Yeah, we know the struggle! While 4A hair tends to hold moisture better, the “S” Pattern tends to make it more prone to damage. It needs the extra love. What better way to work your way to beautiful coils, than to nail the perfect wash routine? So let’s get straight to it!
1. Prepping It Right
Having a good pre-poo routine is the ultimate blessing for your hair. Use a good conditioner enriched with Shea butter or coconut oil in the night or leave it on for 15-30 mins before your shampoo. We suggest spraying your hair in sections with some warm water to prep those cuticles for a wash and make detangling easier.
2. Infrequent Shampoo-ing
The basics as we know it, are to not go overboard with excessive washing. Stick to cleansing that buildup and dirt from the scalp with a sulphate-free shampoo once a week. Depending on the volume, divide your hair into sections for washing. Thicker hair will need 6 sections, while not so thick hair is good to go with 2 to 4 sections. If your 4A hair is extremely dry, we recommend you use an intense hydrating shampoo. Follow that up with moisturizing oil and you are good to go.
3. Conditioner As A Godsend
Type 4A hair requires daily conditioning for building hair strength and moisture retention. This means not only after cleansing when wet, but also in between washing as part of a daily hair care routine. Use a protein conditioner if hair seems weak with more breakage than usual. We recommend the African Pride Shea Miracle Moisture Intense Leave-In Conditionerfor this purpose.
4. Deep Condition Once A Month
A good deep conditioning once in 30 days is all your hair needs! This is especially important for those who colour treat their natural hair or frequently use heat. While you experiment with your style, your hair protein is lost and conditioners help you restore it and prevent breakage. Even if you co-wash your hair, you definitely do not want to skip out on a deep conditioning session.
5. Seal With Them Sealants
Type 4A hair is more prone to weak ends as they are the oldest, weakest portions of your hair. Extra moisture will do wonders for hair fall and breakage. We recommend you to try the LOC method on freshly washed hair to seal them for good!
6. Daily Grooming
Post your regular shampoo and conditioning routine, we suggest you to detangle your hair with a large toothed comb or just use your fingers. You can wear your hair in a protective style like twist outs or braids. Choose styles that are easy and won’t strain your hair. And lastly, keep working that daily conditioning to grow some healthy hair, sistah!