101 Short Hairstyles For Black Women - Cute Natural Haircuts

Short hairstyles for black women are one of the natural hairstyles that many newly natural women use. Especially after a big chop in the first year of transitioning to natural, cute short haircuts for black women are beautiful!

Even among women who are not into the natural hair movement, short haircuts are very popular and there are a ton of great hair products for short hair now. More than ever.

When done right, these styles are definitely fierce and display a woman's confidence. So we're going to give you 101 amazing cute short haircuts for black women styles to give you some new ideas that you can try for yourself.

You can also share this article with your friends who never seem to find a hairstyle that they like, especially is they have coily type 4b hair or 4c hair.

Advantages of Short Hairstyles for Black Women

One things is for sure – short hair will never go out of style. Also, the shorter your hair is, the easier it is to switch hair hues and manage your  curls. Short hairstyles are easy to care for and will save you a bunch of time in the morning when getting ready for work.

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We collected 101 pictures of ladies who look great with their short hairstyles. They might inspire you to find a great style for yourself.

Real talk, cutting your hair in order to embrace natural hairstyles after a lifetime perming and chemically damaging your hair, may be one of the best decisions ever. There’s an extensive list of reasons why short hairstyles are the best option for some women. If you feel like you still want to discover new short hairstyles for black women for your cropped tresses try using these 101 natural hairstyles. Many women say that their hair feels healthier, it dries much more predictably when it's short especially when you get the benefits of using Argan MoroccanOil for your hair.

Experimenting with a close-cut ‘do after doing the big chop has been called "liberating" by many naturals. And there are so many things you can do with short natural hairstyles, you can try layered haircuts, curly hair short styles,  It makes perfect sense that cutting your hair short feels like a cleanse.

Some Of The Styles You'll Find In Our cute Short Haircuts for Black Women Gallery

  • Crop cut hairstyles
  • Short on the sides hairstyle
  • Cute short haircuts for black women
  • Short natural hairstyles
  • Natural hairstyles for work
  • Hair cuts with coloring
  • Curly short hairstyle

Enjoy these natural hair styles photos and natural hairstyles for short hair. If you want to get reviews of the best natural hair products you can get product reviews right here. And we also have selected our favorite natural hair products for short hair.

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

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

Knowing about the best perm rods on natural hair tutorials is critical because that will help you accomplish the best perm rod set on short natural hair ever, and with the best hair tools.

Let's keep it all the way real:

Bomb perm rods on shorter length Black natural hair are one of the cutest and most chic ways to get flaunt gorgeous kinks and curls around town.

Am I right or am I right?!

And that's why you'll love the tutorial video below for naturals with shorter or recently big chopped hair.

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 natural hair MVP for showing how you keep this gorgeous short perm rod hairstyle overnight, THIS TUTORIAL WAS SO HELPFUL! That part is ALWAYS MISSING in tutorials. You feel me?

Her Natural Hair Not Short Enough For You?

The only half-way complaint/compliment I saw from the other natural hair ladies who watched the perm rod tutorial vid is that some were saying that Alisa's hair isn't truly "short".

Some naturalistas said she's just being modest and that she only had shrinkage instead of truly short natural 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 Set on Short Natural Hair Tutorial & Overnight Maintenance Routine

Products Mentioned In Alisha's Perm Rod Set on Short Natural Hairstyle Video

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

Perm rod sets on kinky type 4 short natural hair or cold wave rod sets are super popular in the ever-growing and thriving natural hair community and the perm rods for short natural hair come in a bunch of different sizes and colors.

There come moments when we see so natural hair Black women wearing perm rod sets on their short natural that we can’t keep up with what kind of poppin' curls you can expect from each sized rod.

So you just have to try them out for yourself and see which perm rod set on short natural hair you like the most and gives you the cutest look.

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How To Pineapple Natural Hair & SAVE Your Curls! [Natural Hair Pineapple Tutorial]

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When you see a natural hair pineapple you realize that the genius of the Natural Hair community is ALWAYS on display. The different ways that we invent homemade natural hair & beauty products and creative ways to protect our lusciousness in order to keep the curls POPPIN' never stop! And one great example of this is the nighttime hairstyle started by beautiful naturals called "pineappling".

When you stop over-shampooing your hair, it's a MUST that we find ways to make that BELOVED wash day definition last much longer. And guess what boo!! Pineappling is a wonderful technique for preserving those precious curls while you're rolling around in bed (snoring all loud, lol), giving you your best 2nd, 3rd and even 4th day hair.

What is a Natural Hair Pineapple Protective Style

Gotta love that protective pineapple, haa. The natural hair pineapple is a loose, high ponytail on top of your head, that prevents the frizz, knots and flattened curls that come with lying on a pillow. This way, only the sides and back of your hair will be subject to your tossing and turning.

What You'll Need To Pineapple Your Black Natural Hair

The scrunchie or ponytail holder should be loose/tight enough that you loop it around your hair just once if possible. This stops a dent or crease from forming while you sleep. Many naturals prefer to use a satin scrunchie to stop accidental hair breakage and that depressing feeling of tearing hair out with normal hair ties. Ugh...

Many natural ladies also wrap their natural hair pineapple in a satin scarf or bonnet to protect their hair from the knots and dryness that comes with rubbing on a pillow, but if you don’t like to sleep with that on your head you can just sleep on a satin pillowcase.

What If You Have Type 4 Coils

If you have highly-textured type 4 hair, you may find that scrunchies or elastic still leaves an indentation in your luscious natural hair, if that happens then you can pineapple just using a satin scarf and bonnet. This is a tip we learned from NHP that is especially helpful for shorter hair.

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natural hair pineapple

How to Pineapple African-American Hair

Now remember, this natural hair pineapple is going to be a very loose ponytail, so we suggest that you start pineappling it right before you lay down for the night. It may slip a little but your hair should still be protected and don't forget your satin pillowcase boo!

