The Best Hair Care Routine for Type 4 Hair

April 22, 2023

If you have curly Type 4 hair, or tightly coiled or kinky hair, you may find it difficult to maintain and style due to its pattern.

But with the right care routine, it’s completely possible to keep your Type 4 hair healthy, moisturized, and looking its best. In this article, we’ll explore some essential tips to help you develop the best hair care routine for your Type 4 hair.

Types of Type 4 Curls

Before we get started, let’s break down the three types of Type 4 hair.


4A hair has a defined, S-shaped curl pattern that is tightly coiled and can have a visible curl definition.

4B hair has a less defined curl pattern than 4A hair and forms a Z-shaped pattern with sharp angles. This type of hair is more prone to shrinkage, making it appear shorter than it actually is.

4C hair has the tightest coil pattern of all the Type 4 hair types, with no defined curl pattern. It often appears densely packed and can easily break if not handled carefully. 4C hair can also experience significant shrinkage, making it appear much shorter than its actual length.

Whether you have 4A, 4B, or 4C hair, these tips and tricks will provide you with the tools you need to achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy, and radiant hair.

1. Wash with a Moisturizing Shampoo

Since Type 4 hair is usually dryer than other hair types, it’s essential to use a moisturizing shampoo that won’t strip the hair of its natural oils.

Look for shampoos that contain hydrating ingredients such as Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Chamomilla Flower Extract and Lavender Flower Extract. These ingredients will help to add moisture to the hair and scalp, leaving your hair feeling soft and hydrated.

It’s important to wash your hair gently as Type 4 hair is more fragile than other hair types, so rubbing or scrubbing too hard can cause damage and breakage. Instead, massage the shampoo into your hair and scalp with your fingertips, and then rinse thoroughly with water.

2. Follow Up with a Deep Conditioning Treatment

A deep conditioning treatment is a vital step in any hair care routine, and this is especially true for Type 4 hair.

A deep conditioning mask treatment will help to restore and nourish your hair, making it look and feel smoother and more manageable. To get the full benefits of a deep conditioning treatment, it’s important to leave the mask on for at least 15-20 minutes. Once your hair is soaked in the treatment, you can cover it with a plastic cap or hot towel to create a steam effect that will help the conditioner penetrate your hair shaft even more deeply.

After you’ve allowed your deep conditioning treatment to sit for the recommended amount of time, rinse it out thoroughly with cool water. This will help to seal the hair cuticles and give your hair a healthy shine that will last throughout the day.

3. Don’t Forget to Detangle

Detangling type 4 hair can be a time-consuming and challenging process, but it’s essential to prevent breakage and keep the hair healthy. 

It is best to start detangling from the ends of the hair to prevent breakage and work your way up to the roots. If you encounter a difficult knot or tangle, do not force it out, as this can cause breakage.

It is also helpful to use a detangling brush designed specifically for tangled or curly hair. Apply the detangler spray to the hair, and use the brush in small, gentle motions to remove the knots and tangles. This method can be particularly helpful for those with thick or tightly coiled hair.

4. Style Carefully

To keep your Type 4 hair healthy and looking its best, it’s important to style it carefully and avoid styles that can cause damage or stress to your hair.

One recommended styling method for Type 4 hair is a twist-out or braid-out. These styles can help to define your hair, from 4A to 4C curls, and add volume by creating gentle waves. Avoid using hairstyles that are too tight, like a high ponytail or braids that are done too tightly. These styles can cause breakage and tension on your hairline, leading to hair loss and thinning. Similarly, limit your use of heat-styling tools, like flat irons or hot rollers, as they can cause split ends, breakage, and other types of damage
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