7 fast 2-MINUTE Styles On Short Natural Hair!

SUPER QUICK HAIRSTYLES ON SHORT 4C HAIR top

Hey Girly... You may think that you don't have enough hairstyle options, that's not the truth though, you just have to know where to look and COLLECT your hairstyle ideas for short hair. [See our short hairstyles photo gallery]

I want you to see what I found on Youtube that made my day because she showed me a hair tying trick that I've never thought about! I love everything about this video. And I aint the only one...

Also...[Get REVIEWS on Natasha's Whipped Hair Growth Butter]

You're gonna see the natural hair crowd going wild in her comments girl!

When I tell you that sistas was "in they feelings" after seeing this
video...Honeeeey?!?! No lies have been told!  Check out her vid and look below the vid for my commentary on her smart styling idea after you watch too see if you agree with me...

Quick Hairstyles on Short Natural Hair 

One of the coolest things I learned from Faye's short hairstyle for natural hair video was her ingenious use of kinky-curly extension hair as a hair tie! OMG!

I  have never thought of using kinky extension hair to tie my hair, that is a brilliant way to tie your hair up without worrying about breakage though. OMG! 

Listen, one sista named Kaitlyn spoke on it and put it like this...

"FINALLY, someone with actual short 4c hair! So many others say that when really they have armpit length type 3 hair!"

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7 Natural Hair Hacks YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

Sometimes, just getting tipped off to a really smart trick or hack can save you tons of time and stress.

Well, that's EXACTLY what we have here with these 7 Natural Hair Hacks You NEED TO KNOW from this sista named Allie.

We've actually interviewed her before, years ago, for this article about Favorite natural hair moisturizers of 50 Natural Hair Experts, anywhoo...

She is really breaking it down for you with some brilliant shortcuts, hacks and trick, I think you'll like it.

Hack #1 - Supercharged Detangling: This is the perfect detangler tip for that anyone whose conditioner may not be enough to get the job done.

Super-Charge Your Condish to Detangle With Ease

Here's what you do, take your favorite conditioner as well as any type of anti-frizz product or a thick oil.

You can use coconut oil, premium-grade 100% PURE avocado oil, grapeseed oil or one of your other favorites. Now put about 1/4 of a cup inside your conditioner bottle, make sure to shake it up after and then to detangle your hair, it'll make detangling so much faster and you'll be able to just glide right through your hair and detangle
the kinks and curls like a BOSS!

Hack#2 - Gel On The Go: If you're always on the go or travel a lot, this is for you. All you need is a small empty container your favorite gel.

Just take about a tablespoon or two of your gel and seal it up and throw it in your mini-container.  That way no matter where you go, you'll have your gel in your bag to touch up some frizzy ends or just touch on your edges no matter where you are.

Pack Up The Mini and Roll Out READY!

Hack #3- Hair Elastics On Deck:  This is a cool hack so that you will always have a hair elastic on you, ready to roll! So for example if you are rockin' a bun in your hair and your elastic ties break because you have a lot of hair, you can  take a few hair elastics and I attach them to your keychain!

Why didn't I think of this!?!

Just use some industrial clips so that you can easily clip them on and off.

Or you can easily just add the hair elastics to the regular key loop that you have on your keys and that way no matter where you are you always have hair elastics and you never have to worry about it.

See Natural Hair Hacks 4-7 in Allies Video 

Many of these natural hair tips and hacks are better understood visually, so take a look at the vid and leave a comment, let her know BlackHairOMG sent you to show some sisterly love!

Hey, you know we love to show love to these beautiful women who are bringing info to the natural hair community.

If you haven't subscribed to Allie's channel, please do so. She's an old friend to BlackHairOMG!

See Article: 7 Steps to Stopping Hair Breakage at the Crown!

5 Protective Hairstyles to Try This Fall/Winter

The Fall season is coming ladies and so is its attack on our luscious locs, grrrrr...

We can take advantage of the chilly seasons though and actually nurture our hair in "hibernation" mode.

