Songstress Melanie Fiona Talks Hair: Really Mel, that’s how you feel?

The June/July 2012 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair Styles and Care Guidefeatures an exclusive interview with the sultry and beautiful songstress, Melanie Fiona.  I’ve always had a huge appreciation for celebrities who wear their real hair on occasion.  I mean I understand the need to utilize wigs, weaves and hair enhancers – to protect their real hair from the stresses of frequent styling to meet the demands of their jobs, but its always nice to know that meanwhile they have not neglected their real hair.  So, when I saw this interview, knowing that Melanie does rock her real tresses from time to time, I thought it would be one I would enjoy.  Ummmm yeah, not so much!   Check out the opening question of the interview:
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. 
OH. EM. GEE.  Really?! In 2012 in a BLACK hair magazine, that is the answer you gave?  Seriously?! That your hair grows “good” because you have an exotic gene pool?  I wanted to shout my disappointment at that answer to both Melanie and to SBH for printing that rubbish!  You think I’m kidding?  No, I’m dead serious – I searched through the magazine to find the editor’s email address and yes, sent an email.  I told you in my Style Bloggersof Color rant that I am definitely THAT woman, the one who not only voices grievances but also expects my lil voice to actually make a difference.  Ego much?  Yes, guilty as charged, lol!  Anyway, getting back to the point, I originally thought this may have been a phone interview but the introductory paragraph proved me wrong.  Melanie gave this interview in Chicago, IL at the SBH headquarters.  She actually sat down and said that in person. 
Source: MTV.com
First of all Ms. Fiona where the heck were your PR people?  I mean any public relations trained professional, Black woman or no, should have jumped in right then and there and had you clean that mess up!  Allow me to throw you this tip, completely free of charge. *clears throat*  In the future when asked this same question, a much better response would be “I’ve been blessed to always have a head full of hair and never had to concentrate on growing it long.”  Any variation of this statement will work.  You can acknowledge your ethnicity but that whole ‘good mix for growth’girl, if I were part of your PR and marketing team, that statement would be forever banned from your vocabulary!  Secondly, where have you been Melanie?  Did you not get the memo that we are trying to do away with the term “good hair” in all of its traditional uses?!  I need to send her one of those popular t-shirts with the slogan:  I got good hair – I got African in my family!  Shoooo, she needs the accompanying earrings too!  Or maybe we need to have Rev. Al Sharpton conduct a public funeral for the phrase good hair as he did for the N-word!  My third point takes issue with the SBH interviewer.  After that ratchet answer instead of either moving on or attempting to bring some positivity to BLACK HAIR (duh, the name of the magazine), the interviewer asked ‘Describe the mixed texture of your hair.’  I’m done.  Tell me by show of hands, how many of you have mixed textures?  *Raises hand* I do!  My hair in the crown is definitely a different texture than the hair around my edges.  I know many of you do too, I’ve seen your photos.  I’ve read your posts.  Most black women have a mix of different curl patterns throughout their hair.  So we got that “good mixed texture” too huh?  Lawd hammercy…we gotta do better.  In our own magazine.   These are just my thoughts…
Your thoughts?  Am I trippin too hard?
Ebony C. Princess About Ebony C. Princess

A self proclaimed hair enthusiast and healthy hair advocate, Ebony C, Princess is the chief editor of Longing 4 Length. She shares her personal journey towards growing long, healthy hair while providing hair care tips and information.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17339459249504714001 MeliMel

    You ain’t tripping hard enough! I feel you 100%!!! I can’t stand that term “good hair” as if anything black isn’t already associated with negativity….black sheep, black cloud, brown nosing, bad guys wear black, etc… Good article and thanks for sharing because I stopped getting that mag a long time ago when their price went up.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      Thanks for your comment Mel! And this is so true. SBH really does need to do better, there were a lot of nonsensical things within this issue.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16094897240098002789 Marie

    Totally agree with everything in this post. It’s time for the media to stop promoting people who are ethnically mixed as having “good hair”. It just reinforces stereotypes that gets the average black woman disappointed with her beautiful tresses. Why can’t they promote the African woman who isn’t mixed but has long, beautiful, healthy hair? Is it that these women are sooo hard to find or are we just not looking hard enough?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      Thanks for your comment. And it is absolutely time for it to stop.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05003257186578713107 Simply Into My HAIR

    I don’t think you are trippin too hard. I have no idea who the Melanie Fiona is though!!

