Hair Care Routine For Coily Kinky Hair 4a-4c

If you have kinky and/or coily hair (hair types 4a - 4c), then you’re in luck: this guide includes a step-by-step routine that you can easily adapt to your unique needs to keep your hair healthy and thriving. Kinky/coily hair is the tightest of all curly hair types, and it’s especially prone to dryness because the shape of the strands makes it difficult for the scalp’s natural oils to lubricate the entire length of the hair. With that being said, kinky hair often needs extra moisture to keep it looking and feeling its best. Here are some tips and tricks to help you find the perfect routine and product combos for your hair. 

Coily Kinky Wash Routine Step-by-Step 

Kinky/coily hair’s biggest challenge is often moisture retention, so it’s important to use products that are made with hydrating ingredients that will nourish your strands. Dry hair is more prone to breakage, so keeping your hair moisturized is the foundation of a healthy hair routine. Keeping your hair clean and moisturized also facilitates hair growth for naturally curly/afro hair.

Try Washing Your Hair Once or Twice a Week

How often you wash your hair is a personal decision that depends on your schedule, how quickly you experience build-up, and how physically active you are, among other factors. But in general, many people find that washing type 4 hair once a week is sufficient. If you find that washing your hair once a week isn’t enough, try washing twice a week or cowashing mid-week: cowashing involves using a cleansing conditioner instead of shampoo for a more gentle, moisturizing cleanser.

Use Sulfate-Free Shampoos

Many shampoos contain harsh sulfates, which are detergents that strip your hair in the process of cleaning it. Luckily, there are several great sulfate-free shampoos that will thoroughly cleanse kinky hair without drying it out, like The Wild Curl’s Gently Cleansing Curly Shampoo.

Pre-Poo With Oil and/or Conditioner

A pre-poo (short for pre-shampoo) treatment involves applying an oil and/or conditioner to your hair to help soften the hair and provide extra moisture before washing. Some people also like to detangle their hair during this step to prevent further tangling during the shampoo process. Leave the oil and/or conditioner on the hair for at least 30 minutes before washing it out. Try pre-pooing with one or more of The Wild Curl’s hair oils.

Use a Deep Conditioner or Hair Mask Regularly

Deep conditioning is essential for kinky/coily hair. If you have type 4 hair, you should deep condition either once a week or at least once every two weeks. Use a deep conditioner or hair mask made with hydrating ingredients such as cocoa butter, aloe vera juice, honey, and olive oil. You may need to go through a little trial and error to figure out which deep conditioning schedule and products work best for your hair. For the best results, cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave the deep conditioner in for at least 15 minutes and up to an hour, depending on the instructions on the package. You can also sit under a warm dryer to optimize the effects of the conditioner.

Use the LOC or LOG Method

The LOC method is popular for textured hair. LOC is short for liquid, oil, cream (or liquid, oil, gel, in the LOG method), which refers to the order in which to apply those ingredients to your hair. Liquid can either be water or a water-based leave-in conditioner. Layering these products in this order can help kinky hair retain moisture longer. Use the LOC or LOG method after you shampoo and condition your hair and before you style it. If you’re doing a style like a twist out, your “cream” can be a twisting cream or butter and if you’re doing a wash and go, your “G” can be a botanical styling gel that provides strong but flexible hold and won’t leave your hair feeling crunchy. For the “O” method, try an oil like olive oil, jojoba oil, or The Wild Curl’s Kinky Hair Oil.

Let Your Hair Air Dry When Possible

Using too much heat on kinky/coily hair can lead to breakage and damage. When possible, allow your hair to air dry. To speed up drying time, style your hair when it’s damp instead of soaking wet and avoid using too much product, which will extend drying time. As an alternative, you can use a blow dryer with a diffuser attachment or a hooded dryer on a low heat or cool setting to speed up the process. When unraveling styles like twist outs, braid outs, or rod sets, coat your fingers with a lightweight oil to avoid frizz and impart a little extra shine. Use a hair pick to help gently separate and fluff the hair and create more volume at the roots.

Handle Your Strands With Care

Kinky/coily hair is susceptible to breakage from too much manipulation, so handle your hair carefully. Divide your hair into sections when washing, conditioning, and styling and wear low-manipulation styles whenever possible to avoid excessive daily styling. Detangle your hair from the ends up using your fingers and/or a wide-tooth comb. Use the pineapple method and cover your hair with a satin bonnet or scarf at night to preserve your styles overnight.

 

Everyone’s routine will obviously look a little different, but these tips should help you get started. Always handle your hair gently to prevent breakage and try using products that are curly girl method friendly. Do you have any other tips for caring for kinky/coily hair? Let us know in the comments!


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