Maximum Hydration Method on Type 4 Natural Hair

Girrrrl, don't you love natural hair videos where the sista actually has type 4C hair? Me too! And listen sis, you are gonna be BLOWN AWAY at these super-defined gorgeous results on real, luscious 4C hair! With a technique that WORKS FOR US with 4C hurrrr...

Your jaw gonna hit the floor when you see the definition... Matter of fact...

You can start using this video as dang proof that 4C hair can be defined! Throwin' a big bucket of Shut-Up Juice on the nay-sayers, lol!

Think about it, type 4 hair can do it all, it makes an Afro that amazes, can hold defined curls, can be gloriously kinky, can make amazing type 4 twistouts, can be straightened, and of course, can display shrinkage that seems like a magic trick, haaa. Embrace it honey! It's GOD'S GIFT!!!

Wash-n-Go on Type 4 Hair? Yes, and Poppin' Like Hot Grease!

This tutorial is so needed in the natural hair community, it shows the doubters that type 4 wash n' gos are not only possible but (with the right technique) look amazing and defined!

No more listening to people saying they "can't 4C" a wash-n-go, your 4C wash-n-go can be a showstopper, proofs in the pudding! So look...

Check out this Maximum Hydration Method on Type 4 natural hair tutorial right now...

Maximum Hydration Method on Type 4 Natural Hair Wash N' Go


Healthy Journey Series | Maximum Hydration Method on Type 4 Hair

Products Used For This Method...

OK my melanista mama, here is the quick-list of the products used in her type 4 hair tutorial to get the final (gorgeous) results...

Problems & Concerns With This MHM Routine

Hey babe, nothing is perfect, and not everything is for everybody. So let's address some of the things SOME Lovelies have an issue with...

  1. Take a lot of time to do (at first...)
  2. Products used are bit pricey (for some folks...)

Addressing problem #1 - OK, we admit it. This type 4 natural hair routine may look like high-maintenance and like hard work but don't worry. The Maximum Hydration Method trains your 4C hair to be and stay moisturized over time.

After a while of this, the time required to make your hair look super-defined will be less and less until you only have to spritz water on it.

In fact. The more you keep your hair moisturized and defined the juicier your hair becomes. So even if it looks dry the first time around keep doing it, your hair will get used to being moisturized and defined.

Addressing Problem #2 - Products Too Expensive? Well, it really depends on who you are, how important the final results are to you and how bad you want the POPPINGEST OF CURLS.

Some women feel the Kinky Curly natural hair products are so expensive and are scared off by the price tag and the same can be said for Camille Rose's hair helpers. At the same time though, other Lovelies are snatching these products up like hot cakes.

Who am I to say? It's your call. By the way, before ending this article I want to post another very video that shows many details about the Maximum Hydration Method on type 4 hair as well. Check it out below!

BONUS VIDEO: Protective Princess + Maximum Hydration Method Wash and Go

Reader Comments on This Method...

Here's an interesting comment from another Type-4 haired natural who has her own technique... Here's what Michelle had to say:

My hair is just like hers and gets as much definition, if not more, with some Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex conditioner, a little coconut or olive oil, and some eco styler gel on wash days. I’m glad she found what works for her though...

- Michelle T.

I honestly did not know doing a wash n Go on 4C Hair was possible. I’m a believer now 😍 I can’t wait to incorporate this into my hair routine!

- Kenya Small


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How To Regrow Your Edges When Your Hairline Is On STRUGGLE!

Maaaaaan, if you are losing your edges, the last thing you are worried about is how to slay your edges with little-know tricks... First, we gotta have something to slay, so let's focus on what really matters...

PROTECTING and CARING for your edges, you see...

Caring for your edges is one of the 10 commandments for natural hair sistas, that's what helps so many grow their edges back fast. Aint nobody trying to walk around looking like George Jefferson around the forehead!

Doctors Speak On Your Edges

“The hair around the hairline is finer and more fragile than the hair strands throughout the rest of the scalp,” explains trichologist (hair & scalp specialist) Kari Williams, who works with Brandy (Ray Jay's big sister), Meagan Good, Ava DuVernay (of "When they see us" and more), and Willow Smith. She knows her stuff... She goes on to say...

