Natural Hair Care

Microscope Photos Reveal Which Natural Cleansers Work Better Than Shampoo

I have finally got around to testing some more natural cleansers. In the firing line today are castile soap (diluted), natural soap or shampoo bar, oat water and shikakai. The Experiment I used my own shed hair and imaged it: - on its own without any washing (oily from sheabutter/coconut oil use) - washed with... Continue Reading

5 Medium Length Afros You’ll Love

Medium length afros don’t receive nearly as much love as they should. If you ask some naturals, this length can be a little awkward at times. These four ladies prove that even during that awkward phase, medium length natural hair are fros to be reckoned with! Schylo Phillips from Aurora, Colorado This 22 year old... Continue Reading

Tutorial: How to Oil Cleanse for Stronger, Longer Natural Hair

  For many women with natural hair the most tedious part of their hair care routine is wash day. Now, while I haven’t yet figured out a way to shorten my 1-1 ½ hour routine (which is much shorter than it used to be) to 20 minutes, I have learned to make certain steps much... Continue Reading

The Henna Hack For FAST Super Moisturized Hair

Got 8+ hours to do a hair treatment? I know some of you ladies do, but I’m sure many of you certainly don’t have time for that! If you love the thickening and conditioning effect of henna, you’re going to love this hack that provides all the good stuff of henna at a fraction of... Continue Reading

Rules of Engagement: 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Dealing With Natural Women

When I stopped relaxing my hair, my friends made some…er…mistakes when it comes to my hair. So, in order to keep all parties civil, I thought I’d share some of them so others do not make the same mistakes! Mostly this is just funny, but some people really don’t know any better… 1. Don’t trip... Continue Reading

10 Critical Lessons I Learned During My 2-Year Transition to Natural Hair

Although 2012 and 2013 seem like so long ago, I am still amazed at the fact that to date, I have spent more time as a transitioner than I have with completely natural hair. I transitioned for nearly 2 years (21 months), and chopped the rest of my heat damaged ends in December of 2013.... Continue Reading

5 Tips That Kept My Flat Ironed Type 4 Natural Hair Straight For 6 Weeks

For naturals like myself, who do not mind applying heat to their hair, flat ironing can be a real treat. Flat ironing not only shows the ‘true length’ of your hair, but it adds some versatility to hair styling. However, one of the downsides of flat ironing natural hair is it can often revert back... Continue Reading

30 Quirks Every Naturalista Can Relate To

I was sitting at home one day and started thinking about all of the natural hair oddities that have been discussed amongst natural women over the years. Yes, natural hair is awesome and most of us wouldn’t change our decisions to be natural for anyone. However, it’s still a journey filled with bumps, lessons and... Continue Reading

How to Bounce Back from 5 of the Biggest Natural Hair Mistakes

BGLH Style Icon Toni In the natural hair community, we spend a lot of time, energy and money on preventative and maintenance care for our tresses and with good reason. Our natural hair is delicate, and deserves the best care we can provide (especially after years of flat iron and relaxer abuse). We cowash, use... Continue Reading

3 Steps Naturals Can Take to Avoid a Hair Salon Disaster

Ever so often, I hear a horror story of how a trip to the hair salon went horribly wrong. For women with natural hair, the worst of these stories typically involve one of four scenarios: 1) rough detangling using a fine toothed comb 2) a “trim” that resulted in a serious hair cut 3) heated styling... Continue Reading

Bunning Without Breakage — The 5 Rules of Bunning Natural Hair

Although there has been debate surrounding bunning as a protective style, you might be into buns for reasons other than  length retention. For instance, you might hate wet hair during winter and want confirmed multi-day hair or you might just like how buns look. Whatever your reasons for indulging, there are some tips can help ensure... Continue Reading

7 Things That Matter More Than Your Hair Type

When people ask me what my hair texture is, I typically give one of two replies: “3c” or “type 3-something”. In truth, I really don’t use the hair typing system (unless a blog post specifically calls for it), because I don’t find it to be all that useful. I just use those responses to satiate... Continue Reading

6 Natural Curl Enhancing Methods

When I first went natural, I recall watching videos of people applying conditioner to hair that looked like mine to magically form clumps. However, mine did not. Of course, there is really no magic to it. Natural hair in its stretched form pretty much looks alike but when wet some of us have clumps and... Continue Reading

7 Natural Hair Lessons I Learned After Reaching the 5 Year Mark

When I first big chopped at the end of 2009, I was so excited about my hair. I had never known how to care for my hair before (I never even knew that I COULD learn about the science of hair) and I soaked up any bit of information that was available to me. I... Continue Reading

3 Newly Created Must-Have Tools for Type 4 Hair

It’s 2015 and with the new year, comes new tools! Take a peek at a few new inventions that are here to add some ease to your natural hair care regime. As a bonus…they’re all under $20!   Luxe Therapy Scalp Soother I carry the Scalp Soother literally EVERYWHERE I GO. It’s always in my purse. It... Continue Reading