How To Take Care Of 4A Hair

Learn how to really care for you 4A hair...

As much as we love talking about braiding and styling hair, we also love getting into the nitty-gritty of understanding different hair types, so that you can better understand what products will work best for you. 4A hair is positively gorgeous so we knew it needed a post of its own. Whether you have been a natural gal your whole life or you are transitioning from relaxed hair to your curls this guide can point you in the right direction, moisture!

4A hair can have a super fine or thick texture with an ‘S’ pattern. As with most very curly hair types, it also tends to be extra dry. Maintenance of 4A hair revolves around keeping your curls moisturised and avoiding damage.

Read on to learn more about some of our insider 4a hair maintenance tips.

1. Shampooing

Since 4A hair is naturally dry and a texture that’s prone to damage if not moisturised well, make sure your shampoo is super moisturising to pamper your curls. TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Cleansing Conditioner, this sulphate-free cleansing system gently cleanses while still maintaining moisture.

After your hair has been fully soaked in the shower, gently detangle your hair from ends to root. This can help prevent your curls from getting matted while you shampoo your hair. Also, focus shampooing your scalp and roots only, the shampoo foam to gently wash through the middle to ends of your hair as you rinse.

2. Conditioning

We always recommend that dry, curly hair types should condition (or deep condition) after shampooing. Masks help replenish the moisture that your hair needs to have springy curls, minus the frizz. To replenish your curls with moisture after shampooing, treat your hair by using Love Beauty And Planet Hope & Repair 2 Minute Magic Masque. 

3. Daily Moisture

4A hair may need to be moisturised every day or every other day. You can use an oil if your hair is particularly dry. Coconut oil works well for adding moisture while you shape your curls because of its ability to penetrate the hair shaft, unlike most oils. If you need just a bit of moisture to refresh your curls, consider using serums for natural hair. You can apply as little or as much as you need to get your curls springy and frizz-free. Alternatively, opt for leave-in conditioners like the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist. You can use this whenever your hair needs moisture.

4. Pre-Sleep Care

heat damaged hair tips: black woman lying on a silk pillow
Why not try a silk pillowcase?

To avoid frizz and breakage, sleep with your hair in a silk scarf or use a silk pillowcase. Cotton can pull and tug on your curls making more frizz! Silk and satin glide over your hair so not a lot of extra frizz can happen. You may find it helpful to protect your curls by sleeping with your hair up in a pineapple updo.