Hi guys, I’m happy to bring to you some tips on how I care for my 4C hair. Natural hair is high maintenance and can be tough when you are starting out and don’t really know how to maintain it. I’ve been there. I didn’t know where to start when I did my big chop. But all I knew was that I was excited to begin this journey. When you don’t have to the tools and resources it can be discouraging. So I’m sharing some do’s and don’ts that I’ve learned over the past few years when it comes to maintaining my natural 4C hair.
I Don’t Use Heat
I rarely use heat and the times that I do use it to blowout my hair or straighten it, I always end up regretting it. Although my hair is very healthy, it doesn’t do well with heat. I literally haven’t used heat in over a year and the time that I decided to blowout my hair (shown in picture above), not only did I lose a ton of hair due to breakage, but I also got heat damage. Even with a good heat protector like Shea Moisture’s Heat and Repair Blowout Cream. It’s like I’m starting over again.
I Protective Style
Protective styling is the best way for my hair to grow and I take full advantage of it. It gives me versatility which is great because I love to change my hair often. I’m a wiggy! I wear lace wigs all the time as a protective style. It’s convenient and It allows my to protect my hair from self harm aka me touching it all the damn time!- and extreme weather, and in the end helping it grow in peace and stay moisturized.
Yes this is a lace wig!
I Cowash My Hair Weekly
Having 4C hair means it’s more prone to breakage. So I cowash my hair in between shampoos. This means that I wash my hair with a conditioner. Sounds odd, but oddly enough it just works for me. My hair needs as much moisture as it can get and shampooing every week will destroy it. If you’re natural then I’m sure you’ve heard of this. I shampoo once every 3 to 4 weeks.
I Only Detangle My Hair When Wet
I only detangle my hair when it’s wet and only after I deep condition. I always use a wide tooth comb when doing so. It reduces the amount of breakage and the conditioner gives it good slip.
I Don’t Have a Trimming Routine
I only clip my ends when it’s absolutely necessary. That is all.
I Moisturize Daily
I have the type of hair that loves water. So when I‘m not protective styling, I’m soaking my hair in the shower and moisturizing it with my Miss Jessie’s Transitioner’s Magic and Curls Creme Brule Whipped Curl Cream. Sealing in the moisture with my own personal Shea Butter mixture. The perfect recipe for extreme moisture and defined curls!
I Always Use A Satin Scarf
I always use a scarf or bonnet to tie my hair before bed. I used to rarely do this until I realized how much more hair I was losing while I was sleeping. Unlike cotton, satin fiber doesn’t dry out my hair, it preserves my styles and it minimizes breakage.
Once I started to understand what my hair liked and didn’t like the process became smoother. I hope my tips will help you understand that your journey doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s all about trial and error.