Olivia Talks Hair with Ebony C. Princess!

One of the unexpected perks of attending the Think Like a Man Too screening courtesy of Motions Hair a few weeks ago was the opportunity to meet and interview R&B songstress and original Love & Hip Hop cast member Olivia!  Imagine my surprise as I listened to the  private chat with the men of the… [Continue Reading]

Olivia Longott with Ebony C Princess of Longing 4 Length

Black Girls Run! Preserve the Sexy Tour Presented by Dark and Lovely (recap)

I have been “gone” for a few weeks from blogging so I never had the chance to update you on my experience with Black Girls Run! Preserve the Sexy Tour presented by Dark and Lovely.  You may remember I attended their Philadelphia stop with Dark and Lovely.  I invited several of my little cousins to… [Continue Reading]

Black Girls Run! Preserve the Sexy Tour Presented By Dark and Lovely - Longing 4 Length

Senegalese Twists | My Summer Protective Style

For several weeks now, I planned to wear box braids as my summer protective style but at the last minute began to consider Senegalese twists instead.  I asked all L4L Facebook fans which style I should get and unanimously you all responded “TWISTS!” so that’s what I went with.  You’re so smart!!!  I absolutely love… [Continue Reading]

Senegalese Twists - Longing 4 Length

Straightening Systems for Black Hair

One of the newest phenomenons for Black hair, most often targeted for naturals, are the so-called “straightening systems” which are almost always keratin-based.  Keratin is a protein and when hydrolyzed (fragmented) easily deposits itself on to the hair shaft in the regions of porosity and damage.  Hydrolyzed keratin proteins are small enough to go beyond the cuticle… [Continue Reading]

Straightening Systems for Black Hair - Longing 4 Length

Inversion Method for Hair Growth – One Inch in One Week

No, that is not a typo in the title.  I’ve seen reports from ladies who claimed (many with photographic support) to have used the inversion method for hair growth to achieve as much as ONE INCH in one week.  Now you know, once I got beyond my initial thoughts of skepticism, I decided to investigate! … [Continue Reading]

Inversion Method for Hair Growth

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...]

Fitness Friday | October Goals, Let’s Drop this Last 20!

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I'm only 20 pounds away from my initial goal weight.  I have two goals - one that I would be considered healthy (within a normal BMI range) and a lower weight I believe I would be happiest with.  After starting this last weight loss journey with a bang last year, I have struggled to continue to drop pounds steadily.  I've pretty much fallen into maintenance mode without intending too, which is NOT okay since I still have a good amount of … [Read more...]

#DoYou Fearless Style Lounge with Motions Hair

Essence Motions Fearless Style Lounge NYC

These past few months I've loved the hairstyles created by ​Ebony with the Motions Hair line as well as other popular ​vloggers.​ So, when I heard Motions and Essence were bringing the Fearless Style Lounge and ​#DoYou​ movement to NYC along with Ursula Stephen I quickly RSVPd "yes". On September 10th the Fearless Style Lounge in NYC was held at Salon SCK in Midtown Manhattan, a swanky, modern salon. The space was filled with … [Read more...]

Atlanta Exes Star Torrei Hart Talks Hair, Locs & Family

Torrei Hart Locs - Longing 4 Length

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...]

Roller Set on Transitioning Hair | Good Hair in a Bottle Review

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After removing my weave, I realized I wanted to WEAR my hair.  Yes, the struggle of all these different textures and lengths (as I've cut away breakage and relaxed hair) makes it difficult to maintain my transitioning hair while working out, but sometimes that struggle is completely worth it to just enjoy my hair! Even if it is just for a few days.  Since I was sent a set of products from Good Hair in a Bottle, including setting foam, I decided … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday | Where the Heck Have I Been?!

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I followed a lovely vegan diet back in July...kept it up for half of August and barely even updated you guys!!!  Pardon moi! Here's the thing.  I knew this would happen.  I knew I'd get busy because ya know...that's what happens in life, you get busy....and then I'd kind've fall off the wagon.  Is this what recovering addicts feel like?  No, no, that wasn't a joke.  It must feel something like this.  Because once I got busy and it got the … [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...]

Amazing Kinky Curly Weave by Eva Wigs

Kinky Curly Weave - Longing 4 Length

As my transition continues it is essential to my life that I choose protective styles that keep me excited.  Otherwise, not wearing my own hair for THIS long would be driving me positively insane.  So, weave and wigs of different textures, lengths and color keep it interesting while I keep my hair braided down beneath.  The latest hair craze in my life is this kinky curly weave from Eva Wigs.  It is a full lace wig that is sublimely … [Read more...]