If I've told you once, I've told you a million times. GET TO STRETCHING (Martin voice, lol). You see, this is a MUST DO for the long and lovely locs that just don't stop. Fact is...
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.
Stretching 4C natural hair (video)
SMART Stretched Natural Hairstyles
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!
Here's the deal.... Brittle, dry hair not only looks awful. It feels rough to touch and is prone to extreme breakage. In simple terms, it can have you lookin' busted and dusted. If your hair isn’t as soft and manageable as it could be or should be, then you might find your answers here, because you'll be able to try some smart and proven natural hair remedies for dry hair.
These remedies use common foods you can find in your kitchen, items you probably already have in your refrigerator. Why suffer another moment with dry hair? Get to mixing!
Some natural hair remedies for dry hair include using natural oils, like cold-pressed olive oil, or applying a deep conditioner that uses moisturizing ingredients like egg yolks and avocado. You will only know how your curls and coils will best respond to natural hair remedies for dry hair by trying them out. Remember, some remedies will get results, while others might not be best for your hair. Trial and error. That is what you can expect. If such concoctions don’t work, at least you didn’t have to pay much for the ingredients to these natural hair remedies for dry hair.
But before you go testing natural hair remedies for dry hair, be sure you are not drying your hair by frequent heat styling, such as by using a blow dryer.
Avoiding Dry Hair
Heat styling can cause a lot of damage to natural hair. Split ends, breakage, burnt hair and, of course, dry hair are just a few of the consequences.
When you blow dry, flat iron, curl or apply any other form of direct heat to natural hair, you are applying rapid heat to your hair shaft, which zaps it of moisture. Just one session of too much heat can permanently straighten your hair.
But don’t think you have to see un-shrinkable coils right after you straighten. Heat damage builds over time, gradually loosening your curl pattern.
If you must use direct heat, deep condition prior to blow drying, flat ironing, etc. Also, protect the hair with a setting lotion or serum.
Natural Hair Remedies For Dry Hair
Here are 4 natural hair remedies for dry hair. Personally, I’m a fan of using just a few ingredients. I don’t have any scientific reason for this preference except that I want to see if an ingredient responds well to my natural hair. How can I tell what works best if I’m using a dozen different ingredients? So, the natural hair remedies for dry hair that I will share will be simple and use ingredients that are readily available.
"This shampoo has given me and everyone in the family who used it, severe dandruff. I have never experienced any bad reaction with any shampoo that I've used in the past but this shampoo has been terrible. It says it "fights against drying, damaged, and dehydrated hair", but that's exactly what it does to your hair. It causes drying, damages and dehydrates your hair. It has many chemicals in the shampoo and only on close inspection of ingredients, you'll able to find them. The delivery was also late.
The only good thing about the shampoo was, that it smelled good but that's not the reason why I bought the stupid shampoo. Don't believe all the claims that it has a blend of organic and natural ingredients. It's all lies."
[Learn How To Use BRAIDS To Grow Natural Hair Fast! HERE!]
Judging Bad Reviews
LOL, homegirl was NOT HERE FOR THIS ONE, and when she called the shampoo "stupid" I could almost hear a lil' angry voice in my head say it, ha!
But the review was soooo angry that I started to think, "is something wrong with the shampoo or with her?"
Who really knows, but I like to read the negative reviews always, that way I can judge if they sound credible or not.
In this case, I can't really tell, but the ingredient list for this shampoo is loaded with goodies and really caught my eye. So I may have to try it for myself.
Are you impressed by the ingredient list on this one too?
ASK OMG QUESTION:“I’ve been wearing my hair pressed straight for the winter. I love the way it looks but it gets greasy so fast. What can I do to get my flat ironed hair to last longer between washes?” - Crystal
OMG ANSWER: Flat Iron Without Getting Too Greasy - Easy!
Heeeeyyyy Crystal! OK hun, let's get to the goods. Aint no doubt that a good press out can make your day, so it’s understandable that you want it to last as long as possible.
Whether or not you have a naturally oily scalp, to get your press out to last longer, you will need to cut back on the oils that you put in your hair with everything from your shampoos all the way to your Black hair styling products.
