How to Moisturize 4c Natural Hair

Secret to Soft, Hydrated 4C Natural Hair: Hair Moisturizing Guide.

Haven’t nailed moisturizing your 4C natural hair? Well, this moisturizing guide is for you. 4C hair is prone to breakage, tangles and can be dry if you haven’t learned how to moisturize and retain moisture for long.

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To properly moisturize 4C hair, you’ll need to know a few things like: your hair porosity, moisturizing products to use and ingredients to look for, when to moisturize and how to moisturize. Moisturizing will be easy least if you pay attention to the above.

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Moisturizing guide for 4C Natural Hair.

Before we learn how to moisturize and moisturizing products you need, let’s start with what you need to know before moisturizing.

What you should know before moisturizing.

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Porosity type.

This is the most important thing you ought to know about your hair. Porosity basically means how fast or slow your hair absorbs/loses moisture. Knowing this will help in choosing the right products and tailoring a hair care routine that fits your porosity type.There are 3 porosity types: low porosity, high prosity & normal porosity type. We will talk about low and high porosity since they need a special kind of TLC unlike normal porosity type that is easy to maintain.

Low porosity type hair takes time to absorb moisture. If you have this type, you’ll notice that your hair takes time to get sopping wet. That’s one of the major signs of low porosity hair. It’s also prone to product build-up and that’s why it’s advised to use lightweight products on this hair type.

How do you care for this porosity type? First, use water based and lightweight leave-in conditioners and sealants. When deep conditioning, use heat so that moisturizing and hair repairing nutrients in deep conditioners can penetrate your hair shaft. Also, use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of product build-up.

High porosity type easily absorbs and loses moisture. This type easily absorbs water and products, with this type you’ll notice how easily it gets soaping wet. It’s prone to dryness meaning you’ll need to up your moisturizing game and stay away from practices that would cause dry hair. How do you care for this porosity type? Use heavier moisturizers and sealants to retain as much moisture as possible. Read more about porosity types in this post.

Moisturizing products.

When it comes to products, know the different products with moisturizing property. We have moisturizing deep conditioners, rinse off conditioners, leave-in conditioners, hair mists, curl refreshers and sealants which are butters and oils. Each of the products play a moisturizing role and should be used at a specific time. Click on each of the products to find out how to use them and best of each.

Moisturizing methods.

I know you have heard of LOC/LCO moisturizing methods. What are they all about? If you haven’t heard about them, read this post. Basically LOC/LCO is an acronym for Liquid/ Leave-in conditioner, Oil, Cream showing how to lay or rather apply products when moisturizing.

Read more about what to know before moisturizing on this post.

How to Moisturize 4C Hair.

Moisturizing is a must for growth of healthy hair. Moisturizing starts with using the right moisturizing deep conditioner. Get the best moisturizing deep conditioner, apply right after cleansing your hair. Moisturizing deep conditioners restore moisture lost after cleansing. Be sure to use one after washing your hair, to deep condition.

Now that you’ve deep conditioned, the next moisturizing step after rinsing off the moisturizing deep conditioner is applying your go to leave-in conditioner. Unlike deep conditioners, leave-in are to be left on your hair until the next wash day. Apply it, then seal with a butter or oil and if you are looking for curl definition, use a curl cream.

You can use either the LOC or LCO moisturizing method. If you aren’t sure which method suits you, try both to know which works best for you. Personally, I only use water and a leave-in conditioner, haven’t used any moisture sealant for some months now. My go to leave-in currently is African pride coconut oil and baobab oil leave-in cream, it’s super moisturizing and a good detangler too. Read my review on this post.

Once you’ve moisturized on wash day, you’ll need to re-moisturize weekly, bi-weekly or every other day depending on your hair. How often you moisturize depends on your porosity type, the products you used and the weather too. To re-moisturize, you can choose to use an already formulated hair mist, DIY hair mist or spritz water and apply your go to leave-in conditioner then seal with an oil or butter.

To retain as much moisture as possible, protect your hair when sleeping with a satin bonnet or scarf. It’s gentle on your hair and doesn’t absorb moisture like cotton scarf leaving your hair dry. Protective styles also retain more moisture than when wearing your hair out. You can choose easy to do styles like two strand twists, mini twists, flat twists.

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Valerie Kinoti

Valerie Kinoti has loved all things hair since she was 8 and always dreamt of having long hair. Decades later she is living the long hair dream and sharing all tips, tricks she has learned over the years.

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