One of my greatest annoyance with my natural hair is the amount of time it takes to dry when I do any style on wet hair. Especially my twist outs and braid outs. They can honestly take more than 24 hours to dry.
So to style a failed twist out, I usually just roll and tuck the back of my hair upward, slide my hair to the side and just pin everything and just leave an afro at the top of my hair.
How do you style your hair on bad hair days?
On my last my blog post which you can read HERE I wrote about how I damaged my natural hair and mentioned that I plan to FIX the damage!!
The first step to solving a problem is ACCEPTANCE!! DUH!! but prior to knowing that there is a problem, you first have to SPOT or NOTICE the problem, hence me writing this post.
Today I will be sharing some tips on how to know that your hair is damaged or getting there. This is how I knew, so I hope it helps you out.
- hair breakage: I realized my hair was damaged when I touched the ends of my hair one day and it literally just came off. I did not pull or twist it, I simply touched it and off it came.
- lack of moisture: I’ve been natural for a while, so I pretty much know how to keep my 4c hair moisturized. i realized there was a problem when I will follow my normal moisturizing routine and my hair will still stay dry and brittle.
- product build up: One clear evidence that my hair was damaged was when the products I will use would not penetrate into the hair, causing several products to just sit on the hair.
- thin edges: we all know this one too well. I’ve never really had thick edges, but I had edges. Nowadays, its gotten so thin that I can actually touch my scalp. Basically, I’m going bald!
- change in hair texture: I will describe my hair as kinky or type 4c. I noticed my hair was damaged when I saw loose curls at the ends of my hair, which are not typical for my hair type or texture.
These are the major things that I experienced that guided me into knowing that my hair was damaged. I’m sure it isn’t the same for everyone but I’m sure some may find this post useful. Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions if you have them or simply say HEY in the comment section.
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until next time
A couple a of days ago, I did a braid out on my type 4c or kinky curly natural hair. I did the braid out on dry unwashed hair. I used very little liquid products, just Aussie moist conditioner and some ecostyler gel. I wasn’t sure how my hair was going to turn out because I only use gel on we hair for the most part. Also the girl I copied the idea from on youtube has relaxed hair so, I was very unsure. But to my surprise my hair came out very nice and full. I received many compliments for it.
How do you do your braid outs?
Long time! I know you’ve heard that a wash and go cannot be achieved on 4c natural hair or kinky textured hair, I’m here to tell you that, it is FAKE NEWS.
I start of really wet hair. I use these 2 products. A spray leave-in conditioner by Carols daughter and eco-styler gel. This was the first time I used this specific eco-styler but I have another one I usually use. This worked fine but i prefer my other gel.
After I apply my products, I hold it with the clips just so my hair stay in place. As you can see my sections are pretty large. If you want more definition, definitely make your sections smaller.
This was the finished product. Here it was about 30% dry. It puffed up more as it got more dry.
As you can see, I have changed the blog name. More on that later, but for now, I am sharing how I usually trim my hair.
I start of “hair scissors” or shears if you like. I used to use any scissors I found around the house but I learnt that ruins your hair. Another reason my hair isn’t thriving the way it should. More about that later.
But I usually wash my hair and then I moisturize it with leave-in conditioners, and my oil mix. I twist my hair then I clip the ends.
Above is a picture of a trimmed twist and un-trimmed one. Can you tell the difference? I two-strand twist my hair to trim because it is the easiest way for me to figure out the amount of hair that needs to be trimmed.
How do you trim your hair? Do you do it yourself or do you only let a professional with scissors near your hair?
Thank you checking out my previous post, the introduction to All things Fro Blog. If you haven’t checked it out yet, click HERE to get to know me and this blog a little better.
Today, I am sharing my super easy and quick way I like to cleanse and condition my hair, AT THE SAME TIME!
I use apple cider vinegar (ACV) mixed with water in a spray bottle and my favorite deep conditioner. Feel free to use any conditioner of your choice but if you don’t have a favorite deep conditioner of choice yet, I suggest you check out African’s Best Hair Mayonnaise. Also I will be sharing my top conditioners for 4c natural hair or afro texture natural hair soon. Here ACV is the cleaning agent. ACV is known to remove product residue, cleanse scalp and keep dandruff under control. Conditioner restores moisture back to the hair after it has been cleansed. Here we are doing both! what? Sometimes, a girl just don’t have to spend hours on their hair in the name of “wash day”
I usually split my hair in 4 sections! Have you ever heard of natural hair person who doesn’t work in sections? can I meet this person?
I spray the ACV and water mixture onto my hair then I add the conditioner, saturate my hair with the product then finger detangle.
I put my hair in 2 strand twist and if I have a shower cap available, wear it, if not I leave it to do its thing. I don’t have a specific amount of time I leave it in for but enough time to do whatever chores I need to do at the time.
I rinse it out and proceed to style. I’ve doing this for about 6 months now on days when I need a “wash day” but don’t have a day to dedicate to it and it has served me well. My hair is left feeling and looking clean but also completely moisturized where it doesn’t feel the least bit stripped.
If you try this cleanse and condition method out, do let me know how it works for you.
My name is Shereen and welcome to my blog, All Things Fro Blog. Here you will find tips, styles, trial and errors and so much more about y 4c natural hair or kinky curly hair. I’ve been passionate about natural hair for a long time and I’ve always wanted to blog about it but I never went through with it. But now, I feel ready to start and keep this blog for all the people with my texture hair who cannot find enough resources online. I hope this space is helping guide for you and I hope you stay a while.