Look sis... We all know that natural hair can be a pain to style when it is somewhat short. And many who have 4C hair feel even more limited.
You may think that you don't have enough options, that's not the truth though, you just have to know where to look and COLLECT your hairstyle ideas for short hair. [See our short hairstyles photo gallery]
I want you to see what I found on Youtube that made my day because she showed me a hair tying trick that I've never thought about! I love everything about this video. And I aint the only one...
These Quick Hairstyles On Short 4c Hair Got Em' Going Crazy Baaaby!
You're gonna see the natural hair crowd going wild in her comments girl!
When I tell you that sistas was "in they feelings" after seeing this video...Honeeeey?!?! No lies have been told! Check out her vid and look below the vid for my commentary on her smart styling idea after you watch too see if you agree with me...
8 Super Quick Hairstyles on Short 4c Hair Video
Super Cool Idea Using Kinky Extension Hair (not how you think!)
One of the coolest things I learned from Faye's short hairstyle for natural hair video was her ingenious use of kinky-curly extension hairas a hair tie! OMG!
I have never thought of using kinky extension hair to tie my hair, that is a brilliant way to tie your hair up without worrying about breakage though. OMG!
Don't Sleep On The Small-Time Youtubers With Good Info!
Listen, one sista named Kaitlyn spoke on it and put it like this...
"FINALLY, someone with actual short 4c hair! So many others say that when really they have armpit length type 3 hair!"
And look, I feel that this tastefully done short 4C hairstyles video is PROOF that so many unrecognized naturals have so much to teach.
Homegirl (Faye) doesn't have a lot of subscribers compared to the "big name" influencers, STILL though, I'm feeling these styles 100%!
If you feel the same way, make sure to click her vid and subscribe! let's look out for one another y'all, tell her BlackhairOMG sent you!
She is really breaking it down for you with some brilliant shortcuts, hacks and trick, I think you'll like it.
Hack #1 - Supercharged Detangling: This is the perfect detangler tip for that anyone whose conditioner may not be enough to get the job done.
Here's what you do, take your favorite conditioner as well as any type of anti-frizz product or a thick oil.
You can use coconut oil, premium-grade 100% PURE avocado oil, grapeseed oil or one of your other favorites. Now put about 1/4 of a cup inside your conditioner bottle, make sure to shake it up after and then to detangle your hair, it'll make detangling so much faster and you'll be able to just glide right through your hair and detangle the kinks and curls like a BOSS!
Hack#2 - Gel On The Go: If you're always on the go or travel a lot, this is for you. All you need is a small empty container your favorite gel.
Just take about a tablespoon or two of your gel and seal it up and throw it in your mini-container. That way no matter where you go, you'll have your gel in your bag to touch up some frizzy ends or just touch on your edges no matter where you are.
Hack #3- Hair Elastics On Deck: This is a cool hack so that you will always have a hair elastic on you, ready to roll! So for example if you are rockin' a bun in your hair and your elastic ties break because you have a lot of hair, you can take a few hair elastics and I attach them to your keychain!
Just use some industrial clips so that you can easily clip them on and off.
Or you can easily just add the hair elastics to the regular key loop that you have on your keys and that way no matter where you are you always have hair elastics and you never have to worry about it.
See Natural Hair Hacks 4-7 in Allies Video
Many of these natural hair tips and hacks are better understood visually, so take a look at the vid and leave a comment, let her know BlackHairOMG sent you to show some sisterly love!
Hey, you know we love to show love to these beautiful women who are bringing info to the natural hair community.
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When it comes to protective hairstyles, box braids are a classic! Not only are they a statement-making hairstyle, they are affordable and low maintenance.
Box braids and twists are perfect as they will allow you to play around with size, length, texture and color.
Actress Tasha Smith with gorgeous faux locs
Faux locs (or goddess braids) are ALWAYS a show-stopper type of style. As the name suggests, faux locs resemble dreadlocks but they give you the look, not to mention the length, without the years of commitment.
Faux locs are also a great way to keep a bit of tropical inspiration with you as you go through the cold months. They'll have you feeling like you're in Jamaica walking along the beach with jerk chicken and oxtails Bumbaclottin'! LOL!
