A 4c (Hair) Staple: The Bonnet Dryer

Hey Naturals!!

I have a new Winter Moisture Routine that I would like to share. I have learned a lot about my hair in the last two years of my healthy hair journey. We all know the winter is brutal on natural hair, if not taken care of properly, so this year I HAD to switch it up. My (4c) hair required more heat applied when I did my deep condition routine, which my dryer can not do alone. I needed something compact with ease of use to get the job done. The Bonnet Dryer was the perfect solution. Over the season I have also found an oil mix that works for me. I encourage naturals to use thicker oils like avocado oil, castor oil and my favorite olive oil. Coconut oil is just a must. It is terrible as a sealant, but has many benefits as you know.

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Both products can be found in the Hair Supply or Beauty section of most drug stores.

I have done this routine twice and so far so great! My hair has definitely been more manageable, softer and holds a slight natural sheen to it. My choice of products may not work for you, but then again.. it might.

First thing with my hair is sectioning before cleansing. Then for co-washing I generally use Patene or TRESemme’ products, same for the deep condition process. I love using my current conditioner. It does exactly what the bottle says and leaves my hair feeling moisturized with a pleasant softness. I apply it tips to root. This is the best time to detangle because the product gives my hair necessary slip reducing breakage. Once all sections are done, time to move on. This Cantu Tea Tree & Jojoba oil mix is my new favorite! The smell is great, it has a thick consistency and does wonders as my sealant. Again, I apply to all sections tips to root then I tend to twist my hair making sure all my hair is getting the product.

Both products bought from Amazon. Total was about $16

Both products bought from Amazon. Total was about $16

Before using my bonnet the infamous plastic bag comes out, lol. Both times I sat under for about 20-25 mins. It does get pretty hot and I do recommend purchasing ear cuffs. The usual flat two strand twists are go to protective style after a wash because the tension on the roots keep my hair from shrinking too tightly. I let it set overnight sleeping with my satin hair bonnet.

Deep Conditon & twistout results.

Deep Condition & twist-out results.

I’m soooo glad I purchased this dryer bonnet. That winter “crunchy” hair is defeated. I am in looove! My overall results were awesome. I am going to continue to do this twice a month for the rest of the season.

I would definitely recommend this bonnet to any natural who has really dry ends, breakage, course/thick hair or looking to use heat in their deep conditioning process. For me, this is my 4c (hair) Staple!

4C HAIR RULES

The following hair care tips are my favorite 5 rules to managing my natural hair. And since my big chop my results have been great. I could do a better job of keeping my fingers out my head, but for the moment I am in love. I hope you follow these tips as well. You’ll be presently surprised at how much minimal work actually does.

