Stretching + Straightening Natural Hair

How I Straightened My Hair Without a Heat Protectant WITHOUT Suffering Damage

by Christine of Amor Artistry You did what?? That’s correct! A few weeks ago for my birthday, I got my hair straightened for the first time in 4 years. I was very curious about my length and I also needed a trim very badly. I went to H2 Salon in Brooklyn. The salon looks so nice... Continue Reading

How I Use Heat Safely On My Type 4 Hair

 by Tori (pictured above) Not all naturals choose to use heat on their hair. However, for those that do, heat damage is the most dreaded fear. No one wants to enjoy their stretched hair, only to realize afterwards that they’ve caused permanent heat damage. Here are my techniques I’ve applied to safely use heat on... Continue Reading

How To Blow Dry Natural Hair Without Suffering Heat Damage

For most naturals keen on growing their hair, avoiding heat is a very sacred mantra. We know that blowdrying, even on a low setting, literally dries the hair by taking internal moisture levels to below what air drying would produce and never rebalancing with humidity in air. You can read the science here. However, some... Continue Reading

How To Keep Type 4 Hair Stretched and Tangle-Free… on WASH DAY!

by Vashti of For most of us, wash day can turn into… an all day affair, depending on what we decide to do to our hair. No matter how long it takes, at the end we all want our hair to be clean, conditioned, moisturized and tangle free. I was originally attracted to these hair... Continue Reading

Why I Made the Controversial Decision to do a DIY Brazilian Keratin Treatment

by Cassandre of After flat ironing my hair for the curing period   “You mean this product can help keep my hair temporarily bone straight for longer than an hour? Sign me up, today!” This was the only thought that crossed my mind as I trolled the website of the Uncurly brand Brazilian Keratin Treatment looking... Continue Reading

A Closer Look at the New Heat-Free Straightening Tool “CWK Straight Plates”

by Tori Many naturals boast about the versatility of their hair and its ability to easily go from curly/wavy/kinky to straight. However, straightening natural hair has it benefits and downfalls. One of the most dreaded fears of many naturals is heat damage. For those of us who choose to occasionally straighten our hair, we probably all... Continue Reading

5 Ways to Achieve the Perfect Big, Stretched Afro

Style Icon Annisa It is becoming that time of year when many naturals want to wear their hair loose and big. For those who want to rock the big, stretched afro, there are a number of ways to achieve the look.  Here are just a few ways: 1. Wash-n-go then Diffuse Starting from a wash-n-go is probably the... Continue Reading

My Experience With the Beautiful Textures “Texture Manageability” System

Recently, social media has been abuzz with word and photos of a revolutionary system that allows natural women to go from textured, to straight, and back to textured hair in the blink of an eye. That system is the Texture Manageability System by Beautiful Textures, subsidiary of Strength of Nature. If you follow popular bloggers... Continue Reading

10 Pictures of Natural Hair Shrinkage that Will Blow Your Mind

Shrink City. Shrink, Shrink City. Hiding up to 90% of the actual hair length in some cases, shrinkage proves itself to be the ultimate magician when it comes to natural hair. Even though shrinkage is a common occurrence amongst naturals, our jaws dropped when we saw these photos. LadyKandDice has since cut her hair, but... Continue Reading

How to Use a Curling Wand on Natural Hair

by Diedre of KeepitKinky Hair curled with curling wand – Source Curling wands were one of the most popular hair appliances of 2013. The great thing is they can easily be used on natural hair. Now, we don’t support the use of heat on a daily basis, but after getting home from work and having to... Continue Reading

5 Must-Have Ingredients For Flat Ironing Natural Hair

Every time I straighten my hair, I go on the hunt for the perfect heat protectant. Not because what I have doesn’t work, but because there are always new developments on the scientific front in terms of products that are used specifically for heat straightening. Every time I watch YouTube videos of other naturals straightening... Continue Reading

Flexi Rods vs Curlformers vs Plastic Rollers: Which Curling Tool is Best?

When I first began to style my hair, I compared and contrasted braid outs and twist outs to determine which style would provide the greatest elongation and last the longest. Recently, I compared different curling techniques to answer the same question. Which styles creates curls best suited for the needs of my schedule? Below I... Continue Reading

8 Tips for a Perfect Roller Set

by Michelle of Curly in Colorado Roller setting any hair type is a tricky business.  Still, you can achieve smooth results using rollers on natural hair.  Once you get the technique down you can get salon quality hair at home. Here are some things I’ve learned about roller setting my natural hair. 1. Taking the hair... Continue Reading

3 Ways to Go From Curly to Straight With No Heat

By Chinwe of Hair and Health Who says you need a flat iron to achieve a sleek, straight look on natural hair?  Check out these three heatless methods for going from curly to straight: 1. Roller Set then Wrap  For this method, you will need rollers, a brush, bobby pins, satin scarf, and a serum... Continue Reading

How to Use Roller Sets to Stretch 4B/4C Natural Hair

By Chinwe of Hair and Health Prior to this summer, I usually followed up a fresh wash with 6-8 big twists to air-dry and stretch my hair.  I did not have the time to wait for big braids to dry.  I did not have the patience to band or thread my hair for stretching. Big... Continue Reading

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