Wearing your curly hair straight means being smart with your products and switching out some of your normal go-to's for products that work better for straight hair.
You’ll need clean and moisturized hair to keep your press out as straight as possible but you don’t want hair that is loaded with heavy oils and butters like castor oil or shea butter like you would when you wear your hair kinky-curly.
What you wanna do is start with a good oil-based shampoo that will help to keep your scalp as close as possible to its natural pH balance but won’t strip your curls.
Rahua Shampoo, Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo, Eden Body Works Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo, EO French Lavender Shampoo or Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo are good choices that will clean your hair without over stripping it.
This is important because making sure your scalp is balanced means that it won’t need to go into excessive oil production overdrive because of being stripped.
How To: Fix/Make Your Flat Ironed Hair Last Longer
A Light Rinse Out Conditioner is Key
So look....You're gonna want to use a light rinse out conditioner and leave-in that is oil and/or silicone based to seal in moisture but won’t weigh your hair down and leave a streaky, residue mess on your flat iron and hair.
The silicone and oils will help to block out moisture to keep your hair straighter longer and the light oil keeps your strands supple. Oils like argan and cold-pressed jojoba oils are just as effective as heavier oils but finish light and airy on your hair, allowing for your strands to have better “flow” in the wind.
Avoid getting conditioner on your scalp to keep it clean and free of residue which can cause your scalp to over-produce oil later in the week.
Use a Heat Protectant - Very Important
You’ll need a heat protectant when you blow dry and use your flat iron.
Using something light like foam or a spritz is the best option but creams are also great as long they are going on light like Drybar Hot Toddy Heat Protector Frizz Fighter.
Phyto Phytokératine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray has ceramides which seals your hair’s cuticle and hyaluronic acid which hydrates your hair and is a great choice for fine or color-tread or for those who want the top of the line in heat protection.
Aussie Hair Insurance Heat Protecting Shine Spray is a very affordable light mist that won’t build up on your hair. Nexxus Pro-Mend Heat Protexx Heat Protection Styling Spray is a really great option for heat styling since in addition to heat protection it contains polymers that stick to your hair and each other which temporarily binds your ends together if you are battling split ends.
Ever Tried DRY Shampoo? Maybe You Should...
In-between washes, dry shampoo can save your scalp and your hair if you feel like you need to refresh.
Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo and Bumble and Bumble A Tint of Brown Hair Powder (which also covers greys) are three of the best dry shampoos you can use to keep your straight hair fresh and clean.
They extend your shampoos by soaking up excess scalp oil and smell great and all have dry finishes.
The company says that their specialized oil makes you GROW YOUR HAIR QUICK and that you may see hair growth begin in as little as seven days.
They also say that it's an easy process, simply apply directly to your scalp twice weekly to quickly help cover balding patches and restore your edges and define your hairline. Still though, you can expect them to toot their own horn, that's why REAL PEOPLE REVIEWS from women who have used Gro-aut hair oil are important to people like me.
So below you will see some of the reviews that were voted "MOST HELPFUL" by the Amazon customer community and we get to see what folks really experienced with this natural blend of 9 Ayurvedic herbs. So let's get to it!
"Rare treasure! Hard to find product that doesn't have junky fillers!!" - 5 STARS
I love this product. Why? its hard to find an honest company that doesn't cut corners and use cheap fillers. The ingredients are as wholesome as your gonna get! Worth every penny!!
Coconut oil stimulates hair growth getting deep into its follicles. Coconut oil promotes the scalp health fighting against such problems as insect bites, lice and dandruff and it's anti-bacterial properties. Coconut oil moisturizes dry hair. Olive Oil Olive.
Oil Fights Inflammation thus preventing folliculitis that can lead to bald spots. Jojoba oil is high in vitamins A, E and D and is great for all hair types. Jojoba oil helps repair damage to your hair and promotes new, healthy hair growth. Amla, one of the best cures for hair loss, stimulates hair growth owing to its high iron and carotene content, it has the ability to penetrate the scalp deeply and nourish it from within.
