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The New Natural Aesthetic: 4 Shifts and Trends in Natural Hair Styling

When I first began my transition to natural hair, I was concerned about two things: thickness and length. All of the articles I read re-enforced the same things — gentle hair handling, proper moisturizing, pH balancing and endless bouts of protective styling to gain and retain covetous length. Women would debate (and some still do) if... Continue Reading

New Trend? Women BURNING Their Ends to Get Rid of Split Ends

DISCLAIMER: This material is presented for educational purposes only. Neither I nor Blackgirllonghair.com encourages the use of this technique at home. So just when I thought hair care couldn’t get any more extreme, I stumbled upon an article about burning away split ends with fire. Yes, you read that correctly – burning away split ends.... Continue Reading

Were the CWK Straight Plates a Scam?

We’ve written before about the CWK Straight Plates, a very promising invention that claimed to straighten natural hair without heat. A Kickstarter was started to fund the project and raised $24,000, far more than its initial $8,000 goal. However, the inventor, Kelechi Brand, has confirmed that she is refunding all project backers and that the... Continue Reading

New Trend? White Women On Instagram Are Using the Hashtag #NappyHair

Recently, in yet another attempt to claim something that Black people had all to themselves, white women have taken it upon themselves to use “nappy” to describe their own hair. Just search Instagram or Twitter for yourself – you’ll find mixed in between the thousands of pictures of fly black women with natural hair of... Continue Reading

True Life: Everyone Assumes I Want Locs Because I Have Kinky, 4C Hair

I’ve been natural for four and a half years now, and while my journey has had its ups and downs, what I have loved the most about my kinky hair is that it is ridiculously versatile. I absolutely love playing with my hair – and not just because I blog about it – but the... Continue Reading

Actress Tatyana Ali Says She Felt Alienated for Having “Good Hair” Growing Up

Another day, another “good” and “bad” hair conversation. But this one comes with a twist. Tatyana Ali, more famously known as Ashley Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, chose a recent interview with Vlad TV as her platform for discussing the implications of growing up with the burden of having “good hair”. Ali shares,... Continue Reading

Beauty Conglomerate L’Oreal, a Company With a Troubled History With Black Women, Buys Out Carol’s Daughter

 [photo source]   More Carol’s Daughter news broke early in the day on Monday, October 20th. Beauty conglomerate L’Oreal acquired the Carol’s Daughter brand. Lisa Price, Carol’s Daughter Founder and President made the following video announcement via the Carol’s Daughter Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152915056882224 Price shares, “I want to thank all of you for the support... Continue Reading

Viola Davis Reveals Her Longtime Struggle with Alopecia

The Oscar nominated actress and star of the newly debuted Shonda Rhimes series, How to Get Away with Murder, Viola Davis revealed in a recent interview with Vulture that she has endured an ongoing battle with alopecia areata since the age of 28. “I woke up one day and it looked like I had a Mohawk. Big splash... Continue Reading

More Natural Hair Businesses are Crowdfunding — But Not All Are Finding Success

Crowdfunding is the new black. Almost every day, I receive another alert for a Gofundme, Indiegogo or Kickstarter campaign with people asking me to donate for anything and everything, from funding weddings to medical procedures, to business endeavors. Businesses are finding ways to capitalize off of these initiatives, which may not necessarily be a bad... Continue Reading

History Repeating: Texture Manageability Systems On the Rise, Will Relaxers Make a Comeback?

Okay, before you think I’ve absolutely lost it, hear me out. I think that my thought process starts with most of us (well, me at least) considering the moment we began to “reject” our natural hair as the instant we received our first perm. When in fact, we were exposed to hot combs and pressing... Continue Reading

5 Times the Natural Hair Community Went Too Far

You know what, I love us. The natural hair communiity online, at meet ups, and even the random ladies I give head nods to on the street because they have dope hair, makes the journey so much more enjoyable. But too much of a good thing can go wrong, so these are five times when... Continue Reading

Natural Hair Recruiting: Are the Scare Tactics Really Necessary?

It’s no coincidence that the natural hair business and communities are booming. When I went natural almost five years ago, I was excited. With an absolute foreign sense of my own hair, I embraced my natural hair because I didn’t “know that it could do that.” When I finally big chopped and came to grips with my... Continue Reading

2 Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss Another Natural Hair Event

  Curls & Cocktails, Natural Hair Shows, Luv and Learn Your Hair are all just a few of the awesome natural hair events I’ve attended.  The natural hair community is steadily growing and natural hair events are a great way to get out and meet some amazing people who already share something in common with... Continue Reading

5 Men with Crushworthy Natural Hair

Although this is Black Girl Long Hair, we have to quickly acknowledge all the fellas out there who are proudly representing for the male side of the natural hair movement! Check out these five guys’ and their regimens for loose, luscious hair.   Wolfgang Lisborg Leading the guy pack in length, West African natural man, Wolfgang... Continue Reading

True Life: I Let a White Woman Touch My Hair

   Source: Tankmonster Often, naturals are met with stares and curiosity about their hair. For years, most black women were wearing their hair relaxed or pressed. The kinky, curly, coily and wavy phenomenon is still very new for the world. It only makes sense that you are asked questions about something that wasn’t very popular in... Continue Reading