“Additionally, the hairs around the hairline are manipulated, brushed, and pulled more than the other hairs, which increases their fragility.”

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How To Regrow Edges On Natural Hair Fast (VIDEO)



Assess Your Hair Loss Situation For Fine-Tuned Solutions & Growth

There are different stages of hair loss around your edges, know how serious the problem is will give you a BIG heads up on fxing the issue, so let's talk about the different stages...

Stage 1: You Have Complete Hair Loss At The Follicle

Call a dermatologist in your area and ask for a scalp consultation. If your hair has been pulled out from the root, your best bet is professional edge inspection. Give them a call! They don't bite, and will have solutions for your hair.

Stage 2: Thinning Hair At Scalp, But Still Visible

If you're still holding on to a little peach fuzz at your hairline, this means your follicles aren't completely damaged. With some tried-and-true DIY remedies, they can be completely brought back to their former glory. Let's get into how you can regrow your thinning edges at home.

The Magic of Jamaican Black Castor Oil

We all know about the benefits of Jamaican Black Castor Oil for growing out our hair...

But if you aren't up on the JBCO game, according to Dr.'s Cayce & McGarey, it has been scientifically proven to help relieve a ton of conditions such as keratosis, dermatosis, scarring, and, of course, hair loss.

Grow edges regrow edges

Due to it's Riconeleic acid, a special fatty acid found in the oil, and the presence of Vitamin E, absorption of this tag-team can increase your white blood cell count (aka lymphocytes) and speed up the toxin removal process to promote healing.

Add a little JBCO, and it's like the fertilizer you put in soil to make it rich enough to grow a beautiful garden…overflowing with fresh edges.

To make JBCO even more powerful, try mixing several lighter oils with JBCO to help in regrowing your thinning edges.

Finding a mix of oils that works best for your hair will take a bit of experimentation, but mixing one teaspoon of the tried-and-true oils such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil is a good place to start.

Do Protective Styles Protect Your Edges??? Many Don't...

Restrictive styling restricts your life goals. If you're stressing to get your hair in a bun then it's time to let the Goody band go. If you're a braid aficionado, make sure to take a two-week break between styles to give your natural hair a rest. At your next appointment, make sure to ask your braider to create larger parts so that the heavy plait isn't putting too much weight on your strands. Your edges will thank you kindly.

Massaging To Regrow Your Thinning Edges

Putting too much tension on your roots cuts off blood circulation to your scalp. Your goal is to increase blood flow so that you stimulate your follicles and gently coax them back into those early stages of growth. This is an easy fix--give yourself head massages (or make your boo do it) a few times per week to help your circulation. Nothing says "me time" more than a massage!

Healthy Hair Reflects a Healthy Body. Do This..

Listen, we all know Mexican food is everything and pizza is life. But, contrary to popular belief, broken ends, thin edges, and a bad diet don't mix. If your hair is generally struggling to grow or appear healthy, take a closer look at what you're eating. Obviously, we all don't have the means to go all-organic everything, but cutting out sugars, high-glycemic foods, and increasing your protein, iron, and zinc intake will not only do wonders for your overall health, but your hair as well.

Use Biotin & Vitamin D For Growing Edges

Speaking of iron and zinc, vitamins can be a holy grail for your hair growth journey. Men are investing in Rogaine--why not invest in Biotin and Vitamin D? Keep in mind, it's like the wild west out there and there are a lot of sketchy vitamin brands on the market. Make sure to thoroughly read reviews for quality vitamins before buying. With proper research, you can find a vitamin brand that works for you and your hair.

Regrowing thinning edges is a commitment, so only begin this process when you're ready. Unfortunately, it's not going to work if you're being religious about taking your daily vitamins and probiotics, but still eating a bunch of crappy, unhealthy foods.

Hey, I know it's difficult to break old bad habits, but nothing will change if you change nothing!

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How To Spot FAKE Satin From Beauty Supply Stores!

I aint gon' hold you up sis, some of these beauty supply stores are straight upSCAN-DA-LOUS!! You hear me!?!?

