Natural hair has been the wave for some time now, unfortunately there still are not many depictions of naturalistas with 4C curls flaunting or teaching How to Take Care of 4C hair. Why is it that elongated curls are praised more than the solidified or defined afro? We may never find out but what will figure out is how best to take care of the 4C media neglects.
Many of us have become product obsessed and tried any and everything that had ‘for Natural Hair’ on the label without conducting much research. You may have done the big chop thinking your fro would grow back softer, longer and more defined. You may have washed your hair with eggs to add protein and strip the perms that once ruled your roots. You most likely have three different brands in your cabinet that cost you nearly $100.
This isn’t a bad thing, it’s a learning phase.
4C hair isn’t for the lazy. To tend to your fro and be consistent with your curls it is a must that you take the necessary pre-cautions to ensure healthy growth, natural shine, high definition and elasticity.
It is important to research a products history before using. What type of hair does the person reviewing the product have? How long has the company been manufacturing the product? Who owns the company?
When trying a new product, you should wait until after the second wash or a month in between to avoid unnecessary breakage. Allow some time for your 4C hair to adjust to the chemicals in the product to see how they would work for your hair type over time. Just as you had to train your hair to wrap and unwrap into its silky straight blowout, you must train your hair’s pattern.
To aid in the growth of your fro I recommend using Jamaican Black Castor Oil on your roots and edges (front/back) post wash. Raw Natural Shea Butter with your twists outs. Sulfate free and non-foaming shampoo, with a once or twice a month wash and maybe two co-washes. Also, do not fear the shears- go get your dead ends clipped quarterly. Unless you decide, after consistently using a product/brand, to go a year or so without a cut.
Once you have seen how well the product works on your hair, stick to it. Do not add another brand that promises to assist in the enhancement of the other. (Unless they both become a part of your regimen). Stick to the brand consistently: the curl pudding, the curl activator, the conditioner, the shampoo, the mousse, the co-wash, the leave in conditioner, the detangler etc.
Tips: Cantu is the best brand of products for soft, thick 4C hair in conjunction with Talijah Wajiid. For twists outs- shea butter, Cantu curling cream and Talijah Wajiid curling curl cream. For defined fro curls- Cantu curl activator and Talijah Wajiid curl sealer. (For next day bounce back or two day old twist out, use the Cantu Curl revitalizer).