Natural Hair Care

An Afro Pick with a Mirror? A Flat Iron That Steams? 5 Interesting New Inventions for Natural Hair

With more and more handsfree, super-powered, and specialized technologies being invented to make every aspect of our lives easier, there’s no surprise that the hair industry is looking for ways to bring innovative designs and technologies into products and tools. If you’re the kind of woman who is always up-to-date on the latest tech gadgets,... Continue Reading

How I Maintain Bomb Natural Hair on a Lazy Regimen: Geniece

There is a common misconception that in order to have beautiful natural hair, you have to do a lot. But the natural gurus on our writing staff know better than that. Over the next several days we will share how our writers maintain incredible natural hair on very simple and basic regimens. Next up is... Continue Reading

It’s About Time Wash and Go’s Were Viewed as a Protective Style: Here are 4 Reasons Why

Nothing new to see here, folks: I live in a wash and go. If I had to say that I’ve mastered one natural hair style, this would be it. I know which techniques work best for distributing product in my hair, what gels or creams yield what type of results, how to make them last,... Continue Reading

How I Maintain Bomb Natural Hair on a Lazy Regimen, Part 2: Elle

There is a common misconception that in order to have beautiful natural hair, you have to do a lot. But the natural gurus on our writing staff know better than that. Over the next several days we will share how our writers maintain incredible natural hair on very simple and basic regimens. Next up is... Continue Reading

How I Maintain Bomb Natural Hair on a Lazy Regimen, Part 1: Tori

There is a common misconception that in order to have beautiful natural hair, you have to do a lot. But the natural gurus on our writing staff know better than that. Over the next several days we will share how our writers maintain incredible natural hair on very simple and basic regimens. First up is... Continue Reading

5 Natural Styles Ranked from Easiest to Hardest to Moisturize — 4C Hair Edition

When it comes to keeping my hair moisturized, certain styles work really for me and others not so much.  Let me start off by giving my hair stats:  type 4c (or tight kinks and massive shrinkage), medium (mostly) texture, normal to low porosity, and medium density.  Now that the stats are out of the way, these hairstyle choices can... Continue Reading

5 Reasons You’re Still Seeing Heat Damage After Your Flat Iron Length Check

A recurring theme in the questions I receive from my subscribers is how to fix heat damage. The story usually goes like this: an excited natural decides to spend a day pressing her hair so she can see what 2, 3, or 4+ years of hair growth looks like. The process usually goes well and... Continue Reading

5 Awesome Scalp Products To Use While Rocking Extensions

If you’ve worn braids recently, especially with natural hair, you might have struggled with a dry, itchy, or flaking scalp. Though most of us have long ago abandoned our Pink Lotion and Oil Sheen Spray from our relaxed days, some of us may still be digging out the African Royale braid spray from the 90s... Continue Reading

Does Constant Washing Make Natural Hair Grow Faster?

I am definitely not the first natural to notice what appears to be faster hair growth with more frequent washing. In the beginning of my journey, it was a question that came up periodically on the hair care forums I visited. A recent video by Naptural85 (Whitney) made me revisit that question again. In this... Continue Reading

4 Non-Inverted Yoga Techniques for Hair Health

I already know what you’re thinking…”Elle, what’s new about this article? We’ve already filed the inversion technique under the ‘doing too much’ files.” And I thought the same thing – think yoga and hair growth, and you’re automatically thinking of headstands and the like – hanging upside down to increase blood circulation to your scalp... Continue Reading

I Lose More Hair with Twists Than Wash and Go’s + 6 Tips for Wash and Go Protective Styling

Throughout my hair journey (teeny weeny afro to waist length, and still growing!), I’ve mainly worn wash and gos. I like twists, braids, and updos, but I find them extremely time consuming, especially with longer hair (it takes me about four hours to twist my hair). Many people claim that our textured hair can’t grow... Continue Reading

3 Massive Hair Mistakes I Made on My Way to Waist Length Hair

Want more cautionary tales from our natural hair pros? Read more hair mistakes from our writers here. 1. Product mix left on too long resulting in pH fried strands One of my top three worst hair mistakes has to be leaving in the cherry Lola treatment in my hair for a few hours longer than... Continue Reading

9 of the Biggest Hair Mistakes Naturals Can Make

Going natural is an exciting thing. You do the big chop, or begin growing out your relaxer and imagine how awesome your new hair is going to be. But there are many pitfalls that can keep you from a happy, healthy hair journey. Three BGLH writers share the worst mistakes they made along their natural... Continue Reading

Woman Regrows Bald Crown Patch Using Sulfur-Rich Onion Mask

Just when you think you’ve heard and seen it all, someone uses onion juice in their hair. Yes, you read correctly, the same veggie that you use to flavor your salads and chicken, is being used as an ingredient in shampoo and hair treatments. Apparently, unbeknownst to some, onion juice has been used as a... Continue Reading

How I Minimize Frizz When Washing My Box Braids

So this morning, it was definitely time to wash my braids again. After being at the beach and outside in 90 degree weather, my scalp was screaming at me no matter how many times I sprayed it with refresher. I don’t think it’s hard to wash braids, but here’s what it looked like. I squeezed... Continue Reading