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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!
If I've told ya once, I've told you a MILLION TIMES...
Your health is a major factor for hair health and growth.
We're gonna talk about a powerful green juice that you can add to your hair growth regimen to get you long-lasting hair growth results. POW!
Look... If you've been suffering with hair loss or thinning, or maybe you have a scalp issue, it's inflamed and it's itchy...
You're definitely going to want to read this bad girl I wrote for you right hurrr honey. Yes, I said "right hurrr", now let's talk about your hurrr and how adding chlorophyll into your growth regimen can work wonders all around.
Liquid chlorophyll just might help you on your hair growth journey. It's no secret that ANY SERIOUS HAIR GROWTH REGIMEN should include two major things...
The 1st thing is using all-natural, stimulating products on a consistent basis, if not daily. That's very important but the second thing that is equally as important is making sure that your body is healthy in general.
You might grow more hair, but without elite nutrition and detox...
Your growth might not be as lasting as you'd want and it probably won't grow as thick and healthy as fast as when you are combining proper nutrition and body detoxification with great hair oils and DIY growth vitamins.
How Chlorophyll Green Juice Grows Hair Like a Weed!
Now look, how chlorophyll and this POWERFUL green juice comes in the picture is by making sure that your body is healthy.
By adding chlorophyll into your diet you're gonna realize that you are seeing amazing results not only in your hair but in your skin and in your body in general! Honneeeeeey..... #QUEENING
Chlorophyll is what actually creates the green pigment in plant-life, it harnesses the sun's energy to make plants grow, it is the equivalent to what blood is to us humans.
It makes the veggies that makes us healthy, healthy!
Chlorophyll is packed-full of many hair-health vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K.
It is also full of fatty acids and minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium which is very important for our overall health and for our bodies.
In fact, chlorophyll has been shown to help fight off cancer, it also helps to stabilize our hormones and it is great for weight loss, digestive issues and a whole list of wonderful things.
Specifically for hair growth though, drinking chlorophyll helps because chlorophyll is great at increasing red blood cells and with the increase in red blood cells in your body, that is gonna speed up healing from sores and wounds which directly effects many scalp issues. This prevents further follicle damage. When the follicles die, NO MORE HAIR. So this is super-important!
Additional Benefit: Slowing Gray Hair & Wrinkles
Not only is chlorophyll able to help to stimulate growth but it's also been linked to slowing down the appearance of gray hairs and has anti-aging properties that are proven to repair rejuvenate skin tissue. It helps to protect against tissue damage and premature aging in the face. It's like a Black-Don't-Crack insurance policy, lol.
How To Use Liquid Chlorophyll Yourself
It's simple really. Get a cup of water, 6-8 ounces is perfect. More is fine too...
WITHOUT A DOUBT, when dealing with natural hair all year around... Braids and high-quality hair extensions are great way to get a break from daily manipulation and an awesome option to use for freeing up hours and hours of time that you would have spent styling and prepping your hair every day.
Look... After following a strict natural hair regimen that includes cleansing, strengthening, moisturizing and protecting your hair for months on top of months on end, shoooooot...
It's a RELIEF to go ahead and install a weave or braids especially if you have a busy schedule.
Braid and Weaves MUST Be Used Correctly (or else)
Beware: Improper use or abuse of braids and weaves can lead to...
All types of follicle damage and complications
Benefits Of Weaves & Braids For Naturals
Aside from giving you a beautiful way to switch your style up once-in-a-while... Weaves and braids are extremely low maintenance, help you avoid one of the hair growth sins because you won't have to manipulate your hair much and they don't require daily styling.
What To Do BEFORE Installing Braids for Hair Growth
These are the things you should remember before installing braids in your hair...
Before sitting in the chair you must have a conversation with your stylist, , clearly express your expectations with them.
WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT: Many stylists automatically assume that you want your braids or twists on super-tightly so that it lasts longer, but if you want to maintain the health of your hair and scalp you must express to them that you want them done loosely.
Loose enough that you feel no tension of any kind of your scalp, so that's pretty loose. Due to habit some stylists will make the first braids loose but then slowly start to make them tighter and tighter, if this happens, stop them and ask them politely to continue to make them loose. This is VERY important.
Because when a braid or twist is installed too tight the tension you feel is your follicle nerve endings reacting to almost having your hair completely plucked out and since it's in a braid or twist your hair strands are stuck in this tense state with no relief until you start to get some new growth that's why you don't start to get any relief until almost a week later.
The problem is that the strain causes your blood vessels to constrict and dilate, which triggers a signal to activate pain centers in your brain most likely causing a pretty bad headache amongst other things, this can EASILY lead to permanent damage to your hair follicles and over time you'll start to notice traction alopecia meaning you will stop growing hair from those damaged follicles.
Remember this, traction alopecia is a progressive condition caused mechanically by you.
It sneaks up on you over time, so it's best to eliminate the risk now before it's too late.
Getting braids installed tightly in order for them to last longer can lead to balding later on, before installing braids twist or weave, you should do a real protein treatment, this will properly fill in all the damaged areas along your hair cuticles, causing your hair to look, feel and behave perfectly healthy.
