This braid out on 4c hair is FIRE and just like we do on the BlackHairOMG Instagram account, we are highlighting another sister who might not be well known, but she sure can show you and me a super-cute and tasteful hairstyling idea!
Her name is Teanna and she has true 4c hair, and she shows us how to do a quick and gorgeous braid-out for her 4C FRO hair, 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! Braid Out 4C Hair
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, like "Braid out 4C hair" 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 4C hair was shrunk up, she was irritated and even needed a break in the middle of braiding her luscious, lol.
The braid out 4c hair 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!
New Afro Technique | 4c TWA Styling Vid
Products used in this braid out 4C hair tutorial were:
African hair braiding has a long tradition of beauty and unique style that's why we love these african braids pictures.
They come in so many beautiful styles and forms that it's impossible to put a number on how many actually exist, but we won't worry about all of that. Some of these styles are done with completely natural coily type 4b & 4c hair and some may have some African braiding hair mixed in, we didn't really care. This 101 African hair braids gallery is all about the great look, natural or with braiding weave.
What we WILL do is display the best 101 African hair braiding pictures in our Black Hair OMG photo gallery. You can pick and choose the hairstyles you love (or dislike) and find the styles that you can use in the future.
African Hair Braiding Pictures
How To Braid Hair - Cornrows/Ghana Braids (Natural Hair Protective Style)
As a bonus to the natural hair pictures above, here's a how to braid hair tutorial video from the beautiful Sadora Paris who happens to have protein sensitive hair. Her channel shows you so many great ideas and styles that you can take and use when you do your own hair or when you head out to the African hair braiding shops (get high-quality braiding hair HERE). Some of the styles she shows you are tutorials on how to do micro-braids, different cornrow styles, Senegalese twists and a ton of other unique hairstyles.
If you haven't checked out her African hair style videos you really should, and don't forget to subscribe to her channel if you enjoy information and tips about african braids pictures and black hairstyles.
Best-Selling Products Related To African Hair Braiding
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.
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.
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.
It's a great way to get a new look for a while without harmful chemicals like perm and relaxers.
In this video, Jewellianna shows exactly how she blow dries, flat irons, and silk wraps her gorgeous natural hair; plus, she give pro tips and warnings for you when trying to get your natural hair on straight FLEEK!
If you've ever felt like "coconut oil ruined my hair", you're not alone sis...
Let's keep it trill ladies. Errrrthang aint for errrbody. And you're gonna find that even though certain hair growth oils do seem to be universally beneficial for almost every type of hair, honeeeey, coconut oil isn’t always one of them (unless you mix with honey, I'll explain more about that below).
You tell me... Why is authentic 100% castor oil an age-old beauty secret for increasing hair growth while coconut oil is damaging many heads of hair in the natural hair community?
The wildest thing is that not everyone feels like coconut oil ruins their hair...
Many melanin mavens are using coconut oil on their hair and eyelashes and have seen amazing results, without a doubt.
So why should SOME natural-hair women avoid using coconut oil on their tresses? And how do you know if coconut oil bad is for your hair or not??
What Decides If YOU Get Coconut Oil Benefits for Hair?
It's pretty clear that coconut oil for black hair gets mixed results, some naturals swear by it. Others say coconut oil is the dang devil and might try to fight you if you put that stuff next to their luscious locs, HA!
So why exactly is this happening? Besides the fact that no one oil is going to work for everyone, there is more involved. For instance, do you have protein build-up?
Coconut oil works like a charm for protein retention. So if your hair suffers from lack of protein, coconut oil is a great product for you!
See... since coconut oil helps stop the loss of protein in your hair, if your hair already has enough protein and doesn’t need this extra "help" then it can cause your hair to be dry, brittle, and break off.
So if this is happening to you it's likely that your hair has enough protein.
The Protein Problem - Coconut Oil for Natural Hair
Protein build-up also the reason many natural hair sistas doesn’t like protein treatments or conditioners and creams with proteins in it.
Many call it being “protein sensitive” but it's really that you just have enough protein in your hair and don't need any extra.
Soooo, how do you know if you have protein build-up or not???
Well, if your hair is dry and fragile even AFTER you’ve moisturized it (deep conditioning, hot oil treatments, loc method) then chances are you have protein build up. But there’s a way to reverse it! First, check all of your products to be sure they do not have protein in them. Secondly, focus on keeping your hair moisturized with the right products.
For instance, you can use cold-pressed aloe vera for hair or a leave-in conditioner you like then seal in the moisture with sweet almond oil (I don't like the smell of A.O. so I prefer unscented...).
You will notice the elasticity in your hair come back and moisture retention pick up.
Has Coconut Oil Ruined My Hair? [Type 4 Natural]
So... Does Coconut Oil Ruin Natural Hair? Yes or No?
It truly does depend.
And I know, some feel 100% sure that "coconut oil ruined my hair" but think about things this way...
There are so many different textures of natural hair and coconut oil is not ruining everyone's hair. I can tell you this though...
Lovelies with looser natural hair textures and/or oilier hair may be lacking protein, many can even use coconut oil for hair loss prevention.
For these particular natural hair Black women, protein is very necessary, and it may be due to their porosity-level. Let's not get it twisted...
