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 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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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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Top 50 Best Selling Natural Hair Products

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Updated June 5th, 2019 - It's that time of the year when we look at the most popular black hair products on the market!

Here,  we will review hair tools like natural hair steamers and supplements like hair growth vitamins in other articles.

Right now, we'll look at the moisturizers, hair butters, oils, shampoos, conditioners and natural hair accessories that have been selling like crazy with naturals over the last few months.

The following list is a compilation of the most purchased OR highly-rated black hair products on Amazon – by the natural hair community.

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We'll have two separate types of lists... the Best Sellers list and the 4 Stars or Better list (real customer ratings).

Top 10 Highest-Rated Shea Butters

If you've been in the natural hair community for any amount of time, it will come as no surprise to you that Shea Butter is one of the most beloved and useful natural hair products on the planet.

So I'd be an idiot not to give you the top 10 highest rated shea butters online.

Shea Butter provides moisture to dry or damaged hair from the roots to the very tips, repairs and protects your hair against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. It also absorbs quickly and completely into the scalp to rehydrate without clogging your pores. It is especially helpful for processed and heat-treated hair. It's a go-to treatment for dry scalp problems and it brings life and luster to damaged hair.

I personally have used it for years and years and years on my skin (I was born in 1977). And believe me, my skin shows great results now from years of keeping my face moisturized every morning. Shea Butter is like food for the skin containing Vitamins A, E and F. These vitamins fight against wrinkles and facial lines.

Here are the shea butters with nothing less than 4 Star ratings...

1. 100% Pure Unrefined Raw SHEA BUTTER -  from the nut of the African Ghana Shea Tree

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You already know how important shea butter is...

This brand is also a consistent month after month best-seller. (get real customer reviews)

2. 100% Unrefined Organic Shea Butter - Better Shea Butter

Currently sits at 4.8 Stars with 1,154 reviews. (get real customer reviews)

3. African Shea Butter Cream - 100% Pure & Raw, Gold - Plant Guru

Currently sits at 4.3 Stars with over 650 reviews (get real customer reviews)

4. Molivera Organics Premium Raw Unrefined African Organic Grade A Ivory Shea Butter

Currently sits at 4.7 out of 5 stars with over 530 reviews (get real customer reviews)

5. Raw Apothecary Unrefined Raw Shea Butter - Ivory

This brand has 4.8 out of 5 stars with 200+ reviews (get real customer reviews)

6. Beauty By Shea Organic Raw Unrefined African Shea Butter- Grade A Premium Shea Butter From Ghana

Not a single bad review out of 357! You don't see that very often, currently ranked 4.9 out of 5 stars (get real customer reviews)

7. NOW Foods Shea Butter

Currently ranked 4.3 out of 5 stars with 258 customer reviews (get real customer reviews)

8. African Shea Butter by Smellgood

This ranking is a little weird, they're ranked 4.2 out of 5 stars with nearly 400 customer reviews but one of the first things I noticed is alot of women complaining about the hardness and consistency of the butter. But overall, the rankings are good. (get real customer reviews)

9. Unrefined Shea Butter -  Organic In HDPE Jar
Sits at 4.4 out of 5 stars, "It's fairly soft right out of the jar and take but a few seconds to rub in the palm of your hand and apply." -JayGT (get real customer reviews)

10. Raw Unrefined Ivory Shea Butter TOP Grade From Ghana - SOFT

4.6 out of 5 stars, "The scent is nutty like some other people said but not awful. I mixed it with coconut oil, sesame oil, vitamin E and added essential oils to mask its scent and it works great." -Petunia1620 (get real customer reviews)

Hair Butters - Highest-Rated Top 5 List

1. Molivera Organics Premium Raw Unrefined African Organic Grade A Ivory Shea Butter
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Molivera ranked high in the shea butter category and ranks high against hair butter formulas too. They rank 4.7 out of 5 stars with over 530 reviews (get more customer reviews)

2. Nubian Heritage Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and Moringa Repair and Extend Hair Butter 
Currently ranked 4.6 out of 5 stars, "This product is amazing and the smell is lovely as well!" -Samaria Farrar (get more customer reviews)

3. Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer

At the time of this update this is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars."Absolutely can't say enough great things about this product. Smells great and leaves my relaxed hair fuller and softer immediately. This will continue to be a staple in my hair therapy routine!" -Dege (get more customer reviews)

4. Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter Protective Cream Hairdress

As of now, this is ranked 4.3 out of 5 stars, "Totally works on chemically treated and natural hair. My daughters and I have been using this protective cream for over a year. I apply it after shampooing and before blow drying my hair. Works great." -ncmcrae (get more customer reviews)

5. As I Am Double Butter Rich Daily Moisturizer

Currently ranked 4.2 out of 5 stars, "All their products are wonderful for my 3b curly hair." -momnson (get more customer reviews)

Coconut Oil For Natural Hair - Highest-Rated Top 5 List

1. Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

This best seller coconut oil has alot of natural hair fans and is ranked 4.8 out of 5 stars at the time of this update.

"When you are transitioning through those stages it can be really hard to keep your hair moisturized but I use it daily, and extra on wash day. I also add it to my homemade hair masks that I like to do a couple times a week."  -Tyneisha Fondren

"Great for cooking and also use it as a moisturizer. Will definitely buy again." -M. Betlach (see more customer reviews)

2. Nature's Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

Nature's way is a favorite of natural hair woman and rated 4.8 out of 5 stars. "I use coconut and jojoba oil for moisturizing my dry skin and since I've converted from creams to oils, my skin has never looked or felt smoother. I use it on my legs and arms mostly but it works just about everywhere." -Carrie Watson (see more customer reviews)

3. Nature's Way Pure Virgin Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil

Currently sitting at 4.7 out of 5 stars. "This is a great moisturizer for my hair and skin. I haven't used lotions on my skin since I started using coconut oil. Going forward, I don't think I will use anything else except coconut oil on my skin. And, Nature's Way is the best." -TonyaP  (see more customer reviews)

4. Barlean's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 16-Ounce Jar

Ranked by buyers as a 4.7 out of 5 stars coconut oil. "I have been using organic oils on my face and body and hair and everywhere else as a moisturizer and healing agent for about a year in a half and it has made a huge difference in the look and health of my skin in that time. The coconut oil does wonderful things for my hair, I use it every chance I get..in conditioners, shampoos, etc. and it leaves my hair feeling soft and smelling fresh." -Angelina (see more customer reviews)

5. Cococare Coconut Oil 100% Pure 4 Oz

As of date, this coconut oil for natural hair is rated 4.3 out of 5 stars. "All I will say is this, this is some real 100% coconut oil, it is not just good it is great, great for your skin and your hair. I have well past my waist dreads or locks if you will and this is just fine for my hair, with a little shea butter added this keeps my scalp and my dreads tight. I have one recommendation, keep it well refrigerated or it will liquefy on you, other than that I have no complaints" -D.L. Brown (see more customer reviews)

Top 10 Carol's Daughter Natural Hair Products - Highest-Rated

1. Monoi Repairing Hair Mask for Unisex, 7 Ounce

Currently rated as 4.5 out of 5 stars.

