Your hair can cause hairs to curl and coil around each other, causing tangles. Tangles lead to breakage, which hinders growth. Detangle regularly and gently, using a wide-toothed comb on damp hair (don’t use a brush!) Use conditioners or oils to add slip and help with the process. When you find knots, don’t yank, use your fingers to gently pull hairs out of the knot.
Dryness in natural hair is a common problem. Depending on your hair texture you should use oils or creams to seal in moisture. As a rule of thumb, many people believe you should use creamy based moisturizers for denser, thick hair vs. finer, thin hair. For example, Shea butter is a good natural creamy based sealant which works ideally for kinky hair but weighs down finer hair.
Remember to always moisturize first with a leave-in conditioner, then seal in the moisture with an oil/butter. If you do it the reversed way, know oils/butters are repellents and will not hold onto moisture. MOISTURE FIRST, OIL SECOND.
While we recommend most people to deep condition every 2 weeks, 4C hair, in particular, thrives with weekly deep conditioning treatments. This will keep your hair healthy, bouncy, and shiny, and will prevent snagging and tangles. Use a moisturizing conditioner not a protein based conditioner for it will provide moisture, slip, and nourishment.
The truth is shrinkage isn’t all bad. Its actually an indication that your curls are in good shape. If your hair springs back without breaking you have healthy hair that is full of elasticity.
Fighting shrinkage can really damage your hair especially if too much heat is involved or too much tension is placed on the hair and scalp. Shrinkage is the natural tendency of kinky, curly hair.
But here are some ways to at least minimize shrinkage or stretch your hair:
A blow out is simply blow drying your hair. The heat from the blow dry stretch the hair usually until you wash it again. I know some ladies are anti-heat. But you don’t have to be afraid of heat if done in moderation.
Twist and Braids
Shampooing natural hair in braids or twist is the kinky girls best defense against shrinkage. Braids create a little more stretch or tension than twist given a little extra length.
Bantu knots are done by take a section of hair and wind it in one direction. Take the wound section and continuously wrap it around and around, forming the knot. Tuck the very ends of the hair underneath the knot to secure it. For finer hair textures, use a bobby pin to hold the knot in place and to keep it from unraveling. For extra elongation twist or braid sections of hair, then make a bantu knot with the twist or the braid.
Some people have grown up hearing that their hair is unmanageable, unattractive, or otherwise undesirable. These ideas are as far from the truth as it gets! Especially for our 4C sisters, 4C hair is not only beautiful but incredibly versatile, capable of infinite styles and looks. 4C curls are also easily managed and taken care of with the correct regimen and products.
Celebrate your hair with pride!