4C natural hair is one of the kinkiest hair types. As I was transitioning I knew that I was going to have my hands full with my natural hair. As my new growth started to become longer and longer, I notice the dramatic difference from that of my relaxed hair.
Natural curly hair comes in all types, curl patterns, and textures. But 4c natural hair is by far one of the most afro like and delicate textures. This black hair type can be overwhelming to some and there are a lot of women that chose to relax this hair type more so than others. So we 4c naturals have a harder time finding each other, and getting helpful hints and tips.
Love your naturally curly 4c hair.
I have found that if you have short natural hair, life tends to be on the easier side in the natural black hair care styling realm. Now do not get me wrong. I know that natural hair twa(s) are limited to the variety of styles. But typically you have shorter detangling times and hair styling is quicker.
As my afro hair has grown, there is a dramatic different in the detangling time and effort put forth. Also my styling time is longer because I have more black curly hair to twist, braid, or swoop.
5 quick tips for 4b/4c natural hair
1. Do your hair on days where you have plenty of time (Don’t rush it!)
It is my belief that curly hair loves to wrap its self around other curly hair. =) So when you want to manipulate your hair for washing, conditioning, or styling, keep that in mind. Take your time when doing your curly hair, because it is so easily broken or damaged.
2. Know what your hair likes
From what I have seen of my natural 4c hair, it likes to “drinks” hair products. When I say drinks I mean that no matter what type of moisturizer I put on my afro hair, it will absorb it quickly. So I know that I have to use thicker moisteners and/ or layer my hair products so my natural hair stays nice and soft.
What saves my 4C natural hair and my sanity are protective natural curly hairstyles. If it was not for protective natural curly hairstyles hairstyles, I would have already cut my hair off in a extreme hair rant! Protective hairstyles are styles that require low to no manipulation. Examples are: Braids, Pixie Braids, Twists, Two Strand Twists, Flat Twists, Kinky Twists, Bantu Knots, Cornrows, Plaits, Buns, etc.
5. Have fun with your hair!
I have see too many african american women fall by the way side and quit their natural hair journey because they did not enjoy the benefit of having natural hair. You are in control with you become natural. No longer do you have to depend on stylists, friends, or family members helping you do your hair. You get to explore you. Find what style you love and work them!