"I'm an African-American woman with thick, natural 4b hair that hits around mid-back length when it is flat ironed. The Monoi Hair Mask is hands down the best conditioner I have ever used on my natural hair. After I wash my hair with As I Am Coconut Cowash I apply Monoi and leave it on for about 5 minutes and rinse out. My hair is a bed of well defined, super soft curls that can be easily combed out or finger combed." -Sammy (see more customer reviews)

2. Monoi Repairing Conditioner 8.5 FL OZ

Currently sitting at 4.5 out of 5 stars.

"I have waist-length wavy-to-curly hair, and with hair this long breakage is an inevitable problem. Anything that can help strengthen my hair is worth trying! I was really pleased with Carol’s Daughter Monoi Conditioner (as used with the shampoo from the same product line)." -Suzy Hough (see more customer reviews)

3. Marguerite's Magic Restorative Cream Hairdress

Currently rated 4.4 out of 5 stars.

"My hair responded well and is moisturized, shiny, and soft while twisted up. It's winter here so I don't plan on wearing a twist out until summer, but whenever I take my twists down to remoisturize I like the results. It has a pleasant, light scent. I have a sensitive nose, and it doesn't give me problems. It is VERY thick. A little goes a long way." -SATG (see more customer reviews)

4. Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Anti-Breakage Hair Spray

Currently rated 4.4 out of 5 stars.

"This stuff works great, doesn't weigh hair down and it is a great product! I would recommend anyone with hair that has lots of split ends to use this!" -Caitlyn Johnson (see more customer reviews)

5. Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Rated currently as 4.3 out of 5 stars.

"Nothing else works like it for my wife's hair." -Tim DD

"I don't give out five stars unless a product is pretty flawless; it has to meet or exceed its product claims, be fairly priced for what it claims to do, and have no obvious tweaks needed to make it better. This trifecta of excellence is rarer than you think but with this shampoo and its sister conditioner my hair has finally met its perfect match ...." -Desert Gypsy (see more customer reviews)

6. Black Vanilla ( Moisturizing) Hair Smoothie

Currently rated 4.2 out of 5 stars.

"It moisturizes my dry hair without a greasy or heavy feel. Great for my two strand twists! WONDERFUL FRAGRANCE!" -LaValda Williams (see more customer reviews)

7. Carol's Daughter, Lisa's Hair Elixir

Currently rated 4.1 out of 5 stars.

"It leaves me speechless. I ordered this product after I read about it in Seventeen Magazine. I would wash my hair let it dry then get up extra early the next morning to flat iron it and look decent for my class in the next few hours. With this product, it has greatly helped my damaged hair to repair." -Victoria Rae Burton "Tori" (TX) (see more customer reviews)

8. Loc Butter Shaping Pomade Hairdress 

Overall rating is 4.1 out of 5 stars from customers with dreadlocks.

"This product has done wonders for my dreadlocks and I use it daily on my hair and my daughter's." -P. Gamble

1-Star Warning! "Formula changed. I live outside the US and haven't been able to buy the product in person since I ran out in over 6 months, so I was happy to get it in the mail. Until I found out that the formula has completely changed. Same price, of course, but no as good as the past." -Markeeta (see more customer reviews)

9. Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Original Leave-In Moisturizer

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars by customers.

"This is a wonderful product! Tames frizzies,and leaves hair shiny, silky and easy to manage wih absolutely no sticky residue." -MJB (see more customer reviews)

10. Carol's Daughter, Mimosa Hair Honey, 8-Ounce

Customers have rated this one 4.0 out of 5 stars.

"Great for African American hair . It keeps the hair soft and smelling good. Not oily looking. My children are bi racial and this was perfect for their type of hair." -Grammy (see more customer reviews)

Top 10 Best Seller Natural Hair Shampoos

All of these shampoos in the list come from Amazon's best selling hair shampoo Top 100 list. I, of course, left out any men's shampoos or shampoos that are not popular among my natural hair readers. So here we go, let's start with number one... Pura d'or Premium Organic Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo (Gold Label), 16 Fluid Ounce

1. Pura d'or Hair Loss Prevention Premium Organic Shampoo, Brown and Blue, 16 Fluid Ounce

This is the #1 best selling shampoo OVERALL on Amazon, it has argon oil in it's formula and buyers use it to prevent hair loss.

2. Pura d'or Premium Organic Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo (GOLD LABEL VERSION)

The Pura d'or brand is a powerhouse, they rank #1 and #3 on Amazon's best seller list, a men's shampoo ranked #2, so ofcourse they didn't make it onto our top seller list, so Pura d'or Gold Label comes in as #2 best seller for naturals. This shampoo is bought to prevent thinning hair & loss of hair.

3. Batiste Dry Shampoo Original Clean & Classic

Batiste dry shampoo is a big-time best seller on Amazon, many naturals are getting into dry shampoo into or to avoid wetting their hair too much. Below you'll see a video from ThikandKurly on how to use dry shampoo for natural hair and braids. She doesn't use Batiste though, she uses Organic Root Stimulator Herbal Cleanse dry shampoo to clean her braids without water.

4. Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo & Conditioner Combo Set

This best seller is famous for it's reconstructive keratin fatty acids and Moroccan oil. It's the 8th best seller on Amazon.

5. DevaCurl Combo No-Poo Cleanser Shampoo + One

#TeamNatural is probably the sole reason this shampoo is so high on Amazon's best selling shampoo list. It's not cheap ( $60? Sheesh! ), but it still sells like hotcakes. That tells you alot.

6. Acure Organics Shampoo Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cell -- 8 fl oz

This best seller is loved because it provides lasting moisture to even the most dry and damaged hair leaving it soft, manageable and ready to rock.

7. Batiste Dry Shampoo, Cherry, 6.73 Ounce

The original version of this shampoo sells better, but the cherry version made the top seller's list too. Very popular brand.

8. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo 8.5oz and Hydrate Conditioner 8.5 oz duo

This best seller has a ton of loyal fans that say it leaves your hair silky soft and vibrant.

9. Mane 'n Tail Herbal Gro Shampoo & Conditioner Olive Oil Complex

This best seller reminds of growing up at the house in Detroit, my sisters and mom loved Mane 'n Tail, they obviously aren't the only ones.

10. Tru Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo

This brand probably made Amazons top 100 best selling shampoos because it's known to be a gentle, sulfate-free choice for all natural hair types, as well as color treated hair and hair that has been weakened, damaged chemical processing or heat styling.

Top 10 Best Selling Natural Hair Conditioners

All of these conditioners in the list come from Amazon's best selling hair conditioner Top 100 list. So here we go, let's start with number one...

1. Tru Moroccan Hair Repair Conditioner

The Tru Moroccan brand made it onto Amazon's Top 100 selling conditioners list and their shampoo list. Ladies are snatching these products up fast.

2. Hydrating Argan Oil Deep Conditioner by Arvazallia for Dry or Damaged Hair

This brand sells like crazy and is known for it's ability to deep condition and help with detangling, leaves hair with soft and silky texture.

3. WEN Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner

"I am African American and have kinky hair. This tamed my hair down. I can wash my hair and go. It helps my hair stay moist. When I straighten my hair it is soft and looks as if I got it done at a salon, I am a cosmetologist so that could be why. One of my bottles had leaked upon approval, I called Wen the lady was extremely apologetic and sent me a new bottle I got it within 2 days. Wen is great ! I would recommend this to everyone" - Fay Green

4. Deva Curl Ultra Creamy Daily Conditioner, One Condition

This brand made it onto the best selling shampoos list and the top selling conditioners list. It comes with a big price tag but women LOVE it. It is selling more than most conditioners online no matter the price.