  • NO COMBING – I have to admit this is a rule I broke for the first month after my big chop. I did hear people, such as Jouelzy, Glamfun and Jenell, say combing isn’t the best move to make when handling our hair textures.. but did I listen, NO. It was a hard habit to break and besides I’ve been combing my hair for the last 15 years. Not to mention a Leo woman is as stubborn as they come. However, after seeing all my strands I worked so hard on actually on my bathroom floor I listened up. NO COMBING! Especially when you have many kinks and coils. Sheesh… detangle it is.
  • CLARIFYING SHAMPOO – The direct is before I did my big chop I was a YouTube fanatic. I knew all the terminology of us naturals. I must have viewed more than a fair share of natural hair care videos and tutorials. I was ready – so I thought. I realized once I did my b.c and it was time to cowash my hair that my scalp still felt… eewww. It took me another wash to figure it out. It was the product residue just hanging out. Now I understand that I, along with some others, MUST include a clarifying shampoo into my hair care.
  • MOISTURE ROUTINE – Overstand that this rule is veeeery important. You’ll definitely hear it over and over again. It gets kind of annoying really, but its true! 4c hair textures are the driest and most fragile of all the hair types. It is due to the fact of our curls, kinks and coils slowing down our natural oils from reaching the ends of our hair. Without healthy ends you will not retain any length and believe the myth that coarse hair doesn’t grow. So if I was you … Moisturize, moisturize,moisturize! I use the L.O.C method.
  • NIGHT TIME HAIR REGIMEN – A scarf while sleeping seems simple enough, which it is. It’s what is underneath it that needs maintenance. When your hair is styled then most of the work is done. All that is left is to touch those ends then sleep. If you change your hair styles often or just like the free wild loose hair look make sure you throw some chunky twists in before bed. If not then you’ll wake up with a matted head looking like an angry beaver. Don’t get lazy and try the sleeping light method because it doesn’t work. I learned my lesson. If you don’t have a night hair care solution… get one.
  • TRIMMING – To trim is definitely a healthy hair habit, just be sure not to o.d with your scissors. I usually can afford a half inch or a little more every 5 months. It will handle any split ends and single knots strands I have at that moment. Trimming naturally promotes healthy hair growth because your ends are being catered too. With addition to a moisture routine you’re pretty much in the clear for healthy hair growth. Never rip or pitch off any single strand knots. They are very annoying but doing so can cause more damage than good. It causes your hair to split at the ends. Which in return may cause you to want to trim more often than you need to… see the connection? Instead reach for you scissors. A clean cut will do your tame a great deal of wonder.

 

Sincerely…

A Yahweh loving shoe fanatic named Dutchess.

Yesterday’s “Good Hair” is gone!

Yeeeeea buddy! I finally cut my hair. I chose my much younger sister’s birthday to do so. Before doing my B.C I stated two weeks ago that I was going to do it.. but with procrastination and fear it took longer than what I would have liked. I wasn’t really in a rush all of a sudden. I was comfortable with my transitioning hair.

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My last perm was in May 2012 so by June new growth had already set in. I transition for 7 months before I completely thought MY HAIR IS FINE THE WAY IT GROWS OUT OF MY SCALP. Now that I see myself I look like my mom during the seventies in Harlem, NY. Love at first sight. Next on my list is to find hair products to moisturize and protect my coils from breakage.

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A daily hair regimen is a needed, can’t be avoided, should have had one yesterday kind of deal. So far I’ve noticed the typical grease doesn’t do it for my hair. Sure it keeps my scalp from being dry, but that’s about it. It just makes my hair heavy and hard to manage. My current moisturizing products are creams and butters rich in coconut oil, willow bark extract, aloe vera, extra virgin olive oil and shea butter. Knowing your hair texture and type is key!

While on the web I stumbled upon a website which gave me a waaaay better understanding about me. I encourage you ladies to check it out if you are on your natural journey as well. Overall I am happy with my decision. My transition is over. I am a Naturalista baby!

Coiled Inspiration

In recent years within the black community I’ve noticed a change in our women. Many have been embracing the way Yahweh (GOD) has made them. I also have come to know that sporting hair type 4C instead of 1B or 3A doesn’t make anyone’s beauty less perfect. Rocking my hair has definitely added some “umph” to my walk and undeniably gave me a self-esteem boost.

I don’t care to know if anyone else likes it. I don’t care to know if it may make me look dated. My coiled kinks actually make my eyes sparkle. They make my smile brighter. My coiled kinks has taught me self acceptance. So I ask, “Isn’t that one of the end goals in life?” Correct me if I am wrong.

I have been inspired by so many beautiful women that I’ve seen. In the grocery store buying eggs, on Youtube doing hair tutorials, in my family, on television, social media… sheeesh. I must admit that the politics of black hair has caught my attention. I am forever grateful to these random people who unknowingly changed the attitude I have toward myself.

Now readers, because I am here proclaiming my love for my natural hair does not mean that I will never wear a wig. I would be cheating myself! That’s the beauty of being a women… I can change hair as I please. However, what I will NOT BE doing is adding any chemical straighteners to my hair. And once my hair grows to a certain length I will not be able to wear a wig… and that’s perfectly fine with me 🙂 .