Hey! Happy Tuesday!
I hope your week has been off to a good start? Well today, I thought I'd share my shiny 4C hair regimen/routine. In other words, how 4C sisters can have shinier hair.
First off, why is the world silently obsessed with glossy shiny hair? How many ads are there on this sheen and that elixer? Shiny hair somehow translates into healthy hair. Truth is, not all healthy hair is shiny hair, as is the case with 4C hair. In fact, I find the dullness of type 4 hair exceptionally beautiful!
Caucasian and Asian hair tends to be shiny because their hair cuticles lay flatter than those of curly-, kinky- or wavy - haired Type 4 Naturals. That's where the difference is! Remember that high school Physics class on refraction and reflection of light? Well guess what? It applies to our natural hair journeys too! Smooth flat cuticles reflect light while uneven cuticles refract light!
*That marks the end of my Physics knowledge!!! Lol!*
Worth noting is the fact that cuticles that naturally lay flat are less likely to lead to dry hair. This is because flat cuticles trap moisture within the strand and they also allow for sebum to trickle down to the ends of the hair without much resistance.
(Ps- Remember that Biology class on Skin? Sebum is the natural oil coating that our skin and scalp produce in order to keep our skin's and a hair's moisture sealed.)
*PS - Bio was my favorite science. Chemistry might have well have been Sanskrit! *
As Type 4 naturals, our hair cuticles are naturally raised, but here are some ways in which we can make them lay flat or add oils to our hair to achieve more shine:
1. Ensure that your moisturizing game is top notch!
I play no games when it comes to my weekly deep conditioning treatments. Moisture Moisture Moisture is my mantra!! Now your hair doesn't have to be soaking wet all day every day, but make sure to have it drenched in water at least once a week. Read more about my hair regimen here.
2. Seal your cuticles with cold water!
If you took a moment to glean my hair regimen, you now know that my last and final rinse in the shower consists of using Apple Cider Vinegar (read more here) and COLD water. Yep! Both ACV and cold water help our cuticles remain shut and in so doing help to seal in our hair's moisture. Sealed cuticles = flat cuticles = shiny hair.
*There too ends my knowledge of Mathematics!! :-) *
3. Seal your strands with natural oils.
Note the emphasis on natural oils? I'm talking olive oil (my favorite!), avocado oil or coconut oil. These are my preferred oils because they are the only ones that actually penetrate the hair strand. You can heat your oils in the microwave so that they are easily absorbed into your tresses.
When my hair is slightly damp after a wash, I use a tblspn of olive oil and a tblspoon of coconut oil. I apply them along the length of my hair using my squishing method. (Read more here) and I then follow through and braid or twist my hair.
When I take my twists or braids out, my hair is shiny!!!!
PS- My hair is not dyed! In natural light it is a variation of 1B. But I was shooting in this dull, sun-less winter weather! Strrugggzz!
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