The Best Products for 4c Natural Hair



This is for 4C women all over the world, for your shrinkage and your super tight curls. Celebrate your coils and give your scalp a tender rub as you read this because your hair is beautiful and don’t let anyone tell you any differently. What makes 4C hair special? As defined by NaturallyCurly, “your densely packed hair is similar to a 4b, but experiences less definition and more shrinkage. The tightly coiled strand texture ranges from super fine, thin and soft to wiry and coarse. It is very delicate.” With that being said, special hair has special needs. It’s easy to get frustrated while trying to find the best products for your hair. Here’s a list of the basic starter kit products you’ll need for 4C hair.

How to Detangle Your Long, Type 4c Natural Hair


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Many naturalistas start off their hair journeys by cutting off their relaxed strands. As they rock their TWAs with pride, many begin to crave length shortly after and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Natural hair bloggers, the web over, are proving coily hair can grow just as long as any other hair texture.

One of my biggest secrets to my long, Type 4 hair is simply focusing on the basics: moisturizing, sealing, and protective styling. However, I know that for many Type 4 naturals, this process involves an understated fourth aspect: detangling. Detangling is the process of gently separating the strands to remove any knots and shed hair. Since our strands tend to form very intricate tangles and knots, this process for many naturals is easier said than done. However, in order to retain length, it is important that we learn to embrace and manage them. Here are six essential detangling tips that I have picked up along my four-year journey:

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The Benefits of Keeping Your 4c Natural Hair Stretched



Type 4c hair, in all its glory and beauty, can admittedly present a bit of a learning curve to naturals who are still learning about their hair. It may take a while to fully understand what their hair needs in order to thrive, and how it may require a little extra love and care to keep it in its healthiest state. While stretching natural hair is a popular method of styling, it can also be added to a regular 4c hair care regimen to make haircare easier and more efficient.

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8 Go-To Hairstyles for 4C Hair

Photo via Un-ruly
By Ellen Haile
We all have those moments when we have no idea what to do with our hair. Sometimes we’re simply just bored or have forgotten what our options are. Luckily, for our 4C readers, we’ve put together a curated list of go-to hair styles courtesy of the gram!

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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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What You’re Doing Wrong With Your Braid Outs




You’ve watched the tutorial twice from start to finish, then you start the mission on your hair but it doesn’t seem to come out exactly like your fav YouTuber. We have all been there, trying to calculate the steps we might have missed! Braid-outs can be challenging, especially for kinkier hair types so I am going to share with you some of my tips to get a super defined braid out.

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5 Tips to Grow Long, Thick & Healthy Natural Hair | Type 4B/4C


by Naomi from LAMBB

You might not appreciate being compared to a plant, but let me tell you why it is the most beautiful and accurate comparison. Natural hair is a lot like a plant, the more you water it the better it will grow. Not to mention our hair journeys typically start out a lot like a seed- small but bursting with potential. Also just like a plant needs sun and nutrients, our hair needs satin scarves and oils. So allow me to share with you my 5 Top Tips to growing Long, Thick and Healthy Natural Hair, so you can blossom into the beautiful plant you are.

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Realistic Expectations for 4C Natural Hair

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by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

Many beginners to natural hair are unfamiliar with how hair types affect what will and will not work for their hair giving them unrealistic expectations. In particular 4c hair types are more likely to develop these false expectations because often times other textures have the majority of the spotlight.

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5 Tips For Straightening 4C Hair without Heat Damage


by Jensine from youtube.com/junglenaps

In the 11 years that I’ve been natural, I’ve been able to successfully enjoy straightening my hair without heat damage. I attribute my success to the following tips :

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How to Safely Straighten Your 4c Natural Hair


Hola Chicas!

The lovely Chrishelle Monet (aka All_Things_Gold) is showing us how she safely achieves a bomb blow-out on her 4c natural hair! Enjoy! 

30 Minute Wash Day for Type 4c Natural Hair!


Liv writes:

I hope all is well! I am the content creator behind the youtube channel LiveNaturallyLove. I started my channel to help women with 4c hair love and care for their hair as well as to encourage women to fall in love with themselves. Encouraging them to join me no my #Liveinlovewithyou journey!

Washing my 4C/4B Hair could take me anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half! I challenged my hair and myself and found a routine and product to cut down my wash day routine to 30 minutes!

This routine would be extremely helpful to 4C girls and I wanted to share it with everyone. I am emailing you to see if you would love to share this amazing 30 min cowash, detangle and deep condition routine on your site!

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How to Finger Detangle Type 4b / 4c Natural Hair


Liv writes:

The closer it gets to wash day the more tangled my hair gets! I wanted to share the 3 easy ways to finger detangle natural 4B/4C hair! These methods help me remove knots and tangles all by using my fingers! In turn,  helping me retain length!

4C Natural Hair Care Secrets


by Sabrina Perkins of SeirouslyNatural.com

Do you have healthy, type 4c natural hair?  I do and I thought it would be most helpful to write a post about the things I have done right over the years (to save you time, energy and money!). Below are my eight precious pearls of 4C wisdom.

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5 Oils You Should Try for 4c Natural Hair


 by Kanisha of BlackNaps.org

As we all know, natural hair and oil are pretty much the perfect match. When it comes to Type 4 hair, particularly 4c, this match becomes especially important. Oil can be used for a multitude of purposes for natural hair, including:
  • Prepooing
  • Detangling
  • Hot Oil Treatments
  • Scalp Massages/treatments
  • Adding to conditioners/deep conditioners
  • Adding to your spray bottle mix
  • Sealing in Moisture
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How I Grew Long Natural Hair Using the 'Indian Oiling Method'



by HadassaH. of NappilyNigeriangirl.com

I'd like to share a method I've incorporated into my regimen to help me retain length.

My hair had been growing longer but I noticed that the older parts (the ends) would get dry and were prone to breaking off easily.

Usually at this point, I'd trim my hair, but since I decided to challenge myself to grow my hair to waist length, just because, I decided it was time to adapt length retention techniques into my regimen.
The henna and protein treatments had helped strengthen my hair and made it less porous overall, but it didn't stop my ends from getting dry.  And while the LOC method has proved effective in providing daily moisture, I felt I still needed more to reinforce my fine hair and make it stronger to withstand manipulation.

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My quest for length retention led me to the 'Indian Oiling Method'.   I've been consistently using this regimen since 2013 and have made changes along the way to better suit kinky, curly hair of different textures with the help of feedback from the naturalistas around me.

This regimen is especially useful if you're suffering from unexplained dryness, brittleness, breakage, hair shed and dullness. Where this is excessive, please see your doctor.

During the period of adopting this regimen, it has really helped my hair by:

- preventing breakage and improving length (I was able to finally grow my fine hair down to my waist!)-- I have waist length hair!
- improving elasticity and strength
- improving sheen and softness
- improving moisture retention
- improving styling

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Natural Hairstyles: How to Get a Big, Bouncy Braid-Out

 
On a quest to keep her type 4 coils and curls looking amazing and her roots tangle free, Zara, discovered her favorite hairstyle-- the Big, Bouncy, Braid-Out.  It's her favorite style and she'd like to share it with you!

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Winter Hair Care Tips for Moisturized 4B/4C Natural Hair


Liv writes:

Winter is here and I wanted to share my Winter Hair Care Tips for my 4C/4B Natural Hair! I found that these simple additions to my regimen help me with moisture retention, length retention and even style retention-- allowing me to defeat dry hair, helping me grow healthy, strong hair this winter!  

3 Chic Natural Hair Updos for Natural Hair


LiveNaturallyLove writes:

I have created 3 chic, sleek, and protective updo styles perfect for the upcoming holidays and cold months! I wanted to create elegant protective styles that could be worn to any formal gathering or for work and school! 4C hair is chic and elegant too and I would love to share how!

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Top Products for Long, Healthy 4c Hair



Photo Courtesy of Craving Yellow

Now more than ever before, there are numerous hair products tailored to meet the needs of natural hair. There are a variety of cleansers, sealants, conditioners, butters, and styling creams that are meant to keep our curls healthy and popping. Out of the hundreds of options out there, these three remain my Holy Grail products. These products never fail to consistently render great results.

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Styling Straight, Natural Hair: The Half Bun

by Yvette Mumanyi of https://yvettekemi.wordpress.com/

Hello lovelies,

Today's post is a quickie, I'm coming at you with some mid-week hairstyle inspiration. If you read my previous post, then you are well aware that I straightened my hair and gave it a much-needed trim. I definitely enjoyed straight locs for a week, and tried to be as adventurous as I could with the hairstyles I wore before my hair reverted back.

Sometimes it’s really easy to get stuck in a style rut, choosing to style your hair in the same way simply because it works, or because there’s just no time! I’m definitely a victim of this ‘convenience’ approach to hair styling, but honey live a little once in a while and try something new! Lo and behold…


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