The Max Hydration Method! – Complete Natural Hair Tutorial

The Max Hydration Method is all the rage these days for women with type 4 natural hair. If you haven’t heard of it, you will now!

max hydration method 1The Max Hydration Method is, “a 5-step regimen that systematically increases moisture levels in the hair until Max Hydration is reached”,  according to the MHM website. This hydration method was invented by Black Hair Media Forum VIP Member Pinke Cube and it was created to defeat the often-believed notion that wash and go hairstyles don’t work on type 4 hair.  Although the method can be done on other types of hair as well.

So what exactly is the Max Hydration Method for natural hair, how does it work, and are the results for real? Let’s get into it a bit, shall we?

Who is the Max Hydration Method for?
As we have come to learn, The Max Hydration Method was designed for type 4 hair.

What does it do?
Pinke Cube, MissDeeKay, and other proponents say that the Max Hydration Method will transform dry, frizzy, undefined natural hair into highly-defined coils and curls that clump — with or without natural hair products.

On top of that, they say that once your hair reaches the max hydration level, many of the bothersome issues that plague type 4 hair (dryness, knots, styling problems, length retention) will go away like magic.

The Max Hydration Method In Detail

In order for the Max Hydration Method to work effectively and quickly; you MUST (no excuses) follow the procedure accurately, consistently, and faithfully perform applications of this method to your crown. At least daily (pretty hurts right?), but if you can’t do it everyday just don’t stretch out the time between applications longer than every 3 days. Why? Because this is how long your hair conditioner will last. When doing this be mindful of what your hair responds to best, so you can pick the best options that will best benefit your natural hair.

You’ll also need to have a decent understanding of which natural hair products you put on your hair that cause your hair to lose moisture. You’ll need more than a shallow belief that “softness always means moisture”, which is a false premise in the first place. You’ll need to understand which product/substances affect (block) how your hair shaft actually absorbs the moisture, and what isn’t effective enough to seal it in.

Prep Step For Max Hydration Method Newbies

If you’re doing the Max Hydration Method for the first time, it’s suggested that you begin with a Cherry Lola Treatment (both Advanced or No-Frill are fine). After that, this can be done as often as every 2 weeks. Admittedly, we lean towards the modified version, along with the liquid aminos. You will notice the hydration effects on your hair for months and month allowing you to enjoy root to tip definition in certain areas of your hair.

The Advanced Max Hydration Method (Our Favorite)

The advanced version of the Max Hydration Method is a combination of the Caramel Treatment, and Cherry Lola.


Blend the ingredients in your blender, saturate your dry (but detangled) hair completely from root to tip with the mixture. Put a shower cap on and let sit for 1.5-2 hours. After that, rinse thoroughly with warm/hot water. Now you’ll need to co-wash with botanical conditioner (whatever you wash your hair with will be fully absorbed into the hair shaft, so avoid silicones, parabens, sulfates, drying denatured alcohol), lastly, apply more conditioner but leave it in your hair and seal everything with a quality botanical gel.

The No-Frill Max Hydration Method

If you choose to do the no-frill Max Hydration Method recipe, it is similar to the advanced method and still very effective. The only changes are that you will skip the vinegar, over-ripe banana/plantain, avocado, egg, and molasses. Leave these out and continue with your co-wash, after that you’ll do your wash and go.

DO NOT do an apple cider vinegar rinse directly after this. You can do a co-wash and maybe do a cold rinse with conditioner afterword and that will be enough to close up your hair cuticles again. The point of temporarily opening the hair cuticle is so that moisture can get in, it makes no sense to close them up before actually infusing the ever-important moisture into your hair.

PRO TIP: An excellent option would be to Green House Effect Method (GHE) or deep condition overnight directly after rinsing out the treatment, this applies to both the advanced version, and the No-Frill version. In the morning you can continue with the given methods to close your cuticles, or simply proceed to wash and go. This will quicken the pace of your hydration retention levels, and is seen by many as the best way to take advantage of the treatment.

Step 1: Clarify

Option 1: Apple cider vinegar rinse. You do a 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar with water in an applicator bottle. Apply in sections. Let it sit in the hair for 30 mins – 1 hr before rinsing.

Option 2: Baking soda rinse. Mix 1.5 tablespoons of baking soda into 1/3 a cup conditioner. Apply to your hair in sections and let sit on your hair for 10-30 minutes.

Option 3: Alternating between either rinse. You can opt to do each rinse every other day/night. It’s up to you to experiment.

Step 2: Co-Wash & Detangle

Option 1: Apply warm conditioner in your hair in sections. Let it sit for 10 minutes, rinse out with warm water, while detangling under the water. If you are doing this step, first pour the conditioner into a microwavable bowl, and microwave for no more than 10-15 seconds if you are using the microwave to heat your hair conditioner. Don’t EVER just stick the bottle of conditioner straight into the microwave. You’ve been warned… Stern Smile

Option 2: Apply conditioner to your hair in sections, and deep condition by covering your hair in a shower cap. Maybe put a scarf over it to trap heat. This can be done overnight if you prefer that method. The first two steps can actually be done before bed, in the morning, you can detangle your hair before going in the shower or also under the running water in section, your hair will have enough slip to detangle outside of the shower though.

