Let’s talk about type 4 hair and its lack of representation in the media. Typically, we see type 2 and type 3 hair shown on large platforms such as tv, social media, and magazines, but rarely do you ever see properly represented type 4 hair. As the world progresses and businesses move towards long overdue inclusivity, we start to see type 4 hair sistahs celebrated as they always should have been. Seeing women who look like our grandmothers, aunts, cousins, and friends is a beautiful thing, but we still have a long way to go. While we patiently wait for those better days, let’s get the inside scoop from some type 4 beauties who take great care of their mane, while they dish us all of their great hair tips and recommendations.
The first step to healthy hair is to determine your hair’s porosity and how well your hair absorbs and retain moisture. WATER is your best friend. Due to the density and pattern of our hair, we’re more susceptible to our hair drying out and experiencing more breakage. Try to incorporate protective styling into your regimens such as twists, braids, or even a simple low-tension bun that doesn’t require you to manipulate your hair every day and keeps your ends protected.
Deep condition your hair often. Prioritize keeping your hair moisturized, detangled and keep up with trims and haircuts. Don’t compare your hair to those with looser curl patterns. Your hair is unique and needs a plan of care that’s good for your curl pattern and not just about looking “curly.” Protective styles are great for the growth of type 4 hair. Type 4 hair tangles and knots easily so a protective style will cut back on knots and allow the hair to grow uninterrupted. Keep your hair and scalp moisturized.