Revive Your Hair | Baggying & Greenhouse Effect

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Happy Monday Ladies!  I've decided to start a new series, called Revive Your Hair, focusing on some basic techniques and information that will help your hair thrive.  There are so many great new products and emphasis on creating fabulous styles that we can easily drift away from caring for our hair.  Sometimes we just have to go back to the basics, revisit the oldies but goodies, and give your hair some extra TLC!  So the first topic is … [Read more...]

I’m Struggling with Winter Dryness

How to Fight Hair Dryness During Winter - Longing 4 Length

This winter has been absolutely BRUTAL!!!  I remember having a few crazy snowstorms last year, but this year it has just seemed abnormally long.  And it's giving me the blues...I think I'm experiencing slight seasonal affective disorder.  Or I'm just being a bit dramatic! :-)  Anyway my body is responding by simply drying completely out!  Ragged cuticles, chapped lips, flaky face, rough heels and DRY HAIR!  I swear I think my body has less … [Read more...]

Dandruff Versus Seborrheic Dermatitis | Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Review

Dandruff Versus Seborrheic Dermatitis Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Review

Before I jump into the review let me cover a few basics:  Dandruff versus seborrheic dermatitis.  Skin naturally has microorganisms living on it, including our scalp.  One such microbe is Malassezia globosa and in those with dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, this fungus produces an enzyme (lipase) that breaks down the naturally occurring oil on the scalp (sebum).  This process releases an irritant known as oleic acid (free fatty acid). … [Read more...]

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...]