5 Ways to know your hair is damaged

4 c natural hairHey-llo!!

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.

If u stumble on this blog and you too have a blog, do let me know so I can check it out!

until next time

Braid out on dry natural hair

IMG_4260A 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. IMG_4259IMG_4251

How do you do your braid outs?

How to trim 4c natural hair

Hi friends

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.4c natural 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.4c natural hair

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. 4c natural hair4c natural hair

How do you trim your hair? Do you do it yourself or do you only let a professional with scissors near your hair?

10 lessons from a girl gon natural

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1. No two hair textures are the same. Do not compare your hair to other peoples hair. Do not expect it to do what other peoples hair does. You will be disappointed and you will not enjoy your natural hair.

2. Tips are just guidance. The are not from the holy book. You do not have to follow every tip you hear about.

3. “Going natural” or “returning natural” is about acceptance. Meaning accept your hair and free people to do what they want to do with their hair. The natural hair community does not need a police enforcement section.

4. Less is more when it comes to products. Do not buy everything at Sally’s as you will waste money. Find products that works for you and stick to them.

5. Hair growth is about genetics and nutrients and lifestyle. Your hair will not grow at the same rate as the next person. Accept that and enjoy your hair at the length that it is.

6. Do not restrict yourself or your hair. When you feel like coloring it, do so. When you feel like cutting it, do so. When you feel like trimming it, do so. Do what you want with your hair.

7. Ignore the negative comments for they will come but believe me when I tell you they mean absolutely nothing. Negative comments about your hair or about anything concerning you does not reflect on you, it reflects on the simple minded individual who spoke them to you. Always always remember that.

8. Natural hair will bring new things. Friends, eating style, change in fashion, etc… Embrace it. It is okay to change.

9. Cheer on other naturals. Compliment them if they have a nice hairstyle, if their curls are “poppin,” if their tresses are standing high and mighty, if their TWA is showcasing their beautiful facial bone structure, etc…whatever it may be, give a compliment when you want. Because this natural hair journey isn’t always so smooth. Most importantly, compliment yourself.

10. Your hair maybe a huge part of you because it is part of your body and thus must be treated well. But please remember that it is an extension of yourself, it is physical, it does not speak as to who you are on the inside, it doesn’t define you. Your hair is PART of you. In the words of India Arie “YOU ARE NOT YOUR HAIR”

bonus: Be fabulous.

How to cleanse and condition 4c natural hair

Hi friends,

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!

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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” 4c natural hair

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. 4c natural hair

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.

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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.

xoxo

Introduction to All Things Fro Blog

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Hi!

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.

xoxo