    I agree with you though, her answer and the follow up question could have been handled better and in a much more positive way.

    Is it wrong that I like it when you start trippin’ in your blog posts. You do it in such a humourous way.

    Great post ECP!!!!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      LOL! You’d love me offline then because it seems I always have a cause I’m championing!

  • Anonymous

    i guess some people actually believe the old myths … I mean u don’t hear other ethnic groups saying stuff like that!!! Lmao its just ignorance on her part

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      RIGHTTTTTT! There are white people who have never had long hair too! The ones with long hair don’t run it back like “I’m mixed with Italian, Greek, Scandinavian and Russian so I have a good mix for growth and that’s why my hair is long”!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15052230433866178860 BHI

    Yowzers! She said that? I scanned the mag while I was shopping last week but I only looked at the Kelly Rowland interview. Now I know not to bother buying this issue! lol

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      Girl and that wasn’t the only crazy thing said in the mag either!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07545120080402427965 Shereen

    Love this post!
    I don’t think your tripping too hard at all.
    I’m disappointed to see a ‘black hair’ magazine bring attention to the ignorant link of having an exotic mix background, automatically equals ‘good hair’.

    What the hell is good hair anyway???
    The term makes me cringe!!!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      Your feelings mirror mine! Thanks for your comment!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05185703500385007263 Carolyn

    Sad thing is, as numerous as we are in the online hair community, this is still the prevailing opinion.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      Too true! We “enlightened” folks are still in the minority. But I have a feeling that that will change with the next generation.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17850582041611812862 Guyanesesista

    Hey I have that t-shirt!! You are rightfully trippin’. That magazine dropped the ball as well as Melanie’s PR people. But then again, maybe her PR people have the same beliefs as she does so they didn’t see the problem. I can’t even pay people no mind when they say stupidness like that. It drives me up the wall! I try not to talk hair with people who are not in the know of proper hair care because they always go into some variation of the whole ‘good hair’ thing and don’t want to hear anything different.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      I’m about to order one myself! lol. And you are SO right about avoiding the “hair talk” with certain people because it does lead to the “good vs bad” hair convo and I just can’t!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16308754001353922331 Damali

    People say stuff like this all the time… I should start trippin more about it too :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      LOL! I keep tellin ya’ll I have serious Black pride! I trip all the time! lol

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15826593195026165543 Samira

    Maybe its just me…but I think your trippin tooooo hard. Melanie did nothing wrong but acknowledge her ethnicity and how it contributes to her hair growth. And the interviewer asked her to discuss the mixed texture of her hair…because(ding ding ding) she’s mixed. I’m sure we can all trace our roots back and find some mixture of this and that. But, Melanie actually grew up in a home with different cultures, races etc etc etc. I’m sure her portuguese grandmother and her indian grandmother had different ways of caring for her hair. AND my best friend from India does have a lot more hair growth in a year thn I do. Im not saying her hair is better, but I am saying its a reality. Plus, I also never read anyone say the term “good hair” in this article. Maybe im just seeing it from another angle or POV. But I don’t see the reason to get all upset, I think black women should stop reading between the lines to look for some subliminal racist article that doesn’t exist. But like I said…maybe its just me….

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      Interesting point! I (obviously) disagree and the term “good hair” while not quoted was definitely implied by both the questions and responses. And I’m not sure that she actually grew up with different races actually – her parents are actually Guyanese, aka BLACK. They may be “mixed” with other things but like you said, who isn’t?! I don’t see the rest of us running that down. In fact, I know that I am 1/32 German on my mother’s side and that my great great grandfather was white on my dad’s side…but add that together and I’m what 1/24th (purely a guess) white? Simply put, I’m black. And I love it. And that’s all I need to say.

      On the other hand…its nice to hear from someone who read the comments completely differently than I! Thanks for your comment darlin!

      • patricia

        Samira is right..Guyana is in South America and is considered caribbean..just like trinidad, trinidad and barbados. I am from Guyana, so I know what I am talking about.My country Guyana has six races..indian, black, indiginous people, portuguese, chinese, and white. As well as various mixed race individuals. So melanie and samira is right.

    • Anonymous

      Guyana is a multi-racial society — lots of Blacks, Indians and people of mixed race. What’s wrong with her saying she is of mixed race?

