Since you are searching for natural black hair care tips, you must have noticed that there is a learning curve on how to care for your natural texture, especially if you are transitioning from relaxed hair, or if you are relatively new to having this hair texture.
Natural Black Hair Care: Hair Care Process
The process I’m describing here is a general wash and care regimen helping you to figure out the best way to wash, detangle, condition, and style. As 4c hair gets longer, the tangles become incredible and the sheer volume of hair can get overwhelming. When ever I wash my hair I just think “Whew!” Its a lot of hair.
You can do this in the shower or you can do it over the sink. Having a spray nozzle or removable shower head really helps.
- Thoroughly wash/rinse hair in sections. It makes it easy to part your hair off into about 6-10 sections and keep them separated with butterfly clamps.
- Apply the deep conditioner to thoroughly rinsed sections.
- After all sections are conditioned, comb through each section with the wide tooth comb to detangle.
- Put on a plastic cap and allow hair to deep condition for 15 – 30 minutes. The longer the better.
- Rinse hair thoroughly again removing the sections as you go.
Now it is cleaned and conditioned. The next steps depend on what you want to do:
Natural Hair Care Tips: High Pouf Style
This is a great go-to style for natural hair care tips once your hair has grown to about 6 inches or more. Its a great every day look which can be done relatively quickly. You can change it up by making the “pouf” bigger or smaller or more or less curly.
After washing and conditioning the hair:
- Apply a thick and creamy leave in conditioner/moisturizer to all of the hair.
- Apply jojoba oil or another oil on top of the leave in conditioner. – Remember you want to moisturize moisturize moisturize.. then you want to apply oil to seal in the moisture.
- Apply a heavy gel to the front sides and back to “slick” the hair into a ponytail.(note: I’ve been experimenting with this step, and I’ve found that the gel isn’t actually necessary as long as I apply a nice oil and tie the front down with a good headband. The liquid jojoba oil works great, or shea butter. )
- Hold hair with an elastic band. (if you have the right kind, these should not break your hair, but make sure its not too tight – don’t overlap the elastic. Just put it on in one ‘circle’ ).
- Wrap with a scarf. I also use cut up tights or stockings as hair wraps. Like a stocking cap, they really get the job done.
- Allow to dry.
- Leave the ‘pouf’ as is, or you can do a twist out to stretch it out!
Natural Hair Care Tips: Stretch it Out
Once you get well into natural hair care tips, you might be astonished to find out how much your hair “snaps back” when it is wet. You can lose up to 75% of your length because of the tightness of your curls or kinks.
After you have washed and conditioned your hair you might want to give it a bit more length, especially if you have a very tight curl, and also lighten it up a bit.
Best Ways to Stretch Your Hair:
- Set on Pipe Cleaners (also known as Fuzzy Sticks)
- Twist Out
- Braid Out
All of these methods involve the same basic technique. Condition the hair with a leave in conditioner, braid, twist roll or wrap the hair and allow it to dry. The specific method that you choose depends on the style you want and the length of your hair. All of these are also great processes to use when you still have relaxed ends during your transitioning phase. They also allow you to do targeted moisturizing on your hair.
If you started this process from the High Pouf, you want to do the twists and curls in the pouf.. it is easier to keep it pulled back nicely if you leave it pulled back with the scarf while you twist it.
You can also start this process with your hair just out so that you get a pretty curly/wavy style when you finally take it out at the end.
- Towel dry the hair so that it is not sopping wet. You want it as dry as possible while still damp.
- Take a section of hair that is about 1.5 inch square. You can play with the size of the sections to achieve different textures.
- Apply moisturizer and oil to the section. – You will have to play with the amounts to see how much your hair needs, and how much you can put on so that your hair won’t take forever to dry.
- Separate the hair into two parts then twist the parts together. This is a two-strand twist. Make sure you apply an extra dose of moisturizer on the end, and smooth the very ends of the hair into a nice coil.
- Affix a perm rod at the end of the twist or braid. If you are using pipe cleaners you can wrap your hair around the end of the wire and bend it over.
- Continue this process until all of your hair is twisted.
- Allow the hair to dry completely. My hair usually takes at least an hour sitting under the dryer.
- Once the hair is completely dry, remove the rollers then gently separate the twists.
You can also do this process if your hair feels dry and needs a good moisturizing treatment, but you don’t want to wash it. Make sure you get the ends nicely coiled with moisturizer when you touch it up.
Pipe Cleaners/Fuzzy Sticks
If your hair is long you might find that it is difficult to control it after you have it twisted or stretched. Pipe cleaners are wonderful for this because they allow you to keep your hair stretched out to a full length and secure it. You can also clip the hair to the pipe cleaner so that it stays stretched out and in place. They are also nice because you can lay down or maybe even sleep with them in since they are soft. They don’t create impossible sleeping conditions like rollers and clippies do. You can also use the pipe cleaners to simply roll or twist your hair.
Natural Hair Care Tips: Pipe Cleaner Curls
I recently tried this technique and I can’t say enough good things about the results. Its very easy to do, and the best part is, your hair can dry pretty fast because more of it is exposed along the length of the pipe cleaner. The end result looks a lot like a straw set.. only it takes a lot less time! Another great thing is that if you put them in with a “style” and use a color of pipe cleaner that is close to your hair, you can actually go out with them in and no one can really tell. AND! They are pretty comfortable to sleep in too! Since they are small and soft, they don’t impose on the sleeping like rollers do.
Comb (if you choose)
Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter (moisturizer)
Olive Oil/Shea Butter mix (oil to seal moisture)
Cantu Coconut (shine)
This can be done on sopping wet, towel dried, or even dry hair.
- Take sections of hair that are approx 1/2 inch thick, apply product in this order: water, moisturize, seal moisture and do a double twist (so that each side of the twist is 1/2″)
- Make sure that you smooth out the end. Comb it out gently if needed.
- Fold the pipe cleaner in half then coil the hair around the pipe cleaner. Make sure you wrap it around a few times at the end so that the end gets a good curl
- Fold the pipe cleaner over to secure the twist
- Complete the entire head in a uniform pattern. (I’ve gotten this down to about a half hour on 8 inch 4c hair – not bad time!)
- Allow the hair to dry. Either sit under the dryer, blow dry, or air dry.
- When the hair is COMPLETELY dry. Gently remove the pipe cleaners.
- Gently separate the twists and style with some Cantu Shea Butter Super Shine or other shine product
This youtube video shows the technique on locs, but it works very well on transitioning hair of any length or on fully natural “out” hair. I give full credit to chescalocs for the video. I’ll make my own once I have time! Try it!!
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