I have never been the best at styling my hair. I know how to do some of the basics: use a curling iron, a straigthening iron, blow out semi-correctly… but I don’t know how to braid, cornrow, flat-twist, cut, shave, like some others women can do effortlessly. So the things I can do with my hair are quite limited. Which is why I always need to find a trusted hairdresser that I can call anytime I need help making my hair look good. I also have short natural 4c type hair which can be notoriously difficult to style if you don’t know what you’re doing.
I recently found a few Youtubers with similar hair texture and length as mine and they have been tremendously helpful when it comes to learning new and easy ways to take care of my hair in between braiding styles.
Cynthykay Obi is the first one I discovered and she introduced me to the power of gel! It is incredible to see what she can achieve with some EcoStyle Gel and a paddle brush on her short 4c TWA.
Another 4c hair magician from Youtube is Jane Nashe. She also has very short 4c natural hair and she can create the most beautiful and intricate looking styles but her tutorials are extremely easy to follow and recreate
When it comes to the general care of my natural hair I like to follow My Natural Sistas. The 3 beautiful sistas cover everything from dusting and trimming hair, to nourishing and protecting it. We do not share exactly the same hair type but I find their tips to be extremely helpful nonetheless.
With time, I have identified the essential products and tools that are mentioned over and over again by the most experienced Youtubers and here are the ones I have incorporated in my regimen:
- To moisturize and condition my hair: Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream
- To seal in the moisture: Organic Coconut Oil
- For growth and protection of my edges: Jamaican Black Castor Oil
- Gel to lay my hair down for the updos and other styles similar to Jane Nashe and Cynthykay Obi’s: EcoStyle Gel (either the Olive oil or Castor Oil varieties)
- To detangle my hair: I saturate my hair with any conditioner and finger detangle then go in with a wide tooth comb and a Denman brush with wide spaced pins (the best for afro type hair)
- To occasionally dust my hair (cut split ends) a sharp pair of shears. You shouldn’t cut your hair with dull scissors. Great scissors are an important tool and professionals use pairs that can cost over a thousand dollars like the well known Japanese Kasho Scissors. Even if you’re not a professional (and obviously don’t need 1000$ scissors) you still need scissors that will cut well the first time and won’t cause damage to your hair. In other words, don’t borrow your kitchen or child’s scissors to trim your ends.
- To wash my hair: I have been using natural African Black Soap to wash my hair (I have actually been using it from head to toe) and I love it. I get this brand from Amazon and it lasts me a while.
Here’s all I have been using. What great products are in your hair regimen? Let me know in the comments.