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BGLH’S First E-Book! — The Complete Guide to Growing Out Kinky, 4B/4C Hair

For 6 years, BGLH has been a leader in showcasing kinky 4B/4C natural hair and providing key information on how to grow and style it. So it is fitting that our first official e-book is a consummate guide to growing out kinky, 4B/4C natural hair! This week we announced the book to our mailing list... 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

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

Natural Bride: Melanie

When did you and your husband meet? M: We met in 2001 in San Diego CA at a party. He said to me that when he first saw me, he told all of his friends he was going to marry me! What a charmer. We were married March 13th 2009 at the Lake Merritt Sail... Continue Reading

Natural Bride: Katawi

When did you and your husband meet? K: We were actually introduced twice; Once in September of 2004 and then again in January of 2006. We got married February 24, 2010 at Lemongrass Fusion Bistro in Columbus, OH (this is where we had our first date) How was your big day?!? K: Wonderful! We planned... Continue Reading

Why are stylists so hesitant to do the ‘big chop’ for their clients?

Toshia, our style icon today, spoke of her stylist almost refusing to cut off her relaxed hair for the big chop. I’ve heard a lot of similar stories. Some women even have to leave salons altogether and do their big chop at home because stylists downright refuse to do it. So I want to know,... Continue Reading

Britnee’s Regimen

So Britnee appeared recently on BGLH as a Now and Then winner and many of you were curious about her regimen so here it is! I’ve also added Britnee’s product picks to our ‘Tight Coils’ Product page. Describe the texture of your hair. B: Coarse, coily and cottony What are your top 5 products? B:... Continue Reading

In memory of BGLH reader Aliyah

Aliyah, Nov 20, 1986 – Nov 10, 2009 I know that the energy on BGLH is usually high, but today I got a very sad email. Aliyah, a beautiful BGLH reader passed away on Nov. 10, 2009. She suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness, according to her aunt, who had beautiful words for her niece…... Continue Reading

Natural Bride: Tafakari

“The style is a bantu knot-out that kept very well throughout the intense Florida humidity. The bantu knots themselves were done earlier in the week (Tuesday) for my Saturday wedding, so it was incredibly easy for my bridal party to help take them down. Instantly styled hair! My wedding day was on August 29, 2009... Continue Reading

Rock Solid Regimen: Tamara

“I’m pro natural hair because your natural teaches you how to care for the holistic woman. To love the whole being.” ~Tamara Where are you from? T: I’m from Houston, Texas… I was born in H-town but my dad went into the Navy when I was 2 yrs old. So I never actually lived there... Continue Reading

unconventional hair/cool cuts: a third of hair shaved off

BGLH: Why did you decide to shave off a third of your hair? Gina: i’m a very impulsive person! sometimes too much so! a while back i wanted to completely shave my hair off but everyone said no. this is kind of a compromise. BGLH: Was it hard to let go of the hair? Gina:... Continue Reading