913
missnoel1913
8 years ago
Reply to  Ki

Soo true ..well said

Lala
Lala
8 years ago

And what she said WAS IGNORANT. It don’t make no d*$m sense and thats where my backlash comes from. How could anyone be jealous of something that makes no sense?!
Oh, and here’s a good question… who asked the question? Aren’t reporters supposed to be creative?

so...
so...
8 years ago

I don’t see what the problem is. Her genes allow her to grow long hair and retain her growth with what sounds like little maintaince. Are those of you sitting or standing hours every day/week trying to grow/retain your hair’s length CATCHING FEELINGS? She’s speaking to her truth, not yours. Get over it.

Hope I made you mad:)
Hope I made you mad:)
8 years ago
Reply to  so...

Some black women have a chip on their shoulder when it comes to those of us with mixed heritage in our family that have hair that grows long with little work. They need to just get over it because it’s not like they can’t have nice long hair, they just have to work harder to obtain it.

Temple
Temple
8 years ago

This statement… The anti-Blackness is strong. smh (And nope, I’m not mad or have a chip on my shoulder)

abhiola
abhiola
8 years ago

this comment ( and many others made on this article) is proof to me that black people are still not ready to become one, we have a long way to go. no matter what movement comes along, there will always be a divide, whether its natural vs relaxed, light skin vs dark skin or according to you blacks vs people who are mixed. how can you make such a demeaning comment. what does being mixed have to do with the amount of work you put into your hair? I know a black Nigerian girl born and bred who does absolutely nothing… Read more »

Gee
Gee
8 years ago
Reply to  abhiola

Become one? Over hair?? Seriously? Girl, do you and stop looking for societal co-signs of your coif. I have been natural for 3 years and am tired of struggling with twists and conditioners. What I do will and should have no impact on you, Melanie or “the struggle”.

abiola
abiola
8 years ago
Reply to  Gee

i have nothing against relaxers, or straight hair or being mixed. im not sure why you brought it up, but yes natural hair isnt easy. i never said it was. i never said you had to by force love your natural hair. i dont know what i said to make you think im part of a natural movement/struggle. what i did say, and what my problem was with the comment i responded to. i had a problem with the fact she said “some black women have a problem with people like her of mixed race.” my response was that it… Read more »

isola
isola
8 years ago

I see nothing wrong with her statement. Her hair can be attributed to her heritage. We got to stop being so sensitive about our hair.

Seven
Seven
8 years ago

I think she’s a little uneducated just like a lot of women are. It appears as if it is easier for her to retain length because her curl is looser than tightly coiled/curled hair. However, her hair may grow at the same length. The way she takes care of her hair, just as any other, is key. Breakage doesn’t discriminate/hair loss. It will happen if you aren’t 1) taking care of your hair or 2) maintaining a healthy lifestyle to include a health hair regimen. If she’s not clipping her hair, then again, she will retain length. I hadn’t clipped… Read more »

Seven
Seven
8 years ago
Reply to  Seven

Oh and as a curly, tighter kinky, or whatever one may call it, who no longer has relaxed ends, I find it easy to retain length…just as easy when I relaxed. I only cut when necessary and my breakage is non existent. I don’t know why it is assumed that it’s harder for a curlie or what have you to retain length.

rubybutterfly
rubybutterfly
8 years ago

Umm.…While I don’t agree with the idea that being mixed in general means you have “longer hair genes” as some of you have said, I don’t really see what SHE said as being offensive. I also don’t even think there’s really any backlash. Apparently from what I’ve seen, everybody doesn’t think it’s a big deal, and it was probably two or three people with nothing to do who decided to start this “controversy”. I’m Guyanese like she is, and while I’m not biracial, we are all hairy in general, Lol!! I bet if she wasn’t black at all and said… Read more »

Michelle
Michelle
8 years ago
Reply to  rubybutterfly

LOL @ “we are all hairy in general.” So true. Statement would raise no eyebrows in Guyana where dark skin and long hair aren’t an anomaly. Absolutely nothing offensive about her comments. I wonder if we’ll ever get to the point where black folk can make perfectly innocent comments without having their every word dissected and discussed.

Avril
Avril
8 years ago

IF she gave products n strict instructions for hair lengths, MOST if not ALL would
go and buy the products.…..

Now THAT would be intersting.…

FloridaHoneybee
FloridaHoneybee
8 years ago
Reply to  Avril

Speak for yourself and your own money.

GeecheeGoddess
GeecheeGoddess
8 years ago

Comments like that honestly do get on my nerves. My family isn’t of mixed heritage. Yet many of the little girls in my family have long thick healthy hair. Why, because their Mother’s take care of it.

Likewaterforchocolat
Likewaterforchocolat
8 years ago
Reply to  GeecheeGoddess

+1000 Geechee Goddess. My mother took amazing care of our hair and was always adamant about letting folks “play” in our hair. Tying our hair up at night was meant to preserve the hairstyle, but it actually helped to protect the overall health of hair as well.It all went downhill after she decided that we were “old enough” to get perms, God bless her, lol.

I see your name is Geechee Goddess, I am from SC as well.

Ronnie
Ronnie
8 years ago
Reply to  GeecheeGoddess

+1!

