Length Retention

8 More Inspiring Photos of Amazing Natural Hair Journeys

In June, we featured 10 Inspirational Photos of Amazing Natural Hair Journeys. Now we are back with eight more. First is Jess of Mahoganycurls.  Check out her 2009 to 2014 growth. Next is another growth collage of Ebony. Mariah‘s journey... Continue Reading

Can Water-Only Washing Maximize Natural Hair Growth?

Since we last discussed Whitney (Naptural85), her theory has evolved from incorporating co-washing to alternating between co-washing and water-only washing.  (In case you missed the previous discussion, here it is: Does Constant Washing Make Natural Hair Grow Faster?.) What is water-only washing?... Continue Reading

Could ‘Volume Checks’ Be the New ‘Length Checks’?

Is natural hair blogger IgboCurls on to something? She recently posted three side-by-side photos of her hair over the course of two and a half years, but instead of highlighting the length she referenced the volume. “I love #lengthchecks but... Continue Reading

10 Inspirational Photos of Amazing Natural Hair Journeys

Have you recently big chopped?  Are you currently transitioning?  Are you in the awkward in-between natural stage?  Whatever your situation, check out these inspirational photos of natural hair journeys around the web. This photo shows Corrie‘s journey from long and... Continue Reading

How I Keep My Ends from Tangling, Knotting and Breaking Pt. 3 Geniece’s Advice

I did my big chop in the winter of 2004. While my hair seemed to retain length over the next year and a half it eventually plateaued and remained at the same length (shoulder length) through the fall of 2009.... Continue Reading

How I Keep My Ends from Tangling, Knotting and Breaking Pt. 2 Elle’s Advice

Our second feature is from Elle. Be sure to check out our first feature from Chinwe. When I had a TWA, I didn’t really think too much about my ends knotting, tangling or breaking. Detangling was a breeze and since... Continue Reading

4 Ways to Use African Threading to Promote Length Retention

African threading is a traditional styling technique that goes back ages. For this technique, black thread (typically smooth, like shown below in DiscoveringNatural’s video) is wrapped around strands of hair from just above the roots all the way to the ends.... Continue Reading

How I Went from TWA to Back Length, Part 4; Geniece’s Story

Many black women have been led to believe that retaining length in their hair is virtually impossible. But with the right regimen and knowledge, it doesn’t have to be. This week, four BGLH writers will share stories of how they... Continue Reading

How I Went from TWA to Back Length, Part 3; Elle’s Story

Many black women have been led to believe that retaining length in their hair is virtually impossible. But with the right regimen and knowledge, it doesn’t have to be. This week, four BGLH writers will share stories of how they... Continue Reading

How I Went from TWA to Back Length, Part 2; Chinwe’s Story

Many black women have been led to believe that retaining length in their hair is virtually impossible. But with the right regimen and knowledge, it doesn’t have to be. This week, four BGLH writers will share stories of how they... Continue Reading

How I Went from TWA to Back Length, Part 1; Ijeoma’s Story

Many black women have been led to believe that retaining length in their hair is virtually impossible. But with the right regimen and knowledge, it doesn’t have to be. This week, four BGLH writers will share stories of how they... 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... 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... 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... Continue Reading

3 Protective Styling Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Length Goals

One of the reasons I decided to follow a protective styling and low maintenance regime was because of the overwhelmingly positive effects I saw on women who used this method. Over the past five years, I have largely found that... Continue Reading