The Max Hydration Method is all the rage these days for women with type 4 natural hair. If you haven't heard of it, you will now!
The Max Hydration Method is, "a 5-step regimen that systematically increases moisture levels in the hair until Max Hydration is reached", according to the MHM website. This hydration method was invented by Black Hair Media Forum VIP Member Pinke Cube and it was created to defeat the often-believed notion that wash and go hairstyles don't work on type 4 hair. Although the method can be done on other types of hair as well.
So what exactly is the Max Hydration Method for natural hair, how does it work, and are the results for real? Let's get into it a bit, shall we?
Who is the Max Hydration Method for? As we have come to learn, The Max Hydration Method was designed for type 4 hair.
What does it do? Pinke Cube, MissDeeKay, and other proponents say that the Max Hydration Method will transform dry, frizzy, undefined natural hair into highly-defined coils and curls that clump -- with or without natural hair products.
On top of that, they say that once your hair reaches the max hydration level, many of the bothersome issues that plague type 4 hair (dryness, knots, styling problems, length retention) will go away like magic.
The Max Hydration Method In Detail
In order for the Max Hydration Method to work effectively and quickly; you MUST (no excuses) follow the procedure accurately, consistently, and faithfully perform applications of this method to your crown. At least daily (pretty hurts right?), but if you can't do it everyday just don't stretch out the time between applications longer than every 3 days. Why? Because this is how long your hair conditioner will last. When doing this be mindful of what your hair responds to best, so you can pick the best options that will best benefit your natural hair.
You'll also need to have a decent understanding of which natural hair products you put on your hair that cause your hair to lose moisture. You'll need more than a shallow belief that "softness always means moisture", which is a false premise in the first place. You'll need to understand which product/substances affect (block) how your hair shaft actually absorbs the moisture, and what isn't effective enough to seal it in.
Prep Step For Max Hydration Method Newbies
If you're doing the Max Hydration Method for the first time, it's suggested that you begin with a Cherry Lola Treatment (both Advanced or No-Frill are fine). After that, this can be done as often as every 2 weeks. Admittedly, we lean towards the modified version, along with the liquid aminos. You will notice the hydration effects on your hair for months and month allowing you to enjoy root to tip definition in certain areas of your hair.
The Advanced Max Hydration Method (Our Favorite)
The advanced version of the Max Hydration Method is a combination of the Caramel Treatment, and Cherry Lola.
Blend the ingredients in your blender, saturate your dry (but detangled) hair completely from root to tip with the mixture. Put a shower cap on and let sit for 1.5-2 hours. After that, rinse thoroughly with warm/hot water. Now you'll need to co-wash with botanical conditioner (whatever you wash your hair with will be fully absorbed into the hair shaft, so avoid silicones, parabens, sulfates, drying denatured alcohol), lastly, apply more conditioner but leave it in your hair and seal everything with a quality botanical gel.
The No-Frill Max Hydration Method
If you choose to do the no-frill Max Hydration Method recipe, it is similar to the advanced method and still very effective. The only changes are that you will skip the vinegar, over-ripe banana/plantain, avocado, egg, and molasses. Leave these out and continue with your co-wash,after that you'll do your wash and go.
DO NOT do an apple cider vinegarrinse directly after this. You can do a co-wash and maybe do a cold rinse with conditioner afterword and that will be enough to close up your hair cuticles again. The point of temporarily opening the hair cuticle is so that moisture can get in, it makes no sense to close them up before actually infusing the ever-important moisture into your hair.
PRO TIP: An excellent option would be to Green House Effect Method(GHE) or deep condition overnight directly after rinsing out the treatment, this applies to both the advanced version, and the No-Frill version. In the morning you can continue with the given methods to close your cuticles, or simply proceed to wash and go. This will quicken the pace of your hydration retention levels, and is seen by many as the best way to take advantage of the treatment.
Step 1: Clarify
Option 1: Apple cider vinegar rinse. You do a 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar with water in an applicator bottle. Apply in sections. Let it sit in the hair for 30 mins - 1 hr before rinsing.
Option 2: Baking soda rinse. Mix 1.5 tablespoons of baking soda into 1/3 a cup conditioner. Apply to your hair in sections and let sit on your hair for 10-30 minutes.
