The BADDEST 4 type Natural hair people to follow on IG

A few weeks ago I saw a post shaming women who have 3a-3c curl patterns. I did agree with the statement that the natural hair movement seems to feature more women with that kind of texture. However, I will not sit here and downplay their blackness. I myself am a 4c curly and when I was starting my natural hair journey almost 6 years ago, I REALLY had to look for people with my hair type.

4c is so versatile there is so much we can do with our hair and our fros are BOMB DOT COM! you can’t tell me NOTHING when I am wearing my hair in a fro. I wanted to share some of my favorited type 4 hair naturals to follow on IG.

Hopefully you get some inspiration and you can see that there is so many styles that we can rock as well.

First up is ME. I have been rocking protective styles a lot this year and When I give my hair a break I usually wear wash n go or twistout. If you want to see how I achieve this definition on my 4c hair, check it out here.

Chary Jay is one of the FIRST people I watched on youtube. She was also from my home state MI (REPRESENT LOL) and when I got the chance to meet her in FL she was just as sweet in person as she is on film. She big chopped for the second time last year and her curls are ALWAYS poppin

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Whitney, what can I say about Naptural85 that hasn’t already been said. She has so many hairstyles that you can check out not only on her IG but on her youtube channel as well.

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next up is Jordan of Juciesandberries. her hair is just…there are no words. I am alwasy inspried when I look at her page.

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Jenelle Is another Youtuber i followed early on in my natural hair journey. She rocks her 4 type curls in so many ways. She also doens’t leave the little ones out. Her daughter Elle is just too cute for words.

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These are just a FEW of the beauties of IG you can search #4c curls and see a plethora of inspiration.

who are some one your favorite Type 4 curlies to follow on IG?

Product Junkie: To be or Not to be?

The number one question that I hear from most people (not just in the natural community) is: What products should I be using? You can have a YEAR long in-depth conversation and STILL not even scratch the surface of all the products that are aimed specifically at African Americans, relaxed or natural.

Today black hair care products make up a nearly $10 billion industry. Black women purchase about 80% of the WORLDS hair products

This is only a small look at my products. I think I put in about 5 million myself

No wonder big companies are advertising everywhere now on social networking sites and they are spending big bucks to drawn in African American customers. And now that many women are becoming natural, you can’t even turn on the television without seeing a commercial that has a natural women in it or for a new hair product. How can you see what products will work for you without breaking your bank?

First of all make a list (mental or on paper) of the NO NO ingredients and the YES ingredients that you want in a product. The best place to start is by looking at the ingredients in the products you use for your skin to moisturize it. I knew from the start that mineral oil is a NO NO for my skin, scalp and hair! It dries out your skin and takes AWAY the moisture. Here is an experiment. Take mineral oil and put it in a cup, then take a saltine cracker and put it in the cup with the mineral oil. Come back the next day and take the cracker out what do you notice? The cracker is still in tact. it even will crack when you break it in half!

What about good ingredients? Oils are essential for our hair so figure out which one works best for you. we need oils to moisturize our scalp. Another great ingredient for the summer (or if you live in humid area) are Humectants. They are used in skin and hair care products to promote moisture retention which is exactly what we naturals need…say it with me MOISTURE ( I can’t stress this enough)

Now that you know what you WANT in a product how do you know which ones will work for YOUR hair? here are a few ways not to break the bank and still experiment until you find the right product for you.

1. Have a product swap party with drinks :) have friends bring 2-4 gently used products and swap. What may not have worked for them may be heaven to your hair. And who really needs an excuse to have drinks with the girls?

2. Call the companies up and request samples. See a product you want to try then be PROACTIVE. Find their customer service numbers and ask. The worst thing they could say is no. But more often then not they will send you samples because they want you to purchase their products. I know that Sephora has samples of their products so you can even go there and ask

Lastly if you don’t want to do all the work then join a monthly subscription service that will do all the work for you. You can cancel at any time and you can have samples even full size products delivered to your front door. Two that I hear great things about are:

CurlBOX

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CurlKit

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So to answer the question. Should you be a product junkie? Well that is entirely up to you (you thought I was going to tell you what to do didn’t you?) I will say this: educate yourself, don’t jump on the product bandwagon(what works for one person may not work for you) and HAVE FUN experimenting!!