We have been hearing a lot of noise about type 4 hair, things like type 4’s do not retain length, nobody likes ‘this type of hair’ and other, other such ridiculous notions. If even one person can retain length and have healthy hair then it is safe to say that it can be done.
We understand the frustration with setbacks and when your hair does not seem to be growing you feel like just giving up, everybody has those days. But we are here to tell you that with just a little advice and a splash of patience you can meet your health and length goals.
The thing about type 4 hair, whichever letter category you fall into, is that it is super coily, and the strands have a natural tendency to wrap around each other causing massive tangles if not managed.
You can have very thick coarse 4 textured strands or you can have very fine 4 textured strands and they will pretty much behave in the same manner. Tangles are one of the main things that can lead to breakage, so when you think your hair is not growing it actually is, but its breaking off leaving you at the same length year after year.
On the opposite end of the scale there are many women out there with this texture of hair that have managed to experience a ton of length retention using a variety of techniques and sticking to the one that works for them.
One such technique is wearing loose twists 90-99% of the time. Before we get into this technique we want to make sure that you understand that every regimen should have 5 main goals:
►Goal 1 – Cleanse either weekly or monthly, clarify if necessary.
►Goal 2 – Moisturize and strengthen, with water based products and protein rich products.
►Goal 4- Keep your hair detangled and organised all the time.
►Goal 5 – Protect your fragile ends from the environment and your clothing.
Everything you do should surround those five things so that you can achieve maximum length retention and keep your hair healthy. Every natural woman has a decision to make for herself when they discover how there hair behaves.
In the type 4 category as much as we think puffs and ‘out’ styles look great, in order for us to keep our hair healthy and retaining length we have to keep the hair organised and protected 99% of the time.