Extremely high in Vitamin C. Eclipta Albaa.k.a bringha, aside from its other incredible benefits like the herbs ability to awaken hair follicles from their dormant state and prolong the amount of time they stay in the active, growing stage. Here's something mind blowing! Eclipta Alba grows hair quicker than minoxidil!!!! Rosemary oil can counter hair loss by stimulating blood circulation in the scalp, which, in turn, promotes hair growth. Lavender oil is said to nourish and moisturize the scalp and hair strands.
This makes it ideal for treating dry, brittle hair strands and ends. MSM is sulfur- one of the principle building blocks of hair (and nails). So MSM helps hair growth because it gives your body a building block for hair. Biotin is an essential for the hair growth process.
Lastly, the most important ingredient of them all, LOVE, I’ve come to learn that the mission of company is to donate a portion of their sales to charities and organizations that support autism research and to organizations that support families of children with special needs. My hair has done well on this product and i hope it helps you too.
Sidenote: This review above SEEMS like somebody from the company, it's just TOOOOOO positive, but you be the judge. Either way, the review was voted as very helpful....
"I Love this stuff it works as it says" - 5 STARS
I Love this stuff it works as it says..i wish they would come back with the two 8 OZ bottle sale..that was a great deal..it also last longer than 4oz bottle..the smell is wonderful...just love this product just now 8oz bottles cost way too much cant afford to buy it anymore..
"The oil was very thick like glue, had to heat it" - 3 STARS
The oil was very thick like glue , it had to be heated to turn into oil , think i got a bad batch , the ingredients are really good for hair growth, but i don't like the fact that i have to fight to get it out of the bottle , don't know if i'll order again , the bottle is very small for such a big price
Don't get it twisted, although the majority over the Gro-aut users are happy with the results, it always helps to read the bad result too.
That way you can determine if they are legitimate complaints or just people who get mad when their ice is too cold. We've even seen cases of competitor brands leaving bad reviews under a brand and getting caught for it. Folks are so sneaky, lol.
Even still, a bad review might save you some money, the point is that if you want the best hair products you need to do some research. That's what the smart ladies do to get the BOMB hair quicker than the rest. Jump on it! >SEE MORE THAN 300 REVIEWS HERE<
First off sis, shedding hair is normal. It's the EXCESSIVE shedding that's causing baldness and making women think that their hair isn't growing (IT IS growing... we'll talk about that later in this article though...)
Some experts estimate that shedding more than 100 hairs per day is perfectly normal. About 10% of the hairs on your head are in a resting phase (telogen) and those hairs shed (exogen) after a period of time (generally 2 or 3 months). The other 90% (roughly) of your hairs are growing at any given time.
Your Average Hair Growth Rate
Hair grows at different rates for different people, still though, the average rate is around one-half inch per month. When you stop the breakage and excess shedding, that's when you start seeing some length. Don't let anyone make you think your hair doesn't grow. The devil is a stank-breath liar girrrl....
If your hair shedding seems excessive, you should start by investigating the following areas: tight hairstyles, diet and nutrition, current medications, stress, illnesses, nervous habits, alopecia areata, and hormonal changes.
Shut Down The Breakage & Shedding (Video)
Products suggested in this video to slow down natural hair shedding:
PRO TIP: Do NOT use your rinses made from green tea on the same day as you use your amla oil, they are not to be combined. These are products to be used separately on different days/treatments.
It is important to note that women make up nearly 40% of the individuals in the United States that experience hair loss. We recently wrote an article about the best shampoos for hair loss, however several of these issues may require the professional diagnosis of a medical doctor to determine the root cause of the hair shedding.
Snip It and It Will Still Grow!
Your hair is dead material, which is the reason why you can treat it with strong chemicals, cut it with scissors or apply heat to it without feeling a thing. The only problem with that is – since your hair is not alive, it cannot repair itself.
Damage to the hair must be trimmed away or grown out. For example, there is not a permanent cure for split-ends.
There are some conditioners that can essentially patch split-ends and make them less visible, but over a period of time, those split-ends will reappear. The only way to permanently get rid of your split-ends is to trim them away. You should absolutely never burn away your split-ends.