  1. BEND all the way forward.
  2. GENTLY gather your hair on top of your head.
  3. SLIDE a scrunchie, elastic or special No-Crease Snap-Off Hair Tie around the base of the ponytail only once (or as loosely as possible) The looser the better to avoid creasing.
  4. *OPTIONAL STEP: You can clip the ends of your pineapple to your head or try NOT TO pull the ends all the way through to create a loose bun.
  5. PUT ON your bonnet or scarf last.

How to Take Down Your Protective Pineapple

The pineapple takedown is as important as putting it up. You can’t simply take your hair out of a pineapple and expect to walk out of the crib, you'll need to perk things up with some light styling.

This is how our Type 4a Editor Amanda takes down her natural hair pineapple.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM9KiMfGlCA

Now don't get me wrong, a natural hair pineapple is definitely not the only way to sleep with curly natural hair. If you've tried it and it didn't work for you, that's OK. We'll be highlighting other methods to protect the luscious, so stay tuned Lovelies!

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4C Natural Hair Doesn't Slick Down!? LOOK How to Slick Down 4C Hair...

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Girrrrrl. You might have come for the how to slick down 4c 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 - How to Slick Down 4C Hair

One of the best parts of the whole how to slick down 4c hair 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 how to slick down 4c hair tutorial tutorial and see the list of products that she used posted at the bottom of this article...

Video Tutorial: Do a Slick & Sleek Short 4C Natural Hair Bun

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

Best Type 4 Products List -  Slick Back 4C Natural Kinky Hair

If you want to find out how to slick down 4c hair for a ponytail or short natural hair into a bun with gel, there are many preferred products to choose from, here's our list:

  • Black ice protein gel
  • Gorilla snot gel
  • Eco styler gel

You can also check out NHP's 4C hair guide.

Alternatives To Chemical-Laden Gels

Natural aloe vera gel is a good choice for naturalistas who want to know how to put hair back without gels that have harmful chemicals and additives.

Just be careful to remember that pure aloe vera gel should be refrigerated, it's all-natural and will spoil more easily, it's a great alternative to gel for natural hair. It can help you slick back natural hair without waves when combing black hair backwards and give you a sleek look.

Another alternative if you want do a sleek ponytail without gel is to use ORS Olive Oil Moisturizing hair lotion.

You can see it in use with this video about how to do a sleek ponytail or bun without gel.

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Flexi rods on Relaxed Hair or Transitioning Natural Hair Tutorial [Tips]

This is a great Flexi rods on Relaxed Hair or Transitioning Natural Hair Tutorial we got this morning, it's a great tips video from Vanni from the Cup of Vee Youtube channel. So grab your flexi rod set and let's get popping!

She has an awesome Flexi Rods tutorial that she shared with me on the NHP 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.

Flexi rods on Relaxed Hair or Transitioning Natural Hair Tutorial

Flexi rods on Relaxed Hair or Transitioning Natural Hair Tutorial
Flexi rods on Relaxed Hair or Transitioning Natural Hair Tutorial

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

Flexi rods on Relaxed Hair or Transitioning Natural Hair Tutorial Products Used:

Products Used Flexi Rod Hairstyles Tutorial:

Just a quick note, the "Can my relaxed hair be healthy" series turned out to be bittersweet for your homegirl (me). Last week I did a quick roller set.

This week I did a roller set on the large size green flexi rods and thought it turned out super great.

But then, two days later the humid and soggy (hatin') weather and my hair did not get along or play nice with each other and my dang hairgot it's butt kicked and definitely lost the war!

So, let be clear and allow the record to show that it is not just sistas with Black natural hair who have to fight against crazy humidity and rain showers.

Dfeinitely rained on my hair's little parade, lol!

Sistas with straightened and relaxed hair have to be on the lookout as well! I did, however, get to write down in my hair journal exactly what I did to my relaxed hair in my Healthy Relaxed Hair Journal and thank the Lord that I got a few nice hair photos  snapped before the bad weather took me and my flexi rod curls on relaxed hair out of the game for good.

Don't believe the myths. Always understand that relaxed hair can very much be relatively healthy as long as you take proper care of your tresses!

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.

Social Media:
Instagram & Twitter: Sincerely_vanni

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Maximum Hydration Method on Type 4C Natural Hair

Girrrrl, don't you love natural hair videos where the sista actually has type 4C hair? Me too! And listen sis, this maximum hydration method 4C vid is next-level...

You are gonna be BLOWN AWAY at these super-defined gorgeous results on real, luscious 4C hair! With a technique that WORKS FOR US with 4C hurrrr...

Your jaw gonna hit the floor when you see the definition... Matter of fact...

You can start using this video as dang proof that 4C hair can be defined! Throwin' a big bucket of Shut-Up Juice on the nay-sayers, lol!

Think about it, type 4 hair can do it all, it makes an Afro that amazes, can hold defined curls, can be gloriously kinky, can make amazing type 4 twistouts, can be straightened, and of course, can display shrinkage that seems like a magic trick, haaa. Embrace it honey! It's GOD'S GIFT!!!

Wash-n-Go on Type 4 Hair? Yes, and Poppin' Like Hot Grease- Maximum Hydration Method 4c Hair!

This maximum hydration method 4c hair tutorial is so needed in the natural hair community, it shows the doubters that type 4 wash n' gos are not only possible but (with the right technique) look amazing and defined!

No more listening to people saying they "can't 4C" a wash-n-go, your 4C wash-n-go can be a showstopper, proofs in the pudding! So look...

Check out this Maximum Hydration Method on Type 4 natural hair tutorial right now...

Maximum Hydration Method on Type 4 Natural Hair Wash N' Go


Healthy Journey Series | Maximum Hydration Method on Type 4 Hair

Products Used For This Method...

