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Raynecia // Multi-Texture Style Icon

Avatar • Dec 4, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!

R: Mi nombre es…Hey! Hey! English please! My name is Raynecia, but that name is ancient to most. I am known by the name Nerrie or my character name Razor. I’m an island girl from a small island called Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?

R: I’ve been natural my entire life, but I didn’t have a clue on how to take care of my own hair and it was highly unhealthy. Luckily my mom had the wheel before I started caring for my hair myself and brought me to a length where my hair was longer than most and shorter than a few. I hated everything about my hair and couldn’t wait to put a relaxer in it. My mom didn’t approve of my dream to relax so we never came to an agreement and she also made it seem like my father would kill me if I did, although he never made a comment about it.

Where I’m from girls who had natural hair all their school life got a relaxer before they graduated from high school. I guess it signified change and maturity. Being that I was cursed, I mean blessed with the spell of looking young. I needed that as soon as possible. As I got older I developed a phobia of not wanting to look like other people or do what they were doing if they didn’t have a valuable reason as to why they were doing it. So then is when the research started on how to get longer natural hair. Surprisingly, at that time I got so many answers and was seeing results. So I decided to never put a relaxer in my hair.

How would you describe your texture?

R: My hair behaves like a delinquent child and the strands are thin and coarse in certain areas, appear thick but this bad boy is just dense! I have so many different textures. I have a mixture of the 3’s and 4’s on my head. So that is why I can’t come to a conclusion of my hair type.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.

R: I rarely trouble my hair. I might experiment with a pretty style on the weekends, but during the week it’s mostly in a bun. However, when I am feeling spicy during the week I will do a unique style. I used to do mini twists, braids and weaves a lot, but my hair has gotten too long to go through that pain.

What does wash day look like for you?

R: Wash day is my favourite. It doesn’t take me long at all. I deep condition with Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner whenever my hair is really dry or looks old from a style. My hair colour is black so when it starts to look brown. I know what’s up. I shampoo with Queen Helene shampoo and condition with their conditioner. After the wash I add in Giovanni Direct Leave In and olive oil on my soaking wet hair. Put my hair in two big twists for a couple minutes then divide the twists into smaller sections, either braids or rope twists and add shea butter or my shea butter mix then castor oil to seal in the moisture. Then I style accordingly when I feel like. During this process the only styling tools I use are my fingers.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.

R: I Love buns! I always fall back on them when I don’t have much time. They are quick and easy. I either make it classy or messy.

How do you combat shrinkage?

R: My hair gets 75% shrinkage. It isn’t really a problem for me. No matter what I do it will shrink up, so I just let my hair do what it wants to.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?

R: My crown, nape and the front middle section of my hair. They break easily and get single strand knots like no one’s business. The front of my hair grows to a certain length then starts to thin out and eventually breaks off. So I combatted that by cutting bangs. The crown of my hair is super coarse and the hardest for me to grow out.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?

R: Deep conditioning and low manipulation.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?

R: Wash and gos and too much heat.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?

R: Yes, I love interacting with new people so you find me on:

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Razorempress

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Razoremprezz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rayre.simmons

Instagram: Don’t have one as yet, I will soon. So check up on me and you will know when I get one.

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Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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TINA SMITH
TINA SMITH
8 years ago

NICE HAIR, BUT FROM SOME ONE WHO’S BEEN RELAXED BEFORE I CAN’T IDENTIFY WITH THESE FEATURES ABOUT SOME ONE WHO DOESN’T KNOW THE STRUGGLE OF A RELAXER BECAUSE THEY NEVER HAD ONE. AND DON’T ARGUE WITH ME ABOUT HOW I FEEL.

Lin
Lin
8 years ago
Reply to  TINA SMITH

BUT WHY ARE YOU YELLING, THO.

Lin
Lin
8 years ago
Reply to  Lin

And, lol@THEY DON’T KNOW THE STRUGGLE

okay i’m done let me leave before i start something

TINA SMITH
TINA SMITH
8 years ago
Reply to  Lin

GOODBYE

T.
T.
8 years ago
Reply to  Lin

My favourite part was DON’T ARGUE WITH ME ABOUT HOW I FEEL.

I am just *waiting* for the opporunity to use that on somebody in real life. Somebody will be getting on my nerves and I’ll be like, “YOU’RE ANNOYING ME, FOOL! AND DON’T ARGUE WITH ME ABOUT HOW I FEEL!”

TINA SMITH
TINA SMITH
8 years ago
Reply to  Lin

I DON’T FOLLOW THAT LAME INTERNET RULE. I ALWAYS TYPE IN CAPS.