Option 3: Detangle, apply conditioner to your hair, put on a shower cap, and steam your hairMany naturals steam once a week, and this will allow you to do your hair every 2-3 days if you prefer (the Secura S-192 hair steamer is a proven winner). But if you haven’t reached max hair hydration it’s recommended that you start off steaming your hair more often and you can taper back once your hair has reached maximum hydration. Be sure to detangle before getting in the shower and in the shower under the running water, similar to the prior option.

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Step 3: Bentonite clay rinse

With all options, leave the rinse on the hair for at least 15 minutes before rinsing, and remember to apply in sections.

Option 1: Bentonite clay rinse with out apple cider vinegar

Ingredients list (rough measurements):
1 cup bentonite clay
1.5 cup warm water
1 tbspn of honey
1 tblspn of olive oil

Option 2: bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar Same, just add vinegar.

Option 3: Ready made bentonite clay rinse, or any other type of clay used to clarify hair examples like rhassoul clay or terrasentials.

Step 4: Leave in Conditioner
Be sure to avoid any conditioner with silicones, sulfates, and drying alcohols. Other than that, apply thoroughly in sections, you really want your hair to be good and wet. application techniques include smoothing and raking, twirling or whatever technique works for you. These are suggestions, there’s no set rule on specific application techniques, just apply enough so your hair glides through and you feel slip. Same with gel.

Step 5: Apply Botanical Gel of your choice

Option 1: Use a small amount of oil (or however much you feel you need) for extra sealing before gel if you find you need it, for more softness.

Layering options can be LCO, or LCOC (Liquid Cream Oil Cream), but never do the LOC layering order. oil is not a moisturizer, its a sealant. you wouldn’t put gel on before conditioner, so don’t practice that with oil.Shocked


Option2: Don’t. It’s up to you.

In application of gel, you should be putting enough so you can feel the gel slip, that way you know it’s coated the hair. A technique that has worked for me is starting the gel application at the base of the section, like slicking your edges or applying a root touch up with hair dye. Then smooth it down the rest of the strand and proceed to rake, smooth, and spread the gel evenly. Apply more gel if you need to spread it further. Do this in sections and twirl and clip the sections away with a shower clip as you go along. This will help keep you organized. Doing both the leave in and gel step, it takes 30-40 minutes, so it’s pretty quick and painless.  It’s advised to section your hair and do both steps as you go along instead of going over your entire head twice.

This is the step where you will see your curls pop and clump together!




BONUS TIP: Optional Step For sStretching

Step 6: Stretching Options

Option 1: Clipping

It’s recommended to take as many sections as you need, twirling/rolling/single twisting/French roll whatever you call it, and clipping it in place. Leave it like that for maybe 30 minutes or as you get dressed, take the clips out, and shake. This should give a slight stretch.

Option 2: Wear your hair in a rolled half ponytail

You can actually do this on short hair. Just section the top of your hair (the part used in making a half pony) and section that into two on either sides (left and right).

Take one section of freshly defined hair (don’t worry about it being wet, the definition stays) and roll it towards the back of your head like a French roll, pinning in place. (Make sure not to pull the hair too taught when rolling. The pins will be enough to keep the look in place without over flattening the curl definition) Do the same with the other side. Wear this for the day. When you get back, your hair will be dry. Take the pins out, unroll your hair and shake. Your hair will be stretched but sticking up. Take a satin scarf and arrange your hair the way you want it to fall before gently securing it (not to tight).

By the morning your hair will of course be mushed, but the actual curls will remain unfrizzed, and they won’t be completely obliterated either (a big problem many have w/ set styles) because of the gel. Now take your fingers to your roots and jiggle them in a back and forth motion, gently. This should shake loose your now stretched curls for second day hair.

If you want a stretch for third day, you only have to put the scarf on your head to sleep at night.

This should stretch the top half of your hair for a bob like shape, but won’t interfere with the curl pattern like twisting and braiding would, and also with out drying your hair out with heat.

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Mom & Daughter Do The “Afro Dance” – TOO CUTE!

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This is a super cute video of a mom having fun with her daughter and at the same time teaching her to love her natural hair. All to the tune of Afro-Dance by Les Nubians.

I really loved the question that her daughter asked her in the middle of the song, it shows she’s being raised right in more ways than one! Check it out!

Video Description from the mom:

Me and my daughter celebrating our Afros! Please Please PLEASE! help our lil girls understand the value of our beauty. Media is heavy against us. FYI you must start with yourself!

Teach Them Young

Help your daughters celebrate their beauty, have fun and help them nourish and protect their hair instead of trying to chemically change it, damage it, and insult it like so many of us had to live through. They’ll thank you for it when they grow up with a full head of hair and a soul full of self esteem.

A Brush That Straightens Hair?!? Does it Work?

People are drooling over the new Dafni hair straightening brush! Have you seen it?

