Stretching + Straightening Natural Hair

5 Reasons You’re Still Seeing Heat Damage After Your Flat Iron Length Check

A recurring theme in the questions I receive from my subscribers is how to fix heat damage. The story usually goes like this: an excited natural decides to spend a day pressing her hair so she can see what 2,... Continue Reading

How to Use Water Based Moisturizers on Flat-Ironed Natural Hair

So, when you flat iron your hair, water is your enemy, right? The natural’s motto is, “Oils and butters only! Prevent reversion!” This was so me until I flat ironed my hair and discovered how to use water-based moisturizers. I’ve... Continue Reading

Tension vs. Comb Blow Outs: Which Method is Less Damaging?

I’ve been doing comb blow outs (or rather, having my mother do them on me) since I was a child – comb blow outs were the standard. I never imagined that my hair would smooth out using a tension blow... Continue Reading

Texturizer vs Keratin Treatment: Which Is Harsher on Hair?

A few weeks ago, it became evident that I’m not the only natural who’s ever felt the creamy crack calling out to them in the midst of failed attempts at learning how to take care of their afro-textured hair. It... Continue Reading

Should You Blow Dry Wet Or Dry? A Scientific Approach

Have you heard of bubble hair? As the name suggests, it is literally bubbles of air forming in hair. This happens when wet/damp hair is in contact with a heating tool (straightening iron, curling iron or blow dryer) and water... Continue Reading

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.... Continue Reading

5 Tips That Kept My Flat Ironed Type 4 Natural Hair Straight For 6 Weeks

For naturals like myself, who do not mind applying heat to their hair, flat ironing can be a real treat. Flat ironing not only shows the ‘true length’ of your hair, but it adds some versatility to hair styling. However,... Continue Reading

3 Reasons Heat Damage to Natural Hair CANNOT Be Reversed

I get these questions quite often, so I am featuring this one today from blog reader D. She writes ‘So I feel like I have a unique situation. I have heat damage but it’s not the kind you just trim... Continue Reading

Why I May Never Straighten My Hair Again

Generally, I follow the mantra of “never say never.” However, there comes a time when you realize the likelihood that you will make certain decisions in the future are slim to none. In my case, hair straightening has become one... Continue Reading

7 Foams and Setting Lotions for Roller, Rod and Curlformer Sets

Curl sets done with perm rods, flexi rods, magnetic rollers, straws and Curlformers are popular styles for transitioners and naturals alike. Sets offer a longer lasting styling alternative to braid outs, twist outs and bantu knot outs — smoothing the... Continue Reading

4 of the Best Flat Irons for Type 4 Natural Hair

As usual, curls and kinks are always in style, but it’s nice to change it up when the weather permits. Now that the humidity is out of the way and has been replaced with crisp, cool air, it’s time to... Continue Reading

3 Tips to Manage Multi-textured Natural Hair

If you’re like me, the process of “going natural” followed years of wearing your hair relaxed. When my hair was first relaxed, I was only 12 years old and had relatively little experience styling my own hair. Moreover, I never... 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... Continue Reading

Perm Rods & Natural Hair: Which Size Will Create Your Desired Look?

Perm rod sets or cold wave rod sets are very popular amongst the natural hair community and the rods come in a variety of different sizes and colors. Sometimes we see so many women wearing perm rod sets that we... Continue Reading

4 Techniques to Quickly Stretch Natural Hair and Show Off More Length

Most naturals have SHRINKAGE, sometimes it’s mild and sometimes it’s intense. And while shrinkage serves many positive purposes, sometimes we just want to show off our length without applying heat. Here are four techniques I use to show off a... Continue Reading