      That’s the problem with Americans — you guys SAY you’re a multicultural society, but you’re not. You’re all afraid to talk about race and make it a bigger issue than it is. In the end….does is matter if she is 1/32 white or 1/4 Indian or if you are 1/16 German? We’re all of the human race. That doesn’t mean she has to simply say she’s “black” — what’s wrong with embracing all the ethnicities that make you up?

    • Anonymous

      I agree with Samira!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      Thanks to both Anonymous ladies for your input! I’m not even sure how to respond to the “problem with Americans” comment. Since its hard to really read tone and inflection thru text, I’ll take it with a grain of salt and hope that wasn’t meant to be as offensive as it sounds. I appreciate you for reading, stay blessed!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15826593195026165543 Samira

      WHEW!!!! I was actually scared at what your response would be. LOL. BTW….I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I like literally stalk it :-)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      Awwww thanks! And no ma’am, I can appreciate a difference of opinion anyday of the week!!! I am happy to hear those that agree with me whole heartedly as well as those who disagree, your comment was said with respect and I appreciate you for reading AND commenting! xoxo!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03964679699349695519 amija

    No, it’s not you. I don’t understand why she even had to tell us what ethnicity her parents were. Why does that matter when it comes to hair? Or did she want to make sure we knew that she wasn’t 100% AA (because I really can’t tell) so that’s why her hair grows so well? Hopefully they edited it and she’s not really that much of an idiot.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      And I love the answers of “my mother is parisian, greek, german and african american and my dad is mexican, jamaican, swedish and nigerian” instead of white and black. In MY mind its always like why you tryna be so extra? Unless you actually know and celebrate all those different ethnicities, what’s the point of answering that way?! lol. Thanks for your comment, I loved it!

      • Chellychell

        You are all JUST so JEALOUS of her!!!! LOL! Or you wouldn’t be talking about it! It is OBVIOUS she is mixed, she is a beautiful sepia bronzed goddess… My father is a French-Creole from New Orleans, my mother is Indo-European… I mention all of the races because l Always get asked!!! :) I played the “I am black” card (as not to hurt the MANY strange, angry people that said I HAVE to say I am BLACK). But, sorry it didn’t work for me, not even with AA folks. People were like “and ummmm, what else besides that, because you look Spanish or Greek!!” ;) i HAVE LONGER HAIR THAN HER, BUT A TOTALLY DIFFERENT Texture… MUCH CURLIER.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00039240118970446879 SweetHeart

    What she should have said as ulovemegz stated some time back, is she knows how to manage her breakage. Megz summed it up pretty well, that’s exactly what black hair care is about ‘managing breakage’

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      Great and very succinct way to put it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11688809657787883372 ROBIN

    The interview started with ‘what’s the secret to your gorgeous long hair’. Melanie answered correctly by basically saying ‘being mixed and having good hair genes’. The focus (it seems) was not on hair care, but on having long ‘good’ hair. I hate that term too, even though I was raised to believe that my sisters and I have ‘good’ hair. My daughters feel their hair won’t grow because they don’t have ‘good’ hair. I correct them every time they say this. I tell them there is no such thing as good or bad hair. The difference is hair that is healthy and hair that is not. If you nurture your hair, it will be healthy and grow. I read your blog often to pick up tips and learn about products. My daughter’s had healthy hair when they were younger because I did their hair. Now they want to do their own and their hair has suffered. They don’t want to admit they have victimized their hair through poor hair habits and lack of nurturing. If you nurture something or someone one (in love) it will blossom, it will grow. You can talk about ethnic heritage until the rapture and it will not change the status of hair. You ever notice those that wear locs and how fast their hair grows. I know a Jamaican who has worn locs for most of his adult life and his hair is almost ankle length. Our hair is our glory. It is a living thing, nurture it, love what God gave you, it will grow.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      I love your comment and wish your daughter’s the best with their hair! Thx for reading!

  • http://google.com Stephers

    You are reading far too much into her statement. Remember that not everyone is as hair-dedicated as you are. Not everyone reads haircare blogs and watches haircare videos on YouTube.

    The woman simply said she has “a good mix for growth.” She did not say that because she’s mixed she has “good hair”– YOU read that into her comment.

