4A Hair

I Used a “Real” Hydolyzed Wheat Protein Treatment on My Type 4 Natural Hair

Protein treatments can be very beneficial to hair health. They strengthen the hair and help you reach your hair goals. Typically, my protein treatments would be a homemade mixture of ingredients such as yogurt, eggs, bananas, etc. However, earlier this year I stumbled upon a video that explained the difference between my usual homemade protein... Continue Reading

Jay from Connecticut // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself. J: Hey all! My name is Jalisa (Literally the name Lisa with a “Jah” sound in front of it) Williams, I go by Jay for short & I’m a senior majoring in Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, College Basketball Champions of the Nation – Go Huskies! Did you transition or big chop?... Continue Reading

Andrea from Houston // 3B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself. A: My name is Andrea Denise Alexander and I am from the GREATEST city in the world! If you answered that with anything other than Houston, Texas, then there is a chance your Geography teacher was not well versed in his/her craft! ;) Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair... Continue Reading

Kapri from Alabama // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

What is your Name / Where are you from? K: Hey everyone, I’m Kapri! :) I’m originally from Maryland, but I currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! K: I was inspired to return natural by a good friend of mine, and went on to... Continue Reading

Alesha from Nashville // 4A/4B Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself. A: My name is Alesha Sullivan. I am from Memphis, TN and currently reside in Nashville, TN. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! A: I decided to go natural in March of 2011. I felt that I had mastered my hair in its relaxed state. I... Continue Reading

Mildred from New Jersey // Silver Natural Style Icon

  What is your Name / Where are you from? M: My name is Mildred also known as Natural Silver Sista, and I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.   I currently live in Northern NJ. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! Be sure to include how long... Continue Reading

Aprecia from Columbus // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon

What is your Name / Where are you from? A: My name is Aprecia, and I’m from Columbus, Ohio. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! A: I’ve always been natural so I neither transitioned or big chopped, but I didn’t start taking my natural hair journey seriously until I... Continue Reading

5 Professional and Chic Natural Hair Styles for the Workplace

Though natural hair is making more appearances in the workplace, it can still be a challenge to find that perfect “professional” hairstyle you are comfortable wearing.  Nevertheless, there are options out there — no matter how short or long your hair.  Here are just a few: 1. Mini Twists into Updo (Medium-Length Natural Hair) With autumn around... Continue Reading

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

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