Natural Hair Styles

Stylists Respond: Why Natural Hair Styles are So Expensive at the Salon

Last week Judith wrote about her frustration – which quite a few naturals share – about the inability to get our hair done at non-specialized hair salons, with some suggestions on how these salons can get our attention back. As you can imagine, one of the major concerns was the cost of natural hair styles.... Continue Reading

3 Salons Where You Can Get African Threading Done

Though we have many articles devoted to African threading, we have not yet broached the topic of where to get the style done …. until now! 1. Anana Scott – Oakland, CA Anana Scott came to popularity when people wondered who created the beautiful threaded style on singer Goapele in 2010.  According to Black Voices, “Thread-wrapping isn’t a new style for... Continue Reading

Shrunken Twist-Out? Poofy Flat Iron? How to Fix 5 Common Natural Hair Styling Fails

Let’s face it: whether you’re a seasoned natural or a newbie, styles don’t always come out how we want them to. There’s nothing worse than spending hours on a set style, only to have it look nothing like you wanted it to once you take it down. So what do you do: hop in the... Continue Reading

18 Pictures That Show Why Teyonah Parris is The Number One Natural Celeb in the Game

It’s no secret, we love Teyonah Parris. When she came on the scene we were refreshed at how unapologetic she was about her beautiful tresses. No hiding them under an endless parade of weaves, no posting a rare natural selfie here or there — it was all curls all the time. Her latest hair creation,... Continue Reading

5 Fun Low-Maintenance Summer Styles for Natural Hair

Who wants to spend hours or days styling their hair this summer?  Here are four looks that require little upkeep while also being fun to wear this season. 1. Chunky Flat Twist Updo This style is a great option for twist lovers (raises hand) who just want to wrap at night and go in the... 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 tried to do textured styles with my flat ironed hair using oil-based products and they... Continue Reading

30 Headwraps for the Long, Short and Loc’ed Part 1

by Lisa of Lisa a la Mode Headwraps aren’t new. I’m sure many of us have seen women dressed in traditional African attire, including elaborate and intricately designed headdresses. Today we’re seeing more and more women in western cultures donning these head wraps as both a fashion statement and protective style. Let’s face it, if you’re... Continue Reading

4 Reasons Styles Work for Other Naturals But Fail For You

About three weeks ago I was scrolling through Facebook when I came across an image that stopped me in my tracks. It was a before and after photograph of a woman with natural hair wearing a beautiful flat twist out. Vlogger NaturalNeiicey What struck me most about the style was how few flat twists were... Continue Reading

6 Reasons Why Perm Rods are the One Hair Tool Every Natural Should Have

You know when people ask “if you were stuck on a desert island, what’s one _____ you would have to have”? Well I know if asked about the ONE hair tool they couldn’t live without, many naturals would say bobby pins or maybe a goody ouchless band, but I’m here to show you why a pack... Continue Reading

8 of the Most Moisture-Friendly Natural Hair Styles

One of the perennial dilemmas of natural hair is keeping it moisturized and cute and frizz-free. Some naturals even (unwisely) opt to hold off on moisture just to maintain a style. But you don’t have to! Geniece and Cassandre share 8 styles that look fabulous, no matter how much you moisturize them, and retain moisture... Continue Reading

How to Do a Long-Lasting Wash and Go (3 Days or More)

Can I just say that I’m super excited to talk about wash and go’s? They get such a bad reputation, but honestly I love them. I live in wash and go’s like 98% of the time — so much so that I have become completely inept at other types of styling. Heck, I tried to... Continue Reading

I Lose More Hair with Twists Than Wash and Go’s + 6 Tips for Wash and Go Protective Styling

Throughout my hair journey (teeny weeny afro to waist length, and still growing!), I’ve mainly worn wash and gos. I like twists, braids, and updos, but I find them extremely time consuming, especially with longer hair (it takes me about four hours to twist my hair). Many people claim that our textured hair can’t grow... Continue Reading

I Tried It: Multi-Colored Box Braids

When BGLH reposted the series of pictures depicting women with different colored box braids, I kind of went into this fairy-unicorn sparkly tailspin. I’ve never had box braids before, and certainly didn’t know that you could buy braid hair in  such fun colors. And even more, I’ve always wanted to color my full head with... Continue Reading

All Hail the Fro! 18 Beautiful Photos of Undefined Afros

The undefined afro became popular amongst the African American community during the 1960s and hasn’t been as popular since. The hairstyle, which was banned from Cuba during the 1960s, truly makes a statement and lets people know when you’ve walked into a room. Today, we see afros but most are coiled, curled, or twisted. Most... Continue Reading

5 Cute Curly Summer Styles for Natural Hair

Summer is officially in full swing, and we have so many great styles options on BGLH, from tapered afros, to updos, and more.  Now it is time for another summer look — curls, curls, curls! 1. Textured Updo This updo will work beautifully for a summer wedding or other formal event.  It can also be... Continue Reading