Autumn and winter can easily be used as a time for your hair to get build up strength and length, free from frequent manipulation and summer styling.

Why You Benefit by Prioritizing Protective Hairstyles 

Other than moisturizing and masking your hair from the harsh and often drying weather elements of autumn and winter hair care.

Protective styling gives your hair time to act the same way a true queen acts when her haters get to yappin'.... It lets your hair "remain unbothered", lol.

A proper protective style should keep for six to eight weeks (or more!), that way your hair is free from manipulation during that time.

So check these cute protective styles to get a few ideas and we always have more on our BlackHairOMG Instagram account, so follow us over there too!

Box Braids and Twists

Brandy with beautiful box braids

When it comes to protective hairstyles, box braids are a classic! Not only are they a statement-making hairstyle, they are affordable and low maintenance.

Box braids and twists are perfect as they will allow you to play around with size, length, texture and color.

Faux Locs

Actress Tasha Smith with gorgeous faux locs

Faux locs (or goddess braids) are ALWAYS a show-stopper type of style. As the name suggests, faux locs resemble dreadlocks but they give you the look, not to mention the length, without the years of commitment.

Faux locs are also a great way to keep a bit of tropical inspiration with you as you go through the cold months. They'll have you feeling like you're in Jamaica walking along the beach with jerk chicken and oxtails Bumbaclottin'! LOL!

Cornrows

Actress Lupita Nyong’o with cornrows

Cornrows can be the simplest of the protective hairstyles but that isn’t to say they can’t be versatile and creative. Cornrows are the easiest to pair with other styles. So you can protective style your hair with cornrows and still wear a wig in that final week when the hair is in its ripest stage.

Or add a puff or ponytail (depending on your hair’s texture). Cornrows can be dressed up or down, it all depends on what you want to do.

Wigs

Wigs are versatile

There’s no better time to wear a wig than in winter. Wigs can be the main act of your protective styling or it can act as a change-up from your other style.

The thing to remember when using wigs as your protective style is that you will still have to take the step of braiding your hair under the wig – be it cornrows or another style.

Bob Cut Braids

Say goodbye to heavy braid top knots

The bob cut braids are a classic yet edgy 1990s throwback hairstyle that all your style icons and idols from the 1990s had. Bob cut braids are a perfect protective hairstyle for someone who has grown tired of box braids and is looking to try something new.

The Sho Madjozi

All your nieces have probably had this style in recent time and there’s no denying its relevance. Both playful and cute, this style is where cornrows meet braids and it can be versatile in execution.

As long as you take care of the hair beneath your protective style and keep an eye on your hairline, you will thank yourself for protective styling during the cold months come summer.




Product Buildup on Natural Hair... A Hair Killer

Even though we don’t wish lousy hair days upon anyone, sometimes bad hair happens to good people. Our once lovely locks that have fallen flat can be blamed on environmental stressors, chemical overload, life transitions, or even seasonal changes, to name a few. That’s why it’s up to us to rejuvenate our hair back to life.

For most of us, our immediate reaction is to reach for more product, more moisture, more hair treatment, and even more salon time. These options can work, but after you’ve tried everything and your hair still looks lifeless, you’re likely in a hair rut due to product build-up.

So, what is product build-up? Product build-up is the subtle residue left behind from hair products and treatments that have not been thoroughly rinsed away. This is entirely normal and happens to anybody that uses serums, creams, oils, gels, and/or conditioning treatments in their hair.

From time to time, we simply must deep clean our hair with a clarifying treatment or purification routine that completely purges product build-up of all kinds. When we remove product build-up, we give our hair a new life, an ability to shine and move freely without the weight of all that residue. Free yourself of that hair rut and bring back the love for your hair in its squeaky-clean luster!

The Growth-Slowing Hair-Harming Dangers of Product Build-Up

Out of fear developing product build up a lot of people in the
natural hair community have cut back on using a ton of products.

When we say "product build-up", we're talking about the gradual accumulation of products on your scalp and/or your hair strands. THE GUNK!