Don't fall for the OKEDOKE and end up with your luscious hair drying up and then breaking worse than a box of uncooked spaghetti tumbling down a flight of stairs.

Some folks believe anything as long as the "label" says so, that's a BIG MISTAKE. And that's why they're paying good money for the privilege of some new split ends and brand new breakage, ughhh!

In fact, depending on where you live, MOST of these so-called satin scarves sold at the beauty supply store are as fake as promises from politicians.

The video below from our sista, OsaOsula Beauty, shows you how to find satin, real satin, that will hold in moisture and protect your natural hair AND extension hair as well (as long as it's high-quality, real human hair).

And after the video we also got some tips for folks who are getting skin breakouts even from real satin, so check that out below!. Now, on to the video!

Real Satin Scarves vs Fake Ones (VIDEO)
- How to Find a Satin Scarf for your Hair

How to not dry your hair out with FAKE satin…

PRO TIP: Wash Satin WEEKLY To Avoid Skin & Hair Problems

Look... 4c, 3b, 2c, 4b and whatever else textures ALL fall under this rule, still though, this is extremely important for type 4 naturals because we usually use thicker oils and butters on our hair and as a result we saturate or satin pillowcases, scarves, and natural hair bonnets with these products. So listen love....

It may sound simple, but many don't do this... You should wash your satins every week because you do not want old products transferring to your freshly washed hair and face causing pore clogging on your face and scalp.

Clogged scalps are hair-breakage factories and if these products keep getting on your face this will eventually cause acne and stubborn acne and nasty blemishes.

I don't know about you...

But I'm too cute for AWLLATT (Translation: "all of that", for the suburbanites among us), LOL!!!

So let's get to the best way to protect your satins and get more use out of them by washing them the right way...

How To Wash Satin Bonnets, Pillowcases & More...

Satin has a smooth feel that makes it appealing for many items from bedsheets to garments. It ranges in durability as well as cleaning options.

The smart natural hair sistas out there need to know that satin has special needs when cleaning, here's what you need to do...

  • Wash by hand or on the delicate cycle ONLY to protect your satin.
  • Use cold water along with a gentle detergent, like Woolite DELICATE CARE liquid. When hand-washing, let the satin soak in sudsy water for about 3 to 5 minutes, then gently squeeze the suds through the fabric.
  • Rinse thoroughly with cool water and NEVER wring or twist your satin clothing because it can easily lose its shape.
  • Don''t put your delicate satin items in a dryer PLEAAASE!!! Instead, lay the item flat on a clean, dry towel, and roll the towel, pizza-roll style, and apply pressure to squeeze out excess water.
  • Unroll, remove item and lay flat on another clean, dry towel to finish air drying, away from sun or excess heat. Satin items should be ironed on a medium/light setting, with no steam. Iron from the inside-out with quick strokes, never allowing the iron to linger too long on any one spot.

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How To Straighten Your Natural Hair the Safe Way

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Hey, girl, heeeey! Look, my Melanated Maven, I thought you would LOVE this video from Jewellianna demonstrating how she goes about her hair SMART straightening routine.

Her tutorial video displays how she systematically takes her kinky-curly natural hair from super-coily to completely straight. 

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It's a great way to get a new look for a while without harmful chemicals like perm and relaxers.

In this video, Jewellianna shows exactly how she blow dries, flat irons, and silk wraps her gorgeous natural hair; plus, she give pro tips and warnings for you when trying to get your natural hair on straight FLEEK!

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 Enjoy! And if you want more information on hair-straightening brushes, we have a couple new articles for you to check out after watching her video.

 

Black Hair OMG Extra Tips.

So we love this vid, of course, that's why we are highlighting it for you. But still, let us also give you our quick take on what we think may improve this technique....

BlackHairOMG's take on this video about safely straightening natural hair is that we would suggest that it's a good idea to consider using use cool air for the blow dryer. That way, you would not be using heat on top of more heat when you get to the flat iron (click here for FHI flat iron reviews).

And here is another cool option...

You can try banding your hair first in order to stretch it out, this helps to protect your hair because you are not putting unnecessary heat to your natural tresses. Which is always a good thing.

