In a few short months, BGLH will cel­e­brate its 5 year anniver­sary! And it’s crazy to me that what start­ed as a hob­by has turned into this hub of inspi­ra­tion and beau­ty. We’ve had hun­dreds of dis­cus­sions on hair, beau­ty and cul­ture, fea­tured hun­dreds of nat­u­ral wom­en and, in the process, out­grown the title of “blog”. Today we are a full on web­site — an online resource thou­sands of wom­en come to every mon­th for infor­ma­tion and inspi­ra­tion.

BGLH is a kind of like a home to me. Yes, it’s vir­tu­al, but every time I log on to edit arti­cles or read feed­back, it feels like home. And I want­ed this online home to be as warm, sophis­ti­cat­ed, beau­ti­ful and full of ener­gy as the wom­en we fea­ture. So here it is.

This is one of many upgrades we’ll be mak­ing in the com­ing months to keep things fresh and cur­rent. Feel free to leave your feed­back below and, as always, thanks for read­ing!

Much love :)



Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­lis­te, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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I love the vari­ety in con­tent which is why I vis­it dai­ly — some­times sev­er­al times. I am get­ting used to the new lay­out, and look­ing for­ward to the addi­ton­al ones!

I just dis­cov­ered BGLH like a mon­th ago, I wish I would have been found it I would have be nat­u­ral soon­er. I love this site and the new lay­out works great on my phone (I usu­al­ly use the site from here) Only thing is when view the pho­tos and then close off I can’t click the back but­ton to just take me to the home screen. And if I reas an arti­cle and go back it doesn’t take me to where I was. Oth­er than that I can live lol I love this site you guys help a lot. I love… Read more »

I love the new look. It’s clean, fresh and styl­ish.

The Natural Haven

I love the new style lay­out! I do also miss the old head­er, but as oth­ers said, I will live lol. Con­grat­u­la­tions on 5 years, I have been here for that whole time, love what you do!

I do def­i­nite­ly agree on the sug­ges­tion about how to nav­i­gate the new con­tent, I also only stum­bled upon this post. It may be nice to have a place where the new con­tent of the week is fea­tured.

Fab job Miss L, very proud of you!


I thought I was on the wrong page, LOL, but I think it looks great! Fresh, clean, and bright! Con­grat­u­la­tions on your 5 year anniver­sary and best wish­es on more suc­cess to come!

Miss Fizzy

The new lay­out is good but I have to admit it’s quite con­fus­ing for me. I don’t know what’s been recent­ly post­ed or how to find it. I only found this post because it is in the “Top posts this week” side bar :(


At first, I thought I was in the wrong place! I’m lov­ing the new look! CONGRATS on five (5) years…looking for­ward to many more! ;-)


Luv it! Great job, and hap­py fifth anniver­sary!

Dis­claimer: I love this site; I’m here every­day, and the fol­low­ing com­ments are intend­ed as obser­va­tions and con­struc­tive crit­i­cism only !! May­be it’s because I’m at work, but the graph­ics are out of align­ment and some of them look incom­plete, like the tran­si­tion is still in pro­gress (??). Also looks like the baby was thrown out with the bath­wa­ter as far as every­thing (beside the name of the site) that made this place feel like e-home every­day, espe­cial­ly the tagline. I’ll have to say it in my head when I’m nav­i­gat­ing to this site from now on! In all hon­esty though, since… Read more »

I love the new site!


I like the new look; it’s cool and mod­ern. It will take some get­ting used to though, because I like check­ing in and quick­ly scrolling down the page to see the new arti­cles that inter­est me. 

I’m also glad to see a pho­to of you Leila. I guess I have not been fre­quent­ing this site long enough to know about your per­son­al posts. Would you post an arti­cle on your­self, sort of like the style icons, so that we can learn more about your hair and style?


Proud of you girl. Been with you for a while now. Always hap­py to see you change it up. I think I remem­ber the old, old web­site. Best wish­es for 5 more years, and beyond!!!


Feels like home to me too. This site is where/ when I was inspired to go nat­u­ral! Thanks. I’m enjoy­ing the fresh look.


This is beau­ti­ful! Pls keep the good work, more grease to your elbow :-)
Big <3


Its good to see a face behind this fab­u­lous web­site. Change is good oth­er­wise we will nev­er evolve.
Much love from your nat­u­ral sis­ters in UK.

For the Love of Curls

I miss the old head­er too. I miss cel­e­brat­ing the dope­ness of nat­u­ral hair but i’ll be okay.

Amma Mama

I love the new lay­out and I LOVE BGLH!!


You’ve already heard from me; I LOVE the new look. Suits this community/movement much bet­ter than the oth­er. Feels more grown up, refined, regal. Also: You are *beau­ti­ful*, Leila. I think that is the first time I’ve ever seen a pic­ture of you! Gor­geous.

Thank you for all that you do. xx


i think the site looks great, more organized…but the change is not too rad­i­cal for those who don’t like change.

i’m glad it was refreshed because it was get­ting a bit old.

con­grat­u­la­tions on the site’s suc­cess.


Thanks so much for cre­at­ing this pos­i­tive, infor­ma­tive com­mu­ni­ty. I look for­ward to every post!


I miss the old head­er! But don’t mind me, I’m pret­ty change resis­tant about most things lol. Love­ly lay­out. Keep up the good work!


Um I’m on at work as usu­al, but a lot of the graph­ics are now blocked (red ‘x’s) but I’ll check it out again when I get home.


So far i’m dig­ging the new look :)

Coconut And Cream

Aw the site looks great Leila! BGLH is such an amaz­ing web­site for every­thing you stat­ed above. I’m super excit­ed for what BGLH has in store!