Most type 4 naturals struggle with single strand knots and matting way too often, and you may find detangling to be your least favorite task. Just like any hair regimen, there are many ways to properly detangle your hair that can help eliminate knots and tangles but finding what works best for you is most important. The general detangling process consists of you combing or brushing your hair, starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots. When most natural discuss detangling methods, arguments arise about whether detangling is best done wet over dry or vice versa. However, whichever method you prefer will still get the job done but understand that both wet and dry detangling aren’t all that different from one another.
Dry Detangling vs. Wet Detangling
Dry detangling works best for type 4 hair because it tangles fairly easily. To begin the dry detangling process, choose an oil and conditioner of your choice or you can create a DIY oil conditioner mix. Next, proceed with applying the oil and conditioner or the DIY mix to your strands, and detangle your hair carefully. I recommend making this your pre-poo step in your wash day routine, your hair will thank you later. By applying oil and conditioner to your hair while detangling, this will help prevent dryness and matting due to the added moisture.
Wet detangling usually takes place after cleansing has occurred. This goes without saying, but wet detangling is when you comb or brush your already wet hair to free it from knots and tangles. Most naturals love wet detangling—me included, because the hair is easier to detangle since it’s in an elastic state. If you’re short on time, wet detangling may be your best option because it’s a lot faster than dry detangling.
The choice between the two detangling methods is ultimately yours. But if you just can’t decide which method is best for your hair, try alternating between the two. I would recommend dry detangling for your pre-poo and wet detangling after you apply deep conditioner. However, you decide to detangle your hair and free it of knots and tangles is completely up to you. Here is a list of a few type 4 detangling products that your natural kinks will fall in love with:
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Have the Right Cleansing Tools
I’m sure you’ve learned by now, that diving right into your wash routine without the proper tools will leave your hair a tangled mess. Before cleansing, you must be sure that you have all the tools needed to effectively clean your hair:
- A Wide Tooth Comb– This comb is great for detangling because it helps to prevent the hair from snagging and splitting.
- Plastic Shower Cap– Detangling can sometimes take longer than expected, so to keep your hair moisturized throughout the process, cover the sections you’re not working on with a plastic cap.
- Embrace Your Upkeep Routine
- Pursue Low Maintenance or Minimal Manipulation Hairstyles
I highly recommend finding 2 to 3 go-to styles that are simple enough for you to do. Simple styles like two-strand twists into a loose bun or a braid-out are great for your type 4 hair and can be easily accessorized with different jewels and pins to keep your styles fresh. A small amount of manipulation to your hair can lead to more defined curls, and enhanced length retention. Low manipulation styles don’t depend on heat or heavy pulling on your hair and scalp. Try incorporating TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer into your hair care routine, it is designed to promote hair growth, improve shine and reduce frizz. This is perfect for helping your type 4 curls hold on to some much-needed moisture, while improving your hair’s natural shine and softness.
Hair Care Recommendations for Type 4 Naturals:
It all starts with your wash method when caring for type 4A hair. It’s best to use sulfate free shampoo when cleansing natural hair, but especially important to avoid them with type 4 curls. Make sure to be very gentle when handling your hair to avoid damage or breakage, also keep in mind that your hair is very delicate and even more fragile when it’s wet. Natural hair when wet is at a very vulnerable state and is more prone to tangles and breakage.
When washing your hair, focus the shampoo on just on your scalp and not the hair itself. Type 4A hair requires repeated moisturizing after washing. To ensure that your curls remain soft and manageable, apply a lightweight leave-in conditioner.
When it comes to type 4B hair, be sure to apply a moisturizing conditioner after washing to renew hydration. Try not to incorporate protein-based conditioners in your wash routine regularly, only use them when needed. If you are experiencing any damage or need extra moisture, use a deep conditioner on your hair one a week.
To avoid tangling and knotting of your 4C hair while washing, avoid scratching your scalp while the cleaning product is applied to the hair. Only use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your wet curls, starting from the ends and working your way up to the root. To avoid having dull looking hair, moisturize and condition your strands regularly. Type 4C hair consists of tightly compacted strands and is the most damage-prone hair type. This hair type has a strong desire for natural oils, creamy butters that hydrate the hair, and moisturizing products.
What are some tips and tricks you can’t live without when caring for your type 4 hair?