For the Love of Curls
8 years ago

I think her comment shows her ignorance. Not because it’s not true that it’s easier for her to retain length but because she’s in the public eye and she shouldn’t speak every thought that comes to her mind. Some things just perpetuate bad feelings and bad thoughts and should just not be said.

marie
marie
8 years ago

I think people view certain comments through their own prism of insecurities and hair baggage. I don’t have a problem with what she said. I think it’s great that she didn’t act as if it was some magic elixir product/vitamins for people to run out to the stores to buy or some special/secret technique that allows such growth and retention. Good for her. She pretty much said she didn’t have anything to do with it. Just her genes, which is true of a lot of things. I’m naturally thin. Can eat what I want, not exercise and won’t gain an… Read more »

mac
mac
8 years ago

Why aren’t more people picking up on the fact that she includes black as part of the “good mix”? (Includes it first, even.)

Kady
Kady
8 years ago

My hair looks just like Melanie’s except it’s not as glossy and I’m nowhere near mixed. So what does that say? And maybe there are products out there to make it glossy. There is some truth to what she said but it’s not the case all the time

Tash
Tash
8 years ago

I don’t care about (good hair/bad hair) anymore I use to but now I just think it’s silly. Anyway I don’t think she meant anything by it so whatever.

bijou
bijou
8 years ago

I can see why some people got offended. “…so I have a good mix for growth.” Had she left that sentence out, it would have been worded better. I’m glad she was honest that her long length wasn’t due to any secret, just genetics. But that last part… wasn’t necessary. Yes, some races of women have an easier time growing long hair (or length retention. Semantics. Whatevas) however attributing long hair to being mixed isn’t exactly true because black women CAN have long hair. That statement touched a raw nerve. When I read it I cringed a little. That didn’t… Read more »

Tab
Tab
8 years ago
Reply to  bijou

One morning on Ricky Smiley morning show she stated…“Everyone in Canada is beautiful because were mixed/biracial/triracial. I stopped being a fan then. Dumb Comment/Statement.She did attribute attractive features for being mixed!!!

maralondon
maralondon
8 years ago
Reply to  bijou

Well put, my feelings exactly. I’ll tell you about an experience i had with a lady i got speaking to one day. she was with her young son and i commented on how handsome he was. Her response to me was that i should see her older son because he has more European features. I thought to myself, is she trying to make her youngest feel less inferior to her eldest because his looks are less European. Unfortunately i’m hearing things like this all the time, it seems as though it’s built into our psyche and its a difficult one… Read more »

Remi Goode
8 years ago

I mean all she said basically was, because she mixed, she has a unique blend„which in her opinion means it grows out well, Doesn’t mean that other types and blends don’t grow as well, but i see where someone may have a little neg. feelings about it as well. Bottom line is all people like long flowing hair for some reason…

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Kara
Kara
8 years ago

There is definitely some truth to what she said. In that “good ethnic mixture for growth” she included black. So why are we offended? And yes it’s probably true. I doubt very seriously if an Asian women saw that statement she would get upset. She would probably agree.

Also, would we get offended if Halle Berry told Vouge magazine that “I look so young because my father is black.”

Barbara
Barbara
8 years ago

Errrrrrrm she is right, lump it, love it or hate it, she is right.

Mixed” hair and “non mixed hair”, the vast majority of times, is in fact different. That difference, the looser texture makes length retention easy.

Length retention = long hair.

No one said anything about better just ****different*** And please let’s not even try and act as if the exception is the rule. I swear, “We” can’t even be honest about something as simple as hair. GMAFB

I’m seeing a lot of insecurities over “just hair”

Temple
Temple
8 years ago

Race admixture or race in general doesn’t determine growth rate. That’s all I gotta say. All hair grows, at different rates, yes, but race doesn’t play a part in that shit.

abhiola
abhiola
8 years ago

it doesn’t bother me per say but what does surprise me is that in this day and age of hair journey movements albiet natural or relaxed, women are still justifying their hair length to being mixed race. at this point we should know that race has nothing to do with it, its a matter of how you look after your hair. there’s proof of that everywhere you look, pictures online and when you step out of your house. black and mixed women with hair of all length and curl types. there’s no denying she is mixed and her genetics has a role… Read more »

blackmamamixedbaby
blackmamamixedbaby
8 years ago

Evidently, the comment touched a nerve. For someone living in a country that has always made being black/having black hair something negative, even when the comment is innocent, the negative connotation is always there. I enjoyed reading the comments of those who said they didn’t care. That means there is some progress there. I grew up in the ’80’s with mostly white girls who didn’t understand my hair, but mostly because I didn’t understand it and was therefore embarassed by it. As we got older, they were amazed to see all the great things I could do with my hair… Read more »

andrea
andrea
8 years ago

and the issue is…smh

Mela
Mela
8 years ago

That is a ridiculous statement…people are so trained its ridiculous…race has nothing to do with hair growth…at all…

Kathy-Ann
Kathy-Ann
8 years ago

I think that people go to the extreme about having what we call ‘good hair’. We can see that Melanie Fiona is mixed, in trinidad we call a mix of black and indian ‘dougla’. My both parents are black and I had long relaxed hair on my back down to my bra strap and for some reason people always thought that it was weave because apparently it’s deemed wrong for ‘black’ people to have long hair. I recently cut it chin level and I get a lot of comments saying that I cut my beautiful hair. I think that every… Read more »

aleslielove
aleslielove
8 years ago

I don’t really see anything offensive in what she said nor why there should be a backlash…she was simply stating her background and that this attributes to her quick hair growth. Bottom line is I don’t believe it was meant in an offensive way or to say that her hair is any better than other textures…just that because of her genes her hair grows faster. If you follow Melanie Fiona you’ll see that leaving her hair out and big in it’s natural state is more often than not her look and she definitely rocks it.