Option 3: Alternating between either rinse. You can opt to do each rinse every other day/night. It's up to you to experiment.
Step 2: Co-Wash & Detangle
Option 1: Apply warm conditioner in your hair in sections. Let it sit for 10 minutes, rinse out with warm water, while detangling under the water. If you are doing this step, first pour the conditioner into a microwavable bowl, and microwave for no more than 10-15 seconds if you are using the microwave to heat your hair conditioner. Don't EVER just stick the bottle of conditioner straight into the microwave. You've been warned...
Option 2: Apply conditioner to your hair in sections, and deep condition by covering your hair in a shower cap. Maybe put a scarf over it to trap heat. This can be done overnight if you prefer that method. The first two steps can actually be done before bed, in the morning, you can detangle your hair before going in the shower or also under the running water in section, your hair will have enough slip to detangle outside of the shower though.
Option 3: Detangle, apply conditioner to your hair, put on a shower cap, and steam your hair. Many naturals steam once a week, and this will allow you to do your hair every 2-3 days if you prefer (the Secura S-192 hair steamer is a proven winner). But if you haven't reached max hair hydration it's recommended that you start off steaming your hair more often and you can taper back once your hair has reached maximum hydration. Be sure to detangle before getting in the shower and in the shower under the running water, similar to the prior option.
Step 3: Bentonite clay rinse With all options, leave the rinse on the hair for at least 15 minutes before rinsing, and remember to apply in sections.
Option 1: Bentonite clay rinse with out apple cider vinegar
Ingredients list (rough measurements): 1 cup bentonite clay 1.5 cup warm water 1 tbspn of honey 1 tblspn of olive oil
Option 2: bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar Same, just add vinegar.
Option 3: Ready made bentonite clay rinse, or any other type of clay used to clarify hair examples like rhassoul clay or terrasentials.
Step 4: Leave in Conditioner Be sure to avoid any conditioner with silicones, sulfates, and drying alcohols. Other than that, apply thoroughly in sections, you really want your hair to be good and wet. application techniques include smoothing and raking, twirling or whatever technique works for you. These are suggestions, there's no set rule on specific application techniques, just apply enough so your hair glides through and you feel slip. Same with gel.
Option 1: Use a small amount of oil (or however much you feel you need) for extra sealing before gel if you find you need it, for more softness.
Layering options can be LCO, or LCOC (Liquid Cream Oil Cream), but never do the LOC layering order. oil is not a moisturizer, its a sealant. you wouldn't put gel on before conditioner, so don't practice that with oil.
Option2: Don't. It's up to you.
In application of gel, you should be putting enough so you can feel the gel slip, that way you know it's coated the hair. A technique that has worked for me is starting the gel application at the base of the section, like slicking your edges or applying a root touch up with hair dye. Then smooth it down the rest of the strand and proceed to rake, smooth, and spread the gel evenly. Apply more gel if you need to spread it further. Do this in sections and twirl and clip the sections away with a shower clip as you go along. This will help keep you organized. Doing both the leave in and gel step, it takes 30-40 minutes, so it's pretty quick and painless. It's advised to section your hair and do both steps as you go along instead of going over your entire head twice.
This is the step where you will see your curls pop and clump together!
BONUS TIP: Optional Step For sStretching
Step 6: Stretching Options
Option 1: Clipping
It's recommended to take as many sections as you need, twirling/rolling/single twisting/French roll whatever you call it, and clipping it in place. Leave it like that for maybe 30 minutes or as you get dressed, take the clips out, and shake. This should give a slight stretch.
Option 2: Wear your hair in a rolled half ponytail
You can actually do this on short hair. Just section the top of your hair (the part used in making a half pony) and section that into two on either sides (left and right).
Take one section of freshly defined hair (don't worry about it being wet, the definition stays) and roll it towards the back of your head like a French roll, pinning in place. (Make sure not to pull the hair too taught when rolling. The pins will be enough to keep the look in place without over flattening the curl definition) Do the same with the other side. Wear this for the day. When you get back, your hair will be dry. Take the pins out, unroll your hair and shake. Your hair will be stretched but sticking up. Take a satin scarf and arrange your hair the way you want it to fall before gently securing it (not to tight).
