How to achieve a fluffy fro on 4c hair(short/awkward length friendly)

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Happy Saturday! November is gradually coming to a close and I can smell Christmas already. Sorry for ghosting y’all for over a week but I wasn’t really feeling up to uploading anything. I have so many ideas for new contents in my head but the hand is not willing to type.

One of my lovely followers requested that I share how I get my natural hair into a fluffy fro so I’m going to be sharing the little tips and tricks I use.

Quick disclaimer: everybody’s hair is different, so what works for me may not work for you and vice versa, but I’ll be sharing how I do mine.

My hair is in the awkward length stage where it’s not really short, but it’s not medium length either, so getting it into an afro that looks fluffy takes a lot of tricks.

Tip 1

I prefer to start with dry hair. I’ve noticed that it gives the best results. I usually spritz my hair lightly with water or a mix of water and leave in conditioner then seal lightly with my whipped shea butter then lightly finger detangle my hair. If you can’t finger detangle, then go ahead and use a wide tooth comb.

Tip 2

I prefer to braid my hair because braid outs gives a fuller and fluffier look. I noticed that twist outs make my hair look limp so I prefer to do braid outs. I don’t usually do any fancy thing for the braids. All I do is to put my hair in chunky braids after detangling. I usually have like 4 or 5 braids on the left and right side of my hair, making it 8 or 10 braids in total. You can do less if your hair is longer than mine.

Tip 3

I let the braids dry overnight then take them down. Again, I don’t do anything fancy when taking the braids down because I’m not looking for definition in my hair. I just unravel the braids then separate the hair.

Tip 4

Since you want a fluffy afro, do not comb your hair after taking down the braids. This is the important part because if you comb or brush your hair after taking down the braids, you’ll loose the fluffiness. All you have to do is to use your hands to shape your hair to how you want it. For a fluffy look, you want to tug on your hair downwards and not pat it inwards (I hope you get what I mean here)

Tip 5

I use an afro comb to pick my roots and give it more volume and shape.

So these 5 tips are what works for me and what I do consistently to always get the same results. But another alternative I do is to lightly blow-dry my hair then flat twist it. If you can’t flat twist, chunky twists done tightly would do. Then I take it down and follow the same process I usually do.

Again, you might be tempted to comb it out, maybe for more length, but that would disrupt the fluffiness.

I really hope this helps you. The weather is getting dryer,so hopefully you can still rock a nice fluffy fro before harmattan finally comes. I’ll insert pictures of the different ways my afro comes out when I comb it out and when I do not comb it.

I didn’t comb my hair here, and you can see how fluffy it look

Didn’t comb here too

I combed my hair here

I combed my hair here. You can see how clumped together it looks. It doesn’t look bad, but that’s not the look we’re going for

Natural Hair Trends I Love

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My last blog post was on natural hair trends I’m ditching, today I’ll be sharing the trends I love. These ‘trends’ are what I’ve been doing since I started transitioning my hair and they’ve made handling my hair easier.

Without further ado, let’s begin.

Prepoo

If you’re an OG of this blog then you’ll know I love prepooing. It was a lifesaver while I was transitioning because washing hair that has two completely different textures was not easy but prepooing before shampooing made it a whole lot easier. Prepoo is basically applying oils or oil mixtures to your hair and letting it sit for a while before you get into shampooing your hair. This helps to keep your hair moisturized and prevent it from being stripped and feeling dry.

I stopped prepooing for a while, but I went back to it when I learnt the hard way. It’s kind of stressful because it’s a whole step being added to washing your hair but I try to do it the night before and it’s easier that way.

Washing your hair in sections.

I’ve been doing this again since transitioning, but stopped after I turned fully natural because my hair was too short to be in sections. But as my hair grew longer I went back to shampooing and conditioning my hair in sections. Infact, whatever I’m doing I like to do it in sections. Whether I’m moisturizing or detangling, sections always save the day.

As my hair gets longer it’s getting thicker and if I’m not working in sections I’ll just be frustrated so sectioning your hair is key. It ensures that whatever you’re applying to your hair gets to every part of your hair.

Rice Water

Rice water is really popular now in the natural hair community and some people might be wondering why it wasn’t in the last post but it’s here now. I’ve been using it as far as since 2018 when I started transitioning my hair. I heard that it grows hair so I watched tons of videos and read tons of articles and I knew exactly what I was doing before I started it. I used to use it as the last step in my wash routine as a hair rinse. This used to help to leave my hair soft but strengthened.

Of recent, so many people have been complaining of it damaging their hair. This could be caused by a lot of reasons which I’ll explain in a whole separate post, but doing a proper research before jumping into any trend will save you from unnecessary problems and this is where so many people miss it.

Avocado hair masks

Who doesn’t love a good diy hair mask that’s cheap and moisturizes the hair properly? Avocados are really moisturizing to the hair and this used to be a staple in my hair routine but I’ve stopped it because I can’t continue to deal with the messiness that comes with it. When you want to be on a budget though, avocado hair mask is the way to go.