Brittany
Brittany
7 years ago
Reply to  TINA SMITH

I am 14 years old 9th grade. And i have never had a relaxer but then my hair is still shoulder length! smhh.! i use to want a relaxer but not anymore! I just want to find some ways to make my hair grown really long than what it is now

Asia
Asia
8 years ago
Reply to  Lin

LOL “but why are you yelling tho”
lol no seriously, its just just an “internet rule” its common curtesy. seriously? -.-

K
K
8 years ago
Reply to  TINA SMITH

Yea, you have every right to feel that way. Realize that this sight serves a community of women, not just you. They’re are people in the world that relate to her story and appreciate it. Black women and kinky haired women have more than just one story and one experience and we should explore our diversity.

http://i.imgur.com/5zu6p.gif

eleriero
eleriero
8 years ago
Reply to  K

+1 for the Prince GIF 😀

ivicoco
ivicoco
8 years ago
Reply to  K

that prince gif made my day

CherishBomb
7 years ago
Reply to  ivicoco

DEAD over that Prince GIF lmao! yes gawd. well put.

breanne
breanne
8 years ago
Reply to  TINA SMITH

Get over yourself. No one cares about your feelings, Tina. This website isn’t “black girl with long hair that used to be relaxed.”

J. Nicole
8 years ago
Reply to  TINA SMITH

Her hair is awesome!

Even though someone has never used a relaxer before, it doesn’t mean they did not have trouble caring for their hair before or that it was always super healthy & long; same on the flipside that just because their hair was relaxed doesn’t mean it was damaged. Everyone’s story is different and I like to hear from everyone. There are women who have been natural all their life & have had to deal with “fitting in”. The posts are not specific to anyone in general making it something for everyone.

c.lewis
c.lewis
8 years ago
Reply to  TINA SMITH

Tina Smith, why are always the one to start some s**t on this site. Sheesh its always YOU!!! that has to say something.

Nikki
Nikki
8 years ago
Reply to  TINA SMITH

LOL! Gurl…u mad? U stay mad?

MicheleAntoinette
MicheleAntoinette
8 years ago
Reply to  Nikki

Lmao

merry
merry
8 years ago
Reply to  TINA SMITH

i get what you’re saying tina. BUT, i give props to her mom for putting the brakes on the relaxer talk and giving her daughter enough sense of self and and love to let her know that she is okay just as she is.

i think very few of us are mentally undamaged when it comes to our hair. i’m happy for those who are black and never relax it.

Venus
Venus
8 years ago
Reply to  TINA SMITH

You know what I do when I come across a feature I don’t identify with??.. I keep it moving.… Smh

vm
vm
7 years ago
Reply to  TINA SMITH

So then what do you suggest tina? Should this site focus on just one group of people? The people that tina can relate to? What about the rest of the folks out there with different experiences, needs, hair types, etc etc? This site would not be where it is now if the owner had your type of mentality tina. We all come from different walks of life therefore we experience different levels of struggles so of course there would not always be something to relate to but, we can still be inspired and maybe learn a thing or two.

JustLeavingaComment
JustLeavingaComment
7 years ago
Reply to  TINA SMITH

You don’t relate…that’s cool because neither do I. So don’t worry, I won’t argue with you about how you feel. However, that’s HER story. I appreciate reading about it regardless. Everyone has something different to bring to the table. A lot can come from us hearing about life from another sister’s perspective. Why would I want to keeping reading MY story over and over again?? How can anyone possibly grow from that…just my thoughts. I like the part about how she came to realization that is was dumb to try to be like someone else, for the sake of something… Read more »

Temple
Temple
7 years ago
Reply to  TINA SMITH

You are kind of yelling…

Keedy
Keedy
8 years ago

Wow! That’s a LOT of beautiful hair! I love the bow, very cute!

Yayer
Yayer
8 years ago

Lately there have been a lot of lifelong naturals featured but so what? It’s not like they ever have a lot to say about being relaxed anyway since the interviews are about their natural hair. I can certainly relate to having dense hair and maximum shrinkage. She looks so young and I love her hair, very pretty.

kisha
kisha
8 years ago

pretty hair.

Nicole
Nicole
8 years ago

BGLH, do you need a moderator?? Because I’d volunteer. I hate seeing how this website is changing from a positive one to a TROLL with something negative to say for every single hair post.

merry
merry
8 years ago
Reply to  Nicole

no mods. please. esp no mods with an agenda.