This way your hair will be in the best condition to withstand all the pulling and tugging without causing more damage and snapping off.
Lastly, try to book your appointment earlier in the day.
The job of a hairstylist can be mentally and physically draining.
Look... They're human too. And by the end of the day they've washed, styled and braided many heads of hair and they will be worn out and less likely to follow specific orders.
This can mean the difference between growing lush hair OR stepping down alopecia avenue (also known as BALDwin drive).
So it's best to catch them early in the morning when they're at their peak, before anything, have a conversation with your stylistwhere you can clearly express your expectations.
One of your expectations should be that your braids are installed loosely, also doing a real protein treatment beforehand will patch up the weak spots of your cuticles putting your hair in the best position to withstand the pulling and friction associated with braid installation.
A great thing about real protein treatments is that they can be used with any moisturizing conditioner so you can take it with you if your stylist plans to wash and treat your hair.
You want to detangle type 4 hair without losing a butt-load of locs? Well, you gon' learn today. (Kevin Hart's dad voice)
Let's keep it real, we work TOO DANG HARD at growing hair to start tossing buckets of hair down the drain from a simple wash day detangling session. Bump all that...
So this BlackHairOMG spotlight is on a little-known YouTuber named Knarlei. She's going to show you some of the things she wishes that she knew about detangling her type-4 hair when she first started as a natural.
As you probably already know, proper detangling is key to keeping your hair healthy and happy.
Admittedly, type-4 hair can be more high-maintenance because it's so tightly-coiled that each strand just wants to hug each other which sounds cute but can be extremely annoying when you would like more OBEDIENCE from your strands, lol.
She definitely recommends that you use a long toothed comb because it just makes detangling so much faster, it cuts down a lot of extra time on wash day.
If you can't shorten your detangling session, you can make your wash day a lot shorter.
Check out 3 more Great Tips In The Vid!
Aint Nobody Gettin' Scissor Happy Round These Parts!
One tip that I really liked is that she showed how to use your scissors in a smart hair-saving way. Some ladies might freak out at the thought of having a pair of scissors handy, but don't trip, you're not going to be cutting all your hair off.
She wouldn't fix her face to suggest that, ha. She wants to keep her luscious on her head and she shows you the correct method as well.
She simply shows you how to cut what NEEDS TO BE CUT to keep the wash day moving along without losing alot of quality hair.
The Unnecessary Controversy
Y'all already know, no matter what anybody does, says or is. The slick comments are coming regardless.
So even though this video is PACKED with cool tips and the sista is super-pleasant and helpful. Some women were upset that she claims to have 4c hair in the video. Laaaawd help us....
Look, she definitely has type 4 hair, on top of that, most of us have different hair types on our heads. I didn't like that some ladies tried to discredit her information by assuming that Knarlei.
Whether she is or not. The video is a great help for type-4 hair detangling in general. Let's love up on each other in positivity y'all. Go subscribe to her channel and tell her BlackHairOMG sent you! Love you!
How using a bobby pin in the back of your hair can make sure the back stays flat.
Everyone else without a stick up your hind-parts, get ready for a funky-cute Half Up Half Down Twist Out tutorial from a little-known YouTuber with great type 4 hair tutorials that you might want to subscribe to.
Look, I already know that some of y'all think I act too silly, well hunneeeeey, I ain't got nothin' on this sister named Naakie Nartey. I love it though.
She has personality, and a great 5-minute natural hairstyle that will have you looking SUPER-CUTE.
I aint gonna lie though, she might wanna calm it down or the meanies are gonna be in her DMs and emails talking BOKU crap, lol. ( Trust me I know from personal experience *Hi haters* )
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Anyway, let's get to the meat of this tutorial...
Half Up Half Down Twist Out for 4C Hair Tutorial VID
OK... OK... yes, we admit that we talked about heat as a hair-killer before. You know what? Nothing has changed even though this tutorial uses heat doesn't mean that it's best for your hair.
Here's the deal though... Folks gonna do what they wanna do!
Might as well teach them how to do it right! RIGHT?
So in this informative video, a beautiful natural, long-haired "Lovely" named Maame Hayfron is coming at you with the right information at the right time for the naturals who want to AVOID CHEMICAL RELAXERS and still rock a change-up straight style every once in a while.
According to her video, this is something that she rocks 1 or 2 times a year. Sounds reasonable to me!
So if you have some strong-held objection to other people straightening their own hair, get out NOW! And by the way... Try to relax a lil', LOL... drink some chamomile tea to calm your nerves or something, sheesh...
Without a doubt, we are all about loving what God gave YOU over here at BlackHairOMG. Still though, liking to change up once in a while doesn't mean you are forsaking your kinks and curls.
It means nothing more than girls will be girls.... We like change sometimes.
Just like boys will be boys, they like beer and uhh... more beer. Lol. So look...
Here are the 3 main points you will learn from this tutorial...
Test your straightening product FIRST from the bottom, under your overlaying locs. This way you can test for the best results.
The better you THOROUGHLY blow dry your hair before flat ironing, the less puffiness you'll end up with at the end.