By the morning your hair will of course be mushed, but the actual curls will remain unfrizzed, and they won't be completely obliterated either (a big problem many have w/ set styles) because of the gel. Now take your fingers to your roots and jiggle them in a back and forth motion, gently. This should shake loose your now stretched curls for second day hair.
If you want a stretch for third day, you only have to put the scarf on your head to sleep at night.
This should stretch the top half of your hair for a bob like shape, but won't interfere with the curl pattern like twisting and braiding would, and also with out drying your hair out with heat.
This is a super cute video of a mom having fun with her daughter and at the same time teaching her to love her natural hair. All to the tune of Afro-Dance by Les Nubians.
I really loved the question that her daughter asked her in the middle of the song, it shows she's being raised right in more ways than one! Check it out!
Video Description from the mom:
Me and my daughter celebrating our Afros! Please Please PLEASE! help our lil girls understand the value of our beauty. Media is heavy against us. FYI you must start with yourself!
Teach Them Young
Help your daughters celebrate their beauty, have fun and help them nourish and protect their hair instead of trying to chemically change it, damage it, and insult it like so many of us had to live through. They'll thank you for it when they grow up with a full head of hair and a soul full of self esteem.
Myisha Thomas, a proud natural-haired South Carolina woman who made the transition to natural hair a while back has created a HILARIOUS viral Facebook video, popularity has exploded with over half a million views in a matter of a couple days (at the time this writing).
In the video, Myisha Thomas uses her beautiful voice to sing her comedic lyrics about her struggle from relaxed hair to natural curly hair. " For all the transitioners," she wrote. "#ItAintOver #BeEncouraged."
We tracked the new natural hair sensation down and we were excited to ask the talented natural a few questions about her motivation for the vid! We'd actually posted her video this morning in the OMG Black Hair Conversation FB Group and the group members went crazy over it! We were very happy to get a chance to interview her, so take a look at the question and answer she gave to BlackHairOMG and check out the video below if you haven't seen it or want to laugh AGAIN!
BlackHairOMG Q & A With Myisha "It Aint Over" Thomas
Q: Black Hair OMG - Myisha, your viral video was one of the first things we posted in our OMG Black Hair Conversation group the morning after you posted it, it's a HUGE hit with naturals. How did you come up with the idea to do your song parody?
A: Myisha Thomas - I was thinking about a conversation I had with one of my cousins this weekend about her transitioning process and when I heard the Maurette Brown-Clark song, it just came to me.
Q: Black Hair OMG - You have an amazing voice and that made the video so much more impressive. Tell us about your singing history...
A: Myisha Thomas - Well I've been singing in church since I was about 5 years old, but I've never had any formal training.
Q: Black Hair OMG - Besides your beautiful voice, you have everybody DYING laughing with your sense of humor. Who are your comedic influences (famous or non-famous)?
A: Myisha Thomas -Katt Williams is definitely my favorite comedian of all time, Kevin Hart is another big influence, but honestly, the funniest people I know are my mother and father. Seriously, those old people have jokes for DAYS! Lol
Q: Black Hair OMG - How long have you been natural and for how long?
A: Myisha Thomas - I transitioned for 8 months and finally gave in and did the big chop in May 2015.
Q: Black Hair OMG - Was there any underlying message you were sending to the natural community or were you just having some fun?
A: Myisha Thomas - I just wanted to encourage girls like me who are transitioning and may feel like giving up, to keep going. The message is patience, love, and perseverance!
Wrapping It Up
Well, the Black Hair OMG family are huge fans of yours. Please let us know if you have any more videos you'd like the fam to see in the future, we'd love to premiere them! We love the positivity and fun you bring to the movement.
For anyone unfortunate enough to have missed out on this video, see it below. Myisha has created an instant classic.
Well first, let's define what a Brazilian Blowout actually is.
It’s often misconstrued and explained wrong as there are a bunch of different “Brazilian” hair techniques on the market. In fact, it's important that you don't confuse the process which uses keratin hair straightening products with processes that use formaldehyde. Yes, formaldehyde–the stuff used to embalm dead bodies. Scary.
So What IS a Brazilian Blowout?
The Brazilian Blowout is used as an effective professional smoothing treatment. Through the use of a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex and a proprietary polymer system, the Brazilian Blowout is supposed to improve the condition of your hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle. The end result should be smooth, frizz-free hair with radiant shine.
