Protective Styling

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

4 Creative Cornrow Updos on Natural Hair

Simple and easy natural hair styles always save much-needed time, but every now and then it’s fun to get a little more detailed with your look. Here are four gorgeous braided styles you may want to try this summer! Layered Cornrows and Bun This style by natural hair YouTuber, EverythingEbonee, is gorgeous. Her braids are... 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

30 Headwraps for the Long, Short and Loc’ed Part 1

by Lisa of Lisa a la Mode Headwraps aren’t new. I’m sure many of us have seen women dressed in traditional African attire, including elaborate and intricately designed headdresses. Today we’re seeing more and more women in western cultures donning these head wraps as both a fashion statement and protective style. Let’s face it, if you’re... Continue Reading

I Tried It: Multi-Colored Box Braids

When BGLH reposted the series of pictures depicting women with different colored box braids, I kind of went into this fairy-unicorn sparkly tailspin. I’ve never had box braids before, and certainly didn’t know that you could buy braid hair in  such fun colors. And even more, I’ve always wanted to color my full head with... Continue Reading

I’m a Waist-Length 4B/4C Natural, and I Can Retain Length Without Protective Styling

On the hair-typing chart, my hair would be considered type 4. It is thick, dense, and has very coarse strands. My hair also tends to be naturally strong, even when I was relaxed. Up until recently in my hair journey, I used very minimal protective styling. While transitioning, I did several low manipulation styles, such... Continue Reading

6 Creative Protective Updos to Wear on Your Natural Hair This Summer

If you are protective styling this summer and need some style inspiration, then check out these six creative updos! 1. and 2. The Faux Updo – 2 Ways Naptural85’s creativity never ceases to amaze me.  In the following tutorial, she shows you how to create faux updo —  one with a large braid and one... Continue Reading

16 Photos of Ghana Braids, One of Summer’s Hottest Trends

Ghana Braids (also known as “banana braids”) is a style that has been around for a while and is currently bubbling over with folks around the globe. The style is essentially your traditional cornrow style but much bigger. The style starts with hair braided to the scalp in a crescent pattern and loose braids that... Continue Reading

5 Simple Beach-Ready Styles to Avoid Tangles on Natural Hair

No matter how nice it is to not worry about ruining a fresh perm at the beach, there are still downfalls to letting your fro fly free in the salty air. For instance, salt water + loose hair + wind = a nasty detangling session the next day. Nothing worse than ruining your precious beach... Continue Reading

20 Stunning Photos of Black Women Rocking Faux Locs

Faux locs are rising in popularity. The style allows wearers to have the look of traditional locs without committing to the years-long process. Check out some of the styles we’ve seen around the net that have really left us breathless: Try out a nice bob Ombre Yarn and Faux Loc hybrid Yes, you can even... Continue Reading

Is Protective Styling Important for All Hair Types?

From buns, to braids and twists, many naturals use protective styles as a way to protect their ends and retain length. But a discussion often arises about whether protective styling is as useful for Type 3 hair as it is for Type 4 hair. We asked two writers with different hair types to share their experiences.... Continue Reading

Inspiration: 20+ Extension Styles To Try This Summer

by Jessica Cruel of PopSugar Ever since I was a little girl, Summer was the time my mother would braid my hair. The styles took hours to create, and, of course, I never quite cooperated (which earned me several hand slaps with the comb). However the intricate cornrows would keep my hair untangled through weeks... Continue Reading

16 Stunning Photos of Colored Box Braids, the Summer Protective Style Trend Taking Over Instagram

Have you ever wanted to try a new color with your hair but didn’t want to permanently dye it? What about a bold color like purple, red, pink, blue, green, or even grey? Well, we have a simple solution for you. Braids or twists are easy ways to try out new bold colors without altering... 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. I asked myself “What am I doing wrong?” The answer: Unintentionally breaking my ends. I’ve... Continue Reading

2 Ways to Take Down Faux Locs Quickly and Without Breakage

Faux locs are not only beautiful, but they’re a great way to protect your natural hair, while still sporting a natural look. The installation of faux locs can take up to 8 hours, but did you know that it’s taking some people hours just to take those bad boys down? It’s true. I’ve heard a... Continue Reading