Easy Way to Get Dry, Crunchy 4C Natural Black Hair to Soften Up.

My hair's a little weird. Good thing I like being weird :P

My lovely natural hair is 4a at the front and mother Africa 4c at the back. I love it, yet as you can imagine, it's a little difficult getting styles to come together sometimes.

When I blow out my hair, the top is soft, fluffy and holds moisture well while the back comes out hard, crunchy and dry. The ends of the 4C hair literally crackle in my fingers after blow drying.

I want to start wearing fluffy blown out A. Davis afros more, so I needed to figure out a quick way to get the 4c part to cooperate. Here is what I did to get the two areas to blend better and soften/moisturize the 4C hair:


- about a half cup of distilled or spring water
- a little bit of extra virgin olive oil in a cup

Easy peasy.

Step 1: I put some distilled spring water in my hand and massaged it generously into the dry 4C areas (you can use a spray bottle if you prefer). Literally like 5 minutes later the hair was dry again, so it's obviously a general moisture problem. My 4C hair was just thirsty!!

Step 2: Make small sections in the hair that is dry, dip your fingers in the olive oil and rub it in gently.

Step 3: Separate the small section into two strands and twist it up (the basic two strand twist). If you can, roll it into a Bantu knot. Do this all over the dry 4C hair.

Step 4:  put a conditioning cap on your head and let it sit for about 30 mins (I still want my fluffy fro, not curls for this style so didn't want the Bantu knots in for too long).

Step 5: Unravel the twists and comb out gently with a wide toothed comb.

The olive oil helps seal in the moisture. After I did this, both the 4A and 4C areas of my hair felt the same. Soft and fluffy. 

Now if I can only find the right headband or flower to wear with my Angela Davis afro...

The Classy Black Lady's review of St. Ives Blemish & Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub

This stuff is pretty great.

St Ives Blemish & Blackhead Control
St Ives Blemish & Blackhead Control

I think I tried a St. Ives product in the past but I was underwhelmed with the results. I guess that caused me to write off all St Ives products from then on.

After finishing off my last facial cleansing product, I decided that I needed something new. I was prepared to lay out some real cash on an expensive department store cleanser if necessary, because I didn't like how uneven and blotchy my skin was at that time. I came across St. Ives Blemish and Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub while browsing Amazon and saw all of the great reviews. It was only a few bucks so I decided to give it a try. I had black marks around some areas of my face which weren't really blackheads but I figured it might still work. I almost returned it because it said it was for acne, which wasn't really my complexion issue. Glad I didn't.

This scrub cleanses and exfoliates better than any other facial cleanser that I have ever tried. It has faded some of the dark marks on my face and neck. My complexion became clearer and more even-toned.

What's funny is that I didn't even realize it was working until one day I looked in the mirror and my face was almost glowing. I said WOW.

So I just wanted to take a minute to share my review of this simple, inexpensive product for people who are looking for a new facial cleanser. Before you spend $50 or more on a department store product, try St. Ives Blemish & Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub first.


When you go natural, one of the wonderful things you'll learn is that you can make your own products to use on your hair. After all, the main ingredients in many products for natural black hair are natural oils.

Olive Oil
Olive oil is good for more than just Italian cooking -- use it on the hair to soften, moisturize, deep condition and add a beautiful shine to your hair.

Pure Shea Butter
Pure raw shea butter, which comes from the Shea nut, does great things for natural black hair. It protects the hair from breakage and the sun's rays. It also repairs damage/breakage.  It also provides Vitamin F, which is needed for healthy hair. 

Coconut Oil
At room temperature, coconut oil is thick and creamy. It is great for strengthening, protecting, conditioning and growing your natural black hair.

Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil helps keeps moisture in your hair and gives it a healthy shine.

Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oils helps stop/prevent breakage and promotes continuous growth.

Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil cleans residue off your scalp, including dandruff, to give your hair the freedom to grow long and healthy more quickly.

Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is good for moisturizing, conditioning and strengthening your natural black hair.

Castor Oil 
A spoonful of castor oil may have been a hard pill to swallow in your childhood, but you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it helps make your hair grow!

Rosemary Oil
Helps hair to grow, strengthens the hair and gives it a beautiful shine.

Safflower Oil
Promotes faster hair growth and moisturizes.

Argan Oil
If you're having problems with hair breakage and heat damage, Argan oil is also great for natural black hair. It also gives your hair shine, boosts elasticity, seals in moisture and promotes growth.

** When making their own homemade products, some naturalistas also like to add a drop or two of essential oils (like lavender, rosemary, and peppermint) to their mixture to make it more fragrant. Keep in mind that essential oils need to be diluted properly to avoid skin irritation.

Happy mixing!


Many black women who have gone natural are on the hunt for short hairstyles that look cute, stylish and fashionable. It's sometimes difficult to find a style after doing "the big chop." Here are a few great looking natural hairstyles (and some accompanying tutorials) to consider. ** Please view and support each website by the tutorial maker. **

Bantu Knot-Out
This is a simply ultra coily short hairstyle that results from setting your hair in Bantu knots overnight. (From Evelyn Ngugi via NaturallyCurly.com)

Click here for the full tutorial from Evelyn.

Sultry Textured Waves
This look from  is good for a night on the evening or a date with that special someone:

Click here for the full tutorial from Nnekay.

So Soft Curls
Who says you can't achieve soft looking curls when you decide go natural? It just requires a little heat and technique. Check out this style from CBL (* the ends are still in a relaxed state in this pic, but the style can be achieve on full natural black hair)

Click here for the full tutorial as posted on ClassyBlackLady.com

The Blown Out Curly Fro
Ready to rock that real deal 'fro 4B and 4Cers? Check out how this lovely lady did a blow out to achieve a neat afro:

Click here to view more videos by this naturalista.

Cute and Flirty Basic Flat Twist Out
This is a basic flat twist out with a tutorial by Ms. Yolanda Denee that gives you curls from the root to the tip.

Visit http://www.etcblogmag.com for more from Yolanda Denee.

More to come!

Do you have any great examples of short hairstyles for black women with natural hair? Post the links in the comments and they may get added to this list.