5. Pura d'or: Premium Organic Conditioner

This conditioner sells extremely well and makes the best seller list once again, just like it's shampoo counterpart. It's known to enhance the manageability, shine and control of your hair.

6. Silk 18 by Maple Holistics - Sulfate Free Treatment for Dry and Damaged Hair

This best selling conditioner contains a masterful blend of harmless conditioning ingredients to help do the job, Silk18 is formulated with a maximized portion of silk amino acids. The ingredients are naturally derived from silk, to be exact, eighteen different silk amino acids which have great benefits for your hair.

7. It's A 10 Leave-In Conditioner Plus Keratin

This one makes the best seller list as the first leave-in conditioner on the list.

8. It's a 10 Miracle Deep Conditioner Plus Keratin

Coming in right behind the leave-in conditioner is 10 Miracle's deep conditioner. Also a fan favorite and top seller.

9. L'Oreal Paris EverCreme Sulfate-Free Moisture System Cleansing Conditioner

L'Oreal is a household name and that may be one of the reasons it's selling so well over other brands.

10. HSI Professional Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner

This brand is not only a best seller but has some amazing ratings, as of right now 1,050 of it's 1,307 ratings are 5 star! This conditioner may shoot farther up on the list as more women come to know about it.

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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!

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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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21 Cutest Kids & Hairstyle Ideas [Photo Gallery #3]

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WARNING! Guard your ovaries guurrrrl, cause I promise you that you're gonna want to have more kids after seeing these adorable lil' hair models and you'll also get some very cute hairstyle ideas for the little ones that are already in your life!

Stylin' in everything from afro puffs to advanced cornrow designs to the CUTEST braided styles, these natural hairstyles for kids are the perfect complement for these precious little faces and gorgeous smiles. When it comes to our little princesses, as mothers, we always want them stepping out in style and hair “poppin'”.

In our photo gallery below you will find beautiful hairstyle creations that can inspire your creative side to invent your child’s next hairstyle.

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Some of these hairstyles are very easy to duplicate and do yourself, while some of the others are more intricate and you just might need to holla at a professional hair dresser so that they can hook your kid up RIGHT. So you may wanna get your hairstylist number ready, because I'm sure you will be inspired by all this cuteness!

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Grow Your Hair With This Delicious SUPER-Fruit... ? [2018]

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What are two things that most of us "Lovelies" go crazy for???

Tell me I'm lying, when I say "great food and THE BOMB hair".

If I'm lyin', I'm flyin'.... And I aint went no-dang-where yet.... Lol!

The cool thing is... Sometimes something delicious can actually help you reach you hair greatness goals.

Y'all betta recognize the gang of benefits that certain fruits and vegetables can offer your hair, it's for real. The whole ‘juice and berries’ concept isn’t bad AT ALL.

There are recipes for beauty regimens that contain everything from egg shells to rice water, and their uses have been passed down for generations among many cultures. One deliciously beneficial ingredient is the Paw-Paw fruit, also known as Papaya.

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Paw-Paw A.K.A Papaya A.K.A. Hair & Scalp Helper!

The papaya contains a large amount of Vitamin C, which is key for its restorative and healing properties. It also contains about 224% of your daily needs of vitamins and mineral. The papaya enzyme called papain breaks down proteins, fats and carbohydrates and works to prevent stomach disorders, diabetes, colorectal cancers, intestinal parasite infections, nerve pains and even elephantoid growths.

Carpaine is another chemical that the papaya has that kills off certain parasite infections. Papaya also has a host of other vitamins, acids, enzymes and minerals such as magnesium, copper, fiber, folic acid, vitamins E, A, B6, B1, beta carotene, and riboflavin. The chemical compounds in papaya are so effective that many people take the papaya enzymes in pill form.

What Papaya Does For Your Hair

As we talked about in or Water Only Washing for hair health article, healthy sebum promotes hair growth.

The folic acid that papaya contains, as well as the Vitamin C improve circulation blood circulation throughout your scalp. The result of this is that your scalp is fed the nutrients and minerals that are needed to encourage healthy hair growth and stimulate your ever-important sebaceous glands. The sebum that is produced nourishes, conditions and protects the scalp, providing a healthy environment for new growth to flourish.

How To Use Papaya Topically

  • Blend 1 cup of papaya with 1 cup carrier oil and ½ cup Aloe Vera juice. Apply this mixture to your scalp and let it sit for 15-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Hair Growth Isn't The Only Reason To Get Your Paws on Some Paw-Paw!

Papaya is used for getting rid of nasty dandruff too. Because papaya contains so much Vitamin C and A, it aids in the removal of dead skin cells, encourages healthy cell regeneration and nourishes your hair shaft. If you’re fighting against that dirty-lookin' dandruff, papaya could be the solution to your problems.

Papaya seeds have complex anti-fungal properties that help ward off and prevent dandruff. You can either use papaya seed oil, or you can blend the papaya seeds together with a good carrier oil to make a paste, apply it to the scalp and rinse out.

Product Build Up BE DARNED!

Product build-up and dead scalp skin are two major problems associated with stagnant hair growth. When the pores of your scalp are clogged, girrrrrrl, you are beggin' for trouble. they don’t get the nutrients and moisture that is needed to produce sebum. This can cause hair fall,

In that condition, your scalp doesn't get the nutrients and moisture that is needed to make hair-health promoting sebum. This can cause hair fall, dandruff and even make that your precious new growth is all brittle and ready to break of before it can even do anything. Papaya can remove residue, excess oils and dirt, from both the hair and scalp.

A DOPE Natural Conditioner!

The same enzymes that are used to tenderize meat also have a conditioning effect on the hair. We talked about how papaya can remove product build-up on your luscious tresses. Now once that gunky build-up is gone, your cuticles are able to open up and suck up that moisture and those nutrients can be infused into your hair shaft, and then shut back so that the moisture and nutrients are locked in.

You can find many products that contain papaya leaf extract which has been shown to revitalize and condition hair, or you could blend ½ of a papaya with 1 cup of yogurt and 1 tbsp. of honey to make your own homemade conditioner.

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☺ ? The Perfect Perm Rod Set for Thick TYPE 4 Hair

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If you have very thick type 4 hair, you probably know how difficult it can be to get those SUPER-DEFINED curls that you see so often featured on our Instagram.

But don't even trip honey, because your girl NaturallyTemi grabbed her camera, her Hydratherma Foaming Mousse, Jsheaoil and a ton of assorted sized perm rods just so she could teach you how to get the most POPPINEST CURLS (LOL) in the building! Fried chicken grease don't POP like this boo!

What's really dope is that she give a 360 view of the curls after she's done droppin' some knowledge on you. She aint playin' round....

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She wrote about the style too. She says she usually gets about 5-6 days from this super-defined style.

As far as maintenance goes, she keeps her hairstyle together once it is out of the curl rods by putting it in 3 ponytails and putting a hair bonnet on. She fluffs and shakes that bad girl in the morning and BAM! Ready to go!

Temi says that the Hydratherma Foaming Mousse helps retain moisture in her hair to an extent, but the leave-in she puts in before the mousse on is what mainly keeps her hair super-moisturized. She also mentions that she definitely prefers Hydratherma Foaming Mousse over the popular Creme of Nature Foaming Mousse.

