For springy curly girls.
What you’ll need
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 it’s 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! Read on to learn more about some of our insider 4a hair maintenance tips.
4a Hair Maintenance
4a hair has a super fine texture with an S pattern. This hair type and structure is pretty delicate and can be more prone to damage and breaking than other hair types. As with most very curly hair types, it also tends to be extra dry. Maintenance of 4a hair revolves around keeping your curls moisturized and avoiding damage.
Since 4a hair is naturally dry and a texture that’s prone to damage if not moisturized well, make sure your shampoo is super moisturizing to pamper your curls. The Dove Quench Absolute Shampoo, formulated with Buriti Oil, works to penetrate your hair with moisture.
Before shampooing your hair, you may want to detangle with your fingers. 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.
We always recommend that dry, curly hair types should condition (or deep condition) after shampooing. Conditioners replenish the moisture that your hair needs to have springy curls, minus the frizz. To replenish your curls with moisture after shampooing, condition it by using some of the Dove Quench Absolute Conditioner. If deep moisture is what you need, try using some of the Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Intense Moisture Mask that’ll work to bring some serious moisture to parched curls.
3. Daily Moisture
4a hair may need to be moisturized 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 it’s 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.
4. Pre-Sleep Care
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 ‘do. Read our tutorial for pineapple hair, and try it yourself at home.
Need more information on hair types? Read our guide to decoding the hair type chart.