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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

5 Professional and Chic Natural Hair Styles for the Workplace

Though natural hair is making more appearances in the workplace, it can still be a challenge to find that perfect “professional” hairstyle you are comfortable wearing.  Nevertheless, there are options out there — no matter how short or long your hair.  Here are just a few: 1. Mini Twists into Updo (Medium-Length Natural Hair) With autumn around... Continue Reading

3 Delicious Smoothie Recipes for Growing Hair and Vibrant Skin

Homemade smoothies have been my breakfast of choice for a while now.  (Shout out to Lina for introducing me to the world of green smoothies a few years ago.) You see, the benefits of these beverages are that you can load up on multiple nutrients in one batch AND get a good amount of water into your... Continue Reading

4 Techniques to Quickly Stretch Natural Hair and Show Off More Length

Most naturals have SHRINKAGE, sometimes it’s mild and sometimes it’s intense. And while shrinkage serves many positive purposes, sometimes we just want to show off our length without applying heat. Here are four techniques I use to show off a little more length, without having to apply heat to my hair: Double Braids On days... Continue Reading

5 Men with Crushworthy Natural Hair

Although this is Black Girl Long Hair, we have to quickly acknowledge all the fellas out there who are proudly representing for the male side of the natural hair movement! Check out these five guys’ and their regimens for loose, luscious hair.   Wolfgang Lisborg Leading the guy pack in length, West African natural man, Wolfgang... Continue Reading

4 Unusual Life Hacks That Keep Natural Hair Moisturized

It’s a bummer when you’re down to the very last drop of your favorite leave-in and you know your order won’t come in for at least another week. It’s also definitely not cool, when you’re traveling far from home only to realize you’ve forgotten your favorite pomade and moisturizer. This is exactly what happened to me... Continue Reading

Kami from Baltimore // 3B/3C Natural Hair

Introduce yourself. K: Hello! My name is Kami also known as StyledbyKami and I am from Baltimore, Maryland. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! K: I transitioned into natural and slowly chopped off my ends. I like to say that I have been natural for a big majority... Continue Reading