Tips for Growing 4c Natural Hair
In this blog I will be sharing my top great tips to help with beautiful black girl needs and in my first post, I will walk you through how to best take care of those lovely coils to keep your natural 4c hair growing lusciously long, feeling hydrated and loved!
How to maintain soft coils daily
To maintain a soft coil begins from wash day. 4 c hair needs to be treated with care from the very beginning and the key to this is to make sure you start with the right products and maintain it through out your hair routine.
Avoid the use of any alcohol infused based hair products. that in a nut shell means NO SILICON, PARABANS AND SULPHATE products. whilst these ingredients may work on other hair types, it is more likely to cause long term damage on 4c stresses. My personal go to product is Garnier Coconut range or Cream of nature shampoo. ( please make sure you read all product labels because not every item is created equally and Garnier has a wide range of products and some do contain ingredients not great for 4c hair. Try to stick to the Coconut brown cover as pictured)
I also love traditional African black soap. it really leaves the hair feeling very soft and manageable.
To prepare black soap, I suggest soaking the hard soap in a container with water and allow it to break down to a soft liquid mould and use as desired.
wash and at least once every 2-4 weeks and co wash in between regularly once a week
What is Co Wash?
Co washing is cleaning your hair with only the conditioner and no shampoo. This method will keep you hair softer for longer.
I also like using the As I am Hydration Elation conditioner for when the hair is extremely dry as an intensive treatment. however on a more regular basis, the Garnier Coconut conditioner works just as well.
How to Detangle
I have learnt overtime , how you comb the hair will determine how quickly the hair grows and maintain its strength.
my suggestion is to never excessively pull on the hair when de-tangling and it is always best to de-tangle fully while the hair is wet during conditioning in the shower.
Ease the tension by using a de-tangling comb and brush and be gentle when combing. if needed, finger de-tangle before using the brush or a wide tooth comb to finish the process
How to stretch hair naturally
Once the washing process is complete, I suggest sealing the hair with a natural oil such as Coconut, Almond, Olive or Avocado. My personal favourite is to mix Coconut with Olive oil and mix with Shea butter. always make sure that all oils are 100% pure with no added extras. I always say you should be able to eat it!, Black girl magic was created by mother nature herself and she wants us to keep it all as natural as possible!
this combination is my magic go to for soft manageable shinny (not oily) hair.
if needed you can also add a leave in conditioner before applying the oils. My prefered choice is this Palmers leave in spray
Finally braid or twist the hair up preferably to allow to naturally dry over night (cover hair with a silk cap or scarf) then release and style as desired!
Also if you don't already have one, BUY A SILK / SATIN PILLOW CASE and always braid or twist the hair before you sleep with a spray of water mixed with your favourite oils and organic Aloe Vera juice!
Complete the magic with a dress from www.sosomeshop.com latest African print collection and let the jaw dropping admiration begin!
These are all my own personal hair care journey and I really hope you find it useful. All products above have clickable links for your ease.
Happy natural hair love journey!