HOW TO: FLAT IRON NATURAL HAIR!

HOW TO FLAT IRON 4c type 4 NATURAL HAIR
POW!!!

OKAY listeeeeen, so you're about to see this really cute tutorial from a small Youtuber that really caught a lot of attention. Good AND bad attention girl...

Ahhh, I love the smell of fresh haircare dictators in the morning! Baaaaahaha...

Me personally, I can't understand why people get real-world angry about someone applying a little heat to their hair every blue moon. Yes, constant and harsh heat is a known hair killer, folks gets so EXTRA though!

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Soooo.... I'm guessing you disapprove???

I mean, I don't use heat. But do you boo... And if I do have any reaction it maybe some CONSTRUCTIVE advice or if somebody is totally jackin' their hair up and don't wanna listen, I just sit back, grab some popcorn and get my giggle on.

Life's too short too catch a nervous breakdown over somebody else's head of hair.

So let me tell you what happened girrrrrl, we've all seen the naturals that get waaaaay in their feelings about what someone else does with their own hair (you know the type), lol.

Well honeeeeeey, some of these folks I saw talkin' bukoo crap about this sista named Zoia was just a lil' too much.

Her tutorial below is actually quite good, truth be told. But she got soooo much backlash that she had to come back and explain her self...

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Zoia Explains That There's No Reason to Be BIG MAD

So look, the sista ended up coming back to say to all the natural hair rulers of the world...

"Guys, lol. This is crazy I have to post this but I rarely straighten my WHOLE head because I wear sew-ins and do other things to my hair. I give my hair breaks all the time and prior to me straightening my hair this time I went 3 months without putting any heat on my hair!

I'm fine with my hair. It's still healthy with my little heat damage in the front! Thanks for the advice though... (smiley face)"

She kept it peaceful and classy, as a true Queen does... And besides that, the proof was ALL THE WAY in the pudding.

The End Results: FIRE

So not everyone was a negative Nancy, many naturals showed love and tried to let this sista be great the best way she knows how to be.

And hey, you'll see for your-dang-self... The style came out GORGEOUS and it's not everyday that you see such quality results when straightening natural hair.

In the end, she helped some ladies figure out how to get it right. Here's an example of one of the positive comments...

"This is straight hair goals. I don't throw heat into my hair too often, but when I do..it won't do right for anything, lol. maybe 10 minutes of being straight before reverting"

Maybe it'll help you too, straightening your natural hair isn't a sin... I'll link to the video tutorial below. Check it out...

Video Tutorial: Straightening Natural Hair With a Flat Iron LIKE A BOSS!

Product Used Before Straightening Her Natural hair:

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How To Twist Natural Hair Properly for Twist Outs

How To Twist Natural Hair Properly for Twist Outs 4c natural hair type 4 hairstyles

OH BABY!!! I gotta something for you to see, your gonna wanna kiss me, you hear me?!?

Or more appropriately, after getting a taste of this tutorial on "How To Twist Natural Hair Properly for Twist Outs" you may feel like showin your love to this beautiful sista who goes by the name of "Igbocurls"...

[SEE ARTICLE: Top 10 Natural Remedies to Strengthen Your Hair!]

Look sis, let's keep it trill... (yes trill, lol). We're all in the struggle.

The YouTube "natural hair influencers" often leave out crucial information and leave a sista scratchin' her head wondering ....

"Am I the only one who is confused round these parts??? Well, maybe so..."

Well, you aren't the only one confused. No worries though girly! this sista helps you AVOID TIME-WASTIN'....

If you have been wondering why your twist-outs on type 4 natural hair never come out right or your twists never seem to stay without looking all frizzy, it's ALL covered in this tutorial. You'll learn how to twist properly for maximum hold, definition and plump twists for protective styling greatness

"Girrrl, I've Been Twisting My Hair Wrong The Whole Time!"

The most BOMB part you'll see in this tutorial is that she shows you how most of us are twisting incorrectly and end up lookin' dusted and busted, lol.

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You doing this???? Uh-ohhh...

Yes, she actually shows how to twist WRONG too, the exact mistakes we usually make that are the main reason you don't get defined long-lasting twists.

it may seem like common sense to many, but it's nerve-wracking for many melanin bombshells who have no idea why they cannot achieve that "bomb" twistout/defined curls/curl definition! The skruggle is real honey..... (I know how to spell "struggle", chill....)