Facebook posts have been getting shared like crazy of this new hair tool, questions are being raised and just the thought of a brush that can straighten in a couple of minutes, much quicker than a flat-iron, has everybody requesting a new gift for the upcoming holiday season.


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The brush is from an Italian company called DAFNI and is a “hair straightening ceramic brush.” The idea is similar to any other straightening tool – you slowly run the hot ceramic through your hair and it gets rid of any waves or kinks.

What DAFNI claims makes they’re product better than competitors is that it has more surface area than the traditional straightener, which means that hair could be done in as little as two minutes. Plus since it’s already a brush, the hair wouldn’t get tangled, according to the beauty product company.

Why Is The Dafni Straightener Brush So Instantly Popular?

This new hair straightening brush is popular because of ease-of-use in our opinion. Beauty-conscious women are always looking for ways to change our look and style. Looking the same day after day gets boring. Even though we may not straighten often it’s nice to have the ability to do so and do it quickly.  So the question is…

Does the Dafni work on Kinkier Natural Black Hair?

Well, here is a video from a Facebook user named Kimberley Satterwhite, she posted her first time using it and she thought you might like that we share it with you right here. Check it out!

Be honest, what do you think of the results?

Given the texture of the little girl’s hair that it was demonstrated on, do you think this will work for your texture? It looks very good to us!

BUT…. BUT…. It costs $300 (Now down to $200) For $300 it needs to wash, condition and blow dry my hair too!




Here’s Kimberly’s (the mom) Comment From Her Video Post:

Sometimes things look so good you have to think, “That just can’t be!” And “It’s just too good to be true!” Like how I earn 6 figures as a stay at home mom. I just say, “Let’s just Try it & see”! I understand how it feels to be a total skeptic of something! So I’m going to try out the ‘Dafni Ceramic Straightening Brush’.
DOES IT WORK?! You can see for yourself IF In Fact IT Works or not?! This takes the place of flat ironing and saves you MAJOR TIME! I am TOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!

NOTE: I was so excited to use this i didn’t wash my daughters hair. She does have GEL in her hair i just ran it through really quick to test it. Imagine this on her CLEAN hair! WOW. I’m very happy with this product!

You can find the Dafni brush at the official retailer, Dafni for a whopping $300 $200 or I found the perfect duplicate for you right here for less than $50 (for now). Who knows what they’ll do when they see their competition selling for $200.


Are Brazilian Blowouts Bad For Black Hair?

Let’s keep it real…

Many of our readers want a variety of hairstyles that they can use to switch things up, but don’t want to risk damaging their hair anymore.

And that brings us to the question…. Are Brazilian Blowouts and popular Brazilian blowout products bad for black hair?

Well first, let’s define what a Brazilian Blowout actually is.

It’s often misconstrued and explained wrong as there are a bunch of different “Brazilian” hair techniques on the market. In fact, it’s important that you don’t confuse the process which uses keratin hair straightening products with processes that use formaldehyde. Yes, formaldehyde–the stuff used to embalm dead bodies. Scary.

So What IS a Brazilian Blowout?

The Brazilian Blowout is used as an effective professional smoothing treatment. Through the use of a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex and a proprietary polymer system, the Brazilian Blowout is supposed to improve the condition of your hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle. The end result should be smooth, frizz-free hair with radiant shine.

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So What’s The Brazilian Blowout Treatment Procedure?

Entire treatment can be completed in under 2 hours 90 minutes. The minute you leave the beauty salon, you can wash and air dry your hair, and it should be smooth, frizz-free and radiant. Results can last up to 12 weeks, leaving hair smooth, shiny and frizz-free!

After the hair is shampooed and conditioned with special Brazilian Blowout products (the hair must be squeaky clean in order for the products to work effectively), the hair is then towel-dried and sectioned into four parts. Then the Brazilian Blowout Professional Solution is applied and combed through the hair. After the solution is applied, the hair is blow-dried and then flat-ironed. The hair must be as smooth as possible.

After heat is applied, the hair is then rinsed and the Brazilian Blowout Mask is applied and rinsed out. Brazilian Blowout Leave-in Conditioner is applied and then you style the hair as usual. Your hair might curl or kink up again when you wash it or it gets wet, but the pattern is much more loose and supposedly remains this way until the treatment wears off. According to videos we’ve studied, your hair will straighten easier and faster with the help of heat styling tools.

Check out this stylist performing the Brazilian Blowout treatment on a client who had been in a weave for two months.

The client seemed to have about 6 inches of natural hair with some relaxed ends. The procedure was performed like in the Brazilian Blowout training video but we couldn’t help but notice the excessive amount of heat used for this procedure—and even more seems to be needed for kinkier hair. There is also a lot of pulling and tugging done on the hair which can obviously be damaging and also with the hair needing to be stripped of its natural oils with the excessive shampooing that is necessary for the style is a big concern.

So Should You Try a Brazilian Blowout on Your Hair?

