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Your natural hair is beautiful, versatile and stylish, but it can take a bit of effort and lots of love to achieve your best coils. If I had to pick some of the most important tips for type 4 hair to help retain length, maintain styles beyond the first day and foster all-around healthy coils, these would be them. I have no doubt that you will adopt your own top tips along your natural hair journey too!

Natural Hair Regimen

This is one of the words you hear frequently discussed within the natural hair community. A good regimen is a vital part of maintaining your lovely coils. The beauty in developing a regimen is that it can be customized to fit every natural, no matter your hair texture or length. The primary components within a regimen are cleansing, conditioning, moisturizing/sealing and the fun part, styling! There are as many variations within each element as there are regimen options, so do what works best for you and your hair.

  1. Cleansing: Choose between clarifying, co-washing or sulfate-free shampooing.
  2. Conditioning: Try rinse-outs, leave-ins or deep conditioning treatments.
  3. Moisture: You can use natural oils, butters or creams to seal the moisture in.

Detangling

Easier said than done, right?  As a natural you may not find this the most exciting task, but it is definitely important. Proper detangling of your hair will not only aid in the styling process, but it will help you eliminate tangles and retain length in the process. Just like your regimen, there are many ways you can detangle your hair. The general consensus with the detangling process is that it’s best done starting from your ends up to your roots and while the hair is wet and full of conditioner.

  1. Using your fingers, a detangling comb or brush in conjunction with conditioner will help make tangles and knots easier to separate, thus making the detangling process easier. I’ve been using this method for quite a while, but sometimes you may need an extra bit of help. If this is the case, try detangling your dry hair using oil to tackle pesky snares.  For me, this actually doubles as a pre-poo; I add a generous amount of oil to my hair, and detangle in small sections.
  2. Once detangled, I put my hair in about 4-6 plaits, cover with a plastic cap and then put on my Hair Therapy Thermal Wrap for about 30 minutes. By the time I get ready to wash my hair already has slip from the oils and washing is now a breeze.
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Great tips. I now co-wash my hair more and shampoo it less often. Also finger comb my hair. It makes it so easy.
Careful handling--especially during detangling-- is important for my tightly coiled, Afro-textured hair. Before shampooing I section stretched hair into 12 parts, coat each section with conditioner, finger-detangle and twist. Then I wash my hair in the twisted sections. This method lessens breakage and tangling for me.
Try using Elucence Moisture Benefits shampoo and/or Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner. With minimal use of a exta-wide tooth comb, detangling will be a breeze.
I always wet my hair and apply conditioner to detangle with a wide tooth comb. All my hair does if I try to begin detangling my dry hair is break or worse, tangle more.
Somebody please fix 'regiment' in the tagline.
I hate detangling my hair and I try to wait as long as possible before I have to. I of course detangle before shampooing, but not always before co-washing. I don't know if this is healthy or not, but I spritz my hair often with either leave-in or my mixture of aloe vera and water. Also, since it's winter, I cover it with a satin scarf, then a hat, and then I go out. My go-to for detangling is the suave coconut conditioner, but I REALLY only detangle once every week to every other week or so and I most often use my fingers and a tangle-teezer. Is this okay and healthy for my hair???
MsPooh I'm with you on that one...my hair is mostly 4A, medium density and some fine strands in the back. I have to detangle my hair in no fewer than 6 sections or else I too will be stringing together 4 letter words! If I've been lazy and my hair is very tangly (if that's even a word!) then I have to use oil or it'll end up matting when I put water on it. I finger detangle as much as I can, then I break out the shower comb, and if I really want to get it good from the root (once it's been comb detangled) I'll use my Denman paddle brush...twist and move on to the next section. I want a Heutiful Steamer for Christmas/Birthday so we'll see if that happens.
I hate detangling my hair! It's probably THE worst thing to me about having natural hair. Don't get me wrong...I LOVE my hair with all it's kinks and coils, but detangling is a 4-letter word...or at least it causes a string of 4-letter words to crowd my brain! One thing that has helped me a little bit is using a detangling lotion and conditioner on dry hair and working in small sections. I have been using Taliah Wajid's detangler (I'm not quite sure of the exact name of the product) and Cantu Shea Butter leave-in conditioner. I mix a small amount of both products in my hands and really work it into a small section of hair with my fingers. If it doesn't feel like it's saturated enough, I add a little more. I detangle with my fingers first, then I use a wide-toothed comb. Once detangled, I braid that section and move on to the next. This makes shampooing and detangling again much easier. You may have to experiment with a few different products before you find something that works for your hair.
Good tips Robbieaj!! What kind of oil do you use? This may be something I want to try too!
Nappilicious, have you tried aloe vera juice and oil? That for me has been the holy grail, more so than conditioner. I mix them together, saturate my strands in them, sit under the steamer or dryer for 20-30 minutes, and then detangle. Now, I have 4a hair, but I do this routine after wearing my hair in twists for 3 weeks at a time, so I have a MAJOR amount of shed hair to get through. I do it in sections of 4-6, and take my time. I've been able to get the time it takes me to detangle from 3+ hours down to 1, and that's including the steaming time. Try it and see!
I know Nappalious, trust me I know!! I'm still experimenting with products that help with detangling, but mainly I use a cheapie conditioner like Suave Tropical Coconut or Aussie Moist Conditioner. And I tend to use a lot lol, that's why I go for those. If I've been wearing a twist out for a long time, I'm talking a week and a half-two weeks then I have to oil detangle before I try to put ANY water on my head or I'll have an extra crazy matted mess on my hands. Really you just have to try different things, look for conditioners with lots of slip, use small sections (3-4 per side) you may want to do a hot oil or steam treatment first before to help make detangling easier or you may even have to condition-detangle-wash-condition. The next product I want to try because I've heard many people say they swear by is Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee. Hope this helps a little :) Lisa Michelle www.ThisHairOfMine.com
I have difficults detangling my 4c curls each week. I just cant find the rigt cond. to aid. I tried oil with cond and without.

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