The build-up we end up with is actually a combination of a few things...

  1. Products you manually put in your hair.
  2. Your scalps natural oil called 'sebum'.
  3. Thousands of tiny dust particles from the air.

All of that creates build up...

As this combination of substances accumulate, they mix together to create a thick gooey substance filled with potentially harmful bacteria.

You Need Washing Practices To Prevent NOT Remove Build-Up

This is major, if you're noticing thick gunk under your fingernails your follicles are already compromised and your scalp is already starting to get inflamed and irritated depending on many factors like your hair regimen, whether you live an active or non-active lifestyle and your environment.

Everyone gets to this point of product build-up different rates.

So when deciding on a wash day routine your goal should be to avoid this buildup from accumulating altogether rather than waiting for it to happen
before washing your hair.

Nobody is perfect, and most of us are guilty, at one time or another, of waiting for the gunky build-up to accumulate before deciding to wash our lusciousness and get the gunk up outta here!

How Gunk Affects Your HAIR STRANDS Specifically

Ok so, both of these situations STINK! But they are unique situations, with different types of harm caused.

Build- up on your scalp effects and behaves differently than build up on your hair strands.

See, your hair strands that are healthy and free of buildup behave and reacts to moisture when water is introduced depending on your hairs porosity level, it soaks up what it can, your hair strands swell up, getting FULL, and then they quickly lets go of excess water.

That makes your hair strands more pliable and flexible, more resistant to breakage and well moisturized until it eventually releases the remaining water into the atmosphere.

But hooooney....

When your hair strands are experiencing build-up, this gunky mess creates a barrier between the water and your hair making it difficult for your hair to soak up the moisture.

Without access to moisture, your gunked up hair strands are more prone to breakage.

On top of that, light can no longer reflect on your cuticles due to
the uneven surface the buildup creates on your hair strands, causing your hair to lose a sheen and appear dull build.

How Gunk Affects Your SCALP

Product Build-up on your scalp is a lot different and can lead to more serious issues, especially for highly-textured hair.

Your scalp is part of your skin, in fact, it's the thickest area of skin on your whole body.

But it STILL can also be just as sensitive as a skin on your face.

Making things worse, this dark moist environment of your scalp is a perfect place for harmful bacteria to multiply, so it's important to give this area extra attention.

Your EVER-IMPORTANT sebum is a thin acidic oil created underneath your scalp that secretes out of the scalp.

The purpose of this oil is to slide down, coat and protect your hair strands but with highly textured hair the loops and bends make it difficult for the sebum to slide down, causing a lot of this oil to back up and accumulate on your scalp.

On top of that, very tiny dust particles from the air easily sticks to the sebum ,after a while this built up mixture accumulates so much that it becomes visible.

It's easy to see how adding products to your scalp will increase the accumulation of buildup.

What makes build up on your scalp so difficult is due to its dark warm and moist environment bacteria has a perfect opportunity to grow and multiply.

Some of this bacterium filled gunk will eventually penetrate into your follicles interrupting the activity going on in your hair bulb which can dramatically change the quality of your hair that goes out the follicle prolonged build-up can also cause infections. Don't worry though, I'm working on a new article that will teach you how to properly remove buildup and identify which products are causing it.

Later Lovelies!

Battle of The BEST Wash N'Go Curl Defining Custards!

Do you want the most DEFINED & POPPIN' curls possible?

Well so does this beautiful brown sista named Nia Hope, and she does and 8-Day test of 8 different curl custards (and their leave-in conditioners) to see which had her type 4b hair crazy-defined and clumped to perfection!

BlackHairOMG Spotlights This Video Because...

Girl, let's be real... The perfect wash n go product for your natural hair can be hard to find! So for Nia to take more than a week to TEST, SHOW and PROVE her result on camera is a huge help.

I saw products that I'd never heard of and she hadn't heard of a couple of them herself before finding custards for her test. Seeing her show products that best bring out the natural clumping and pattern on her hair can save you and me money.

