By Chinwe of Hair and Health
Not all Type 4B/4C naturals have the same head of hair, but we do have many similarities, including susceptibility to knots, prone to dryness, and detangling woes. When it comes to finding products to care for our kinks, it can be a difficult task. If you are just starting your hair care journey or you are still searching for that staple product, these four recommendations may be a good place to begin:
1. Eco Styler Gel – for slick edges
Not every Type 4B/4C natural is going to like this product, but many may find it an essential addition to their product collection. How is this gel different from most other ones? Well, it is super heavy and thick making it able to tame our kinky edges with minimal effort. It is also non-drying and provides excellent hold. Just apply a generous amount to your hairline and nape, wrap with a scarf until dry, and remove the scarf for slicked down edges.
2. Shea Butter – for enhanced detangling
Because this butter is a great emollient, it can be a useful addition for many Type 4B/4C naturals when it comes to lubrication and detangling. Use it alone or mix it with oils to increase slip for dry, finger detangling. If you prefer to comb detangle on damp hair, melt a little shea butter and mix with some conditioner for more slip. Either way, you will more than likely notice a smoother detangling session than usual.
3. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration – for quick conditioning
A lot of Type 4B/4C naturals rave about this product for manageable strands after washing. Other inexpensive instant conditioners do not compare in terms of popularity. The product does contain silicones, so be sure to monitor for buildup or use a shampoo that will adequately prevent such buildup.
4. Castor Oil – for increased sheen
Due to our kinky strands, our hair has very little natural sheen. If you want to enhance your hair’s luster, you may want to try castor oil. According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, castor oil was shown to increase the luster of hair.
For my Type 4B/4C ladies, what are your staple products?