The "Awww HECKY NAW" Moment of the Video

There was one big drawback to this hairstyle for folks that might be a little on the "lazy natural" side, or simply "AINT GOT TIME FOR ALLDAT!"... What's the big downer you ask?

Well... She mentions that she left the rollers in for two days! TWO DANG DAYS! Girrrrrrrl..... But I admit, it was super-cute and she says didn't go out much in those days and if she did need to go out she would wear a cute hair scarf.

So pretty much, try doing this style when you know you don't have to be anywhere for a couple days, lol. Netflix and chill on them fools, then step out like BOW! Curl on super-defined Fleek mode! Check out the video below!







BTW... Some of the ladies were askin' about that FIRE lipstick she was wearing, she says it is from the Colouredrainelipstick line, it's call "2am".

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Super Hair Growth Oil DIY Recipe!

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OK, if you are looking for proven hair growth recipes then you are going to want to KISS ME after this!

Let me introduce you to this video from Curly Proverbz showing her unique Super Hair Growth Oil DIY recipe with Before and After footage.

Over the years she has tried and tested so many oils and ingredients with reasonable success in growing her hair faster than its usual pace. In the past, she used gro aut oil with great success and got 2 inches of growth in 8 weeks! She made up her own version of the oil with additional ingredients that she feels improved the formula. If you are looking for fast hair growth, whether your hair's natural or processed this is the video for you. (Learn to transition to Natural in 7 steps here...)

Super Hair Growth Oil DIY Recipe & Instructional Video

Whenever the words hair growth and oil are in the same sentence there are a few select oils that most experts would say MUST be part of the mix.

For example, always see that your formula has oils that encourage increased circulation to the scalp as well as follicular strength so that your hair keeps from breaking. Examples include coconut oil, peppermint oil or tea tree oil.  [Related article: Learn what does Moroccan Oil do to curly hair]

For this hair growth recipe you will need the following:

INSTRUCTIONS: Carefully add all of your ingredients to a glass jar and mix well. When you want to use your oil just add what you need to an applicator bottle. Curly Proverbz makes it very clear that you should not use your mix beyond four weeks.

Because this recipe calls for a few ingredients that can cause allergies you should be sure to test everything especially if you are not familiar with some of the ingredients. [See Article: Best Blow Dryer for Naturally Kinky Hair]

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Kinky Hair Straightening Brush Is $100 Cheaper!

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So as I'd wrote about last year, ladies have been going crazy over the Dafni hair straightening brush.

It allows you to straight kinky/curly hair without the high heat of professional-level flat irons. There had been a ton of Tweets and Facebook posts in different Black Hair Groups about the new miracle hair tool.

But there was one big problem....

The $300 PRICE TAG!!!

Like many others at the time, I wasn't dropping no dang $300 for it.
Hecks-to-da-naw....
But all y'all that was complaining right along with me will be hyped up that 10 months later the price has dropped to less than $200! And that's FROM DAFNI (the real manufacturer), be careful of people selling knockoff fakes.

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I say to be careful of the fakes and knockoff brands because there are TONS of them out now after the success of Dafni's Brush. The DAFNI company is the originator of this beloved "hair straightening ceramic brush", some have bought fakes and been very upset about it.

But anyway, the idea of the Dafni brush is similar to any other straightening tool - you slowly run the hot ceramic through your hair and it gets rid of any waves or kinks.

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

The Dafni Brush at work on Kinky/Curly Natural Hair!

Here is a popular video from a Facebook user named Kimberley Satterwhite, she posted her first experience using it and she thought you might like that we share it with you right here. See the video below.

 

Be honest, what do you think of the results?

Given the texture of the little girl’s hair that it was demonstrated on, do you think this will work for your texture?

And thankfully, the price is down from$300 and now less than $200

 

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

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

NOTE: I was so excited to use this i didn't wash my daughters hair. She does have GEL in her hair i just ran it through really quick to test it. Imagine this on her CLEAN hair! WOW. I'm very happy with this product! (Get Hair Growth Tips from BlackHairOMG's Email Tipline)

You can find the Dafni straightening brush at right here for less than $200.

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From Curly to Straight: Straightening Naturally Kinky Hair

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You wanna know how to straighten your natural black hair without chemically reconstructing it? straight hair black woman - 5

Good, well Teaundra will show you how. Her video has beeen VERY well received, getting more than 5,000,000 views! SO if you haven't had the chance yet to see her unique technique, you will enjoy this.  (Get Hair Growth Tips from BlackHairOMG's Email Tipline)

Just to prep you for the video a bit, just know that Teaundra straightens her hair only once a year if that just to switch things up every once in a while and no heat any other time.

She has been natural since 2008, she has had amazing hair growth over the years after going natural and the techniques she shows in the video are the same as what she always does when she washes her hair. She starts off showing you her GO TO pre-poo product, which is Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Conditioner.

HAIR TYPE: 3c/b and 4a

PRODUCTS USED TO GET HER STRAIGHT LOOK:

 

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Black Man Paints Nature & The Universe Into Black Women's Natural Hair

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This young man is AMAZING! Check this out.

If you're anything like us, you are a huge fan of Black & African Art pieces, so of course we follow this man's work from our BlackHairOMG Instagram account because it's simply amazing and needs to be celebrated.

Pierre Jean-Louis is a super-talented visionary and artist based in New York and Philadelphia who describes himself as...

 "I'm just an artist with no plan B... Cause either I succeed at this or die trying."

Pierre has built up huge social media following on Instagram as a result of his unique works. Jean-Louis paints breath-taking images of the universe and nature onto images of black women’s natural hair that are truly fascinating.

His intricate works feature stars, fire, flowers, vines, and even solar systems, all seamlessly woven into the gorgeous kinks and curls of black hair. ( For a tutorial on making your own hair growth pills CLICK HERE.)

This amazing artist also has a gallery of gorgeous and unique art pieces for sale and he invites his followers to tag his Instagram account in their photos on Instagram so that he can consider their portraits as well.

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The world is my canvas. I'm just trying to paint a perfect picture with lot of mistakes.

- Jean-Louis Pierre

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Tired of an Itchy Scalp? The Scalp Soother Is Your Quick Fix!

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The Scalp Soother has to be the best tool on the market when you are wearing a protective style, weave or wig and are looking for relief for an itchy scalp.

It allows you to get the relief you need immediately without messing up or disturbing your style.

It does not break your hair, if you are wearing a weave it does not pop the net and safely soothes the itching that may sometimes be associated with wearing protective styles. The Scalp Soother is very long and this allows you get in those really hard to reach places.

There are no scars and it actually feels like it is massaging the scalp while you are soothing the itch. Say good bye to the “Weave - Pat” because the Scalp Soother conforms to the shape of your head so that you can get to the itch without using foreign objects.

An added bonus is that for those who are suffering from thin edges and need to massage the edges to promote growth, the amazing scalp soother is perfect for that because it helps to stimulate the scalp which promotes hair growth.

Works With Various Natural Hairstyles

If you wear your hair in loose natural styles such as wash and go’s, twists, or braids, the Scalp Soother is also great for soothing the scalp in these styles as well.

I have worn a high puff and was still able to get down through the puff to my scalp. It is great to use while shampooing because it exfoliates the scalp to rid dandruff and dead cells. It is very

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easy to use; gently slide Scalp Soother directly on scalp starting at the hairline and slide towards the crown moving around the circumference of your head.