OK my melanista mama, here is the quick-list of the products used in her type 4 hair tutorial to get the final (gorgeous) results...

Problems & Concerns With This MHM Routine

Hey babe, nothing is perfect, and not everything is for everybody. So let's address some of the things SOME Lovelies have an issue with...

  1. Take a lot of time to do (at first...)
  2. Products used are bit pricey (for some folks...)

Addressing problem #1 - OK, we admit it. This type 4 natural hair routine may look like high-maintenance and like hard work but don't worry. The Maximum Hydration Method trains your 4C hair to be and stay moisturized over time.

After a while of this, the time required to make your hair look super-defined will be less and less until you only have to spritz water on it.

In fact. The more you keep your hair moisturized and defined the juicier your hair becomes. So even if it looks dry the first time around keep doing it, your hair will get used to being moisturized and defined.

Addressing Problem #2 - Products Too Expensive? Well, it really depends on who you are, how important the final results are to you and how bad you want the POPPINGEST OF CURLS.

Some women feel the Kinky Curly natural hair products are so expensive and are scared off by the price tag and the same can be said for Camille Rose's hair helpers. At the same time though, other Lovelies are snatching these products up like hot cakes.

Who am I to say? It's your call. By the way, before ending this article I want to post another very video that shows many details about the Maximum Hydration Method on type 4 hair as well. Check it out below!

BONUS VIDEO: Protective Princess + Maximum Hydration Method Wash and Go

Reader Comments on This Method...

Here's an interesting comment from another Type-4 haired natural who has her own technique... Here's what Michelle had to say:

My hair is just like hers and gets as much definition, if not more, with some Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex conditioner, a little coconut or olive oil, and some eco styler gel on wash days. I’m glad she found what works for her though...

- Michelle T.

I honestly did not know doing a wash n Go on 4C Hair was possible. I’m a believer now 😍 I can’t wait to incorporate this into my hair routine!

- Kenya Small


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How To Regrow Your Hairline and Edges

1. RELEASE TENSION: Newbies make the mistake of always wearing their natural tresses in a puff. Usually pulled back a tight elastic band, this is a major no-no. After a while, it starts to tug and pull at your edges, making them fragile and thin. Regular ponytail wearers should also take heed. Don’t wear a ponytail style for longer than two days. Let your hair breathe.

2. STOP INFLAMMATION: Inflammation is the culprit for most hair loss. The scalp may be damaged or irritated, causing the edges to thin and fall out. If you have a sensitive scalp plagued by psoriasis or dermatitis, sometimes oils can make it worse. Try switching to pure vegetable glycerin for your edge and scalp remedy. Those who can use oils should try massaging Jamaican black castor oil onto the area everyday.

3. LEAVE OUT YOUR EDGES IN PROTECTIVE STYLES: Make a special request to your stylist to leave out your edges when getting a faux curly style to ensure that they will not be pulled to the high heavens for six to eight weeks. When wearing braids, tell your braider that your edges should be braided securely but NOT tight.

4. USE ROSEMARY & THYME ESSENTIAL OIL (SOOTHING FOR DRY EDGES): These are both anti-inflammatory and soothing when added to carrier oils like olive, sesame and castor. If the herby scent is a bit much for you, add several drops of grapefruit or lemon essential oil for a yummier aroma. Rosemary & thyme both encourage growth and give the slightest tingling sensation that increases blood circulation to your edges.

Also, how to slay your edges with little-known tricks...

PROTECTING and CARING for your natural hair edges, you see...

How to Regrow Your Hairline Edges

Her's what some in the medical community has to say about how to regrow your hairline and how to regrow edges....

“The hair around the hairline is finer and more fragile than the hair strands throughout the rest of the scalp,” explains trichologist (hair & scalp specialist) Kari Williams, who works with Brandy (Ray Jay's big sister), Meagan Good, and Hollywood actress Ava DuVernay (of "When they see us" and more), as well as Willow Smith.

When it comes to knowing how to regrow your natural hair edge and baby hair she knows her stuff... the celebrated scalp specialist goes on to say...

“Additionally, the hairs around the hairline are manipulated, brushed, and pulled more than the other hairs, which increases their fragility.”

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How To Regrow Edges On Natural Hairlines Fast

You know the expression you are what you eat. External changes can come from your diet, the vitamins you consume, and changes that happen internally, like hormones. Maldonado recommends consuming over-the-counter vitamins, saying, "you will see a difference in your hairline after about three months of taking hair-regrowth supplements." He adds, "but remember, this difference is more of a filler and helps to strengthen the hair, and help it grow faster." If you're looking for major changes in the thickness of your hairline, he says, "the best way to regrow it is by taking supplements or a certain medication prescribed by your doctor."

Whether or not you're experiencing changes in your hair, a daily multi-vitamin should be part of your regular regimen anyways, as well as an overall healthy diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and plenty of water. As for additional supplements, Nutroful and Viviscal are among Madonado's favorites, as they are both natural daily supplements.

Castor Oil Helps Big Time With Edges

We all know about the benefits of Jamaican Black Castor Oil for growing out your hairline and boosting regrowth of stubborn, fading edges...

Castor oil has many uses, the raw one, unrefined, unmixed etc. is a one stop shop. But the raw castor oil smells way better than the Original Jamaica Black castor oil. I remember trying the original Jamaican black castor oil and praying for the bottle to finish. It’s hard to be in a relationship when your hair smells funky every night, so it was such a relief when I found out the Jamaican Black castor oil comes in different scents.  The one I am currently using on my hair line is the one that’s mixed with coconut. What a relief!!!

The Jamaican Black Caster oil is great for hair growth and hairline, trust me, I’m using it and I CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE. It’s been a month now and I’m happy with the product. Its yellow brow, not good for white sheets and pillows so make sure you put it on in the morning and later in the evening sleep with a conditioning silk cap to prevent your hair product from staining your white sheets.

