How to moisturize 4c hair daily
Is your hair dry ? Broken ? Do you struggle day after day to keep your hair moist ?
If you have natural hair, you should know that it is more susceptible to dehydration than other hair types.
It may not seem fair, but with the right hair routine, your afro hair will soon reveal unparalleled beauty!
How to moisturize natural hair on a daily basis :
To keep afro hair moisturized on a daily basis, you can regularly bathe in coconut, argan or avocado oils. It is also important to drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet. Finally, you can adopt a satin nightcap, avoid heated styling appliances and reduce the frequency of shampooing.
Keeping your hair moisturized without using chemicals is definitely possible. Find out how to nourish 4c hair naturally below!
How to moisturize natural hair naturally?
Among the different ways to moisturize afro hair naturally, the use of oils offers by far the most possibilities.
At the top of the list, we find coconut, avocado and argan oils for their properties particularly adapted to dry and very curly hair. They are thus part of the the best hair care products for black natural hair.
Argan oil has many benefits for both hair and skin. So much so that it is nicknamed the liquid gold of Morocco!
In addition to moisturizing the hair in depth, this oil offers a better shine and strengthens the scalp.
This oil is ideal for sealing in the moisture of afro hair. After washing your hair, you can apply a leave-in conditioner enriched with argan oil.
You can also pour a little oil into the palm of your hand and gently apply it to your hair, without running your hands through your hair but rather stroking and squeezing it.
The good monounsaturated fats in avocado oil effectively penetrate the hair fibers.
This oil is an excellent choice for moisturizing the scalp. One of its advantages is that it does not leave a greasy film on the skin because it is well absorbed.
Coconut oil has been used since ancient times, especially in tropical regions where 4c hair is the norm.
It is especially appreciated by afro hair for its nourishing and repairing properties.
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, which makes it easy to use when mixing it with other products.
For more information on this topic, please see my article on using coconut oil for natural hair.
Do regular oil baths
Plant oils are great for treating dry, damaged hair.
An oil bath involves applying vegetable oil or a mixture of oils to the hair and leaving it on for a while before washing.
They allow to nourish in depth even the very dry and fragile hair. They also prevent split ends and stimulate hair growth.
For a vegetable oil bath, simply coat your hair with vegetable oils evenly.
The frequency of oil baths depends on the condition of your hair, if your hair is very damaged, you can give it an oil bath up to three times a week.
When your hair starts to regain its vitality, you can reduce the frequency to once a week.
Get a satin cap and pillow
What does moisturizing hair have to do with a nightcap or pillow? Satin has unsuspected benefits for type 4 hair.
- It prevents hair from breaking due to friction during the night
- It helps retain the hair’s natural moisture by preventing it from drying out when in contact with certain fabrics such as wool or cotton
- It prevents frizzing during the night
- Helps preserve hairstyles, extending them for days
In the long term, wearing a satin cap at night promotes hair growth. Its protection helps hair become stronger, more resilient and better moisturized.
If you’re not used to it, you may feel a little weird about wearing a cap at night.
But in the long run, this habit will save you a lot of time the next day since your styling time will be greatly reduced, allowing you to stay in bed a little longer!
And if you’re into straightening, this method will help you keep it longer! For more tips on this topic, check out my article on how to make straightening on natural hair stick.
Drink enough water and eat a balanced diet
Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. Why? Because the scalp is where hair fibers get the nutrients they need to grow.
The scalp needs a large supply of water to transport nutrients efficiently to the hair roots.
Therefore, when you don’t drink enough water, the amount of blood that reaches the roots decreases. Hair weakens and may even fall out over time.
Of course, there are other reasons that can cause hair to weaken, such as seasonal changes. But lack of water is by far the most common reason.
How to moisturize your hair, grandma’s recipes
Why keep looking for the new miracle product when effective solutions have existed for ages?
Rice water or homemade masks for Afro hair allow a good hydration of hair fibers at low cost!
Rice water and its benefits for 4c hair
Although rice water is known for its many virtues in the field of beauty, its benefits for the hair remain little known.
It is widely used in the East to maintain the hair and keep it silky.
Rice contains an ingredient called inositol which gives elasticity to the hair and helps to repair it from daily aggressions.
How to apply rice water to afro hair:
- Rinse your hair with water using a spray bottle
- Apply the rice water to your scalp and massage gently with your fingertips. Then move on to damaged ends to restore them and keep them healthy and shiny
- Leave on for 5-20 minutes
- Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and remove excess water, preferably with a microfiber towel
- Reapply the rice water and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water afterwards
Rice water can be applied once or twice a month. The frequency of application depends on the need for moisture in your hair.
Mask with coconut oil, avocado and Aloe Vera
If you have very dry and brittle nappy hair, then coconut and avocado oils are your best allies!
Not only do they deeply moisturize, but they also effectively protect your hair from breakage.
The amino acids in avocado soothe the scalp, while the proteins help rebuild hair follicles naturally.
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 50 g of Aloe Vera gel, you can also use shea butter
- 1 tablespoon of avocado oil
- 10 cl of water
- Mix the coconut oil and avocado oil in a bowl
- Pour the Aloe Vera gel and water into a spray bottle
- Pour the coconut oil and Aloe Vera mixture into the sprayer
- Shake well before each application
- Apply evenly to your hair. Use your fingers to distribute the solution
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature. You will need to warm it up a bit before using it.
Jojoba oil preparation
Jojoba oil plays a similar role to the sebum naturally produced by the hair.
It creates a natural shine while strengthening hair fibers. It is ideal for fine hair such as type 4 hair.
Jojoba oil prevents dandruff and is known to promote hair growth and restore the natural pH balance of the scalp.
1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera juice
2 tablespoons of coconut water
2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
Mix the Aloe Vera juice, coconut water and jojoba oil in a spray bottle. Shake before each application.
Find out more tips on this product in my article how to use jojoba oil on natural hair?
Things to avoid to keep your natural hair moisturized
Avoid over-styling your natural hair
Commercial styling products often work at the cost of being harsh on your hair. Over time, they can dry out your hair and build up on your scalp.
In addition, touching and styling your natural hair too often can end up damaging and breaking it.
My advice: try to reduce styling your hair and limit styling products as much as possible. You’ll find that your hair stays moisturized longer.
Avoid excessive heat
We can’t say it enough: keep your natural hair as heat-free as possible!
Using straightening irons and blow dryers regularly will inevitably dry out your natural hair faster.
And when the natural moisture is gone, the natural oils in your scalp can take a while to rehydrate your hair.
If you must style your hair with heat, use a heat protector first and set your appliance to low heat if possible.
Don’t wash your hair every day
If you’re used to washing your hair on a very regular basis, it may seem strange, but you don’t have to wash your hair every day!
Washing your hair daily is actually counterproductive for your hair. The more you wash your hair, the drier it gets.
Try to gradually limit your shampoo use. For afro hair, 2 to 3 uses per month should be sufficient.
Choose a sulfate-free shampoo and apply it mainly to the scalp.
You can apply the conditioner right after shampooing or leave it on overnight.
how to keep 4c hair moisturized ? In a nutshell
To fight against dry afro hair, you can :
- Take regular oil baths
- Drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet
- Adopt a satin or silk nightcap
- Avoid using heated styling tools
- Reduce the frequency of shampooing
Apply at least one of these tips today and your hair will thank you!