On the other hand, Lovelies with coarse natural hair or already super dry hair probably aren't struggling with low protein at all, so coconut oil may lead to more brittle hair problems and natural hair loss. These naturalistas may benefit more from other types of oil like pure organic-grade marula oil and, of course, argan oil for hair and skin.
PRO TIP: How to Use Coconut Oil For Hair With OTHER Ingredients
If you feel like "coconut oil ruined my hair", here's what you can do...
When coconut oil for natural hair growth is combined with other Black hair growth oils and ingredients, not only is less coconut oil coming in contact with your hair to cause damage, but the combinations of healthful and helpful fatty acids can have different and POSITIVE effects instead of damaging your hair and making it brittle and ready-to-break.
For instance, coconut oil doesn’t seem to make hair dry or brittle when combined with the monounsaturated fatty acids from pure virgin olive oil or when mixed with argan or marula oil (both great for natural Black hair).
Pure honey also seems to make coconut oil even more beneficial for natural type 4 hair and the simple sugars in honey can nourish your kinky hair and make it naturally smooth and frizz-free.
So it's smart for you to patch test these different hair oil combos and you may just find the secret concoction that will have you looking like a natural hair model strutting your stuff down the catwalk.
And as always she used her special hair growth oil, we have a great recipe you can use here:
The first style she did is one called the "Nubian Bun" and it is SUUUUUPER CUTE! If any of y'all have ever used the Curls passion fruit curl control paste like she did with this style, please DM me on our Instagram and tell me if the smell is as amazing as it should be for ANYTHING with passionfruit in it.
That is one of my FAVORITE fruits smells EVVAAAAAR! Anyway, back to the styles…
Oh, BTW it seems her hair growth routine is definitely working because her hair is thick and luscious.
Protective Styles 2-through-4 Work Off French-Braids
The 2nd style she did was a ROYAL-LOOKING, cute and trendy French-braid style.
The 4th style is one that I didn't see coming and have never thought to do… She did some neat little bottom buns in the back after undoing the ends of the French-braids, I think you'll like it. I did, but probably not on myself, I'd definitely put this and a teen-to-early 20s girl though!
Natural Styles To Prevent Breakage of New Hair Growth
Products She Used For Moisture & Styling - Black Hair
Chime had a nice war chest of products to get her hair to look so shiny and healthy, I listed them below...
You want to know how to do Havana Twists? Great, you'll find out how to do exactly that right now. When you look in any popular black hair magazine that shows the best protective braid hairstyles you'll likely see Havana style twists.
The problem is that many women don't know how to install them. Also, there are a few DOs and DON'Ts that we'll discuss on maintaining twists and then you can see the 3-part video special from Breanna Rutter on how to do it. She does an excellent job of giving a clear explanation and demonstration, she teaches you the right way to borrow hair, install invisible roots and much more. Much better than many other how-to-do videos out there.
Do #2 - Keep your scalp free of product buildup. Since Havana twists are fairly thick, you'll have more than enough room in between each twist to clean your scalp. We recommend that you use Shea Moisture Purification Masque to promote a truly clean and healthy scalp. It works great because you can apply the masque right onto your scalp to lift up any product buildup. After you rinse your scalp and Havana twists, be absolutely sure that the twists fully air dry in order to prevent odor, mold or mildew from forming in your Havana twists hair extensions (some women actually prefer to use Marley twists hair, it's your decision).
Do #3 - Be gentle when styling your Havana twists. Many women wear their Havana twists in a high bun on top of their heads, although it's a really chic and cute style, it creates a lot of pressure. The roots of each Havana twist then becomes "overdirected" meaning that this style of wearing them bends your hair root in a direction it doesn't naturally grow in which could cause your individual hairs to literally be pulled out of the hair follicle and lead to hair damage and hair loss. If you have your heart set on wearing a topknot, do so for short periods of time and be sure to let your twists down each night before you go to bed.
Don't Do These Things...
Don't #1 - Put too much pressure around your edges. This is a big NO-NO. Most women naturally have 'baby hair' around the edges that is a little shorter and much more fragile. Havana twists are much larger in size, thus, there is a greater chance of them being too heavy around your hairline. To prevent breakage, uninstall the twists every two weeks and have redo them. This not only keeps your twists looking fresh, but it's also a way for you to keep close tabs on your fragile edges.
Don't #2 - Leave them in too long. Braids hairstyles like this shouldn't be left in too long, 6 weeks is the maximum that is recommend. Leaving them in any longer than that could compromise the health of your own hair and may even lead to scalp infection from lack of thorough cleansing of your scalp.
Don't #3 - Get your Havana twists done too tight. Most breakage and traction alopecia is caused by hairstyles that are way too tight. When you're applying your moisturizing spray, your natural hair will naturally expand and swell up. Synthetic hair does not expand so if the twist is too tight but your hair wants to expand inside of that twist, your hair becomes more susceptible to breakage.
How To Do Havana Twists On Natural Hair - Full Tutorial
If you follow the instructions in this video about how to do Havana twists you'll have all of the help you need to be able to do this protective braid hairstyle from home. Protective braids help maintain natural hairstyles for black women, Please leave a comment below if you have done Havana twists on your own or have any more helpful tips.