I'd recommend this Jamaican Black castor oil only because I see a little difference and because its the only thing I’ve tried (on its own) that’s worked.

Due to its Riconeleic acid, a special fatty acid found in the hair growth oil, and the presence of Vitamin E, absorption of this edge growth tag-team can increase your white blood cell count (aka lymphocytes) and speed up the toxin removal process to promote baby hair edges healing.

To make your hair growth JBCO even more powerful, you can try mixing several lighter oils with JBCO to help in regrowing your thinning edges.

Finding a mix of oils that work best for your natural hair will take a bit of experimentation, but mixing one teaspoon of the tried-and-true oils such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil is a good place to start.

Do Protective Styles Protect & Regrow Your Edges??? Many Don't...

Restrictive styling restricts your hairline regrowth goals. If you're a braid lover, make sure to take a four-week break between protective styles to give your hair a rest.

Use The Right Vitamins For Regrowing Edges

Why not use Vitamin D and invest in Biotin? Make sure to thoroughly read reviews for quality vitamins before buying.

Adam Friedman, a program director at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, is on the same page as Romanowski. "While it does have antimicrobial properties which may be useful in terms of fighting off bacterial or fungal overgrowth on the scalp that can lead to hair-damaging inflammation, there is zero evidence [showing] it is helpful for hair growth," he says, adding that some people can actually be allergic to castor oil and experience inflammation, ultimately doing more damage than good to the scalp. "To propose that castor oil accelerates hair growth, a tightly regulated process (one centimeter per month) for which FDA approved medications for hair loss do not impact, is ridiculous," he states.

Well, there you have it, folks. Without legitimate clinical evidence, there's no way of telling whether castor oil is the hair-care cure-all some people claim it is. That being said, as long as you consult your doctor first, there should be no problem with you experimenting with it on your own to see how and if it works for you. At the end of the day, we're not calling anyone a liar, but facts are facts, so until there's more science-backed information on the subject, it's best to take any glowing testimonials with a grain of salt.

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OLD Braids Take Down: How to Safely Detangle MATTED & TANGLED Hair

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detangling natural hair after braids - how to take down matted braids

Learn how to take down matted braids and detangle like a boss!

Imagine this... You are seeing ALL KINDS of new growth under your braid hairstyle after about 3-4 months, you feel so HYPE to take the braids out to hear errrbody going crazy over your new, longer hair...

You get to taking the braids out and you have a matted mess! All your BRAND NEW luscious is super-tangled.

And as hard as you try to detangle with gentleness you just start seeing chunks and chunks of new growth fall into your hands. And you just feel like crying because you don't know how to take down matted braids and detangle without too much breakage ...

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That happens waaaaaaay too much, but one tiny Youtuber has a video tutorial that might go into the detangling Hall-of-dang-Fame...

You're gonna love this one hun!

Step-by-Step Blueprint to Detangling Matted Natural Hair After Braids!

This is amazing, this sister has so few followers that she hides her subscriber count, but this ONE video has more than ONE MILLION VIEWS! It's THAT GOOD, it NHP type of good!

Why?

Because in 4 her step-by-step instructions, this beautiful queen named "Sehvynn" shares how to detangle matted hair after wearing braids, and how to take down matted braids without causing damage or breakage to your natural hair.

Best thing is, this method is inexpensive and works like a charm.

It is key for helping you to actually retain your new hair growth from the protective style you've been using to protect the luscious!

Nice Cheap Trick for Steaming Natural Hair Too!

Sehvynn says she was looking out for all the broke college students on this tip and it was really good. She shows a great DIY hair steaming technique, so whether you're in college or not, if you don't have enough money to get a natural hair steamer you can use this nice lil' hair hack! You know we loooove useful natural hair hacks...

Natural Sistas LOVED This How to Take Down Matted Braids & Black Hair Detangling Video!

I just want you to see how much impact this video showing how to perform a BRILLIANT how to take down matted braids and how to safely detangle tangled and matted hair....

Emmanuela M said...

"R.I.P to all the hair I lost before learning this how to take down matted braids method..."

Lee Williams said...

"Someone finally told the truth about detangling..."

Mel Bowen said...

"This is the best how to take down matted braids and fast detangling video I've ever seen!"

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Bomb Braid-Out 4C Hair FRO Technique!

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Braid Out on 4C Hair Tutorial

This braid out on 4c hair is FIRE and just like we do on the 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!

Who doesn't love new ideas?!? ( See This 4b/4c Puff Tutorial! NEXT! )

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.

braid out 4c hair
When They Claim "4C" and Issa Lie.

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.

But honeeeeeey...

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:

Anywayz.... Check out Teanna and her braid out 4c hair, subscribe to her channel if you like the 4c goodness all up inya face and tell her we sent you to spread love in the community.

Stay blessed up yáll!

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Transitioning "Scab Hair" & Follicle Shape Change Theory...

If you have not read about scab hair or how to change hair follicle shape you may not have the information needed to get the best har ever.

You need to get in touch with certified trichologist (hair and scalp specialist) and health scientist, Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, you are missing out on a WEALTH of information.

In her book The Science of Transitioning: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals the health scientist shares some interesting insights about the "scab hair" phenomenon and how the Follicle Shape Change Theory plays a major role. Below we share some of what we learned from her book and you'll also get links to her best-seller works at the end of this article. Check out what we learned from her about...

Perming and It's AFTER-EFFECTS of SCAB HAIR when Transitioning

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Book about scab hair & theories on how to change hair follicle shape

According to the scalp specialist, one major way that perms and other relaxers may have an effect on your scalp can be heard in the natural hair community's debates about the myth or reality of "scab hair". Since it's impossible to form an actually scab on hair follicles we'll refer to it as "transitional hair".

