How to Style and Care for Type 4 Hair - Coily

I’ve been asked many times how to moisturize, cut or color hair. However, one of the most asked questions is how to style and care for type 4 hair which is coily, kinky textured hair.

When I work on clients that have this type of hair texture in it’s natural state; it can be very challenging. The first thing that you need to know about this texture is that it's naturally very dry and requires a lot of care. This also means that the hair cannot be processed multiple times with chemicals such as it being color treated and relaxed at the same time. It's possible, but it will compromise the hair.

A coily or type 4 texture hair requires a lot of moisturizing. It’s important to use products and shampoos that aren’t harsh on the hair and that will create moisture retention in the hair. An example would be the Almond and Avocado Shampoo and conditioner by Design Essentials. Often times the hair can be very dry and in some cases doesn’t have a lot of elasticity so its important to be mindful of how you detangle the hair. Starting from the ends is always best along with using some sort of conditioner or leave in spray to help make it easier to brush or comb through the hair. Products that give the strands nourishment and protection are: styling glazes, pomades, natural oils like sweet almond oil or avocado oil.

Products for coily or zig-zag hair patterns should be selected depending on how the hair is desired to be styled. If your hair is smoothed out, then its important to use the glazes or pomades that help protect the hair and will retain moisture in the hair. However, if the hair is going to be styled in it’s natural state, then it's important to use products that don’t contain alcohol in them like Design Essentials Curl Enhancing Mousse. I believe that hair feels and looks its best as its natural texture.

You can try styles like two strand twists pulled a part after it's dried. Other natural styles such as flat twists pulled out, bantu knots, or you can simply try a style that requires rod sets.

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