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
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.
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.
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.
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?