    I think you overreacted to what could have been an innocuous, unloaded comment. Take it in plain English…perhaps Melanie has never faced some of the challenges with her hair that some of us with more tightly coiled hair do. Perhaps she retains length and has less breakage than must of us. Maybe that’s why she thinks her hair grows well.

    Either way, the woman is entitled to her opinion. If we read too much into everything everyone say every time, soon we’ll all be walking on eggshells and speaking in politically correct language and saying absolutely nothing.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      True and true. I could have overreacted, but isn’t it also possible you underreacted? I completely agree with the last paragraph also…we do tend to feel we must qualify our statements with disclaimers and such, great point! Thanks for your comment!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02592618054090025991 Phoenix

    E, I don’t think you were tripping too hard, and I do agree that she could have said the exact same thing in a more diplomatic, tactful manner. On the other hand, I am still amazed at how your post brought out the passions on the issue.

    Here’s my opinion – they say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I disagree, BUT admittedly it takes some serious doing. Many of us grew up with the “good/bad” hair mentality and I admit that since going on my journey I consciously remind myself to not think in that manner and to appreciate and nurture what I have, and there are some days that it is not an easy task. Unfortunately, there are many women out there who are not as fortunate so as to have received the additional education regarding how wonderful EVERY type of hair is.

    On the flip side of the same argument, I feel that it’s unnecessary to lambaste the woman for speaking of her mixed heritage. We do not know whether she lives out each bit of her heritage, and thus who are we to judge. I am mixed race (although the mixing already happened many generations ago, lol) and in my day to day life I live out many many aspects of my roots, but at the end of the day I’m just a girl trying to make the best of what life has to offer.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04619712403122468959 The Mrs./The Mom

    LOL! I hope someone sends thi post to melanie so she can read it. Did the editor answer you back?! Please update us if she does!

    • Punky Brewster

      LOL are you looking for another twitter response like with Solange?[http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/06/solange-takes-to-twitter-to-rant-against-natural-hair-police/] Her twitter name is @melaniefiona [https://twitter.com/#!/MelanieFiona]. Maybe you could tweet her!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      I sent a tweet to SBH and Melanie Fiona…so we’ll see ladies, lmbo!

  • Punky Brewster

    LOL are you looking for another twitter response like with Solange?[http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/06/solange-takes-to-twitter-to-rant-against-natural-hair-police/] Her twitter name is @melaniefiona [https://twitter.com/#!/MelanieFiona]. Maybe you could tweet her!

  • http://openid.aol.com/dinedaaka Dine’

    I think she is from the Caribbean and traditionally they have a different perspective. I am of Haitian descent, so I speak from experience. I am also your soror if that matters lol. Indians traditionally have less problems with retention than people of African descent. These people sell their hair for money!!! With the economy the way it is, if African-Americans could grow their hair as fast as they do and retain the length don’t you think we would be selling it also??!! Let’s be honest!!! For the most part, our tightly coiled hair is drier and prone to breakage so it is more difficult to grow. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible; just more difficult and takes more time. So yes, her mixture is probably more optimal for easier and faster hair growth. The truth hurts sometimes, but let’s acccept it and move on.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 EbonyCPrincess

      I love the “if that matters” – of course it does, LOL! Hi Soror! Very interesting perspective…I love all the different thoughts and opinions this post has sparked!

      I agree that traditionally they have less problems with retention, but now that people of African descent have learned how to properly care for their hair and the quality of products has gotten better, I don’t know that it is true today. There are plenty of ladies that go from shaved heads to waist length in 2-3 years nowadays! I personally have had some setbacks but there are a lot of Black women today who have no trouble with retention, you know? So even though traditionally that is true, I think it has little importance in actuality. And as we (Black women) continue to spread knowledge about proper haircare and how to retain length, I think our hair will be just as long as any other race. Just my two cents.

    • Ki

      You said exactly what I was trying to say in my comment. Although I have lived in the Southern U.S. for 10+ years, I was born in Toronto to Caribbean parents and have an understanding of Melanie’s perspective. She probably didn’t even realize her comments were offensive. On the flip side maybe everyone else need not be so sensitive.

