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Bedtime Routine

There’s nothing worse than having a fabulous hair day ruined by a good night sleep. Practicing good bedtime habits will make preserving your hairstyle a breeze and showcase your hard work. Building a nighttime routine can involve several factors, but primarily how you prepare your hair before bed and what you’re sleeping on.

Many girls with type 4 hair choose to pineapple their coils; that involves pulling your hair up into a high, loose ponytail and securing with a satin scrunchy or ponytail holder. This works to keep the hair in a stretched state overnight and also prevent your curls from being squished while sleeping. When you wake in the morning, just take the ponytail holder down, fluff, spritz with a leave in and you’re ready for the day. Pineappling works great when your curls are fairly fresh, but sometimes you may need to reset your style for the next day. You may want to twist your hair in several chunky twists to keep the shape, or tighter twists if you want added definition.

What you sleep on is just as important as how you prepare your hair for bed. Your best options are satin or silk fabrics because they allow your hair to glide over the material and won’t snag the cuticle. You can use a scarf, bonnet or even a satin pillowcase. These are extremely convenient especially if you’ve had a long night or don’t feel like tying your hair up at night. And they make great gifts to your natural friends, too!

Special Handling

Gentle handling and low manipulation are always important when you’re dealing with type 4 hair. Your hair is delicate and those coils need to be handled carefully. Each bend in your hair is an opportunity for breakage, so take your time when you wash, condition, detangle and style.

You’ll want to opt for styles that don’t place too much tension on the hairline, which is usually more fragile. Keep the base of your braids and twists a bit more relaxed around the edges, same with your poufs and ponytails. Also, when you’re detangling, comb gently through your ends first, and work your way towards your roots. The task is often easier to tackle when your work in smaller sections, too. This can be the difference in actually seeing your hair grow versus seeing pieces of your hair in the sink, on your clothes or in your comb.  

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Final Thoughts

There’s not enough space on this page for all of the tips, hints, and tricks you’ll learn as a natural!  Throughout your journey, you’re bound to pick up new tricks from other naturals and I’m sure you’ll share a few of your own as well. If I could give you one final tip, it would be to learn to appreciate your own hair. After all, no one should know your hair better than you!

 

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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.
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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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