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Has Coconut Oil Ruined My Hair? How To Use Coconut Oil For Hair

Let's keep it trill ladies. Errrrthang aint for errrbody. And you're gonna find that even though certain oils do seem to universally beneficial for almost every type of hair, honeeeey, coconut oil isn’t always one of them (unless mix with honey? I'll explain more about that below).

For instance, authentic 100% castor oil is an age-old beauty secret for increasing hair growth.

Many melanin mavens are using it on their hair and eyelashes and have seen amazing results, without a doubt.

So why not coconut oil? Is coconut oil bad for your hair or not??

What Decides If YOU Get Coconut Oil Benefits for Hair?

It's pretty clear that coconut oil for black hair gets mixed results, some naturals swear by it. Others say coconut oil is the dang devil and might try to fight you if you put that stuff next to their luscious locs, HA!

So why exactly is this happening? Besides the fact that no one oil is going to work for everyone, there is more involved. For instance, do you have protein build-up?

Coconut oil works like a charm for protein retention. So if your hair suffers from lack of protein, coconut oil is a great product for you!

However, if your hair has protein build-up, repeated use of coconut oil will jack your hair up even worse. Girrrl, your hair is gonna be snap cracklin' and poppin' more than Rice Krispies Treats.

See... since coconut oil helps stop the loss of protein in your hair, if your hair already has enough protein and doesn’t need this extra "help" then it can cause your hair to be dry, brittle, and break off.

So if this is happening to you it's likely that your hair has enough protein.

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The Protein Problem - Coconut Oil for Natural Hair

Protein build-up also the reason many natural hair sistasdoesn’t like protein treatments or conditioners and creams with proteins in it.

Many call it being “protein sensitive” but it's really that you just have enough protein in your hair and don't need any extra.

Soooo, how do you know if you have protein build-up or not???

Well, if your hair is dry and fragile even AFTER you’ve moisturized it (deep conditioning, hot oil treatments, loc method) then chances are you have protein build up. But there’s a way to reverse it! First, check all of your products to be sure they do not have protein in them. Secondly, focus on keeping your hair moisturized with the right products.

For instance, you can use cold-pressed aloe vera for hair or a leave-in conditioner you like then seal in the moisture with sweet almond oil (I don't like the smell of A.O. so I prefer unscented...).

You will notice the elasticity in your hair come back and moisture retention pick up.


Is Coconut Oil Bad For Type 4 Natural Hair Or Is It Still A Holy Grail?

So... Is Coconut Oil For Natural Hair? Yes or No?

It truly does depend. There are so many different textures of natural hair. I can say though... Lovelies with looser textures and/or oiler hair may be lacking protein, many can even use coconut oil for hair loss prevention. Protein is very necessary, let's not get it twisted...

On the other hand, Lovelies with coarse or already dry hair probably aren't struggling with low protein at all, so coconut oil may lead to more brittle hair and hair loss. These people may benefit more from other types of oil like pure organic-grade marula oil and, of course, argan oil for hair and skin.

PRO TIP: How to Use Coconut Oil For Hair With OTHER Ingredients

When combined with other oils and ingredients, not only is less coconut oil coming in contact with your hair, but the combinations of fatty acids can have different and POSITIVE effects.

For instance, coconut oil doesn’t seem to make hair dry or brittle when combined with the monounsaturated fatty acids from olive oil or when mixed with argan or marula oil (both great for hair).

Honey also seems to make coconut oil even more beneficial for hair and the simple sugars in honey can nourish hair and make it naturally smooth and frizz free. So patch test these different combos and you may just find the secret concoction that will have you looking a natural hair model strutting your stuff down the catwalk.

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4 Protective Natural Hairstyles To Retain Length

Look... Anybody on a natural hair growth journey knows that hair growth pills are not the end of the journey. Well...

The very-popular "Chime" shows us 4 cute and convenient ways to protect the crown and stop our hair from being exposed to outside danger.

And she doesn't hide what she is applying to her hair to make it look so healthy...

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She used vegetable glycerin because it is a natural humectant, which means it makes your hair strands absorb moisture from the environment more easily.