I feel this is such an important video because most natural hair YouTubers don't focus on this subject, checoutuy the video tutorial here....

Video Tutorial: How To Twist 4c Hair Correctly for Twistouts

You enjoy this tutorial? Check out this quick article about The BEST Curl-Defining Products For YOUR Hair Texture!

Oh, and if you really liked Igbocurls, here is another video that I feel you will love. Bonus Vid from Igbocurls:

DIY - How To Use FRESH Aloe Vera On Natural Hair

 

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8 Super-Cute Natural Hairstyles on Old, "Dirty" Hair - Type 4 Styles

8 Super-Cute Natural Hairstyles on Old, "Dirty" Hair - Type 4 Styles 4c hair

See.... You're gonna think I'm nasty for this. Still, feel me on this though, we're not talking about super-gross, SMELLY dirty hair, just a lil' dirty, ya heard me? **Birdman voice, lol**

Listen sis, I saw this happen with my own eyes and in my own hair, it's weird, yet true though.

See... When my hair was a little "old" and my natural greases were building up, my styling was often POPPIN' more then ever.

I never understood why....

At that time I didn't know about the value of our natural scalp oils and what they do so you can enjoy better moisture retention, scalp health and hair strength.

[See article on the dangers of Product Buildup HERE]

But now I know, that's why love this tutorial on how to SLAY 8 dope natural hairstyles on old dirty hair! Cuz it beez like that sometimes! Let's keep it real!

Great Natural Hairstyles From a YouTuber I'd Never Known!

You know that our hope is always to show you someone that Youtube may not be throwing in your face every 5 minutes like the "big names" they promote...8 Super-Cute Natural Hairstyles on Old, "Dirty" Hair - Type 4 Styles 4c hairstyle

That way you see some information you may have never seen and these sistas can get some more exposure and maybe more support from the community!

So let me introduce you to this Youtuber that I just discovered today, her name is Kaay, and she's a gorgeous chocolatey sister who has some really underrated styling videos. That's why she's in the Black hairOMG SPOTLIGHT today!

Don't Sleep On The Gems She Non-Chalantly Drops

One must-do tip that Kaay mentioned and demonstrated very quickly was to start buy spraying the hair down with water (make sure it's not hard water) before starting to style it.

Do NOT SKIP THIS STEP!

Even if you're going to eventually add other hydrating products for your hair, start with that spritz of water to moisturize. Why???

Because NOTHING hydrates better than pure water. Everything else is secondary, please remember that.

See Video - Styling on "Dirty" Natural Hair - 4c/Type 4 Hairstyles 

 

You enjoy this tutorial? Check out this quick article about Vitagoods Scalp Invigorating Brush Hair Growth

Oh, and if you really liked Kaay, here is another video that I feel you will love. Bonus Vid from Kaay:

SKIN CARE UPDATE || CLEARING DARK MARKS & HYPERPIGMENTATION

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4C Natural Hair Doesn't Slick Down!? LOOK AT WHAT SHE DID!

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Girrrrrl. You might have come for the hair tutorial but you'll leave needing to know Adanna Madueke's makeup routine. STRAIGHT FIRE!!! Anywhoo...

Let me stay on topic for once in my life, lol...

Adanna's video is a detailed natural hair tutorial that MAGICALLY shows you how to slick down short 4c natural hair into a low puff.

And I mean she showed the whole process, and absolutely whipped it! Many of the girlies in the comment section were in awe, ha. To be honest, I was shocked at her results too!

Her Results Amazed Viewers

One of the best parts of the whole video was the comments, they are hilarious. The viewers just didn't understand how she pulled this off...

Here's an example of the comments:

"Even my hair doesn’t lay like this and I have 4a hair . Every time I slick it down , it does wave up but I still have a few stubborn curly hairs that REFUSE to lay down and I use a brush, water and gorilla snot gel."

So check out the tutorial and see the list of products that she used posted at the bottom of this article...

Video Tutorial: How To Slick down Short 4C Natural Hair

PRODUCTS USED:
1. Cantu leave in conditioner
2. Got2be glued clear styling gel 
3. Luster’s S-CURL Activator Moisturizer
4. Denman brush
5. Eco styler black castor oil and flaxseed gel
6. Freetress Drawstring Afro ponytail - COLOR 1B

 

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HOW TO Perm Rod Set on Short Natural Hair Tutorial+Night Time Hair Routine

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I think you're gonna absolutely love this tutorial for doing a perm rod set on short natural hair! So dope. And look...

