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By Chin­we of Hair and Health

Major shrink­age and lit­tle to no curl clump­ing are typ­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics of 4B/4C nat­u­ral hair that can make detan­gling a chal­lenge.  Here are four great con­di­tion­ers that can help to ease the process for our hair type:

1. Avo­cado Detan­gling Mix­ture

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This is my favorite con­di­tion­er when it comes to my 4B/4C strands.  This home­made mix­ture con­sists of an avo­cado, olive oil, melt­ed shea but­ter, and apple cider vine­gar, which togeth­er provide amaz­ing slip and hang for detan­gling. Check out the recipe for the detan­gler in this pre­vi­ous post.

2. Lus­trasilk Shea But­ter Cho­les­terol Plus


This con­di­tion­er is very inex­pen­sive yet very effec­tive at pro­vid­ing slip and hang for 4B/4C strands.  Because of the addi­tion of cho­les­terol in com­bi­na­tion with oth­er ingre­di­ents, it is very thick, heavy, and lubri­cat­ing – all of which are great for eas­ing the detan­gling process.

3. Herbal Essences Hel­lo Hydra­tion



This con­di­tion­er is real­ly pop­u­lar among 4B/4C nat­u­rals, espe­cial­ly those with fine hair.  It pro­vides great slip, which can aid in detan­gling. The pro­duct does con­tain sil­i­cones, so be sure to mon­i­tor for buildup or use a sham­poo that will ade­quate­ly pre­vent such buildup.

4. Lekair Cho­les­terol Plus


Like Lus­trasilk, Lekair is very thick, heavy, and lubri­cat­ing mak­ing it a great option for detan­gling 4B/4C hair.  Unlike Lus­trasilk, it also con­tains a bit of pro­tein (hydrolyzed col­la­gen) that pro­vides a lit­tle strength­en­ing.  For those who do not mind min­er­al oil in their con­di­tion­ers, you may like Lekair (which con­tains min­er­al oil) a lit­tle bet­ter than Lus­trasilk.

Ladies, what con­di­tion­ers do you use for detan­gling 4B/4C strands?


Empow­er­ing wom­en of col­or to break bar­ri­ers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin.

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I love my hair but there is no way I will put avo­ca­does on it. This yum­my food will be going in my salad!!!lol
I used to swear by Hel­lo Hydra­tion but then I dis­coverd Aussie Moist; it is sooo good that I have nev­er looked back. In the past I used it for DC’s or Pre-poos. Now that I only dry fin­ger detan­gle, I use it as a reg­u­lar condish. It’s still the love of my life :)


I’m a huge fan of Herbal Essence’s Hel­lo Hydra­tion! I have type 4 curls (a lit­tle bit of all of them) and my hair is fine and the slip is amaz­ing! I only detan­gle when my hair is load­ed up with the con­di­tion­er.


V05 gets the job done for me. I would nev­er spend extra mon­ey on a detan­gler, it’s not nec­es­sary. I would try the avo­cado treat­ment, but why add acv? How would that help if you’re try­ing to mois­tur­ize?


I just use good ol’ Suave con­di­tion­er on my strands. Works every time..


I love avo­ca­dos but putting them on my hair makes me itch. I only like the Herbal Essence on this list. Aussie is still my num­ber 1 go to then it’s the TJ brand.


Sor­ry- avo­ca­does go in my tum­my, not my hair :) If I had a real­ly gross look­ing one, then I might throw it into a home­made condish, but if it’s still fresh, I’m eat­ing it. 

I’ve used LeKair and Hel­lo Hydra­tion before. I found my favorite detan­gler at the Dol­lar Tree, though they no longer make it. I’ve found that pre­poo­ing with a heavy oil (like olive oil or soy­bean oil) makes any detan­gler work much bet­ter.


I’m with you Mrs­Glam! every time I see a recipe that uses avo­ca­dos, while know the fats will con­di­tion the hell out of one’s hair, I get this pang of sad­ness ‘but I won’t eat you mr. avo­cado’ ::pout:: don’t think this one is the best for detan­gling, but I’ve always felt my hair seemed stronger after leav­ing Queen Helene’s Cho­les­terol in for a few hours…


Gigi, I know that pang of sad­ness, and that’s why I’ve yet to put avo­cado in my con­di­tion­er LOL!


