My Favourite Low Manipulation Styles For My Short to Medium Length 4c Hair

Welcome back to my blog ๐Ÿ™‹Happy Friday. I’ve been waiting for the weekend since Sunday night. Classes have been hectic and we were told we’ve not even gotten to the stressful part. Chile…I don’t like it here but I’m grateful nonetheless.I think I can finally put the medium length when describing my hair even though I feel my hair is still on the short side. I mean, if my hair can be packed into a low ponytail then it’s not so short anymore.So low manipulation styles are very simple styles which are done to prevent everyday manipulation of your hair. They last anywhere from 3 days to a week. I like to think of them as short term protective styles even though all of them are not really hiding your ends.When I’m not wearing braids or wigs which are my 2 go-to protective styles, I try to do simple styles that prevent everyday manipulation.

Low Bun

This is my favourite. It’s very simple and suitable for any occasion. Together with my glasses, it gives the ultimate serious medical student look(don’t mind me, I just had to throw that there). I usually tuck my ends in with this style so it’s kind of protective for me and I don’t have to worry about shrinkage or tangling. I sometimes add kinky extensions for a fuller looking bun to elevate the look.With this style, my satin scarf is my best friend. I always tie my hair down so it lays flat and doesn’t get frizzy or start getting loose and scattered. I’m currently wearing my hair in a low bun and it has been this way for 2 weeks now.

High Bun

Basically the same as the first but it’s rather on the top of your head. Another chic hairstyle for any occasion.

Two flatwists

This was a favourite when my hair was quite shorter and I could flatwist easily. Now for some reason I can’t get my flatwists to come out right which is really annoying. But it’s a simple and quick style that lasts for about 3 days to a week.

Twist out updo

This is the last and it’s the only style that my hair is sort of free. I’m no longer a fan of twist outs. I only do them once in a while now. But when I do a twist out, after wearing it free the first day, I put it in an updo situation by pinning the back of my hair upwards with bobby pins and leaving the front in a side fringe or bangs situation.


What’s your go-to low manipulation style?Is it the high puff? I only wear high puffs on special occasions. I used to have issues with the tension it causes on the hairline but I’ve found a way to reduce the tension to almost none.Thanks for reading.Don’t forget to tell me your go-to hairstyle in the comments๐Ÿ˜Š

Flat twist out + quick updo on short 4c hair.

So after my wash and go fiasco from my previous post, I didn’t want to sleep with my hair like that in it’s shrunken state with gel all over it like that, so I decided to take advantage of the gel and do a flat twist out.

Since my hair already had gel in it, all I did was to spray some water on my hair to reactivate the gel and flat twist my hair in small sections. When doing flat twists, make sure you’re flat twisting your hair in the direction you want it to fall.

The key to a good flat twist out is to make clean parts as you’re adding more hair while twisting and avoid borrowing hair so you don’t cause frizz during the takedown process. After flat twisting, I used Bobby pins to pin the twists while they dry so that they can be stretched and I have more length with the style.

The takedown

1.) Apply oil to your fingers and a little on your hair to add some shine

2.) Carefully unravel the twists, making sure to remove each curl carefully.

3.) Use your comb to pick the roots to hide the lines in your hair and to give your hair volume

You don’t need to separate the curls when you do a flat twist because flat twists give volume and definition unlike a normal twist out.

So I styled the flat twist out into a quick updo by rolling the hair at the back upwards and using a Bobby pin to secure it. This hairstyle came out so lovely and I may have found my go to hairstyle.

The pattern I flat twisted in. I wanted some of my hair to fall towards my face.
Freshly unravelled with one side pinned.
Updo
Back view

I’ve been so lost on how to style my hair since it’s still short, but if I say so myself, I did a very good job with this hairstyle. What do you guys think?

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Bomb braid out on 4c hair

At this point, I prefer braid outs to twist outs. They give better definition and volume than twist outs on first day hair. Twist outs are nice, but I don’t get the volume I’ll like with first day hair.

All thanks to quarantine, I’ve been trying out new styles with my natural hair and I’ll be sharing the outcome with you all.

Let’s go straight to the process of achieving a bomb braid out.

Procedure

1.) You should start on freshly washed and deep conditioned hair. I feel this gives the best results.

2.) Work with small sections especially if your hair is short and make sure it’s thoroughly detangled.

3.) Apply your styling products and braid your hair. I twisted the ends of my hair so it would be easier to take down.

Takedown

Before takedown
After takedown, before separating the curls
After separating the curls and styling my hair

1.) Rub some oil on your finger tips and carefully take down each braid.

2.) After you’ve loosened all the braids, gently separate the curls where they naturally want to separate so you don’t cause frizz.

3.) Use a comb or your fingers and pick your hair at the roots to hide the harsh parts and make it look fuller.

4.) Style your hair and your bomb braid out is ready.

How I wore my hair to sleep. I banded it in 8 sections

I used my regular okro gel and whipped Shea butter for this braid out. If you’ve been following me I know you’re tired of hearing this by now๐Ÿ˜‚. I’m in need of new products but can’t get any till this quarantine is over so I’m making use of what’s available.

Do you prefer braid outs or twist outs? Let me know in the comments.

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Easy and quick protective style using braiding hair

Welcome back to my blog. Today I’ll be talking about a very easy and cute hairstyle I did which was 2 buns with braids by the side. I used normal braiding hair (X-pression brand) to create this look. It looks curly because I braided it and soaked in hot water before loosening it to give it some sort of texture so it’s not silky straight. This way it sort of matches my natural hair texture.

Items needed

1.) Braiding hair

2.) Gel. I used eco styler( Olive oil)

3.) Hair ties

4.) Hair scarf

5.) Bobby pins

6.) Hard bristle brush

7.) Rat tail comb

8.) Spray bottle of water

Steps

1) start of with detangled hair and divide it into 2 sections.

2) do a single braid on each side of your hair and wrap the ends like you’re doing a Bantu knot.

3) spray each section lightly with water and pack apply the gel around the perimeters of the section.

4) brush with the hard bristle brush and tie it with your hair tie into a bun.

My hair in a sleek bun without extensions

5) tie down with your scarf and wait for a few minutes. You can do your makeup or dress up while you wait. If in a hurry, you can use a blow dryer over the scarf.

6) when your hair is dry, attach your extensions to your hair and wrap it around in a bun. Use Bobby pins to secure it.

7) lay your edges if you want to.

You’re style is complete. This style can be achieved without gel but I wanted to use gel so I can have a sleek look.

You can also use beads for the end of the braids if you have, but I didn’t have any at the moment. This hairstyle can last for a week or 2 depending on how you manage it. Make sure your hair is properly moisturized so you won’t have to do that again and risk spoiling the hair.

Will you try this hairstyle?

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