She also combined Uncle Funkies Shining Star Skin, Hair & Scalp Elixir which has jojoba oil with virgin coconut oil to go ahead and seal in all that hair health inducing moisture.

And as always she used her special hair growth oil, we have a great recipe you can use here:

The first style she did is one called the "Nubian Bun" and it is SUUUUUPER CUTE! If any of y'all have ever used the Curls passion fruit curl control paste like she did with this style, please DM me on our Instagram and tell me if the smell is as amazing as it should be for ANYTHING with passionfruit in it.

That is one of my FAVORITE fruits smells EVVAAAAAR! Anyway, back to the styles…

Oh, BTW it seems her hair growth routine is definitely working because her hair is thick and luscious.

Protective Styles 2-through-4 Work Off French-Braids

The 2nd style she did was a ROYAL-LOOKING, cute and trendy French-braid style.

The 3rd style is used the French-Braid style and made it more formal and business-ready. It looks soooooo moist and gorgeous OMG!

The 4th style is one that I didn't see coming and have never thought to do… She did some neat little bottom buns in the back after undoing the ends of the French-braids, I think you'll like it. I did, but probably not on myself, I'd definitely put this and a teen-to-early 20s girl though!

Natural Styles To Prevent Breakage of New Hair Growth

Products She Used For Moisture & Styling - Black Hair

Chime had a nice war chest of products to get her hair to look so shiny and healthy, I listed them below...

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Best 4C Edge Control Gel - Natural Hair

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The 1st comment in Milani's comment section says it all, lol… "It's so nice to find people who have edges like mine!!"

That way we can see the products that will actually work on our lusciousness. And...

What makes it's really cool is that she compared her little-known favorite edge gel against a super popular type 4 hair edge tamer and showed the INSTANT RESULTS on both sides of her head.

And yes, her fav, which she calls "the best edge control gels she's ever used" on her TRUE 4C hair won, BIG TIME. And look….

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...And trust me, she gave us a TRUE test, because sis started off with her edges lookin' ALL crusty and dusty, Ha!

No Glazed Donut Lookin' Hairlines In Them Streetz

First off, she used the Ebin New York 24 Hour Edge Tamer, which Milani says is one of "the best edge control gels she's ever used", and thank goodness it doesn't leave a white residue behind once it's set, because nobody needs to look like they just got randomly kissed all upside the hairline by some funky stranger eating glazed donuts. LOL.

Besides that though…

…she loves how it leaves her edges looking somewhat "relaxed"

And that's exactly what we want y'all, cuz our edges be waaaaay too busy in these streetz, having way too much going on, as if they got a day job and 3 kids to cook later on! Nawww, how bout you chill and relax, edges?

HOW BOUT THAT?!?! Dang!

Anywhoo, let me stop cussin' out my AND your edges and get back to how us 4Cs can get some dang control over these bad girls, and look...

Y'all better stop sleeping on these small natural hair Youtube channels, they are dropping knowledge. Then again, that's what I'm here for, to pick through the trash and bring you THE GEMS! So no worries.

Here's the video below:


Best Edge Control To Lay COARSE natural 4C Edges & Baby hairs (VIDEO)

Listen, y'all already know how much I appreciate finding great products for coarse and kinky hair. The thing that makes this discovery SO BOMB is that the product that errrrbody knows about (the Got2B Glued Spiking Glue) is actually more expensive than the winner of her head to head showdown!

So in other words, besides the fact that Ebin New York 24 Hour Edge Tamer works better on coarse 4C hair, it's more economical! ( Check out this PUFF TUTORIAL on natural 4C hair!)

THE WINNING GEL IS:

  • More effective on coarse type 4 hair.
  • It's cheaper than weaker (but more popular) edge tamers.

So if you're looking for an edge control gel with REAL holding power and want to spend less than you probably have on your last edge tamer, check out Ebin New York 24 Hour Edge Tamer!

Later Lovelies! And thanks for spilling the tea for us Milan!

Black Rice Water for Black Hair Before and After!

