The Diversity of Beauty: One Twin Born With Brown Skin, the Other With White

Lucy and Maria Alymer (pictured above) are twin sisters. Yes, that’s right: TWINS! Born in 1997 to a white father and half-Jamaican mother, the set of fraternal pair were quickly identified as a natural miracle. Lucy was born with white skin, red hair and blue eyes whereas Maria was born with brown skin and brown eyes.... Continue Reading

Type 4 Naturals: 3 Products to Add to Your Regimen to Boost Moisture

One of the main problems I have experienced with my type 4 hair is dryness. This hair type in particular requires a lot of moisture, and moisture retention is often a big issue. Over the years, I have learned that there are certain things that need to be done or added to my regimen to... Continue Reading

Throwback: Six Iconic 80’s Naturals

I thought we should take a throwback look at a few of the natural hairstyles that managed to emerge during the 80s; the decade where white women were embracing big hair and black women were either in full jherri curl mode or turning to no-lye relaxers. Shout out to these ladies for being hip with... Continue Reading

3 Easy Updos for the Styling Challenged

I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m pretty much inept when it comes to styling my natural hair. I see tons of intricate, stunning, and sophisticated updos and protective styles all over social media and here on BGLH, and I start to get in my feelings a little bit. I’m pretty good about not... Continue Reading

Men Confess: Why I Love My Woman’s Natural Hair

Despite what we may see on our television screens and in music videos, there are men out there who not only love natural hair, but prefer it. Here are three men who embrace the natural hair community and their ladies who rock fabulous natural hair. Zeno Zeno and his lovely wife Chenae are originally from... Continue Reading

Actress Teyonah Parris: I Had to Learn to Love My Nappy Edges

Teyonah Parris is a certified hair idol and source of styling inspiration for many naturals. But recently the gorgeous actress, who stars in Mad Men and Survivor’s Remorse, took to Instagram to keep it all the way real about coming to terms with her tightly curled texture. She posted the photo above with the following... Continue Reading

5 Chic Protective Styles That Can Be Worn On Any Occasion

Do you get tired of changing up your look depending on where you are going?  Here are five protective styles that you can wear for almost any occasion: 1. Vintage Tuck If you are a fan of Geri’s blog, Geraldine the Great, then you know that she has some serious styling creativity when it comes to... Continue Reading

5 Stunning Pictorials of Perm Rod Styles

Perm rod sets are hot with naturals right now — no doubt about it. And no wonder; the style is gorgeous and versatile, can be dressed up or down, and is heatless! The trick, of course, is to get it right. For some tips on what NOT to do, check out our writer Christina’s hilarious... Continue Reading

Huh? Essence Mag Posts Then Removes Article on Why We Need More Relaxed Hair on the Red Carpet

No, this isn’t a headline from The Onion, it’s an actual piece Essence Magazine chose to post! The article has since been taken down, the only vestige of it is the screenshot below (originally spotted at 4C Natural Hair Chicks). And this URL showing that yes, the piece did exist (see gallery for larger image):... Continue Reading

Jenell from Chicago // 4C Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself! J: Aloooooha! My name is Jenell and I am from Chicago originally, currently residing on the beautiful island of Oahu. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! J: I BIG CHOPPED! After frying it, dyeing it, weaving it, lace fronting it, and everything else under the sun, I... Continue Reading

6 Moisturizers to Keep Your Natural Hair Hydrated this Winter

The temperatures seem to be getting worse, not better, as we get closer to spring. Last week clocked in dew points below zero on the East Coast, and we aren’t even done with snow for the year. Of course, with temperatures so low, we don’t want to walk around everyday with soaking wet hair. At... Continue Reading

Microscope Photos Reveal Which Natural Cleansers Work Better Than Shampoo

I have finally got around to testing some more natural cleansers. In the firing line today are castile soap (diluted), natural soap or shampoo bar, oat water and shikakai. The Experiment I used my own shed hair and imaged it: - on its own without any washing (oily from sheabutter/coconut oil use) - washed with... Continue Reading

3 Natural YouTubers Who Talk About MORE than Natural Hair

There are YouTubers to whom I subscribe strictly for hair care tips, style tutorials, inspiration and other things related to natural hair.  They talk, eat, and sleep hair and I love it.  However, there are other YouTubers to which I subscribe because of what they speak about beyond natural hair.  Hair isn’t my whole source of interest;... Continue Reading

Shea Moisture Faces Backlash Over Use of White Children in Online Ads

Shea Moisture usually trends on social media because of their infamous BOGO Free sales that cycle through stores like CVS, Walgreens, Target, and Ulta. This time around, the brand has come under the scrutiny of “Black Twitter”, the social media machine. On February 23rd, Shea Moisture posted this photo and caption to their Twitter account... Continue Reading

Zendaya Coleman Insulted Over Faux Locs at The Oscars

Actress Zendaya Coleman stunned at the Oscars on Sunday, walking the red carpet in a white, floor-length gown and faux locs. Coleman unmistakably made her mark in the increasing trend of actresses rocking natural do’s on the red carpet and it was embraced with open arms by everyone except… E!’s Fashion Police co-host Giuilana Rancic.... Continue Reading