Nice Quick Wash N'Go Tips That Make a Difference In Your Results

One way that many of us totally mess up our wash n' go before it even gets to "go", is not having our hair wet enough (soaking wet) before adding product.

THIS...IS...CRITICAL Lovelies! Pay attention.

Wash n' go styling requires wet hair, so it's best to do it in the shower. Your hair need to be soaking wet, not just damp. Then let it dry afterwards, of course.

More Smart Tips For Your Wash n' Go Efforts

  • If you have very coily 4c hair that doesn't want to be defined, use your finger to work the curls.
  • If you put too much product on your hair, use a t-shirt to remove the excess, never use a towel to remove the excess, towels will promote breakage.

Here's The Video Testing 8 Different Brands - * Different Days

She Has a Ringer In The Competition - Uh-Oh

So is this cheating? Nia uses her already favorite, GO-TO staple curl custard (Don't click that link if you don't want to reveal her fav before the video)

I don't think that's cheating at all, her fave should DEFINITELY be in the competition.

And even more proof that she was unbiased is that one of the OTHER competing products WON the contest, not because it performed better though, they both performed equally as good but the winning custard was HALF THE PRICE of her fave!

She Kept It Honest & Didn't Sugarcoat What She Didn't Like!

Girrrrrl, you know we like folks who tell it like it T.I.S. (Bernie Mac Voice, lol)

So when she had to spend a WHOLE DAY with a product that had her looking a mess, she said it. She said one product "absolutely sucked. If you want to cheat and see which one "sucked" before watching the vid, click HERE.

A List of ALL Products She Tested Each Day

1. Cantu Leave-In Conditioner: https://amzn.to/2wZVyIU
$5.97 | 16oz

Cantu Custard:
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$9.81 | 12oz

2. Carol’s Daughter Leave-In Conditioner: https://amzn.to/2oX3Lt1
$8.99 | 8oz
Carol’s Daughter Custard:
https://amzn.to/2CKRGAP
$10.79 | 8oz

3. Ouidad Leave-In Conditioner: https://amzn.to/2CM2Oxz
$21.61 | 8.5oz
Ouidad Custard:
https://amzn.to/2CJNVvx
$25.90 | 8oz

4. Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Conditioner: https://amzn.to/2QgfXS9
$13.99 | 8oz
Miss Jessie’s Custard:
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$13.97 | 8.5oz

5. Mop Top Leave-In Conditioner: https://amzn.to/2x47wjW
$13.99 | 8oz
Mop Top Custard:
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$15.99 | 8oz

6. Mielle Leave-In Conditioner:
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$12.99 | 12oz
Mielle Custard:
https://amzn.to/2x8THRw
$18.99 | 12oz

7. Kinky Curly Leave-In Conditioner:
https://amzn.to/2oZLXxw
$11.89 | 8oz
Kinky Curly Custard:
https://amzn.to/2x63g3h
$17.89 | 8oz

8. Aunt Jackie’s Leave-In Conditioner:
https://amzn.to/2CH6ikG
$9.25 | 12oz
Aunt Jackie’sCustard:
https://amzn.to/2oWqKo1
$9.97 | 15oz

And hey Lovelies, be sure to subscribe to Nia Hope's channel and tell her BlackHairOMG sent you!

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Why I Hate The Natural Hair Community?!

Looooook, yáll know that we keep it positive over here at BlackHairOMG, so don't think from the title of this blog that we are going to focus on negative things.

This very interesting and compelling video by little-know YouTuber named sophielovexo (subscribe to her) is actually very positive because it is encouraging dialogue.

You ever wondered why the word "nappy" is seen as a negative?

Well, that's one of the first questions she asks in her very calm and well thought-out video addressing what she sees as problems in the natural hair community. Especially on Instagram and Youtube.

[See our article about the Type 4 Hair Line from Mane Choice ]

And The Kinky Hair Crowd ROARS!

I almost didn't post this video because of its title, but seeing how much of a positive reaction Sophie got in the comment section, I felt this was a message that many of us can relate to.