Black Rice Water for Black Hair Before and After

Sooooo.... a lazy natural grows her hair 1" in week with BLACK rice water…

This is crazy y'all, this sista named "Jazzy" DM'd me on our BlackHairOMG Instagram account to show me her new video about Gourmet Black Rice Water for Black Hair Before and After. And I aint gonna lie…

… When she said that she grew her hair 1" in a week I was giving her the super side-eye, THEN I saw the video. Look…

She has a very small channel, so not many people have seen it and when I searched online I didn't even find many folks EVEN ATTEMPTING to use Black rice (not brown or white, yes, BLACK) to grow hair.

Black Rice Water for Hair Growth is Unique...

You might already know that we have written about rice rinses and rice-based shampoos, still this is a pretty unique and new technique that got amazing results, if the video is to be trusted. Hey…

She DOES show BEFORE AND AFTER pictures of her growth pushing through the braids after using this black rice water for hair, so I really have nothing to say. I hope it's true shooooooooooooot…

So check out this Black Rice Water for Black Hair Before and After video from Jazzy and judge for yourself. Maybe I'm just a dummy and believe everything, LOL! (But it looks like the real deal…)

Black Rice Water for Hair Before & After Video

So Jazzy figured out how to make hair grow faster by using Black rice water, she fermented rice twice but the first time was too fermented and she got it right on the second try.

You gotta be persisent ladies!

And thankfully, this Black fermented rice water for hair video she showed the water rice ratio and other details.

How Long Does it Take For Rice Water to Grow Your Hair ?

Have you ever used Black rice water for Black hair? You have a Before and After photo? Feel free to DM us and follow us on the BlackHairOMG Instagram account and please tell us.


How long does it take for rice water to grow your hair? Maybe we can share your natural Black hair growth journey with the Lovelies as well!

The Black rice Jazzy used to grow her hair fast is Lotus Foods Gourmet Heirloom Forbidden Rice.

How To Do Havana Twists - VIDEO Tutorial

You want to know how to do Havana Twists? Great, you'll find out how to do exactly that right now. When you look in any popular black hair magazine that shows the best protective braid hairstyles you'll likely see Havana style twists.

The problem is that many women don't know how to install them. Also, there are a few DOs and DON'Ts that we'll discuss on maintaining twists and then you can see the 3-part video special from Breanna Rutter on how to do it. She does an excellent job of giving a clear explanation and demonstration, she teaches you the right way to borrow hair, install invisible roots and much more. Much better than many other how-to-do videos out there.

The DOs & Don'ts Of Maintaining Havana Twists

What You Should Do...

Do #1 - Keep your twists moisturized. We love to recommend a special moisturizing cocktail using Shea Moisture Extra-Moisture Detangler mixed with Shea Moisture Damage Repair Hair & Scalp Serum and water, it works amazingly to keep your twists perfectly moisturized. Just mix it all in a spray bottle and spritz the mixture on your twists and scalp as needed.

Do #2 - Keep your scalp free of product buildup. Since Havana twists are fairly thick, you'll have more than enough room in between each twist to clean your scalp. We recommend that you use Shea Moisture Purification Masque to promote a truly clean and healthy scalp. It works great because you can apply the masque right onto your scalp to lift up any product buildup. After you rinse your scalp and Havana twists, be absolutely sure that the twists fully air dry in order to prevent odor, mold or mildew from forming in your Havana twists hair extensions (some women actually prefer to use Marley twists hair, it's your decision).

Do #3 - Be gentle when styling your Havana twists. Many women wear their Havana twists in a high bun on top of their heads, although it's a really chic and cute style, it creates a lot of pressure. The roots of each Havana twist then becomes "overdirected" meaning that this style of wearing them bends your hair root in a direction it doesn't naturally grow in which could cause your individual hairs to literally be pulled out of the hair follicle and lead to hair damage and hair loss.  If you have your heart set on wearing a topknot, do so for short periods of time and be sure to let your twists down each night before you go to bed.

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How to do Havana twists tutorial...

Don't Do These Things...

Don't #1 - Put too much pressure around your edges. This is a big NO-NO. Most women naturally have 'baby hair' around the edges that is a little shorter and much more fragile. Havana twists are much larger in size, thus, there is a greater chance of them being too heavy around your hairline. To prevent breakage, uninstall the twists every two weeks and have redo them. This not only keeps your twists looking fresh, but it's also a way for you to keep close tabs on your fragile edges.

