10% Off Unrefined Raw and Whipped Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter

Shea butter — almost all naturals use it. Its softening and sealing qualities for hair and skin are well known, so we decided to make it easy for you to get! BGLH’s online store — BGLH Marketplace — is carrying unrefined shea butter. You can buy it raw, whipped-unscented or whipped-scented (with vanilla, lavender, peppermint,... Continue Reading

4 Old School Hair Styles That Are Making a Comeback

The old folks always say that there’s nothing new under the sun, only endless repackaging. But, surely we never thought that these particular styles would come back. Braided bobs, French rolls and upside down French braids wouldn’t be the first hair styles that come to mind when you think of chic or fashionable, but these... Continue Reading

The Science Behind Hair Breakage and Shedding

Can you tell the difference between shed hair and broken hair? On the surface, it appears to be an irrationally simple question. Shed hair will have a visible bulb and tends to be longer (closer to the full length of your hair) while breakage is typically a shorter segment of hair without a visible bulb,... Continue Reading

Meagan Good Rocks Faux Locs and Zendaya Coleman Shows Off Her Natural Curls

    Now that’s a “Good” look!   Meagan Good recently debuted small faux locs out and about and she looks absolutely adorable.   Zendaya also took to the ‘gram to show off her new cut! Curls???? thank you @shaiamiel #naturalsquad #nofilter A photo posted by Zendaya (@zendaya) on Apr 14, 2015 at 8:08pm PDT... Continue Reading

Natural Entrepreneur is Growing Her Own Castor Oil in Haiti and Exporting It

Many naturals complain about not having access to the raw ingredients that help their hair and skin to thrive. Yve-Car Momperousse was one of them, until she decided to do something about it. The Haitian-American Rutgers University graduate noticed the castor oil available in her area of the States was mostly from China and India... Continue Reading

Issa Rae, Debbie Allen, Shonda Rhimes & More Cover Essence + Zoe Kravitz Covers Marie Claire

Essence Magazine is kicking off the Month of May with some of the biggest names in Hollywood on the cover. Issa Rae, Mara Brock Akil, Debbie Allen, Shonda Rhimes and Ava Duvernay all shine so bright in their all-white ensembles. Looking great ladies! Also on the newsstand… None other than Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz... Continue Reading

Khadija from Barbados// Multi-Texture Natural Hair

What is your name and where are you from? K: My name is Khadija Trotman and I’m from the beautiful island of Barbados :) Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!K: I big chopped, I’ve been natural almost 3 years now. I decided to go back natural because I got tired... Continue Reading

5 More Uniquely Beautiful Styles Around Africa

Because you liked our last 5 Uniquely Beautiful Styles Around Africa, we decided to give you more beautiful looks from around the continent. 1. Close-Shaved Hair Designs of the Surma (Ethiopia, South Sudan) The Surma (which consists of the Suri/Shuri, Mursi, and Me’en) reside largely in southwestern Ethiopia and South Sudan.  The close-shaved hair designs... Continue Reading

4 Oils and Butters That Are Essential to My Hair Regimen

We’re back with another compilation piece! Last week four BGLH writers shared how they went from TWA to back length. Now we’re talking about oils and butters! Over the next two weeks our writers will share how they incorporate oils and butters into their regimen. Be sure to read our first post from Geniece, second post from Chinwe, third post from Tori ,... Continue Reading

Issa Rae-Produced Web Series ‘Head Cases’ Examines Insecurities and Mishaps in the Natural Hair Community

“I need to start over,” declares Apryl, the 27-year-old woman featured in a video message to natural hair celebrity stylist, Felicia Leatherwood. In the first episode of Head Cases, Felicia sits down with Apryl and asks about her hair woes before doing something many of us have only dreamed about. She then proceeds to go through Apryl’s... Continue Reading

6 Oils and Butters That Are Essential to My 4B Hair Regimen

We’re back with another compilation piece! Last week four BGLH writers shared how they went from TWA to back length. Now we’re talking about oils and butters! Over the next two weeks our writers will share how they incorporate oils and butters into their regimen. Be sure to read our first post from Geniece, second post from Chinwe, third post from Tori and... Continue Reading

16-Year-Old Hunger Games Star Amandla Sternberg Schools the Internet on Cultural Appropriation

Amandla Sternberg, 16-year-old star of the Hunger Games took to her Tumblr and uploaded a high school history project that let the internet know black culture is not a fashion trend to be consumed by privileged appropriators. Interestingly enough, Sternberg went through a whole other set of racial transgressions when she was cast as Rue... Continue Reading

6 Oils and Butters That Are Essential to My 4C Hair Regimen

We’re back with another compilation piece! Last week four BGLH writers shared how they went from TWA to back length. Now we’re talking about oils and butters! Over the next two weeks our writers will share how they incorporate oils and butters into their regimen. Be sure to read our first post from Geniece, second post from Chinwe and third post... Continue Reading

‘You’ve Sold Out': Janelle Monae Faces Criticism Over Sexy “Yoga” Video

When I watched Janelle Monáe’s new video for “Yoga,” featuring Jidenna, it absolutely brightened my day. I thought that Janelle did a great job embracing her own sexual being AND maintaining ownership of it, something that I think can get very blurry in the music industry. While I love artists like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj,... Continue Reading

Fitness Inspiration: #YogaAfterDark with Jessica Tara

When one of my long time curlfriends tweeted that @jesstaras was her best follow of 2015, I had to see what was up. After browsing through her pics for a bit, I found myself clapping in my head, raising the roof, and convincing myself to go to the gym, all at the same time. Her posts... Continue Reading

3 Easy DIY Natural Hair Accessories

Hair accessories that compliment natural hair are pretty hard to come by these days. Lets face it, hair accessories aren’t made with large afros in mind, so it’s not too surprising that there isn’t much that will fit around or stay on our beautiful springy manes. Also, hair accessories can be a bit pricey and that’s usually what keeps me from purchasing anything... Continue Reading