Type 4c is the tightest-coiled of all. This texture has a lot of shrinkage, breakage, and dryness because of its tightness.
Most naturals with 4c hair endure significant shrinkage—70 percent or more—making their hair appear considerably shorter than it actually is. A defined curl is usually not visible when 4c hair is in its natural form, newly washed, mostly dry, and without product. Tight 4c coils can result in a dense head of hair that is easily tangled and usually lacks natural shine.
Type 4c natural hair has three distinct characteristics.
4c coils' tightness gives all of the traits that distinguish it from other hair types. It also results in thin hair strands that are particularly vulnerable to breakage and damage. Caring for 4c hair needs a great deal of patience as well as careful, caring attention. However, once you figure out what works for your hair, taking care of it is no different than taking care of any other type of hair.
Fighting knots and shrinking
Tangles are caused by shrinkage and the amount of twists and turns (coils) in each strand. The more twists and turns each strand has, the more chance each coil has of tangling and knotting with neighbouring threads.
Keeping 4c hair stretched in portions or in a protective style utilising heat-free methods like banding is a common technique to combat this. Because my hair is type 4c at the crown, if I leave my tiny twists in for too long, I get a meshing at the roots in this location. As the roots of the twists loosen and new growth emerges, strands of hair from the base of various twists become simpler to tie up.
When your hair is styled in a protective or low-manipulation style, remember to keep it hydrated. If you still want to wear your ends out, a twist-out or braid-out is a wonderful alternative.
They keep the hair flexible, reducing the likelihood of tangles and shrinking. A twist-out or braid-out, when done correctly, has the extra benefit of delivering curl definition and elongation to tightly coiled strands for days.
Maintaining the health of your type 4c hair
Natural hair strands of type 4c make it tough for the scalp's natural oils to travel from the roots to the tips of the hair. As a result, this texture is prone to dryness more than others. Hair becomes more elastic and less brittle when the moisture balance is maintained, resulting in fewer breakage.
When using a moisturiser, pay special attention to the ends of your hair, and don't forget to seal it in with an oil, butter, or gel. Start a deep conditioning regime to give your hair the hydration boost it needs. Some naturals prefer to do this after each wash, but it's up to you to figure out what works best for your hair density and porosity.
Treat your hair with protein to keep it strong.
4c hair is prone to breakage because to extreme shrinkage and a proclivity for knots.
Keeping hair hydrated is one side of the equation for preventing breakage. The second half is to keep it healthy by maintaining its protein structure. Protein treatments help to strengthen the hair and fill up any gaps in the strand, reducing the likelihood of it breaking.
Healthy hair has the perfect amount of protein and moisture; weakening natural hair will break if the balance is off. Unless you're having severe breakage, you won't need to use a protein treatment every time you wash your hair. And if that's the case, a trim might be in order. If you pay attention to your hair, you'll be able to tell when it needs to be strengthened. You'll be able to fine-tune your regimen as you learn the frequency that works best for you.
Keep in mind that Rome wasn't constructed in a day.
A natural hair journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Keep your cool and remember that you're in this for the long haul. Trust that the reward will arrive sooner rather than later if you have a little patience. Do you have hair that is type 4c? If so, what are some recommendations you've picked up along the way to assist your kinks and coils grow and strengthen? Please share them with us in the comments section.
How to hold your 4C Hair and have it last for the whole day-Using Murray's Hair Pomade
Pomade is a waxy substance that aids in the styling of your hair. Murray's pomade, on the other hand, has the best reputation in this industry. It is a vintage product that was first introduced in 1926. Murray's pomade can give you any appearance you choose, whether it's a sleek side part or spiked hair, and you can be sure it'll last all day. This thick, oil-based substance provides a strong and secure grip. It outperforms any water-based pomade solution.
How Should Murray's Pomade Be Used?
First, blow-dry or air-dry your hair.
To warm up the product, scoop it out of the can and rub it between your palms. It aids in the rapid diffusion of the product throughout your hair.
Make sure you start with a small size and work your way up if you need more.
Instead of applying it from the front to the back, start from the back and work your way to the front.
Consider These Points When Using The Product
Warm the can with a hairdryer if the product gets too difficult to scoop out.
If you apply the product to damp hair, it will tug your hair and make you feel like you're tearing your hair out from your scalp.
Washing the product out of your hand is tricky. To remedy the problem, use a hand cleanser. It's a great pomade for cleaning oil-based paint off your hands and brushes.
Depending on the hairdo you choose, you can use your fingers or a comb.
How Do You Get Murray's Pomade Out Of Your Hair?
It gets difficult to remove the product from your hair. It is, nevertheless, applicable to any oil-based pomade. Murray's, on the other hand, was created specifically to stay in the hair. You can attempt removing the substance with dish soap in a few of ways.
It will aid in the breakdown of grease. But first, carefully rub olive oil into your dry hair. This method makes rinsing the product much easier. Make a lather with a few drops of water and dish soap in your hand. After that, apply it to your hair. Rinse with hot water at the end.
Dish soap, on the other hand, is not good for your hair. Hair will be harmed by the harsh chemicals. To avoid buildup, everyday pomade users should use it every four days and shampoo their hair in between. Also, if you're simply planning to use the product the next day, you don't need to wash it off every day. In fact, the product's build on the second day improves your hair's appearance over the first.
Another way to get rid of grease is to apply conditioner to your hair before shampooing it and letting it soak for 5-10 minutes. The reason for this is that the conditioner's oils break down the pomade oils. Shampoo your hair a number of times after that.
This fantastic product is great for all hair types. However, don't use it on a regular basis. Hair loss can occur if there is too much buildup in your hair. As a result, use the product sparingly and only on your hair, not your scalp. It should only be used on rare occasions. Also, because it is an oil-based product, using it in hot weather will cause it to melt. On the plus side, the product stays in your hair even when you're swimming. It also gives your hair a remarkable shine.
Another fascinating feature is that a single can will last a long time because just a blob-sized amount is required.