Hair Care Tips

Is 4C Hair Hard to Manage?

Many kinky textured 4c naturals may at some point in their journey believe that their hair is hard to manage. This is not because 4c hair requires difficult up-keep in fact it is the total opposite.  The belief that 4c hair is hard to manage stems from unrealistic expectations.

managing 4c hairIf you are constantly striving to achieve styles and treat your hair as if it were a looser curl type, you will find yourself disappointed. Our hair is different and that is okay! You have to give your hair 4c treatment, not 4a , 3c or 3b treatment. Use treatment and styles that works for your hair type.

Expecting Defined Curls with Wash n Gos?

More than likely if you attempt to do a wash n go with the expectation that you are going to have some curls, think again. 4c hair by its nature has a lack of definition. If you want an extremely defined curl you have to create them with twists, braids, and rollers.

Is 4c Hair High Maintenance?

4c hair is probably the most low maintenance type in some ways if you think about it. In order to keep it healthy and especially if you want it to grow it likes to be left alone. This means no daily styling or fiddling with your hair, just moisturize it and you are set.

4c hair thrives in protective styles such as twists, braids, cornrows, and flat twists.  Low manipulation styles such as twist outs, braid outs, and bantu knot outs are also a good option when you find you need a change from wearing protective styles.

Like anything in life at times it does have its cons

I will admit detangling is probably the area where 4c hair can be a bit annoying. In order to avoid breakage you have to be patient and gentle. If you often find those tiny broken wisps of hair you may find that finger detangling is more effective.

Aside from detangling 4c hair is really not as hard to manage as some may think it is. You have to do what works for your hair type. When you start setting realistic expectations for what your hair is capable of you will find that having kinks rather than curls is a beautiful thing. Love your kinks, they are yours!

Ariane (Editor-in-Chief)

I am Ariane, full-time curly crusader, wife and mom. On this website we offer natural hair products, FREE natural hair tips, style ideas and support. More about my hair journey can be found here.

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  1. Davina says:

    I have a four year old daughter and k believe her hair texture is 4c and honestly it is hard to maintain, but I admit it’s because I do not know any better. I would like some tips on what to do with her hair. As of now I recently started using My DNA Shampoo and conditioner. I also only use coconut oil for her dry scalp. As of now she wears braids with beads but I am wondering if this is just too much for her hair. But her hair is short the back is to her ear and the top reaches her forehead. I am having issues because she is four and I really want it to grow longer and healthier. I do not want to perm it and I am not sure if I should add weave because I want her to love herself she is young. I use to have hair issues until I got my dreads and now I love my hair. So I am trying to prevent that insecurity in her. Please please help me in the steps I should take in caring for her hair so it can grow healthy without damage.

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