Crochet Braids | Best Tutorials on the Net!

Best Crochet Braid Styles - Longing 4 Length

I'm continuing my series on crochet braids by sharing my favorite styling tutorials.  There are tons of different looks you can create with this style, and of course it's NOT just for naturalistas!  Crochet braids are a great protective style for any hair type and texture.  In fact, its a great way for relaxed ladies to temporarily have the "natural look" while still having straight hair.  It also is a great style to help you transition to … [Read more...]

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...]

Itchy Scalp Solutions for Weaves & Protective Styles

Itchy Scalp Treatment

As I continue protective styling with weaves and wigs throughout my transition, I've been dealing with the dreaded itchy scalp weave syndrome!  You know the one where a chick is randomly hitting herself in the head with an open palm?  Yeah...that idiotic move...I refuse to let it be me!  I don't have any specific scalp conditions like eczema (atopic dermatitis), dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis but since I have returned to working out and … [Read more...]

Major Hair Protein & Humectant Ingredients | #L4LHair Tip Tuesday

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The one thing that has made the biggest impact on the health of my hair since beginning my healthy hair journey (HHJ) is understanding the ingredients found in my hair products.  Prior to my HHJ, I relied mostly on the product description and label so I was constantly - mostly erroneously - guessing at what worked for my hair and why.  Once I learned the importance of providing my hair with the proper balance of moisture and protein combined … [Read more...]

Liquid vs. Cream Leave-In Conditioners

Liquid versus Cream Leave In Conditioner Longing 4 Length

Over the years of my hair journey, I have tried many a leave-in conditioner.  I have never found just one or two staple products - there are so many good ones out there!  But I have realized my preference is often a liquid, mainly due to my reliance on rollersets to style my hair.  However, I have used and loved quite a few creamy products as well.  Is one superior?  Is there any major difference between liquid versus cream leave-in … [Read more...]

Joico K-Pak Review: Intense Hydrator & Reconstructor

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I purchased both the Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator and Reconstructor in trial (travel) sizes from Ulta a few months ago to test on my hair before taking the plunge to buy the full sizes, something I highly recommend.  I noticed as I continued to stretch my relaxer that I was suffering breakage - particularly in my crown area.  Many readers suggested giving my hair a protein treatment to combat the issue and you were right, that is exactly what … [Read more...]

#L4LHair Tip Tuesday | 2 Ways to Preserve Curls at Night

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Keeping our hair in tact at night is a challenge every black woman has dealt with since childhood.  From the stocking caps to the scarves and finally the bonnet and satin pillowcases, we've all used a plethora of tools and techniques.  Now, years later I have two methods that work REALLY well for me to preserve curls at night: pin curling and pineappling.  Best of all neither of these techniques require any direct heat, which makes them both … [Read more...]

#L4L Hair Tip Tuesday | Save Versus Splurge Hair Products

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