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Here's an example of one of the comments....

"FACTS ON FACTS ON FACTS!!! I’m not sure how I discovered your channel but I’m glad I did( new subscriber!) . Just from this video alone not only were you spilling tea but you had receipts (in the forms of tweets,video clips, articles, etc)

I feel like I have nothing to add because you covered everything. At least now when I get into an argument/debate about this I can send this & go about my day. This video was so well done."

So I want you all to check it out and you all know that the BlackHairOMG family shows LOVE, so if you are feeling her video and message, subscribe to the sistas channel, she's trying to get to 10,000 subscribers.

And tell her BlackHairOMG sent you!

VIDEO: Why I hate The Natural Hair Community!

 

Here's another comment that was totally agreeing with and loving the message....

"First off, I totally agree with you on this. The only time a blogger with 4C hair gets love is when he/she makes their 4C hair look like something other than 4C hair. BUT... that's our fault. The problem is that those in the natural hair movement want to be inclusive, to a fault.

The movement was started by 4C black women who were tired of having their natural hair rejected and were tired of being pressured by society to manipulate and change their hair to the point of damaging it..."

 

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FABULOUS Fake Perm Rod Set w/ Deep Side Part [TWA]

The minute I saw that some of The Lovelies on this BlackHairOMG Instagram post started going crazy saying "I NEED THIS COMB!", I knew I had to show you this video from "AsToldByBrittanyD" and show you this unique Afro & Twist Comb thingy that I am just now seeing for the first time ever too!

Brittany pulls off a gorgeous Deep Side Part on her TWA (teeny weeny Afro) and finishes the look with some super-cute makeup to match her pink hair look.

"I Like Your Hair, I LOVE That Comb Thingy Though..."

The Lovelies in the comment section liked the look without a doubt, but they were more concerned about this funky looking comb thingy that Brittany used to get her hair ALL-THE-WAY-TOGETHA...

It looks like a hair pick/fly swatter girl, lol....

I'll show you her vid below, and as always....

Let's support each other and build each other up, go follow her and tell her BlackHairOMG sent you!

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FABULOUS Fake Perm Rod Set w/ Deep Side Part on TWA VIDEO

Girrrl!?!?! I love the look. Do you? Drop some comments on her video or on our BlackHairOMG IG account (and Follow Us if you aren't already)...

Brittany also lists the products that she used to get this look. I'll list them below.

PRODUCTS USED:

Hey, if you've seen or used the same Afro & Twist pick that this sista used, you got a ONE UP on me. I learned something new and thought I'd share it with you.

Hey, check out this article on styling this HOT Twistout with TGIN Hair Products on TWA Natural Hair.

Showing Black Girls Their OWN Natural Beauty [#7 Gallery]

Images Property of creativesoulphoto.com
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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.

Regis and Kahran of CreativeSoul Photography

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!

#1 Mean-GREEN Hair Growth Journey Juice

 

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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.

2 Major Moves For Hair Growth & Scalp Health

So I just mentioned liquid chlorophyll for your hair and it's very likely you haven't heard a ton about this, but I will get into it in a minute because...

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...

Good Health Radiates From Every Pore & Follicle

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 can do this through diet and detox, now many of you know that I often write about effective topical hair products for growth regimen and these are great, no diggity, no doubt. Still though...

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!

It gets your skin on "FULLY POPPIN'mode"as well...

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...

Put two tablespoons of health-promoting liquid chlorophyll in the water, stir it around and drink it down. Easy peezy...

You'll want to practice this twice a day. Drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and then drink your health solution again at night before going to bed.

Remember, there is a saying that goes, "Health is wealth". And that's so true.

I got a new saying though, "Health is a whole buncha HURRR, OKURRRR!".

How To Use BRAIDS to Grow Your Natural Hair Fast! (Part 1)

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.

And to top it all off.... You can take advantage of this time to let your hair grow!

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...

  • Balding
  • Fungal growth
  • 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.

Why?

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.

WHY???

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 stylist where 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.