Most naturals who fall in the 4A-4C category long for a head full of plush, springy curls. Those especially in the 4C and even the elusive 4Z category are convinced that their curls are just nonexistent.
I have news for you sisters, there is no such thing as “no texture”. Everyone has a curl pattern, and 4Cs who have figured this out know that they have the tiniest curls in the world! Each curl is smaller than the diameter of a pencil.
Don’t take my word for it though, check out youtube vlogger ProtectivePrincess, who shows off her 4C hair, demonstrating exactly how healthy, fully moisturized 4C hair is supposed to look.
The key to bringing out your hidden curls is by fully hydrating your hair, and she demonstrates that when her hair is extremely dry, it returns to a frizzy, afro state.
However, in order to keep your curls clumped after hydrating them, you must resist the urge to comb or pick out your hair!
Unless you’re going for a classic 70’s fro reminiscent of Gloria Gaynor and Foxy Cleopatra, using a comb on your tiny curls will make them obsolete.
The teeth of a comb separates the hair strands that naturally clump together to form your curls, leaving a mass of chaotic hairs that aren’t quite sure what they’re supposed to be doing.
If you have engaged in this practice for years, chances are you have no idea that you even have curls. Most often women who engage in this practice do so to manage tangled hair, and often complain about single-strand knots and other detangling woes.
The truth is our hair tangles because when combed out, our curls are not properly clumped, and instead begin to form bonds with hair strands with whom they should not be connected to, resulting in tangled hair.
Once your curls learn where they’re supposed to lay, this problem can completely disappear. However, it begins with putting down the pick to give your curls the chance to remember their proper form.
Not to mention the fact that combing often damages the hair, resulting in poor length retention and split ends, which only make the problem worse.