Taking care of curls isn't an easy task, and this can include 4c curls. However, we've got you covered! You don't have to feel overwhelmed or daunted by taking care of your hair. This is your guide for caring for 4c curls simplified. It's broken up by day, week, and month, you don't have to think too much about what you're doing or when. Try these tips and enjoy some more free time in your schedule.
Caring for 4c curls simplified
To get started, there's a few things you'll want to do every day to care for your curls.
Make sure you're covering your curls with a silk or satin cap or bonnet overnight to lock in moisture.
Use protective styles throughout the week to lock in moisture, as well as protect your hair from the elements. This also will save you some time as you won't have to style your hair every day.
Try to avoid touching your curls too frequently, as this can disrupt your natural curl pattern, or damage your delicate strands. When you do a protective style, leave it in for several days and don't pull it too tight or you could damage your strands.
When it comes time for cleansing your curls, make sure you're avoiding chemical laden shampoos. Instead, opt for all natural, organic ingredients that avoid sulfates in particular. Detergent based shampoos can be very drying to your strands.
Make sure to always follow up with your shampooing with a deep conditioning treatment. Cover your curls with the product, and allow it to sit for at least 30-60 minutes. You can also add heat to help activate the product and soften your curls.
You can also try some inversion therapy, which is massaging your scalp with oil, and hanging your curls upside down. This encourages blood flow to your scalp, which helps increase circulation, and ultimately encourages healthy curl growth. Follow up by lightly oiling your scalp.
At least once a month, create a paste using baking soda to massage your scalp with. Mix it with a bit of shampoo to make it easier to work through your strands. Massage it throughout your scalp to remove build up and dandruff. Follow up with an apple cider vinegar to reset your pH levels, remove bacterias and funguses, as well as restore shine to your strands.
If your curls seem weak, now's a good time to use a protein treatment in your hair. Apply the product throughout your strands, cover, and allow it to sit for an hour.If you hair is very damaged, you could allow the product to sit in your curls overnight. Remember, don't go overboard with protein, as there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
Before one of your washes, use a rice-water rinse to help give your curls an extra boost of protein, moisture, and shine. Allow it to sit in your curls for about 30 minutes before shampooing your curls, and follow up with plenty of conditioner.