My 4yr old hair has changed to 4c and I'm finding it unmanageable

Hi my 4 year old daughter has 4c hair she is mixed race (white and black African) I always managed her hair well but since turning 4 it just seems unmanageable unless it's been washed and blow dryed but I don't want her hair dryed everytime I want to show her curls off? Please help I appreciate all advice

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Hi Lis83,One thing 4c hair can't get enough of is moisture. If you're not already, try using a cleansing conditioner instead of shampoo to maintain moisture levels in her hair even when you cleanse. cleansing conditioners to try:Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Tamanu Strengthen & Grow Moisturizing Co-WashAs I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner you aren't already, try using products without mineral oil, paraffin or the drying kinds of sulfates and alcohol. (Behentrimonium Mesosulfate and fatty alcohols are okay). Look for products with lots of natural and moisturizing ingredients. Moisturizers and leave-ins should be water-based and go on under oils (oils are meant to seal in moisture). Deep conditioning every other time you wash should also help with moisture. You can simply add olive oil or some other oil to your regular conditioner or you can get a ready made deep conditioner.Conditioners & Moisturizers I recommend: Enhancers and gels: sure to detangle her hair while it is wet and has sat with conditioner in it for a bit. Use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to detangle. If you use a conditioner with very natural ingredients you can leave a little bit in her hair to help with moisture.Braiding or twisting (flat or singles) her hair in large sections while it is still wet, should help with manageability when it dries. This is the best way I have found to manage long 4c hair without blow drying it all the time.The thing about 4c hair is that it will always be harder to manage in a wet state, but if its well moisturized at least and you take care of braiding or twisting it up while its wet, it will increase manageability. Another thing you can do is a wash and go. You will need to use a lot of water and conditioner/curl-defining leave-in and then a holding product like a gel and smooth them on small sections of hair while her hair is soaking wet. Then, let it air dry or use a diffuser attachment on a hair dryer to dry it a little.I hope that helps!