Olivia Talks Hair with Ebony C. Princess!

One of the unexpected perks of attending the Think Like a Man Too screening courtesy of Motions Hair a few weeks ago was the opportunity to meet and interview R&B songstress and original Love & Hip Hop cast member Olivia!  Imagine my surprise as I listened to the  private chat with the men of the… [Continue Reading]

Olivia Longott with Ebony C Princess of Longing 4 Length

Black Girls Run! Preserve the Sexy Tour Presented by Dark and Lovely (recap)

I have been “gone” for a few weeks from blogging so I never had the chance to update you on my experience with Black Girls Run! Preserve the Sexy Tour presented by Dark and Lovely.  You may remember I attended their Philadelphia stop with Dark and Lovely.  I invited several of my little cousins to… [Continue Reading]

Black Girls Run! Preserve the Sexy Tour Presented By Dark and Lovely - Longing 4 Length

Senegalese Twists | My Summer Protective Style

For several weeks now, I planned to wear box braids as my summer protective style but at the last minute began to consider Senegalese twists instead.  I asked all L4L Facebook fans which style I should get and unanimously you all responded “TWISTS!” so that’s what I went with.  You’re so smart!!!  I absolutely love… [Continue Reading]

Senegalese Twists - Longing 4 Length

Straightening Systems for Black Hair

One of the newest phenomenons for Black hair, most often targeted for naturals, are the so-called “straightening systems” which are almost always keratin-based.  Keratin is a protein and when hydrolyzed (fragmented) easily deposits itself on to the hair shaft in the regions of porosity and damage.  Hydrolyzed keratin proteins are small enough to go beyond the cuticle… [Continue Reading]

Straightening Systems for Black Hair - Longing 4 Length

Inversion Method for Hair Growth – One Inch in One Week

No, that is not a typo in the title.  I’ve seen reports from ladies who claimed (many with photographic support) to have used the inversion method for hair growth to achieve as much as ONE INCH in one week.  Now you know, once I got beyond my initial thoughts of skepticism, I decided to investigate! … [Continue Reading]

Inversion Method for Hair Growth

All About Crochet Braids!

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Crochet braids have had a HUGE resurgence in popularity over the past few months.  You may remember this look from the 90s, but a few updates to technique and hair used has given the style completely new life!  As a refresher from my original post on crochet braids, the style is created by braiding your hair into a cornrowed base then loose hair is attached using a latch hook.  For more information on the basics, please check out that … [Read more...]

Transitioning Hairstyle Tutorial | Wash Day with Good Hair in a Bottle

transitioning hairstyle tutorial for medium hair

Despite being almost 1.5 years post-relaxer, I have not done a lot of transitioning hairstyles.  At one time, my hallmark was creativity with styling my hair every week, but early on in my stretch-turned-transition, I decided the best approach (to preserve my sanity) was to simply leave it alone.  So I've been mostly protective styling and relying on stylists to create fabulous updos or rocked straight styles whenever I wore my hair out.  I … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday | Nutribullet Review + Green Smoothie Recipe

Green Smoothie Recipe for Weight Loss Nutribullet Review

You know those people who have tons of kitchen gadgets?  Their kitchen looks like something out of an infomercial?  Well that's me.  I currently own:  a full sized blender, George Foreman grill, waffle maker, rice maker, deep fryer/fondue combo, Jack LaLanne juicer....AND a magic bullet.  Some were gifts, some I purchased, but I can say most I use regularly.  I absolutely love my Magic Bullet blender, and have loved it ever since I first … [Read more...]

Venus Williams Rocks Natural Hair at Australian Open 2015

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I have been fortunate to be surrounded by truly phenomenal, virtuous women in my family to look to as role models so I have never had much more than distant admiration for celebrities.  However, there are a few exceptions and the Williams sisters definitely break the rule!  I have admired their athleticism, humility, poise under pressure and entrepreneurial spirits for about 15 years.  It doesn't hurt that I also began playing tennis around … [Read more...]

Updates | Hair, Blog + Fitness!

Blog Updates

Happy New Year! I pray everyone had a fantastic holiday season as I did.  I went home to New Jersey, ended up NOT doing my hair and just wearing my new favorite wig....and had an amazing time! Everyone just loves me in that unit, which brings me to the first update of 2015 - hair, of course! I'm approximately 70-ish weeks post relaxer and my rough estimation is that 75% of my hair is relaxer free.  My hair is extremely layered and I … [Read more...]

Holiday Haute Chignon with Motions Hair

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I'm in all my holiday happy glory right now!  Ya'll know how I feel about Christmastime, right?  LOVE IT!!!!  I must admit though, I have never had a year in which my shopping wasn't complete by now.  Truth be told, I've barely started!  But as you can tell from the lack of blog posts, a sistah has been busy!  So....I'll be out with the hoards of people doing all their last minute shopping the few days before Christmas.  But it still … [Read more...]

Long Term Transitioning Update | My New Hair Cut!

Ebony C Princess New Hair Cut Long Term Transition from Relaxed to Natural Hair with out the Big Chop Longing 4 Length

I told you last week, I'd be back to update you on my hair....and the reason I took so long is because I waited until after I had my hair appointment.  I didn't want to be talked out of cutting my hair all the way up to shoulder length.  Yep, I did it!  Snip, snip, snip!  As I told you, I will never have an official "big chop" or a final "fully natural" moment because I plan to simply cut my hair as I grow.  Parts of my hair are fully … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday | How to Avoid Weight Gain on a Business Trip!

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Heyyyyyyyyyyy ya'll!!!!  In the history of L4L I have never taken a hiatus from the blogosphere for longer than a week!  And without any notice to boot.  I ain't no type of good, I know....I know.  Thanks for hanging in there til my return, it wasn't a planned break or anything.  Work became super busy for me and before I could even blink, a month flew by without me sharing anything.  And rather than become stressed out about it, I knew … [Read more...]