Full fat nat­u­ral yogurt. Aloe vera juice & your favorites oils can be added to make it even more mois­tur­iz­ing.


I had to stop using Herbal Essence when I first went nat­u­ral because it made my hair extreme­ly dry. I worked well when I was relaxed, but not have I had all nat­u­ral hair.


is it just that brand of herbal essences that does the trick? i find that all of them are pret­ty much the same…correct me if i’m wrong

my 4c hair never 'tangles'
my 4c hair never 'tangles'
All this talk of detan­gling con­fus­es me, I have real­ly real­ly tight curls, 4c or what­ev­er, and I’ve nev­er had tan­gled hair! What are peo­ple doing with their hair to get it tan­gled? When I wash it, I wash it prop­er­ly with sham­poo, rin­se, wash again, rin­se, then may­be again, may­be not, and then con­di­tion for twen­ty min­utes, and sit under dri­er if I have time. Then I rin­se out con­di­tion­er and either comb my hair and twist it and go to sleep, or blow dry if I need to go some­where. Thats it. What is all this talk of… Read more »

Girl, if your hair doesn’t tan­gle, you do NOT have 4c hair. Truth be told I’m tempt­ed to take scis­sors in hand after every wash.


You say you comb your hair out.…well my dear that is detan­gling. Even type 1 hair tan­gles and IF you have 4c hair then hon­ey child, unless you have a dread lock..when you comb it (fin­gers or comb or brush) you are detan­gling it. Full stop


When you comb your hair, you’re detan­gling. So what­ev­er is the rea­son you comb your hair after you take out your braids and after your rin­se out your con­di­tion­er, that’s one of the rea­sons peo­ple detan­gle.

If you wear your hair in braids most of the time, you prob­a­bly need to do less detan­gling (comb­ing, fin­ger detan­gling, comb­ing with con­di­tion­er, what­ev­er) than peo­ple who wear “out” styles a lot.

I don’t know any hair type that nev­er “tan­gles.” Strands can get wrapped around each oth­er, regard­less of tex­ture. Length usu­al­ly means increased tan­gles, so a per­son with a TWA or above shoul­der-length hair may not have tan­gling, but as the hair gets longer, tan­gles increased.  Detan­gling is sim­ply remov­ing tan­gles: noth­ing com­pli­cat­ed about that. If you’re comb­ing your hair braid by braid after remov­ing exten­sions, then you ARE detan­gling, oth­er­wise, you’d wash your hair and it would like­ly mat and be near­ly impos­si­ble to comb out. If your hair didn’t tan­gle, there would be no need to comb it… Read more »

And to add to that — Even straight and wavy hair tan­gles up. With curlier/kinky tex­tures that shrink up the more chance to tan­gle-up.

I have 4b/c hair. When I have my hair in plaits & twists (with­out exten­sions) I don’t have a prob­lem with tan­gles either, there­fore detan­gling is not an issue. How­ev­er, my hair is waist length and if I am not very thor­ough with the removal of shed hairs after remov­ing the pro­tec­tive styles to sham­poo my hair, then detan­gling can be an issue. I think the amount of shed­ding you get plus what hair styles u wear and what prod­ucts u use to sham­poo and con­di­tion your hair will deter­mine how chal­leng­ing your detan­gling process will be. I keep my… Read more »

I have type 4 hair. I don’t braid my hair. I either wear it in a bun or a com­bi­na­tion of two pony­tails. I can detan­gle my hair then wear it out in any style (com­plete­ly, in a sin­gle pony­tail) even in a neat bun, take it down to mois­tur­ize and sure enough it’s dan­gle. I don’t know how some­one with type 4 hair can not have it tan­gle. My hair tan­gles while I’m detan­gling, lol!


Natures gate, aloe vera con­di­tion­er. I love this con­di­tion­er, with olive oil and coconut oil added to it.


4b/c does have. Pat­tern which peo­ple stop stat­ing oth­er­wise. Except for the first option I would­nt use any of the­se. Best con­di­tion­er I found was trader joe’s tea tree. Cheap all nat­u­ral and my hair feel like but­ter