If you're a curly girl with 4C hair that's also got low porosity, you know it can be hard to keep those curls hydrated. Getting your curls to accept moisture can be really difficult. On the flip side, once your curls get some moisture, they tend to maintain it. Having low porosity means that your cuticles are stacked closely together, and it's therefore less likely that moisture can penetrate the cuticle.
To get the best hydration possible for your curls, check out these tips:
Pick up a clarifying shampoo rated for curls. Use a gentle shampoo and cleanse your curls to remove product build up.You can also utilize a clay rinse to help clarify your curls.
2. Cowash and detangle:
After your curls are cleansed, section them to make them easier to work with, Work conditioner through from your mid shaft to ends. Put a plastic cap over your curls and allow to sit for several minutes to let the conditioner penetrate your curls. Once your curls are softened, you can begin the process of detangling them using your fingers or a wide toothed comb. If your curls are already highly moisturized, you'll only need to do this once in awhile. If your curls are dry and prone to breakage, use this more often. s.
3. Leave in:
Find a highly moisturizing leave in conditioner low on yucky chemicals like parabens or sulfates. Utilize this regularly, especially after cleansing and conditioning. You can also create your own leave in by mixing deep conditioner or oil with water in a spray bottle and misting your hair as needed between washes. This will help retain moisture.
4. Apply gel:
You don't necessarily need gel to make your curls super hydrated, but it helps. Make sure to select products that are right for your curl type and are also formatted with natural ingredients. Products containing harsh chemicals can be drying to your delicate curls.