Diatta
8 years ago

I have no problem with what she said.

LaQuele
LaQuele
8 years ago

She only spoke her truth and I agree. Some hair types do grow easier than others. I have kinky 4c type hair and yes it grows, however it takes very special care to get it to grow long & healthy. That’s just a fact. My hair is a lot more fragile than Melanie’s. That doesn’t mean my hair hair is bad hair and her’s good hair and that’s not what she said. She said she has a good mix for growth, not good hair.

Lolita
Lolita
8 years ago

I think that her comment is like all other comments of this type. A person being pretty, hair retaining length in spite of her being black. It is almost like there has to be some mix in order to explain the “good”. It kills me. My daughter’s hair is long, it is curly (like her mom’s). Her length is past her behind. My hubby, her father is white, yet her hair is coiled like mine. I had long hair pass my shoulders. I recently cut it because I wanted, no reason other than that. Curly, kinky, nappy, natural whatever you… Read more »

Diata
Diata
8 years ago

.….It’s true people born to biracial parents hair GROWS quicker. She didnt say her hair was GOOD. While some are aggy over her comment, u have to ask most women who are not wearing their hair natural about the Indian textured hair they by for extensions.They buy that type because its better hair for them than what grows out their head. To them it’s good! Some say backlash and others go buy that same so-called good textured hair. She just said she has genes for good growth. We can all say we have good genes for growth but because her… Read more »

lin
lin
8 years ago
Reply to  Diata

Diata, that is not true whatsoever. There is no black or even mixed phenotype. A biracial person (assuming they have one black and one white parent one with straight hair and the other kinky), can have hair texture any where along the straight to kinky spectrum. I know plenty of biracial people who do not and have never had long hair. And I also know whites who cannot grow long hair. This topic is mute. I agree from the excerpt that she didn’t place any value on her racial makeup, or hair length. But she did make a false statement.… Read more »

Ronnie
Ronnie
8 years ago
Reply to  lin

That Melanie Fiona girl didn’t get to her station in life from being educated, sensitive, and eloquent. Which obvioulsy, she’s not.

And I agree with you, lin.

Yejide
Yejide
8 years ago

I have no problem with how she responded to the interviewer’s question.She was talking about her heritage. Additionally, we have to breathe and heal collectively around whose hair does what. I am in the tighter, coily, needs lots of moisture, etc. category. I LOVE MY HAIR, so much more because of ALL of you beautiful wavies, curlies and coilies- all the wonderful information you share has left my hair in its best condition EVER.

Thank you SO much.

Aneras
Aneras
8 years ago

I don’t know what the issue is. Maybe because people know its true??? Lol I am a 4b and I know for a fact I’ve seen articles saying how hard it is to grow hair that is as dry and as kinky as mine. The fact that my sister who isn’t mixed has 3a hair and her hair retains growth easier than mine. Smh why so serious?

lin
lin
8 years ago

Her hair texture obviously has to do with her dna admixture. HOWEVER! Everyone’s hair grows. Duh! The ability to grow long hair has to do with hair growth cycles. As well as chemical and heat use and not understanding one’s texture. I do think her comment was a bit dumb. But she probably doesn’t know any better like a lot of black women who utter the same words. Black women don’t have any problem growing hair, but retaining that growth. Tightly curled hair tends to be dry because the natural oils do not easily go down the hair shaft. However,… Read more »

PrincessLH
PrincessLH
8 years ago

You know what some people are just ignorant. Melanie is mixed and her hair grows faster and it looks the bomb. Get over it. She never said she’s better than anyone or prettier than anyone. Everyone of us is beautiful no matter the race, the hair type, or our skin color. This is why women have trouble getting together, because a lot of us take the simpliest things and make it seem as if that person thinks she’s better than everyone, when all along it was just their insecurities clouding everything up. People come down and relax…

lin
lin
8 years ago
Reply to  PrincessLH

It has been proven that almost EVERYONE’S hair grows at the same rate. Only SOME asian and native Americans have been shown to grow hair at a somewhat faster rate. And hair grows faster during hotter weather. I’m not angry about what she said any more than I am about what you said. There’s a lot of misinformation about this issue.

Lana
Lana
8 years ago

I both agree and disagree with most of the comments. IMO she was simply decribing her heritage and what she firmly believes about her hair (which she has every right to do). I don’t believe that she meant it in a derogatory fashion. I can also relate to the “nay-sayers” here. Think about it, how long have each of you watched television, looked at magazines, worked with someone with long-flowing locks. At very early ages, we are brainwashed by the media into believing long hair is beautiful and short a.k.a. nappy hair is ugly. Automatically that causes self-hate, insecurity, etc.… Read more »

Char
Char
8 years ago

She actually said that she, “had a good MIX for growth.” Which makes perfect sense. However that doesn’t mean that others don’t have a good mix as well. I’m sure you have noticed some half-white/half-black folks with a lot of rhythm and they might have said that they have soul because of their black roots. They are proud of who they are and that’s a good thing. They are not putting down the white half, they are just expressing how they feel. Would you knock them for saying that?

