Colourful Locs – Inspiration and How To’s

‘If you want to spice up the look of your locs, adding some colour will give you that extra oomph. Here are some looks to inspire your colourful transformation:

Putting a Pop of Colour In Your Locs

You can add a little pop of colour to your locs, whether it’s using an ombre effect or some highlights.

All Over Colour On Locs

For a much bolder look, you can go for an all over colour.

How to Colour Locs

It might seem difficult to add colour to your locs, but the process is much easier than you would expect.

Bleaching and Colouring Locs

If you want a long-term change for your locs, bleaching and colouring your hair is the best option. Nurse Poizon Ivy has a great tutorial on how to do this yourself:

Colouring Locs With Hair Wax

For a less permanent solution, hair wax is a great solution. The most important thing to remember when using hair wax is that you should ensure that it is thoroughly dried before you’ve moved on.

It can be quite tough to remove from your locs, and you don’t want any residue left in your hair, so you should make sure that you thoroughly wash the wax out. It may take a couple of washes, and an apple cider vinegar rinse should get rid of any residual wax.

Hair chalk is another useful non-permanent solution. While you don’t see many people using it as much as hair wax to colour their locs, hair chalk may result in a bit less residue being left in after you’ve washed it out.

Zuri FX does a good job of showing how easy the process is:

Crochet Braids Extensions w/o Cornrows

So, this week, I changed up my hair from a horrible cut and colour to some sleek black extensions. I used a crochet braiding technique but I didn’t have any cornrows in my hair, so this is how I did it:

I waffled on A LOT in this video (very new to this!), so here are the main takeaways from the tutorial:

  1. Clearly section your hair when making the little ponytails that you’re crocheting into. If there are any strays, this will make it really difficult to remove the rubber bands and the crocheted hair will get all tangled up.
  2. The hair you put into small ponytails shouldn’t be bigger than half of the diametre of a standard pencil.
  3. Towards the bottom of your hair, closet to your neck, do a full layer of crochet hair. Here, it’s best not to leave any leave-out, as there will be a really obvious divide between your own hair and the extensions.
  4. I did six along the bottom and six through the middle. Another two were towards the top to get any extra bits that looked choppy.
  5. The top row of crochets is just before the top of your temples. This will stop them from showing through.
  6. If you’re struggling to blend, you can use heat. I just go over each side one with my hair straightener set to 150 degrees celCelciuscius (because heat up to 200 degrees can be used on this hair).
  7. I don’t think I’m going to wash my hair with the crochet braids in. It’s a pretty quick process after silk pressing my hair, so I’ll just take them out before washing and putting them back in. The hair I used is £6.50 from the local shop, so I’m happy to do this once a month or every 6 weeks.

How to Get the Perfect Silk Press at Home

For years, I’ve been working on a strategy for getting the perfect silk press. I’ve tried all sorts of products and it’s only recently that I’ve come up with a method that actually gives me the same kind of silky finish that I get when I go to a hairdresser.

Before, it was fine – but nothing special. Still frizzy and I’d be annoyed if I’d paid someone else to do it.
After, it’s much shinier and silkier.

So, here’s how I changed up my routine to get the best silk press possible at home:

Cleanse with Clarifying Shampoo

I’ve been using clarifying shampoo for years now. For me, it doesn’t actually matter what brand I use. Right now, it’s Tresemme’s clarifying shampoo because it was on sale – but I’ve also used Dove, Head & Shoulders and OGX and they all do the same thing for me.

What really changed up my silk press game was adding a hydrating shampoo into the mix. I always shampoo my hair twice so, I subbed in a different product for the second go around. The best ones I’ve used are Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla and OGX Tea Tree shampoos.

Deep Condition

For a really long time, I avoided products with silicones. I totally understand that they are damaging in the long term – but, when you really want a silky finish, no-cone conditioners just don’t do the trick. So, I’ve splashed out for some good deep conditioning treatments. Briogeo and SheaMoisture make the best deep conditioning masks for my hair.

Use a Product with “Silk” in the Name

I know it sounds pretty cheesy, but this is something that I think actually makes a difference – scrap whatever you’re using right now and opt for something with “silk” in the name. I don’t know the exact science or if it’s just a marketing ploy but it’s made my silk presses that much silkier.

