Taking care of your curls can be a time consuming, and even expensive adventure. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be that way. These are the simple ways to care for 4c curls. Give this guide a read through, and let us know what you're already doing to care for your low porosity, 4c curls.
The Simple Ways To Care For 4c Curls
Every day, take the time to moisturize and seal your curls. When you have 4c curls, especially if they're low porosity, you'll notice your strands are prone to losing moisture. Therefore, you'll need to help your hair out. Many curly girls find success using the LCO or LOC methods to help seal moisture back into your strands.
Drop your wash routine down to once a week. This can definitely take some getting used to, but that doesn't mean it can't be done. It's especially important when you have curls that are prone to dryness to keep them moisturized and this means skipping regular washes. After you cleanse your curls with either a cowash or low poo shampoo, make sure to follow up with a deep conditioning treatment.
After you've applied your deep conditioner, cover your curls and allow the product to sit for at least 30-60 minutes. If you can, you can also apply heat to help your strands soften to accept more moisture. Make sure you seal your curls after to lock moisture in.
Finally, you're going to want to make sure you're clarifying your hair. Over time, low porosity curls will become weighed down with build up. Therefore, you'll need to clarify your curls to refresh them so they can be moisturized successfully. However, you don't want to over do it, for risk of damaging your strands. So about every 6-8 weeks, use a clarifying treatment on your curls and follow with a deep conditioning treatment.
Additionally, consider adding in a protein treatment every 6-8 weeks. While you don't want to overdo it, protein is important for helping balance the pH levels of your curls.