3 Winter Tips for Your Type 4 Hair

A wash-and-go in January? Chile, please. Form Beauty made it possible though, and I was feeling the definition! 

A wash-and-go in January? Chile, please. Form Beauty made it possible though, and I was feeling the definition! 

 

(Note: This post is not sponsored by Form Beauty or Curlformers. I took that 20 minute quiz and purchased my regimen and drove to Sally's for these rollers just like some of you might do after reading this! lol)

 

I'm back with another post on winter haircare!

It's a follow-up to the wig post that's inspired by a mix of old information we've heard for years and... finally accepting that you're stubborn and should have just listened sooner. 

 

  1. KEEP YOUR HANDS OUT YA HEAD!-- My mother always told me this back in middle school when I was grown and wanted a different hair style every single day. More manipulation= more breakage. You know that hair sheds naturally from day to day already, so why run the risk of shedding wayyyy more than normal? 
  2. Protect your protective styles- I'm sure it sounds silly, but don't be out here slapping a dry-behind snap back on top of your head without at LEAST securing your natural hair with a du-rag or scarf first. (YES, I still wear durags....fight me.) All the YouTubers have been telling you over and over to pamper the 'fro with silk pillowcases or bonnets at night, so why wouldn't you do the same if you're out and about wearing a hat during the daytime? Even when I wear my beanies and head wraps you can bet money that I'll have a durag underneath. #FlapsOutForeva
  3. Go easy on the product-- I'm a product junkie in remission, and my recovery journey has done wonders for my hair. I had to learn the hard way that everything wasn't meant to go in my head all at one time. Now I limit myself to two products after cleansing my hair, and I've seen it grown like crazy when combined with low manipulation and protective styling.
 

Putting it all into action means what, exactly? 

The Beginnings of a REAL Wash-and-Go Routine?

I tried out the Form Beauty regimen while taking a break from my wigs this winter. I’m super impressed with how my hair turned out! The custom regimen has been perfect for me with wintertime wash-and-gos, which I NEVER do because my hair just becomes a dry, tangled mess by the end of the week. That wash-and-go pic was from around day 4 when I really start looking like an understudy for the Felicia character in Friday. 

Around day 4 or 5 of stretched hair using only JBCO, hair butter, and Curlformers. It's getting to that frizzy point, but it was still so SOFT and SHINY! 

Around day 4 or 5 of stretched hair using only JBCO, hair butter, and Curlformers. It's getting to that frizzy point, but it was still so SOFT and SHINY! 

What About Stretching? 

I stick to Jamaican Black Castor Oil and the thickest, NOT WATERY hair butter I can get my hands on when I stretch my hair. I started paying more attention to my strands and noticed that runny product does nothing but dry my hair out faster. Using the JBCO and hair butter combo on dripping-wet hair and air-drying with Curlformers seems to be they key to ensuring that my 'fro isn't dusty-looking and sad by day 3. 

Share your favorite tips for maintaining your hair type in the comments!

We Are NOT Your Costume.

Y'all. Halloween is still one of my favorite times of year, even though I'm a smooth 26 years old now. And even though I enjoy myself, I always have to stay on guard and prep myself mentally for the inappropriate and downright ignorant ways that some of your friends out there try to outdo themselves from the previous year. This post isn't about your obvious blackface that happens every year like clockwork, because #idiotsgonnaidiot. I'm not wasting my time on y'all this year. 

Who I DO want to address, though, are the ones who run from criticism and choose to belittle the feelings of others by hiding behind the shield of "I'm a person of color, too!" I want to address those of you out there who try to drown voices like mine out by saying things like "I'm black, and I don't find this offensive." And let's not forget those of you who run to support your tone-deaf friends in their public "apologies" in droves by further drowning my voice and others like it out by saying: 

"You don't need to apologize for anything! ESPECIALLY when it wasn't your intention to hurt anyone." 

"People these days are always trying to find something to be offended about." 

"Haters gonna hate. I think your hair looks amazing in this picture!" 

Let's be VERY clear: NONE OF YOU SPEAK FOR ME. None of you speak for anyone except yourself. It's pitiful to see how black voices respectfully (because y'all always stress that we have to be, right?) share their real, valid feelings repeatedly just to have them square-danced around in order to enthusiastically acknowledge those voices that support a dry afro wig for the sake of getting in touch with an inner "soul sister (look that one up if you don't know the origin of the term)," and even going as far as using the AFROPUNK hashtag to widen the reach of said tomfoolery. Use that same energy to respond to feedback like mine, because it's all about learning from each other, right? Or is that just something y'all like to say that sounds good? 

When you know better, you do better. Or...you delete posts and go into hiding until you've come up with a good enough angle to make yourself out to be the victim "attacked" by fed-up individuals who simply want you to pay more attention to what the hell you're doing.

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In the spirit of not speaking for anyone else, I'll just say that I, myself, am tired. Do with it what you will, but please make an effort to make it positive instead of pretending to build bridges by starting one-sided "conversations."

After all, "We are community that needs to come together to move forward," right? 
 

You NEED A Puff Cuff

I had time to wear the fiery fro out this day! I made these earrings, and you can check out my current list of handmade items at  Homegrown Melanin . and the (AMAZING) lipstick is from  Trenique Beauty  in the shade Guilty Pleasure!  

I had time to wear the fiery fro out this day! I made these earrings, and you can check out my current list of handmade items at Homegrown Melanin. and the (AMAZING) lipstick is from Trenique Beauty in the shade Guilty Pleasure!  

I kept seeing ads on my Facebook timeline about the PuffCuff, and each time I would scroll past it. It seemed like a cool idea, but I just had zero faith that this clip would work for my hair at all. I mean, this is someone who still hasn't found a gel that will keep her edges in place all day long. I just pictured my hair not staying inside the PuffCuff or looking like much of anything. One day I finally broke down and clicked the ad. About a week later, I had an Original PuffCuff in my hand. 

I was running late for work this day, and didn't have time to do anything to my hair besides throw it up. my PuffCuff was right on time this day!!! My puff was bigger than my head and POPPIN'! 

I was running late for work this day, and didn't have time to do anything to my hair besides throw it up. my PuffCuff was right on time this day!!! My puff was bigger than my head and POPPIN'! 

Ever since, I've been serving looks. My favorite way to wear my hair is in a high puff, and I feel like my puffs have been even bigger since I got my PuffCuff. I get more compliments on my hair, and I'm not worried about my hair breaking the accessory or bending it out of shape (I'm looking at you, banana clips. I don't have to worry about the PuffCuff showing, because it's ROUND, meaning that you don't get those unsightly bumps that stick out to the side of banana clips. Needless to say, I'm a fan because my puff actually has LIFE now. 

Every now and then, I try to go back to that stretched elastic headband just to try and tell myself that it's something I can always fall back on, but each time I regret it. The puff looks good, true enough, but the headache at the end of the day simply isn't worth it. I'll stick with my PuffCuff, because I know exactly where home is now! 

Get a PuffCuff, and let me know what you think about it in the comments below!