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...]

Revive Your Hair | Understanding Ingredients

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It's been a few weeks since my last post in the Revive Your Hair series - but to refresh everyone's memory, I've decided to revisit healthy hair practices and techniques that will help our hair thrive.  The older the "healthy hair game" gets along with advancing social media (i.e. Instagram), the less interest people have in truly learning how to take care of their hair.  It's all about the latest trendy style, quick product reviews on hold, … [Read more...]

Revive Your Hair | Heat Free Styling

Heat Free Hairstyles - Longing 4 Length

Back with a second installment in the Revive Your Hair series!  The topic of discussion today centers around heat free hairstyles.  Why do the majority of ladies focusing on healthy hair avoid frequent use of heat?  Because hair is comprised of protein and heat denatures (breaks down) protein.  Any scientist will tell you that proteins denatured (the technical term for 'broken apart') through high levels of heat are able to reaneal (fix or … [Read more...]

Revive Your Hair | Baggying & Greenhouse Effect


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...]

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...]

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


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...]