Actress Lupita Nyong’o with cornrows
Cornrows can be the simplest of the protective hairstyles but that isn’t to say they can’t be versatile and creative. Cornrows are the easiest to pair with other styles. So you can protective style your hair with cornrows and still wear a wig in that final week when the hair is in its ripest stage.
Or add a puff or ponytail (depending on your hair’s texture). Cornrows can be dressed up or down, it all depends on what you want to do.
Wigs are versatile
There’s no better time to wear a wig than in winter. Wigs can be the main act of your protective styling or it can act as a change-up from your other style.
The thing to remember when using wigs as your protective style is that you will still have to take the step of braiding your hair under the wig – be it cornrows or another style.
Bob Cut Braids
Say goodbye to heavy braid top knots
The bob cut braids are a classic yet edgy 1990s throwback hairstyle that all your style icons and idols from the 1990s had. Bob cut braids are a perfect protective hairstyle for someone who has grown tired of box braids and is looking to try something new.
The Sho Madjozi
All your nieces have probably had this style in recent time and there’s no denying its relevance. Both playful and cute, this style is where cornrows meet braids and it can be versatile in execution.
As long as you take care of the hair beneath your protective style and keep an eye on your hairline, you will thank yourself for protective styling during the cold months come summer.
Ohhh, the dreaded product buildup, you can see it and even smell it at times. It's not just harmless gunk, what it does to your hair follicles and scalp can be a hair killer.
Now look, nobody is gonna stop using product, we aint crazy. Let keep it real, without the assistance of good hair products, straight, curly, and kinky hair would ALL look a hot mess. Lol...
The Growth-Slowing Hair-Harming Dangers of Product Build-Up
Out of fear developing product build up a lot of people in the natural hair community have cut back on using a ton of products.
When we say "product build-up", we're talking about the gradual accumulation of products on your scalp and/or your hair strands. THE GUNK!
The build-up we end up with is actually a combination of a few things...
Products you manually put in your hair.
Your scalps natural oil called 'sebum'.
Thousands of tiny dust particles from the air.
All of that creates build up...
As this combination of substances accumulate, they mix together to create a thick gooey substance filled with potentially harmful bacteria.
You Need Washing Practices To Prevent NOT Remove Build-Up
This is major, if you're noticing thick gunk under your fingernails your follicles are already compromised and your scalp is already starting to get inflamed and irritated depending on many factors like your hair regimen, whether you live an active or non-active lifestyle and your environment.
Everyone gets to this point of product build-up different rates.
So when deciding on a wash day routine your goal should be to avoid this buildup from accumulating altogether rather than waiting for it to happen before washing your hair.
Nobody is perfect, and most of us are guilty, at one time or another, of waiting for the gunky build-up to accumulate before deciding to wash our lusciousness and get the gunk up outta here!
How Gunk Affects Your HAIR STRANDS Specifically
Ok so, both of these situations STINK! But they are unique situations, with different types of harm caused.
Build- up on your scalp effects and behaves differently than build up on your hair strands.
See, your hair strands that are healthy and free of buildup behave and reacts to moisture when water is introduced depending on your hairs porosity level, it soaks up what it can, your hair strands swell up, getting FULL, and then they quickly lets go of excess water.
That makes your hair strands more pliable and flexible, more resistant to breakage and well moisturized until it eventually releases the remaining water into the atmosphere.
When your hair strands are experiencing build-up, this gunky mess creates a barrier between the water and your hair making it difficult for your hair to soak up the moisture.
Without access to moisture, your gunked up hair strands are more prone to breakage.
On top of that, light can no longer reflect on your cuticles due to the uneven surface the buildup creates on your hair strands, causing your hair to lose a sheen and appear dull build.
How Gunk Affects Your SCALP Specifically
Product Build-up on your scalp is a lot different and can lead to more serious issues, especially for highly-textured hair.
Your scalp is part of your skin, in fact, it's the thickest area of skin on your whole body.
But it STILL can also be just as sensitive as a skin on your face.
Making things worse, this dark moist environment of your scalp is a perfect place for harmful bacteria to multiply, so it's important to give this area extra attention.
Your EVER-IMPORTANT sebum is a thin acidic oil created underneath your scalp that secretes out of the scalp.
The purpose of this oil is to slide down, coat and protect your hair strands but with highly textured hair the loops and bends make it difficult for the sebum to slide down, causing a lot of this oil to back up and accumulate on your scalp.
