4A Hair

Style Icons are BACK! Shenique from Jamaica // 3C/4A Natural Hair

Yes, it was gone for a minute, but now it’s back; the most comprehensive and sought-after compilation of real-world naturals online — our style icon series! Our beloved style icon coordinator, Meosha, left our team for new opportunities at the end of May. So we took the time to tweak our approach a bit, and... Continue Reading

A Scientific Analysis of the Max Hydration Method for Type 4 Hair

Ms. Dee Kay (pictured above) The max hydration method (mhm) makes a big bold promise of getting type 4c hair to get its natural coils into clumped up curls. Are you curious? Here is my analysis of the method. What is the max hydration method? The author of the method, Pinke Cube sent me some notes... Continue Reading

The New Max Hydration Method Promises Moisturized, Defined Wash and Go’s for Type 4 Hair: Is It for You?

Photo courtesy of maxhydrationmethod.com   The Max Hydration Method (MHM for short) is, according to maxhydrationmethod.com, “a 5 step regimen that systematically increases moisture levels in the hair until Max Hydration is reached.” This method, championed by Black Hair Media Forum VIP Member PinkeCube promises to turn the notion that wash and go’s don’t work... Continue Reading

Why I DON’T Consider My Hair Heat Damaged… Even Though My Ends Won’t Revert

 by Kelsey (pictured above) of Lifewithcoco2 Some say that if your hair will not revert back to its natural pattern after straightening, then it is heat damaged, while another person considers it heat trained. I never really thought about it much until it happened to me. When my ends wouldn’t revert, I would just automatically declare... Continue Reading

How to Achieve Heatless Bouncy Curls in 6 Easy Steps

 by Kelsey (pictured above) of Lifewithcoco2 Natural Hair is so versatile. One of my favorite looks is huge bouncy curls. In the past, (permed hair days) I had to use a curling iron in order to achieve the bouncy curl look and then consequently had to worry about my curls falling. Since going natural, I have... Continue Reading

What to Expect with Long Type 4 Natural Hair

by Tori (pictured above) When I started my natural hair journey, I didn’t have specific hair length goals. My goal was to focus on healthy hair and the length came over time. I watched several YouTube videos and visited several blogs, from which I learned a ton of information on caring for my hair. However, there... Continue Reading

6 Styles for Type 4 Natural Hair That DON’T Require Stretching

Are you not in the mood to “super stretch” your hair as a preparation for a style? Do you want to rock your kinks, coils, or semi-stretched tresses in a style other than the usual afro or puff?  Then, check out these looks for inspiration: 1. Quick & Easy Textured Bun No need for threading, banding,... Continue Reading

No Curl Envy Here: Why I Love My Type 4 Natural Hair

 by Tori (pictured above) My type 4 hair gets tangled and knotted easily. It gets dry and matted. Detangling can take forever. It can look dull and dry even when it is isn’t. Shall I go on? Well I won’t, because this article would end up being way too long. Like many naturals with type... Continue Reading

How I Use Heat Safely On My Type 4 Hair

 by Tori (pictured above) Not all naturals choose to use heat on their hair. However, for those that do, heat damage is the most dreaded fear. No one wants to enjoy their stretched hair, only to realize afterwards that they’ve caused permanent heat damage. Here are my techniques I’ve applied to safely use heat on... Continue Reading

How to Preserve a Wash and Go Overnight

by Victoria of Tresses and Treats As I’m still in that awkward TWA stage and dealing with major shrinkage, preserving my wash n’ go’s overnight can be kind of difficult. I’ve been struggling for a way to manage my wash n’ go, but it’s still an ongoing process. And I’m lazy (uhh, hello?!), so I really don’t like... Continue Reading

How To Keep Type 4 Hair Stretched and Tangle-Free… on WASH DAY!

by Vashti of VeePeeJay.com For most of us, wash day can turn into… an all day affair, depending on what we decide to do to our hair. No matter how long it takes, at the end we all want our hair to be clean, conditioned, moisturized and tangle free. I was originally attracted to these hair... Continue Reading

10 Curly-Haired Naturals to Check Out on YouTube

In April, I suggested “10 Kinky-Haired Naturals To Check Out on YouTube”. Now it is time for a Curly-Haired edition!  Here are some curly ladies you may want to add to your YouTube list: 1. NaturallyNeiicey Let’s start with NaturallyNeiicey! In addition to her gorgeous natural hair, she has a natural, low-maintenance beauty, which is refreshing. Her channel... Continue Reading

How I Manage My Waist Length, Type 4 Hair Without a “Texture Manageability System”

A few weeks back our writer Christina wrote a review of the Beautiful Textures Texture Manageability System. Here, Kara gives an alternative perspective of managing natural hair. by Kara (pictured above) By now I am sure that most of you are aware of these “revolutionary” systems that are on the market for curly girls to... Continue Reading

Samtou // Multi-Texture Style Icon

Introduce yourself! S: My name is Samtou. I’m from Paris, France and I originally come from Togo and Benin, West African countries. Why did you make the decision to go natural? S: Simply cause I was fed-up with damaging my hair with relaxers. I used to relax my hair to have a softer texture, make... Continue Reading

Fitgi // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself! F: My Name is Fitgi Saint-Louis and I am from Long Island, New York. I currently live in the city. Why did you make the decision to go natural? F: While in college I started looking for ways to give my relaxed hair volume. I starting using different products and drying techniques to... Continue Reading

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