Moisturizing

Type 4 Naturals: 3 Products to Add to Your Regimen to Boost Moisture

One of the main problems I have experienced with my type 4 hair is dryness. This hair type in particular requires a lot of moisture, and moisture retention is often a big issue. Over the years, I have learned that there are certain things that need to be done or added to my regimen to... Continue Reading

6 Moisturizers to Keep Your Natural Hair Hydrated this Winter

The temperatures seem to be getting worse, not better, as we get closer to spring. Last week clocked in dew points below zero on the East Coast, and we aren’t even done with snow for the year. Of course, with temperatures so low, we don’t want to walk around everyday with soaking wet hair. At... Continue Reading

I Tried a DIY Caramel Moisture Treatment on My Type 4 Natural Hair

Every once in a while I like to change up my hair routine by integrating a new DIY treatment. Changing things up has in the past helped me find new ways to enhance my hair’s moisture retention or it’s manageability. Sometimes I make terrible mistakes, like the time I used coconut cream and castor oil in... Continue Reading

6 Natural Curl Enhancing Methods

When I first went natural, I recall watching videos of people applying conditioner to hair that looked like mine to magically form clumps. However, mine did not. Of course, there is really no magic to it. Natural hair in its stretched form pretty much looks alike but when wet some of us have clumps and... Continue Reading

3 Ways To Combat Dry Hair Syndrome in Type 4 Hair

Many naturals encounter dry hair at some point in time. Dryness can be caused by many things — weather, bad hair products, etc. But for Type 4 naturals like myself, dry hair can be even more prevalent. Over the years, while dealing with bouts of dry hair, I have discovered a few simple ways to quickly... Continue Reading

5 Benefits of Oatmeal for Natural Hair + How I Use It as an Intense Moisturizer

I’m not usually the type to jump on the “strange and unusual” techniques and treatments bandwagon, but when I heard about the benefits of oatmeal rinses a few years back, my interest was piqued. Oatmeal is great internally and some of you might even be familiar with the use of oatmeal for skin, but can... Continue Reading

5 Ways to Bring Moisture Back Into Dry Winter Hair

Sealing is crucial for reducing moisture loss but is only effective for so long. What do you do once the moisture is gone, especially during the winter when it seems to vanish more easily? Here are a few tips to restore that moisture to your hair. 1. Invest in a quality humidifier Cold weather leads... Continue Reading

3 DIY Moisturizer Recipes For Natural Hair This Winter

Winter will officially arrive this month, and as naturals, we want to be ready. Part of that preparation is finding an adequate moisturizer. If your current product isn’t cutting it and you’d like to try something homemade, here are a few worth mixing. 1. Creamy Shea Moisturizer Ingredients: – ½ cup unrefined shea butter –... Continue Reading

My Experience With the Cherry Lola Treatment (the Precusor to the Max Hydration Method) On 4C Hair

Before the Maximum Hydration Method (MHM), there was the Cherry Lola Treatment, developed in 2009 by natural hair blogger Cherry Lola.  (As a matter of fact, the MHM incorporates a variation of this treatment as its first step.) Because of its effectiveness at reducing frizz, this treatment grew in popularity from 2009 through 2012. Not much has... Continue Reading

How Focusing On Hair Porosity This Winter Can Lead to Healthier Longer Hair

When I began researching natural hair porosity, it was like glitter rained down from the sky and I truly began to figure out my hair. I found focusing on porosity to be much more helpful than relying on curl pattern. For those of you unfamiliar, porosity is how well your hair absorbs and holds onto moisture. For... Continue Reading

4 Alternatives To Oil and Butter For Sealing Moisture In Natural Hair

When Izzy (my hair) was much shorter, I never thought it was necessary to “seal” my hair. Why? Because my hair’s porosity is fairly low, so “sealing” in moisture was never imperative to keep my hair moisturized. If you’re unfamiliar, “sealing” natural hair simply means to use a butter or oil to coat the hair... Continue Reading

How to Prevent the ‘Dry Hair Feeling’ After Washing

If I were to ask you the top three rules for keeping natural, curly hair soft and healthy, I bet one of the answers most of you would say is: “Keep it moisturized, of course!”. Well then, isn’t it ironic that your hair can feel most dry shortly after it has been washed? For years... Continue Reading

I Tried the Max Hydration Method…and I Liked It!

Back in August, I wrote an article breaking down what exactly the Max Hydration Method (MHM) is and what it claims to do. The comments on the article were all over the spectrum — from devout followers of the MHM to skeptics and those who loathe the concept of “chasing a curl pattern.” In case... Continue Reading

True Life: I’m a Type 4 Natural and I Don’t Use Shower Caps

There was a time when I wouldn’t dare get in the shower without a plastic cap or bag covering my hair. Unless it was wash day, I tried my best to avoid getting my hair wet. However, I’ve recently found that covering my hair with a plastic cap during showers is no longer a priority.... Continue Reading

4 Unusual Hacks That Keep Natural Hair Moisturized

It’s a bummer when you’re down to the very last drop of your favorite leave-in and you know your order won’t come in for at least another week. It’s also definitely not cool, when you’re traveling far from home only to realize you’ve forgotten your favorite pomade and moisturizer. This is exactly what happened to me... Continue Reading