One of the BEST THINGS about Alisa's video tutorial is that her information is straight to the point, not a bunch of fluff like some vids, it's just helpful step-by-step instructions and real help. On top of that, she went the extra mile that you hardly ever see from YouTube hair channels...

Alisa is the TRUE MVP for showing how you keep this style overnight, SO HELPFUL! That part is ALWAYS MISSING in tutorials.

Her Hair Not Short Enough For You?

The only half-way complaint/compliment I saw from the ladies who watched the vid is that some were saying that Alisa's hair isn't truly "short". Some said she's just being modest and that she only had shrinkage instead of short hair. Shoooot, well if so, here's the deal...

Even if your hair is too short to do her style at the moment, this FANTABULOUSNESS will give you the motivation to keep growing. Those curls turned out BOMB honey!

Video: Natural Hair Perm Rod Tutorial & Overnight Maintenance Routine

Products Mentioned In Alisha's Video on Natural Perm Rod Style

If you want to try this same gorgeous perm rod hairstyle on your natural hair, here are the exact products that she used to get this look!

 

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8 Super-Quick 2-MINUTE Styles On Short 4C Hair!

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Look sis... We all know that natural hair can be a pain to style when it is somewhat short. And many who have 4C hair feel even more limited.

You may think that you don't have enough 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]

These Quick Hairstyles On Short 4c Hair Got Em' Going Crazy Baaaby!

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...

8 Super Quick Hairstyles on Short 4c Hair Video

Super Cool Idea Using Kinky Extension Hair (not how you think!)

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!

Don't Sleep On The Small-Time Youtubers With Good Info! 

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!"

And look, I feel that this tastefully done short 4C hairstyles video is PROOF that so many unrecognized naturals have so much to teach.

Homegirl (Faye) doesn't have a lot of subscribers compared to the "big name" influencers, STILL though, I'm feeling these styles 100%!

If you feel the same way, make sure to click her vid and subscribe! let's look out for one another y'all, tell her BlackhairOMG sent you!

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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!

How to Grow Your Edges Back in 4 Weeks

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OK, so here's the deal. This young sista named Theveline was getting ready to go party it up on vacation in a few days...

So, of course, she needed to get her hair laid and slayed. Problem is, she ended up with her dang edges basically ripped off of her head. Girrrl...

If this happened to me I would cry a river and maybe catch a felony charge after I holla at that braider, lol.

A Hard Head Ends Up a Bald Head

See... Against her sister's warnings, she went ahead and let a braider braid her edges and they were super-tight, ready to pop, and they left her looking crazy.

Girrrl, edges just snatched clean off.

So freaked out of course, she was desperate, and she started researching and looking for ways to grow her edges back.

She stumbled upon a product that had gotten a lot of great reviews.

So she tried it. She found Wild Hair Growth Oil, a product that we've written about before on this very website.

Wild Growth Oil + Haitian Black Castor Oil = Edges Regrowth

It's pretty amazing to see... In just a matter of a week or two her hair started filling in again and then she saw on YouTube some tips to help her hair growth even better.

She noticed that a lot of people had been RAVING about castor oil and especially castor oil from Haiti. So she got the Haitian Black Castor Oil and started using BOTH oils together every other day.

She put them on her edges and in four weeks her edges COMPLETELY grew back and she was amazed and even shocked. Check out the video below and read about THE CONTROVERSY below the vid....

How To Regrow Edges Back In 4 Weeks!

Video Controversy - "The Africans"

OK, there's always some controversy right? Lol.

Well here's the deal, besides the great info about the products she used to grow her edges back fast.

Many women didn't appreciate how Theveline spoke about African braiders. Some felt she was stereotyping them for jacking up people's edges and saying that they are known to braid waaaay too tight.

While others were in the comments saying "you know it's true!"...

You know how folks are, always finding something to argue about, ha!

Anyway, all that aside. The proof is in the pudding for her edges, she got LIFE back in her scalp from those oils. Really good tips from the sis!

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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

Ohhh, the dreaded product buildup, you can see it and even smell it at times. It's not just harmless gunk, what it does to your hair follicles and scalp can be a hair killer.

Now look, nobody is gonna stop using product, we aint crazy. Let keep it real, without the assistance of good hair products, straight, curly, and kinky hair would ALL look a hot mess. Lol...

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 Specifically

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!