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...]

Wash Day | How To Roller Set Weave (Sew-In)

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I stress time and time again how important *I* believe it is to invest in your hair extensions.  Great hair from a reputable company has so much versatility and more importantly longevity.  One way to straighten your virgin curly and wavy hair extensions is with a rollerset.  Learning how to roller set your weave versus constantly straightening and curling with hot tools will preserve the hair's natural texture, plus the style lasts so much … [Read more...]

How to Wash Box Braids + Twists

How to Wash Box Braids Senegalese Twists - Longing 4 Length - Ebony C Princess

Although I actually have Senegalese twists installed, the process is the exact same as how to wash box braids, marley twists, kinky twists or any similar style.  I wash and deep condition my twists once per month and moisturize daily.  Despite how low maintenance these styles are, you do have to at least follow this basic regimen to keep your hair healthy while wearing box braids or twists.  You will need: a moisturizing shampoo, deep … [Read more...]

#L4LHair Tip Tuesday: How to Seal the Wefts of Hair Extensions

L4L Hair Tip Tuesday

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Side Part Weave with Leave Out Tutorial (Including Braid Pattern)

Side Part Sew In Weave - Longing 4 Length

Back with another sew-in tutorial, this time I am featuring a side part weave with leave out.  Today's model is my little cousin, Kyndra, who asked me to do her hair for graduation.  Believe it or not, this was K's first time having a side part weave - she normally does a center part.  I think both are equally beautiful, but there is a sultriness to a side part (especially if it covers one eye!) that gives it an extra sexy factor.  Since K is … [Read more...]

How to Deep Condition and Wash Your Wigs

How to Wash Your Wig in 10 Easy Steps - Longing 4 Length (1)

No matter where you made your purchase, the first thing you should do upon arrival is wash your wig!  This serves  to clean the hair, remove the factory and/or chemical smell, allow for re-styling to best suit your face, and.  Most lace wigs are packaged in a square box (which is perfect for storage) so the hair and lace cap will have funky bends and folds in them.  Washing your wig will also get rid of those so the unit will lay perfectly … [Read more...]