What I like about the Scalp Soother is that it is very sturdy and comes awesome bold colors such as bright pink, deep green and black. Looking for a great option to soothe your itchy scalp?

You should definitely consider buying the Scalp Soother today if you're having issues with an itchy scalp.


 

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The Max Hydration Method! - Complete Natural Hair Tutorial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Max Hydration Method In Detail

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

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

Prep Step For Max Hydration Method Newbies

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

The Advanced Max Hydration Method (Our Favorite)

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

Ingredients:

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

The No-Frill Max Hydration Method

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

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

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

Step 1: Clarify

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

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

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

Step 2: Co-Wash & Detangle

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

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

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

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Step 3: Bentonite clay rinse

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

Option 1: Bentonite clay rinse with out apple cider vinegar

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

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

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

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

Step 5: Apply Botanical Gel of your choice

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

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

 

Option2: Don't. It's up to you.

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

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

Finished.


 

 

BONUS TIP: Optional Step For sStretching

Step 6: Stretching Options

Option 1: Clipping

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

Option 2: Wear your hair in a rolled half ponytail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Is The Dafni Straightener Brush So Instantly Popular?

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

Does the Dafni work on Kinkier Natural Black Hair?

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

Be honest, what do you think of the results?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

25 Colored Natural Hair Styles - Dyed Natural Hair Photo Gallery

Are you thinking about taking your natural hair to the next level with color? Dying your natural can be a really cool and unique experience that shows your brave spirit.

You can liven up a boring hair puff, add another dimension to bantu knot outs, twistouts and dreadlocks or turn your teeny weeny afro (TWA) into a work of art. So we're going to show your 25 colored natural hairstyles in this dyed natural hair photo gallery. But not only that, after the gallery we'll help you realize the effects that dying your hair may have on natural hair so that you don't go into this blindly. So before you grab a bag of hair dye enjoy the natural hair photo gallery and then read on!

Dyed Natural Hair Photo Gallery

They look gorgeous right?!?! It's undeniable. But, it's important to know what you're getting yourself and your hair into. So let's talk about so that you can make an informed decision about coloring your natural hair.

Things You Need To Know Before Coloring Your Natural Hair

While dying with darker colors, adding low-lights or coloring within your natural color range won’t cause you too many problems—the drastic color leaps upward (more than 3 shades beyond your natural color) can really take a toll on your hair. Before you make any huge color changes, first you need to understand and weigh the potential problems. Never just jump into coloring your natural hair on a whim or without a game plan for aftercare.

Here are some potential result of coloring natural hair...

1. Changes In Your Curl Pattern. Many are surprised by this, but coloring your naturally textured hair can sometimes cause unpredictable changes in your curl pattern. Sometimes, the pattern changes are permanent. Whenever you manipulate or alter your hair’s protein bonding structure a slight relaxing effect can happen. These curl pattern changes are less likely to occur in very coarse hair textures (coarse refers to the thickness or diameter of your hair fiber, not the feel of the fiber), and are more likely to occur in those with fine to medium hair textures. Prior damage may also influence whether or not you experience changes in your curl pattern. Using a protein reconstructor after coloring may help some lost curls find their way again.

2. Loss of Elasticity. Because color-treated hair has lost much of its natural moisture (and its overall ability to retain supplemental moisture given), the hair may lose some of its elasticity. Elasticity refers to the ability of your hair fibers to stretch gently and return back to their normal shape and character without damage. The elastic quality of your hair is what makes putting your hair in a ponytail or drawing a puff effortless. When your hair lacks elasticity, it does not move, bend and recover when pressured like healthy hair does— it simply gives up under pressure and snaps in its fragile condition. Again, moisture and protein balancing become critical for establishing elasticity because it’s that careful mix of moisture and strength that gives our hair the ability to resist breakage from being stretched and handled day to day.

3. Increases in Hair Porosity. Products that lighten your locs always direct affect your hair’s cortical layers. When the hair’s cuticle is weakened in this manner, your hair’s natural porosity increases leading to a dryness that's difficult to fight against. When porosity increases, dryness becomes a major problem because moisture is next to impossible to hold securely within the hair fibers. Your hair becomes like a bucket with holes poked in the sides. Color-treated hair can be unforgiving, too. Make a mistake and skip using a great deep conditioner treatment and you may find yourself parting with strands prematurely. A strict, moisture and protein-focused regimen is A MUST if your hair is to thrive in this condition. You need to learn how to balance protein and moisture sources in your regimen!

4. Undesired Color Result. Hair coloring can be very unpredictable. Why? Because color uptake is dependent on a number of factors— like your hair’s current color, texture (strand size) and porosity. Let's be real about this, the hair color on the box is just the company's best guess at what your hair will look like and remember that they do have photo shop at their disposal as well. At times, many, many steps will be needed to get your color right. If you plan on taking the color more than three shades out of your natural color range, it's probably best to have an pro stylist do it for you . Chances are, they’ve seen numerous heads with textures like yours and varying degrees of porosity—plus they have the added bonus of experiences with various colors and looks.

But look, this info is just to help you know what can happen, not to scare you. And many women gladly take the plunge and get gorgeous colored natural hairstyles like you see in our dyed natural hair photo gallery. We hope you enjoyed it and learned something new. We even found a turquoise hair dye that has amazing reviews for the truly brave ladies out there! Please share this article!

Melissa Lee's Hair Detox Wash: Bentonite Clay For Hair

If you've been looking for a great clarifying and detoxifying hair wash you will love this tutorial. Melissa Lee shares her bentonite clay for hair wash recipe with you so that you can reap the amazing hair detox and cleansing benefits.

Melissa Lee is a respected voice in the natural hair community and shares great information all over the web, you can find her on her natural hair website, YouTube and even as a member of the BlackHairOMG Facebook Group.

Bentonite Clay For HairShe is a huge fan of natural homemade DIY hair products and her informative bentonite clay for hair tutorial on YouTube will show you how quick and easy it is to make your own hair detox wash.

Bentonite clay for hair is super effective at cleansing and clarifying your hair and scalp of product buildup gunk and other impurities, and it comes loaded with healthy benefits from antioxidants and mineral elements such as potassium, calcium and sodium.

Bentonite clay for hair is very moisturizing and does not strip your natural hair of its essential nutrients like conventional shampoos and conditioners tend to do.

Actually, bentonite clay can be used for your skin and body as well, it removes toxins and is health promoting.

Sound strange to wash your hair with mud? Well, it may sound a bit different but it certainly works. Check out LP's tutorial video below and give it a try…

Bentonite Clay Hair Cleanser Recipe Ingredients:

This bentonite clay for black hair recipe is another great cleansing option that you can use on a regular basis. It works wonders for hair detox and clarifying, getting rid of impurities and hair product buildup on  your hair and scalp, this is a great wash to use once a month or so to remove any product buildup between co-washes. It seems especially good for those with naturally oily hair as it leaves the hair very clean, and also a good cleanser for coarse or frizzy hair because of its ability to tame the hair and make it more manageable.

If no-poo hasn’t worked for you, and homemade shampoo hasn’t worked for you, we encourage you to try this option. It can be customized for your hair type and lasts up to a week in the shower.

Melissa's Natural Hair Products

Being that Melissa is a friend of BlackHairOMG we of course want to share her great natural hair products with you.