Your Hair already GROWS FAST (then breaks...)
Hair breakage is the most common cause of hair loss. Tight hairstyles (ex. tight ponytails and braids) can break off the hair and damage the hair follicle.
If your hair constantly breaks you will need to identify exactly what’s causing the breakage and eliminate the culprit to prevent further breakage. The most common causes of breakage are heat, harsh chemicals, tight hairstyles, and rough treatment.
My advice to you: Hot appliances, like flat irons, hair dryers, curling irons and pressing combs, are popular, but often lead to serious hair damage because their high temperatures can result in brittle, dry hair that breaks easily – especially when they’re overused.
If you decide to use heat, then you should use measures to minimize the likelihood of irreparable heat damage. However, it’s important to understand that it’s impossible to completely protect the hair from heat damage.
If an appliance is hot enough to burn your skin, then there is a legitimate chance that the appliance will cause significant damage to your hair.
Make sure that your hairstyles aren’t overly tight, stay away from chemical processes that change the structure of your hair, and handle your hair with care. Too-frequent manipulation (combing, brushing, tugging, pulling, etc.) can lead to increased breakage.
"SHOCKED" at the Power of Green Tea For Hair...(Video)
Pro Tip: Although Naptural85 uses decaffeinated green tea in order to avoid putting caffeine in her hair, it's not necessary. In fact, caffeine has been shown to stimulate blood flow to your scalp, effect DHT and have growth promoting properties! Many companies intentionally add caffeine to their hair growth products. [Learn how to make your own hair growth pills at home RIGHT HERE.]
Health, Nutrition, Hair Vitamins, & Supplements
Generally speaking, the same nutritious foods that are good for your body also promote stronger, healthier hair. If you don’t eat a healthy diet, your hair could suffer.
It’s important to mention that your hair doesn’t contain vitamins – it is not a living structure. If you’re eating a balanced, nutritious diet there is very little benefit gained from taking hair vitamins and supplements.
If you simply concentrate on eating low-fat proteins, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains you can help your hair reach its full potential without supplements.
For those who aren’t eating a well balanced, nutritious diet, or have a medical condition or imbalance, you might need to consider hair vitamins and supplements to help your hair reach its full potential. You should consult your doctor to determine if a full-spectrum multivitamin is right for you.
My advice to you: Eat a healthy, well-balanced, nutritious diet and save your money on hair vitamins and supplements unless you have a medical condition or imbalance.
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!
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...
Take a lot of time to do (at first...)
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
We'll have two separate types of lists... the Best Sellers list and the 4 Stars or Better list (real customer ratings).
Top 10 Highest-Rated Shea Butters
If you've been in the natural hair community for any amount of time, it will come as no surprise to you that Shea Butter is one of the most beloved and useful natural hair products on the planet.
So I'd be an idiot not to give you the top 10 highest rated shea butters online.
Shea Butter provides moisture to dry or damaged hair from the roots to the very tips, repairs and protects your hair against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. It also absorbs quickly and completely into the scalp to rehydrate without clogging your pores. It is especially helpful for processed and heat-treated hair. It's a go-to treatment for dry scalp problems and it brings life and luster to damaged hair.
I personally have used it for years and years and years on my skin (I was born in 1977). And believe me, my skin shows great results now from years of keeping my face moisturized every morning. Shea Butter is like food for the skin containing Vitamins A, E and F. These vitamins fight against wrinkles and facial lines.
Here are the shea butters with nothing less than 4 Star ratings...