So What's The Brazilian Blowout Treatment Procedure?
Entire treatment can be completed in under 2 hours 90 minutes. The minute you leave the beauty salon, you can wash and air dry your hair, and it should be smooth, frizz-free and radiant. Results can last up to 12 weeks, leaving hair smooth, shiny and frizz-free!
After the hair is shampooed and conditioned with special Brazilian Blowout products (the hair must be squeaky clean in order for the products to work effectively), the hair is then towel-dried and sectioned into four parts. Then the Brazilian Blowout Professional Solution is applied and combed through the hair. After the solution is applied, the hair is blow-dried and then flat-ironed. The hair must be as smooth as possible.
After heat is applied, the hair is then rinsed and the Brazilian Blowout Mask is applied and rinsed out. Brazilian Blowout Leave-in Conditioner is applied and then you style the hair as usual. Your hair might curl or kink up again when you wash it or it gets wet, but the pattern is much more loose and supposedly remains this way until the treatment wears off. According to videos we’ve studied, your hair will straighten easier and faster with the help of heat styling tools.
Check out this stylist performing the Brazilian Blowout treatment on a client who had been in a weave for two months.
The client seemed to have about 6 inches of natural hair with some relaxed ends. The procedure was performed like in the Brazilian Blowout training video but we couldn't help but notice the excessive amount of heat used for this procedure—and even more seems to be needed for kinkier hair. There is also a lot of pulling and tugging done on the hair which can obviously be damaging and also with the hair needing to be stripped of its natural oils with the excessive shampooing that is necessary for the style is a big concern.
So Should You Try a Brazilian Blowout on Your Hair?
It's your call, but the Brazilian Blowout may do more harm than good. If you’re a natural and want to switch things up with a straight style, you have to consider your hair's ability to recover from this treatment. You may not be able to recover your kinky curls back to their same glory and that would be a shame. We all know the story of a friend of a friend who had natural hair until she went to a salon and her hair was inadvertently heat trained. And if you’re relaxed, all that intense heat and tugging that comes with this treatment may be an eventually deathblow for your already chemically damaged hair. Arguably, some might say a relaxer just might contain more chemicals than the Brazilian Blowout and that's true, but that doesn't mean it's good for your hair. In the end, it's your decision. But we want you to always be informed and know what you're getting yourself (and your hair) into.
Are you thinking about taking your natural hair to the next level with color? Dying your natural can be a really cool and unique experience that shows your brave spirit.
You can liven up a boring hair puff, add another dimension to bantu knot outs, twistouts and dreadlocks or turn your teeny weeny afro (TWA) into a work of art. So we're going to show your 25 colored natural hairstyles in this dyed natural hair photo gallery. But not only that, after the gallery we'll help you realize the effects that dying your hair may have on natural hair so that you don't go into this blindly. So before you grab a bag of hair dye enjoy the natural hair photo gallery and then read on!
Dyed Natural Hair Photo Gallery
They look gorgeous right?!?! It's undeniable. But, it's important to know what you're getting yourself and your hair into. So let's talk about so that you can make an informed decision about coloring your natural hair.
Things You Need To Know Before Coloring Your Natural Hair
While dying with darker colors, adding low-lights or coloring within your natural color range won’t cause you too many problems—the drastic color leaps upward (more than 3 shades beyond your natural color) can really take a toll on your hair. Before you make any huge color changes, first you need to understand and weigh the potential problems. Never just jump into coloring your natural hair on a whim or without a game plan for aftercare.
Here are some potential result of coloring natural hair...
1. Changes In Your Curl Pattern. Many are surprised by this, but coloring your naturally textured hair can sometimes cause unpredictable changes in your curl pattern. Sometimes, the pattern changes are permanent. Whenever you manipulate or alter your hair’s protein bonding structure a slight relaxing effect can happen. These curl pattern changes are less likely to occur in very coarse hair textures (coarse refers to the thickness or diameter of your hair fiber, not the feel of the fiber), and are more likely to occur in those with fine to medium hair textures. Prior damage may also influence whether or not you experience changes in your curl pattern. Using a protein reconstructor after coloring may help some lost curls find their way again.
