The Best Heat-Free Stretching Technique for 4C Hair

The Ultimate Heat-Free Hair Technique for 4C Hair

heat free hair tips

I have a dedicated strategy to stretching my 4C hair that I think will work. I am happy to share it today. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. It works best with 4C hair being the kinkiest and thickest of all Afro textured hair but you can also try it on other black hair types if you want.

Tools Needed

  • Wide tooth comb
  • Heat protectant serum
  • Scarf
  • Kirby grips/Bobby pins

How to stretch your 4C hair without using heat or extensions

Step 1: Start at the back of your head and straight braiding mid-size chunky braids

I prefer braids to twists because braids stretch your hair better when it is done heat free. The first thing you should do is part the hair at the back of your head. The bigger your braids, the less stretched your 4C hair will be. After you have parted the back of your head, apply heat protectant serum liberally. I know you are wondering why you should use heat protectants if you aren’t blow drying your hair.

These serums actually help to soften 4C hair in order to get the hair ready for stretching. I haven’t looked back since – apply a few drops of the serum on the sections of your hair that you are going to braid. Remember, your braids don’t need to be perfect since you are doing this for heat-free stretching, not to impress anyone.

I prefer doing chunky ‘braids’ or in my country we used to call them mabutu. Braid them all the way to the end without allowing strands at the end to remain open. Continue reading

5 Box Braid Partings You Need To See

Getting hair partings right can enhance your box braids in a way that isn’t obvious at first but it plays a large role. Here are some of the cleanest and most crisp box braids partings that you can show your stylist or you can try and do them yourself.

5 Beautiful Partings For Box Braids

I love how straight and clean these partings are. Most of these are probably achieved with a rat tail comb but I do think you need to be careful if your hair is natural so you don’t cause any unnecessary breakage when you are trying to part the hair. It might be a better idea to stretch your hair first before you do box braids.

I think box partings look better than triangle partings and I’ve noticed triangle partings take way more skill so double check with your stylist first to see his or her’s skill level. I think it’s better to have classic box partings than triangle ones that look bad – I’ve been there and I looked like a fool LOL when the triangle parts could have been done better by the stylist.

Let me know what you think of these 5 box braid parting styles.

 

How to do a natural hair blowout without breaking your hair

Afro hair blown out

Top tips on how to blow dry natural hair

I know, I know. Blow drying natural afro hair is like a cardinal sin for women with natural hair but many girls want to know how to do it safely. Ideally you shouldn’t blow your hair out more than twice per year. Some girls love doing it every month but I advise against this. If you want to do a natural hair blow out, you can opt to go to the salon or you can do it yourself. After you do your natural hair blow dry, make sure you finish off your look with makeup such as lipstick, perfume and do your eyebrows. Here are some of my top tips on how you can blow dry natural hair safely: Continue reading

Natural Afro Hair Blow Dry with Cold Air

Afro 4

This is an example of how natural afro hair looks when it is blow dried. I got this blow dry about a month ago at my local salon in Mikocheni. It was a good blow dry but I told Thomas to use cold air instead of hot air.

He also used a heat protectant so that my hair would not be damaged.

Just wanted to share a blow dry afro update.

5 Protective Hairstyles for Black Women

(Updated November 2018)

5 Stunning Protective Hairstyles for Black Women

  1. African threading Afro 1
  2. Two Strand TwistsAfro 2
  3. Chunky Box BraidsAfro 3
  4. Long and Unique CornrowsAfro 4
  5. Chunky Two Strand Twist BraidsAfro 5

These are 5 of my favourite protective hairstyles for black women. These afro hairstyles are ideal to help you hair grow while keeping your hair safe and protected.

These stunning protective styles look best when you also do grooming with your entire look. For example, when you are getting box braids done, make your box braids pop with red lipstick or enhance your cornrows with a bright slick of purple or burgundy lipstick. Makeup brings protective hairstyles to life. I am totally OBSESSED with the African threading hairstyle and I cannot wait to try it.

 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Afro Hair

IMG_0124

-This is an image of me and my Afro-

If you want to grow your Afro hair, you need to have a dedicated plan in order to see growth. Every woman has a different regime and method to make her hair grow long. I’m going to share all of my ideas that work on how to actually see growth with your Afro.

Drink water to make your hair healthy

Guys – water is really important if you want to make your hair long and healthy. Healthy hair comes from within and your hair follicles need nourishment in order to grow. Drink water that is filtered if you want extra brownie points. I like bottled water and sparkling water – always drink water every day to keep your hair hydrated.

Eat kale, spinach and avocados

Spinach 1

Eat healthy portions of kale, spinach and avocados to give your hair strength and growth ability. Avocados are wonderful for grow and so is spinach and kale. You can add these into your diet at least 3 times a week so that you can see results.

Trim split ends

Get rid of split ends. They help no one in this world least of all your hair. It’s better to have healthy hair that is going to grow quickly as opposed to hair full of split ends. Go to your favourite stylist to have them take care of the problem if necessary.

Always plait your hair before going to bed 

You should always plait your hair into two strand twists or three strand braids before you go to bed. If you sleep without plaiting your hair, you make your hair more susceptible to it breaking.

Use protective styles to help your hair grow

bOX 1

Protective styles such as the box braids before are a wonderful way to help your hair to grow because they lower daily manipulation. Don’t get them done too tight to avoid hurting your edges.

Consider vitamins to supercharge your hair growth

Hair vitamins can be used if you are impatient and you want to see results quickly. Choose vitamins that have a lot of Biotin inside because this is the active vitamin that is responsible for healthy hair, skin and nails.

Measure your hair growth by taking pictures

Do length checks by measuring how long your hair is growing. You can also take pictures or shoot videos to see if your hair is growing and if you are retaining length.

Do African threading to let your hair GROW without you touching it

african 1

Use African threading styles like the one above to help your hair look beautiful and long quickly. African threading is the best way to make thick Afro hair grow long. If you want to see results, I would recommend this ASAP.

Keep long nails out of your natural Afro hair

Keep long nails out of your hair if you want to maintain long Afro hair. Long nails can literally cut your hair off and make it break. Keep your nails short or wear protective styles if you love long nails.

With this guide, you are going to have long gorgeous Afro hair and I would love to know if these tips work for you.

Subscribe to Charcoal Ink via Email for the best Afro hair and natural hair tips

Do hair blogs matter anymore now that you have Instagram & Pinterest?

Instagram 1

The social media margarita for natural hair, beauty & fashion

Social media is one of the tastiest cocktails to drink if you love hair, beauty, fashion and food. There are thousands of Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter accounts dedicated to all of these things that we all love. Whether you love natural afro hair updos or you love looking at high heels, it’s clear that social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram have opened a whole new world for natural afro hair. I definitely think social media has changed the game for natural hair but I also am wondering – does it enrich the hair experience and make hair blogs irrelevant? Continue reading

Upclose Shot from my shoot with Beautiful Imperfectionz

BI Shoot 1

I am so happy with this – this is one of the pictures from my shoot that I received from Beautiful Imperfectionz. When I receive the rest, I will share them with you. Some will go on my website and I will see which ones work for the website since it’s very business oriented. I am so happy with the pictures I have seen so far – I think they really capture who I am.

What do you think of this picture?