NubianPrize
NubianPrize
8 years ago

EVERYBODY TAKE A CHILL PILL !! Black/Africans can & do grow long hair ! Last year I had a very pretty DARK CHOCOLATE COLORED girl student from KENYA who had thick,almost waist length TYPE 4 NAPPY HEALTHY HAIR. It was very healthy, jet black( so is mine,BTW ) & of a coarse texture where you could rub it between your fingers & feel the strength of the strands,unlike my type 4 wispy FINE hair.The African American girls were always admiring her hair & its length & asking what she did to get it that long.She said she just used oils. I… Read more »

Nell
8 years ago

the issue is not that she is multi-racial. no one is questioning her Blackness or whatever she chooses to identify as. the issue is that she paints a certain type of hair as better, more manageable, easier, and almost lucky in a sense-thus, meaning that it is BETTER than other types of hair. you cannot be “blessed” with one type of hair while believing that ALL types of hair are “good”. and no, please do some research. all hair grows at generally the same rate excluding hair and scalp diseases and conditions. it is about hair RETENTION. and HAIR RETENTION… Read more »

Mommyvictor
Mommyvictor
8 years ago
Reply to  Nell

Amen!

Christelle
Christelle
8 years ago
Reply to  Mommyvictor

She does not make her hair seem better. It is a fact that most people with mixed hair or a looser texture can get they hair long without effort and even without taking care of it. Yes kinker textures grow long hair too but we need to do A LOT for that(moisturize and seal every night, sleep with satin scarf, protective styles — the list can get long lol). Looser textures don’t do all of that to get healthy long, they have it naturally. That is a FACT!

Nell
8 years ago
Reply to  Christelle

she doesn’t make it seem like her hair is better? so explain what she means when she says she has “a good MIX for growth”. what is the “good mix” for growth? YOU CANNOT HAVE A *GOOD MIX* WITHOUT HAVING A *BAD MIX*. this is not reading too much into what she’s saying, it’s being analytic and understanding that when most Black folks, and people that are bi/multi-racial with a Black parent speak about their hair, it is usually saturated with ideas about race and dichotomies of good and bad features. wrong-these things you’re saying are not facts. there are plenty… Read more »

christelle
christelle
8 years ago
Reply to  Nell

I’m african and in my country I’ve seen many women who sleep with scarves (not for growth reasons but to preserve styles). So let me tell you, my whole childhood in Africa I’ve never seen a women with hair past her shoulders! Now most of the women I’ve seen live in my life are black and none of them have long hair. And even still now when I go on hollidays I don’t see a black african women (in my country) with long hair, WHY? I use to think because they don’t moisturize and bla bla. So, when it comes to… Read more »

Nell
8 years ago
Reply to  christelle

if you look back at what i wrote, i said ANCESTORS. meaning not anyone living currently. i mean in traditional, pre-colonial Africa. but if we want to go current, i’m talking about the very small portion of peoples that have isolated themselves to the degree that they can from colonialism. the Himba of Namibia (those that are still living outside urban cities) wear they hair wrapped in clay (meaning its’s moisturized 24/7) and it is down their backs. Fulani of West Africa (men and women; again, those living in the traditional ways) have their hair usually in elaborate braids. and… Read more »

Christelle
Christelle
8 years ago
Reply to  Nell

@Nell, You are repeating exactly what I said. That coarser textures need to protect and/or take good care of their hair to grow it long, where looser textures do not need to do anything special to grow their hair long. Meaning coarser textures have to put more effort in growing long hair than looser textures. That’s it! And this is why I don’t see black women with long hair because they don’t put the effort in, where I see a lot of women with looser textures that have naturally long hair and don’t put effort in growing it either!

cacey
cacey
7 years ago
Reply to  Nell

show me these black men of whom you speak, because i haven’t seen any except the ones who wear their hair in dreads. i’m pretty sure my ancestors probably had short hair (if it their hair weren’t in dreads or braids) because most africans of arguably kinky hair have SHORT hair. I don’t think that speaking out about our hair’s natural attributes is our way of saying it’s bad, necessarily. it’s just stating facts. for our intended purposes, it doesn’t make it easy to do, which is what the “issue” is. if you have hair that’s prone to…all the things… Read more »

abiola
abiola
8 years ago
Reply to  Christelle

abeg show me the scientific paper that states its a “FACT”. i have had white people and mixed come up to me asking for hair advice. so there goes your “FACT” right out the window.

abiola
abiola
8 years ago
Reply to  Nell

LOL i agree. i think what surprises me the most about this whole thing is what people are saying on THIS website..

keeks
keeks
8 years ago

I understand why her comments created a backlash. It doesn’t matters if she’s ignorant or self-hating, she’s essentially creating this dichotomy of “good” versus “bad” genes. The answer should have been about the work and practices she puts into haircare. But she’s implying that b/c she isn’t completely black she is able to achieve a great deal of hair growth. And I’ve seen enough black naturals to know that genetics at best can determine your hair thickness and curl pattern. I don’t know so much about overall length but as far as I’m concerned there is no “long hair gene”… Read more »

M. Guinn
M. Guinn
8 years ago

Nope.….not offended by what she said at all because I know that you don’t have to be mixed to achieve long beautiful hair. Nubian Prize summed it up perfectly!!!! If we take care of our hair naturally we can achieve gorgeous hair. What God gave us is wonderful!!!! Work with it, not against it.

Anfaani
Anfaani
8 years ago

geez…smh

Likewaterforchocolat
Likewaterforchocolat
8 years ago

She’s recently gone blond (why?) and I absolutely hate the look on her.

