Here's 4 Tips On Styling Type 4 Hair

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by Mary Wolff

If you have type 4 hair, you know the importance of proper hair care. This hair type is known for being fragile in terms of breakage and needs a considerable amount of TLC to stay strong, beautiful, and healthy. When it comes to styling type 4 hair, there are a few great methods and tips that have been tried and tested by the curly community. Here are a few of my favorites for styling type 4 hair!

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What You’re Doing Wrong With Your Braid Outs




You’ve watched the tutorial twice from start to finish, then you start the mission on your hair but it doesn’t seem to come out exactly like your fav YouTuber. We have all been there, trying to calculate the steps we might have missed! Braid-outs can be challenging, especially for kinkier hair types so I am going to share with you some of my tips to get a super defined braid out.

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5 Tips to Grow Long, Thick & Healthy Natural Hair | Type 4B/4C


by Naomi from LAMBB

You might not appreciate being compared to a plant, but let me tell you why it is the most beautiful and accurate comparison. Natural hair is a lot like a plant, the more you water it the better it will grow. Not to mention our hair journeys typically start out a lot like a seed- small but bursting with potential. Also just like a plant needs sun and nutrients, our hair needs satin scarves and oils. So allow me to share with you my 5 Top Tips to growing Long, Thick and Healthy Natural Hair, so you can blossom into the beautiful plant you are.

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Realistic Expectations for 4C Natural Hair

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by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

Many beginners to natural hair are unfamiliar with how hair types affect what will and will not work for their hair giving them unrealistic expectations. In particular 4c hair types are more likely to develop these false expectations because often times other textures have the majority of the spotlight.

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How I Achieved Long and Healthy Type 4 Natural Hair


Zara writes:

Hi!  I just wanted to share my 7 Do's for growing and retaining natural hair! I've used these practices to grow my hair long, thick, and healthy. They are my type 4 staples but they work very well for all hair types.

I hope you enjoy!

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5 Tips For Straightening 4C Hair without Heat Damage


by Jensine from youtube.com/junglenaps

In the 11 years that I’ve been natural, I’ve been able to successfully enjoy straightening my hair without heat damage. I attribute my success to the following tips :

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Top Coil Defining Techniques for Type 4 Natural Hair



Zara writes:

Hi CN Community,

I just wanted to share this video with you! It's a quick demo of how I achieve flawlessly defined coils on my type 4 hair. Again, this method works well for all hair types but is particularly helpful for defining even the tightest of coils. Enjoy!

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How to Safely Straighten Your 4c Natural Hair


Hola Chicas!

The lovely Chrishelle Monet (aka All_Things_Gold) is showing us how she safely achieves a bomb blow-out on her 4c natural hair! Enjoy! 

30 Minute Wash Day for Type 4c Natural Hair!


Liv writes:

I hope all is well! I am the content creator behind the youtube channel LiveNaturallyLove. I started my channel to help women with 4c hair love and care for their hair as well as to encourage women to fall in love with themselves. Encouraging them to join me no my #Liveinlovewithyou journey!

Washing my 4C/4B Hair could take me anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half! I challenged my hair and myself and found a routine and product to cut down my wash day routine to 30 minutes!

This routine would be extremely helpful to 4C girls and I wanted to share it with everyone. I am emailing you to see if you would love to share this amazing 30 min cowash, detangle and deep condition routine on your site!

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How to Finger Detangle Type 4b / 4c Natural Hair


Liv writes:

The closer it gets to wash day the more tangled my hair gets! I wanted to share the 3 easy ways to finger detangle natural 4B/4C hair! These methods help me remove knots and tangles all by using my fingers! In turn,  helping me retain length!

How to Bantu Knot Out: Natural Hair Basics




Bantu knots and the resulting bantu knot out are my favorite hairstyle! Any hair type or texture can do bantu knots – for some, it’ll create looser waves, and for others it will have a cute “curly q” effect with a head of tight, springy curls. Since it totally changes the look and curl of your hair, it’s perfect to do on multiple day hair to change up your look mid-week. To do this style, follow these step-by-step instructions:

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4 Tips for Transitioning to Natural Hair


by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural

I transitioned from 2009-2011. I can say that transitioning was very hard for me. At the time, I had no idea how to do my hair at all. The two textures were like night and day, and I was frustrated with my tresses. While transitioning, I chose to visit my hair stylist every two weeks to have her take care of my hair simply because I didn’t know what to do with it. At that time I wore my hair mostly straight. I continued visit my stylist and she cut the relaxed ends little by little. I continued this until one day I just couldn’t take it anymore and I let her know that I was ready to cut the rest of my relaxed ends. I had become confident enough that my hair was at a length I could work with.

