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!

Hair Weaves Banned By Pastor AJ Aamir - Longing 4 Length (2)

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...]

Natural Hair Products I’ve Watched Come & Go

Natural Hair Product Fads - Longing 4 Length

The beginning of my natural hair journey was a bit overwhelming, as it is for most naturalistas. We are all on the hunt for the perfect products, miracle-working hair tools and the simplest most effective techniques to help manage our natural hair. And early on I was willing to try them all if necessary. But I’m so glad that I didn’t! Over the past 5 years or so, there have been so many natural hair products I’ve watched come and … [Read more...]

Poll: Do You Still Go to the Beauty Salon?

While it is quite obvious that I am longing 4 length, more than long hair I want BEAUTIFUL hair!  Full, shiny, bouncy, polished hair that looks like it belongs on a hair advertisement.  Whenever one of my good friends and I discuss hair (I love having a friend who is also on a HHJ), we always agree that while we don't mind doing our own hair, especially to save time and money, nothing beats a fresh salon 'do!  I know it is quite popular for … [Read more...]

Are There Enough Natural Hair Care Lines Already?

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This weekend I decided to delve into answering the emails I have allowed to pile up over the last few weeks.  I had more than a few requests for reviews from various new "natural" hair care lines.  I place quotations around the word natural for a few reasons:  First, as I've said so many times, the product does not know if your hair is relaxed or natural.  If it is a shampoo or co-wash product...will it not clean chemically treated hair? … [Read more...]