Zenith
Zenith
8 years ago
Reply to  merry

I agree with no mods. I love the fact that this site is confident with the idea that not all responses will fit into a certain agenda or mode. People are varied in their thoughts and ideas. One of the interesting things about reading comments is to hear a variety of views. It gets rather boring to read comments that have been picked through to promote a cetain image, vision, idea or belief. Dissent brings about discussion.

Me
Me
7 years ago
Reply to  Zenith

+1

JustLeavingaComment
JustLeavingaComment
7 years ago
Reply to  Me

Don’t censor the truth! Let us duke it out. I think it’s good for the black community to confront each other head-on about attitudes and issues. It adds depth to this blog. There’s enough shallow hair forums out here. Let’s keep this one real.

lahnalei
7 years ago
Reply to  Zenith

+1 I agree 100%

Over it.
Over it.
8 years ago

Why is it that we’re always talking about the stupid ignorant stereotype of ‘black girls not being able to grow long hair,’ and then you have a beautiful black woman in the flesh with gorgeous natural hair and because she’s never had a relaxer she doesn’t know the TRUE natural hair struggle???!!! That is the most ludicrious thing I have ever heard of!! Why does there always have to be something?? So now for her to truely be a natural she’s had to not only have long hair but also had a relaxer so she can REALLY know how the… Read more »

MicheleAntoinette
MicheleAntoinette
8 years ago
Reply to  Over it.

I second that emotion!

Chic noir
8 years ago
Reply to  Over it.

Third !

Venus
Venus
8 years ago
Reply to  Chic noir

+1,000!!!

lahnalei
7 years ago
Reply to  Over it.

+100,000,000!!!!!!!

Aliyah Morrison
Aliyah Morrison
5 years ago
Reply to  Over it.

WHEN PEOPLE say BLACK GIRLS CANT Grow LONG HAIR I SHOW THEM A Pic Of MY GRANDMA AND THE Millions Of NATURAL HAIR LONG HAIR BLACK GIRLS AND MY HAIR Crushes Such As HER razorempress and Naptural85 that shuts them right up .

eleriero
eleriero
8 years ago

Props to you and your lovely hair! Whatever you did to it in the past, it looks strong and healthy now! I can only hope my own curls come out as strong when I’m done transitioning!

Sassy24
Sassy24
8 years ago

Gorgeous hair

Nish
Nish
8 years ago

Ok so I never comment but wow is it just me or does that second picture scream hair porn lol. Her hair is beyond gorgeous and she has major shrinkage too-Boom

MsZ
MsZ
7 years ago
Reply to  Nish

Hair porn! ROTFLMBO That is hilarious!
I agree her hair is beyond gorgeous and looking at hers makes me want to take better care of my natural hair!

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago
Reply to  MsZ

+1beautiful hair!

aprilsprings79
8 years ago

I love the hair bow bun..Too cute!

Keshia
Keshia
8 years ago

Now this is some beautiful hair!!!! Very similar to mine, but my hair is thicker. Gorgeous hair Hun, keep up the great work!!!

Barbara
Barbara
8 years ago

That Tina Smith character trolls other natural boards as well feigning for attention.


Anyway, gorgeous hair! Every time I see a feature with the words “I’ve never had a relaxer”, I want to.….side eye my mom for giving me one at 10.

Patricia Kayden
Patricia Kayden
8 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

Not surprised that Tina Smith is a professional troller. LOL

Raynecia’s hair is absolutely gorgeous and so thick and long. I am beyond jealous.

Aliyah Morrison
Aliyah Morrison
5 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

Me too my mom forced me to have a relaxer at freaking 5 even though my grandma who has long healthy hair forbid it . Well my grandma was right mg hair stopped growing when it got relaxed it stayed at shoulder length . Then I cut my hair off to go natural and it’s growing fast just like my grandma said . What’s funny is that my mom went natural before me and she is still stuck in twa stage and mines is longer than hers now ! Lol never listening to my mom about hair again only grandma .

eve-audrey
eve-audrey
8 years ago

hair crush!

ivicoco
ivicoco
8 years ago

also Nerrie [hope I can call you that] your hair is GORGEOUS! I just suscribed to your youtube channel, I look forward to being more inspired in my hair jouney!

sonia
sonia
8 years ago

Beautiful hair. Not the easiest how to videos to follow on youtube though. She does rock some nice styles so it’s worth checking out.

JENNID
JENNID
8 years ago

Nice hair! The texture and pattern is unique. Its good to see black women who’ve never had relaxers and those who have been natural for years because it goes to show you there is much to learn from each other I love her wash day comment. “Its my favorite” she says. I agree I love wash day too. You don’t hear a lot of natural admit that especially those with long hair.

