3. You may have to give up moisturizing daily – ‘What you say gurl?’, let me explain, by no means are we saying that your hair does not need water, as a matter of fact it does and a lot of it.
What we are merely suggesting is that when you do add moisture to your hair, do it in a way that allows you to maintain that moisture for a couple days especially if your hair is in a stretched style.
Even with pure h20 being the best moisturizer, it may turn out to be counterproductive to spritz your tresses with water daily. The goal is to avoid full shrinkage and tangles so dunking your hair in a bucket of water every day is a no no.
4. You may have to to accept that wash and go’s are not for you – This brings us to the infamous wash and go. A wash and go embraces shrinkage, it is a way to freely show off your curls free form, allowing them to do what they want to do. Girl no! When you have high shrinkage hair, if you want to experiment with a wash and go every now and then, feel free but allowing your hair to freely hug and commingle regularly is disastrous.
A wash and go works best when your hair can naturally clump together and not individually wrap around itself. For this reason if you have 4b, 4c hair you might find yourself dealing with intense tangling when doing regular wash and go’s . Just make your life easy and do it only once in a while to get it out of your system or just don’t do it at all.
5. You may never be able to grow it long without protective styling – Girls we hate to break it to ya, but your strands are divas. They don’t like to be touched excessively, they do not like to be outdoors free to be one with nature and the elements, they like their ends healthy and tucked all the time.
Now if you have a diva in your life maybe a family member or a bestie you know you can either love her or hate her but she ain’t going nowhere so in this case we suggest that you choose love.
If you want to see some real length retention in your hair you may have to wear protective styles at least 90% of the time. Why? Kinky* hair textures can be fragile, and again prone to tangles so to preserve it you have to protect it.
Additionally if you are wearing it stretched and you hope to maintain the moisture levels in your hair for a couple days, then you have to make sure that it is not exposed to excessive sun and wind or friction with your clothing.
6. Product recommendations based on hair texture may not work for you – 4B and 4C hair can either be coarse or fine. Knowing the difference between coarse hair and fine hair is very important to any category of hair but there is a misconception that all 4 category hair is coarse which just isn’t true.