4c Hair Guide: Taking Care of Tight Curls and Coils - Koils by Nature

Wondering how to take care of your 4c hair and which products to use that will nourish and encourage your curl pattern? Well, you’ve come to the right place!


Your hair care maintenance routine is key, in order to ensure your curls or coils remain healthy and strong. The products you use on your natural hair, your lifestyle and your diet all have a great impact on the condition of your hair. But before we get into how to nourish and take care of your 4c hair, let’s discuss the characteristics of 4c hair and then we’ll jump right into the good stuff. 


What is 4c Hair and how to identify your hair type

Generally, 4c hair texture can be anywhere from fine to coarse, and is a lot more diverse than one would expect. 4c hair is the densest hair type which often makes it difficult to identify the curl pattern, but it’s there, it’s most definitely there. But in all likelihood, you have more than one curl pattern. 


The most challenging aspect of 4c hair is how to get that moisture into every section of the hair and around those tight curls and coils. Because our body’s natural sebum oil is produced by the scalp it can be a challenge to evenly disperse that moisture throughout the hair. Because of this, 4c hair types can very often experience breakage, knots, and dryness. But that’s not a reason to get discouraged! The uniqueness of your hair type is something to celebrate. As soon as you discover the rhythm and personalities of your hair type, you’ll learn how to work with your hair, rather than against it!


Tricks for 4c hair types to retain that moisture  

First you need to discern whether you have high, normal, or low porosity hair. The standard way to determine your hair porosity is the good ol’ water trick. You simply add a clean strand of hair to a cup of water and if the hair strand floats you have high porosity hair, if it lingers in the middle of the glass, then you have normal porosity hair and if the hair sinks, then you have low porosity hair. 


Hair porosity is important because it lets you know if the cuticles in your hair are sealed tight, not allowing any moisture in (low porosity), if your hair allows moisture in and allows it to stay (normal), or if your hair cuticles are wide open, allowing the moisture in, but just sas quickly allowing it to escape (high porosity). 


4c hair types usually have low porosity hair. 


How to moisturize 4c, low porosity hair and retain that moisture

Steamers work great for low porosity hair because the steam encourages the shy cuticles to open up. After or while steaming you can use a leave-in conditioner with oils like avocado oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil and vitamin E oil to moisturize and seal in that goodness. While the hair is still damp, it’s best to use your favorite butter to really seal in that moisture. Koils By Nature has an abundance of delicious natural butters to choose from, which was not only designed to moisturize your 4c hair, but can also be used to moisturize your skin! 


And you really shouldn’t underrate hydrating your hair with just water. Especially during those dryer seasons, you'll want to have a spritz bottle handy, to spray your hair with added moisture (feel free to add your favorite essential oil for added aroma goodness). We also recommend getting into natural hair masks once a month to really nourish and treat your hair to the moisture it deserves. 


When combing out those tangles and knots, use a wide tooth comb and don’t be afraid to gently detangle your hair with your fingers. And when we say gently, we really mean gently. Yanking out knots will only cause more breakage, which leads to frizz and damages the hair. 


Takeaway

We love your 4c hair and so should you! As soon as you learn the rhythm and preferences of your 4c hair, you’ll begin to realize what moisturizing methods work for your hair type and which do not. Koils by Nature has curated several different gels, creams, butters, shampoos and conditioners to help seal in moisture and nourish your curls or coils. We want your hair to look and feel it’s best, because we’d never underestimate the power of a great hair day! 


Are you struggling to retain moisture in your curls or coils? Tell us about it, we’d love to help in any way we can! 


 







Wondering how to take care of your 4c hair and which products to use that will nourish and encourage your curl pattern? Well, you’ve come to the right place!


Your hair care maintenance routine is key, in order to ensure your curls or coils remain healthy and strong. The products you use on your natural hair, your lifestyle and your diet all have a great impact on the condition of your hair. But before we get into how to nourish and take care of your 4c hair, let’s discuss the characteristics of 4c hair and then we’ll jump right into the good stuff. 


What is 4c Hair and how to identify your hair type

Generally, 4c hair texture can be anywhere from fine to coarse, and is a lot more diverse than one would expect. 4c hair is the densest hair type which often makes it difficult to identify the curl pattern, but it’s there, it’s most definitely there. But in all likelihood, you have more than one curl pattern. 


The most challenging aspect of 4c hair is how to get that moisture into every section of the hair and around those tight curls and coils. Because our body’s natural sebum oil is produced by the scalp it can be a challenge to evenly disperse that moisture throughout the hair. Because of this, 4c hair types can very often experience breakage, knots, and dryness. But that’s not a reason to get discouraged! The uniqueness of your hair type is something to celebrate. As soon as you discover the rhythm and personalities of your hair type, you’ll learn how to work with your hair, rather than against it!


Tricks for 4c hair types to retain that moisture  

First you need to discern whether you have high, normal, or low porosity hair. The standard way to determine your hair porosity is the good ol’ water trick. You simply add a clean strand of hair to a cup of water and if the hair strand floats you have high porosity hair, if it lingers in the middle of the glass, then you have normal porosity hair and if the hair sinks, then you have low porosity hair. 


Hair porosity is important because it lets you know if the cuticles in your hair are sealed tight, not allowing any moisture in (low porosity), if your hair allows moisture in and allows it to stay (normal), or if your hair cuticles are wide open, allowing the moisture in, but just sas quickly allowing it to escape (high porosity). 


4c hair types usually have low porosity hair. 


How to moisturize 4c, low porosity hair and retain that moisture

Steamers work great for low porosity hair because the steam encourages the shy cuticles to open up. After or while steaming you can use a leave-in conditioner with oils like avocado oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil and vitamin E oil to moisturize and seal in that goodness. While the hair is still damp, it’s best to use your favorite butter to really seal in that moisture. Koils By Nature has an abundance of delicious natural butters to choose from, which was not only designed to moisturize your 4c hair, but can also be used to moisturize your skin! 


And you really shouldn’t underrate hydrating your hair with just water. Especially during those dryer seasons, you'll want to have a spritz bottle handy, to spray your hair with added moisture (feel free to add your favorite essential oil for added aroma goodness). We also recommend getting into natural hair masks once a month to really nourish and treat your hair to the moisture it deserves. 


When combing out those tangles and knots, use a wide tooth comb and don’t be afraid to gently detangle your hair with your fingers. And when we say gently, we really mean gently. Yanking out knots will only cause more breakage, which leads to frizz and damages the hair. 


Takeaway

We love your 4c hair and so should you! As soon as you learn the rhythm and preferences of your 4c hair, you’ll begin to realize what moisturizing methods work for your hair type and which do not. Koils by Nature has curated several different gels, creams, butters, shampoos and conditioners to help seal in moisture and nourish your curls or coils. We want your hair to look and feel it’s best, because we’d never underestimate the power of a great hair day! 


Are you struggling to retain moisture in your curls or coils? Tell us about it, we’d love to help in any way we can! 


 







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