Tips for caring for your natural 4C hair

The journey to loving and embracing my natural 4c hair has been long but I can finally say I have gotten there. I love all aspects of my hair; the coarseness, dryness, and all. It is growing like a weed these days as I mentioned in my last hair related post and I am happy with the look. My 4c hair needs a lot of tender loving care and lots of oils. I mix my hair oils and I really like how they leave my hair so moisturised and healthy. Caring for your natural 4c hair is not easy. I almost gave up because I didn’t know what to do right and what I was doing wrong.

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Tips for caring for your natural 4C hair

Here are ways to care for your natural 4c hair –

Wash your hair every 2 weeks

For 4c hair, it is best to wash it every 2 weeks. Washing the hair too frequently will make it even drier. The hair products massaged into the hair need time to work their magic. Washing the hair every 2 weeks will keep the hair clean without stripping off the moisture.

Moisturise the hair every day

I moisturise my hair at least twice a day with hair oils, morning, and last thing before I go to bed. My hair gets really dry and I find that it needs more moisture than normal. Moisturising your hair every day will keep the hair long and healthy. Skipping the moisturising bit is not an option for me and it shouldn’t be.

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Keep your hair tools clean

I wash all my hair tools regularly to ensure they are clean for when I need them. The last thing your hair needs is s dirty comb. Dirty tools cause hair breakage, dandruff, and an itchy scalp.

No heat

I can’t remember the last time I have used a hairdryer or any form of heat on my hair. I air dry my hair when I wash and it dries quickly. Excessive heat can damage the hair, which is why I rather stay clear from any form of heat except there is no other way around it.

Careful with the protective styles

I have not had my hair in cornrows for over 3 months now. My hair stays in loose plaits and twists most of the time. I believe this has helped my hair grow even more. Some of the protective styles can damage our hairline. It is also not easy to moisture the hair properly when it is cornrows. You can only moisturise the scalp but not the actual hair. It is also very tricky to give the hair a proper wash when it is in a protective style. These are some of the reasons why I decided to not visit my hairdresser for some time and manage my hair on my own, so I can properly care for it. The rate at which my hair is now growing tells me I made the right decision.

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What do you think of these tips for caring for your natural 4c hair? How do you care for your hair? Do you have any tried and tested tips to share?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I haven’t had my hair done since February

I have been not visited my hairdresser since February 2020. This was a decision I made when the chaos started. I decided to quit many of the things I would do normally. Having my hair professionally done was one of them. Even when the government lifted the restrictions here in England, my restrictions were still on. The main reason why I have decided not to have my hair done professionally is that I wanted to pay more attention to it and grow it. I am pleased with how my hair is looking these days. It has grown rapidly in the last 3 months. I am looking forward to seeing how long and healthy it will look like by the end of the year. Also, the whole idea of wearing masks to the hairdressers didn’t encourage me to go in.

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Why I haven’t had my hair done since February

For those who do not know, I decided to go down the natural route some years ago. I got rid of all the hair relaxers and chemicals I have been using on my hair for decades and allowed my hair to be. The big chop route didn’t appeal to me, so I decided to let the relaxed ends outgrow themselves. It was a long process but it worked well in the end. I am looking forward to my hair growing longer so I can do more with it. Hopefully, I and my little girl will be able to visit our hairdresser within the next few months, but I don’t think I am ready just yet.

I love the fact that I can wash my hair every 2 weeks (or whenever I feel like) without worrying about messing up my cornrows. The fact that I am to deeply moisturise my hair with oils twice a day, from the scalp to the tips is also a big one for me. Usually, many of the hairstyles I do don’t allow me moisturise my hair the way I would like to. I have my hair in plaits or twists I do myself. It allows my hair to breathe easy.

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I now see why many natural hair women hardly have their hair in cornrow styles these days. If there is one thing this pandemic has allowed me to, it has given me a good reason to care for my hair the way my hair wants me to. The growth and the glow in my hair speak for itself. I went from not being able to grow my hair some months ago to haveing my hair grow longer and healthier every week. This experience has been mind-blowing. I will be sharing before and after photos to keep track of the length, so do lookout for the next natural hair update post.

 

 

Beauty Muse – Beverly Naya

Hey Beauties! I can’t believe it is August already. How did July end so quickly? Where is the year going? In other news, the stunning Beverly Naya is the beauty muse for August on Fashion and Style Police. The talented British-Nigerian actress has been on my radar for some time now. I love watching her movies; she is a great actress and she does a fantastic job interpreting her roles. This beauty recently produced a documentary on Netflix titled “Skin.” The documentary explores colourism which is the discrimination of people based on their skin shades. I am looking forward to watching “Skin” at some point this weekend. It has been on my list of what to watch for some weeks now.

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Colourism is a big issue in Africa, especially in Nigeria. Many men and women feel they have to lighten their skin to look beautiful. Most of them grow up hating their dark skin tone and end up going down the skin bleaching route to look lighter. I am happy to see more and more awareness is being raised about colourism. It is usually buried underneath racism, that people forget it is a huge problem in the African and Asian communities.

Back to the beautiful Beverly Nada, I think she has amazing skin. Her skin glows every time I see her. I am also a huge fan of her makeup. It was always so flawless.

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Here are some excerpts from an interview she had with Pulse some months ago –

Her skincare routine

My skincare routine is quite simple. I just literally drink lots of water and lots of fruit as well, specifically oranges because they have a high level of citrus.

I guess I need to eat some more oranges. With skincare, the simpler they are, the better the results usually.

“It’s very good for the skin if you want to detox. I use cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil. I wash and cleanse my face twice a day, it’s very important.”

Washing and cleansing the face twice a day is really important. I love using coconut oil as well. It is such a great multitasking product.

What do you think of Naya as a Beauty Muse?

 

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