Wash Day | Flexirods on Dry Hair

Flexirods on 4C Natural Hair

Arguably my favorite two styles of all times are roller and rod sets.  While relaxing my hair, I had gotten to the point where I was able to set my hair in 45 minutes or less and with my amazing dryer, would also dry in about the same amount of time.  I prefer not using direct heat whenever possible plus these styles last for a week.  However, since transitioning (aside from a salon visit) I have only had flexirod failures, one of which … [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...]

Transitioning Hairstyle Tutorial | Wash Day with Good Hair in a Bottle

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Despite being almost 1.5 years post-relaxer, I have not done a lot of transitioning hairstyles.  At one time, my hallmark was creativity with styling my hair every week, but early on in my stretch-turned-transition, I decided the best approach (to preserve my sanity) was to simply leave it alone.  So I've been mostly protective styling and relying on stylists to create fabulous updos or rocked straight styles whenever I wore my hair out.  I … [Read more...]

Long Term Transitioning Tips + My 4c Natural Texture

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Everybody has a different reason for "going natural."  I've always been envious of the volume naturalistas are able to achieve with their styles, especially twist outs - but that wasn't enough reason for me to transition.  For some reason once my hair grew beyond 12"  inches long, my ends would thin and a very necessary cut would follow.  I got tired of the cat-and-mouse game I was playing chasing my final length goal.  So although I am long … [Read more...]

Atlanta Exes Star Torrei Hart Talks Hair, Locs & Family

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Vh1's new reality show, Atlanta Exes, is a spin-off of the Hollywood version and also features a group of women who were once married or engaged to famous entertainers.  Torrei Hart is one of the stars of the show and was once married to comedian superstar, Kevin Hart.  If you are a fan of Kevin's comedy, then you are already familiar with Torrei as their relationship has always been a popular topic in his stand-up routines.  What I didn't … [Read more...]

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...]

Transitioning Hair Essentials | #L4L Hair Tip Tuesday

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As I've noted time and time again, there really is not much difference between stretching your relaxers and being on a long term transition to natural hair.  In both cases, maintaining both your natural new growth and relaxed length is a delicate line you constantly have to work to balance.  After nearly a year, the below items are what I've learned are absolute MUST have items for my transitioning hair. For more information regarding … [Read more...]