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Everything You Need to Know About Kinky Curly Hair

Aug.22,2022
This entry was posted in Types By Bailee

This is your guide to gorgeous kinky curls—learn everything about freaky curls and keep reading to find out more about them. If you're lucky enough to have freaky curly hair, then you should know how great it is. All curly hair is unique; the best way to deal with it is to determine your hair type and the specific needs of your hair. From curl types to everyday life, we'll take you through the ins and outs of all curls and see how you can keep those strands vibrant, healthy, and happy!

What are kinky curls? 

There are four main types of hair textures. Straight, wavy, curly, and kinky curly hair. 
Kinky curly hair is characterized by a tight, dense texture and natural volume. It is the most coiled and has the greatest amount of shrinkage. If you look closely, the curls will form a Z-shaped pattern. 
While odd curls or type 4 hair may look strong, they are not. They are the most fragile of all hair types and the most difficult to maintain. The hair has a herringbone shaggy pattern or no pattern at all.

Type 4 hair 

Type 4 hair is further divided into 3 subcategories: 4a, 4b, and 4c hair. They look similar, but are not, and require special products and procedures to keep the hair thick and shiny.

Type 4A hair 

Type 4A hair has medium-sized, loose curls in an S-shaped curve. These curls are about the size of a crochet hook, with each strand curling away from the adjacent strand. Due to its bouncy, controlled curls, this hair type does not suffer from any natural breakage.

Type 4b hair 

Type 4b hair has tightly coiled curls that are usually narrower than other Type 4s. Type 4b hair usually has a very defined wave pattern, so when you pick out the curls and gently pull them down, you will find that the hair falls in an almost wavy fashion. This type of hair is more prone to breakage because of its tighter curls.

Type 4c hair

Natural 4c hair, or freak hair, has the tightest curl pattern of all curl types. It has a spiral pattern caused by the contraction of each hair strand. These strands tend to gather side-by-side, but they can also become tangled like a thick mane, which only adds to the difficulty of managing and styling.
Depending on the dryness of the climate, individual strands can shrink to 75% of their length, but will return to normal if re-hydrated. 4C hair looks like a thick black mane, but if you look closely, you will see that each strand has very tight little springs or coils in it.  If your curls seem to be inseparable and you experience a lot of shrinkage, this means you are probably wearing gloriously bizarre 4c hair. 

4a,4b,4c

How to Take Care of Your Kinky Curly Hair ?

Kinky curls necessitate more effort to keep the hair hydrated. Hair is designed to be nourished by the natural oils produced by the scalp, and hair care products must contain ingredients that can aid in this process. 
Natural oils do not flow down kinky hair, so lather up with plenty of hair care products every time you shampoo to achieve this goal. Do you want to know how to moisturize your kinky curls? Following these steps will assist you in keeping your hair moisturized. Then try them out!

1.Pre-Poo

An abbreviation for Pre-Shampoo is Pre-Poo. Pre-pooing is the process of preparing your hair with conditioner, oil, or hair masks before shampooing it. It acts as a protective shield, locking in all the moisture before the shampoo strips all the natural moisture away. 
The process benefits the hair by shielding it from harsh shampoo. It makes the hair more manageable by softening it and restoring moisture and shine while making detangling easier. Allow the pre-poo to sit for 20–30 minutes before washing your hair.

2. Remove the Ties

Always use your fingertips to detangle your thick natural afro. Detangling your hair with your fingers is preferable to using a comb because you can feel knots with your fingers, making it easier to find them. 
When you detangle with a comb, you create friction, which can lead to split ends and more breakage throughout your hair. 
To detangle your hair, divide it into sections and gently detangle with your fingers. Run your fingers from the bottom to the top. Repeat the process until your hair is soft enough to run your fingers through.

3. Shampoo Your Hair

3. Shampoo Your Hair

Starting with a hydrating cleanser is the key to washing kinky hair. Kinky hair benefits from fewer shampoos and more co-washing, but if you need to remove product buildup, grease, and grime, a sulfate-free shampoo is one of the best kinky hair products. 
These formulas contain the proper surfactants to break down excess buildup without stripping hair of its natural oils. 
Begin by applying the shampoo to your scalp and gently massaging it. Remember that kinked hair is more prone to breakage when wet. As a result, you must proceed with caution. If the hair is dirty due to product build-up and grease, repeat the process.

4. Maintain Your Hair

After washing your hair with shampoo, wring out the excess water and applying conditioner to the strands. Allow the conditioner to soak into the hair for 5–10 minutes before rinsing it out. Rinse your hair with cold water to lock in all the moisture from the conditioner and make your hair soft and supple. You can also use a leave-in conditioner at this point. Consider this the final stage in getting all of the benefits of the moisturizer into your hair.

5. Hair Drying 

Allow your hair to air-dry after washing it. Stop using hair dryers to dry and style your hair for healthier-looking curls. Dry your hair with a microfiber towel or a T-shirt to reduce frizz. Don't let your hair dry completely. You can style your hair while it is still slightly wet because the curling mousse and gel will hold better and allow you to style it accordingly.

6. Slumber 

The weight of your head bends down its natural curl pattern while you sleep, causing irreversible damage to your hairline. This is why wearing a silk or satin scarf is essential, as pillowcases made of cotton or polyester generate friction, causing fragile strands of hair to tangle. 
Scarves with a smooth fabric that won't cause friction are ideal for slipping over the hairline. For the duration of the night, a headband or cap will suffice. Using a satin scarf adds luster and prevents frizzy curls. You not only protect your hair from breakage, but you also keep its style and ensure smooth edges without using a lot of products.

7. Employ Protective Styling

7. Employ Protective Styling

Wear protective styles such as wigs, weaves, buns, braids, or twists to protect your afro hair from the many daily challenges it faces while also maintaining its lusciousness and softness. Protective hairstyles for kinky curly hair will help protect the hair from breakage, shedding, split ends, and other hair damage. 
By wearing hair styles such as braids, bantu knots, twists, and so on, you can stay one step ahead of the daily grind and reduce scalp tension caused by over-styling, heat treatments, and chemical processes. Even with protective styles on, it is critical to continue conditioning your hair and scalp with regular oiling to keep the hair follicles healthy.

8. Trim the Split Ends

Making sure your hair ends aren't frayed or split is an important step in keeping your hair healthy. Hair that has been repeatedly torn may become brittle and snap far more easily over time. If left alone and allowed to grow long enough, it may become tangled, matted down, or completely break off, resulting in an unsightly appearance.

9. When styling, avoid using heat.

While using heat styling tools like blow dryers and hot irons can be tempting, they can cause serious damage to your kinky curly hair. Heat styling tools thin out the hair, making it fragile and prone to breakage if used too frequently. 
Consider heat-free alternatives for your favorite hairstyle, such as twist-outs, Bantu knots, or braids, which will bring out curls and add volume for beautiful hair that won't break.

10. Don't Buy Too Many Products

10. Don't Buy Too Many Products

Avoid greasy products, which can weigh down your hair and make it appear dull and lifeless. Even after a thorough wash, heavy products like these can make your hair more prone to breakage and frizz. If this occurs, use a clarifying shampoo in conjunction with a lightweight conditioning product to repair the hair.

How often should I wash and condition my hair?

You should shampoo and condition as often as needed. If you wearing a wash and go style, it could be daily and if it is a twist out or up do style then it might be weekly or bi-weekly.

How can afford knots and tangles?

You really cannot avoid tangles, they happen due to natural curl pattern of hair. Keeping your hair moisturized will help with tangles somewhat. Also consistent use of the leave it and hair butter/dress will help with tangles by lubricating the hair shaft.

How can I reduce frizz and define my curls?

Curls get frizzy and undefined when they lose protein and moisture. Deep conditioning hair and a light trim will make curls spring aback to life. Also to retain moisture, use the leave in and the hair dress/hair butter when needed to keep curls well defined.

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