Protective Styling

[Video] A Lace Front Wig… For Box Braids!

Naturals often complain that box braids, while cute and a potentially great protective style, can be heavy on the follicles and take quite a bit of time to install. One wig company sought to solve the problem by creating a box braid lace front wig, complete with ‘baby hairs’ for a more realistic looking hairline!... Continue Reading

2 Ways To Embellish Your Box Braids and Twists

Box braids and twists are beautiful  on their own, but every now and then you may want to add a pop of color to those long extensions. I recently noticed that singer/songwriter Chrisette Michelle put a colorful spin on a set of box braids that she’d previously worn. She had a few braids in her hair... Continue Reading

8 Nighttime Hair Maintenance Methods Ranked by Cuteness and Effectiveness

In the wake of the RHOA Todd/Kandi discussion surrounding hair bonnets and BGLH beaus’ insightful opinions on whether they care about bonnets in the bed, I thought I would bring you a ranking of nighttime maintenance methods for natural hair. The decision about how to wear your hair to bed factors in two important aspects:... Continue Reading

5 Chic Protective Styles That Can Be Worn On Any Occasion

Do you get tired of changing up your look depending on where you are going?  Here are five protective styles that you can wear for almost any occasion: 1. Vintage Tuck If you are a fan of Geri’s blog, Geraldine the Great, then you know that she has some serious styling creativity when it comes to... Continue Reading

Box Braids, Kinky Twists and Other Styles You Can Do With Crochet Braids

Right now, crochet braids are what’s hot amongst the natural hair community. It’s truly exciting to see professional stylists and some at home stylists, take this style and put their twist on it. We’ve seen crochet braids with waves, afro hair, cork screw curls, and even bone straight hair. Some styles are so realistic looking... Continue Reading

Bunning Without Breakage — The 5 Rules of Bunning Natural Hair

Although there has been debate surrounding bunning as a protective style, you might be into buns for reasons other than  length retention. For instance, you might hate wet hair during winter and want confirmed multi-day hair or you might just like how buns look. Whatever your reasons for indulging, there are some tips can help ensure... Continue Reading

5 Ways to Wear a Chignon on Natural Hair

Here are five different ways to achieve a beautiful chignon on natural hair! 1. Low Twisted Chignon This low, twisted chignon is really simply to create.  Start on hair that has been stretched via banding, blow dry, roller set, or African threading.  There is no need to apply additional product, unless desired. Description: Low chignon that incorporates... 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

How To Make a Crochet Braid Wig

If you’re feeling the crochet braid look, but you don’t have hair that’s long enough to cornrow then the crochet braid wig might be the way to go. Crochet braids are very popular this season and natural ladies are finding more ways to keep the trend going. Crochet braids are creative and versatile, but the style... Continue Reading

3 Simple DIY Yarn Loc Tutorials

If you’re a fan of the recent loc extension craze, then you’d probably enjoy yarn locs as well. Loc extensions may be hard to replicate on your own, but yarn locs are the next best thing. Like loc extensions, the hair is palm rolled, but instead of adding additional hair to your hair, the hair... Continue Reading

3 CUTE Winter Protective Styles That Incorporate Synthetic Hair

Winter. It’s the season that’s accompanied by more than just a weather change. More clothes. More family. More money…SPENT! However, if you’re natural, the onset of winter, for many, means less time dealing with your hair. As we all know,  it’s a good idea to protect your tresses from the harsh, dry air to help... 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

4 Reasons To Rock Mini Twists This Winter

  The winter season is the perfect time to try different protective styles. The cold weather is harsh on our hair; so a style that will keep your hair protected during these months can be very beneficial. One of my favorite protective styles are mini twists. Although they are time consuming to install, the benefits... Continue Reading

8 Fun Protective Styles for Natural Hair This Winter

This winter, whether you’re twisting it up or going semi-straight, here are some fun protective styles for you: 1-3. Three Faux Classic Updos Nyla starts from heatless stretched hair, which you can achieve by watching her other tutorial here.  Other options are to start from hair that has been blow dried or roller set. All... Continue Reading

5 Protective Styles for Short and Medium-Length Natural Hair – 2014 Edition

Naturals with short to medium-length hair may find protective styling to be a challenge given their length.  (I’ve been there so I can definitely relate.)  Here on BGLH, we have showcased a number of style options for you ladies and here is our latest roundup for 2014! 1. Vintage Style Bun and Bang For this look, Chiaka... Continue Reading