Taking care of your hair is an essential part of self-care. And if you want your kinky curly locs to have a good hair day all week long, then we have something that might help you.
What Is Type 4 Kinky Hair?
By now many of us are familiar with the type 4 hair charts. But for those who are new to the natural hair world, here they are.
Type 4 is “kinky” or full of tight coils. You will find Type 4 hair to be coarse and at times fragile.There are different categories of type 4 hair.
Type 4A hair: Full of tight coils with an “S” pattern when the strand is stretched
Type 4B hair: Less defined pattern of curls with an almost “Z” shape because the strand of hair bends at sharper angles
Type 4C hair: A similar texture to 4B, but the tightly coiled strands tend to be more fragile with a tight zig-zag pattern
Be gentler and don’t shampoo your hair too frequently, once a week will work just fine. If you can afford the time to wash your hair more often, that also works. Every day wash is okay if your hair is exposed to extreme dirt or sweaty conditions. Just remember to opt for sulfate-free shampoo as much as possible along with any other ingredients such as silicones and parabens that tend to dry out your already brittle hair. The best way, of course, is to experiment with your hair care regimen to see what best suits you.
Keep in mind that wet hair can be extremely fragile, which makes it highly prone to breakages with tangled ends. Thus, handling your hair with care when detangling is essential.
Detangling can be a huge task with type 4 hair; therefore, use lots of conditioner on wet hair for help. Use a wide-tooth comb to assist you and search for products that are water based. Be gentle with your curls; especially if they are brittle.
After washing your kinky curls, use a deep moisturizing conditioner to lock the moisture into your hair. You should moisturize often with a leave-in conditioner, moisturizing serum, or steam so that your curls can stay soft and hydrated.
You can also make use of oils such as coconut, avacoda, jojoba, argan oils to trap moisture into the shafts of your coily hair to improve the look and feel of your curls. The suggested oils are light weight and they leave your curls extremely hydrated.
Other Essential Type 4A Hair Care Steps
At night, wrap your hair in a silk hair wrap to protect your kinky locs from rubbing against the cotton material that sucks out moisture. A silk pillowcase should work well in such cases.
Use protective styles such as wigs, sewin using bundles, clipins and drawstring ponytails from Ginia’s Beauty Hair Collection to keep your hair looking stylish as well as nourished at the same time.