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

Cintia from Baltimore // 3A/3B Natural Hair

What is your name and where are you from? C: Hello my name is Cintia & I am from Baltimore Maryland Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! C: In 2008 I  made the best decision ever to return natural and start my journey. I decided to return natural because... Continue Reading

Evenings in Paradise: BGLH Writers Share Their Throwback Prom Photos

It’s prom season and we at BGLH got a little sentimental. So we decided to share our throwback prom photos with you. Join us on this journey through time… Leila Wowwowwow. Let’s break this down. So obviously I had the bands on my braces changed to silver to match my mermaid chic outft — which... Continue Reading

RHOA’s Demetria McKinney Shows Off Her Natural Hair in Puerto Rico

#SanJuan beach time!! #RHOA #OFFICIALLYYOURS #tradeitall #100 A photo posted by Demetria McKinney (@demetria4real) on Apr 26, 2015 at 11:00am PDT Star of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and now guest star on Real Housewives of Atlanta, Demetria McKinney recently took to Instagram to show off her curls in Puerto Rico. A few months back... Continue Reading

The New Guard: 9 Up and Coming Natural Celebs Who are Changing the Game

1. Ava Duvernay Regally talented director, screenwriter, film distributor and then some! Is there anything Ava Duvernay can’t do. From her Golden Globe nomination for Selma to holding down her distribution company AFFRM (AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL RELEASING MOVEMENT), Duvernay is definitely keeping the industry on its toes. Did we also mention she has her own... Continue Reading

Satirical Study Claiming Naturals Have Lower Self Esteem Causes Uproar… But Was It a Good Joke?

A few weeks ago, I saw an article circulating about black women with natural hair having lower self esteem than those who wear their hair straight. I was this close to being mad, but then they referenced a “study” done by Creme of Nature about this. Now, I know that natural hair brands aren’t exactly... Continue Reading

Why My Edges Started to Thin and How I Restored Them Pt 2, Ijeoma’s Story

It’s time for another BGLH compilation series! This time we’re discussing edges; how they thin out and what you can do to restore them. Read the first portion by Geniece. Next up is Ijeoma. I didn’t even realize that I had struggling edges until I cut my hair in February and noticed that my hairline... Continue Reading

Why My Edges Started to Thin and How I Restored Them Pt 1, Geniece’s Story

It’s time for another BGLH compilation series! This time we’re discussing edges; how they thin out and what you can do to restore them. First up is Geniece sharing her experiencing with thinning edges. My challenges with thinned edges can be traced back to my childhood. One style common among many little black girls, 2... Continue Reading

‘I Can’t Be a Princess Because I Have Braids': Writer Laments Her 4-Year-Old’s Observation

“I just can’t be a princess because I have braids in my hair.” Writer Alicia Hadley recalls hearing those words from 4-year-old daughter Prevy after seeing the many Disney princesses with long and/or straightened hair. “I have to take the braids out so my hair can be like this,” she said as she ran her... Continue Reading

3 Ways to Style a Failed Twistout or Braidout on Short Natural Hair

We’ve all been here! Your TWA is finally growing out a bit and you decide to get fancy and try your hand at a twistout or braidout. Two hours and lots of hair product later what you have is a curly mess. Well, no fear, vlogger Paville has a handy video showing three ways you... Continue Reading

[Video] First Lady Michelle Obama Gets a Surprise Compliment During Q&A

The first lady, Michelle Obama was looking regal as ever during the annual White House Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. During the Q&A session, the first lady answered questions asked by the some of the children of White House Staff, Boys and Girls Club and D.C. Child and Family Services. A young... Continue Reading

Blue Ivy’s Flower Girl Double Buns + A Loc’ed Willow and Jaden Smith Rock the Stage Together

Over the weekend, Tina Knowles got hitched to actor Richard Lawson! Her beautiful little granddaughter, Blue Ivy was in tow rocking the cutest ballerina double buns any flower girl could dream of. Auntie Solange looked awesome too, rocking a gorgeous afro. On the other side of the country, the Smiths proved they’ve got a family... Continue Reading

Black Girls Rock: NY Teen Displaced By Hurricane Sandy Gets Into 7 Ivy Leagues

18-year-old Daria Rose is the perfect example of consistency, focus and determination in the face of adversity. During her sophomore year, the Long Island student lost her home and all her belongings to superstorm Sandy, including clothes, pictures and jewelry. “My mom and my dad and my family, they made me realize what was important.... Continue Reading

5 Ways to Switch Up Your Natural Hair Style This Spring

Are you bored with your current look?  Here are five ways to switch up your natural hair style this spring! 1. Half Up Half Down The “half up, half down” style is making a comeback in a big way — particularly in the natural hair community.  I’ve always thought this style was cute and now have... Continue Reading

Good or Bad? 2 States No Longer Require Cosmetology Licenses for African Hair Braiders

Salamata Sylla, owner of Sally’s African Hair Braiding in Kent, WA (pictured above) had been fighting the state to maintain her braiding business for the past two year. State inspectors almost closed down Sylla’s salon due to an assumption that chemicals were used to weave in extensions and thus needed a license to operate. Sylla... Continue Reading

Kendra from North Carolina // Transitioning Natural Hair Style Icon

What is your name, and where are you from? K: My name is Kendra J Williams and I’m from North Carolina. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! K: Although I never had a relaxer, I used heat religiously until 2012, when I started my no heat challenge for a... Continue Reading