Thursday, May 19, 2011

Welcome and Introduction

Hi all,

Welcome to Healthy Hair by Ren. This is place to be if you want to learn about taking care of African hair. Since this is my first post I think some definitions are in order :

Healthy Hair:   There has been some back and forth about this term in the hair community for ages. To me, healthy hair is hair that has minimal breakage and split ends and/or split shafts.

African Hair: When I use this term, I am referring to any type of hair that has a natural curl pattern even if it may have had chemical services to change the curl pattern. If it grows out of your head with relatively tight curl, I'm talking to you!!

I know I might get some flack for my definitions but these debates have been going on forever and they will continue to go on forever. This is just my understanding/view of things.

The main objective of this blog is to educate African (race, not nationality, can be mixed as well) women on taking good care of their hair. I believe that hair is very important to most women and has a big impact on how attractive/confident they feel.

I am so fed up of seeing women with natural hair go to a salon and the stylist automatically wants to 'fix' their 'problem'  with a relaxer. I am in no way a natural hair nazi (I am texturized by preference), but I believe that women should have options when it comes to their hair. You can have healthy, beautiful, long hair regardless of whether it is natural, relaxed, heat trainined etc. Its up to knowing what options are available to you and chosing your preference.

What can you look forward to from this blog:
-Hair Theory :Hair structure, protien/moisture balance, porosity, elasticity etc.
-Healthy Hair Techniques/Practices: Stretching relxers, protective styling, moisturising and sealing, relaxing/texturising process, stretching natural hair, deep conditioning, baggying etc.
-Healthy Hair Styling Tutorials: Flat ironing tutorial, rollersetting, stretched hair styles (braid outs/twist outs/bantu knot outs), protective styles

and any new exciting developments in the hair community!!

Thanks for reading, dont forget to 'follow'!!



  1. Your hair is incredible! I would love to know how you transitioned to texlaxed hair and what your texlax method is. You have some really great information on your blog as well. I'm following and subscribing!

  2. @lavendar...thanks so much. I actually grew my hair out natural, did a big chop... then can see pics in my hair journey post.

    As for my texlax method...I separate into four or five sections, I apply conditioner or grease to my already relaxed hair...then I add oils to my relaxer. I apply my relaxer with my hands (using gloves ofcourse) and I leave it on for about 7-10 mins. Thats about it really... Im due for a touch up soon... so I will do a post on it with pics.

    Hope this was useful.

  3. Thanks so much Ren! That was very useful information. I look forward to your updates. Have a great weekend!