4c Hair type. Hair is very dense but looks really dry and dull. Doesn't seem to be growing. Help?

It looks really good when wet. But as soon as it is dried up it looks weird. As though it lacks moisture and dull looking. I just want to know what can I do to make it look more lively and shiny. I want my natural hair back so I cut it and I have to keep cutting because the front hair is relaxed while the rest is natural (weaves) but it's slowly getting there I guess. I'll habve to cut. It shorter I guess. But it looks super dull. I love natural hair I just want it to look healthier.

2 Answers

4c hair does not reflect light as much, because the shape of the strands are not symmetrical. If you don't have a nut allergy, I'd recommend almond oil combined with a bit of moisturiser in the palm of your hands and apply it to your hair at night as and when needed. It keeps the hair moisturised for a long time. For shine, braiding/twisting overnight will stretch your hair out and enable light to reflect better.4c hair looks shiny when wet because light is reflected very well by the water. There's no magic to shininess to be honest. As long as your hair is healthy, that's what matters.
There is a difference between moisturized hair and shine. Shine is light reflected off a surface. Hair that is straight tends to reflect light better thus giving it a shiner appearance. What you need to do is make sure your hair is moisturized. Take a spray bottle and fill it with water. You can add your favorite conditioner to the mix if you want and spray hair accordingly to help keep it moisturized. If you are looking to enhance your natural curls, I highly recommend using the rake and shake method of applying products to produce some of the best defined and well hydrated natural curls. Nothing moisturizes your hair but water, oils seal in moisture.