Demo: How I Straighten My Natural Kinky, Curly 4A Hair

In this video, I am taming my mane with the assistance of two heat-styling tools I recently purchased. I used the Infiniti Pro by Conair Hair Designer 3-in-1 Styling System with One ‘n Only Argan Oil Strip to blow dry and the Hair Art H3000 to flat iron.

 

If you would like to purchase either of the items in the video, please find the purchase links* below:

Infiniti Pro by Conair Hair Designer 3-in-1 Styling System with One ‘n Only Argan Oil Strip 

HairArt H3000 Tourmaline Ceramic Straightening Iron, 1 3/8″ 

Multi-Purposing: Twist-Out Pomade

You ever wondered how natural women figured out which everyday products or tools could be used for hair? I am a witness that it is a result of experimenting. That’s just what I did a few washes ago and found an awesome pomade for my twists, thus resulting in bomb.com twist-outs.

So a while back, I tried my hand at making homemade natural lip balms. Since it’s more of a hobby than side hustle, I have an over abundance of lip balm base. I started thinking of some uses for it, but  most of them were outrageous. Looking at the awesome ingredients, I decided to use it as a pomade for my set of twists.

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The pomade/ lip balm base I used is the Macadamia & Jojoba Lip Balm Base from Rustic Escentuals. When you look at the ingredients, you see why this is awesome: macadamia and jojoba oils, coconut oil for nourishing, and a hint of castor  oil for shine. If you’re wondering, my hair doesn’t feel excessively greasy or sticky because of the beeswax.  In fact, it feels very soft to the touch. As you will see when you order, a little goes a long way.

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Macadamia & Jojoba Lip Balm Base

The first time I tried the pomade, I had freshly washed hair with only tea tree oil and a dime-sized amount of Garnier Fructis Intensely Smooth cream. I towel dried my hair, leaving it mildly damp. After sectioning and before twisting, I coated my fingers with the pomade and twisted.  I let my hair dry overnight in a silk bonnet and wore the twists for a few days. When the twists got a little old, I took them out and had awesome curls! Unfortunately, there’ no proof of that because I didn’t take any pictures. However, I did follow the same routine yesterday and these are the results!

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If you’d like to order, visit the Rustic Escentuals website! For a 16 oz tub like mine, it’ll only cost you $17.95. However, the less expensive  four ounce tub will hold you over a while.

How To Get Girly Curls

I decided to pull this video of curl options together because….I love curls! They fit my face well–especially when worn with a side part!

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While the curls above were created with a curl wand, I have several options that require no heat. Let me know in the comment section which technique is your favorite.

Hair Regimen Pt. 1: Washing Routine

Like clockwork, I post a natural hair pic and I’m asked about my regimen. I never thought anyone would ask—especially because I don’t have an elaborate routine. All I know is that I like easy peasy when it comes to my hair. I also hate having hair that feels weighed down by products. Although my routine isn’t much, I decided to share with the world.

Hair Test: TyMeSheHer’s Hair Routine

I have been following Tynisha on Instagram and Youtube for a few months. She has AWESOME hairstyles for naturals—and her hair is about the same length as mine in its curly state! She recently posted her post-wash hair stretching regimen, so I decided to give it a try.

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Before I get into the regimen, I should tell you that I don’t always use all natural products in my hair. While I love Dr. Bronner’s castile soap as a shampoo, I grew up with VO5 and Tresemme products. My mom (and dad) used Pink Moisturizer, African Pride scalp conditioner (i.e. grease), and Let’s Jam in my hair. None of those products hindered hair growth and retention when used in moderation. In fact, my hair was down my back before I ever got a perm.

That being said, I have no problem with her regimen. If you need to use 100% natural products, this may not be the regimen for you!

Tynisha basically uses the LOC method (Liquid/Leave-in, Oil, Cream—in that order). That’s what I used before, so I basically just made a minor change:

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Leave-in: Just For Me Leave-in Detangler

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Oil: Olive Oil and Kemi Oyl (distributed with a Misto spray bottle)

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Cream: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In

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First, I towel dried my hair, then applied the products in the order above. Next, I sectioned my hair into eighths. I twisted four twists in each section, detangling with a shower comb as I went. Then, I sat under a hooded dryer for 15 minutes on high. I let my hair air dry the rest of the way. After my hair dried, I removed the twists and brushed it all into a bun. Then, I tied it down with a silk scarf. In the morning, my hair was pretty stretched, so I tried this style.

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Here’s Tynisha’s tutorial for this awesome style: