Make your curls pop

Our magical, gravity-defying, kinky, coily hair is extremely versatile.  Have fun with your afro hair this summer and make your curls pop.  Yes, I am talking to you at the back!  You can get defined curls on 4c hair.  This blog delves into a few fool-proof ways in which to do so.  Read on my friend.

Use a setting gel

Seems simple enough and it really is.  Wash and condition your hair using good quality products such as Nylah’s Naturals.  Detangle your hair, best whilst wet, and add a leave-in conditioner of your choice.  The next and final step is to add a setting gel.  Allow the hair to dry naturally and voila, your curls will be more pronounced.

Finger coils

Finger coiling is another classic way to define curls on afro hair.  Start with wet or dry hair and moisturise and seal your coily mane.  Apply curl cream evenly over your hair and then in small sections, twirl the hair around your fingers.  Allow to dry and rock your curly fro or style as required.

Twist out

Tested, tried and proven.  This method will give you curls for days.  Apply a good curling cream and twist your hair in small sections, or you can flat twist your hair instead.  Leave for a few hours, or better still, sleep with your protective style.  Undo your twists and you will have enviable defined curls.  Thank us later.

Braid and curl

Similar to the above twist out method, this method requires you to apply a curl cream or moisturiser and twist or braid your hair into small sections.  Use curling rods in segments and leave for a few hours or overnight.  Once you are ready to style your locks, undo the rods and braids and bouncy curls should be your result.

Bantu knots

This age-old African tradition is another good way to get defined curls on 4c hair.  Part your hair into small sections or larger sections If your hair is a bit longer.  Proceed to braid your hair and twist your hair around itself in order to achieve the ‘knots’.  This in itself is a cool style to rock for the day, but once you are ready to have your curls, simply undo the knots and allow your coils to thrive.

It goes without saying that to preserve your curly styles, you should always sleep with a satin bonnet at night.  Let us know in the comments if you find any of these methods helpful.  We would also love you to tag us on Instagram if you try any of them out.  Until next time my lovelies, stay safe and beautiful.

Short hair woes?

Whether you’re at the beginning of your natural hair journey or you’re a seasoned rocker of the TWA, you can always stand to learn a few pointers.  Protective styling is all well and good and is even recommended at times, but we at Nylah are strong advocates of wearing your hair in its natural state.  Your afro hair, no matter the length, is your given crown and should be embraced as such.  Ever wondered how to create a curly afro with short hair?  Read on my friend.

It’s normally always best to start a new style with freshly washed and conditioned hair, but this hairdo can also be created in between washes.  Start by parting your hair in 2 sections.  Proceed to then part your mane into rows, taking a row at a time.  Saturate your hair with your favourite curling cream and use a wide tooth comb to detangle.  Now is the time to flat twist your hair and repeat these steps all over.  You should roughly have around 6 – 7 twists at the front of your hair and around 8 twists completed at the back.  Now the magic begins.  This method is best done at night before bed, as it is recommended to allow your coily hair to set overnight.  Of course, we suggest that you sleep with a satin bonnet.

Now, nobody said that natural hairstyles are quick and easy, they are a labour of love.  Give yourself enough time the next morning to create your twist out.  Unravel the hair and you should have a nice kinky, curly fro.  Use your hands to manipulate your curls, being careful not to disturb the curl pattern too much, and if you need more volume, tease the roots with an afro pik.  You should be happy with the results, but you can even go one step further to lay your edges with a good edge control gel, or add an alice band or head band for definition.

You can even stretch your twist out for a few days by following these next few steps.  At night before bed, without using a comb or brush, part your hair into small sections and tie with a hair band in order to create mini afro puffs.  Again, sleep with your satin bonnet.  When you get yourself ready the next day, undo the hair bands and use your hands to set your afro.  Apply a moisturiser if needed.  The curls may not be as defined as day 1, but you should still have a nice coily result.

And there you have it, just when you thought it wasn’t possible on your short 4c hair!  We hope that you have found this post useful.  Do you have any suggestions for future blogs, or simply want to make a comment?  Please leave a note in the comment box below or shoot us an email.  We are always happy to hear from you.  Thanks for reading this far beautiful!

Be in the know

Hair braiding is an age-old African tradition that has been passed on through the centuries.  Not only is it now trendy and creative, but it is all a prime form of protective styling.  There are a few things to be aware of though when deciding to braid afro hair.  Read on my friend.

If you are a sista that has edge damage or weak hair, be aware of the type of braids you should have.  When adding extensions, be sure not to add too much extra hair as this can weigh down the hair and cause added follicle damage.  Also, try not to braid too close to your edges, this can also help in preventing further damage.

Whether you are using a stylist or you have the knack to braid your hair yourself, be prepared to set aside a whole day!  There are many tricks these days to save time on braiding, such as crochet braids or braid wigs, but if you are opting for the old-fashioned way then yes, it could take half a day.

Preparation is also key.  It is always a good idea to thoroughly wash and condition your hair before putting in braids.  Opt for a quality moisture retention shampoo such as the Nylah strength and shine thickening shampoo, which will do wonders in cleansing your scalp and hair.  Follow this up with a deep conditioning.  If you are not already a fan, get to know about the Nylah super botanicals restorative conditioner which can also be used as a deep conditioner.  Once the wash process is over, follow this up with the LOC/LCO formula, utilising the award-winning Nylah super seed hair oil and moisture retention leave in cream.  This whole procedure will work wonders in adding and maintaining moisture whilst you wear your braids.

Now, bear this in mind ladies.  Just because your hair is in a protective style, don’t use this as an excuse to neglect your curly locks underneath!  Ensure that whilst your hair is in braids, you regularly maintain moisture and hydration.  The new Nylah moisture hair spritz would be a good addition to your routine.  Also make sure you go in by regularly adding a good quality oil to your scalp.

You may be one that likes to switch up your hairstyles, but please try and leave your hair in for a few weeks at least.  Not only are you giving your hair and scalp a break, but it can also be damaging to take your braids out too soon as your cause extra tension to your follicles.  Instead, be creative with your braids and style your hair in different ways to prevent you getting bored with your look.

I hope this blog has been helpful to you.  Leave a comment below if you have learnt something new or if you have any other tips for our readers.  Until next time, stay safe and beautiful my queens.

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