Don't #2 - Leave them in too long. Braids hairstyles like this shouldn't be left in too long, 6 weeks is the maximum that is recommend. Leaving them in any longer than that could compromise the health of your own hair and may even lead to scalp infection from lack of thorough cleansing of your scalp.

Don't #3 - Get your Havana twists done too tight. Most breakage and traction alopecia is caused by hairstyles that are way too tight. When you're applying your moisturizing spray, your natural hair will naturally expand and swell up. Synthetic hair does not expand so if the twist is too tight but your hair wants to expand inside of that twist, your hair becomes more susceptible to breakage.

How To Do Havana Twists On Natural Hair - Full Tutorial

If you follow the instructions in this video about how to do Havana twists you'll have all of the help you need to be able to do this protective braid hairstyle from home. Protective braids help maintain natural hairstyles for black women, Please leave a comment below if you have done Havana twists on your own or have any more helpful tips.

Best Curl Defining Products For YOUR Natural Hair Texture!

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POW!!!! Curl Pop Central!

Looking for the best curl defining products to define your natural hair coils and curls?

Look no further because we’ve put together a selection of products that will make those curls pop. Now these products don’t claim to CREATE curls, but they will definitely define and ENHANCE your natural curl pattern and tame the frizziness.

If you’re not a wash-n-go type of girl, you can use these natural hair products for your natural hair braid outs and twist outs for amazing results.

First, check out this video from Crystal Michelle as she shows you her choice of the best curl defining cream and hair custard products and then see all of her favorites(plus our favorites) listed below with reviews from other naturals!

Best Curl Defining Products Video From Crystal Michelle

 

Curl Defining Products Reviews From Other Naturals

1. Aunt Jackies Curl La La Defining Curl Custard

"Amazing Definition!" 

By SharLia

curl defining-productsI'm less than 24 hours natural (just got my relaxed ends cut today) and this is the first product I've used. Let me say, prior to putting this in hair my curl definition was non-existent. This stuff tightened my curl pattern, and made my hair incredibly soft, and moisturized. I can't stop touching it.

I'm going to have to pick up some more, because I have never had a natural hair product work AND be so affordable. I love my natural hair but with this stuff i love it even more...TRY IT!

2. Bio Infusion Curl Creme

This curl pomade is the BOMB. Works great on dry hair. The curl creme is good but it has a LOUD fragrance... It's not as noticeable the next day. If you have thin hair you may want avoid this product. Bio infusion curl creme is paraben and sulfate free (SEE THIS ARTICLE to avoid the most dangerous product ingredients). You don't have to use a lot of the product to get the defined curl look that you want. You get a good bang for your buck with this one.

3. Darcy Botanical Sweet Coco Bean Curl Smoothing Cream

"Great for high porosity curly hair"

By Sheri

My hair requires a lot of moisture, and it's texture ranges from silky curls to frizz. I put the Darcy Botanical Sweet Coco Bean Curl Smoothing Cream product on my wet hair and let it dry naturally. My hair feels healthier and the curls are more pronounced. I also used a botanical spray gel for curly hair, to tame the frizzy sections and to have a more manageable style. I'm pleased with this product- and I like the vanilla bean smell, and would definitely purchase again!

3. Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream

"Wonderful Curling Cream"

By Rebecca Cunningham

I bought this at Target I have used the co-wash and leave in conditioner which both are great. Cantu's products are on the low end for natural hair care and it delivers what it promises. I have used Miss Jessie's in the past which is ridiculously priced and doesn't curl my hair like this. I do not even have to use gel for the style to stay I love it. I have regular black folk hair with a little water, leave in conditioner and this product it curls just fine. I have also used Carols daughter Healthy Hair Butter which also brings out the curl pattern but I have to use a little gel with that to maintain the curls. Use what works on your hair do not go broke trying to find a natural hair care product to give your hair curls that it was not created to have. Enjoy the texture God gave you and be blessed.

4. Edens Bodyworks All Natural Curl Defining Cream

"My Go-To Curl Defining Magic!"

By Karen J.

