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.