Stretching + Straightening Natural Hair

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

4 Ways to Rehabilitate Natural Hair After Using Heat

  Before I get any further in this piece, let me make one thing abundantly clear: If your hair is heat damaged, nothing, I repeat, nothing I mention after this sentence is going to help restore your curl pattern. Damage is damage is damage. Trust me. I know from experience. Moving right along… If you... Continue Reading

8 Benefits of Curlformers for Natural and Transitioning Hair

Back in late May or Early June, I connected with the folks over at at Hairflair (makers of Curlformers) about collaborating to bring together a tutorial and in-depth review of Curlformers specifically for ladies transitioning to natural hair. Why? Because pretty much every review I saw for Curlformers was done with ladies who have gorgeous completely natural... Continue Reading

Can Stretching Natural Hair be Harmful?

Style Icon Nimca Many naturals with beautiful heads of hair promote stretching hair as a way to manage shrinkage, cut down on tangles and knot formation and all importantly promote length retention. Stretching by and large is regarded as helpful, but could it be harmful? The Short Answer Yes, stretching hair excessively could be harmful... Continue Reading

Simple, Gorgeous Twistout on Blown Out Natural Hair

Twist outs are a go-to style for many naturals, but they don’t always show length. Vlogger Mahogany Curls shows how to do a simple, gorgeous twistout on blown out hair. Gorgeous! Ladies, have you tried this style? How does it compare to twistouts done on damp hair? Products used in this tutorial: Paul Mitchell The... Continue Reading

3 Flexirod Styles that are Perfect for Summer

As a professional DIY girl, I have pretty much tried every styling tool under the sun. One that I found pretty hard to master are flexirods. The results can vary from ‘perfect’ frizz free curls, curls with texture or loose waves. It all depends on your natural texture and whether your start with wet, dry... Continue Reading

Braid Outs vs Twist Outs: Which Produce a More Stretched Look?

Style Icon Sasha Can we settle the age old question once and for all? When it comes to displaying your length which style comes out on top: twist outs or braid outs? Now, before I give you my opinion it is important to point out that technique is everything. Depending on your method of styling... Continue Reading

The Natural’s Guide to HEALTHY Heat Styling

Is it possible to use heat safely on natural hair? I have been asked this question a numerous amount of times, but what’s the answer? Before we get into that, if your initial response was something along the lines of “What?! I hope that this lady isn’t about to give advice on how to heat... Continue Reading

4 Ways I Use Heat to Retain Length

By Chinwe (pictured above) of Hair and Health When I first went natural years ago, I did not foresee myself using heat regularly, if at all.  However, with more and more length came a few changes to my regimen … and a big change in my mindset.  While heat was “the enemy” in the earlier... Continue Reading

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