Here's 4 Tips On Styling Type 4 Hair

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by Mary Wolff

If you have type 4 hair, you know the importance of proper hair care. This hair type is known for being fragile in terms of breakage and needs a considerable amount of TLC to stay strong, beautiful, and healthy. When it comes to styling type 4 hair, there are a few great methods and tips that have been tried and tested by the curly community. Here are a few of my favorites for styling type 4 hair!

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1. Battle Moisture Loss
With type 4 hair, your curls are prone to moisture loss at a faster rate than your fellow curlies with type 2 or 3 hair. When trying to style your hair, it will be much easier to get your desired look if your strands are properly moisturized. Curly girls should use a daily moisturizer, and in some cases twice a day, to make sure their strands are protected from moisture robbing elements. A lot of curlies think heavy moisturizers mean heavier hydration, but there are a lot of options that are lighter and won’t weigh your curls down while still packing a hydrating punch. A few of my favorites are ApHogee Curlific! Moisture Rich Leave-In when I want something light and Soultanicals Fluff-A-Licious Curl Nutricious for something a little on the heavier side. Need help deciding which products to try for your hair type?  This article talks about every need for type 4 hair. 

2. Combat Curl Shrinkage 
Shrinkage is another common concern for type 4 hair and it can quickly ruin your styling efforts. When it comes to combating this pesky enemy, you can choose a few options like banding which stretches your hair out to avoid losing any length or blow drying at the roots to maximize volume while expanding the follicles with heat. There are even products aimed at helping you fight the battle of shrinkage. Check out Organic Root Stimulator Curls Unleashed Curl Defining Crème which helps to stimulate hair at the roots to combat shrinkage.

3. Wash and Go For the Win! 
When it comes to styling type 4 hair, the wash and go is still a great option. With your hair type and texture, you most likely have the type of hair that looks great without trying anything too involved or fancy. This is why the wash and go method is a great thing to master for type 4 hair. Here are a few great videos to help you get the hang of things.

4. Avoid the Rut 
Just because the wash and go can be a curly girl’s go-to doesn’t mean you should let yourself get in a style rut! Your hair is just as versatile as the other curly types and there are a ton of cute styles to experiment with. This video below shows a few of my favorite styles that are trendy and easy to do.

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