Yes, I like this product and it has become by base product from which others are judged. curl defining-products edenIt is trusted and never let's me down. I even achieved my first wash and go with this product on 4b/c hair. It produced loose coily curls. Another good product for Wash and Go is the As I Am Naturally line and it produces a tighter coil and a different Wash and Go look.

My daughter who has more 4c than b does not achieve a wash and go with this product. Perhaps her hair needs more moisturizing since she is swimming everyday this summer, before she can achieve a wash and go with this product.

The product is primarily used to keep my ends and overall hair moisturized. On my hair it produces a soft hold. I am still very heavy handed using products so it is also oily to the touch, but that should change as I master the use of styling products.

Outstanding trustworthy product.

5. SheaMoisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

"Perfect"

By A. Allen

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie is an EXCELLENT creme hair dress and conditioner--think Vitapointe Creme Daily Hairdress, 7 Ounce or Liv Creme Hairdressing and Conditioner kicked up a dozen notches just for curls. No mineral oil, petroleum and beeswax--Shea, coconut , mango, aloe silk protein instead!

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This product is best used just as you would a creme hairdressing. I use this in the same may my mother used Liv on my hair when I was little for braids/braid-outs, finger curls, twist/twist-outs and smoothing ponytails. It works great as a layer on wet hair. Use it after your leave-in conditioner and before your sealing oil. You only need a tiny bit for shine, moisture and de-frizzing . I tap my finger lightly into the product for each braid, twist etc. and take a little more only if I need it.

Do not expect hold from this product! I DO NOT use it to set my "wash and go". Curl Enhancing Smoothie is not intended to perform like an Eco Styler Gel or Kinky Curly Curling Custard. On the other hand, because the product hydrates curls, it is great for finishing your "wash and go" or "rod set" after it dries. It's also great for refreshing second day hair because it helps curls to spring back and smooths frizz.

My best advice for using Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie is use it to do what it's supposed to do.

6. Kinky-Curly Curling Custard

Review From BlackHairOMG Staff:

So many naturals tell us that Kinky-Curly Curling Custard is a tough natural hair product to master. It’s full of nourishing botanicals like agave nectar extract, aloe vera juice and marshmallow, and has a very slippery and goopy texture. curl defining products A little goes a long way, as it instantly clumps and smoothes your coils. Expect extremely shiny and springy coils. Although it works best on very tight, coarse coils in the “4” category, it might pack too much of a punch for loose curls.

Overall, ladies love this product for natural hair! It works great on hair that is 4a-4c and this natural hair product helps to define your curls and coils beautifully. We've noticed that some of the curly hair product reviewers are saying that this Kinky-Curly Curling Custard does not work for their 4-something type hair. The real problem is that some people don't truly understand their hair type. 4a type hair has S shaped strands with small yet a defined curl pattern and 4b hair generally has Z-shaped strands with no defined curl or coil pattern.

Remember that this product is not a chemical curl enhancer or a hair relaxer, therefore it won't give 4b hair a curl pattern when it doesn't already have one. Our suggestion to all those unsure of your natural hair type is to wash all products/oils/gels out of your hair with a clarifying shampoo then condition, rinse and air dry your hair. If you do not have defined curls or coils and your hair looks like a lovely soft fluffy cloud then you have gorgeous 4b hair. If you have 4b hair don't bother buying this product for Wash-n-Gos. Instead use it for twist-outs or braids-outs for similar results.

Be warned.... Some believe that regular Wash-n-Gos are unhealthy for type 4 hair anyway - the reason being the tangling that comes from 4a/b hair's super shrinkage may lead to breakage. It's recommended that all hair in the type 4 range be kept moist and stretched with ends protected at all times to keep breakage and tangling at a minimum. Many type 4 naturalistas are able to retain 6" of hair growth a year following this rule so give it a try.

Oh and KCCC works really great when you pair it with a superior leave in conditioner like Kinky-Curly Knot Today or Sensories Smooth Passionflower and Aloe leave in. Other curly hair products that are worth mentioning are Deva curl products for curly hair, we will have a few reviews on their best curl defining products very soon so subscribe to BlackHairOMG today for future updates!

 

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