Dear Hair Lovers,
If you have 4c hair, I know you will relate to most of the struggles I will discuss in this article. 4c hair is beautiful and is a unique hair texture. Having 4c hair, means you don’t have a defined curl pattern. Your curls are not as visible as 4b, 4a, or 3c hair textures. Every hair texture has its own struggle but 4C hair is a little different.
Here are 4 Proven Ways to Care for 4C Hair!
1) I Used to Struggle a lot with Fairy Knots
Almost every natural girl struggles with this menace, however, 4c girls struggle with this more because our curls are so tight. As my hair grew out from my big chop, I started to notice I was getting these single stranded knots more often. I started looking up ways to prevent them. Most articles told me to just snip them off. If I snipped off every fairy knot in my hair, I’d be bald.
My solution: I decided that I would stop doing wash and go’s because it increased the likelihood of getting fair knots. I also started getting trims and dustings more often. I noticed that my hair had a fewer fairy knots. Last but not least, I started twisting my hair before I went to sleep. Twisting my hair more often prevented my curls from intertwining into a fairy knot.
I still get fairy knots from time to time, but not nearly as much as before. Try my solution and you’ll see a big difference.
2) My Shrinkage was Excessive
My curls are super tight because of my curl pattern, and my shrinkage showed it. My hair used to be to my lower neck, but my shrinkage made me look like I had a TWA. It was so frustrating not being able to show off my length.
My solution: I wear my hair in a pineapple or a twisted bun when I go to sleep. The tension allows my curls to stretch out and prevent the TWA look. Whenever I would go to bed with just a puff and a bonnet, my hair became very compressed which lead to more shrinkage.
3) My Hair seemed to Always be Dry
4c is more fragile than other hair textures. It breaks off easier, it dries out faster, and it needs more TLC. I felt like I was always putting products in my hair. If I didn’t, it felt like a Brillo pad.
My solution: I changed the products I was using. I realized some of the products I was using had isopropyl alcohol as an ingredient. I also started using more oil-based products and less water based products. I still used water based products, but I now alternate. I make sure that I put olive oil on my ends regularly. Olive oil helps lock moisture in the ends. Make sure you don’t put too many oil-based products in your hair – you will have a lot of build up. I only use it when my hair feels like it needs it. Listen to your hair; it will tell you what it needs.
Overall, I’ve been natural for almost 3 years and I love my 4c hair. The key to managing 4c hair is making sure you give it extra love. You cannot afford to neglect 4c hair if you want it to be healthy. This hair type won’t let you! Lastly, appreciate your 4c hair. You have a hair type you can literally do anything to. We’re lucky, our hair naturally can style into a perfect fro. It took me some time to love my 4c hair, but now that I know how to care for it, I love it so much! I hope you like my 4 PROVEN Ways to Care for 4C Hair. Click the comment box and tell me some of your Tips, Tricks and/ or Techniques to care for your 4C Hair!