how to moisturize 4c hair daily
Since my big chop, I have been trying really hard not to mess up my hair. I have followed plenty of natural hair vloggers to make sure that I transition from dry 4c hair to healthy and strong 4c hair.
While my new 4c hair care regimen includes, bi-weekly Avocado masks and Aloe Vera Oil to grow my 4c hair stronger and longer, there is one thing I have been struggling to figure out. And that is how to moisturize 4c hair daily.
Yes! Because, every day I ask myself whether it’s moisturized enough, oiled up enough or if I need to do something outside of my weekly routine. And I’m sure you ask yourself the same questions.
That’s why I decided it’s time to figure out how to keep 4c hair moisturized for days after wash day. So, in this post you will learn how to moisturize natural hair daily for massive growth.
Should I moisturize my 4C hair everyday?
The answer is yes. Yes, you should absolutely moisturize your 4c hair everyday, especially if it feels dry. But before we get into the specifics it’s important to mention that moisturizing your hair does not mean that you have to full-on wash it. Who knew?
Rather than soaking it into water and then leaving it at that. There is a much better way to moisturize your hair daily without causing any harm.
How to moisturize 4c hair daily
Now I don’t know about you, but when I found out about this technique to moisturize 4c hair, I was stunned. So easy, but so unknown.
It is actually enough if you simply mist your hair with a refresher spray every day. That’s it! You can create a light solution of water and leave-in conditioner, put it in a spray bottle and them use this to gently hydrate your natural hair.
That is more than enough to keep it moist throughout the day and avoid dryness.
How to keep 4c hair moisturized
With that said, what I found is actually that you do not need to wash your 4c hair daily! Or to be more specific, you want to incorporate a 4c hair care regimen that will keep your hair moisturized for days after you washed or co-washed it.
Once you have that in place, you can simply re-moisturize you natural hair 3 to 4 days after your wash routine and be done with it.
Infuse water to your hair
Okay, so here is the thing. Many of us have been taught from a young age that water is not good for our hair. In my case, my mom used to swear that water was drying out our hair. Well that’s simply not true. Water is actually essential to keeping our hair hydrated. But you can’t just soak your hair in water and then leave it at that. You first add water to your hair and then continue with the following steps.
Steam your hair
The reason why steaming your hair is a good way to keep your hair moisturized throughout the week, is because the steam lifts your hair follicles and allows your moisturizer/ conditioner to properly penetrate your hair strands. That will allow the product to be completely absorbed and not just sit on top of your hair. All you need is about 10 minutes under the steamer for it to get some hydration.
Moisturize your hair
Next, you want to apply your moisturizer or conditioner of choice to your hair. When choosing a moisturizer for your 4c hair, you ideally want to use a water-based moisturizer. Rub in the moisturizer while finger-detangling your hair.
In my case, I use the Cantu leave-in conditioner, because it’s the only conditioner that I found that has no castor oil, which gives me a horrible rash.
Add butter to your hair
The third step in your daily moisturizing routine is to add some sort of butter or cream to your hair. I like to use organic Shea Butter for this step. Same as with the moisturizer you want to make sure that you rub it into your hair completely and cover all of your hair strands with the butter/ cream. If you are working on your hair in sections, I suggest you twist up your hair as you finish applying the butter to each strand. This will lock in the moisture and keep your hair moisturized overnight or as long as needed.
Apply (essential) oil to your scalp
The last step to hydrate hair naturally is to apply oil to your scalp. However, you do not want to apply oil every day, because some oils are very thick and will clog up your hair follicles. But once your scalp had time to breathe, you can massage some oil into your roots. Great oils to use are essential oils such as castor oil or tee tree oil.
And that’s it. By simply repeating these 5 steps every three to four days after (co-)wash day you ensure that your 4c hair remains moisturized midweek. For a detailed video tutorial, click here.
What is the best moisturizer for 4c hair?
As I mentioned above, I can only use the cantu leave-in conditioner for my hair due to allergies. However, I did roam the internet and found a number of daily moisturizers that work great on 4c hair.
And the one that was suggested the most is the TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer. It’s know to restore dry, damaged and color treated hair and will improve the shine and pageability of your 4c hair.
And it’s perfect for mid-week hair care, because it moisturizes your hair and then locks it in. However, the best part for me is, that it does not include castor oil either, so I can’t wait to get my hands on it and try it out myself.
But for now, I hope that these tips on how to moisturize 4c hair daily will help you on your natural hair journey. Remember to leave your tips below to help a sister out.