Length Retention

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

Micro Trimming Your Way to THICKER, Longer Natural Hair

This is not your usual trimming post. This is not about trimming off your damage in one fell swoop. Rather this is about micro trimming for eventual thickness and length. So, what is micro trimming? Well, it is essentially taking off ¼ to ½ of an inch of hair monthly or every other month to... Continue Reading

4 Easy Tips to Perfect Your Wig Regimen This Winter

The proper wig regimen can offer ultimate protection for your natural hair this season. Not only does this protective style shield your tresses from the elements, but it allow you to easily access your strands for cleansing, conditioning and moisturizing when necessary. Here are some tips to get you started on a wig regimen: 1.... Continue Reading

Does a Healthy Body Really Equal Long, Healthy Hair?

Source We often talk about hair as a fiber and how it can be handled and maintained to be able to achieve long hair. Less often, you will hear people talk about the contribution of exercise and clean eating makes to stronger, longer hair. Do you need to be a gym bunny to make your... Continue Reading

3 Reasons “Good” Hair Practices Seem to Stop Working

When you first begin building your natural hair regimen, you’re bound to have some hits and misses. However, through a process of trial and error, you will come to realize what works and build a routine around a few staple products and techniques. But what happens when your time-tested methods no longer seem to work?... Continue Reading

4 Tips to Help You Meet Your Waist Length Goal this Winter

Getting those few remaining inches to waistlength can be a real struggle for some naturals.  Though you may know that the key is to preserve those ends, figuring out how to actually do that can be tough at this length.  Here are some things that helped me get over the hump in 2013 that may hopefully help you... Continue Reading

5 Companies That’ll Make You Want to Wrap Your Hair at Night

We all know that protecting our hair at night is an essential step to growing and maintaining strong, beautiful natural hair. But 100% cotton bandanas draw out the moisture from your hair, doorags leave indentations on your forehead, and beauty supply storescarves never ever stay on… especially when you’re trying to sleep in rollers, rods, or Curlformers.... Continue Reading

4 Alternatives To Oil and Butter For Sealing Moisture In Natural Hair

When Izzy (my hair) was much shorter, I never thought it was necessary to “seal” my hair. Why? Because my hair’s porosity is fairly low, so “sealing” in moisture was never imperative to keep my hair moisturized. If you’re unfamiliar, “sealing” natural hair simply means to use a butter or oil to coat the hair... Continue Reading

Is Long Natural Hair Still the Ultimate Goal?

When I first went natural almost a decade ago, I was definitely the odd one out in many of my circles. If you know anything about my story, you’ll remember that my own mother was not really supportive of the “natural thing” I was doing. She once stood in front of the door, while I was... Continue Reading

4 Ways to Incorporate Heat into Your Natural Hair Regimen to Improve Length Retention

Heat usage isn’t for every natural, so before reading any further, it is recommended that you view these BGLH articles: 3 Types of Naturals Who Should Avoid Heat at All Costs The Benefits of Air Drying Thick Natural Hair Blow dry after a wash – to reduce formation of knots and tangles If you have... Continue Reading

Is It Possible to Retain 12 inches of Hair Growth in 1 Year?

Style Icon Fifi Imagine retaining 12 inches of hair in one year. It’s pretty exciting, isn’t it? That’s like going from a clean-shaven big chop to shoulder length or going from shoulder length to almost waist length in one year! I was pretty excited about that prospect years ago and considered “challenging” myself to retain... Continue Reading

How to Get the Most Length Retention this Fall

Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean any length retention has to as well. Here are just a few tips to prepare you for the fall: 1. Keep your hair up Switching from camisoles to collared shirts creates room for breakage of any hair that may rub against your clothes. Just last... Continue Reading

Why I Stopped Doing Growth Challenges to Retain Length

  In the beginning of 2014, I was a little length obsessed. …No, I was TOTALLY length obsessed. Fresh off my big moderate chop, I no longer had the additional length that my heat damaged ends provided. And although I loved my new natural hair, I couldn’t wait to grow it out more. So when The... Continue Reading

3 Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Length Retention At Night

by Cassandre of CassandreBeccai.com (pictured above) If you’re anything like half the naturals in the US, you’ve got some kind of a night time routine that may or may not consist of spraying on some glycerin mix, re-plaiting your hair and wrapping it up in the $3 polyes- urrr…I mean satin scarf you bought at your... Continue Reading

The New Max Hydration Method Promises Moisturized, Defined Wash and Go’s for Type 4 Hair: Is It for You?

Photo courtesy of maxhydrationmethod.com   The Max Hydration Method (MHM for short) is, according to maxhydrationmethod.com, “a 5 step regimen that systematically increases moisture levels in the hair until Max Hydration is reached.” This method, championed by Black Hair Media Forum VIP Member PinkeCube promises to turn the notion that wash and go’s don’t work... Continue Reading