Transitional hair is a phenomenon that many new naturals experience just after their Big Chop, and it is defined as a combination of dry, wiry and semi-straight natural hair that does not have a defined curl or coil pattern, even with the best curl defining products.

This transitional hair (aka "scab hair") is usually isolated to the first few inches of new growth that emerges after you've stopped relaxing with chemicals. Nobody knows for sure what the cause is for these changes to your hair - but there are some really good theories and we'll talk about it right now.

How to Change Hair Follicle Shape - Follicle Shape Change Theory

According to the "Follicle Shape-Change Theory", extra-dry, unpredictable transitional hair is caused by actual physical changes to the hair follicles' structure as a result of the long-term use of chemical relaxers, this causes many natural-haired Black women with newly big chopped kinky hair to wonder how to change hair follicle shape.

Don't worry though, if you're new to going natural, you should know tha transitional hair is a temporary newly natural hair situation that is usually resolved as your healing hair follicle heal up and the hair grows and settles into its permanent natural arrangement.

Some naturals are convinced that "scab hair" is a hair care industry myth or that it's something that was dreamed up by new naturals and transitioners to explain away their unwanted hair textures.

But for those who feel they have experienced "scab hair" or transitional hair themselves, but scab hair is all too real. But, since there's no specific scientific research to prove or disprove that transitional hair exists, theories are all we have to work with at the moment. It is easy to  see what newly natural women are going through though. This is not imagined or paranoia.

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Check out these best-selling SCIENCE OF HAIR books from Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, her most popular book is The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care.

The scab hair & how to change hair follicle shape information we learned and spoke about in this article is from The Science of Transitioning: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals, learn everything you need about scab hair and how to change hair follicle shape, the newly natural hair book is instantly available at Amazon  HERE: https://amzn.to/2L5qZ9b

How to Grow Edges in a Week or 2 Weeks if Motivated, 4 Weeks if Lazy

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You wan to know how to learn how to grow edges back in a week? Or if you're not willing to be consistent, you wanna know how to grow edges in 2 weeks?

I got you:

You will know how to do it, FAST!

This is not an article for lazy natural, I'm not gonna front...

Still:

You can quickly learn how to grow edges in a week or 2 weeks if motivated, 4 weeks if you're flippin' not truly motivated.

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 wanteed to get her hair laid and slayed. The big problem was, she ended up with her doggone edges basically ripped off of her head by a bogus hair braider.

Girrrl...

I would have had to tear the club up, my focus wouldn't have been on how to grow edges in 2 weeks, LOL. But I'm working on being a better person, pray for me. Cuz see...

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

A Hard Head Ends Up a Bald Head

See... Against her sister's warnings, she went ahead and let a natural hair braider take charge and braid her edges and of course they were braided super-tightly, to the point of hurting, ready to pop, and the bad braid job left her looking crazy.

Girrrl, her poor edges just got snatched clean off.

So the sista freaked out of course, she was desperate, and she started researching and looking for ways how to grow edges back in a week or  how to grow edges in 2 weeks, as soon a freakin' possible, yot feel me?

So eventually, our type 4, natural haired sista stumbled upon a hair growth serum product that had gotten a lot of great reviews from kinky-haired natural women.

So she tried the hair growth serum. You see...

She found Wild Hair Growth Oil, a product which some have claimed grew their edges back in 2 weeks or less.

If you're a regular reader you probably know that we've written about before wild hair growth oil on this very website.

Wild Growth Oil + Haitian Black Castor Oil = Edges Regrowth In a Week or 2 Weeks

If I walked up to some kinky curly sisters on the street and said that I knew how to grow edges in 2 weeks or even crazier, how to grow edges back in a week, they'd probably roll their eyes and tell me to kick rocks.

Here's the deal though:

It's pretty amazing to see... In just a matter of a week or two this natural-haired sister's hair started filling in again on her scalp and aroung her edges and then she saw on YouTube some tips to help her hair growth efforts even more.

Getting fast hair growth for edges, better and more convincingly sure than ever!

She noticed that a lot of naturalistas had been RAVING about castor oil for Black hair growth and especially castor oil from Haiti. So she got the Haitian Black Castor Oil and started using BOTH oils together every other day, hoping to grow her edges in 2 weeks or less.

And even though she would have liked to be able to claim that she knows how to grow edges in 2 weeks or even how to grow edges back in a week, she failed and can't say that.

But her hair growth success and the thick edges DID COME!

She put the hair growth oils on her edges and in four weeks her natural edges COMPLETELY grew back and she was amazed, blown away and even shocked. Check out this natural hair growth tutorial video below and read about THE CONTROVERSY below the natural hair edge growth vid....

How To Regrow Edges Back In 4 Weeks! 2 Weeks If You're On Your Game...

Video Controversy - "The Africans"

OK, there's always some controversy when we talk about how to grow natural hair edges fast, right? Lol.

Well here's the deal, besides the great info about the edge growth products that she faithfully and consistently used to grow her edges back in about a month.

Many women didn't appreciate how Theveline spoke about African braiders and how they dealt with her natural hair.

Some naturalistas felt that this beautiful Black woman was unfairly stereotyping  some African braiders for jacking up people's natural hair edges and saying that they are known to braid waaaay too tight.

A practice that not only won't allow you to grow edges in two weeks or less, but will halt or stunt natural hair growth around your edges completely. Or atleast cause increased breakage rates.

It's funny though, because...

Lots of natural-haired Black women were in the comments saying "you know it's true!"...

You know how our folks are, always finding something to argue about, ha! Especially when we're talking about naturally kinky, coily hair...

Anyway, all that aside. The proof is in the pudding for her NHP natural hair edges, she got LIFE back in her scalp from those hair growth oils.

So I have to admit, we get some really good tips on how to grow edges from our sister!

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101 African Hair Braiding Pictures - African Braids Photo Gallery

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 photo gallery. You can pick and choose the NHP hairstyles you love (or dislike) and find the styles that you can use in the future.