Here are a few tips to help you through your transition:

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5 Oils You Should Try for 4c Natural Hair


 by Kanisha of BlackNaps.org

As we all know, natural hair and oil are pretty much the perfect match. When it comes to Type 4 hair, particularly 4c, this match becomes especially important. Oil can be used for a multitude of purposes for natural hair, including:
  • Prepooing
  • Detangling
  • Hot Oil Treatments
  • Scalp Massages/treatments
  • Adding to conditioners/deep conditioners
  • Adding to your spray bottle mix
  • Sealing in Moisture
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How I Grew Long Natural Hair Using the 'Indian Oiling Method'



by HadassaH. of NappilyNigeriangirl.com

I'd like to share a method I've incorporated into my regimen to help me retain length.

My hair had been growing longer but I noticed that the older parts (the ends) would get dry and were prone to breaking off easily.

Usually at this point, I'd trim my hair, but since I decided to challenge myself to grow my hair to waist length, just because, I decided it was time to adapt length retention techniques into my regimen.
The henna and protein treatments had helped strengthen my hair and made it less porous overall, but it didn't stop my ends from getting dry.  And while the LOC method has proved effective in providing daily moisture, I felt I still needed more to reinforce my fine hair and make it stronger to withstand manipulation.

 late 2013

My quest for length retention led me to the 'Indian Oiling Method'.   I've been consistently using this regimen since 2013 and have made changes along the way to better suit kinky, curly hair of different textures with the help of feedback from the naturalistas around me.

This regimen is especially useful if you're suffering from unexplained dryness, brittleness, breakage, hair shed and dullness. Where this is excessive, please see your doctor.

During the period of adopting this regimen, it has really helped my hair by:

- preventing breakage and improving length (I was able to finally grow my fine hair down to my waist!)-- I have waist length hair!
- improving elasticity and strength
- improving sheen and softness
- improving moisture retention
- improving styling

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Natural Hairstyles: How to Get a Big, Bouncy Braid-Out

 
On a quest to keep her type 4 coils and curls looking amazing and her roots tangle free, Zara, discovered her favorite hairstyle-- the Big, Bouncy, Braid-Out.  It's her favorite style and she'd like to share it with you!

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Winter Hair Care Tips for Moisturized 4B/4C Natural Hair


Liv writes:

Winter is here and I wanted to share my Winter Hair Care Tips for my 4C/4B Natural Hair! I found that these simple additions to my regimen help me with moisture retention, length retention and even style retention-- allowing me to defeat dry hair, helping me grow healthy, strong hair this winter!  

3 Chic Natural Hair Updos for Natural Hair


LiveNaturallyLove writes:

I have created 3 chic, sleek, and protective updo styles perfect for the upcoming holidays and cold months! I wanted to create elegant protective styles that could be worn to any formal gathering or for work and school! 4C hair is chic and elegant too and I would love to share how!

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Your Natural Hair Questions Answered!

 Photo Courtesy of Craving Yellow


Natural hair care can be daunting for newbies. Although there's lots of information online on how to nurture our hair, it can be conflicting or confusing. As a blogger, I get asked a lot of questions on how to best care for type 4 hair. Our texture has the tightest curl of them all and so it may require extra care in order to prevent tangling and matting. Here are some responses to some of the questions I get asked the most:

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Top 5 Wash and Go Tutorials for Type 4b/4c Natural Hair


by Jonna of BlackNaps.org

Many people are under the impression that only the type 3 curly girls can do wash n go styles and achieve great definition. LIES. ALL LIES. Just because your type 4 curls are tiny little coils that zig zag, you can still get super defined results from your wash n go. If you’re not sure what your hair type is, check out the Know Your Hair Type page. If you fall in the 4b/4c category, here are five wash n go tutorials that garnered super defined results. Each one featured different products and different hair lengths. This just goes to show that it’s not just about the product, but the technique.

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Top Products for Long, Healthy 4c Hair



Photo Courtesy of Craving Yellow

Now more than ever before, there are numerous hair products tailored to meet the needs of natural hair. There are a variety of cleansers, sealants, conditioners, butters, and styling creams that are meant to keep our curls healthy and popping. Out of the hundreds of options out there, these three remain my Holy Grail products. These products never fail to consistently render great results.

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