Written by Freda Lukor
Africans are blessed with an uneven pattern of hair. This hair type is usually thick, hard and very painful. Good maintenance has made such hair easy to manage with the aid of information about this particular texture type. This texture type is what some people call 4A or 4C. The number ‘4C’ is used to categorize the black man race hair. What is 4C? It is a hair type characterised by different uneven patterns bound on the scalp. The patterns of this hair type consist of very curly, wavy and zig-zagged dimensions. This hair type is easily prone to dryness, brittleness and breakage. 4A is a lighter texture compared to 4C. Sometimes 4C hair becomes impossibly stubborn and hard to comb. This has led to relaxing of virgin hair. In some cases, relaxing of virgin natural hair does not turn out successfull for some people. It turned out hair started breaking continuously and having a particular growth limit. This has been the case for decades due to little or no information about management of this hair type. As difficult as this hair type appears, it is the most fragile of all hair categories i.e; 2C, 3C, 4B and so on are examples of other hair types but our focus is 4C which is most common to us in our section of this world. Our type of hair is incredibly amazing in aspects of hair styling. I want to be specific about the natural virgin unprocessed hair. It can be versatile depending on how you want to look.
1. Braids: Weaving of hair or braiding with extensions is possible. For our hair texture, the kinky attachment is preferable. Due to how it is formulated and processed, it has a similar nature to the African hair.Unlike the look of virgin hair strands peeping through processed attachment(.e.g expression), that untidy look is absent when kinky weaves are used.
2. Curls: The virgin natural hair can be rolled to give wavy and curly bounce. A little of few hair products like shea butter, styling gel, spritz and any other thing of choice when applied will give you the perfect look you desire. All you need do is apply all these and set your rollers then wear a satin cap after rolling and your hair comes out curly and bouncy the next morning. The size of rollers depends on individual hair length. Who says people with natural virgin hair can’t look chick 🙂
3. Fixing: Some people are of the belief that since a person keeps natural virgin hair fixing should be out of the question. This is not true. For protective styling it is advisable to fix when there is harsh weather condition to prevent hair from breakage. This is called protective styling.
You can have long virgin hair and enjoy these styles but there is a process to achieving and maintaining long 4C hair.
Unlike the natural relaxed hair that should be dry all times, virgin hair needs moisture. Do not mistake the meaning of moisture for wet, I mean damp or a little bit drier than damp. Moisturise hair with oils which can be bought in the mall. It is advisable to read specifications on the body of products you purchase.
Maintain a hair routine which could be twice a week, once or daily. Your activities during this routine will be application of treatments purchased. I will recommend castor oil, shea butter(can be got in yoruba states and also called ‘ori’), coconut oil. Home made regimen is also advisable since most homemade mixture comes from nature.
Have you been having difficulties in managing a natural virgin hair be it yours or your child’s? Here are tips to help.
1. Avoid vigorous combing of hair to de-tangle strands. Do not use an afro-comb for hair instead, make use of wide gapped-tooth combs but use fingers to comb through hair first to de-tangle.
2. Roots should not be made too tight while braiding or styling.
3. Maintain healthy eating habit with improvements on fruits, milk, eggs, fish and vegetables. Dietary supplements is advised.
4. Avoid use of harsh shampoo and conditioner. Read the labels on the body of haircare products before applying them rather, purchasing them.
5. Adopt a good hair routine.
6. Avoid heat from blow dryers and straigthners. If unavoidable, use heat proof oils to protect from heat damage.
7. Do hair friendly styles .i.e. styles that do not break hair.
After all said and done, the most important of these steps remains good diet. You may buy good hair products but your eating habit plays a major role in the health of your hair.
Written by Freda Lukor
The journey to have great hair has been a tedious one, not easy at all. Unlike other races, the African child is born with hair covering the scalp. According to my mum, I was a beautiful baby with a lot of hair covering. Well, I still remain a beautiful adult recovering my lost hair:-). I am sure you may be wondering but I will give a little story.
