Length Retention

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. This wrapping is not just stylish, but also protective in many ways, hence its increasing... 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 went from TWA to back length. They represent a diversity of hair textures and life... 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 went from TWA to back length. They represent a diversity of hair textures and life... 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 went from TWA to back length. They represent a diversity of hair textures and life... 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 went from TWA to back length. They represent a diversity of hair textures and life... 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

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

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 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 protective styling is indeed very effective in retaining length and allows for easy styling once... Continue Reading

4 Rising Youtubers with Hip-Length Natural Hair

If you are looking for more long hair inspiration (or long hair to drool over) on YouTube, check out these hip-length natural hair ladies! 1. Melissa Denise Melissa transitioned from thin, relaxed strands to natural hair in 2006. Being natural was initially tough as there was little hair care information at the time. As a result, she... Continue Reading

3 Cs to Follow for Ultimate Length Retention

Although short styles are currently all the rage in the natural hair community, length retention continues to be one of our main priorities for healthy hair. And whatever regimen that you follow, you most likely focus on at least one of the three “Cs” I follow for healthy hair and retention. So what are the... Continue Reading

5 Natural Hair Journeys on YouTube to Inspire You in 2015

Perhaps you had a few hair-related setbacks in 2014, be it heat damage, severe breakage, or something else.  Remember that a LOT can change in one year, including your hair, and for the better.  Start fresh, make necessary adjustments to your routine, and you should see progress by the end of 2015.  For extra motivation, check... Continue Reading

The Complete Guide to Retaining Length in 2015

Style Icon Kara It is the recap time of year again! How well did you do on your quest to longer hair? Did you retain as much length as you wanted or did you experience setbacks? No matter where you are on your jouney, if you need to troubleshoot your current routine or check to... Continue Reading

When Longer Hair Means You Can’t Rock the Same Styles

As you go through your natural hair journey, you will inevitably find that some methods will require adjustment. Length retention is a top 3 goal of many naturals. For those of you gazing longingly at the twist outs and locs of your long-haired peers, let me let you in on a little secret now that I’ve... Continue Reading

Lazy Practices That Still Help You Retain Length

Cassandre rocking her fro I’m not going to lie- I don’t care for my hair every single day and I’m pretty certain that most natural ladies out there don’t care for their hair every day either. It’s not that I don’t want to care for it, it’s just that sometimes it has to take the... Continue Reading