[ See related article: What does Moroccan oil do for your hair? ]

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.

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African braids pictures - African hair braiding pictures

Best-Selling Products Related To African Hair Braiding

These NHP natural hairstyles are wonderful, but a great stylist is the most important part so that you can take your own gorgeous African braids pictures to send us.

If you enjoyed this article showing beautiful African braid hairstyles you will probably like our article about how to rock amazing crotchet braids or even our 4 natural hair breakage treatment tips article.

How STRETCHING Your Natural Hair Stops Breakage

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If I've told you once, I've told you a million times. GET TO STRETCHING (Martin voice, lol). You see, this is a MUST DO for the long and lovely locs that just don't stop. Fact is...

If there's ONE THING in common with sistas who have loooooong type 4 hair, it's that they wear their hair in stretch styles. You betta believe it....

Apart from other critical regimen techniques like constantly moisturizing their hair, using the right products, keeping protein balance, and avoiding damaging chemicals, most women with long kinky hair that OWNS every room they walk into, wear their hair in stretched styles... Often.

It's so important.... Why?

{ See an article about the best flat iron for a natural hair silk press }

Knots Are The Enemy Of Long Kinky Hair

If you've just done TBC (the big chop) or you have short hair, there's FAR less chance for your lusciousness to form tangles and knots.

See, for short hair, it's difficult for your strands to completely loop around themselves.

It's like someone with super short legs and small feet, they don't to worry as much about tripping over their own feet like the tall, long-legged geek with big feet. (raising my hand, I'm that tall geek, lol)

OK, regardless of that possibly failed analogy... Look...

Fact is, as your hair grows, the ends become more susceptible to tangles because that's the nature of kinky hair. The tight coils, curls and kinks like to curl back into themselves, that's the cause of our oh-so-famous "shrinkage".

[See this post with 21 photos showing HOW REAL THE SHRINKAGE IS.]

Don't trip though, shrinkage is a great or bad as you decide to view it. I personally think the shrinkage is MAGICAL. But that's me...

And hey, shrinkage is a great way to observe if your hair strands are healthy or not, but can pose a big problem when your goal is to grow your kinky hair really long.

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As your kinky hair strands start  "gettin' into the mix" and curling back into the others, they can easily form the dreaded (no pun intended) single strand knots or multi-strand knots and set your length retention way back.

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Apart from the severe cuticle damage they cause, they can either break off at the knot or tangle up with other strands and form giant knots. Girrrrrrrl...

This can quickly lead to a lot of breakage (a lot of crying) and make it seem like your hair is not growing when it really is.

Never Comb or Brush Unstretched Hair!

Let's be real.... There are many ways to form tangles with long kinky hair, but for the most part, they're almost guaranteed to happen every time you try to comb or brush unstretched hair, especially when it's not wet or drenched in highly-moisturizing products, it's obvious that trying to comb through full kinky hair is going to cause some problems.

Simple Solution To Knots & Tangles

A very effective way to avoid all of this is to wear your hair in stretched styles. See, kinky hair loses moisture quickly and has stronger carotene bonds than straight hair.

So when it dries it tends to shrink up and become really stiff. Stretching your hair is a safe and easy way to avoid tangles and knots so you can retain length.

With stretched hair your strands won't loop back into itself and form knots, also it's a lot easier to comb and detangle without causing more tangles.

Stretching 4C natural hair (video)

SMART Stretched Natural Hairstyles

There are a lot of stretching techniques and styles available, believe it or not most of them are not anything new and have been used all over the world for centuries.

Bantu knots are really popular in the fashion, movie and the music industry because they are SLAAAAAYAGE personified honey!

They're a great way to differentiate yourself and add an edge to your style. A bantu knot out creates a more curly wavy pattern that's fun and springy.

Even still, there are many other stretching techniques like threading buns and wraps, they each have unique benefits and limitations so it's best to try them to see which one works best for you.

Trouble Stretching Very Dense Hair?

For Lovelies with highly dense hair, you probably have noticed that none of these methods are as effective at stretching your hair. Well...

The proper use of heat can help greatly in safely stretching your hair, but everyone is different and unique. The way someone with straight hair uses heat is completely different from how someone with kinky hair would use it.

For kinky type 4 hair the heat should be kept to a minimum and should be used less frequently, for example, no more than once a month. I hope this article was able to help you understand why stretching her hair is so important for length retention LOVES!

HOW DO I KEEP MY FLAT IRONED HAIR FROM BECOMING SO GREASY?

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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.

[ARTICLE: Getting SILKY Straight Natural Hair Without Perm!]

Starting Out Clean and Moisturized a MUST...

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.

Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree Conditioner for Oily Hair, Rahua Conditioner, Living Proof No Frizz Conditioner, Mixed Chicks Leave-in Conditioner, Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner, Carol’s Daughter Leave-In Conditioner and Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner and Heat Protectant are all great picks.

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. flat ironed natural hair

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.

[ARTICLE: A Brush That Straightens Hair?!? Does it Work?]

How To Straighten Your Natural Hair the Safe Way

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Hey, girl, heeeey! Look, my Melanated Maven, I thought you would LOVE this video from Jewellianna demonstrating how she goes about her hair SMART straightening routine.

Her tutorial video displays how she systematically takes her kinky-curly natural hair from super-coily to completely straight. 

[See Article: KinkySTyles' 7th Year Length-Check...O.M.G...It's CRAZY!]

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!

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 Enjoy! And if you want more information on hair-straightening brushes, we have a couple new articles for you to check out after watching her video.

 

Black Hair OMG Extra Tips.

So we love this vid, of course, that's why we are highlighting it for you. But still, let us also give you our quick take on what we think may improve this technique....

BlackHairOMG's take on this video about safely straightening natural hair is that we would suggest that it's a good idea to consider using use cool air for the blow dryer. That way, you would not be using heat on top of more heat when you get to the flat iron (click here for FHI flat iron reviews).

