How to get the most out of your type 4A natural hair
To find the best treatment for different hair types, celebrity hairstylist Andre Walker devised the Hair Typing System, categorizing hair from 1 (straight, curl resistant), through to 4 (coiled, kinky hair). If it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for us!
Type 4 hair get progressively curlier, from 4A (very curly) to 4C (the very tightest coils). Here we focus on the characteristics of type 4A natural hair, and how to treat it to get the absolute best from those gorgeous curls.
What is type 4A natural hair?
Type 4A hair has a well-defined curl structure, with an S-shaped pattern. Its cylindrical coils are usually the width of a pencil, and many women, primarily black women, have this type of hair.
4A hair has a corkscrew texture that tends to retain moisture well and it’s therefore less prone to shrinkage than the curlier type 4 categories. It does tend to be prone to dryness and can easily become dehydrated, tangled, or damaged. However, when it is properly cared for with the right products, type 4A looks stunning, with beautiful soft, shiny and well-defined curls.
Treatment tips for 4a natural hair
- Shampoo – do not, I repeat do not, wash type 4A hair every day! Try not to wash it more than twice a week, using a shampoo for damaged hair, ideally one that is sulfate-free, to avoid stripping your hair of its natural oils. For best results, run your fingers through your curls before washing to loosen and separate.
- Conditioner – type 4A hair can be prone to dryness, so needs plenty of moisture, otherwise it is likely to get damaged and break. Due the shape of the hair strands, the natural oil from your scalp cannot coat the entire length of your hair, so it helps to focus on the ends. Natural leave-in conditioners are particularly good for your curls.
- Protect from heat – if you do use heated styling aids and hair dryers, make sure you use a heat protectant product to minimize damage. Better still, let your hair dry naturally from time to time, and dry on a low setting using a hood dryer or diffuser. Pat your hair first to remove excess moisture, using a t-shirt rather than a towel to avoid frizz.
- Gently separate your curls – avoid brushing, as it can damage and break the hair, leading to hair loss. Instead, separate your wet curls gently using your fingers, or carefully section using a wide-toothed comb.
- Use a cream plus oil – rub a dollop of curl cream through your wet hair, to add another layer of moisture. Seal it in with a layer of oil – try caster oil, coconut, jojoba, olive or avocado, as they are packed full of vital nutrients. Keep reapplying oil as required, particularly to the ends.
- Define your curls – gels or serums can be used to separate and define your curls. Apply with your fingers taking care not to
- Protein masks – use every 2-4 weeks, to strengthen and protect your curls. But be careful to condition sufficiently as protein treatments can be drying.
- Night-time care – to protect your curls while you sleep, consider using a silk or satin pillowcase, or wrapping your hair in a silk scarf. Cotton pillowcases can be abrasive to your curls, causing them to become frizzy. You can also sleep with your hair in a pineapple up-do to protect it from tugs and tangles.
Give your type 4A some loving care by following these tips, and your hair is sure to love you back and repay you by looking its best!
Almost 5 years deep now☀️🌰🏖🥥🧡
I tried Bum Bum cream when Sol de Janeiro first landed at Sephora in the Spring of 2016, & been hooked ever since. I’ve barely dabbled in other body creams since first trying & I used to like to change up scents frequently, but the combination of lasting fragrance/moisture has me set for life🌴 SOL de Janeiro - Brazilian Bum Bum Cream I was initially drawn to this because it was the first beauty product i had seen containing Guaraná. 🥤I was familiar with the Brazilian soda of the same name... because it’s sheer insanity.☕️Guaraná seeds have 2-5x the amount of caffeine of coffee! Caffeine stimulates circulation! In regards to cellulite prevention: Over 4 years of use, & still have none at 32! 