Nana from Virginia // Type 4 Natural Hair

What is your name and where are you from? N: My Name is Nana Agyemang. I am from Ghana but live in Virginia. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! N: I have been natural for 5years. Being a dancer in college put a lot of stress on my hair. I... Continue Reading

[Video] Too Cute: Natural Mother and Daughter Duo Shut Down Ellen with Beyonce Routine

Four-year-old Heaven and her Mom, Tianne have made their way back onto the Ellen stage. Recently, a video of the two performing choreography to Beyonce’s “7/11″ went viral on the net and the daytime host just had to get them back on for another stellar performance. This isn’t the first time the mother-daughter duo graced... Continue Reading

4 Edge Pomades that Tame Wash n’ Go Frizz

For the past couple of years, it seems that several hair brands are incorporating “edge pomades” into their lineup. These products have a similar consistency to the Let’s Jam! Pomade of yesteryear, but usually without mineral oil and more natural ingredients. Used to often slick back edges and smooth hair for protective styles, edge pomades... Continue Reading

How to Transform Your Ineffective Hair Products

Over the years I’ve accumulated quite a collection of hair products that made it no further than a storage bin in a closet or under a bed. Now that I know better I stick to a few staple products and typically only buy new products if they can be repurposed for other uses. If you’ve... Continue Reading

Editor’s Note: My White Boyfriend Changed My View on My Kinky ‘Kitchen’

Recently our contributor Chinwe wrote an article about how her boyfriend changed her perspective on her kinky ‘kitchen’. Since the piece was posted it has ignited fierce debate here and on many hair forums. The main point of contention is the inclusion of the word ‘white’ in the title of the piece. Many people feel... Continue Reading

6 Natural Curl Enhancing Methods

When I first went natural, I recall watching videos of people applying conditioner to hair that looked like mine to magically form clumps. However, mine did not. Of course, there is really no magic to it. Natural hair in its stretched form pretty much looks alike but when wet some of us have clumps and... Continue Reading

Chauntalia from Atlanta // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself. C: My name is Chauntalia Wise. I am from Atlanta, GA. Did you transition or big chop? C: I transitioned for 8 months (March 25, 2013-Dec 3, 2013) and then I did the BC. I chose to go natural after I bleached my hair honey blonde February 2013 and I began to see it... Continue Reading

BGLH is Dealing with Spam

Hello ladies, Over the past few weeks we’ve received reports of spam links (mostly to adult websites) popping up when people click through to BGLH from Facebook, Pinterest or our Mailchimp newsletter. Although the spam is disturbing, it will not infect your computer. We’re currently working with our programmer to pinpoint the source of the... Continue Reading

Transitioning Tip: How to Switch from Relaxed to Natural Hair Products

Have you ever wondered why your hair used to really love a particular conditioner when you were relaxed but detests it when you transitioned to natural hair? Have you ever experienced having a moisturiser that does work when you are relaxed but miraculously starts softening and moisturising your new natural growth? Here is the science... Continue Reading

“Don’t Touch My Hair” Earrings: Would You Rock Them?

Most naturals have dealt with unwanted advances on their hair. The curious faces followed by the probing hands. Some don’t mind it, but for many it’s annoying and slightly offensive. But would you rock earrings that served as a warning? Fatemah’s Jewelry created these “Don’t Touch My Hair” Wood earrings pictured above. (You can find... Continue Reading

Is Conditioner Meant To Be Left in Your Hair?

By Jc of The Natural Haven This is a question that I have been asked several times and topped the recent poll with nearly half the votes wanting to know the answer! I must clarify first and say that when you wash your hair, you should rinse out all the conditioner thoroughly (for reasons known... Continue Reading

9 Month Old Gets a Relaxer, has Large Bald Spot by Age 3

Thanks Blessed Lady for submitting this video. Ladies, what are your thoughts? Continue Reading

Utter Foolishness: Commercial For Hair Straightening System Blames “Nappy Hair” for School Fights and Social Isolation

Get ready for a lot of hair flipping and dramatic classical music. This is an ad for an “organic” “natural” (and I’m assuming no-chemical) straightening system. So obviously there’s an element of exaggeration here, but I find it interesting that black companies are still holding up lack of social acceptance as a reason to reject... Continue Reading

Mazeratie breaks down detangling, knots & protective styling…

A few days ago Mazeratie (pictured above) was featured as a hair icon. A curious reader left a series of pointed questions, requesting further regimen details. Mazeratie responded with this email; Reader: Does she not suffer from dryness esp. in summer when wearing her kinky/curly fro? Mazeratie: I was actually pretty lucky to find a... Continue Reading

All About Straightening, pt 2: How do I straighten my hair without damaging it?

So, I started this series because I get A LOT of emails about straightening. Yesterday we discussed whether straightening in the name of love and/or work is ever justified. Today I’ll post emails from readers who want to know exactly how you straighten natural hair/do straight styles without damaging it! This email is from Kristen... Continue Reading