6 Struggles Only Girls With 4C Hair Would Understand 

When I chopped off all my relaxed ends, hair-typing was one of the things I found totally unnecessary until I tried certain styles and products that my 3A YouTube sisters were raving about but was an epic fail for me. After extensive research, I finally concluded that I have  4C hair even though I wanted 4A hair with all those baby curls. Don’t know your hair type or not sure what all I just wrote means? Check How to Know Your Hair Type

Shrinkage on 4C natural hair

1.) I swear I have long hair, let me just pull these strands real quick 

a.k.a Shrinkage. I’m tired of explaining to people why I still have “short” hair after nearly four years of grooming and caring for my natural hair. Take away all the color jobs and inevitable big chops that followed them, I still have a good 10″ in length. But will my shrinkage allow me show it off? No. Will I cry about it? No Will I accept said shrinkage and just allow my hair flourish? Yes!

2.) What is even a “dime-sized” amount?

Forget it, there’s no such thing as a dime-sized amount for doing anything with 4C hair; styling, washing, nothing. 

Humidity on 4C Natural hair
3.) Someone please explain this humidity thing

Let’s say you finally managed to get that Bantu knot out or twist-out right and you already did ten back-flips internally because oh, such joy! Fast forward to two hours later, you’re going about your business of the day and mistakenly pass by a mirror but your reflection doesn’t mirror what you saw earlier in the morning, yup, hello humidity. Basically, what humidity does is draw moisture in the air into your hair strands and ruin your perfect twist out but hey! now you have extra moisturized strands.

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4.) Why won’t my curls and twist out come out like the YouTube video I watched?

Because you probably do not have the same hair type as the person in the YouTube tutorial or your hair just doesn’t want that particular style, leave it. Jk. Sometimes it takes more than one try to achieve a particular style. With the right technique, products and patience, you’ll become a style guru in no time. I personally don’t like manipulating my hair plus I have styling restrictions in school right now so wigs are the go-to for me. 


5.) Why are my strands so in love with each other?

a.k.a tangling. I can’t wash my hair and just go or leave it without doing cornrows or twists to keep the knots at bay. My hair doesn’t tangle as much but any semblance of knots literally drive me crazy. If your hair tangles badly, a detangling conditioner and styles that keep your hair stretched should be your best friends.


 
6.) So when do we get break-free combs?

Personally, my hair has broken only one comb and I was weirdly happy that my thin, fine 4C hair could break a comb, never mind that said comb was already weak. I have a friend that has given up on combs and is now a pro at finger-detangling. I mean one would think that we would have anti-breakage combs by now.


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My Top 5 Leave-in Conditioners For Natural Hair

While writing this post, I realized that all the products are under 5000 Naira ($10), it got me wondering why people are always complaining that “having natural hair is expensive”. Once you find the right products for your hair, you really do not have to break the bank to maintain healthy hair. These products are my absolute favorites that have been of great help on my natural hair journey and I’ve gone through at least 2 tubs/bottles of each. I use the Liquid – Cream – Oil (LCO) method to moisturize my hair and Leave-in conditioners are the creams I use. So far, these are my favorites: Continue reading “My Top 5 Leave-in Conditioners For Natural Hair”

How To Care For Wigs

Happy New Month Guyssss

I get the “how do I take care of my wigs?” question a lot so I decided to finally put this out. Hopefully, it answers your questions concerning wig care and is as helpful as it was to others I’ve given a summary of this.
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How To Care For Your Hair Tools

It’s easy to neglect taking care of our hair tools and depending on how often you use them, product buildup could lead to the accumulation of dirt and germs that have harmful effects to your hair. The frequency with which you use your hair tools would determine how often you need to wash and clean them. Personally, I choose a day of the week to do that.

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Hello 2017 | Top 4 Crochet Braid Patterns

Happy New Year!

You’ve probably said and heard this a million times already but you haven’t heard it from me (except you follow me on Instagram of course). I wrote down a list of things I would like to achieve before the end of the year, some are looking quite over-the-top but I’m really working to push myself this year and  I hope you are too!

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Harmattan Survival Guide

 

“Say no to dry and ashy”

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My Top 5 Hairstyles of 2016

While going through my pictures and editing my last post for 2016 (which I’ll put out on the 31st, cliche?), I noticed I had worn over 10 protective styles this year alone and decided to showcase my favorites this year, you can also tell me yours in the comment section, I’ll really like to know. In no particular order, they are;

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5 Nigerian Hair Care Brands You Should Know About

The first thing that proved to be a problem for me when I returned to  natural hair was where to get affordable  natural hair products that would work well on my hair, I curated some really good stores and salons in The Directory but that wasn’t enough because at the time they had mostly foreign products. Fast forward almost 3 years later and there are so many available products made in Nigeria by Nigerians for Nigerians, it doesn’t get any better than that really. In no particular order, here are my 5 Nigerian hair care brands you should know about;

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