Go from dry, lifeless hair to soft and moisturized hair in 5 minutes or less. Yes, it’s very possible to go from dry hair to moisturized 4c hair in a few minutes. We all know 4C hair especially the coarse texture can be dry, difficult to care for and retain the moisture.
Caring for 4C natural hair can seem difficult especially for beginners but I can promise you it gets better as you go and learn more about your hair and hair care practices. To ease your hair care journey, you ought to know and adopt a healthy hair care routine, know your hair’s porosity type, how to use hair care products and adopt healthy hair care practices.
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When it comes to moisturizing 4c natural hair, you first need to know whether your hair has high or low porosity, if your hair is fine or coarse, learn all about the available moisturizing products and how to use each, lastly learn about the moisturizing methods or rather how to apply moisturizing products. I know that sounds like alot but it isn’t, it’s quite easy actually and on this post, we cover how to go from dry to moisturized hair.
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How to Moisturize Dry 4C Hair and Retain Moisture.
Dry hair can be as a result of not moisturizing, not moisturizing probably, skipping deep conditioning or your hair is damaged. Either way you can still moisturize it and keep the moisture locked in your hair for longer. Also, note that dry hair is prone to breakage, damage and tangles. So, keeping your hair moisturized should be at the top of your 4C hair care goals.
Dry to moisturized hair and soft hair in 5 minutes.
Start by sectioning your hair into 4-8 manageable parts. The number of sections depends on how thick your hair is. The more the volume, the more the sections and if you’ve coarse textured hair, be sure to have smaller sections to ensure every strand is coated by moisturizing products. Hold each section with a satin/silk scrunchie or hair clip.
Related post: why working with sectioned hair is important.
Start by spraying water on your hair until it’s damp. Use a spray bottle like Hula Home Continuous Spray Bottle for continuous spray of fine mist. For coarse hair or super dry hair, you can use a moisturizing hair spray/ hair mist for more moisture. Yes, there are hair mists for daily moisturizing, instead of using the creamy leave-in conditioners that may eventually cause product build-up, hair mists are lightweight and refresh your hair.
Some of the moisturizing hair mist you can use are;
- OGX Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk Weightless Oil Mist
- Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist
- PATTERN Beauty by Tracee Ellis Ross Hydrating Mist
- Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave In Conditioner mist
- RENPURE Plant Based Natural Leave In Conditioner Spray – Hydrating
Apply a leave-in conditioner.
Once your hair is damp, apply a leave-in conditioner of choice. For coarse hair, go for creamy and thick leave-in conditioners like African pride moisture miracle coconut oil and baobab oil leave-in cream or tgin butter cream daily moisturizer and for fine hair go for lightweight leave-in conditioners like Moroccanoil All In One Leave in Conditioner and The Honest Company Conditioning Hair Leave-in Conditioner.
Apply the product from the roots to the ends of your hair focusing more on the roots because they are the oldest and more dry parts of the hair. If your hair needs detangling, you can use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to get rid of the knots and tangles.
Best Leave-in Conditioner for dry 4c hair;
- Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength Divine Strength Leave In Conditioner Cream
- Creme of Nature Leave In Conditioner with Mango & Shea Butter
- Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask & Leave-In Conditioner
- Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado, Moisturizing & Detangling Leave-In Conditioner
Apply a Sealant.
After coating the strands from the roots to the ends of your hair, you ought to keep the moisture locked in your hair for long and that’s where Sealants come in. What are sealants? Sealants are products mostly butters and oils formulated to keep the moisture in your hair for longer. Apply your go to butter or oil from the ends to the roots still paying attention to your roots.
Best butter sealants for locking in moisture in 4C hair;
- Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Pure Butter
- t.botanicals Chebe Butter
- As I Am Double Butter Rich Daily Moisturizer
Best oils for sealing in the moisture and stimulating growth;
- Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength 7 Oil Blend
- African Pride Moisture Miracle 5 Essential Hair Oils
- Aunt Jackie’s Natural Growth Oil Blends
- Sea Moss, Rosemary & Hibiscus Hair growth oil
Wanna define your curls? You can add a curl cream too. Start off with a leave-in conditioner, then oil and finish up with the curl cream or start with a leave-in conditioner, then curl cream and finish up with an oil. Using lots of products may cause product build-up, cleanse your hair as soon as you notice build-up or use a leave-in conditioner that activates and define your curls.
Looking to define your curls, use these curl creams;
- tgin Twist and Define Cream
- Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La, Lightweight Curl Defining Custard
- Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Curling Creme
- Creme Of Nature, Curl Cream
- African Pride Moisture Miracle Shea Butter & Flaxseed Oil Curling Cream
The last step is to style as desired. There are lots of styling options from high puffs, bun, half up half down, frohawk and so. Check Pinterest for inspiration hairstyles.
Incase you missed these moisturizing posts, how about a catch up;
- Best time to moisturize 4c natural hair
- Moisturizing guide for 4c natural hair
- The best leave-in conditioners for dry 4c hair
- LOC/ LCO moisturizing methods
- Different ways to add moisture to your hair
- How To Moisturize 4C Natural Hair after Washing.
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