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Anonymous asked:

"Hi I was wondering where did you g set your unrefined Shea Butter?"

Hi! I got mine from an online store, Akuawood (here)

Braid-Out vs Twist-Out on 4C Natural Hair

Although I have been natural for over 3 years now, I have only ‘mastered’ the braid-out/twist-out on my hair in the last few months. So, I thought I would share with you the pros I have found of doing each style.

Pros of the braid-out:

  • Stretches the hair more
  • Can use larger sections when installing than a twist out
  • Requires less separation to achieve more volume

Pros of the twist-out:

  • Easier to install and unravel than a braid
  • Keeps the hair more clumped together, so less tangled
  • Definition lasts (slightly) longer

I like both styles, and which one I do typically comes down to whether I feel like braiding or twisting that particular day. Let me know which you guys prefer on your hair!

Dandruff Solutions for Natural Hair

I usually don’t like to talk about specific products I use because I don’t think they are what is really important. However, one product that has made a noticeable difference in my hair has been the Terrensentials Lavender Garden Hair Wash.

Although I used a (sulphate-free) shampoo every time I wash my hair, I would notice that I still had flakes in my scalp. I tried various products that just didn’t work. The Head & Shoulders left my hair feeling very stripped and straw-like. The ACV was a pain to use and it smelt really bad. Neither products made much of a difference to my scalp.

The only product that made the difference for me was the Terresentials Mud Wash. Not only does it effectively clean my scalp, but it leaves my hair feeling soft and conditioned. I can’t say that this will work for everyone, but it has been great for me so I thought I would share it with you guys!

How I use the product: I use the mud wash in combination with my regular sulphate free conditioner. I mix the mud wash with water in an applicator bottle and pour it all over my scalp and hair. I massage it in for a few seconds, then rinse it out. I follow with a co-wash. 

(NB: I was not sponsored by Terresentials to write this post, and I bought these products myself!)

Curlformers (Barrel Curls) on 4C Natural Hair

A video showing how I use the curlformers (long barrel curls) on my hair. As you can see, with these style of curlformers, you achieve a less defined curl, but more of a straightened look. Nonetheless, this is still a great way to achieve relatively straightened the hair without using any heat. 

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Simple Graduation Updo

I had my graduation a few days ago and this is what my hair looked like by the end of the day. It puffed up more by the end of the day but still looked alright. The style was really rushed but I liked the way it turned out in the end.

I braided my hair the night before so that I would have a braid-out as a base for my style. The next day, I only had 20 minutes to style my hair so I settled on this simple hairstyle. I achieved this by doing two loose flat twists and leaving a bit of hair at the front to frame my face. I didn’t have any of my hair accessories on me, but I think a head chain would have looked good. That was it! 

Anonymous asked:

"How do I flat iron my fine 4c hair without getting heat damage?"

Hey! I personally haven’t straightened my hair at all since I went natural. However, the general advice I have heard is that you should:

  • Make sure you properly condition your hair beforehand with a good deep conditioner.
  • Use heat protectant.
  • Use as low a heat as you can to achieve the results you want.

I hope that helped! You should check out this video by Mo Knows Hair, which seems very helpful.

Moisturising & Styling Loose Twists

Another video I made, showing how I maintain my loose twists. 

Anonymous asked:

"I've not been on your blog for long so I'm not sure if you've made a post about this but I have just decided to go natural and I am not sure where to start. I know I should co wash but how often? What drugstore brand do you recommend if any? And how can I grow out my hair? Those are the main things I would like to know but anything that can help a new natural gal is useful. Thank you. (Btw, I also have 4C hair)."

Hey! I understand how confusing and overwhelming it can be when you first go natural, so I will try to be concise.

Cleansing your hair

It is important to remember that the point of washing your hair is to try to get it as clean as possible without stripping it entirely of its natural oils. Co washing can be great for the latter, but in my experience it doesn’t clean the hair well enough to be done exclusively. I would recommend that you use a shampoo (preferably a sulphate free one) at least once a month. Personally, I shampoo every time I wash my hair.
I don’t live in the US, so I don’t know what drugstore brands are available. A relatively inexpensive product (in the UK) I have tried though is the ‘Yes To Carrots Conditioner’. I have heard the Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle brand is also good and cheap.

Growing out your hair

The key to retaining as much length as you can is to identify what causes breakage in you hair and do what you can to prevent it. The main causes of breakage, especially for 4c hair, are (1) dry hair, (2) tangled hair, and (3) damaged ends.

To avoid this, you need to make sure that you:

  • Moisturise your hair as much/often as it needs. Depending on your hair porosity, you may need to moisturise every day or only once every few days. Deep conditioning regularly will also help your hair maintain moisture.
  • Detangle your hair as needed, removing any shed hairs that could cause tangles
  • Avoid frequently doing styles that encourage tangles. You don’t have to exclusively do protective styling, just try to do more styles in which your hair is stretched.
  • Trim your hair as needed.

Those are the basics. I hope that helped, and let me know if you have any more questions!

Hair Update - July 2014

Hey everyone, It’s been a while! I haven’t really been doing any new things to my hair so I haven’t had much to blog about lately. Since it is the middle of the year, I thought I would do an update on my 2014 hair goals.

  • I have been wearing my hair down a lot more, particularly in braid outs. Compared to twist outs, braid outs give my hair a much nicer definition and makes it appear more full. Check out my video on how I do my braid outs.
  • Although my growth rate seems to be slower than the average rate (which is 1/2 inch per month), I have definitely seem some growth since the beginning of the year. I have also been trimming my ends a lot more frequently to avoid split ends so this may also have affected my length retention. Nonetheless, I’m happy with my growth so far!
  • I have also been doing my small ‘loose’ twists (Check out my video on how I do them) about once every two months, leaving them in for about two weeks. This gives me a nice break from regular styling.

That’s it! If you have any requests/ideas for blog posts or YouTube videos you would like to see please let me know! 

How I Do Small ‘Loose’ Twists

A video showing how I do this style. It is pretty simple but takes a while to do. 

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