Natalie
Natalie
7 years ago
Reply to  JENNID

I love wash day too, it’s play with hair day and a bloody long shower to boot.

Thais
Thais
8 years ago

Love her hair!

Belinda
8 years ago

Her hair is gorgeous, and though I was relaxed for 30+ years, her story encourages me to NEVER flirt with relaxing either of my dd’s hair. Can’t wait to show them this!

Fe
Fe
8 years ago

We need the trolls!!!! As you see, they get handled 😉

merry
merry
8 years ago

big natural hair on a dark girl is especially pretty. i love it.

cb
cb
7 years ago
Reply to  merry

+10

Aliyah Morrison
Aliyah Morrison
5 years ago
Reply to  merry

Yes I agree can’t wait untill mines is big !

DreamGirl
DreamGirl
8 years ago

Wow,your hair is gorgeous. I’m just praying for the patience to get my hair to my ultimate goal length,mid-back.

Orihime11
Orihime11
8 years ago

Beautiful hair and skin too! Girl, bottle me up some of that island water lol.

Sista Voyage
8 years ago

What a beautiful, beautiful lady!

Reppin JA
Reppin JA
8 years ago

Gorgeous girl, envious hair! U inspire me. When I have my daughter imma do the same thing ur mom did 🙂

Toya
Toya
8 years ago

Yeah, that’s some pretty dope hair!

shelikes
shelikes
8 years ago

Yes, thank your mom and dad for having good sense to instill in you confidence in your natural beauty. I like your friendliness. Your hair is beautiful as well as your smile. Keep it up!

Richie P.
Richie P.
8 years ago

Beautiful hair and beautiful young lady!

Chic noir
8 years ago

Beautiful chocolate lady with long natural hair on BGLH.…. Ladies start you engines(motor mouths), let the drama begin.….

Neesha Cherie
Neesha Cherie
8 years ago

Wow…just wow!! Your hair is gorgeous girl!! From one Virgin Islander (St. Thomas, USVI) to another…keep doing what you’re doing!! 🙂

Lola
Lola
8 years ago

Beautiful girl, beautiful skin, and beautiful hair!

Props to your mom for valuing your natural hair before you knew enough to and props to YOU for doing research for yourself!

Love it!

Jay
Jay
8 years ago

Amazed Nerrie! Love it.. #repVG

Chris
Chris
8 years ago

You and your hair are soooo beautiful. Its great to see just how long and beautiful natural hair can be when taken care of. Very inspiring!! And dont worry about TINA SMITH the troll…she just has a nasty spirit and is ALWAYS bitter with the style icons for some reason or other..always whining about something..SMH. I digress…beautiful hair:)))

Yeyewata
8 years ago

I´ve been natural since birth and at the age of 7 I had dreadlocks for the next 20 years. After that I wanted to make a change and now I have my curls again. And I´m still lost, at the moment I´m desperate cause I don´t know what to do with my hair. I´ve tried everything I think, but it still breaks off and it won´t grow longer than shoulder-lenght. U see beeing natural your whole life doesn´t mean u figured it out…

Nia
Nia
7 years ago
Reply to  Yeyewata

Hey Yeyewata, I have a friend in your predicament. Her hair grows slowly and she doesn’t retain length. However, her hair is beautiful! Length isn’t everything. I know you didn’t ask for opinions, but I would just say do the best with what you have and keep it as healthy as possible. Much love!

Yeyewata
8 years ago

I would lllooovvveeee to have your hair girl, it´s so beautiful!!!

Afrinaturality
Afrinaturality
7 years ago

Wow, this is the hair I’m talking about! Gorgeous 🙂

Natalie
Natalie
7 years ago

1.Gorgeous hair.
2. Love the trolls.

anastasia
anastasia
7 years ago
Reply to  Natalie

+100
And the Prince GIF–LIFE!

caramelcurls
caramelcurls
7 years ago

OMG.…*HAIR CRUSH*!

Absolutely gorgeous hair Raynecia!