It’s your call, but the Brazilian Blowout may do more harm than good. If you’re a natural and want to switch things up with a straight style, you have to consider your hair’s ability to recover from this treatment. You may not be able to recover your kinky curls back to their same glory and that would be a shame. We all know the story of a friend of a friend who had natural hair until she went to a salon and her hair was inadvertently heat trained. And if you’re relaxed, all that intense heat and tugging that comes with this treatment may be an eventually deathblow for your already chemically damaged hair. Arguably, some might say a relaxer just might contain more chemicals than the Brazilian Blowout and that’s true, but that doesn’t mean it’s good for your hair. In the end, it’s your decision. But we want you to always be informed and know what you’re getting yourself (and your hair) into.


How To Do Havana Twists – VIDEO Tutorial

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.

The DOs & Don’ts Of Maintaining Havana Twists

What You Should Do…

Do #1 – Keep your twists moisturized. We love to recommend a special moisturizing cocktail using Shea Moisture Extra-Moisture Detangler mixed with Shea Moisture Damage Repair Hair & Scalp Serum and water, it works amazingly to keep your twists perfectly moisturized. Just mix it all in a spray bottle and spritz the mixture on your twists and scalp as needed.

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.

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How to do Havana twists tutorial…

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.

Best Curl Defining Products For YOUR Natural Hair Texture!

Looking for the best curl defining products to define your natural hair coils and curls?

Look no further because we’ve put together a selection of products that will make those curls pop. Now these products don’t claim to CREATE curls, but they will definitely define and ENHANCE your natural curl pattern and tame the frizziness. If you’re not a wash-n-go type of girl, you can use these natural hair products for your natural hair braid outs and twist outs for amazing results. First, check out this video from Crystal Michelle as she shows you her choice of the best curl defining cream and hair custard products and then see all of her favorites(plus our favorites) listed below with reviews from other naturals!

Best Curl Defining Products Video From Crystal Michelle


Curl Defining Products Reviews From Other Naturals

1. Aunt Jackies Curl La La Defining Curl Custard

“Amazing Definition!” 

By SharLia

curl defining-productsI’m less than 24 hours natural (just got my relaxed ends cut today) and this is the first product I’ve used. Let me say, prior to putting this in hair my curl definition was non-existent. This stuff tightened my curl pattern, and made my hair incredibly soft, and moisturized. I can’t stop touching it.

I’m going to have to pick up some more, because I have never had a natural hair product work AND be so affordable. I love my natural hair but with this stuff i love it even more…TRY IT!

2. Bio Infusion Curl Creme

This curl pomade is the BOMB. Works great on dry hair. The curl creme is good but it has a LOUD fragrance… It’s not as noticeable the next day. If you have thin hair you may want avoid this product. Bio infusion curl creme is paraben and sulfate free. You don’t have to use a lot of the product to get the defined curl look that you want. You get a good bang for your buck with this one.

3. Darcy Botanical Sweet Coco Bean Curl Smoothing Cream

“Great for high porosity curly hair”

By Sheri

My hair requires a lot of moisture, and it’s texture ranges from silky curls to frizz. I put the Darcy Botanical Sweet Coco Bean Curl Smoothing Cream product on my wet hair and let it dry naturally. My hair feels healthier and the curls are more pronounced. I also used a botanical spray gel for curly hair, to tame the frizzy sections and to have a more manageable style. I’m pleased with this product- and I like the vanilla bean smell, and would definitely purchase again!

3. Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream

“Wonderful Curling Cream”

By Rebecca Cunningham

I bought this at Target I have used the co-wash and leave in conditioner which both are great. Cantu’s products are on the low end for natural hair care and it delivers what it promises. I have used Miss Jessie’s in the past which is ridiculously priced and doesn’t curl my hair like this. I do not even have to use gel for the style to stay I love it. I have regular black folk hair with a little water, leave in conditioner and this product it curls just fine. I have also used Carols daughter Healthy Hair Butter which also brings out the curl pattern but I have to use a little gel with that to maintain the curls. Use what works on your hair do not go broke trying to find a natural hair care product to give your hair curls that it was not created to have. Enjoy the texture God gave you and be blessed.

4. Edens Bodyworks All Natural Curl Defining Cream

“My Go-To Curl Defining Magic!”

By Karen J.

Yes, I like this product and it has become by base product from which others are judged. curl defining-products edenIt is trusted and never let’s me down. I even achieved my first wash and go with this product on 4b/c hair. It produced loose coily curls. Another good product for Wash and Go is the As I Am Naturally line and it produces a tighter coil and a different Wash and Go look.

My daughter who has more 4c than b does not achieve a wash and go with this product. Perhaps her hair needs more moisturizing since she is swimming everyday this summer, before she can achieve a wash and go with this product.

The product is primarily used to keep my ends and overall hair moisturized. On my hair it produces a soft hold. I am still very heavy handed using products so it is also oily to the touch, but that should change as I master the use of styling products.

Outstanding trustworthy product.

5. SheaMoisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie


By A. Allen

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie is an EXCELLENT creme hair dress and conditioner–think Vitapointe Creme Daily Hairdress, 7 Ounce or Liv Creme Hairdressing and Conditioner kicked up a dozen notches just for curls. No mineral oil, petroleum and beeswax–Shea, coconut , mango, aloe silk protein instead!

