Keeping 4C hair moisturized can be extremely difficult, but we’ve put together some amazing tips that’ll make caring for your beautiful coils and kinks a breeze!
Read on for essential tips to help you keep your natural hair moisturized.
Tip #1: Stay hydrated
Healthy hair—just like healthy skin—starts from the inside out! Make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated.
Aim to drink around half an ounce to an ounce of water for each pound you weigh. Doing this will not only help you to keep your hair healthy, but it will also help you to improve your health overall.
Tip #2: Minimize heat exposure
Steering clear of styling tools that use heat is one of the best (and one of the easiest!) ways to keep your 4C hair moisturized. Things like blow dryers and flat irons strip your hair of moisture, which can lead to dry and brittle hair.
Of course, if you want to use heated styling tools every now and then, there are ways to minimize damage and keep the tools from removing too much moisture from your hair:
- Use low-temperature settings: Most hair gurus say to avoid temperatures over 410 degrees Fahrenheit. If a lower temperature will get the job done, avoid using a higher temperature just because you think it might be more effective.
- Don’t use heat on damp hair: Using hot tools on damp hair will fry it. Make sure your hair is fully dry before using a flat iron or curling iron on it to avoid damaging it.
- Use a heat protectant: Always, always, always use a heat protectant before using hot tools. This helps you prevent breakage and split ends while helping your hair to retain some of its moisture.
Tip #3: Use the LOC method
The LOC (liquid, oil, cream) method is one of the best ways to keep 4C hair moisturized. This method not only adds moisture to your hair, but it also helps to lock the moisture in.
Here’s how to use the LOC method:
- Use water or a leave-in that allows your hair cuticles to open. This will help ensure that your hair can take in the moisture from the oil and cream you’ll use next.
- Use an oil to seal in the liquid’s moisture. We recommend using coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil, but there are tons of wonderful oils that you can choose from.
- Use a cream to lock in the moisture. You can use either a general moisturizing cream or a curling cream if you’d like to define your curls a bit more. Using a cream helps to lock the moisture into your hair for days and keeps you from having to use this method every day.
Subhead: Wrapping Up
The three tips we’ve shared above can easily be incorporated into your hair care regimen. Each of these tips will help you keep your natural hair moisturized, healthy, and oh-so-beautiful!