This is a list of products I’ve used that didn’t really give me that silky finish:

  • Fantasia IC heat protectant spray
  • L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil
  • Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight
  • CHI Silk Infusion (which, according to its name, should have, right?)

While they are all great products and gave me nice, straight hair, the result wasn’t super silky. So, I made the switch and it made a huge difference. These products have worked the best for me:

  • Kiehl’s Silk Creme
  • Keracare Silken Shield
  • Biosilk Serum

Use A Hair Straightener with Titanium Plates

This was the clincher – using a hair straightener with titanium plates gave me an ultra gorgeous and silky finish. It was something that every Youtuber mentioned in their silk press videos so I thought, I have to do it!

It was reluctant to replace my GHD straightener. I’d had it for 8 years and it was hella expensive, but it turns out I didn’t even have to spend very much on a new one. You don’t have to shell out much money to get a decent-quality titanium straightener. I spent £25 on one from a brand called Kipozi and it does the trick.

The key is to straighten in very small sections. You don’t want to go over the same section lots of times to keep from damaging your hair, and it means the straightener touches more hair to get it all nice and silky.

Important tip: get a heat mat or put your straightener on a surface that won’t burn. The titanium plates get suuuuuper hot and I’ve damaged plenty of duvet covers and table surfaces.

That’s it! This method has made such a big difference in how my at home silk presses look. This specific combination of products has given me the finish I’ve been trying to get for years. I hope it helps you, too!

4A 4B 4C Hair Guide

Type 4 Haircare Guide

Type 4 Hair is characterized by tight coils in various shapes. It is very dense and can become quite dry, so conditioning hair and maintaining that moisture are very important in caring for 4A, 4B and 4C hair patterns.

If you’re unsure of exactly what kind of type 4 hair you have, this is an easy way to tell the three variants apart:

  • 4A Hair: these are dense, springy curls that form more of an S shape.
  • 4B Hair: this type of hair bends in a sharp angle to form a Z shape.
  • 4C Hair: when you have 4C hair, your coils are so tight they don’t have as much definition as 4A of 4B curls.

4A,  4b and 4c Bloggers to Follow

Type 4 Hair Guide

Type 4A, 4B and 4C hair has to be cared for in a specific way that allows it to stay moist with a beautiful texture. This guide will help you care for your type 4 hair to keep it looking stunning day-in, day-out:

Pre-Poo Your Hair

Many Type 4s find the doing a pre-poo before shampooing provides additional moisture and helps to detangle the hair. Using oil or conditioner, saturate the hair and then leave it for 30 minutes before washing. Some common products are:

  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Aloe Vera
  • Mango Butter

Focus on Scalp While Shampooing

Whether you have 4A, 4B or 4C hair, you want to focus on the scalp. 4A hair gets tangled easily while 4C hair is quite fragile –  so don’t do the typical thing of piling your hair on top of your head and scrunching the shampoo in.

Wet your hair by letting the water run over it, and make sure it’s fully saturated. Just apply whatever product you’re using onto your fingertips and put them under your hair so you’re going straight for the scalp. When rinsing – again – don’t get your ends involved.  Some of the best shampoos for Type 4 hair are:

  • The Wild Curl Gentle Cleansing Curly Shampoo
  • Mixed Chicks Sulfate Free Shampoo
  • Cantu Sulfate Free Cream Shampoo
  • Alikay Naturals Moisturising Black Soap Shampoo
  • Briogeo Scalp Revival Microexfoliating Shampoo
  • Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Defrezzing Shampoo
  • SheaMoisture Strengthen, Grow and Restore Shampoo

Only shampoo once, and then use conditioner to get rid of the rest of the dirt and residue. Apply it to your scalp and down through to your ends. Then, rinse it like you would a shampoo.

Condition and Detangle

When you condition and detangle, you can also use this step to gently wash your hair. So, if you need to wash your hair more than once a week, then simply use your conditioner to clean it. Be sure to avoid using conditioners with silicones; eventually, you’ll have to use a clarifying shampoo at some point to get rid of the build-up – so, it’s best to just avoid ‘cones altogether. Some of the best conditioners for type 4 hair are:

  • DevaCurl One Conditioner
  • Aveda Rosemary Mint Conditioner
  • EDEN Bodyworks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner
  • Curly Coily Tresses Nourish Treatment
  • Ouidad Curl Immersion Deep Condition

Air Dry Whenever Possible

Avoid using heat when it comes to drying 4A, 4B or 4C hair. This will only dry it out and stop your texture from shining for as long as it usually would.