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This product is best used just as you would a creme hairdressing. I use this in the same may my mother used Liv on my hair when I was little for braids/braid-outs, finger curls, twist/twist-outs and smoothing ponytails. It works great as a layer on wet hair. Use it after your leave-in conditioner and before your sealing oil. You only need a tiny bit for shine, moisture and de-frizzing . I tap my finger lightly into the product for each braid, twist etc. and take a little more only if I need it.

Do not expect hold from this product! I DO NOT use it to set my “wash and go”. Curl Enhancing Smoothie is not intended to perform like an Eco Styler Gel or Kinky Curly Curling Custard. On the other hand, because the product hydrates curls, it is great for finishing your “wash and go” or “rod set” after it dries. It’s also great for refreshing second day hair because it helps curls to spring back and smooths frizz.

My best advice for using Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie is use it to do what it’s supposed to do.

6. Kinky-Curly Curling Custard

Review From BlackHairOMG Staff:

So many naturals tell us that Kinky-Curly Curling Custard is a tough natural hair product to master. It’s full of nourishing botanicals like agave nectar extract, aloe vera juice and marshmallow, and has a very slippery and goopy texture. curl defining products A little goes a long way, as it instantly clumps and smoothes your coils. Expect extremely shiny and springy coils. Although it works best on very tight, coarse coils in the “4” category, it might pack too much of a punch for loose curls.

Overall, ladies love this product for natural hair! It works great on hair that is 4a-4c and this natural hair product helps to define your curls and coils beautifully. We’ve noticed that some of the curly hair product reviewers are saying that this Kinky-Curly Curling Custard does not work for their 4-something type hair. The real problem is that some people don’t truly understand their hair type. 4a type hair has S shaped strands with small yet a defined curl pattern and 4b hair generally has Z-shaped strands with no defined curl or coil pattern.

Remember that this product is not a chemical curl enhancer or a hair relaxer, therefore it won’t give 4b hair a curl pattern when it doesn’t already have one. Our suggestion to all those unsure of your natural hair type is to wash all products/oils/gels out of your hair with a clarifying shampoo then condition, rinse and air dry your hair. If you do not have defined curls or coils and your hair looks like a lovely soft fluffy cloud then you have gorgeous 4b hair. If you have 4b hair don’t bother buying this product for Wash-n-Gos. Instead use it for twist-outs or braids-outs for similar results.

Be warned…. Some believe that regular Wash-n-Gos are unhealthy for type 4 hair anyway – the reason being the tangling that comes from 4a/b hair’s super shrinkage may lead to breakage. It’s recommended that all hair in the type 4 range be kept moist and stretched with ends protected at all times to keep breakage and tangling at a minimum. Many type 4 naturalistas are able to retain 6″ of hair growth a year following this rule so give it a try.

Oh and KCCC works really great when you pair it with a superior leave in conditioner like Kinky-Curly Knot Today or Sensories Smooth Passionflower and Aloe leave in. Other curly hair products that are worth mentioning are Deva curl products for curly hair, we will have a few reviews on their best curl defining products very soon so subscribe to BlackHairOMG today for future updates!

Natural Hair Puff Tutorial for Type 4B/4C Natural Hair

natural hair puffThe natural hair puff is a go-to look for many stylish naturalistas.

The great thing about the natural hair afro puff is that you can use the style whether your hair is long or short.

This amazing high puff tutorial from I Am Posh Syd is specifically aimed at naturals with 4b and 4c type hair, but in reality many other naturals with different hair types can use this useful. Below we will also give you a list of the natural hair products she used to achieve her look.


Products used for Posh’s Natural Hair Puff:

How To Do The High Puff on Short Natural Hair

After doing the Big Chop in order to go natural many ladies realize that they have no idea what to do with their ‘do.

The time period following the Big Chop is the perfect time to start building a relationship with your kinks, coils and twists. It is also the time when your luscious locs need the most tender, loving care and when you will train your hair how to retain its moisture.

Instead of covering you hair up and waiting for it to grow long, try a cute high puff on short natural hair. Creating this natural hair puff style should begin with damp, moisturized hair. If it is not wash day use a spray bottle to dampen hair and apply a great moisturizer. The natural hair puff style will work with hair as short as 1 inch long.

Hair Puffed Up

The secret to a full puff on short hair is to not put your hair in a ponytail but to use a headband to create the puff.

  1. Moisten your hair with water and apply moisturizer.
  2. Use a wide tooth comb and soft bristled brush to direct hair up to the top of the head.
  3. Place the large headband around your neck.
  4. Apply edge control, pomade or gel around the edges and nape and smooth with the soft brush.
  5. Pull your headband up to your forehead and while using both hands slide the headband up until desired puff side is reached. The farther back you slide the band the smaller the puff will be.
  6. Fluff out puff, smooth edges and add hair accessories if desired.

