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The Special Challenges of Type 4 Natural Hair - Turn a Challenge Into An Opportunity For Beautiful Hair
Type 4 natural hair is beautiful; highly textured, full and thick-looking.

Whether your curls and coils are a distinctly crochet needle sized 4a or an undefined coily 4c, it is distinctly alluring.

But we Naturalista’s also know that looks can be deceiving.

Type 4 hair is very fragile despite how thick and healthy it may look.  It is a curl pattern type that is both beautiful, yet easily tangled and matted because the strands wrap around each other like a Creeping Ivy and will not let go without gentle coaxing with a rich, detangling conditioner.

When it really comes down to it, most women are dealing with a problem that is specific to their hair, regardless of their hair type so don’t spend too much time obsessing about these little challenges that can be easily overcome.

Here’s how:

  • When washing your hair, use heavy, cream based cleansers like co-washing products to help reduce tangles and to keep your hair moisturized.
  • Use leave in conditioners with strong detangling properties after washing and conditioning.
  • Finger comb or used a wide tooth comb to gently get rid of any residual tangles.
  • Deep condition on a regular basis – at least once a month with a rich butter or oil to maintain your hair’s moisture balance and infuse shine to your the hair.
  • If you are concerned about matting, avoid wash and go’s and opt for braid and twist outs, bantu knots or roller sets to lessen the chance of matting.
  • Use silk or satin pillowcases and scarfs when sleeping to avoid tangles and matting.

Author: Dianne

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