1. 100% Pure Unrefined Raw SHEA BUTTER - from the nut of the African Ghana Shea Tree
This ranking is a little weird, they're ranked 4.2 out of 5 stars with nearly 400 customer reviews but one of the first things I noticed is alot of women complaining about the hardness and consistency of the butter. But overall, the rankings are good. (get real customer reviews)
9. Unrefined Shea Butter - Organic In HDPE Jar Sits at 4.4 out of 5 stars, "It's fairly soft right out of the jar and take but a few seconds to rub in the palm of your hand and apply." -JayGT (get real customer reviews)
10. Raw Unrefined Ivory Shea Butter TOP Grade From Ghana - SOFT
4.6 out of 5 stars, "The scent is nutty like some other people said but not awful. I mixed it with coconut oil, sesame oil, vitamin E and added essential oils to mask its scent and it works great." -Petunia1620 (get real customer reviews)
Hair Butters - Highest-Rated Top 5 List
1. Molivera Organics Premium Raw Unrefined African Organic Grade A Ivory Shea Butter
Molivera ranked high in the shea butter category and ranks high against hair butter formulas too. They rank 4.7 out of 5 stars with over 530 reviews (get more customer reviews)
2. Nubian Heritage Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and Moringa Repair and Extend Hair Butter Currently ranked 4.6 out of 5 stars, "This product is amazing and the smell is lovely as well!" -Samaria Farrar (get more customer reviews)
3. Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer
At the time of this update this is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars."Absolutely can't say enough great things about this product. Smells great and leaves my relaxed hair fuller and softer immediately. This will continue to be a staple in my hair therapy routine!" -Dege (get more customer reviews)
As of now, this is ranked 4.3 out of 5 stars, "Totally works on chemically treated and natural hair. My daughters and I have been using this protective cream for over a year. I apply it after shampooing and before blow drying my hair. Works great." -ncmcrae (get more customer reviews)
5. As I Am Double Butter Rich Daily Moisturizer
Currently ranked 4.2 out of 5 stars, "All their products are wonderful for my 3b curly hair." -momnson (get more customer reviews)
Coconut Oil For Natural Hair - Highest-Rated Top 5 List
1. Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
This best seller coconut oil has alot of natural hair fans and is ranked 4.8 out of 5 stars at the time of this update.
"When you are transitioning through those stages it can be really hard to keep your hair moisturized but I use it daily, and extra on wash day. I also add it to my homemade hair masks that I like to do a couple times a week." -Tyneisha Fondren
Nature's way is a favorite of natural hair woman and rated 4.8 out of 5 stars. "I use coconut and jojoba oil for moisturizing my dry skin and since I've converted from creams to oils, my skin has never looked or felt smoother. I use it on my legs and arms mostly but it works just about everywhere." -Carrie Watson (see more customer reviews)
3. Nature's Way Pure Virgin Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
Currently sitting at 4.7 out of 5 stars. "This is a great moisturizer for my hair and skin. I haven't used lotions on my skin since I started using coconut oil. Going forward, I don't think I will use anything else except coconut oil on my skin. And, Nature's Way is the best." -TonyaP (see more customer reviews)
4. Barlean's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 16-Ounce Jar
Ranked by buyers as a 4.7 out of 5 stars coconut oil. "I have been using organic oils on my face and body and hair and everywhere else as a moisturizer and healing agent for about a year in a half and it has made a huge difference in the look and health of my skin in that time. The coconut oil does wonderful things for my hair, I use it every chance I get..in conditioners, shampoos, etc. and it leaves my hair feeling soft and smelling fresh." -Angelina (see more customer reviews)
5. Cococare Coconut Oil 100% Pure 4 Oz
As of date, this coconut oil for natural hair is rated 4.3 out of 5 stars. "All I will say is this, this is some real 100% coconut oil, it is not just good it is great, great for your skin and your hair. I have well past my waist dreads or locks if you will and this is just fine for my hair, with a little shea butter added this keeps my scalp and my dreads tight. I have one recommendation, keep it well refrigerated or it will liquefy on you, other than that I have no complaints" -D.L. Brown (see more customer reviews)
Top 10 Carol's Daughter Natural Hair Products - Highest-Rated
1. Monoi Repairing Hair Mask for Unisex, 7 Ounce
Currently rated as 4.5 out of 5 stars.
"I'm an African-American woman with thick, natural 4b hair that hits around mid-back length when it is flat ironed. The Monoi Hair Mask is hands down the best conditioner I have ever used on my natural hair. After I wash my hair with As I Am Coconut Cowash I apply Monoi and leave it on for about 5 minutes and rinse out. My hair is a bed of well defined, super soft curls that can be easily combed out or finger combed." -Sammy (see more customer reviews)
2. Monoi Repairing Conditioner 8.5 FL OZ
Currently sitting at 4.5 out of 5 stars.