Hair Puffed Out Style

  1. Complete steps 1-5 above.
  2. Instead of pulling the headband straight back pull one side of the band over to the side -Example: If you want the hair to fall to the right pull the left side of the band over to the right.
  3. Continue to step 6 above. Fluff your hair to cover the band.

Natural Hair Puff Around Version

  1. Part hair from ear-to-ear and create a short side part on whichever side you prefer.
  2. Create a braid or flat twist on each side of the part to frame the face (use of a holding product is optional).
  3. Use bobby pins to secure the ends of each braid at the back of the head.
  4. Fluff out the remaining hair.

Warning About Wrapping Your Hair Too Tight

As if a banging headache isn’t bad enough, using super-tight headbands all day for the sake of a cute natural hair puff can put you at risk for traction alopecia, it’s no joke.  As the headband squeezes your head, it’s actually s-l-o-w-l-y sliding its way up, pulling your hair along with it. You can lose hair from those pressure points, namely the very front of your head, the temple region and the points a few inches behind your ears.

Try this:

  • Soak your headband in an oil. The oil will help loosen the elastic bonds a bit. Afterwards, pre-stretch the band before you begin wearing it. Wrap it around a chair back or something wide enough to give a good stretch so that by the time you put it on, it won’t be as tight as when it was fresh “out the box”.
  • Make sure your hair is well-moisturized. Even when taking all the necessary precautions, you can still be at risk for breakage if you wear a hair accessory like a headband or scarf on hair that is in need of moisture. Those dry and thirsty strands are more prone to hair breakage.
  • Use a thin satin or silk scarf instead. You’re better able to control how tight your hair will be as you tie the scarf to form your natural hair puff. The main benefits of using silk and satin instead of cotton is that they won’t suck the moisture out of your precious hair.
  • Try pantyhose. It works! Pantyhose are nice and stretchy. Cut the foot and top of one side of an old pair lengthwise, so you have a piece long enough to wrap around the circumference of your head at least once. Like the shoelace, just tuck the excess in or use a couple bobby pins to secure the ends in place.
  • Use a shoelace. Yeah that’s right! Look, your hair is going to cover it up anyways so don’t be worried about it. Most shoelaces are plenty long enough to allow room to “give” and then whatever excess you have left hanging, just tuck it underneath and no one will know!
  • Take a break. A natural hair puff can be a great go-to style for its simplicity but constantly wearing the same hair accessories day after day after day can definitely cause unwanted wear and tear on your hair.

Hopefully these tips can help you on your way to natural hair puff perfection without sacrificing comfort and safety!

Recap of Products She Uses To Get The Natural Hair Puff:

And that’s all you need and all you have to do to get a cute natural hair puff!

How To Use Black Tea Rinse To Stop Shedding Hair

Here is everything you need to know about how to use a black tea rinse for shedding hair and stopping hair loss.

Black tea rinses can give your hair that extra growth boost that you desire, especially when you thoroughly cleanse and condition your tea stop hair shedding 1

According to many natural hair gurus this hair saving rinse absolutely works. So, for you tea heads out there who love a big cup of antioxidants to start your morning, you may want to give your hair and scalp a sip of it as well.

Whether you are looking to reduce shedding and add shine, elasticity, and bounce, there are a few rinses that you can use to help with your desired result. Check out this black tea rinse for hair method, and if you wish, add your own mixes to cater to your hair and beauty needs.

Black tea can be used to reduce hair shedding and save your locs. The caffeine in the better black tea brands help block DHT, the main hormone that is at fault for hair loss. Black tea actually contains more caffeine than coffee, and it works very well.

Here’s what you do. Simply apply the black tea rinse after you thoroughly shampoo and/or condition your natural hair. Some naturals like to leave the rinse in. Other curlies like to apply the black tea rinse while they are deep conditioning their hair.

Black Tea Rinse For Hair Helps…

  • Stop shedding
  • Strengthen hair
  • Create shine

If  you want to do a black tea rinse to stop shedding hair, here is what you will do:

Get 2-4 bags of black tea and steep them in hot, boiling water. Let them steep for a few hours, or overnight if needed. The stronger the brew, the better your hair results will be. Pour the black tea into a spray bottle, After you shampoo your natural hair, spray the black tea concoction onto your hair and scalp. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes.

Wash out the rinse and deep condition your hair. WARNING: The black tea rinse can actually dry out you hair, so it is important that you condition your hair afterwards. Do not skip that step, trust us. To ensure that your moisture is retained, try adding a top-notch natural hair deep conditioner on top of the tea rinse.

*Warning* Black tea is a natural hair dye. Be mindful that your hair color could possibly change.



Several famous YouTubers have confidently claimed that this black tea rinse has worked wonders for them with just one use. Some say they religiously do this black tea rinse every 2 weeks, and have received more than amazing results. Of course, every woman’s head of hair is different. But this is good, trust it.

Here’s the hair science behind Black Tea when it comes to your hair; it contains lots of caffeine.

The caffeine blocks the hormone that is known for hair loss (DHT). For whatever reasons you’re shedding (stress, postpartum, etc), this is said to be a natural way of fighting off hair loss.

