A common question often asked in the natural hair community is how to make natural hair soft and manageable. This is especially so among those with type 4 hair. Due to its tightly coiled curl pattern, by nature type 4 hair is more prone to dryness and breakage. If not properly managed, type 4 natural hair will often feel dry, brittle and breaks off easily.
So how does one make natural hair soft?
One primary way to make natural hair soft is by staying hydrated from the inside. Our scalp and hair feed off of what we put into our bodies. It is therefore very important to drink plenty of water in addition to eating lots of fruits and vegetables when trying to make your hair soft. Staying hydrated also plays a key role in growing natural hair longer.
To stay hydrated, it is recommended that one should drink eight (8) glasses of water. This roughly translates to about two litres a day. An easy way to ensure that you meet this quota is to drink water at various intervals during the day. For example, drink half a litre of water in the morning. Another half litre around mid-morning, one at lunchtime and lastly one late in the afternoon. Boom! 2 litres down.
Drinking plenty of water is also great for your skin and many internal body functions.
There are no set rules on how often you should wash your hair. However, if you want soft natural hair, cleanse your hair and scalp regularly in order to remove dirt and product build up. Build up can make your hair feel dry and brittle and even prevent moisture from getting into your hair whenever you try to re-moisturize it.
Use moisturizing shampoos that will not leave your natural hair feeling stripped. Try to find one that is also Sulfate Free as these are more gentle and do not strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils. Clarify your hair by using a clarifying shampoo every once in a while to ensure that you get rid of all the buildup.
Using moisturizing products is another way to make your natural hair soft. A good conditioner will leave your natural hair soft and manageable and make your hair easier to detangle.
Deep conditioning is also an important step to include in your wash routine. Apply the deep conditioner to your hair then apply a plastic cap to trap the heat from your body. Doing this helps lift the cuticle thus allowing the deep conditioner to better penetrate into your hair strands and infuse it with moisture. You can also sit under a steamer or hooded drier.
Moisturizing after washing your natural hair is also important. You can opt for the LOC or LCO method depending on what your hair likes. Always make sure the leave-in conditioner you apply on your hair is water-based though. This will further moisturize your hair and further aid in making your natural hair soft.
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Once you have moisturized your hair, make sure you seal in that moisture! It is very important to ensure that all that moisture you worked very hard to put in your hair actually stays in there. Natural oils are good for sealing in the moisture. However, if you don’t fancy oils that much you can opt for other products such as shea butter which also seal in moisture. It is important to remember that oils and shea butter cannot make your natural hair soft on their own.
You can also try the baggy method where you spry your hair with a little water and wear a shower cap to bed. The heat from your body will lift your cuticles and allow the water to penetrate and moisturise your hair. When you wake, seal your hair and go on about your day.
Natural hair is prone to dryness. The more you wear your hair out, the faster it loses moisture. Low manipulation hairstyles like puffs, braid outs and twist outs help to keep your natural hair soft. They help to keep your natural hair out of your way by tucking in your ends or making sure they’re out of your way.
Sleep with a satin bonnet or scarf at night. If you are not a fan of wrapping your hair then opt for a satin pillowcase. Satin is good for the hair and skin as it does not take any moisture away as you sleep. This also helps preserve hairstyles.
The weather plays a role when it comes to maintaining soft hair. Make sure you protect your hair from the harsh weather conditions by wearing hats. Try and find the ones that have a satin lining inside. If finding one is hard, You can always buy a satin scarf and sew it in your hat or simply wrap your hair and wear the hat on top. Either way, make sure you protect your hair.
Protective styles such as box braids, cornrows and twists also help to protect your hair from the weather.
Always re-moisturize your hair whenever you start to feel it dry out. Spray it with water the number one moisturizer. Follow up the water with a product like our Moisture Milk to seal the moisture into your hair strands.
Until next time,
Peace, positive vibes and good hair days.