Flat-Ironing before you have fully-dryed (while wide-tooth combing) will lead to split ends or frizzy ends.
Well, you saw it first hand in this tutorial. But in the end, it turned out GORGEOUS. Good thing she started out flat-ironing the underside of her hair so that she could figure out what works as she went without having bad patches of hair visible to everyone. Very smart!
You ever just take for granted that a friend of yours knows the same things that you do?
Well, sometimes we make that mistake with our readers. You hear about great natural hair conditioners all the time. We've already written about conditioner washing natural hair and pretty much all of us use hair conditioners.
Still though, many don't REAAALLY know the difference in conditioning and the deep version. There is a BIG difference, soo....
In this article we're gonna talk about...
What it means to deep condition your hair.
How deep conditioning is different from regular conditioning.
What Do Regular Conditioners Do?
So here's the deal. Regular conditioners only work on the outside by softening your hair, they help smooth down your cuticles, minimize the static and sometimes helps water stay in your hair strand. When you rinse out the conditioner some conditioning agents are left behind which keeps your hair feeling soft.
Watch Out For Fake "Deep" ones...
I can't stand fake "deep" folks, same goes for conditioners, ha! You have to watch out for the way some brands will call a regular conditioner what it REALLY ISN'T. The term ''deep conditioner" has been misused in the retail world as a way to deceive buyers.
You see, it's really simple. If a deep conditioner doesn't have any penetrating ingredients like olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil or hydrolyzed wheat protein, just to name a few, it's NOT a deep conditioner, it's a regular conditioner or just a regular styling cream companies like to add the word 'deep' to justify the high price tag.
DIY Deep Conditioners Are Simple To Make
Some like to buy them, but they are easy to make from home. Simply mix some kind of hair-healthy penetrating oil to a regular conditioner turns it into a deep conditioner, no need to run out to the stores to buy a separate deep conditioner.
Just keep in mind that deep conditioning is not meant to be a protein treatment so when DIYing your own mix, try not to exceed 2 tablespoons of hydrolyzed wheat protein per every 2 cups of conditioner especially if you choose to deep condition your hair often.
How Often To Deep Condition Will Depend On Various Factors
Everyone's hair is different. So when deciding how often to deep condition it depends on how damaged your hair is, how often you mishandle your hair with heat and hair tools, and it really depends on your hair type based on porosity level.
Deep conditioners work best on damaged hair because it tends to settle into the damaged cracks in any uneven cuticle surface.
So the more damaged or porous your hair is the more time you should let the deep conditioner sit in your hair to fill in those gaps either with steam from a shower cap or a hair steamer but there's no need to let it exceed 30-45 minutes or you run the risk of hydro fatigue if you sleep in it overnight or overdrying if you sit under the dryer for too long.
When It's ALWAYS GOOD To Treat Your Hair As If It's Damaged
First, let's define damaged hair. Damaged hair is hair that has any injury or impairment to the cuticle, causing the hair to increase in porosity.
So medium-to-high porosity naturals should always nurture our hair as if it's damaged.
It's interesting to note that porosity levels in your hair fluctuate throughout your life based on how you handle your hair, your health, lifestyle, the environment and the use of wrong products.
Increased porosity leads to more breakage and split ends which causes you to have shorter, more damaged hair. How can you avoid this? Most of us should automatically treat our hair like it's damaged. Why?
Because being in the habit of treating your hair like it doesn't have any damage can actually lead to damage.
Look. I'm not saying you have to deep condition your hair every time you shampoo it, just be aware and listen to your hair, if it starts to look dull or you notice some split ends, give it more love and attention.
Deep Conditioning Guidelines According To Porosity
As said earlier, your porosity can change through time, so always pay attention to how your hair is reacting and check your porosity every 3-6 months.
Low Porosity Hair DEEP Conditioning Needs: If your hair is low porosity(and it already has moisture being held in the strands) deep condition your hair depending on how its behaving. So when it gets really dry, go ahead and deep condition it, if it's not really dry just do a regular conditioning after shampoo.
Medium Porosity Hair DEEP Conditioning Needs: If you have medium-porosity hair, you need to at least deep condition your hair twice a month.
High Porosity Hair DEEP Conditioning Needs: For high-porosity hair you should be deep conditioning your hair EVERY TIME you shampoo it rather than regular conditioning. Your hair and scalp will treat you for the love you show it, trust me.
ALL Porosity Levels Advice: No matter your porosity level, after shampooing it's important to at least regular condition your hair if you're not deep conditioned and make sure the conditioner sits in your hair for at least 10 minutes this way it has enough time to soothe and heal your cuticles after experiencing such a traumatic thing like shampooing.
Some Types Who Might Avoid Deep Conditioning
Some women with low porosity hair have found that they never have a true need to deep condition their hair because the low porosity doesn't allow for moisture to leave fast enough to cause dryness problems between regular conditioning sessions.
Also, for some with thin or fine hair, they often find that deep conditioning weighs their hair down and make it feel too oily.
If your hair is in one of these groups and once in a while you choose to deep condition, you should be sure to leave the deep conditioner in for no more than 30 minutes.