And here is another cool option...

You can try banding your hair first in order to stretch it out, this helps to protect your hair because you are not putting unnecessary heat to your natural tresses. Which is always a good thing.

NEXT ARTICLE: Get your curls poppin' with hair steamers for natural hair.

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4 Protective Natural Hairstyles To Retain Length

Look... Anybody on a natural hair growth journey knows that hair growth pills are not the end of the journey. Well...

The very-popular "Chime" shows us 4 cute and convenient ways to protect the crown and stop our hair from being exposed to outside danger.

And she doesn't hide what she is applying to her hair to make it look so healthy...

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She used vegetable glycerin because it is a natural humectant, which means it makes your hair strands absorb moisture from the environment more easily.

She also combined Uncle Funkies Shining Star Skin, Hair & Scalp Elixir which has jojoba oil with virgin coconut oil to go ahead and seal in all that hair health inducing moisture.

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 3rd style is used the French-Braid natural hairstyle and made it more formal and business-ready. It looks soooooo moist and gorgeous OMG!

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...

[Check out this article about NEVER USING SHAMPOO AGAIN!]

How To Do Havana Twists - What Hair to Use for Havana Twist Tutorial

You want to know how to do Havana Twists? Great, you'll find out how to do exactly that right now as well as learn what hair to use for Havana twists. When you look in any popular black natural hair products blog 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 styles 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. And let's be honest, all of the natural hair growth products in the world won't stop breakage against harmful manual manipulation. 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, much more fragile and the edges become hard to regrow. Havana twists are much larger in size, thus, there is a greater chance of them being too heavy around your hairline and causing breakage. To prevent breakage, uninstall the twists every two weeks and have to 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 Havana twists 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!

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POW!!!! Curl Pop Central!

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 (SEE THIS ARTICLE to avoid the most dangerous product ingredients). 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

"Perfect"

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!

 

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How to Make a Crochet Wig - [Method #7]

How to Make a Crochet Wig - [Method #7]

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How to Make a Crochet Wig - [Method #7]

Crochet braids are a popular protective hairstyle for naturals. Here is the problem though.

You may be in love the crochet-braids look, but just don't have the time, energy or patience to put  them into your own hair. Well there is a solution for natural who don't have the time for braid installation.

You can make a crochet wig instead, which you will definitely be able to get done much, much faster than crochet braids!

Learn How to Make a Crochet Wig & Style On Em'!

If you’re the type of natural-haired woman who always gets the itch to change your hairstyles because you get bored of the same old same hairstyles quickly, the crochet wig will be a nice go-to option to help you switch your style up a bit and strut your stuff on the red carpet of life.

You can remove the wig on a daily basis or whenever you choose. Wigs give you the ability to care for your hair better as well, because there is nothing adding a barrier when you need to cleanse or moisturize your real hair. In this way, you'll be able to continue nourishing your hair with the best hair products and keep it healthy.

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Beautiful Crotchet Wig - Learn How To Make a Crochet Wig

What you will need:

Explanation of the process

There is a big difference with this method versus doing crotchet braid. With crotchet braids, your hair is curled prior to you installing it on the wig. If you ever had to curl your extension hair using perm rods before you know the potential dangers of using boiling hot water. You have to be extremely careful in order not to burn yourself.

No worries using this crotchet wig technique, you will not have to be on high alert for this. The cool thing is, once you have set all the hair that you are going to use you can get all of your hair curled in one easy step. Simply place all of the hair in a bowl of boiling hot water, pat dry with a towel as you normally would to remove excess water and remove from the rod and crochet away.

When you crochet the hair onto the wig it undoubtedly will go a whole lot faster, because you can easily see what you are doing. Whereas when you are doing extensions, areas like the back of your head will be very time-consuming.

This video by Lekita Antoinette shows how to make a marley braid crochet wig. Check her video out below and please share this article on Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest if you have friends that may like this tutorial.  

Video Tutorial: Make a Crochet Install at Home


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4 Black Women Discuss Professional Hairstyles for Natural Hair In The Corporate World

Here’s the deal: Professional hairstyles for natural hair are becoming a very big topic of conversation lately.

With the up-rise of the natural hair movement and the large number of black women working in corporate America, it was bound to become a topic of conversation.

Do you work in corporate America?

Do you have plans to work a corporate job and keep your natural hair?

Well these women do and they talk about the challenges they face, silly questions they answer and the mental strength needed to be comfortable in their own hair when many people are not yet accustomed to seeing it or even understanding it.

Professional hairstyles for natural hair in the corporate world is often a matter of opinion, but when most of those that surround you have opinions based on lack of knowledge or exposure, how would you handle yourself?

That's what makes this video interview about corporate hairstyles for natural hair interesting.

The questions that these women have to face on a daily basis are quite revealing and has caused some to shy away from enjoying their natural hair to the fullest. Check out the video below and let me know in the comment section if you have any ideas of corporate hairstyles for curly hair that you will be rockin' while you're clockin' dollars.





Lee's Video Highlights:

  • One of the women expressed her frustration about not being able to just "go to work and do your job" as a natural in corporate America.
  • Although the women are proud to be natural, they do admit that it can be a challenge. Especially when having to answer questions like, "Do you wash your hair everyday?". It's not always comfortable answering a million questions.
  • One of the corporate women was told while going through law school that "You're never going to make it natural", but years later she still is and happy for it.

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I Permed My Natural Hair PRANK On Husband!!

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Oh my goodness! I first saw this over at NHP's natural hair website. You wanna see a Black man who loves your natural hair get so ticked off that he doesn't know what to say?

So ticked he don't even wanna look at you no more? Go ahead and perm your hair on the sneak and you'll get what you asked for, LOL!