  • Anonymous

    I think we all are products of where we come from and how our etnical identity has been seen while growing up. I think only those of mixed race can fully understand what that is like. My mum is white and my dad is black. my mum had the longest blond, super straight hair when i grew up my dad had short tightly curly hair. On special days I was allowed to comb my mums hair and it was like heaven. My mum was my idol and rolemodel and beautymodel. Til this day, the picture I had of my mum when I grew up, is the most beautiful woman I know. Im sure you all have the same picture of your mums. The difference is, my hair will never be anything like my mum while people with the same etnical set as their mums will probably have much bigger chances of that. I love my dad of course as well but the parent of the same gender is always the strongest influence on a child.

    when I was born mixed marriges was not considered ok by everybody. Me and my sister were looked upon as exotic and a bit odd. My parents always told us that mix and diversity is the best. To give us confidence and be happy about who we are, not to talk any other race down. I think a lot of parents of mixed race do that. For us, it is important to remember that we are of mixed race as just putting us into one of the cathegories, would neglect one of our parents and that part of the family. We will always look different. when we go to my fathers country, they look at us and think we look different, same here in Scandinavia. In US, people of mixed race are often called black but half of my family and my maternal grandparents were the ones being most present in my life, I could never call my self black (or white either).

    If somebody asks me why my hair has so lovely curls as people often ask, I would answer, my dad is black. Not meaning that white peoples hair are less lovely but my curls I have definately got from my dad and if people appricioate them I want to tell them that they came from him. I dont see anything wrong in appricioate good things from your parents. I came with built in skinprotection as well, something my friends here in Sweden have been very jealous of.

    I dont know this person, Melanie, but I think she just wanted to acknowledge her background and the good things she think it has given her being of mixed race. I can definately say I got my thick hair quality from my mum, the curls from my dad and the colour is a mix of both. What is consider good or bad is in the beholder of the viewer but I can say that I am happy for what both my parents have contributed to my looks and if somebody asks me I am going to say that my look is a result of mixed race, because that is the truth.

    //Maria

  • fitnessforlife

    Well, she let the world know her mentality. Why, thank you.

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      Thanks so much for coming by and leaving your comments! :-)

  • fitnessforlife

    And you will find not one kinky nappy natural texture in that entire magazine. We gots some work to do.

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      Hmmmm, great point!

  • fitnessforlife

    I have the tightest, kinkiest, text you will ever find and I retained 6 inches this year. It’s all about hair care, not genetics, you dumb ass.

  • http://afroniquelyyou.com/ afroniquely | shae

    What a hot absolute mess! Last time I checked, being mixed did not equal better. So she really needs a better PR system to make sure she doesn’t publicize rubbish..and as well she needs a good schooling on today’s natural hair, relaxed hair and black hair care in general.

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      Great points, thanks so much for coming by!

  • Ki

    I think the “good mix” is what threw me off. But I can be honest with myself and acknowledge the truth in her statemnt. Coily, kinky hair is the most fragile hair, true? So the less coil, and kink, the more length you would retain with less work I would imagine. She just said it in a really stupid way. She’s guyanese, I’m trinidadian, trust me I know West Indians like many Americans are still plauged by the “good hair” bs. And I’m just as mixed as she is but I would never say that like THAT.

  • Zaza

    Ohmy, talk about taking offence where there is none. People in here nodding their heads agreeing ‘she said she has ‘good hair’! Rewind, where did she say that? She didn’t, you’re just projecting your own insecurities/hurt over mixed women and the ‘good hair’ debate to the point you’re imagining things, and I say this as a black woman myself.

    She didn’t say I HAVE ‘GOOD HAIR’.

    The MAGAZINE not her, brought up length. They asked :

    ‘SBH:What’s the secret to your gorgeous long hair?’
    She replied:

    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 ‘

    I repeat, she replied ”I HAVE A GOOD MIX FOR GROWTH’. What is offensive about that?, Anyone who knows a little about black haircare knows it’s true that whilst our hair can grow as fast as other races, 100% afro hair is a lot more fragile/prone to breakage than other hair-types, meaning afro hair can lose length quickly by breakage unless it’s cared for/protected very well. No lie telling there. European/Asian hair sees growth quicker as it’s less prone to breakage thus it’s easier to grow the hair/maintain length, than with afro hair.

    Can we please stop projecting personal insecurities and imagining offence that doesn’t exist? It’s tiring and detracts from the real stuff for black women to be getting bothered about.

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      Thank you for your comment – hopefully you read a bit more of my blog to get a well rounded view of my opinions and perspective on things. God Bless.