2. Loss of Elasticity. Because color-treated hair has lost much of its natural moisture (and its overall ability to retain supplemental moisture given), the hair may lose some of its elasticity. Elasticity refers to the ability of your hair fibers to stretch gently and return back to their normal shape and character without damage. The elastic quality of your hair is what makes putting your hair in a ponytail or drawing a puff effortless. When your hair lacks elasticity, it does not move, bend and recover when pressured like healthy hair does— it simply gives up under pressure and snaps in its fragile condition. Again, moisture and protein balancing become critical for establishing elasticity because it’s that careful mix of moisture and strength that gives our hair the ability to resist breakage from being stretched and handled day to day.
3. Increases in Hair Porosity. Products that lighten your locs always direct affect your hair’s cortical layers. When the hair’s cuticle is weakened in this manner, your hair’s natural porosity increases leading to a dryness that's difficult to fight against. When porosity increases, dryness becomes a major problem because moisture is next to impossible to hold securely within the hair fibers. Your hair becomes like a bucket with holes poked in the sides. Color-treated hair can be unforgiving, too. Make a mistake and skip using a great deep conditioner treatment and you may find yourself parting with strands prematurely. A strict, moisture and protein-focused regimen is A MUST if your hair is to thrive in this condition. You need to learn how to balance protein and moisture sources in your regimen!
4. Undesired Color Result. Hair coloring can be very unpredictable. Why? Because color uptake is dependent on a number of factors— like your hair’s current color, texture (strand size) and porosity. Let's be real about this, the hair color on the box is just the company's best guess at what your hair will look like and remember that they do have photo shop at their disposal as well. At times, many, many steps will be needed to get your color right. If you plan on taking the color more than three shades out of your natural color range, it's probably best to have an pro stylist do it for you . Chances are, they’ve seen numerous heads with textures like yours and varying degrees of porosity—plus they have the added bonus of experiences with various colors and looks.
But look, this info is just to help you know what can happen, not to scare you. And many women gladly take the plunge and get gorgeous colored natural hairstyles like you see in our dyed natural hair photo gallery. We hope you enjoyed it and learned something new. We even found a turquoise hair dye that has amazing reviews for the truly brave ladies out there! Please share this article!
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.
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.
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.
If you've been looking for a great clarifying and detoxifying hair wash you will love this tutorial. Melissa Lee shares her bentonite clay for hair wash recipe with you so that you can reap the amazing hair detox and cleansing benefits.
Melissa Lee is a respected voice in the natural hair community and shares great information all over the web, you can find her on her natural hair website, YouTube and even as a member of the BlackHairOMG Facebook Group.
She is a huge fan of natural homemade DIY hair products and her informative bentonite clay for hair tutorial on YouTube will show you how quick and easy it is to make your own hair detox wash.
Bentonite clay for hair is super effective at cleansing and clarifying your hair and scalp of product buildup gunk and other impurities, and it comes loaded with healthy benefits from antioxidants and mineral elements such as potassium, calcium and sodium.
Bentonite clay for hair is very moisturizing and does not strip your natural hair of its essential nutrients like conventional shampoos and conditioners tend to do.
Actually, bentonite clay can be used for your skin and body as well, it removes toxins and is health promoting.
Sound strange to wash your hair with mud? Well, it may sound a bit different but it certainly works. Check out LP's tutorial video below and give it a try…
This bentonite clay for black hair recipe is another great cleansing option that you can use on a regular basis. It works wonders for hair detox and clarifying, getting rid of impurities and hair product buildup on your hair and scalp, this is a great wash to use once a month or so to remove any product buildup between co-washes. It seems especially good for those with naturally oily hair as it leaves the hair very clean, and also a good cleanser for coarse or frizzy hair because of its ability to tame the hair and make it more manageable.
If no-poo hasn’t worked for you, and homemade shampoo hasn’t worked for you, we encourage you to try this option. It can be customized for your hair type and lasts up to a week in the shower.
Melissa's Natural Hair Products
Being that Melissa is a friend of BlackHairOMG we of course want to share her great natural hair products with you.
Her company, Supreme Naturals, features many popular products like her African black soap, whipped shea butters and much more. She is always adding more products, so be sure to check them out.