Di Di
8 years ago

I don’t see the problem here. She said she has a “good mix for growth” And? that’s great, so does a lot of people. She didn’t go out and say that people with kinkier hair have problems.. she made her comment based on what is present in her community , HER family history, HER family origin. She didn’t maliciously go after one group of people. People are overly sensitive to prove the fact that they are a part of a bigger nation.. blah blah blah.

Michelle Spice
Michelle Spice
8 years ago

Well I am black, my mother is black, my father is black! Genetically I don’t know what gene pool I am exposed to, since our foremothers were raped by everyone for a long time… I can tell my hair texture; the back is thick, soft and curly, the sides have a coarser texture, the middle and the top is what we call kinky and thick… I live in Canada and this climate is not good for Afrikan hair nor skin, you have to make a concentrated effort to manage and maintain health wellness fitness and vitality… I have great hair and i… Read more »

Mara
Mara
8 years ago

I dont think what she said was wrong or offensive to anyone or any other race. If she associates her long loose curls to her ethnic background let her be proud of that. I associate my long beautiful black 4c hair to my black heritage. Im not a doctor or one who studies those types of things so i cant personally say that one races hair grows faster then others but i do know that my sons hair (he is mixed with black from me and Italian from his father) grows at a faster rate then mine. I know this… Read more »

locedup
8 years ago

Really? Hair that is washed and goomed grows period. Race is not a factor. As Blacks we have been FORCED to believe it is. I think we will one day let the “good” hair “bad” hair thing die one day. I hope it is soon.

ChrissySaysAha!
ChrissySaysAha!
8 years ago

Duuuuuuuuude. If she has a “good mix for growth,” does that imply that I with two Black parents do not have a good mix for growth?!

OH. I didn’t realize…Thanks, Melly!

Hardy, har, har.
Girl A (we’ll call her Fiona) wears her loosely-curled hair in a protective style all year, moisturizing and cleansing when needed.
Girl B (we’ll call her Chrissy) does the same.

At the end of the year, we measure their growth. I bet Fiona grows her hair 6 inches and Chrissy grows her hair 6 inches.

Muahahaha! I’m a mad scientist, not an angry Black woman.

jaz_w.
jaz_w.
8 years ago

The sensitivity! We all know how fragile a non-mixed black person’s hair can be, thus making it more difficult to retain length. Don’t take her quote out of context.

Ishalla
Ishalla
8 years ago
Reply to  jaz_w.

@Jaz_w her comment was ignorant and your reply just further asserts the implication that two black people cannot have a child with hair that can “grow”. You are talking about a texture not an ethnicity. COARSE hair may be fragile when not cared for properly. Just like straight hair can be oily. Every race can have people with coarse hair in it, there are Jewish and many other races that have people with coarse hair. I am tired of “mixed” people acting like they deserve an award and digging up Indian grandmomma’s left and right. Guess what? EVERYONE is “mixed”… Read more »

Lu
Lu
8 years ago
Reply to  Ishalla

?

more
more
7 years ago
Reply to  Ishalla

Jaz‑w is correct our hair is FAAR more fragile! why are you taking it personally? it’s scientifically proven that our hair is fragile. Someone of a mixed race will more likely have an easir time growing longer hair face facts

shani
shani
8 years ago
Reply to  jaz_w.

exactly @jaz_w.

Debbie
Debbie
8 years ago

Ok, let’s do this:

SBH: What’s the secret to your gorgeous long hair?
Debbie: I was born with a full head of hair, and my mom wouldn’t let me cut it until I was 12! I’m Afican American — my Mother is African American and my Father is African American so I have a good mix for growth.….In other words, EVERYONE has a good mix for growth as long as you take care of it, eat right and/or take the right supplements. lol.

imani
imani
8 years ago

So sad…but lets be honest that many ppl think that if you r mixed, THATS why you have curly or “good hair”. It doesnt help that if they BY CHANCE meet a person with SOME mixed heritage the person feels justified in thinking thats the REASON the person has “good hair” and so they box you in.The problem Ive run into is that I am medium tone, nothing special average black woman and when ppl see my semi-curly hair…they often ask where my parents are from!THEY CANT HELP THEMSELVES!Ppl are programmed to think you cant be “pure” african american and… Read more »

Teacia
Teacia
8 years ago

Y’all are being sensitive. Let’s keep it real and get off our natural hair high horses. People of mixed heritage usually have hair that grows faster. That’s not to say that negroes can’t grow long hair, but it is easier for a mixed (ie. non Black) person to grow their hair b/c of its makeup. Ftr, I’m not mixed but I’m also not petty and foolish. The fact is some races have hair that grow longer and faster than ours, and she didn’t say she had good hair, she said she had a good mix (of ethnicity) for hair growth,… Read more »

Char
Char
8 years ago
Reply to  Teacia

@Teacia — I agree with you 100%! It has a great deal to do with genetic makeup. Everyone has one. Some folks can run faster, some are more artistic, some have better rhythm, some have longer/faster growing hair, etc. To say that your hair is attributed to a “good mix” for hair growth is NOT saying that anyone else doesn’t have it! A good mix can be Black/Black, Black/White, Asian/Hawaiian, Indian/Black, etc. It’s all good! Everyone has a full right to express how they feel about themselves. Example: if anyone goes out in public and says that they’r tired, is that… Read more »

dee
dee
7 years ago
Reply to  Teacia

+1 i love MF i dont get why so many people are offended by her comment, i didnt take it in a negative way.

Avril
Avril
8 years ago

We still arguing about this?.…oh get a grip.…I think it is already exhausted…

moving on.…..

websites know what makes the “natural hair community” tick and argue w/each other.…as long they can keep us fighting/and being petty with each other, the next generation will never learn.

I’ll go find a silly post and watch the flies fight over it.…
haha.….

Lu
Lu
8 years ago

Are you kidding me? WHAT IS THE CONTROVERSY? How is this an ignorant comment? She basically doesn’t have to do much of anything to grow long hair because she has mixed heritage. Ok…since when did we start to disagree with this? Didn’t we once think this was the *only* type of hair that could grow long before the arrival of hair blogs and YouTube? Number one, she isn’t *wrong* in her observation–Asians and Caucasians grow hair that is very resilient. Africans, on the other hand, have a texture that is absolutely perfect for hotter/tropical climates (it is lightweight and it… Read more »

more
more
7 years ago
Reply to  Lu

Black women are very sensitive! If we where in africa with no Hair produces Most of us would have SHORT HAIR!!

SMH THE ignorance is mind blowing LEAVE FIONA ALONE SHE can grow her hair with little to no effort!

Lilly
Lilly
6 years ago
Reply to  more

Africa has hair products,it called all natural. Shea butter, coco butter/oil comes from there. I’m Ghanaian when my mom,family or family friends goes visit,I ask them to bring some back to Canada, plus I don’t have to worry about if it is natural. I have never brought Shea butter or any natural product from the stores. When I go to Ghana,I never have to worry about product since most of the plants like aloe is in the backyard. There is no need to go to the stores or worry about if the products are natural because everything is natural and… Read more »

cacey
cacey
7 years ago
Reply to  Lu

thank you! haven’t read most of the comments but so far you’re one of the few (of those i have read) that argues with reason on your side. nevermind that you posted this a year ago but i just had to say smtg b/c i’m tired of folks getting quite so worked up over an issue that’s been beaten into the ground by now. for the ones that are all hurt over what she said, i think they should ask themselves- if it were just soooo “easy” to get black hair to retain length, or grow, as the masses would say… Read more »

Hannah
Hannah
6 years ago
Reply to  Lu

So true, our hair is harder to grow, but that doesnt mean it isnt beautiful. if my hairwas straight it would be APL but I prefer to wear it in big afro instead. if it got longer it wouldnt be a round afro anymore.

Black hair is beautifully diverse

Brittany
Brittany
8 years ago

Seriously are you guys trying your hardest to find things to be upset about. Millions of women in American purchase hair that came off the heads of women from India (particularly Hindi), bleach it, cut it, put it in their OWN heads on a 365 day basis for thousands of dollars years. Nicki Minaj and Jessica Simpsons $3000 wigs come from Hindi women. That’s not speculation, that’s 100% fact. Fiona’s ancestry is from these same women we buy that hair from. Indian women will sometimes chop their hair off and have 20+ inches every year or more. So uh, yeah, her… Read more »

Char
Char
8 years ago
Reply to  Brittany

@Brittany — that was VERY insighful!!! I agree with you 100%. Thank you for your post. I believe that if we divert our efforts more into finding out what works best for us, and less time being wasted on criticizing someone else’s beliefs, we would do ourselves a lot of good! It’s ok to feel how we feel, but just keep the nasty comments to ourselves and keep doing what’s right for us. .…. On another note, we should be celebrating our President winning for another term (this is for those who are happy about it — so please, no… Read more »

happyhair
happyhair
6 years ago
Reply to  Brittany

Brittany you tool the words right out of my mouth.. Millions of women walking around with 20 inch Indian Remy sewn to their heads but get mad that someone attributes hair growth to their Indian heritage.

Sherron
8 years ago

my hair is natural and grows in 2 different textures, my hair at the back and bottom of my head is a whole 1 1/2 inches longer than my hair at the top of my head and guess what? My hair at the top of my head is the “nappiest” meaning its a courser texture and my hair at the back and bottom of my head is a looser (more of a wavy texture rather than a curly coil type texture) and i did the big chop and cut ALL of my hair off to only 1/2 inch long 19… Read more »

NORMA
NORMA
7 years ago

IT IS VERY OBVIOUS THAT MOST RACES HAIR GROWS FASTER THEN THE BLACK RACE. THAT’S WHY YOU SEE THEM WITH HAIR DOWN THEIR BACKS. IT IS NOT THAT OUR HAIR DON’T GROW IT JUST BREAKS AS FAST AS IT GROWS THAT WHY YOU DON’T SEE LENGTH. NOW IF WE TOOK BETTER CARE OF OUR HAIR IT WOULD GROW AND YOU WOULD SEE LENGTH. OUR HAIR IS VERY DRY SO IT BREAKS FASTER THEREFORE YOU DO NOT SEE THE GROWTH. I HAVE BEEN NATURAL FOR 3 YEARS AND I AM SEEING MORE LENGTH NOW THEN BEFORE. THIS IS BECAUSE I MORSTERIZE… Read more »

anna h
anna h
7 years ago

Hair growth has nothing to do with race but hair care and genetics if you have the genes for fast hair growth believe me it’ll grow long and fast I have friends who are “100%” Black and there hair grows like a weed and I know some people mixed and white who can’t get there hair to grow as long or as fast as they want it to to save their lives. It is really largely depended on your genes. So in technicality her genetics are obviously good for hair growth.….…

anna h
anna h
7 years ago

And it’s crazy because people keep saying that natural hair is coarse and dry and brittle but that’s not everyones hair type. So really that’s not a legitimate excuse to defend her statement. Though it may be true for you it’s not true of all the natural hair community, so to extend your personal hair issues to the whole community makes your statement more false then convincible.
And no I’m not saying her statement needs defending or is in any way false but since some of you feel as if it does at least defend it right.