Well, for the sake of your relationship it may not be a good idea, so just be happy seeing LavishlyBritt play this hilarious prank on her loving husband as a bit of revenge.

He pranked her good before, now she's striking back for all of us to enjoy.

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Pull The Ol' Switcheroo On Her Boo

Girrrrl, she got him heated. She actually went and bought a container of ORS Olive Oil "NO LYE" Relaxer, dumped it all out and filled the jar with Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner.

So she got a nice deep conditioning treatment while giggling the whole time at hubby.... Check it out.

Perming Natural Hair Joke - Revenge Prank

Favorite Comments from Fake Perm Video

Jessica Peyton says...

"Girl you should have come out there crying with a scarf around your head and told him your hair was falling out and made a big deal of not wanting him to see it, and THEN take the scarf off and show him your full head of natural hair! Muahahahaha!"

Dr27B says...

"Can I get an Amen for an African American man whose feeling is STILL hurt because you want a perm! Lord bring them back!!"

Winter Frost says...

"You could see the pride in his eyes diminish when he saw his wife putting that chemical cream or so he thought on her hair. After that, she was getting the shun treatment. But he was very relieved at the end but tried not to seem phased by it.

And continued to let her know that knowing who you are and what you stand for is what's important and that she was being wishy-washy because she got him on the prank lol And that jokes about diluting your African heritage was unacceptable. Which is a good thing he is a man who enjoys exactly what he has and that it doesn't need to change."

Products Used In Her FAKE Perm - REAL Deep Conditioner Recipe

  1. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner
  2. 100% Pure Tea Tree Essential Oil
  3. Therapeutic Grade Peppermint Oil
  4. Jamaican Mango & Lime Black Castor Oil 4oz -  https://amzn.to/2POJ8uI

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How To: THIGH LENGTH Natural Hair w/ 2-Strand Twists!

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Any fool that says "Black women can't grow long hair" needs to watch this video and have a tall glass of shut-your-trap-forever juice.

Cuz look.... After you see the gorgeously HEALTHY and loooooooong hair on this small YouTuber who goes by the name of "Indigenous Standz" you are gonna see what is truly possible with the right care and techniques.

2-Strand Twists + 3 Cheap Products = Super Hair Growth Regimen

What is TRULY impressive about this routine is just how she stresses keeping max hydration on her hair. Girrrrl, real talk...

You already know all those expensive-behind hair product retailers are happy this sista doesn't get a lot of shine or get a ton of attention (yet) because she's showing everyone who will listen how she's using only 3 very affordable products. Her Natural hair growth regimen products are....

After watching this video, I'll explain to you why you MIGHT NOT want to go through what it takes to get such long her. Check BELOW the video...

Video: Retaining Thigh Length (Past Her Butt) Natural Kinky Hair

Going To Great Lengths for Great Length

Now listen... Nobody claims that this is an easy process. Indigenous Standz says that she takes 3-4 days sometimes just to finish twisting her hair part by part! Yikes!

Also as one commenter brought out, she keeps her hair covered in fashion hair wraps A LOT. Many women are not going to be willing to hide "the luscious" from its adoring public like that.

Girrrrrrl... My luscious demands to be out in the world and livin' it's life like it's Golden, lol!

Products She Used To Grow and Retain Her Naturally Long Hair...

Check out the inexpensive and simple products she uses, a breath of fresh air that you can get such amazingly healthy and long hair for a few bucks! Check it out...

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VERY DETAILED Straight Crochet Braids Tutorial ft. Italian Perm Yaki Hair

 

Straight Crochet Braids Tutorial

WARNING! WARNING! If you will catch an absolute hissy-fit from seeing a sista use "fake hair" to produce a dope protective hairstyle. See yourself out of this article cuz waaaaay too many folks got in their feelings over this one. Whew....

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End of the day, the style she shows comes out looking amazing and she gives a ton of detailed and helpful instructions.  I mean she did her DANG THANG!

But laaaawd hammercy, some women really came at this young lady crazy. Yáll already know, some folks ain't happy unless they mad about somethin'.

I just blew your mind with that philosophical  DOOZY, didn't I? Ha! Anywhoo girrrl...

I can hardly understand it, still let's enjoy it for what it is. A thorough and cool tutorial. The vid is below and I posted a few of the comments that I liked defending the sista....

In Defense Of Seun's Use of "Fake Hair" - Protective Styling Has a REAL Purpose

One thing I liked about the comments under the vid is that some other women stepped up and defended Seun about using the Italian Perm Yaki Hair so that she could go on living her best life and not be going back and forth with no haters, LOL! Check them out....

Shannon Barber says...

"For those keep asking why she is wearing fake hair. Well, some ppl like to wear protective styles to keep their hair thick and healthy from the breakage of combing and curling you're natural hair daily.

Also some ppl like versatile looks that last for days so they don't have to bother with combing their hair, esp those with a busy work life. Lastly, she's doing a TUTORIAL to show others how to create styles, not necessarily meaning she would wear this style or wear weave all the time.

Now stop asking. You sound rude and quite annoying. Btw, I thought the video was useful, as intended. Keep up the
great work..."

See The Crotchet Braid Styling Vid Below

 

Ebony Miracle Says...

I am seriously binge-watching your videos! I understand why you wear weaves(which has absolutely nothing to do with self-hate), the proof of the wonders and benefits of wearing protective styles is clearly in your natural hair which you proudly flaunt on a regular basis! Your tutorials get through to me in such a way that no other YouTuber has.

And for the first time in my history of wearing weaves, I am able to actually entertain the idea of installing my own weaves(may God help me!). I took down my weave not too long ago and noticed a significant amount of growth that I would not have noticed if I was constantly styling and manipulating my natural hair.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. You are truly beautiful inside as well as outside. To be as young as you are and to have such a keen knowledge of hair is truly a blessing. I wish you the very best in whichever direction you decide to go in life.

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