A Sample 4c Hair Routine That is Easy to Follow
Looking to build a solid hair regimen for 4c hair? Haircrush has got you covered. Check out some of our tips for building a regimen that will keep your curls hydrated and detangled.
By Deanna Thompson
1. Do a pre-shampoo (also known as “pre-poo”) treatment to help detangle your curls.
Apply a creamy leave-in detangler, conditioner, or a combination of water + your favorite oil to help detangle your hair and get rid of any knots before you shampoo. Part your hair into 4 - 6 sections, apply your pre-poo treatment, and let it sit for 30 minutes - 1 hour.
2. Wash your hair using a sulfate-free cleanser or cleansing conditioner.
Shampoos with sodium laureth sulfate can be too stripping for 4c hair. Instead, use a sulfate-free shampoo, which is more gentle, or a cleansing conditioner. Cleansing conditioners cleanse the scalp without stripping away your hair's natural oils. Focus on your roots, and use the pads of your fingers to rub in small circles.
3. Apply a deep conditioner to help restore moisture to your hair.
Remember that moisture is the key to healthy, pliable 4c hair. Apply your conditioner, focusing heavily on the ends, since they are the oldest part of the hair strand. To get the most out of your conditioner, use a heated cap to help the ingredients penetrate your strands for 30 minutes - 1 hour.
Tip: If your hair has a high shrinkage rate (50% or higher), consider washing your hair in twists or braids to avoid tangles.
4. Spritz your hair with a leave-in conditioner before styling.
Leave-in conditioners to help detangle and provide extra moisture to your hair. There are lots of leave-in conditioners to pick from: some come in the form of a light hair milk, which may be suitable for fine, 4c hair.
5. Use the LCO or LCO method (L = liquid, O = oil, C = cream) to moisturize your hair.
There’s no clear cut answer as to which method is best to use. We recommend trying both methods and seeing which one your hair likes the most. In either case, it’s important to remember that you need to start with a liquid (usually water or a leave-in conditioner), and then sealing with an oil, cream, or butter. Start at the ends, and then make your way up to your roots.
6. Style your hair.
Consider styling your hair in braids or twists, as stretched 4c hair retains the most moisture. Part your hair how you like, and do anywhere from 8 - 15 twists, depending on your hair's length and thickness. Bigger twists will lead to fluffier hair.
7. For extra hydration: apply oil to your edges and ends.
Your edges and ends are the two most fragile parts of your natural hair. After styling, apply a bit of your favorite oil to your edges and ends. A crowd favorite for your edges is Jamaican black castor oil, which can be found at your local beauty supply store.
7. Protect your hair!
Do you go to bed without your bonnet or scarf on? If so, it’s time to make a change! Sleeping with a silk or satin cap, scarf, or pillowcase is essentially for keeping your hair healthy and moisturized. Cotton can sap away moisture from natural hair.