This is growth from my second big chop I did on December 20th 2016 after transitioning for 1 year and 5months. Today is June 1, 2020 which means I should have 4 years and 11 months worth of growth on my head.
There are so many misconceptions about 4c hair in the natural hair community. It seems that 4c hair is only identified as being real if it is in its dry state with no true curl or coil definition. The truth is, 4c hair does have a curl/coil pattern!
Hair typing systems are usually flawed because they don’t show the full story of your hair. It can be very frustrating to figure out your hair type because hair texture plays such a huge part in what we see. The Andre Walker Hair Typing system only mentions hair strand pattern, but that’s only a portion of what it takes to begin to understand your hair. This is where the LOIS Hair Typing System comes into play.
This video showcases 3 beautiful hairstyles that look great on shrunken type 4 natural hair — as well as short hair. 4c Shrinkage is REAL! I have a ton of shrinkage and I’m sure many of you do too. Shrinkage often gets a bad rap because it increases tangles in natural hair and sometimes derails hair growth goals. Many people hate shrinkage in their natural hair mostly because they can’t see their true hair length and it tangles easily. Well, I’m here to say that your thoughts are valid concerning length retention, BUT I think shrinkage is BEAUTIFUL.
Here are a few easy natural hair hacks to appease the lazy natural in all of us. How to hack a hair tie to fit thick natural hair, 5 minute wash and go refresh, how to create faux bangs, and surprise clips of my toddler son.
A few weeks ago I posted a video on YouTube titled, “I Tried a Wash N Go on 4c Hair Every Day For A Week” and the response has been incredible! Not only did the view count explode, but the comment section is packed with hundreds of tips, tricks, and encouraging words from people across the world. This piqued my interest. What would happen if I let my subscribers guide my wash and go? I chose the Max Hydration Method (because I like the name) and humorously tried to follow as many tips from my subscribers as I could. That is the basis of this video.
Decluttering my hair cabinet is something I began doing about three years ago. This is about 1/3 of the products I used to have. I’ve given lots of hair products (and makeup) to so many family and friends over the years, that it’s become a habit. I aim to clear out old expired hair products at least once a year, so it doesn’t get too overwhelming. I have to remind myself over and over again that HAIR PRODUCTS EXPIRE!!
How to keep type 4 hair moisturized all week? That is the biggest question for many naturals to date. The best technique for me has been layering products and keeping it simple.
These are 15 essential tools every natural should have in their hair cabinet, closet, or drawer. We’re talking haircare tools, not products. These are the tools needed for the most effective haircare regimen that I personally use on a weekly and daily basis.