Her company, Supreme Naturals, features many popular products like her African black soap, whipped shea butters and much more. She is always adding more products, so be sure to check them out.

Bentonite Clay for Hair Cleanser Recipe Ingredients Recap:

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

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

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

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

 

Products used for Posh's Natural Hair Puff:

How To Do The High Puff on Short Natural Hair

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

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

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

Hair Puffed Up

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

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

Hair Puffed Out Style

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

Natural Hair Puff Around Version

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

Warning About Wrapping Your Hair Too Tight

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

Try this:

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

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

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

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

Honest Q Redew Reviews From Naturals

q-redew reviewsIf you are looking for Q Redew reviews, you're going to be very happy. We have a bunch of naturals telling you exactly what the QRedew steamer does for natural hair and if you need to buy it or not.

We wanted to do this hair steamer review for them in order to be fair too, since we've done a huetiful hair steamer review already.

When the QRedew came on the market, it was different from other products. Hair product review after review talked about how it could be used as a moisturizer, a curl refresher AND as a deep conditioner tool.

The Q-Redew handheld hair steamer is great for naturals because it uses warm steam as mist to enhance your hair’s natural texture and volume. The Q-Redew hydrates, reshapes and restyles dry hair in minutes according to its site.

What Are Q Redew Reviews Raving About?

Ease of Use – Women are to busy to be bothered with complicated hair equipment, people have lives to live, jobs to work and kids to raise. The Q-Redew hair steamer is super easy to set up and use. You simply fill the water reservoir, plug it in, and wait for the red light to say it is ready. The bonus is you can steam your hair in sections. If you are styling your hair, you steam, add your moisturizers, and style that section. If you are interrupted, you can stop and continue where you left off.

Works as a Super Moisturizer – So as you should already know, heat helps moisturizers get into the hair shaft. The Q Redew reviews have been claiming that this machine is like a hand-held super-moisturizer. When your hair needs a serious shot of moisture, naturals have been turning to the QRedew to handle the job. For example, If you have an old, dry twist out. You can just steam it, add a premium leave-in conditioner, and seal with an oil. Some naturals choose to do this instead of co-washing their natural hair.

Curl-Refreshing Ability – While water is moisturizing for natural hair, too much can cause tangling and excess shrinkage. This is a problem many naturalistas have to fight against. With the QRedew Steamer, you can quickly refresh your kinks and curls without applying too much water and causing shrinkage. For many naturals this advantage is a game changer.

The Q-Redew Work as a Detangler – Detangling my thick, dense hair is a battle that many naturals dread. Who doesn't HATE detangling? Well, according to the Q-redew reviews, when you use the natural hair steamer, it just melts through tangles with ease.

Safer Way to Stretch Your Hair – Many Q-Redew reviews mentioned that this tool is amazing for stretching your hair. When you steam an older do, your hair can get that moisturized blow out look!

Here are a Few Q-Redew Reviews From Other Naturals

4 out of 5 Stars - Q Redew Reviews Rating

 A warning and a review....just buy this, it'll be worth it in the end.

First I want to say sorry for this long review but there is a good reason for it.
Ever since I found out about this product I have been trying to come up with clever ways to steam my hair without shelling out all the money for the Q-Redew. I tried using the steamer from my Caruso Steam Rollers, it was very uncomfortable and there wasn't enough steam for me. So I went out and bought a My Little Steamer, for $20, and there was a LOT of steam coming out of that little thing and it got pretty hot.

It worked for me but I started to notice something on my hair I have never seen, small white dots about 1/4 in. from the bottom of my strands, and when I pulled on them, my hair would break off. I looked up possible reasons why this could be happening and I found out that these are usually caused by using heat on wet hair, that causes bubbles to form on the strands of hair, called bubble hair.

You may be wondering why this is a part of my review, it is a warning to you all. I don't use heat on my hair very often, I feel that the extreme heat from this small steamer (My Little Steamer particularly) is what caused these bubbles on my hair, and I have seen reviews where women say they use this steamer on their hair, and I would not recommend it. That steamer is definitely good for clothes, but not for hair (but that is whole other review). Using that streamer was the only thing in my regimen that had changed over the 2 weeks I was using it and noticed the damage to my hair. I really want to stress that in this review.

Ladies although you may have a found a loop hole around buying this device, you might end up experiencing the damage I experienced just to save a few bucks. Finally this brings me to my review of the Q-Redew. I know the price is scarey, but go sign up on the Q-Redew mailing list and wait on a good coupon, I used a $20 off coupon I got for a Black Friday sale, so in the end, the damage to my hair from the clothes steamer and the coupon made me decide to fork out the money for this device. I received it today, once they shipped it I got it within a few days, a lot sooner than I had expected.

I have 3c/4a medium porosity hair, and I am working on 4 day old dirty hair that has been in an afro puff 3 of those days and today I am rocking flattened, limp, slept on twist out from last night...I plugged this baby in, waited for it to heat up and went to work. I am very pleased with the results, my hair looking good and full and happy. It's looking like a good third day hair where my curls are full and yet still a little defined but not a matted mess. I only had to refill this once to complete my hair. I am excited about using this for my detangling and deep conditioning sessions.
It is a lot smaller than I expected. I like the vintage mint green color, and I am very pleased that I decided to purchase this product. I do feel like women who like crunchy or stiff ultra defined curls may not like this product. I personally like that it give my hair volume and makes it look fuller within minutes. I don't need ultra defined curls I just want big happy healthy hair. I only knocked off 1 star because of the price.

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5 out of 5 Stars - Q Redew Reviews Rating
I have NEVER had a better product. I use this thing at least twice a week. I steam, detangle, condition, and use it as a facial treatment some nights. I LOVVVVE it! I have 2 different textures in my hair, fine 4b on top and thick 4a on bottom. The texture on top always breaks no matter the technique. I have maximum hydrated, curly and tightly coiled, wide toothed combed, water only, hennaed, and oiled and sealed, It still breaks when I detangle. This Q-Redew has cut my breakage down and my anxiety. I have retained my entire 1 and 1/2 inches over the past 3 months. I even use it on my kids hair who all have different textures on the chart.
I dont have to spend dreadful time in the bathtub detangling their hair. I pull out the Q-Redew and its detangled, oiled, and styled in 10 minutes at the most AND it looks, feels, and is healthy. I can not express how much I love this thing. If you are having issues with your hair, if you have tried every method in the book, if you have curly, coily, or kinky hair then this tool is for you!

The only con I have experienced is that I have to refill the thing after each section of hair. To cut down on the annoyance of that, I keep a water bottle and fill up after each section. Refilling is not enough for me to remove a star. I fill like if the receptacle was bigger, the steamer could not be handheld, so I'm cool with it.
5 out of 5 Stars - Q Redew Reviews Rating
 I hate screwing with my hair...there, said it. I am not one to spend an hour fussing and fussing ---I want to wash it, scrunch some product in it and go. And I want to have my hair look good the next day as well. Yup, asking for a lot. Well, with the Q-Redew Steamer, I can spend 5 minutes or less on my naturally curly hair on day two (often day 3 as well) and go. This item is so worth the money---it really works!

