4c hair gets a bad rep for being dry, hard to manage, and being loads of maintenance. While 4c hair is definitely not a get up and go hair type, it doesn’t have to be a hassle to maintain. In fact, I am positive when you find a way to keep moisture in your hair most if not all of the manageability issues you face will be a thing of the past. Here is what has kept my hair laid and moisturized:
Co-wash or Rinse Only With Water
Of course there are just sometimes where I have to shampoo my hair to get rid of buildup, however now a days I prefer to co-wash or simply rinse my hair only with lukewarm to cool water. I find that afterwards my hair is not so dry and 200% easier to get through and detangle. This is because the oils and nutrients in my hair are not being completely robbed, but I have cleansed my hair just enough so my scalp is being refreshed and buildup from products are not preventing my hair from getting moisture.
I use loads of moisturizer and Eco styler on damp toweled dried hair
In order to prevent the moisture from just dripping off, I wait until my hair is damp and not saturated. I then apply my favorite moisturizers and to create my go to style I use the black Eco Styler Gel for hold.
To stretch my hair I put it in a high ponytail
For some reason braids and twists don’t give me as much stretch and the ponytail method just happens to be easier. It is also my favorite style.
Did I mention I moisturize? I do it everyday.
Being that I am wearing a puff as opposed to a bun, I run out of moisture more rapidly so I need to moisturize everyday. This usually goes by pretty quickly I just add a bit of moisture in the morning smooth out my hair and go.
When I feel like my hair is looking dry even though I have put product in it and it feels sticky it’s time for a wash
When your hair seems like it won’t stay moisturized no matter what you put in it, this may be a sign of product buildup. Cleanse your hair and you will notice a big difference.
This is what has kept my tresses moisturized and looking sleek, without too much work. Aside from wash day, maintaining my hair is pretty simple. For me I had to come to realize that shampooing on a regular basis is just too drying for my hair. Once I found the culprit of my dryness, I have seen a major difference in my hair’s manageability.
UPDATE 9-25-14: My Hair is 4c all the way, this is what my hair looks like without product and without using product. In the picture above, I still have some curls remaining from an old rod set, and my hair is loaded with moisturizer and gel. For more info on my technique check out my latest post: Yes I Have Naps and My Hair Can Still Get Laid.
How do you keep your 4c hair moisturized?