Angela Simmons Shares Long Hair Secrets

Ever since the era of social media, celebrities have shared photos of their hair sans weaves first through Twitter and now via Instagram.  Angela Simmons’ hair share a few years ago quickly circulated the internet with women on blogs and hair boards alike in awe of how long and healthy her hair is.  Although there… [Continue Reading]

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Wash Day | Flexirods on Dry 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… [Continue Reading]

Flexirods on 4C Natural Hair

All About Crochet Braids!

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… [Continue Reading]

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7 Scarf Hairstyles for Bad Hair Days

Despite the fact that I’ve been hiding my hair away through protective styles through most of my transition, I still have bad hair days.  Days where my edges and closure isn’t quite blended right, or when I don’t want to use heat to straighten them or when the waves and curls of my virgin hair… [Continue Reading]

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Atlanta Exes Star Torrei Hart Talks Hair, Locs & Family

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,… [Continue Reading]


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...]

Amla Legend 10-in-1 Blow Out Elixir Review

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Well, Optimum Care has done it again with an amazing heat protecting product in the Amla Legend Blow Out Elixir, which was sent to me for review purposes.  Long time L4L readers probably remember how much I loved the "red" Optimum Care Salon Collection line, the no-lye relaxer was my staple!  Another favorite was the heat polisher, which protected my hair and left it silky and shiny.  So I knew Optimum Care makes some great products and lovely … [Read more...]

How to Blow Dry Transitioning Hair

Kiss Handle-Less Blow Dryer Tutorial & Review

While relaxed, I was able to work with air dried and roller-set hair but since transitioning, I prefer styling stretched, semi-straightened hair.  I know it's highly controversial to apply heat regularly, but I only wear my loose only every 2-3 months (between weave/wig installations) so I'm not using heat extremely frequently.  Although it is easier to style blow dried hair, the process itself can be fairly tedious!  I learned to work in … [Read more...]

Wash Day Routine | Transitioning Hair & Relaxer Stretchers

Wash Day for Transitioning Hair

It took me a while to perfect my wash day routine over the course of my transition.  I started washing in sections fairly early on, but there are several other simple tweaks that help my wash days roll smoothly nowadays. Visualizations are usually better for "how-to" posts so I filmed my last wash day to demonstrate how to wash transitioning hair, and these tips work really well for relaxer stretching as well.  The video is filled with … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday | Won My First DietBet!

Won my first DietBet

Hey ladies!  This will be a very quick #FitnessFriday update (sorry for the absences from the blog)! I just wanted to share ater two lost games due to lack of focus and commitment, I finally won my first DietBet!  Honestly, I thought about the money I was essentially throwing down the drain plus my countdown to Jamaica is drawing nearer and nearer so I finally lost the 4% of my body weight required to WIN!   I joined the game for $30 and won … [Read more...]

Chic Protective Style Updo Tutorial

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I've been so lax in doing my hair while transitioning! It's just so much easier to leave it alone under wigs and weaves.  I'm not lacking in creativity or inspiration....just time and motivation to tackle the task! But this week, I shook off the funk of laziness and created a pretty bomb updo (if I do say so myself!) that is perfect not only for transitioners, but ladies with any hair type or texture!  I was inspired by the beautiful Janelle … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday | Ways to Add Extra Veggies to Your Diet

5 Easy Ways to Add Extra Veggies to Your Diet - Longing 4 Length (1)

Did you guys know the food pyramid we all grew up learning is know defunct?  Makes you feel old huh?  Well it was replaced with My Plate in 2011 which basically says half your plate should be vegetables and fruit, a quarter protein and a quarter healthy whole grains.  The one thing that remains the same is we should aim to consume 5-7 servings of vegetables per day, which is easier said than done.  So, with eating approximately three meals … [Read more...]

Hair Tip Tuesday | The 10 Transitioning Hair Commandments

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A bit of a humorous post, but with a lot of truth behind it!  If you have decided to grow out your relaxer (or routinely stretch for long periods of time) these 10 transitioning hair commandments will help guide you and keep your sanity through the process. Also, check out the newly released Science of Transitioning by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy for some amazing tips for transitioners and new naturals.  I haven't read it yet - but the … [Read more...]