anna h
anna h
7 years ago

Hair grows period not all “black hair” requires constant maintenance and ultra protective styles and all that jazz. I know personally for the first two or three years that I was natural I washed my hair everyday with shampoo and sometimes I would moisturize with olive oil and sometimes I would just leave it be and my hair was still moisturized, retaining length and growing(fast). Then I got weaves for about a year straight and barely ever saw my hair let alone moisturized it and guess what it still wasn’t dry and brittle AND it retained length. It all depends… Read more »

Alexis
Alexis
7 years ago

News flash : Race is NOT biological !!!! It is social

End of discussion

Smh
Smh
7 years ago

BLACK GIRLS ARE CRY BABIES!! I swear it wasnt even that serious…

imani omarosa
imani omarosa
7 years ago

for starters black girls are overly sensitive about their hair and take it hard when compared with mixed girls or even girls of other ethnicities with more loose hair. however, melanie’s comment was stupid and untrue. i hate how mixed black girl’s always have to go out of their way to make themselves sound more exotic by talking about what they’re mixed with and creating this idea that they’re different from black girls and it needs to be mentioned. having a bit of portuguese and indian thrown in the mix with black doesn’t always make for “good growth”. i would… Read more »

vivalableue
vivalableue
5 years ago
Reply to  imani omarosa

You are Khoi-San… the oldest genotype in the world LITERALLY, do you know how strong your genotype is? Of course, the hallmark of You’re too much for me!!!! I am mixed, barely, Indian and Jamaican Black with a little Irish thrown in somewhere… and let me tell you all 3 of my parents kids have different hair textures, skin colours and even facial bone structures. I love the diversity of my siblings and I. It only hurts when my sister tells me she’s jealous that she has to do 2 days of conditioning, bantu knots and braid out for what takes… Read more »

Brande
Brande
7 years ago

My question is what prompted the interviewer to ask her that any way? I mean what did she think shed say???

Amber
Amber
7 years ago

I think the point here is that, the interviewer was asking her to spill on her beauty maintenance and hair secrets, not questioning her ethnic background or her having “good mix for growth.” While I don’t think Fiona was trying to offend anyone, her answer had nothing to really do with the question. I don’t understand how being mixed mixed makes your hair grow anymore than the next person’s. Both my parents are hella mixed and I don’t walk around using that as a crutch for my having long hair. I simply take care of it and share my secrets… Read more »

ElleFierce
ElleFierce
7 years ago

If you have hair on your head it’s ALL GOOD!!! Just ask a bald person, or someone that has gone through chemotherapy.

Samantha
Samantha
7 years ago

I am not offended. She is of mixed heritage, has a looser curl pattern, and detangling for her isn’t as nearly as tedious as it is for me with my 4a,b, and g (yep I have a patch of 4g) hair. I am not offended. This is life;it’s genetics. Can we please not be so sensitive about our hair? It is all beautiful and yes different. Some people have more ideal genetics to grow hair with less effort. My aunt for instance has like 6c hair and we can big chop it today and it will be a ponytail by… Read more »

No Stupid Kneegrows
No Stupid Kneegrows
7 years ago

Who the hell is Melanie Fiona? If that’s a picture of her, she is BLACK not mixed.

C
C
7 years ago

All you had to do was google her to find out who she is. In the article she clearly states that she is mixed with Black, Portuguese, and Indian. And her parents are Guyanese.

In any case Melanie doesn’t know anything about being a Black women who isn’t mixed. She doesn’t know the history of the term. Only a real Black woman would know that.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

What does being mixed look like? It doesn’t mean you have to be between a fair completion person and a darker completion person. It can be between two different nationalities. How bout you learn something before you speak on something.

Nandi
Nandi
7 years ago

Umm, she’s black or whatever designation one gives to the original peoples of the world. She isn’t mixed in the sense she would think. Not meant to insult, because it is simply the state of not knowing, but the ignorance comes about because of parents who do not know what they are and have been given all these erroneous classifications.

elsa
elsa
6 years ago
Reply to  Nandi

is there several ways of being mixed? being mixed doesn t relate to a specific phenotype but to a (mixed) ancestry

Ash
Ash
6 years ago
Reply to  elsa

And we are all “mixed” when you think about it.

Lo
Lo
7 years ago

Ok, let me set this straight if i may…BLACK is a color or race of you will. BLACK does not define your ethnicity. There are black people all over the world and they do not all look or behave the way that you may want to believe. Black is versitile. You can be black and be mixed, just as there are mixed white people. AND I would like to add that we cannot assume that she was excluding BLACK from that “good mix for growth” comment because SHE DID say she was black right?? And as a matter of fact… Read more »

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Ely
Ely
6 years ago

Some of these comments are really ignorant. I am Guyanese with a Black and Indian background which is VERY common in Guyana and Trinidad(Nicki Minaj). Black is an identity and you can identify with blackness and come from a mixed background. Newsflash: Most people across the diaspora are mixed race whether they choose to identify as such or not. It doesn’t just mean black and white.Whether they look like Alicia Keys or Kimora Lee. Secondly, there aren’t many Indian or Portuguese websites dedicated to hair growth, shrinkage and length retention. These are issues that impact black women and their hair.… Read more »

Lilly
Lilly
6 years ago
Reply to  Ely

Growth snit the problem with black hair,it is retaining length. The hair grows,but you have make sure the ends don’t break off, that is how the hair loses length.

