By Bukola Ladejobi, Founder Ten-Q Natural hair line product.
I discovered a lot of us don’t know or understand our hair type, hair types are classified based on curl pattern, how right the hair could are.
Straight hair is type 1.
tips about caring for it:
Use sulphate free shampoos and conditioners, as wll as rich creamy butters or other products to keep the hair moisturised. In order to detangle the hair, use a nourishing hair conditioner.This hair type is perfect for wash-and-go styles, thanks to its defined curls.
4B hair has a Z shaped pattern and unlike the 4A hair, it doesn’t have a defined curl pattern. However, it is tightly coiled and experiences shrinkage up to 70% of it’s true length. Also, It has a cotton like feel and look to it but because the hair bends in sharp angles (like the letter Z), this natural hair type is quite prone to breakage if not properly cared for.
Here are some tips that might help you avoid that:
Use regular deep conditioning along with gentle cleansing methods to provide the necessary moisture to your hair and keep it clean.One of the best hair care routines for this type of hair is the LOC (Liquid-Oil-Cream) method. Use a water-based product for hydration, seal in the moisture with an oil and finish up with a cream that can prevent the loss of moisture.In order to avoid damaging this hair type, it is best to use low-manipulation and protective hairstyles. You can try out twist outs, ponytail puffs, braids, twists, buns,etc
4C hair looks a lot like 4B hair. It also has no defined curl pattern but it is more tightly coiled. To define curls on this natural hair type, it has to be braided or twisted etc. Also, It has a shrinkage of more than 70% so it tends to look a lot shorter than it actually is. This is actually the most common hair type among african women.
tips to keep it nice and moisturised:
4c hair does not require daily manipulations (brushing/combing), as it can only damage the hair. So chuck your hairbrush far away and remember about it only once in a full moon, If you want to grow out your hair, protective hairstyles are your best bet, as such things as buns, braids and twists can save your fragile hair from breaking. Deep condition weekly if you want your hair to stay healthy and moisturised.
Based on the above, what is your hair type?