Be sure to take advantage of this method on how to use a black tea rinse for hair and stop hair loss an please share this article with your friends and comment tea rinse stop hair loss shedding

Flexi Rod Tutorial on Transitioning or Relaxed Hair

This morning we received a great video from Vanni from the Cup of Vee Youtube channel.

She has an awesome Flexi Rods tutorial that she shared with me on the BlackHairOMG Pinterest account. The flexi rod tutorial shows how to use the popular styling tool on relaxed and mixed textured hair! It’s a great way to use flexi rods on natural hair that you’re growing out while transitioning from relaxed.

It really adds that perfect curl without applying heat! This is a tried and true heatless style as well as a certified protective hairstyle.

And again, please remember this technique and method for applying the flexi rods can most certainly be used on transitioning natural hair! This go-to style is perfect for you ladies that are transitioning to natural right now!
flexi rods on natural hair


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If you liked this flexi rod tutorial showing you how to get amazingly defined flexi rod curls, don’t worry, you can get more info like this very easily. For more black hair information from Vanni be sure to subscribe to her Cup of Vee Youtube channel and catch her on the other social media sites that she shares her valuable information on.

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Ultimate FHI Flat Iron Reviews Comparison

Warning: If you are looking for cheap flat irons, you’ll be wasting time reading these FHI flat iron reviews. They are not cheap, and that’s for a reason.

FHI never claims to be the cheapest, they pride themselves on the quality of their product instead. FHI flat irons are made to give you top-notch straightening results and performance, even with the high cost, this brand has a lot of fans, tons of women choose the FHI flat iron brand as their favorite and we’ll explain why. If you’ve been searching for accurate information and up-to-date reviews of FHI, I’ve rounded up the most important features, designs and reviews of these quality styling products for you. Let’s start with the flat iron from FHI that is widely seen as the best…

FHI Platform Plus Flat Iron Is The Star of The Brand

FHI products are made for different levels of customer needs, some women don’t need a flat iron that is good enough to be used in high-end salons, some women refuse to settle for less. FHI hair irons are made to suit the needs of both types of women. FHI is primarily manufactures basic level, middle level, and high-end or professional level flat irons. When you choose your straightener properly you can expect to find the flat iron with price tags nearly $100. FHI flat irons can last for 5 years assuring the quality, performance and durability. If you are searching for a very high quality flat iron for your hair salon, this brand offers great prices for the level of consistent quality you receive.

Top 4 FHI Flat Irons

  • FHI platfrom plus for straightening hair and even better for curling it.
  • FHI EPS Black Diamond Digital. The digital flat iron.
  • FHI Runway Flat Iron: Ultimate hair straightening performance – can do everything you need with outstanding results
  •  FHI platform, a 2-in-1 hair tool, for straightening and curling, affordable price

Review of some advanced features of FHI Heat Flat Irons

The Exclusive Proprietary Nano-Fuzeion™ Technology only exists in FHI products. They produce gently Far Infrared Heat, and low Electromagnetic Field is very effective for treating damaged hair gently.

Once you drag the flat iron on hair, it will lose heat, say, if the temperature set is 400F, when sliding the iron through your hair for a while, the temperature will drop to 390F. The FHI solved this problem with their RAPIDTEK™ Heating Technology which instantaneously balances heat lost to maintain the temperature consistently from the root to the bottom of your hair. This feature is only offered with the FHI Heat EPS Black Diamond Digital model. The ceramic tourmaline plates significantly reduce heat damage while treating your hair gently.

Check out FHI flat iron reviews from a pro hair dresser…


FHI Hair Iron Features and Design
FHI has a selection of digital flat irons, such as the EPS and Ruway models. You simply click the button + or – to adjust the heat level and the temperature is displayed on the LED screen.

Most of them will be automatically shut off after one hour if you’re not using it. The ceramic plates can get to as high as 450F.

The plates are made by 3 layers of ceramic. However the Runway model – one of the most expensive flat irons on the market features 6 layers and the LED display on the ion will show different colors when temperatures change to suitable hair types: red, blue and green zone. Looking at this color code you will never fail to set the wrong temperature for your hair type, it amazingly indicates the color match exactly for your type of hair.

What is about hair dry? No more, as claimed by FHI, the negative ions emits from the tourmaline surface lock in water in the hair retaining it the stable moisture condition. Every single product of FHI is made so that it gives you the most comfortable feeling while holding the iron in your hand. It’s is very lightweight you can be straightening hair on clients for an hour without feeling that your muscles are getting tired. Another bonus from having an FHI flat iron is that if you suddenly want to start curling hair, and think of using curling iron, they give you everything you need to create that hairstyle in minutes!

Fhi Flat Iron Reviews 2015

Review of Platform Tourmaline Ceramic FHI Heat Flat Irons

The FHI Platform Tourmaline Ceramic iron is a popular choice. It offers the wide range of plate sizes, so you always find the one for your hair type, that is really cool compared to other flat irons there are few options to for plate sizes. The ergonomic design comes with innovative beveled plates and allows you to straighten or curl to whatever wavy styles you desire.

