Hi ladies and gents,
I keep getting the “my hair is dry and I don’t know what to do!”
So let me break it down for you again:
First of all, Type 4c kinky Afro textured hair is prone to dryness because it is not straight or curly, so it is more likely for our sebum to NOT make it to the ends of our hair, thus causing dryness.
It is easier for the sebum (Our natural hair and skin moisturizer) to get down to the bottom of an I or and S faster than a Z. Our hair is like the Z. So we have to help it out a little.
You might constantly hear “Moisturize and seal” and that is what we have to do as 4c’s. Many people say that they don’t want to put a label on their hair type, but certain hair types or textures need special attention.So, if you have Afro kinky textured hair (Type 4c) then this is for you!
As we all know, the ends of our hair are the oldest part because the new growth comes in from the scalp. So we have fragile/ old ends that are dry because they are not getting enough moisture (Sebum).
The only way to moisturize the hair is with a water-based moisturizer or water itself. BUT, you must seal the moisture into your ends. You seal the moisture into your ends with a natural oil or butter. Our hair texture loves heavy butters and creamy moisturizers.
How to find a water based moisturizer:
Look at the ingredients on the package and make sure that the first ingredient is WATER! That’s it. You do not want to many alcohols and or sulfates in your moisturizer, because that dries out the hair. (Defeats the purpose)
You can use your conditioner as a leave-in conditioner to moisturize. You can find an actual hair moisturizer to use also. Moisturize your hair as often as it needs, you can never over moisturize our hair type.
How and when to use the water based moisturizer:
You need to moisturize your hair as often as it needs it, during the summer might need more due to the heat and sun. During the winter you might have to moisturize and seal in the morning and at night due to the weather and wind.
It really depends on what your hair needs at the time. So feel it to make sure that you do not get to the “crunchy hair” stage because that is when breakage starts to happen.
You can simply keep a spray bottle of water (distilled), your favorite conditioner and your favorite natural oil or butter melted down and shake and spritz. Do not simply spritz with water and leave it, seal the moisture in with a butter or oil.
Why do I need to seal the moisture into my ends?
To prevent the moisture from escaping, thus causing dryness.
How do I seal the moisture into my hair/ ends?
After you wash your hair with conditioner only, or shampoo and conditioner, apply your moisturizer or leave-in conditioner to the hair starting with the ends of your hair and working your way up. Once you have completed the moisturizing process, it is time to seal it in. Take your favorite oil or butter and melt it down in your hands (If needed), then apply it starting with the ends of your hair and work your way up to the root, gently finger detangling.
Then you can move into styling the hair. Try to keep your ends tucked away as often as possible to retain moisture and length!
I guarantee that you will notice a huge difference in your hair’s moisture retention and moisture level after doing this, instantly!