Favorite Drugstore Hair Products? Your Feedback Please!

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I was recently asked what conditioners I am currently loving and of course, my response was Bee Mine.  The friend then said "No...I want something I can just run to the store and grab."  I was stumped for a moment.  Finally I responded "Well, I hear really good things about the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line."  The friend paused, then said "Hmm, yeah...but I don't feel like searching different Target stores to try to find it. … [Read more...]

Heat Training Versus Heat Damage

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Now that I am nearly natural (relaxer-free) I have started applying heat more frequently to my hair.  When I used chemicals to relax my kinks and coils, I could air dry and style - buns, braid/twist outs and updos.  If I wanted a sleek, straight look with bounce and body, roller sets were my friend!  However, with my texture being so tightly coiled, I find that blow drying is the quickest and best way to stretch my natural hair. I will … [Read more...]

Hair Product Empties!

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I'm so serious about cleaning out my hair products....I've given a TON of products away to friends and family, but it seems like I've barely made a dent in my stash!  There are so many great products on the market for healthy hair - things I'm curious about and buy to try and items that are sent to me for review consideration by brands.  I only have one head and am using less products than normal since I have mostly been hiding my hair. … [Read more...]

My Hair Only Grows 4″ a Year!

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Even before I began my official "healthy hair journey" I believed my hair grew at least six inches per year (one half-inch per month) because that's the average...and well, I thought I was at least average! lol.  While relaxed, it was hard to gauge of my actual growth rate - I would notice that I had "a lot" of new growth while stretching but that was the most quantifying I could do.  Now that I am a year into my transition, the amount of … [Read more...]

High End Hair Haul

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I talk a lot.  To my family. To my friends. And when I haven't spoken to someone in a long time, they know they are guaranteed to have a long conversation with me as we catch up.  Well, ya'll are my hair friends and since I've been working so much I feel like we need a serious catch up session!  I haven't had a chance to tell you - in detail - about my latest protective style (10 Minute Hollywood Sew In) or share my latest hair purchases!!! … [Read more...]

Natural Hair Debate | Relaxer Free vs. Chemical Free

Natural Hair Debate Relaxer Free versus Chemical Free - Longing 4 Length

I'm so over the natural hair hype.  Before all my hardcore naturalistas crucify me, please give me a chance to explain!  I admire and appreciate healthy hair no matter what type or texture - straightened, relaxed, natural, wavy, kinky, curly and everything in between.  However, I'm tired of the division it has brought to black women and the self righteous indignation some women think having "natural hair" qualifies them to feel.  Lastly, I'm … [Read more...]

Pastor Says ‘No Weaves’ in His Congregation!

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Can you believe the title of this post?  You think I'm making it up?  Trying to write a new hit Tyler Perry play?  Nope.  True story!  Now, evidently this story is old news, but I just heard about it so of course I have to give my two cents on the topic.  I know no other way! According to an article shared via AmericaPreachers.com, Pastor A.J. Aamir founder of Resurrecting Faith in Waco, Texas,  told his leadership staff DO NOT wear … [Read more...]

White vs. Black Hair Salons | Do You Have a Preference?

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We've been reading reports that Black hair salons are closing at alarming rates for the past four years.  There have been several proposed reasons and I suspect the answer is probably a combination of them all: We are still very much in a recession so women are cutting back on extra splurges such as salon visits and doing their hair at home. Dominican salons have began to flourish.  Whereas once only popular in the Northeast, Dominican … [Read more...]