Clay Masks

I lovvve clay masks. I’ve only tried kaolin clay, but the results are enough to make me excited to try a bentonite clay mask. Clay masks are meant to deep cleanse your hair without stripping off moisture from your hair. When I use clay masks, the coils in my hair always come out from their hiding place and my hair is usually soft and completely tangle free.

That’s it for this post. Which of these trends do you do?


I’ve been super busy this week so I wasn’t able to keep to my schedule. I skipped Tuesday and I felt really bad. This one is even going to be published on Saturday because it’s already almost midnight. My youngest brother is going back to school so we’ve been up and about buying him the things he needs for school. Why do children grow so fast? I vividly remember when this child was born and now he’s in SS1.

I feel like a mother sending her.first child to the university๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Thanks for reading๐Ÿค—

How To Clean Your Scalp While On Box Braids

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If you’ve been keeping up with the blog then you’ll know I’m on braids. Knotless braids in particular. And braids and are great but after a while, your scalp will begin to get dirty and my scalp has gotten used to being cleaned at least biweekly and I may be able to stretch it to 3 weeks depending on the style I’m wearing but that’s the most. Once it gets past 3 weeks I’ll start having itchy scalp which is not nice at all.

It’s important that you’re taking care your hair while in braids, especially cleaning your scalp because nobody likes stinking braids.

Currently, I’m on knotless braids and it’s so easy to get access to my scalp so I’ve cleaned my scalp twice and I’ve had the braids for 4 weeks now. You don’t necessarily need to get your whole braids wet, especially if you don’t have a blow-dryer or hooded dryer so I’ll be sharing 3 ways you can clean your scalp without getting your whole braids wet.

Method 1: Using Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse.

A mixture of apple cider vinegar and water will clean your scalp effectively and remove all the build up that would have accumulated on your scalp. The only downside of using this method is that apple cider vinegar has a weird smell but the smell wears off after a few hours to a day max. If you suffer from itchy scalp, this is a very good way of getting rid of it.

How to use

  • Mix 2 parts water and one part apple cider vinegar in a bowl. If you have tea tree oil or peppermint oil feel free to add a few drops.
  • Soak cotton wool balls in the acv mixture and squeeze out the excess liquid.
  • Rub it gently between the parts your braids to get to your scalp.
  • Change the cotton wool balls as they get dirty and continue till you’ve completed your entire scalp.
  • You can leave it to dry in your hair or rinse it out by using another cotton wool ball soaked in clean water to prevent getting your braids wet.

Method 2: Using Shampoo Without Getting Your Braids Wet.

So if you don’t have access to apple cider vinegar you can also use your normal shampoo but in a way that you won’t get your braids wet.

How to use

  • Divide your hair into sections
  • Wet a clean cloth, preferably white or a bright colour so you know when your scalp has gotten clean.
  • Spray a section of your hair with water.
  • Pour a small amount of shampoo on your wet cloth and rub it between the parts of your braids.
  • You’ll see the build up coming off your scalp, so continue the process with different parts of the cloth till you clean your entire scalp.
  • Leave the shampoo in your hair for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Wash off the shampoo from the cloth or use a clean cloth that’s damp to clean your scalp again to remove any trace of shampoo in your hair.
  • Then leave your hair to air dry.

Method 3: Using Shampoo And Getting Your Hair Partially Wet

This is the method I use when I want a somewhat thorough cleansing. With this method I’m able to give my scalp a very good cleanse. And since I have a blow-dryer I don’t mind getting my braids kind of wet but not soaking wet because it would be too heavy and would take long to dry.

How to use.

  • Divide your hair into sections.
  • Dilute your shampoo with warm water in a clean spray bottle or applicator bottle This way the build up comes off easily.
  • Spray a section of your hair with water.
  • Apply the diluted shampoo to your scalp and use the tip of your fingers to rub your scalp and the roots of your braids in a massaging motion. Be gentle so you don’t cause unnecessary frizz and make your hair get the old look fast.
  • Continue till you’ve finished your entire hair.
  • To be sure I’ve cleaned my hair properly, I usually go in with a white wash cloth and clean between the braids randomly till I’m satisfied.
  • Leave the shampoo in your hair for 5-10 minutes.
  • Tie all the braids in a loose ponytail, wrapping the ends up then rinse just the roots of the braids where you applied the shampoo. This way you’re not drenching your whole hair with water.
  • Wrap your hair with a towel to squeeze out the excess water.
  • Remove your hair from the ponytail and blowdry your hair, focusing on your roots then the main braids.

These are the three ways you can get your scalp clean and itch free. And most importantly stink free. I hate smelling hair. One day I was in a bus and the lady that was sitting somewhere around me had smelling braids and I was so uncomfortable. I was lucky that she came down few minutes after I entered because I don’t know how I would have managed that journey.

I typed this post directly instead of writing it down first like I’ll normally do so I had to type in lists so the work is not all over the place and I go straight to the point and so that I’m not ranting and then get tired then leave the work halfway like I’ve been doing for the past 3 days. Yes it took me 3 days to finally get this over with.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed reading this. Have you tried any of these methods?

Thanks for reading.

Stay blessed and stay safe.