1/2″ Plate Width


On Sale for $125.99


The wide range of plate sizes are always helpful, FHI offers everything from the smallest sizes for your hair needs to the some of the biggest you’ll ever need. The temperature dial is right on the side of tool housing, making it easy to adjust the setting.

When it comes to hair straightening flat irons, the user’s experience is the most important factor to evaluate the quality of a flat iron. So we will also give you real customer reviews of Platform Tourmaline Ceramic.

One user and her sister have been using this flat iron and left this review…

My sister and I absolutely love this straightener, we would not trade this this for anything else. It came in on time with everything they said it would come with. We’re blackgirls without perms and it does our hair wonders. I was recommended this product and decided to buy it off of Amazon seeing how it is one of my favorite sites to shop. The packaging was more than secure and I really appreciate that because it was a bit expensive. We still use it and have no complaints about it. I would definitely buy from this seller again and recommend all to choose this seller when buying hair products. Thank you


For those who use FHI the first time were impressive with the design, color, and result. One called it this is a curling iron and it works great on her natural hair. The iron gets hot very fast giving me a shiny straight look. If you have a natural hair like me,  it is easy for you to straighten it at around 350F, a reviewer says.

Read more reviews about Platform Tourmaline Ceramic FHI flat irons

Review of Platform PLUS Tourmaline Ceramic FHI Flat Irons

Sold As Low as $139.99


This model only features 1 inch plate width. All the features are the same as FHI Platform, however, it has ultra-curved edges, meaning aside from straightening, it is more suitably designed for curling hair.


Review Of The Run Way FHI Flat Iron

In the video an learn how to curl hair with a FHI Flat Iron

The Runway FHI Flat Iron is the highest quality FHI ceramic flat iron, it’s used by Hollywood stars and famous hairstylists. This is truly an evolved state of the art and tech-savvy flat iron that guarantees you the best hair straightening experience. The ergonomic design, modern technology innovation and un-matched performance are the most appealing aspects of this styling tool. Due to high price tag above $500, they are mostly used in elegant salons. The Runway possesses the highest quality ceramic plates with 6 layers.

This Salon-Level Flat Iron Is Usually Priced Over $500

This model has superior ceramic plates, easy digital control and clear display as well visible colors on the LED to point out which temperature are being used.

Review of FHI Heat Flat Iron: EPS Black Diamond Digital.

Made with advanced technology, this hair styling tool will make you feel like you’re using a smart device, the FHI Flat iron is the combination of technology and style and known for bringing the grooming industry’s latest developments. If you are addicted to smart devices, this is an ideal device you and for the tech-savvy stylists. The EPS iron features digital temperature control, color-coded for hair type and textures, and unmatched ceramic black diamond plates. The plates generate more 25% moisture-locking ions, drying out your hair will not be a major concern with this device.

The advantage of digital control is that you can change stepwise 1 degree, unlike conventional models there is limited setting( from 5 to 25).

The energy saving feature-sleeping mode will reduce the temperature into half after 3-minutes of non-use, then it will “awaken” when you touch it.

You see a lot of good things about FHI flat iron, there is a minor downside of this flat iron. Unlike other flat irons, EPS Black Diamond Digital doesn’t have the most common problem that comes from the heating such as the temperature of plates is not set exactly as number display on screen or on the dial. However, there are a couple of small complaints about the button for digital model, some users find it is hard to press. It is not a big deal, above all they are still a great value for the price.

Priced Just Under $200 Dollar – A GREAT Value!

Here are some reviews of EPS Black Diamond Digital.

I’ve only been using this for a week, but so far I’m very happy. I had a Solia straightener for close to 10 years which I loved, but this is better. It heats quickly, sleeps when inactive (great for me as I sometimes forget to turn off and unplug in the rush of the morning), and has been great at smoothing my very thick hair. I also like the carrying case and extra long cord, which has a Velcro attachment so that you can tie up the excess cord if you don’t need it to stretch so far or when putting away. I bought this at the recommendation of my hair stylist and as long as it holds up, I think it was a great purchase.


If you are serious about using the best hair styling tools, you probably have a lot of experience with a variety of flat irons, and are able to compare different brands including Chi flat irons, Babyliss flat irons, GHDs, etc, each one have unique features, but this is one of the All-Star hair styling tools according to most FHI flat iron reviews from real customers. There are fhi flat iron reviews for African American hair, black and natural hair reviews are easy to find, we even have video for you. If you like to, you can read more FHI flat iron EPS reviews here.

Final thoughts about FHI Flat irons.

It is up to you to decide if one of the FHI flat iron models is perfect for your needs or not, we simply wanted to give you the info you need, look at the unique features of these best FHI flat iron tools in order to make it easy for you to pick up the right one.

Facts about FHI Brand

FHI is reviewed as one of the best flat iron brands in the professional hairdressing industry, the man behind this  iconic brand is Shauky Glamani, he was a professional hairstylist. In early career his passion and talent translated into the styling products which developed the FHI flat irons commonly used today. He has been involved in manufacturing hair products for more than 32 years.

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