Michelle
Michelle
7 years ago

I just wonder are some of us just negative no matter what. I read this article and I see her pictures and wonder how this post could evoke any type of negativity unless it is jealousy derived. I am just saying.… We will find the most smallest of issues to be catty about.

nelle
nelle
7 years ago

I haven’t written a coment in mths, but what a wonderful interview! Thanks for sharing. Caribbean massive stand up! LOOOOVE your hair darling, it’s gorgeous. Love that your mom, like mine, held her ground. Love that you did your own research to continue caring for your hair (I didn’t do that till much later). Love that yes you are black with long hair, and a beautiful dark skin lady with healthy long hair, because many people still think the two can’t coincide. I’ve yet to find a leave in I love, I’ll try the Giovanni you suggested. Question for you,… Read more »

nelle
nelle
7 years ago
Reply to  nelle

coment should be comment. Sorry!!

Aliyah Morrison
Aliyah Morrison
5 years ago
Reply to  nelle

Thank you she is my inspiration I’m a dark skin girl with natural hair i have only been natural 10 months I follow her on youtube and instagram . My goal next year is shoulder length . My goal in a few years is bra strap length with shrinkage .

Lola
Lola
5 years ago

Aliyah, I love that you have goals, but I have to taper it down because you are at the beginning of your journey and I don’t want you going back. I have been back to natural for 12 or 13 years depending on what you consider the point. My hair grows about an inch a month. Even at that growth rate shoulder length after 2 years is lofty especially when you are newly natural. I implore you to reach for healthy hair and first learning your hair. For example, how long does your grow per month a half an inch,… Read more »

Aliyah
Aliyah
5 years ago
Reply to  Lola

I am a year natural now and I’m shoulder length now when my hair is straightened so I did reach my first goal length . My hair grows on average to above average and i retain length about 6 to 7 inches per year . My hair loves coconut oil and olive oil the best. I have medium texture hair all though it appears to be thick low porosity . It acts like thick hair and looks like it i break alot of hair ties .My next hair goal when stretched is arm pit however long that will take .… Read more »

Lola
Lola
5 years ago
Reply to  Aliyah

Oh honey, you will know thick hair when you see it. I have it and no way does medium and fine hair mimic it. I know this because I did hair for people with fine and medium hair. It was a breeze to do and took less time. My thick hair, there is wayyyyyy more of it. Mine is thick and dense. One section of a my hair will equal a fine girls whole head! Ok with that said shoot for healthy hair. Don’t measure your length of your curly hair by straight standards because at this stage you need… Read more »

RukiyatG
7 years ago

I haven’t even read the article yet, but I want to snatch her gorgeous hair bow and run away with it!!! Love, love, live it <3

MommieDearest
MommieDearest
7 years ago

Beautiful girl. Her hair is to DIE for. #jealous

Sophie
Sophie
7 years ago

I actually really like stories of people who have never relaxed their hair! It’s a different and interesting perspective, and it helps me remember that this is my hair and there’s no rule saying I can’t wear it like this! Another beautiful feature subject!

Avaspeaks
Avaspeaks
7 years ago

Some folks “stay mad”, LOL!

Last time I checked this site was called “Black Girl Long Hair”.

So I love to see a sista with natural hair that’s long, that’s the only reason why I come here, to grow out long my natural hair. Or how to make my natural hair long, period. So I welcome Raynecia’s profile. From the looks of one picture, she didn’t always have long hair either so kudos to her!

lisa
lisa
7 years ago

I was briwsing her yt for a couple of days this week and subscribed…didnt know she was the same person till i saw her face!.….anyway she has really beautiful hair and a great spirit

CherishBomb
7 years ago

I’ll tell you what I’m over. Tina.
Moving on, Raynecia’s hair is gorgeous! That is inspirational. There is the reoccurring theme of long haired naturals doing nothing more than finger detangling, washing & moisturizing, twists or braids, and pinning their hair up for a while. That’s the way to go.

Temple
Temple
7 years ago

Her hair and face are everything.

Mika
7 years ago

Gorgeous hair. So refreshing to see someone with hair a mile long that doesn’t take hours for wash day!

De'Andrea
De'Andrea
7 years ago

How long did it take you to grow your hair out this long and how long is it actually?

Dana
7 years ago

She’s the one! That pic flashing by on the home page made me come back too! You’re mom was right, right, right but I’m glad you did the research to learn about your hair yourself. Rock it, girl! Inspirational!

Jacky
Jacky
7 years ago

Beautiful!

echo
echo
7 years ago

you are very beautiful

Aliyah
Aliyah
6 years ago

Finally a dark skin girl like me with tight curly hair like me. Im tired of seeing mixed light skin chicks on here that are not even black . They need to step back us dark skin girls will get our shine . You are beautiful and i love your hair . Also its naturally long and pretty .

Aliyah Morrison
Aliyah Morrison
5 years ago

I follow you on Instagram and youtube now !

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