On top of that, very tiny dust particles from the air easily sticks to the sebum ,after a while this built up mixture accumulates so much that it becomes visible.
It's easy to see how adding products to your scalp will increase the accumulation of buildup.
What makes build up on your scalp so difficult is due to its dark warm and moist environment bacteria has a perfect opportunity to grow and multiply.
Some of this bacterium filled gunk will eventually penetrate into your follicles interrupting the activity going on in your hair bulb which can dramatically change the quality of your hair that goes out the follicle prolonged build-up can also cause infections. Don't worry though, I'm working on a new article that will teach you how to properly remove buildup and identify which products are causing it.
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"FACTS ON FACTS ON FACTS!!! I’m not sure how I discovered your channel but I’m glad I did( new subscriber!) . Just from this video alone not only were you spilling tea but you had receipts (in the forms of tweets,video clips, articles, etc)
I feel like I have nothing to add because you covered everything. At least now when I get into an argument/debate about this I can send this & go about my day. This video was so well done."
So I want you all to check it out and you all know that the BlackHairOMG family shows LOVE, so if you are feeling her video and message, subscribe to the sistas channel, she's trying to get to 10,000 subscribers.
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Here's another comment that was totally agreeing with and loving the message....
"First off, I totally agree with you on this. The only time a blogger with 4C hair gets love is when he/she makes their 4C hair look like something other than 4C hair. BUT... that's our fault. The problem is that those in the natural hair movement want to be inclusive, to a fault.
The movement was started by 4C black women who were tired of having their natural hair rejected and were tired of being pressured by society to manipulate and change their hair to the point of damaging it..."
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Regis and Kahran are a Husband/wife dynamic duo in Atlanta, GA who specialize in lifestyle and children's photography at CreativeSoul Photography. And they are AMAZING AT IT.
They bring their Afrocentric, artistic visions to the forefront in ways many photographers could only dream of.
Their AfroArt series is both visually inspiring and uplifting.
They captured the true essence and beauty of natural-haired Black girls and boys. What was their motivation?
They wanted for more young Black girls to be exposed to more positive and beautiful images of themselves and their natural hair in media and online.
When you see the work of Regis and Kahran, you'll surely agree that they have created and captured a spectacular display of Black Girl Magic that would make any person of African descent smile.
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The stunning images feature the young girls as the SLAY in elaborate costuming and creatively scintillating natural hairstyles.
A Mission To Accomplish
“We feel that it is so important for kids of color to be able to see positive images that look like them in the media,” said Kahran. “Unfortunately the lack of diversity often plays into the stereotypes that they are not ‘good enough’ and often forces kids to have low self-esteem.”
Seeing that such feelings are common among children who are not represented, the couple fights against these negative feelings by showcasing Black kids whose elegance and regality prove all too well that they love how they look.
One of the things that is so impressive about these hairstyle images is the wide range of styles, they truly capture the versatility and flair of afro-hair.
Going Out Of Their Way For Black Beauty
The Series of AfroArt came together from CreativeSoul Photo’s travels. The couple worked on these series in various U.S. states (California, Georgia, New York, Texas, Georgia).
Every state that they visited, they created a different theme and came up with clothing pieces and accessories that went with that theme.
And truly, the way they arranged these different looks ON THE SPOT, just shows that Hollywood still doesn't have all the talent that exists out in the skreetz, ha.
On set, they literally just styled everything on the fly and worked with their hairstylist to create unique looks for each kid model.
Like.... Who knows how to do something THIS unique and GORGEOUS, ON...THE...FLY? We are wonderfully made!
So take a look at how their vision of brilliant Black beauty on children with natural hair turned out.
And you might want to contact them at their website if you ever need real PROFESSIONAL photographers who understand how to milk all the magic out of that melanin and put it on display for the world to see!
If there's ONE THING in common with sistas who have loooooong type 4 hair, it's that they wear their hair in stretch styles. You betta believe it....
Apart from other critical regimen techniques like constantly moisturizing their hair, using the right products, keeping protein balance, and avoiding damaging chemicals, most women with long kinky hair that OWNS every room they walk into, wear their hair in stretched styles... Often.
It's so important.... Why?
Knots Are The Enemy Of Long Kinky Hair
If you've just done TBC (the big chop) or you have short hair, there's FAR less chance for your lusciousness to form tangles and knots.