Bentonite Clay for Hair Cleanser Recipe Ingredients Recap:
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
I'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!
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. 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.
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!
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.
Yes, I like this product and it has become by base product from which others are judged. It 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.
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!
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.
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. 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!
The natural hair puff is a go-to look for many stylish naturalistas.
The great thing about the natural hair afro puff is that you can use the style whether your hair is long or short.
This amazing high puff tutorial from I Am Posh Syd is specifically aimed at naturals with 4b and 4c type hair, but in reality many other naturals with different hair types can use this useful. Below we will also give you a list of the natural hair products she used to achieve her look.
After doing the Big Chop in order to go natural many ladies realize that they have no idea what to do with their ‘do.
The time period following the Big Chop is the perfect time to start building a relationship with your kinks, coils and twists. It is also the time when your luscious locs need the most tender, loving care and when you will train your hair how to retain its moisture.
Instead of covering you hair up and waiting for it to grow long, try a cute high puff on short natural hair. Creating this natural hair puff style should begin with damp, moisturized hair. If it is not wash day use a spray bottle to dampen hair and apply a great moisturizer. The natural hair puff style will work with hair as short as 1 inch long.
Hair Puffed Up
The secret to a full puff on short hair is to not put your hair in a ponytail but to use a headband to create the puff.
Moisten your hair with water and apply moisturizer.
Use a wide tooth comb and soft bristled brush to direct hair up to the top of the head.
Place the large headband around your neck.
Apply edge control, pomade or gel around the edges and nape and smooth with the soft brush.
Pull your headband up to your forehead and while using both hands slide the headband up until desired puff side is reached. The farther back you slide the band the smaller the puff will be.
Fluff out puff, smooth edges and add hair accessories if desired.
Hair Puffed Out Style
Complete steps 1-5 above.
Instead of pulling the headband straight back pull one side of the band over to the side -Example: If you want the hair to fall to the right pull the left side of the band over to the right.
Continue to step 6 above. Fluff your hair to cover the band.
Natural Hair Puff Around Version
Part hair from ear-to-ear and create a short side part on whichever side you prefer.
Create a braid or flat twist on each side of the part to frame the face (use of a holding product is optional).
Use bobby pins to secure the ends of each braid at the back of the head.
Fluff out the remaining hair.
Warning About Wrapping Your Hair Too Tight
As if a banging headache isn't bad enough, using super-tight headbands all day for the sake of a cute natural hair puff can put you at risk for traction alopecia, it's no joke. As the headband squeezes your head, it’s actually s-l-o-w-l-y sliding its way up, pulling your hair along with it. You can lose hair from those pressure points, namely the very front of your head, the temple region and the points a few inches behind your ears.
Soak your headband in an oil. The oil will help loosen the elastic bonds a bit. Afterwards, pre-stretch the band before you begin wearing it. Wrap it around a chair back or something wide enough to give a good stretch so that by the time you put it on, it won’t be as tight as when it was fresh “out the box”.
Make sure your hair is well-moisturized. Even when taking all the necessary precautions, you can still be at risk for breakage if you wear a hair accessory like a headband or scarf on hair that is in need of moisture. Those dry and thirsty strands are more prone to hair breakage.
Use a thin satin or silk scarf instead. You’re better able to control how tight your hair will be as you tie the scarf to form your natural hair puff. The main benefits of using silk and satin instead of cotton is that they won’t suck the moisture out of your precious hair.
Try pantyhose. It works! Pantyhose are nice and stretchy. Cut the foot and top of one side of an old pair lengthwise, so you have a piece long enough to wrap around the circumference of your head at least once. Like the shoelace, just tuck the excess in or use a couple bobby pins to secure the ends in place.
Use a shoelace. Yeah that's right! Look, your hair is going to cover it up anyways so don’t be worried about it. Most shoelaces are plenty long enough to allow room to “give” and then whatever excess you have left hanging, just tuck it underneath and no one will know!
Take a break. A natural hair puff can be a great go-to style for its simplicity but constantly wearing the same hair accessories day after day after day can definitely cause unwanted wear and tear on your hair.
Hopefully these tips can help you on your way to natural hair puff perfection without sacrificing comfort and safety!
Recap of Products She Uses To Get The Natural Hair Puff: