One of the most common questions among naturals is, 'How to stop frizz on 4C hair?' Unfortunately, this only gets worse during summertime, particularly if you live in a high humidity area. Since 4C hair does not have much curl pattern, many women wear braids and twist outs to create more defined curls.
So, after spending hours styling your hair, the last thing you want is a head full of frizz. With this in mind, here are a couple of things you can do to stop frizz on 4C hair. Or reduce frizz in your styles.
#1 Shampoo With Luke Warm Water
Most people are big fans of hot showers as they seem to make you feel cleaner. Not to mention, the steam is great for opening pores. While hot water helps to remove build up and oils from the scalp, there is a downside to using hot water on your hair. That is, it causes frizz.
Shampooing with hot water also removes natural oils, stripping your hair of moisture and results in frizz. But cold water is not the best alternative either. Even though it increases shine and seals in moisture, it can also decrease the volume of your hair. Plus, if you have low porosity hair, cold water shampoo creates a different issue. For instance, it keep shut the already closed hair cuticles, thus preventing moisture from penetrating the hair shaft.
Shampooing your hair using warm water allows you to clean away the build up without completely stripping hair of its natural oils. So, of the three heat temperatures, warm water is the best to stop frizz on 4C hair.
#2 Use A Microfiber Towel
If you want to help stop frizz on your 4C hair, use a microfiber towel or t-shirt. When using a regular towel, the friction when drying causes your hair to get caught on the fibers of the towel resulting in breakage.
Fibers in microfiber towels are smaller than the width of a human hair strand. Consequently, the towel can glide over your hair without snags. Because it's super absorbent, you can just wrap up your hair and let it soap up the water. A t-shirt is another option that offers similar results.
Moisture is actually the primary thing that combats frizz. So your go-to products should be frizz reducing oils and deep conditioning. Deep conditioners infuse dry hair with moisturizing ingredients that penetrate and nourish the hair shaft. Frizz reducing oils like jojoba, avocado, olive, and argan absorb into your follicles, prevents breakage and increase softness.
#4 Protective Styling
When you are doing all of the above but the summer humidity is still causing frizz, this is the best option. Protective styles like braids or twists and many other styles are great to ensure that the moisture stays locked in your hair. They will also keep your hair moisturized, healthy and frizz free.
If you're not keen on spending hours in the salon chair to get a protective style, you CAN have your cake and eat it too. That is, our hats with braids attached are an ideal solution. We can also custom make you a braided style hair system with no hat.
In conclusion, some hair types naturally have more frizz than the others. If you have tried all the techniques above and are still experiencing frizz, learn to embrace this natural characteristic of your hair type and work with it.
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