See, for short hair it's difficult for your strands to completely loop around themselves.
It's like someone with super short legs and small feet, they don't to worry as much about tripping over their own feet like the tall, long-legged geek with big feet. (raising my hand, I'm that tall geek, lol)
OK, regardless of that possibly failed analogy... Look...
Fact is, as your hair grows, the ends become more susceptible to tangles because that's the nature of kinky hair. The tight coils, curls and kinks like to curl back into themselves, that's the cause of our oh-so-famous "shrinkage".
Don't trip though, shrinkage is a great or bad as you decide to view it. I personally think the shrinkage is MAGICAL. But that's me...
And hey, shrinkage is a great way to observe if your hair strands are healthy or not, but can pose a big problem when your goal is to grow your kinky hair really long.
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As your kinky hair strands start "gettin' into the mix" and curling back into the others, they can easily form the dreaded (no pun intended) single strand knots or multi-strand knots and set your length retention way back.
Apart from the severe cuticle damage they cause, they can either break off at the knot or tangle up with other strands and form giant knots. Girrrrrrrl...
This can quickly lead to a lot of breakage (a lot of crying) and make it seem like your hair is not growing when it really is.
Never Comb or Brush Unstretched Hair!
Let's be real.... There are many ways to form tangles with long kinky hair, but for the most part, they're almost guaranteed to happen every time you try to comb or brush unstretched hair, especially when it's not wet or drenched in highly-moisturizing products, it's obvious that trying to comb through full kinky hair is going to cause some problems.
Simple Solution To Knots & Tangles
A very effective way to avoid all of this is to wear your hair in stretched styles. See, kinky hair loses moisture quickly and has stronger carotene bonds than straight hair.
So when it dries it tends to shrink up and become really stiff. Stretching your hair is a safe and easy way to avoid tangles and knots so you can retain length.
With stretched hair your strands won't loop back into itself and form knots, also it's a lot easier to comb and detangle without causing more tangles.
5 Ways to strech type 4 natural hair (video)
Stretched Natural Hairstyle Ideas
There are a lot of stretching techniques and styles available, believe it or not most of them are not anything new and have been used all over the world for centuries.
Bantu knots are really popular in the fashion, movie and the music industry because they are SLAAAAAYAGE personified honey!
They're a great way to differentiate yourself and add an edge to your style. A bantu knot out creates a more curly wavy pattern that's fun and springy.
Even still, there are many other stretching techniques like threading buns and wraps, they each have unique benefits and limitations so it's best to try them to see which one works best for you.
Trouble Stretching Very Dense Hair?
For Lovelies with highly dense hair, you probably have noticed that none of these methods are as effective at stretching your hair. Well...
The proper use of heat can help greatly in safely stretching your hair, but everyone is different and unique. The way someone with straight hair uses heat is completely different from how someone with kinky hair would use it.
For kinky type 4 hair the heat should be kept to a minimum and should be used less frequently, for example, no more than once a month. I hope this article was able to help you understand why stretching her hair is so important for length retention LOVES!
Her name is Teanna and she has true 4c hair, and she shows us how to do a quick and gorgeous braid-out FRO, she let the braids sit overnight and POW. She had it goin' on the next morning, cute makeup and all!
It's a delicious look for ladies who are looking for a great date-night look!
True 4C Representation - Super-Cute Results! Everyone is Happy
Teanna's channel is not one of the major YT spots just yet, but I love that she is representative of the true 4c hair that often is not easy to find great tutorials for.
Y'all already know, so often Youtubers put 4c in the title and then you get to the video and they don't even have the goods! Like, what the...what?
We all watch different hair types anyway, you can learn SOMETHING from almost ANYBODY.
But don't have me coming over there with my hopes all up for some bulljive*, lol.
( *Bull Jive: Childhood word me and my best friend made up so we didn't get smacked in the mouth by my our parents for cursing... It stuck we us til adulthood, LOLOL!!)
But no worries 4c's, Teanna has the good stuff, her hair was shrunk up, she was irritated and even needed a break in the middle of braiding her luscious, lol.
The results were worth it! You're gonna LOVE this thick, luscious and healthy braidout afro that easily puts beauty and reality of 4c hair on display for the world to see!