As a child, I had medium length natural hair that could pack a bun and the puff from that bun was so full like stacks of cotton wool. My auntie had difficulty holding my hair when weaving because it was a bit silky and will always slip from her hand. She would leave me to my mum to plait my hair whose grip was unimaginably painful so I cut my hair because of the pain. Growing my hair since that time has been a lot of money, time and energy especially since I started applying creme at age eight. At some point my hair will see the light and I will know there is hope only for it to die again. University came and hair extensions seemed to be a way out but, what was the real me without the extensions and all? Apart from character, attitude that makes up one’s beauty my hair contributes to my outward appearance. Thus the inner desire for great hair stirred up in me. This desire consumed me when I met a secondary school friend in my second year at school. Aretha was on transfer from Caleb and we were happy to meet again. She had black-brown hair judging from the time I saw her I hair was shoulder length back then but now, it was way past her waist( I will call that butt length) and still growing. She will taunt me on a regular, “why can’t you be like me and border less with all these weaves, at least once in a while” and I will eye her hair with envy. I pray for long hair and all my friend can do is pack a boring bun (very annoying). There is so much fun things to do with a hair of almost thirty inches. I started searching so I went on YouTube with a different intent and was amazed what I saw black ladies with natural hair, so long. I watched and on mindless of my data connection. I began to analyse the downfall of my hair and came to conclusion that the genesis of MY HAIR was creme. I say my hair because it did not thrive well with relaxer but works well for my dear friend I spoke of earlier. Over the years my hair became scanty and lifeless. I had cooked my scalp enough with chemicals so I needed change. There was enough proof a lot of damage had been done beyond what I could see so I took the bold step and cut down the weed from my head to grow fresh healthy hair. They enemy that obstructed healthy growth of my hair was RELAXER.
Finally, I have embraced the natural curls mama gave me and I am still knowing my hair, the do’s and don’ts. I am African and my hair(and skin) is what tells that. Do not get me wrong, I ain’t being discriminate about textures but we need to know that the things we think favour us most are our greatest enemy. In the long or short run, creme damages the hair resulting to multi-problems of which baldness is a part of it. My hair journey has made me learn a lot too of which are good diet and patience. Some people may spend a lot on products to grow their hair yet no results. The truth is what you put into your body is as important as what you use on your hair. I do not mean use cheap products. You may use cheap products but ensure they are good to avoid hair damage. Eat healthily and drink lots of water (which is very important to transport nutrients to your scalp). Exercise patience because it takes a some good time to grow natural hair but not for every one. It can take few persons a year or two. So my dear ladies know what is best for your hair and apply it.
If you are suffering from weak roots and porous hair then Hibiscus can be the most ideal remedy . Its essential elements strengthen weak roots and treats pore clogging by stimulating blood circulation to scalp . It encourages hair growth by supplying essential nutrients to follicles.
Now, you can fight five signs of hair problem , hair fall, hair damage , dandruff , graying , dryness with these homemade hair masks , which are not only easy to prepare but also cost effective . These natural ingredients don ’ t have any side effects . Its regular application will definitely treat your hair . The best part about homemade hair masks is it is free from harmful chemicals which can cause damage to your hair . These natural hair masks provide more volume to hair and allow you to experiment with different hairstyles . Now, let your hair breathe freely with the help of homemade hair mask.
It can be easily prepared at home with the following ingredients.
Hibiscus petals : 6 – 7 or Hibiscus Powder : 2 Tbsp
Olive oil ( extra virgin): 1 / 4 cup
Raw Milk: 2 Tbsp
Soak hibiscus petals or powder overnight in a cup of water. Then blend or mix it with olive oil and raw milk.
Apply this mask gently on your hair . Keep this hair mask for 20 – 25 mins and then rinse it with cold water. Regular application will give you desired result .
For those asking about how to get hibiscus, you can order some from http://www.naturalglamour.com.ng or by calling 0704 535 3925. Delivery is to Nigeria and Ghana.
We hope this was helpful.
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