"I have waist-length wavy-to-curly hair, and with hair this long breakage is an inevitable problem. Anything that can help strengthen my hair is worth trying! I was really pleased with Carol’s Daughter Monoi Conditioner (as used with the shampoo from the same product line)." -Suzy Hough (see more customer reviews)
3. Marguerite's Magic Restorative Cream Hairdress
Currently rated 4.4 out of 5 stars.
"My hair responded well and is moisturized, shiny, and soft while twisted up. It's winter here so I don't plan on wearing a twist out until summer, but whenever I take my twists down to remoisturize I like the results. It has a pleasant, light scent. I have a sensitive nose, and it doesn't give me problems. It is VERY thick. A little goes a long way." -SATG (see more customer reviews)
"Nothing else works like it for my wife's hair." -Tim DD
"I don't give out five stars unless a product is pretty flawless; it has to meet or exceed its product claims, be fairly priced for what it claims to do, and have no obvious tweaks needed to make it better. This trifecta of excellence is rarer than you think but with this shampoo and its sister conditioner my hair has finally met its perfect match ...." -Desert Gypsy (see more customer reviews)
6. Black Vanilla ( Moisturizing) Hair Smoothie
Currently rated 4.2 out of 5 stars.
"It moisturizes my dry hair without a greasy or heavy feel. Great for my two strand twists! WONDERFUL FRAGRANCE!" -LaValda Williams (see more customer reviews)
7. Carol's Daughter, Lisa's Hair Elixir
Currently rated 4.1 out of 5 stars.
"It leaves me speechless. I ordered this product after I read about it in Seventeen Magazine. I would wash my hair let it dry then get up extra early the next morning to flat iron it and look decent for my class in the next few hours. With this product, it has greatly helped my damaged hair to repair." -Victoria Rae Burton "Tori" (TX) (see more customer reviews)
8. Loc Butter Shaping Pomade Hairdress
Overall rating is 4.1 out of 5 stars from customers with dreadlocks.
"This product has done wonders for my dreadlocks and I use it daily on my hair and my daughter's." -P. Gamble
1-Star Warning! "Formula changed. I live outside the US and haven't been able to buy the product in person since I ran out in over 6 months, so I was happy to get it in the mail. Until I found out that the formula has completely changed. Same price, of course, but no as good as the past." -Markeeta (see more customer reviews)
9. Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Original Leave-In Moisturizer
Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars by customers.
"This is a wonderful product! Tames frizzies,and leaves hair shiny, silky and easy to manage wih absolutely no sticky residue." -MJB (see more customer reviews)
10. Carol's Daughter, Mimosa Hair Honey, 8-Ounce
Customers have rated this one 4.0 out of 5 stars.
"Great for African American hair . It keeps the hair soft and smelling good. Not oily looking. My children are bi racial and this was perfect for their type of hair." -Grammy (see more customer reviews)
Top 10 Best Seller Natural Hair Shampoos
All of these shampoos in the list come from Amazon's best selling hair shampoo Top 100 list. I, of course, left out any men's shampoos or shampoos that are not popular among my natural hair readers. So here we go, let's start with number one...
1. Pura d'or Hair Loss Prevention Premium Organic Shampoo, Brown and Blue, 16 Fluid Ounce
This is the #1 best selling shampoo OVERALL on Amazon, it has argon oil in it's formula and buyers use it to prevent hair loss.
The Pura d'or brand is a powerhouse, they rank #1 and #3 on Amazon's best seller list, a men's shampoo ranked #2, so ofcourse they didn't make it onto our top seller list, so Pura d'or Gold Label comes in as #2 best seller for naturals. This shampoo is bought to prevent thinning hair & loss of hair.
3. Batiste Dry Shampoo Original Clean & Classic
Batiste dry shampoo is a big-time best seller on Amazon, many naturals are getting into dry shampoo into or to avoid wetting their hair too much. Below you'll see a video from ThikandKurly on how to use dry shampoo for natural hair and braids. She doesn't use Batiste though, she uses Organic Root Stimulator Herbal Cleanse dry shampoo to clean her braids without water.
4. Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo & Conditioner Combo Set
This best seller is famous for it's reconstructive keratin fatty acids and Moroccan oil. It's the 8th best seller on Amazon.
5. DevaCurl Combo No-Poo Cleanser Shampoo + One
#TeamNatural is probably the sole reason this shampoo is so high on Amazon's best selling shampoo list. It's not cheap ( $60? Sheesh! ), but it still sells like hotcakes. That tells you alot.
6. Acure Organics Shampoo Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cell -- 8 fl oz
This best seller is loved because it provides lasting moisture to even the most dry and damaged hair leaving it soft, manageable and ready to rock.
7. Batiste Dry Shampoo, Cherry, 6.73 Ounce
The original version of this shampoo sells better, but the cherry version made the top seller's list too. Very popular brand.
8. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo 8.5oz and Hydrate Conditioner 8.5 oz duo
This best seller has a ton of loyal fans that say it leaves your hair silky soft and vibrant.
9. Mane 'n Tail Herbal Gro Shampoo & Conditioner Olive Oil Complex
This best seller reminds of growing up at the house in Detroit, my sisters and mom loved Mane 'n Tail, they obviously aren't the only ones.
10. Tru Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo
This brand probably made Amazons top 100 best selling shampoos because it's known to be a gentle, sulfate-free choice for all natural hair types, as well as color treated hair and hair that has been weakened, damaged chemical processing or heat styling.
Top 10 Best Selling Natural Hair Conditioners
All of these conditioners in the list come from Amazon's best selling hair conditioner Top 100 list. So here we go, let's start with number one...
1. Tru Moroccan Hair Repair Conditioner
The Tru Moroccan brand made it onto Amazon's Top 100 selling conditioners list and their shampoo list. Ladies are snatching these products up fast.
2. Hydrating Argan Oil Deep Conditioner by Arvazallia for Dry or Damaged Hair
This brand sells like crazy and is known for it's ability to deep condition and help with detangling, leaves hair with soft and silky texture.
3. WEN Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
"I am African American and have kinky hair. This tamed my hair down. I can wash my hair and go. It helps my hair stay moist. When I straighten my hair it is soft and looks as if I got it done at a salon, I am a cosmetologist so that could be why. One of my bottles had leaked upon approval, I called Wen the lady was extremely apologetic and sent me a new bottle I got it within 2 days. Wen is great ! I would recommend this to everyone" - Fay Green
4. Deva Curl Ultra Creamy Daily Conditioner, One Condition
This brand made it onto the best selling shampoos list and the top selling conditioners list. It comes with a big price tag but women LOVE it. It is selling more than most conditioners online no matter the price.
5. Pura d'or: Premium Organic Conditioner
This conditioner sells extremely well and makes the best seller list once again, just like it's shampoo counterpart. It's known to enhance the manageability, shine and control of your hair.
6. Silk 18 by Maple Holistics - Sulfate Free Treatment for Dry and Damaged Hair
This best selling conditioner contains a masterful blend of harmless conditioning ingredients to help do the job, Silk18 is formulated with a maximized portion of silk amino acids. The ingredients are naturally derived from silk, to be exact, eighteen different silk amino acids which have great benefits for your hair.
7. It's A 10 Leave-In Conditioner Plus Keratin
This one makes the best seller list as the first leave-in conditioner on the list.
8. It's a 10 Miracle Deep Conditioner Plus Keratin
Coming in right behind the leave-in conditioner is 10 Miracle's deep conditioner. Also a fan favorite and top seller.
9. L'Oreal Paris EverCreme Sulfate-Free Moisture System Cleansing Conditioner
L'Oreal is a household name and that may be one of the reasons it's selling so well over other brands.
10. HSI Professional Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner
This brand is not only a best seller but has some amazing ratings, as of right now 1,050 of it's 1,307 ratings are 5 star! This conditioner may shoot farther up on the list as more women come to know about it.