How to care for damaged 4c Natural Hair

How to Care for Damaged Hair and Repair Damage.

Damaged hair can be difficult to care for and work on due to persistent dryness, tangles and hair generally feels weak. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to care for and manage it, you can definitely care for it without breaking much sweat.

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Natural hair especially 4C hair can be prone to dryness due to tightly held coils that don’t make it easy to apply and coat each strand length with product. This type of hair is also prone to knots and tangles, and needs a lot of tender, love and care to flourish and retain length or rather your growth.

Hair damage is inevitable just like breakage and taking preventive is necessary. Creating a consistent and healthy routine, using the right products for your hair, moisturizing as needed, being gentle with your hair and adopting healthy hair care practices will minimize breakage and other hair damage types.

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Damaged 4c hair? Here is how you care for it like a pro

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Everything Caring for Damaged Hair.

Major causes of hair damage.

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Why do you tell that your hair is damaged.

Your hair will definitely scream damaged, you may notice damage signs early before much damage is done like texture change, your hair don’t acting the same as it used to before. Here are more ways or signs that scream damaged hair.

  • Your hair feels and looks so dry. It doesn’t get as moisturized as it used to and moisturizing becomes a pain.
  • You will notice split, weak and damaged ends.
  • Your hair lacks it’s natural shine, looks dull.
  • Hair keeps tangling and forming knots. Gives you a hard time detangling.
  • Excessive breakage and hair loss. You’ll notice lots of strands on your brush, combs and floors
  • Your hair loses its curl pattern,
Damaged hair? This is how to care for it

How to care for damaged hair .

Protein treatments.

Incorporate protein treatments to your hair care routine. Protein treatments like Aphogee Two-step Treatment Protein, Arvazallia Fortifying Protein Hair Mask and Vitamins Keratin Hair Mask Deep Conditioner – Biotin Protein will strengthen your hair, reconstruct the broken protein bonds and help repair the damage. Apply protein treatments after cleansing your hair, follow up with moisturizing deep conditioners like Design Essentials Rosemary & Mint Stimulating Super Moisturizing Conditioner, SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Moisturizing Hair Masque to restore moisture and soften your hair.

You can choose to use a balanced deep conditioner (has both protein and moisturizing properties) like Mielle Organics Babassu & Mint Deep Conditioner with Protein , SheaMoisture Hair Mask – Manuka Honey & Yogurt, Hydrate + Repair Protein Power Treatment, SheaMoisture Intensive Hydration Hair Masque.

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Gentle Detangling

Whether your hair is damaged or not, you ought to detangle gently and use products with a good slip to melt away the tangles. To gentle detangle, start by sectioning your hair into small manageable part, apply a detangling product then use a wide tooth comb to detangle from the ends and work towards the root. If your hair is matted, start by separating the strands with your fingers before running a wide tooth comb or detangler brush through it.

Best detangling products to use:

Use Moisturizing Deep Conditioner

Unlike protein treatments that strengthen the hair and repair damage, moisturizing deep conditioner restores moisture and deeply moisturizes your hair leaving it soft and manageable. Use moisturizing deep conditioners after cleansing your hair and rinsing off the protein treatments. The act of applying protein and,or moisturizing deep conditioners is known as deep conditioning.

Best moisturizing deep conditioners

Protective styling

Protective styles will help prevent further damage, promote growth and length retention. Damaged hair can be tricky to care for and may not look the best for wearing out. Protective styles will not only give you the chic, elegant look but will also help with preventing further damage. There are variety styles you can choose from like two strand twists, box braids, passion twists, braids, Bantu knots, flat twists, cornrows etc.

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Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!

Work on properly moisturizing and retaining moisture. Damaged hair feels and looks dry which may lead to tangles and breakage. To prevent further damage and revert damage, moisturize your hair. Always start with damp sectioned hair, apply a leave-in conditioner then lock in the moisture with an oil or butter. When applying moisturizing products, focus more on your ends and coat every strand.

Best moisturizing leave-in conditioners

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Also, minimize heat usage and if possible, stay away from heat, colors and chemicals. Do regular trims to get rid of the damaged ends as you grow out your hair.

With proper care, damaged hair can be healed and restored to health. By following the tips in this blog post, you can help keep your natural hair healthy and beautiful.

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.