By Ari Edwards
Wash n gos
- You can start on wet or dry hair, but whatever you do, have a spray bottle near. This helps make manipulation easier and ensures that the products penetrate the hair strands.
- Grab your leave in, cream, butter, oil, styler, whatever works for your hair. They key to a lasting wash n go is shingling. This method smooths and defines each curl, giving it long-lasting definition. It takes time, but it’s worth it.
- Also, the banding method is great for stretching your wash n go!
Here’s a great visual example of shingling!
Twist outs and braid outs
- Let your hair dry completely before taking down your braids or twists. Take them down too early and you’re asking for frizz. If you welcome frizz with open arms, go for it, take your hair down whenever! But if definition is what you want, be sure to let the style dry completely before taking it down.
- The more product you use, the longer your hair will take to dry. And remember, you don’t have to use a ton of product to moisturize your hair or achieve great results.
- At night, re-twist your hair so that it doesn’t tangle while you sleep. Remember, 4c strands love to mix and mingle, so this helps make sure you don’t wake up needing to detangle your hair everyday.
Starting on either stretched or freshly washed hair, puffs are a super cute and incredibly easy style to achieve. And there are tons of variations--one sleek puff, two puffs for a fun vibe, half up--half down puffs. The possibilities are endless! One key thing to remember when styling puffs: don't put too much tension on your edges. That super sleek look is gorgeous but don't stress yourself or your edges by trying to get your hair as sleek and neat as possible.
Check out this super helpful video!
Bantu knots are a great way to stretch your hair with low tension. Say you need stretched hair for box braids or a twist out--bantu knots are the perfect option because they don't require heat to work! We know that 4c hair is susceptible to tangles, so though it adds an extra step, it's actually a great idea to do bantu knots on freshly washed hair before a twist or braid out, rather than twisting or braiding wet hair. This helps prevent breakage because it allows your hair and ends to be stretched, so they're less likely to tangle on each other. Simply let the bantu knots dry over night and then twist or braid your hair the next day.
Or, rock the bantu knots as a style! They're so cute and keep you out of your hair for days.
This take on bantu knots is so beautiful!
We know that stretching 4c hair helps keep it from getting tangled, which helps with tremendously minimizing breakage. If you love the blown out look but don't want to use heat on your hair, try doing a heatless blowout. The banding method can help stretch the hair--you could do this on damp or dry/already stretched hair (like an old twist out, for example). You can do so much with your heatless blowout, it's such a fun look! A nice half up half down, a cute ponytail, or just out and free!
Ambrosia Malbrough has a great technique on heatless blowouts!
Friday we delve into the world of protective styling and get real.