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5 out of 5 Stars - Q Redew Reviews Rating
Had this for years & used it two times. Started using it this winter between wash weeks & I love it. I now wash every 2 weeks. This is a natural girl staple. Awesome product.
5 out of 5 Stars - Q Redew Reviews Rating
For my 4c hair that constantly needs moisturizing, this little gadget is simple and easy to use in the mornings. I do the LCO method almost every morning so this really helps. And it absolutely helps with detangling. I use it for everything. If you have 4c (really 4e) type hair, then you need this. Trust me!! 
3 out of 5 Stars - Q Redew Reviews Rating
This product is easy to use. Fill the reservoir, plug it up, wait a few minutes... then bam!!! it's ready for use. It doesn't do as great a job as the hooded steamers, but its great for a midweek moisture booster.

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Best Bantu Knot Out Alternative - Video

This amazing bantu knot out alternative is what Jessica Pettway calls her “bantu flat out.” Never heard of that before? Well, that's because the bantu flat out is her unique technique.

For years in the natural hair game, Jessica couldn’t get the bantu knot out to work for her no matter how hard she tried! Not to mention, she didn't like the uncomfortable idea of trying to sleep with a whole bunch of knots in her head. So she invented an amazing alternative to the bantu knot out, a natural hairstyles version for women who are "Bantu knot challenged". Now naturals who have trouble with getting bantu knots can also enjoy the definition of a bantu knot out!

So what do you think about this bantu knot out alternative?

Many naturals with 3c, 4a, 4b, and 4c hair complain about their bantu knots never coming out right.
Have any of you tried this before? Some say that this bantu knot out alternative method looks somewhat similar to pin curls. The results are really stunning and defined natural curls and Jessica has proven that that is definitely a great natural hair alternative to traditional Bantu Knots.

Bantu Knot Links You May Enjoy

Bantu Knot Pinterest Pin From BlackHairOMG.com

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4 Natural Hair Breakage Treatment Tips

Natural hair breakage treatment tips are important because hair breakage is so common, so let’s address the some of the major causes of why it happens and how you can fix it. Hair breakage is generally a result of lack of hydration, lack of protein or damaging styling techniques.

Knowing which one or combination of these you are battling with will help you get your hair back on track the fastest.  You can also use the natural hair breakage treatment tips in the infographic below to solve the situation.

Natural Hair Breakage Treatment Infographic

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Infographic credit of blackhairinformation.com

Breakage From Lack of Hydration

Water is always and will always be the primary source of moisture for hair and is the single most important factor in the hydration levels of hair. natural hair journey picturesWhen you hair is dehydrated, it loses elasticity and is prone to snapping when you comb it or even handle it with your hands.

To keep your hair supple, water should touch all hair textures a minimum of once per week, even when protective styling with braids or twists by simply washing your hair or just spritzing it with water/water based product or a water/oil mixture if washing is not required and then sealed with an oil or butter if needed. We like Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream which is 100% Vegetarian and a product that we can’t get enough of.

We’d love to say that putting water on your hair and scalp is enough, but it’s simply just not true. Water consumption is equally important for well hydrated hair and skin, so please drink up!

Drinking water helps to keep your scalp balanced from the “inside” and by doing so promotes healthy and strong hair growth which in turns leads to less breakage. You can use all the products in the world promoted for healthy hair but if you are not getting enough water your efforts will be akin to putting a band-aid on a gaping wound. Try to always get your 8-10 glasses of water per day, and no, substituting that with coke or crystal light does not count.

Natural Hair Breakage from Excessive Heat Styling

Frequent heat styling from blow drying to flat ironing can also increase dryness inevitably leading to breakage. If you plan on using heat on your hair, be smart in your approach. Always keep these methods to a minimum and use moisturizing conditioners to replace lost moisture, increasing hair elasticity.

A monthly protein treatment can also be beneficial depending on the extent of the damage to the hair, but generally speaking, reducing the heat and increasing the moisture mends hair as best any practices can besides cutting any hair that shows signs of severe damage such as not reverting back to your natural curl or wave pattern when its wet. We like Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose shampoo and conditioner and Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner to help keep hair balanced when styling with heat.

All natural products formulated for hair generally contain a combination of ingredients that when used separately or in their natural form are safe for human consumption with the exception of ingredients that allow for water and oil blending (emulsifiers), preservatives and fragrance (essential oils). So mind your ingredient labels and seek these types out for the safest, most effective products that are almost pure enough to eat.

Breakage From Off Balance Protein & Moisture Levels

Protein and moisture balance are also critical to keeping hair in the best possible condition as hair is primarily comprised of over 90 percent keratin protein. natural hair journey picturesProtein in the hair is adversely impacted by chemical color and texture services (relaxers & perms) and heat styling and is also affected by diet and environmental factors such as sun exposure.

To prevent or reduce breakage, it’s important to maintain healthy protein levels in your hair by replacing lost protein after all chemical services with a protein treatment or conditioner (your hair stylist should be doing this at the salon after treatments) and incorporate a protein conditioner in your hair care regimen every 4-6 weeks especially if you straighten your natural hair.

For the most natural at-home treatments that can be used weekly, we like light conditioners like Aubrey Organics GPB (Glycogen Protein Balancing) Conditioner, a nutrient-rich, protein-based conditioner that really re-energizes hair, strengthens hair fiber and repairs damage. This is a product that really delivers on its promises. For monthly treatments, Hairveda Methi Sativa Tea Set is a great option. It’s an ayurvedic-based 2-step treatment system with ingredients like black tea and chamomile that gently treats breakage while restoring moisture. Though we don’t suggest you eat these two products, they are organic and natural-based products that are eco-friendly and effective.

Protein treatments come in different strengths from re-constructors (very damaged hair) to deep treatments (moderate damage) to daily conditioners (little damage). It’s important to keep in mind that with slightly damaged hair, a monthly treatment is more than enough as you don’t want to overly process your hair with too much protein which will only exaggerate the problem with breakage. So you can try opting for a treatment once a month or using GPB weekly to see how your hair responds.

Homemade protein conditioner mixes like egg and mayonnaise for example, while popular and make the hair feel softer, are mostly ineffective as food proteins are too large to penetrate the hair strand without being reduced in size through a process called hydrolyzation. And just like your water consumption, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting an adequate amount of protein in your diet as well. What goes in does come out!

Don't Stress!

Whether you’re struggling to get a project done, have trouble at home, or are just going through some tough times, the situation will start to represent itself in your hair. Stress can cause you to act roughly towards your hair and do rash things that may provoke an over-processing situation. It can also drive you to neglect your hair. The stress is not good for your hair or your body. Learn how to cope with it.

How to Transition From Relaxed to Natural Hair In 7 Steps

Transitioning from relaxed to natural hair when beginning your natural hair journey is a common experience.

To go from permed to natural hair, you have two options: Transitioning or The Big Chop. Which one you choose is entirely up to you. There's no textbook right way or wrong way to begin your natural hair journey. It doesn’t matter how you get there, it's about getting there and doing what you're most comfortable with doing.

The transition from relaxed hair to natural hair can be a challenge - sometimes dealing with split ends, odd curly bits, and some hair breakage. But don't give up, it's not called a "journey" for nothing, all journeys have some bumps in the road. But rest assured that your hair is on a route to recovery. Getting back to your "natural" beauty is a beautiful thing and an interesting road to self discovery.

What Does Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural Hair Mean?

Like we talked about earlier, transitioning is a way to avoid cutting all of your hair off, doing "The Big Chop" as it is called.

