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Natural Hair Recruiting: Are the Scare Tactics Really Necessary?

It’s no coincidence that the natural hair business and communities are booming. When I went natural almost five years ago, I was excited. With an absolute foreign sense of my own hair, I embraced my natural hair because I didn’t “know that it could do that.” When I finally big chopped and came to grips with my... Continue Reading

Mildred from New Jersey // Silver Natural Style Icon

  What is your Name / Where are you from? M: My name is Mildred also known as Natural Silver Sista, and I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.   I currently live in Northern NJ. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! Be sure to include how long... Continue Reading

2 Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss Another Natural Hair Event

  Curls & Cocktails, Natural Hair Shows, Luv and Learn Your Hair are all just a few of the awesome natural hair events I’ve attended.  The natural hair community is steadily growing and natural hair events are a great way to get out and meet some amazing people who already share something in common with... Continue Reading

4 Ways to Incorporate Heat into Your Natural Hair Regimen to Improve Length Retention

Heat usage isn’t for every natural, so before reading any further, it is recommended that you view these BGLH articles: 3 Types of Naturals Who Should Avoid Heat at All Costs The Benefits of Air Drying Thick Natural Hair Blow dry after a wash – to reduce formation of knots and tangles If you have... Continue Reading

5 Ways Henna Can Treat Your Hair and Scalp Problems

Though henna’s intended use is for creating intricate, yet beautiful designs on the body, women have been using the natural plant-based dye to remedy other issues with their hair and scalp. Different cultures have been taking advantage of this plant for centuries. Once discovered that henna left a red stain behind when left on objects... Continue Reading

4 Signs It’s Time To Chop Your Transitioning Natural Hair

  Transitioning in and of itself is a challenging journey, wrought with excitement, frustration, progress and potential. Amidst all of the advice, methods, regimens and products, sometimes the most confusing thing about the journey is knowing when to chop. There’s pressure on all side. Some fellow naturals think transitioners are dragging their feet, clinging on... Continue Reading

Perm Rods & Natural Hair: Which Size Will Create Your Desired Look?

Perm rod sets or cold wave rod sets are very popular amongst the natural hair community and the rods come in a variety of different sizes and colors. Sometimes we see so many women wearing perm rod sets that we can’t keep up with what kind of curls you can expect from each sized rod.... Continue Reading

7 Gorgeous Natural Hair Accessories To Rock This Fall

Ladies, let’s talk hair accessories! I’m all for embellishing natural hair with cute barrettes, scarves and headbands. Hair accessories add flair to any look and can bring otherwise “tired” styles to life. Check out my list of must have hair embellishments for natural hair. Flower Power I know we’re going into the fall season, but... Continue Reading

3 Hidden Dangers of Protective Styling

As we enter the fall/winter season, many naturals decide to use protective styles to withstand the cold, harsh air. While the versatility, ease and convenience of protective styles make them a must do at some point between September and March (or May depending on what part of the country you live in), there are a... Continue Reading

5 Products to Help Your Natural Hair Recover from Summer Breakage

With all the twist outs, braids, blow outs, highlights and out-styles you sported over the summer, it’s possible that your hair is not at its best health and is experiencing some breakage. Here are some products for every budget that you can use to combat and reverse the effects of breakage caused by summer styling.... Continue Reading

The Benefits of Air Drying Thick Natural Hair

A central piece of advice that I’ve come across repeatedly for processed hair is the value of air drying hair versus using heat. Specifically, some women choose to air dry their loose hair, meaning they don’t use braids or twists, so that they can achieve without the texture of twists or braids. Benefits to Air... Continue Reading

True Life: I’m a Type 4 Natural and I Don’t Use Shower Caps

There was a time when I wouldn’t dare get in the shower without a plastic cap or bag covering my hair. Unless it was wash day, I tried my best to avoid getting my hair wet. However, I’ve recently found that covering my hair with a plastic cap during showers is no longer a priority.... Continue Reading

Aprecia from Columbus // 4A Natural Hair

What is your Name / Where are you from? A: My name is Aprecia, and I’m from Columbus, Ohio. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! A: I’ve always been natural so I neither transitioned or big chopped, but I didn’t start taking my natural hair journey seriously until I... Continue Reading

The Myth of Natural Commercial Hair Products

As a scientist, I am actually very liberal with the word natural and my view is that everything has a natural origin. However, I am deeply aware that for most consumers when purchasing a product from a company using the words for curly hair, botanical, natural or organic, there is an expectation of many natural... Continue Reading

4 Popular Natural Hair Products and Their Cheaper Yet Effective Substitutes

The first thing I look at when considering a hair product is the ingredients label of course. You can never really know all the ins and out that went into producing a product but the ingredients label by far is a great clue. There are many products that many naturals have found and love but... Continue Reading