Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bloggers to Follow with 4c Natural Hair

Hello Ladies! For those of you with 4c natural hair that is coarse and tightly coiled it may be hard to find bloggers who have the similar hair types. Here is a round up of natural hair bloggers and vloggers (video bloggers) with 4c hair that you can check out.

Black Zulu

Blogger Black Zulu with a parted fro
www.blackzuluanu.wordpress.com

Blogger Nekisha lives on Caribbean isle of Antigua & Barbuda and believes in inspiring others to embrace their 4c natural hair. Her photos of her hair are gorgeous and she offers great hairstyle tutorials, tips, and ideas!

VeePeeJay

VeePeeJay with a Bantu Knot Out
www.veepeejay.com

Vlogger/Blogger Vee offers a large array of do it yourself (DIY) treatments that include using Ayurvedic herbs like alma and henna. She also reviews products that are effective on thick, kinky hair.

My Natural Hair Growth

Blogger Gabrielle with an updo
www.mynaturalhairgrowth.net

Gabrielle of My Natural Hair Growth posts a variety of hairstyles regularly including up dos like roll, tuck, and pin. She also uses herbs and clays on her natural hair.

Paville



Youtube blogger Paville Aldridge rocks a 4c TWA. Her videos include tips on taking care of short hair, healthy hair routines, as well as hairstyles.

photos courtesy of the bloggers

This article is part of My Fair Hair's "Hairstyles for 4c Hair" series. These hairstyles are selected especially for women with 4c, short to medium length natural hair. If you have thick hair, thinning edges, or a less "visible" curl pattern, these styles are for you as well!


Friday, August 8, 2014

Everything You Need To Know About Sponge Coils

 Video Tutorial How to Create Coils with Sponge

Sponge Coils are single strand curls created by using a sea foam sponge. Sponge coils are a professional hairstyle that can be styled on a short afro or a teeny weenie afro (TWA) for a curly look. Sponge coils are also ideal for women with 4c natural hair to create a coil pattern.

Where to Purchase a Sponge

You can purchase a sea foam sponge at your local convenience store like CVS or Walgreens. You can also find sea foam sponges at Target or any store that sells spa beauty products. 

Tips for Selecting a Sponge

1. Make sure it's soft - Select a sea foam sponge that is soft to the touch, yet firm. A soft sponge ensures that you will not snag or cause breakage to your hair while styling into sponge coils.

2. Make sure it's medium sized - Picking too small of a sponge will make the styling process slower while too large of a sponge will be harder to hold during styling. Choose a medium size sponge that fits easily in your palm.

3. Make sure it's holes are medium sized - The size of the holes in the sponge will determine the tightness of your sponge coils. Small holes will create tight coils, large holes will create looser coils.

Creating Your Own Sponge


To create your own sea foam sponge you will need: scissors, a marker, and a sponge.

1. Use the marker to draw small circles on your sponge. Remember: the smaller the circles, the tighter your coils will be, the larger the circles, the looser your coils will be.
2. Using your scissors, cut holes into the sponge where the circles are drawn.
3. Your sponge is ready to use.

Styling Natural Hair in Sponge Coils


Products you will need...
  • sea foam sponge - to create the coils
  • hair spritz/spray - to moisturize the hair and add hold
  • styler/holding cream - to condition & provide hold
  • hair gel - to provide hold
1. Moisturize your hair with a hair spritz that contains water. You can also make your own by mixing together a little Aloe Vera Juice and water in a spray bottle.

2. Condition your hair with a styler then follow up with a dime size amount of gel. You can also use the hair gel by itself.

3. Rub the sponge onto your hair in a clockwise motion covering the whole circumference of your head. You should see coils appear.

For more help watch this Sponge Coils video tutorial.

Sponge Coils Lookbook

Want to see how you can wear Sponge Coils with a professional outfit? Check out the My Fair Hair Lookbook.


More Resources
Sponge Twists on 4c Natural Hair via Black Zulu

This article is part of My Fair Hair's "Hairstyles for 4c Hair" series. These hairstyles are selected especially for women with 4c, short to medium length natural hair. If you have thick hair, thinning edges, or a less "visible" curl pattern, these styles are for you as well!

What products do you use to style your sponge coils?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Lookbook: Bantu Knot Out & Outfit

The Bantu Knot Out is a versitale hairstyle because it can be worn by various textures of natural hair from curly to kinky. For kinky hair textures like 4c natural hair, the bantu knot out offers a way to create a loose wavy look.


Natural Hairstyle: Bantu Knot Out

Do It Yourself: Bantu Knot Out Video Tutorial

This video demonstrates...
  • how to style your hair in a bantu knot out
  • tips for styling bantu knots in 4c natural hair
  • general tips for styling
  • professional hairstyle
(skip to 1:30 for tutorial)




What has been your results with bantu knots?



Friday, August 1, 2014

Lookbook: Flat Twists Professional Hairstyle & Outfit

Who said flat twist outs were the only way to wear twists? You can wear your flat twists in a professional hairstyle my creating a side part and bangs like the look below. 


Our professional natural hairstyle today is paired with a sharp green cardigan, black pumps, and a black and white striped top. Spice up your work attire this week by wearing black, white, and green together.