🥥🌰It’s so nourishing & moisturizing with Coconut Oil & Cupuaçu Butter. Full of fatty-acids, Phytosterols & Polyphenols to lock in hydration & restore skin’s elasticity. Antioxidant & vitamin rich oils like Açaí fruit & Carrot seed. 🥕Carrot seed oil combines repairing vitamin A, collagen-boosting vitamin C & moisturizing vitamin E to help smooth lines, repair sun damage & scars. Brazil Nut oil helps maintain skin health. Guaraná isn’t the only caffeinated ingredient, it also contains Guayusa leaf extract. Native to the Amazon, it’s naturally packed with caffeine, antioxidants & a distinctly synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals & 15 essential amino acids. ➕hyaluronic acid💊 The scent is described as Pistachio, Almond, Heliotrope flower, Jasmine petals, Vanilla, Salted Caramel & Sandalwood. It’s definitely complex, warm & sweet. The secrets obviously been out because everyone wears this, but over the years I’ve never gotten so many compliments & inquires about my scent as I do with bum bum. Pronounced “Boom Boom” by the way☺️ I would describe it as a buttercream & roasted nuts, without being overly sweet. I love that I smell amazing even the next day after using this. The slight shimmer has always been a plus for me, & has never messed up my clothes (& I’m very particular about that) The finish isn’t shiny, & it absorbs really well. SOL de Janeiro - Brazilian Touch Hand Cream After all the extra hand washing this year, this has been my new bestie. Most of the same moisturizing ingredients as above as well as Turmeric & Yerba Mate. The scent is slightly less sweet than bum bum & has no shimmer, making it the perfect hand cream. Absorbs really well & delivers lasting moisture. SOL de Janeiro - Coco Cabana Cream Just not my cup of tea. The scent is very caramel-coconut, but comes across pretty burnt sugar. It actually contains fermented sugar, a purified natural humectant. Its just super sticky & shiny. SOL de Janeiro - Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist A light version of bum bum scent, I wish it were a bit stronger. SOL de Janeiro - Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel This smells pretty identical to bum bum. Very nice!
My 10 months of hair!
This post goes out to all of you wonderful wavy babes! Let me tell you, when I started trying to restore my natural hair pattern I stopped at NOTHING to make my hair as curly as possible. I wanted curly, voluminous, bouncy hair, and at first all I saw was limpy nothingness. I refused to accept the fact that my hair was wavy and not the coil ringlets I’ve always wanted. AND THAT HAD A HUGE EFFECT ON MY HAIR. Curly hair is very different than wavy. Here’s why. Curly hair will thrive off of thick products because let’s face it, curls need a lot of extra oomf to hold that wonderful curl, but wavy hair can be very finicky. Too much product? Crunchy, flat, lifeless. Not enough product? Frizzy, wide and fluffy zigzags that look like you slept on straight hair funky. I looked what felt like EVERYWHERE for anything to tell me how to style wavy hair, but all I ever got was how to take care of curls so I assumed. What’s the difference? In many cases, there is NO difference. Stay away from drying alcohols, no parabens, no waxes, etc etc. But what they don’t tell you is that there are certain products that are just too heavy for a bouncy, beachy wave. Oils are great! But too much or a combo of too many can weigh down the roots and make the hair stringy and flat. Too much gel creates a straw like effect that just makes me want to scream. And sometimes creams make your hair feel amazing, but there isn’t any hold to help your hair keep its shape. It’s all about trial and error. Some days will be the best hair day of your life, and other days you just want to shave it all off. But embrace those waves! Waves are the perfect medium between curly and straight! Waves can hold a tighter styled curl as well as hold a nice straight style from a flat iron (god given that the humidity is on your side that day aka non existent!) but natural waves are just as beautiful as both extremes and we have to keep in mind, that even though we aren’t naturally getting that perfect coil, some bouncy beach waves are all we need! Thank you for coming to my ted talk. See ya lovelies ❤️
How to choose tinted moisturizer for your skin? ULTIMATE Guide!