Transitionintransitioning from relaxed to natural hairg your hair to natural is the process of eliminating all chemical treatments and allowing your natural hair to grow out while gradually trimming the chemically-processed ends away. It takes time and patience but for many women it is worth the wait because they may be uncomfortable big chopping.

Most women who transition to natural hair slowly trim their relaxed ends away as they grow the relaxer/perm out of their hair, this also helps to keep breakage manageable and it gives your hair a more healthy appearance.

Pros of Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural Hair :

  • You have the time to learn about your particular hair type.
  • If you are not comfortable with short hair, then you can avoid that adjustment period, and avoid the wait of growing your hair back out.
  • During transitioning you have the time to perfect your hair styling skills.

Cons of Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural Hair :

  • The texture of your hair will not be consistent: which means if you decide to wear your hair in a braid out or twist out style the root of your hair might be curly while your ends will be bone straight (To avoid this simply roll the ends of your hair with rods or rollers).
  • The process of transitioning takes longer than if you just did “the big chop”.

How to Transition From Relaxed to Natural Hair In 7 Steps

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #1

Keep your hair hydrated. The biggest struggle with transitioning your hair is preventing breakage due to dryness and damage. Do what you can to keep your hair conditioned and fully hydrated by using a conditioner on a regular basis. Every night before bed, thoroughly moisturize your hair with either coconut oil or olive oil and let it soak in good for 30 minutes to 1 hour. This will help replenish your hair with nutrients that will strengthen the demarcation line (the part of the hair where the transition is happening).

  • When you wash your hair, add a little conditioner to your strands prior to shampooing. This will help to keep the shampoo from stripping all the moisture. Then, condition as usual.
  • Consider using a leave-in conditioner for your hair during the day. Apply some to your hair before you style it, paying careful attention to the demarcation line.

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #2

Use a deep conditioner regularly. Deep conditioning treatments take moisturizing your hair to the next level. Although deep conditioners are usually only used once a month or so, you need to do it more often when transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. Purchase a deep-conditioning treatment for naturals and apply it to your hair at least once every 7 days. Or if you have the money to do so, you can go to the hair salon once a week and get deep-conditioning treatments regularly.

  • Follow the bottle instructions for your deep conditioner.
  • If your money is low, another great alternative to a deep conditioner is using mayonnaise. Although it sounds a little gross, it can work wonders on adding moisture to your hair. Apply it to your hair once a week for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • If you decide to have a professional deep condition your hair, try looking for someone who specializes in transitioning hair. They’ll be able to provide you with products and services designed specifically to meet your needs.

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #3

Don't put heat on your hair, it's a natural hair killer. In general, hot tools should be avoided if you’re trying to protect your hair. Using curling irons, flat irons, and blow driers can stress your hair and cause breakage, specifically at the line of demarcation. While transitioning your hair, do all that you can to allow it to be as natural as possible. Avoid hot tools, and if necessary, limit their use to only one day a week at most.

  • If you absolutely must use hot tools, keep them away from the demarcation line and avoid using them on your roots where your natural grow-out is forming.

 

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #4

Limit the amount of times you wash your hair. This goes hand in hand with adding moisture to your hair; washing your hair frequently strips your hair of its natural oils that help keep it strong. So limit hair washing and some women have had great success with co-washing natural hair. If you’re able, only wash your hair once every 7-8 days so that there is plenty of time for your natural oils to thoroughly coat each strand of hair and bring them to life.

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #5

Promote hair growth with supplements. Maintaining your vitamins and minerals is important to general health (in addition to hair health), but taking certain supplements can strengthen your hair and speed up hair growth super fast. Doctors recommend taking biotin or viviscal (read reviews for viviscal here...)- these are supplements used specifically for promoting hair and nail growth.

Additionally, making sure you have enough vitamin D and vitamin A will help your hair too.

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #6

Avoid putting chemicals in your hair. Although it may seem like a given, you to stay away from all perms and hair relaxers when trying to transition your hair. In addition, stay away from hair dyes and bleach, as these cause significant damage to your hair, causing it to break and become frizzy. Look for all natural alternatives to chemicals you typically use, as these will be much safer on your scalp and strands than harsh chemicals are.

That's It!

You now know exactly how to transition from relaxed hair to natural while beginning natural hair journeys. It's a truly beautiful thing to see the amazing styles and natural beauty on display. Please feel free to ask more questions of other natural in the Natural Hair Lovers - BlackHairOMG Group!

Keep it natural Kiddos!!!

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Sabrina's Natural Hair Journey Pictures & Story

What's Up Black Hair OMG fam! We have more stories and natural hair journey pictures for you.

As you know, we have begun featuring the natural hair journey stories for members of the Natural Hair Lovers - BlackHairOMG.com Facebook Group. The group has been a great source of information and camaraderie, there have been some really helpful natural hair journey regimens shared in the community.

It's been really cool kick it with the ladies and it seems that a lot of newly natural women have been helped a lot from the advice given by those with more experience.

Last week we had Johanna Denny's natural hair journey to start this series and went over very well with our readers, so were going to keep this series of hair journey stories going from the BlackHairOMG family. If you're part of the natural hair group and have a story to tell about your regimen or motivation for going natural, contact me on Facebook and I'll tell you how to submit your story (300 word minimum), natural hair journey pictures and I'll share it with the world.

So let's get to it. Our 2nd ever family member natural hair journey....

My Natural Hair Journey #2: Sabrina Royster

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Sabrina Is All Smiles and Curls

Looking back, I've honestly been headed toward this journey since I was 10 years old. That's the year I got my first relaxer.

That was the first year my hair fell out. I was devastated. However, when I turned 13, I tried a relaxer again. This time I tried a more mild relaxer thinking this would solve the problem. It took a year and a half before my hair fell out, but it all broke off--again. I was ashamed of my inability to grow hair the way everyone else seemed to accomplish so easily. My hair has never even been shoulder length. Since that first relaxer, I've done just about everything to my hair.

I cut it all off, colored it, pressed it, relaxed it, weaved it. There have been many ups and downs, but the most notable was spring of 2012.

I had started a natural journey in the winter of 2011 after the birth of my daughter. Her curls were beautiful and inspired me to rediscover my own. My twin sister and a good friend had both been natural for some time already so I decided to stop straightening my hair. I dyed it a rich brown hue and was loving every moment but struggling with styling and starting a good hair regimen. I made the unfortunate decision to go and get one last sew-in.natural hair growth journey The stress of a crumbling marriage, in conjunction with a weave braided and sewn in too tight left me with a bald spot the size of Kansas. Again I was devastated. I felt less of a woman with my crown destroyed.

I realize in hindsight that returning natural was just a small part on my larger journey to find myself. I started losing weight, did my first big chop and decided to do a year heatless. The colored ends slowly broke off and in 2014, I finally had an afro I could be proud of. My soon to be 4 year old daughter loves to get her natural styles and she always says she wants her hair to look just like mine!

I wanted to show her that she's already beautiful the way she is and so am I. I've still got a lot to learn on this journey and when I want to give up, I stare at those big brown eyes looking up at me and press on. My ultimate goal? Long healthy beautiful hair completing our portrait of being just us.


A huge thanks to Sabrina for sharing your story about natural hair growth journey and natural hair journey pictures.

If you are a member of the BlackHairOMG Facebook group and want to send in your "My natural hair journey" blogs, contact me there and I'll tell you where to send your info and put your story up on this blog to inspire other naturals.kids with natural hair