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Top 5 Tips For Caring For Kinky Curly Hair (Type 4)

Type 4 hair is kinky, curly and coarse in texture. It’s absolutely beautiful. Because of the nature of the hair, it tends to hold styles a lot longer than other textures. However, the individual strands can be prone to breakage due to the amount of curls and kinks within them. Kinky curly hair usually suffers from being dry due to the sebum not being able to travel down the hair shaft. Here are our top 5 tips for caring for kinky curly hair.

 

1.) Manipulating stretched hair.

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Because the type 4 hair is so kinky and curly, the shrinkage is REAL! We’re talking, you could have 8 inches of hair stretched but in a shrunken state, it will only be 1 inch. That’s a ton of hair packed in, so here’s our suggestion. Those with type 4 kinky curly hair should keep their hair stretched as much as possible, especially when you have longer hair. If you are working with a TWA or short hair, there’s no need to stretch your curls. You don’t have the length for the curls to really entwine with each other. However, if you have longer hair (4 inches) or more, you should be elongating your hair to keep breakage and tangles at bay. Follow these steps to ensure proper techniques and methods for caring for kinky curly hair.

When Shampooing:

ALWAYS have your hair separated into 4 sections. Work with one section at a time and NEVER tussle your hair together. Instead keep your hair in one direction if possible. You should also practice finger detangling BEFORE water hits your hair. Water causes shrinkage, so eliminating shed hairs and tangles before hand, will allow for a smoother detangling process and less chance of unceccesary breakage.

 

2.)Opt for a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner with mild protein.

That’s right. You need a shampoo that has slip AND a conditioner with slip. Again, type 4 hair is very kinky and curly and as water cause the strands to shrink even more, tangles are inevitable. To keep those at bay, using products with slip will allow your strands to glide right pass each other. Our Tahitian-Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner are excellent choices for kinky curly hair.

Please remember to keep your hair separated even while conditioning.

 

3.) It’s all about the deep conditioner.

Wait? You mean to tell me I have to condition and Deep condition???? Isn’t that redundant??? No ma’am. It is not. Deep conditioners have ingredients that are meant to penetrate deeply into the hair shaft and are usually encouraged to be left on a covered head for 30 minutes to 1 hr. This allows the cuticle to raise, allowing the actual extracts, vitamins and nutrients to penetrate the hair shaft. A regular conditioner has amazing qualities as well but is not left on the hair long enough to be as beneficial.

To answer your next question: Yes, you can turn a regular conditioner into a deep conditioner by adding a few extra oils and leaving it for longer.

We offer an amazing deep condtioner that provides, strength, slip, and ULTIMATE moisture! And unlike other store bought products, your hair actual remains soft and manageable AFTER rinsing out the product! Check it out here.

As a rule of thumb, you should be deep conditioning after EVERY wash.

4.) Using heat to stretch you hair.

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While we try not to use heat, we understand some styles require it, Therefore, please follow these steps to ensure less heat damage.

  1. Never EVER blow dry your hair while soaking wet. Hair should be 70% dry before blow drying.
  2. Apply heat protectant once hair is 70% dry. Next, blow dry using the tension method on low warm. Once your hair is stretched, you can go in for one pass using the tension method and the comb attachment using medium high heat.
  3. If flat ironing the hair, the better you stretch your hair with the blow dryer, the less passes required with the iron. Allow your self 1-2 passes of the flat iron on small sections of hair. No more or heat damage can occur.
  4. Opt for using flexi or perm rods to place curls in your stretched hair, instead of an actual curling iron.

Note that you can stretch your hair without heat which is our preference. Styles such as flat twist, braids and even ponytails can be used to stretch the hair out and double as a protective style. Remember that you must be gentle with these styles as well. No one wants traction alopecia but it can happen from poor styling methods.

 

5.) Products matter.

It’s important to understand the porosity of your hair and some basic science. Our hairs pH is between 4.0-4.5. So you want to use a shampoo that has a pH of 6.0 like ours here, to slightly raise your cuticle which allows nutrients to get in. Then you want to use a conditioner with 4.0-4.5 pH to bring your hairs pH back into normal range. Rinsing with cool water ensures sheen. Next, and we know this may come as a shock, but water is our best friend! We know, we know. Most of us have been raised with the notion that water is a girls worst enemy when it comes to her hair but that’s actually false. Natural hair flourishes when HYDRATED. There is a difference between moisture and hydration. This is why your hair can look moisturized but feel extremely dry.

It’s important to choose products that can actually open the cuticle and allow nutrients to penetrate the actual hair shaft to aid in hydration, so your hair will ACTUALLY be easy to manage and well hydrated. One way to do this is to seal in moisture. Water hydrates. Oil seals. We always advise you do mist your hair with water and then seal with our hair butter. This will allow the water to bond to your hair and not evaporate out due to the oil barrier from the hair butter.

Well hydrated kinky curly har is not frizzy. The curls clump together and are well formed. We hate to hear individuals say type 4 hair has no curl pattern because it’s simply not true. If anything, type 4 hair is nothing but a curl pattern but because of the nature of our hair and how dry it becomes, the frizz overwhelmes it.

 

An example of this is when you dye your hair: Usually when someone with type 4 hair dyes their hair, it becomes more curly. You often here women say, “My curls are popping lately after a fresh color.” Thats because the high ph of the hair color has lifted your hair cuticle allowing your products to penetrate more. (Now dont go coloring your hair because it can make your curls pop lol). Color is damaging point black period but how you color and the after care determines the amount of damage you experience, yet that is another blog post for another day.

 

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All in all, we want to stress the importance of using products that really work for your hair and porosity. This will ensure the most success. We also want to add, we love all hair textures and believe they are beautiful in their natural state. We do not mean to offend anyone by the post and are not trying to state that type 4 hair MUST be stretched at all times. We love a beautiful afro and often rock them ourselves, but because our hair texture is type 4, we know that wash and go’s and constant afros that have not been detangled can lead to single strand knots, and breakage. So we opt for more stretched hair styles or protective styles 80 percent of the time, and natural un-manipulated afros 20% of the time.

Praying this post blessed you in some way. Check out our shop here for some amazing products that work wonders on kinky curly hair!

 

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