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Why I Stopped Doing Growth Challenges to Retain Length

  In the beginning of 2014, I was a little length obsessed. …No, I was TOTALLY length obsessed. Fresh off my big moderate chop, I no longer had the additional length that my heat damaged ends provided. And although I loved my new natural hair, I couldn’t wait to grow it out more. So when The... Continue Reading

The 6 Best Silicone-Free Shine and Smooth Serums for Natural Hair

Admittedly, I never used to care too much for finishing products for my natural hair. When I rocked my flat ironed hair before transitioning, I ALWAYS had serums and sprays on deck and they were all full of silicones too. However, I didn’t really see a purpose in using them for my wash and go or... 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

4 Essential Oil Blends that Smell Heavenly and Seal and Moisturize Natural Hair Perfectly

by Cassandre of Cassandrebeccai.com I remember the days when my mom would treat us to some fried plantain (bannan peze) and all kinds of good Haitian home cooking. Her food was always so good, no matter what it was, but there was always one problem. The scent of the cooked foods would always linger on our... Continue Reading

3 Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Length Retention At Night

by Cassandre of CassandreBeccai.com (pictured above) If you’re anything like half the naturals in the US, you’ve got some kind of a night time routine that may or may not consist of spraying on some glycerin mix, re-plaiting your hair and wrapping it up in the $3 polyes- urrr…I mean satin scarf you bought at your... Continue Reading

Double Standard? Why is It Considered “Hood” When Black Women Experiment with Color?

by Elle of Quest for the Perfect Curl Justine Skye (left) Katy Perry (right) I’ve had a thing for colored hair for as long as I can remember. In middle school, all the skater chicks and alternative girls dyed their hair every color of the rainbow after seeing celebs change their hair color on a weekly... Continue Reading

Are the Letters on the Hair Typing Scale Really that Significant?

by Tori Let me preface by saying, that I have a love/hate relationship with the hair typing system. On one hand, I do believe the system can be beneficial to help individuals understand how their hair type typically operates. It can help in identifying hair techniques and products that will or won’t work with each... Continue Reading

Why It Bothers Me That People Assume I’m Mixed Because of My Hair

by Portia of huneybflyy.com (pictured above) One of the things I love about my natural hair is its versatility. I can wear a kinky twist out one day and the next day I can be seen wearing shiny, smooth curls. Manipulating my hair has always been fun for me. On the rare occasion that I do wear... Continue Reading

5 of the Most Natural-Hair Friendly Cities in the World

by Ijeoma of Klassy Kinks   New York Many New York naturals will say that the current movement was born there, particularly in Brooklyn. The original natural hairstyling gurus – before the days of YouTube – such as Diane C. Bailey, Anu Pretoria and Tulani Kinard who have been doing natural looks since the 80s, are... Continue Reading

Will Naptural85’s 25-Minute Co-wash and Detangle Method Work on Waist-length 4C Hair?

As a natural, you’re more than likely familiar with some of the challenges that come with detangling – especially if you are 4C. Some include reducing breakage, avoiding snags and holding back tears from your eyes. (Yes, tears.) If  you tack on washing, conditioning and sealing, for some, this total time can run into the realm... 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

A Scientific Analysis of the Max Hydration Method for Type 4 Hair

Ms. Dee Kay (pictured above) The max hydration method (mhm) makes a big bold promise of getting type 4c hair to get its natural coils into clumped up curls. Are you curious? Here is my analysis of the method. What is the max hydration method? The author of the method, Pinke Cube sent me some notes... Continue Reading

True Life: My Hair Texture Changed Drastically During and After Pregnancy 

by Portia of huneybflyy.com (pictured above) Over one year ago, I was blessed to become the mother of a baby boy. Pregnancy was a new journey for me and I didn’t know what to expect. Granted, the experienced women in my life gave me a wealth of information regarding what may or may not happen during my... Continue Reading

Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Sodium Hydroxide (Yes! Sodium Hydroxide) in Your Conditioner

There are many horror stories out there of hairdressers mixing hair conditioner with relaxer, but that is not the tale for today. Today, the story is about whether you should worry about hair conditioners which have sodium hydroxide on the ingredients label. Commercial hair conditioners such as Yes to Carrots, Herbal Essences and Pantene are commonly... Continue Reading

BGLH Writer Geniece is a Natural Bride!

Our very own writer, Geniece, was married in a gorgeous ceremony this June! Of course we had to get the details on how she styled her hair for the big day. Check it out; When did you and your husband meet?? My husband and I met through an online dating site in 2010. The funny... Continue Reading

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