Do you have type 4 hair? Are you looking for some great ladies to follow to learn how to care for & style your hair? Look no further! Meet the awesome ladies behind the blog Type 4 Naturals. Read about their hair journeys below, and submit your own hair feature.
Tell us about yourself.
Jo, the 4a loves all things Travel, Beauty and Technology related. Kory the 4b hair member. Outside of work she likes to work out, cook, paint and netflix binge. Kat represents the kinky 4c hair type. Besides working full time, blogging and managing a household, she also finds time to entertain her daughter with arts and crafts.
What is your hair like?
Jo’s hair is thick, curly and loves to be free. Kory’s hair is thick and does what it wants, its always thirsty and loves hair milks/butters. Kat’s hair is thick and coarse. It requires constant moisture, conditioning and love.
What made you decide to go on a natural hair journey?
Jo – I was honestly looking for more ways to save money after moving out of my parents house. I would spend over $1000 on my hair for the year and it could’ve went to other things. I also really never had the desire for a relaxer. My first transition went back to almost 15 years ago.
Kory decided to except her natural beauty and wanted to get away from harmful effects of relaxers.
Kat’s decision to go natural happened after sitting in the salon all afternoon and leaving with a burning scalp from the relaxer and then from the curling iron smoothing out the small pieces of hair from my pixie cut. I was done with the hair abuse.
How long have you been natural?
We all have been natural for 3 years. Kory was the first to BC in February. Jo and Kat BC in June of 2012.
How would you describe your hair journey & goals?
Jo- I met my hair goal this year to be APL. My overall focus is to have a healthy head of hair;I think I’m doing a pretty good job..Kory’s hair journey at first was bsl length natural hair, but now her goal is healthy hair at all times no matter what style. Kat’s hair journey has been up and down. The goal for her kinky hair is to be healthy opposed to having a goal to have hair flowing down my shoulders.
Are you transitioning or did you big chop?
Jo transitioned for 14 months. Kory transitioned for 6 months then cut off the permed hair herself. Kat went to the salon and asked for all the perm on her pixie cut to be cut off – all that was left was a tiny weeny afro (twa).
What are your go-to styles?
Jo- Halo braids and twist or twistouts. I’ve been loving the definition from braidouts lately too. Kory’s go to style is the puff and twist outs. Kat loves to pull hair up into a puff – since that damages her kitchen and edges, twists and braidouts are another go-to style.
What are your staple products?
Jo- Eden BodyWorks coconut shea cowash, Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo to cleanse when I have buildup,Tresemme Naturals Conditioner, Paul Mitchell the conditioner or Eden body-works coconut shea conditioners for leave-in and Karen’s Body Beautiful Butter Love as a styler.
Kory’s staple products are: Shampoo/Condish Shea Moisture Curl n Shine, Deep Conditioner: Hair Mayonnaise, Leave-in: Kinky Curly “Knot Today”, Styler: Any Eco gel, CoCo Curls Styling Cream, Bel Nouvo “CoCo Castor Pudding”.
Hi, my name is Kat and I was a product junkie for two years. Today my staple products have been JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil), Peppermint Oil, Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo and conditioner and Cantu curling cream, Cantu leave-in repair conditioner, Cantu twist and loc gel.
How do you feel about being natural?
Jo- I love the versatility! I get bored easily, so doing my hair in different styles helps. Kory-being natural gives me a feeling a freedom and pride. Kat being natural is a sense of pride. By seeing my hair minus straightening agents, my daughter has a better sense of a like for her own hair.
How did people/ your loved ones respond when you decided to go natural?
Jo- I’m always getting compliments from friends, family and coworkers. Without even knowing, my natural hair journey has helped them to embrace their kinks too.
Kory- friends loved it and several of them went natural after being inspired by me. Most family liked it except for one or two people, but they love it now since its grown out.
Minus one person, everyone in Kat’s circle liked her hair. The only people’s opinion that she valued were those in her home and they love it.
Do you have anything else you’d like to add? Do you have any tips for new transitioners or naturals?
Jo- If you’re transitioning, be patient. Unless you’re an expert at doing hair or a quick learner, you will not get every style you watched on YouTube correct. It takes time to learn your hair and figuring out what it likes.
Kory- Don’t go natural to be cool or to get hair like someone on tv. Your curls will never look like someone else s, no two curly girls have the same hair.
Kat’s tips for new naturals is to be patient and experiment with your hair. Rediscover what your hair feels and looks like with different tools – starting with water.
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