Nikki
Nikki
6 years ago
Reply to  Lilly

Understandable but she is saying a conscious effort has to be made for this. The hair is much more delicate due to being more tightly coiled. Hair that allows more manipulation and resistance to breakage is GOING to grow easier, even with untrained hands.

Nikki
Nikki
6 years ago
Reply to  Nikki

The punishment for mishandling our tighter tresses is much more unforgiving.

Nikki
Nikki
6 years ago
Reply to  Ely

Amen. All of this.

ED
ED
6 years ago

Okay… and people are trip’en on this statement for what? She answered the question from her perspective. They should not have asked that bunk a$$ question. Social Media can be sooo touchy.

therealsandyboo
therealsandyboo
6 years ago

She is mixed with two cultures that are known for not only full heads of hair but long full heads of hair and therefore she has a better potential to grow long hair. Because of her texture she is not faced with shrinkage. Yes, she has black skin but she is NOT African American. The bottom line is she has a head full of healthy hair.

liddie
liddie
6 years ago

Exactly

Diisha
Diisha
5 years ago

She said her mother is Black. That term black is usually just used with African Americans. How is she “NOT” African-American,

ROSETTE
ROSETTE
6 years ago

okkkk i saw a lot of comments and sometimes ignorance is so obviouuus! i’m sorry first of all, it’s an honest answer can we deny indian hair and black hair are different on growth??? but what about ppl who are black and have full head of hair like my grandma did..anyway
black diaspora is mixed true, but for the record even in Africa (Ehiopia, Angola, Nigeria, Congo, South Africa etc) there are mixed background this is the beauty of Africa, and of black community.Period. I’m congolese by the way..

Michele
Michele
6 years ago

Why is it that if a person has dark skin they are scrutinized for being of mixed race. Its sad thatin this day in age their are still ignorant people in this world from all races. I too come from a mixed race, Irish/Ethiopian/Moroccan heritage. My parents don’t think like American because they are not. We migrated here. I understand that in America everyone is judge by their skin color as most American see nothing in between, they just think dark skin = African, and that is NOT the case in all situations. Wake up people, brown skin is world… Read more »

Jamilah
Jamilah
6 years ago

We are all of African decent if you are Black/ brown weather it be Indian , Ethiopian, Morrocan, Nigerian, Mexican, Peurto Rican and etc. Its just the further ppl migrated from the sun they became lighter being in different habitats …but that may be a lil too derp for some to understand. .thats another topic.… You are still seen as a black person in their(White America’s) eyes…We are the only race who see and put each other on a higher pedestal because they’re lighter, have longer hair and etc.….We have to stop letting these things seperate us as a people.…

Diisha
Diisha
5 years ago
Reply to  Jamilah

They also do it in India. A BILLION people live there. The highest market in skin lighting products sold. SOUTH east Asia such as the Philippines too. Many Hispanics have this issue also.

StarCrossedCurls
StarCrossedCurls
6 years ago

She was asked a question about HER hair on HER head. I don’t understand other people getting their feelings hurt over that…?

Bryll
Bryll
6 years ago

I see what everyone is saying but some of you act like black hair doesnt grow.… Smh it does its just fragile it breaks off easily. Second of all people are gonna think fiona is african descent because where her parents are from SOME OF THEM ARE AFRICAN DESCENT yes not everyone who is dark is from african but guyana some of them are so all of you need to get your facts straight

rainbow
rainbow
5 years ago
Reply to  Bryll

black hair is not naturally fragile, people make it fragile.

Yaya
Yaya
6 years ago

I don’t get the big deal lol. The fact that people on here can’t even agree what mixed is has me SMH.

Rae
Rae
6 years ago

I am not surprised at the backlash. So many ‘black’ Americans subscribe to that nonsensical ‘one-drop’ rule, it’s unreal. I am mixed and I’ll be damned if I ignore the fact that I have white and hispanic heritage just because everyone wants to label me as ‘black’. Melanie Fiona is right, people with the heritages she has DO have a good mix for hair growth and retention. Why that comment is a problem, I have no clue.

rainbow
rainbow
5 years ago
Reply to  Rae

the problems is that that statement makes it seem like a pure black person cannot have good long hair, growth and retention. that is what is wrong with it but she does not know better and neither do you.

sarah
sarah
6 years ago

you guys are so caught up on race. why does it matter?? what is black?? by the way?? she just mentioned her parents origins, indian , black , portuguese. so what, yes and when you look at her you see “black woman”, she isnt fully african however we want to look at it same as obama is not fully black. it is what it is. its like the sandra liang story a black child born to white parents. it is what it is. and she was classified white because of her ancestry. race is nothing. we are all mixed in… Read more »

Jasmine
Jasmine
6 years ago

Nothing is wrong with her response.

Tia
Tia
5 years ago

Growth isn’t an issue for people of any race. It is a matter of how you treat you hair that slows growth. If an Indian woman bleaches her hair I the same manner some women with kinkier textured hair she’ll have issues with growth too. My hair may look very short after I wash it & leave it alone, but it’s about ten inches long. And I love my shrinkage, the advantages of it. I never fight with my hair to get it to do things that it was not meant to do.

rainbow
rainbow
5 years ago
Reply to  Tia

exactly!

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