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.
If 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!