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  • SoFrolushes

    Yeah that whole good hair bad hair thing is so cliche’. Being mixed anything is not a pre-requisite to good hair. My hair is a good mix of kinky curls and very dense although fine. But it just goes to show how in-grained negative stereotypes of African textured hair is. I say African because to me an Afro is a hairstyle. Though given her ethnic mix she may not actually have had the same experiences as those who are not so mixed if you get what I mean. So I can understand why she replied the way she did. Afro-Latino’s suffer the same hair self loathing as we do. She may feel that being mixed gives her “good hair” many mixed people do. just her opinion and not that major to me. Though yes good hair bad hair pelo malo pelo buena thing needs to continue to slowly cease to be mentioned.

  • digginmylocs

    I wonder why do we have to always find fault and something negative to point out. She never said she had good hair. She said she has a good mix for growth. How many of you purchase indian or some other foreign hair instead of rocking your own? I think shes right, she does have easily growing hair. Its not that deep. If we all have different textures on our head, why cant she say that she does? I dont find one thing offensive, she is answering the questions they asked her. omg. nothing else to talk about huh

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  • Eve

    People are too touchy. She was not wrong in saying what she said. People get off this and jump on some politics if you want to be so politically correct, THOSE ISSUES MATTER MORE!!

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

      I agree political issues do matter more but as this is a HAIR blog, they have no real place here. However, not only have I voted in every election since turning 18, I have donated money to the Obama campaign both in 2008 and this year and volunteered as well. While I agree with your statement, I certainly do not need a lecture about how important political issues are. Thank you for coming by.

  • yep

    Yes, she came off sounding incredibly ignorant in that interview, but who cares about what she has to say, anyway? She’s homely and has an annoying voice.

  • Stacey

    You are tripping way too hard, and really overreacting. Your response to it actually made me more upset than Mel’s comment. For one you call her response ratchet, I see nothing ratchet about it. She is not dissing the African American race, she is not downing people with short hair or with hair that is unlike her own. And no one even mentioned good hair but you. Obviously you are insecure and jealous of Melanie’s long gorgeous hair. Maybe you have had issues growing up with children and people of the mixed race. Maybe someone who is mixed hurt you dearly, I don’t know, but that is no reason for you to bash Melanie and the magazine. Yes it is America, and you are entitled to your own opinion as I am mine, and I think that your response was a huge overreaction, and that you read too much in to it. Besides I don’t see why anything such as a comment like “a good mix for growth” would offend anyone. She did not say that as an African American woman or any race for that matter that you could not grow long hair, and hell she did not even say that she had good hair, you brought up the reference to good hair. People like you who read too much into a simple comment, are the ones to ruin people’s lives.

    • http://www.longing4length.com/ EbonyCPrincess

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    Dont forget that being mixed was not a good (sorry if that Word offence someone) thing before. It didnt only mean that you parent mght had messed with the master you were also a prodct of an illegal act. Black and whites were not allowed to not allowed to interact in any romantic way until the 60′s. Mixed people were seen as bastards and in history, keeping to you race or trade was always valuted higher. Even though most people today knows that there are only one race on earth.

    Yes, black hair is just as beautiful as any other etnic hair. But to get black har to look smooth and long as her requiers a lot of effort. If you turn the question around and ask a person like for instance Judith Hill, japanese/african how se does to get such a huge afro. What if she would answerto a japanese magazine saying “im of mixed race, My dad is black, so i have a good mix for afro”. Would that be just as irritating? If not take a moment to think about why?

    Personally, i think it is good that she is honest and open with that she is only 25% black because making people thinkthat their hair can look like that if they just take care of it properly is like when mixed people do ads for natural hair products and make black people think that they Will get those ringlats if they just moisturize and use the right products.

    Embcare your on personal mix and dont let any body tell you that your mix isnt good enough! I love. My mix and i think it is a good mix for happiness:)

  • Chris Perez

    This is so not offensive. What she was probably trying to say is that since she is partially Portuguese and Indian she grow long thick hair. Both those ethnicities are known for having long thick dark beautiful hair. Even white people think the hair of the Indians and Mediterranean people is beautiful. I always knew that people liked Indian and Mediterranean hair. Their hair is known for its beauty, she wasn’t specifically attacking afro textured hair.

  • anonymous

    Only bald head bitches would get mad over this. Love you Melanie Fiona.