Stretching + Straightening Natural Hair

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 inside hair heats up to its boiling point (circa 100°C/212F). Heating tools range in temperature... 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. This wrapping is not just stylish, but also protective in many ways, hence its increasing... 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, one of the downsides of flat ironing natural hair is it can often revert back... 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 off. The stylist actually weakened and compromised the integrity of my hair. Now that it’s... 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 of those decisions. Now, before you think my reason has to do with my views... 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 hair and creating uniform curls of various sizes, blending textures and damage, and even setting... 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 put that flat iron to work. Here are some of the best flat irons for... 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 managed my hair while wet. That was sole responsibility of my mother and the styling... 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

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 can’t keep up with what kind of curls you can expect from each sized rod.... 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 little more length, without having to apply heat to my hair: Double Braids On days... Continue Reading

3 Types of Naturals Who Should Avoid Heat at All Costs

Do you know that girl who can comb her hair aggressively with a fine tooth comb, bleach it before placing her flat iron at the highest temperature and yet still have a beautiful full head of hair on her head? Hair is very specific to each individual and what works for one person can be... Continue Reading

4 Instagram Naturals Who Use Heat and Maintain Healthy Hair

by Portia of huneybflyy.com With the summer ending and fall on our heels, it’s nice to see some natural ladies showcase the versatility of their hair. Some may not agree, but it’s totally possible to flat iron, blow dry, and use a curling iron on your hair and still maintain your hair’s health. Here are a... Continue Reading

How I Flat Iron My Thick, 4C Natural Hair SLEEK and Straight Without DAMAGE

One of the beauties of being natural is versatility – the ability to switch from your natural kinks, coils, or curls to bigger curls or straight tresses and back. This versatility is something that I have exploited in the latter part of my natural hair journey if you could not already tell by some of... Continue Reading

How to Maintain Heat Straightened Natural Hair for 2 Weeks!

  by Cassandre of CassandreBeccai.com (pictured above) The first time I ever heat straightened my hair was a disaster. It took what felt like an eternity to go through the whole process of roller setting my hair prior to flat ironing. My hair reverted within an hour and it looked nothing like I anticipated. However, I... Continue Reading