Use the LOC Method to Style

The LOC Method is used by just about every person with Type 4 hair to retain moisture and have beautifully textured hair. LOC stands for:

  1. Liquid: hydrate your hair with water
  2. Oil: use oil to retain that moisture (coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil are hair penetrating oils that are best for the LOC Method)
  3. Creme: use cream or a leave-in conditioner to seal the cuticle

Mix It Up If You Have Low Porosity Hair

If you have low porosity hair, then you’ll want to mix up the LOC Method. You can tell the porosity of your head by dropping a strand in water. If it floats, your hair is low porosity; if it sinks, it’s high porosity. So, low porosity hair should switch the last two steps:

  1. Liquid
  2. Creme
  3. Oil

Best Curl Creams for Type 4 Hair

Stick to creams when it comes to styling 4A, 4B or 4C hair. These are the best curl cremes for styling type 4 hair:

  • Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream
  • Pantene Gold Series Curl Defining Pudding Cream
  • OBIA Naturals Curl Moisture Cream
  • Cantu Coconut Curling Cream
  • Camille Rose Naturals Curl Moisture Milk
  • Curl Junkie Beauticurls Leave-In Hair Conditioner
  • TGIN Butter Cream

Type 3 Hair Guide 3A 3B 3C

Type 3 Haircare Guide

Type 3 Hair is characterized by curls that appear in an S shape, and usually has a combination of different textures throughout.If you’re not sure which category your Type 3 Hair falls into, here’s a quick way to tell the difference:

  • 3A Hair: loosely shaped S curls which are usually flatter than 3B or 3C curls
  • 3B Hair: more tightly curled S shape than 3A, and it is more densely packed together
  • 3C Hair: tight spiral curls that can turn into coils

Type 3 Haircare Bloggers

Follow these bloggers for helpful tips that keep your hair looking beautiful, and gorgeous style tutorials.

How to Care for Type 3 Hair

These are some useful tips that will help you care for your Type 3 hair in a way that will keep them looking and feeling healthy.

Shampoo Once a Week

When it comes to washing Type 3 hair, there’s no need to do so more than than once a week. If your hair isn’t feeling dirty, then you can go as long as 2 or 3 weeks. In between washes, you can co-wash your cash or just do a water wash.

It’s best to use a moisturising shampoo that won’t strip the essential nutrients that you hair needs while removing greece and oil to keep your hair clean. Some of the best shampoos for Type 3 hair are:

  • SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo
  • DevaCurl Low-Poo Delight
  • Kinky Curly Come Clean
  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Retention Shampoo
  • As I Am Co-Wash
  • Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo
  • Aunt Jackie’s Oh So Clean Moisturizing and Softening Shampoo

Deep Condition Once a Week or More

Type 3 hair needs lots of moisture, and it’s important that you apply a deep conditioning at least once a week. If you have bleached or heat damaged hair, then 2 or 3 times a week is best. The best types of treatments are those that stay on for 30 minutes or more, and staying under a heater helps seal the moisture in. Some of the top deep conditioners for Type 3 curls are:

  • Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Mask
  • Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream
  • Palmer’s Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Mask
  • Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Mask
  • Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Treatment
  • Eden Bodyworks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner

Styling Your Curls

Once your hair is all nice and conditioned, it’s time to style your curls. The type of styling products you use will depend on the specific consistency of your type 3 curls. If they are closer to a 4, then you’ll want to opt for a lotion or cream while gels are best for curls that are closer to type 2. These are some style products that type 3s swear by:

  • Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion
  • Love Beauty & Planet: Lavender & Argan Natural Oils Infusion
  • Cantu Coconut Curling Cream
  • Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
  • Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
  • Taliah Waajid Curl Sealer
  • Mielle Styling Gel
  • Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls
  • Kinky Curly Curling Custard

Refreshing Type 3 Curls

In between deep conditioning treatments, you’ll want to keep your hair moisturised on a daily basis. This will ensure that your curls look fresh everyday. A spray bottle will come in handy for this, as you lightly spritz your hair before adding a tiny bit of product throughout your hair. So, your hair will stay moisturised and your curls will looked refreshed. This is my favourite tutorial for keeping curls looking great daily.

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