Surely you have heard of tinted moisturizers, as they have been a revolution in the cosmetics market in recent years and have been popularized by many celebrities by the hand of great stylists and makeup artists. Color moisturizers arise from the need to combine in a single product the ability to moisturize and protect of a cream and the aesthetic possibility of giving a touch of color and correcting that makeup provides. Since its inception, there have been many different types of tinted moisturizers that have appeared on the market, but they all have a common purpose: the protection of the skin and bring beauty to the face. That said, when choosing a tinted moisturizer we must focus our attention mainly on the benefits it will bring to our skin. Hydration capacity Generally speaking, facial moisturizers are created with formulas that integrate different active ingredients that serve mainly three purposes: moisturize, nourish, and protect the dermis. In addition, depending on specific uses, they may be enriched with other ingredients or elements that provide them with additional properties that vary depending on the type of skin on which it is to be applied. This is going to be a determining factor when selecting one product or another, because depending on whether we have dry, sensitive skin or oily skin, the type of color moisturizer we will choose will have to meet the needs of that type of skin. Protection factor According to numerous dermatologists, the best antiaging is photoprotective, especially if it is for daily use. This is because one of the main factors of skin aging is ultraviolet rays (UV), as they are able to damage the elastin and collagen of the dermis, which favors the appearance of wrinkles, in addition to being able to cause the appearance of spots and other lesions. Color and luminosity If we are talking about the benefits of a tinted moisturizer, precisely color is an important part, one of the reasons for being of the moisturizer with color, was to adopt at the same time the characteristics of a moisturizer and provide the color and corrective capacity of makeup. Skin tone is a point to keep in mind when choosing our cream. Ideally, the cream tone is identical to the tone of our skin, so it is advisable to do tests to check it. The cheek area is the most appropriate area to do this type of test. Within the different types of color moisturizer that exist, we can meet BB Cream or CC Cream depending on their corrective capacity and other properties. The second photo is the difference between a bb cream and a foundation: As you can see, the bb cream, which is a sort of tinted moisturizer is far more natural than the foundation. I personally use the NYX bb cream. “bare with me”. I have dry skin and this is perfect for me. With this tinted moisturizer, this is the finished result that I get: a very lightweight yet radiant look that covers my imperfections.
Mood booster lipsticks part 2
This color is beyond beautiful it’s such a great moody and elegant look. I like to wear this in the evenings when I go out to dinner or for a date night with my husband, this color will last me all day long and night I worse this exact lipstick on my wedding day and it lasted me all day no touch ups it looked great in the pictures it dint wash my skin out. I found my colors with the dark tones I thought they would wash out my skin because my skin is so light but it doesn’t and that’s why I love these colors so much The texture is also super smooth and drys quick My lips can get pretty dry in the winter but this lipstick doesn’t dry out my lips it feels hydrating
Will Salicylic Acid Clear Your Skin?
The short answer is maybe. Here's the long answer. First, let's find out what salicylic acid is. Salicylic acid is a lipid soluble beta hydroxy acid which has comedolytic (inhibits formation of comedones) and desmolytic (breaks the junctions between corneocyte cells in the stratum corneum) properties. How does it work? The molecular structure of salicylic acid is what makes it lipid soluble, allowing it to penetrate the lipid layers between skin cells and dissolve debris in pores. This is how it's able to prevent the formation of comedones (blackheads and whitehead). Furthermore, salicylic acid breaks down the "glue" that holds corneocyte cells together, resulting in the softening and sloughing off of the very top layer of skin cells from the top layer of skin known as the stratum corneum. This is known as exfoliation. Exfoliation helps prevents accumulation of dead skin cells, sebum, makeup, etc. In plain English, it gets down deep into your skin, clears out your pores, and keeps all that gunk from getting back into you pores by not allowing it to build up on your skin. So to answer the title question, if blackheads and whiteheads are an issue for you, yes, salicylic acid may be a great ingredient to incorporate into your skincare routine. NOW, HERE'S THE CATCH. Salicylic acid can absolutely help you on your way to clear skin, BUT you need to use it properly, patiently, and persistently. How to use it: READ AND FOLLOW PRODUCT DIRECTIONS first and foremost to make sure you are properly using each product. Also, consider patch testing the product before putting it on the affected are. If using in wash form, it may help to leave it on your skin for a couple minutes to let the salicylic acid be in contact with your skin longer, then wash off completely. If using in a spot treatment, tread lightly until you know how your skin will react. you also definitely need to makes sure you keep your skin moisturized as salicylic acid can be very drying. And as always, use sunscreen every day. Failure to properly use products containing salicylic acid may result in skin injury!!! How long to use it: Providing it's well tolerated, it's important to give salicylic acid time to work. Trying a product for a week and giving up is common, but salicylic acid can take up to 6 weeks to give you the full result. 6 WEEKS. So if you find a product that you tolerate well, give it time, sis. Be patient. For best results be persistent, trust the process, and don't get discouraged. Taking a "before" picture will help you monitor your progress. Look out for: -allergic reaction -tingling -itching -peeling *make sure to talk to your doctor before using salicylic acid during pregnancy Lastly, the product pictured is Zapzyt, my all time favorite salicylic acid acne wash. It's fragrance free and very gentle on my sensitive skin. You can expect to pay no more than $10 USD and it lasts for months. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk 📢😂 and happy skincare hunting!
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