3 Signs a Natural Hair Style is Not For You

1. Styling Takes an Unnecessarily Long Time There are some styles that always take a long time to complete. For example, it takes up to 8 hours to put my hair into mini twists. That’s not excessively long, as 150 small twists on long natural hair will take a while. But there may be styles that take you... Continue Reading

Lexi // 3B Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself! L: My name is Lexi Marcel Jackson. I’m 19, from Los Angeles, California, and I am African American and Mexican. Why did you make the decision to go natural? L: I have been natural all my life. When I was younger I really wanted a relaxer but my mom would never allow me... Continue Reading

Julie // 4B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself! J: Hi! My name is Julie Thomas aka Juboolee and I’m from Philadelphia, PA. Philly stand up! Why did you make the decision to go natural? J: I’ve been natural since about 2007, however I’ve recently embarked on a new natural hair journey. I big chopped on February 23, 2013. So it’s been... Continue Reading

4 Common Practices That Cause Natural Hair Breakage

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard all the common tips about breakage: keep your hair moisturized, be gentle, pay special attention to your ends, avoid too-tight protective styles and updos, sleep with your hair protected (or at least on a satin pillowcase), and more. While those are all great things to keep in mind, I’d... Continue Reading

I Detangled My Natural Hair From Roots to Tips and Lived to Tell the Story

by Shelli of Hairscapades Okay, so I may be (figuratively) hung, drawn, and quartered for this one. Alright … alright … I’m being dramatic. But … I’m about to suggest something that will probably go counter to a “natural hair” great commandment that most have probably read over and over again. DETANGLE FROM TIPS TO ROOTS ROOTS TO TIPS. See, what... Continue Reading

5 Chic and Sophisticated 2014 Spring/Summer Hair Trends

[to the tune of R. Kelly Seems Like You're Ready] Temperatures are riiiiiiising, Your hair is probably yearning. Forrrrrr a change….. Let me stop there. There’s probably 8,743 different reasons to not cite or quote R. Kelly. But spring is most certainly here and summer is on the way. Temperatures are warming up! At this... Continue Reading

A Scientific Response to Ouidad’s Claim: ‘Oil Does Not Seal in Moisture’

As much as I am a blogger and writer, I am also an avid reader of BGLH and I did not miss the recent video highlight of Ouidad discussing hair and her opinion on using oil on hair. To be specific the quoted portion from the conversation, ‘Oil does not seal in moisture. Oil coats... Continue Reading

Angela // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself! A: Hi! My name is Angela Tellier. I’m a professional photographer from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Why did you make the decision to go natural? A: I have been natural for about 9 years now. Growing up my Mom never allowed me to relax my hair. So I kept my natural curls until I... Continue Reading

13 Signs You Have a Straight Hair Mentality

by Adeola of The Mane Captain While it’s great to see an increasing number of women embrace the beauty of their coily hair, I sometimes worry that many of the hair struggles these women are dealing with will eventually force them to give in and go back to their “stress free” straight hair. I empathize... Continue Reading

Style: Sarah in Florida

Introduce yourself! S: I am Sarah Nicole François, I’m from Mars and I’m just passing through this planet right now. I’m a writer, artist and a designer of a clothing brand called 000sportwear.us//by Sarah Nicole François: http://000sportwear.us. What is your style philosophy? S: Less is always more. If I have to make too much of... Continue Reading

Chelsea // Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself! C: Hey there! My name is Chelsea and I’m from Houston, TX but I’m currently attending school in San Marcos, TX. Why did you make the decision to go natural? C: I went natural because relaxed hair was expensive to maintain. I was going off to college and there was no way I... Continue Reading

Stuck at APL? 6 Tips to Get You to Mid-back Length (MBL)

By Chinwe of Hair and Health So you’ve made it to armpit-length (APL) or maybe even BSL, but your journey to mid-back length (MBL) is arduous and never-ending.  You’ve tried conditioning more, changing your products but even that doesn’t seem to help.  Well, sit tight and put your reading glasses on for these six tips... Continue Reading

Stylists Speak Against Sealing With Butter and Oil, Say It “Suffocates” The Hair

A few weeks ago, I had the absolute amazing opportunity to participate as a panelist in the Ouidad #FRIZZ101 hangout. I got some great information on managing frizz in dry climates, deep conditioning, and more. If you’re interested in the whole hour, go right ahead and watch. But if you want to hear Ouidad say... Continue Reading

4 Simple Recipes for Homemade Leave-In Conditioners

By Chinwe of Hair and Health Do you want to create a homemade leave-in but you don’t know where to begin?  Then read on for a few simple recipes: 1. Coconut Cream Leave-In Conditioner I LOVE this creamy, smooth concoction and plan to use it a lot this summer.  It only requires three ingredients –... Continue Reading

3 Popular Natural Hair Styles That Don’t Work For Me

Do you remember back in the 1990s when it was en vogue for young women to wear over-sized male clothing? Popular singing group, TLC managed to do so while appearing crazy, sexy and cool. Some of us (points to myself) didn’t do such a great job imitating the look i.e. wearing our mothers tapered legs... Continue Reading

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