As we constantly change the conversation and discuss the positivity and beauty that comes along with having type 4 hair we also must discuss what works best and most effectively to ensure that type four hair is always thriving. Type four hair isn’t diffiuclt… as most people believe. Instead of labeling it as such its crucial to discuss what type four hair needs the most and where you can find those needs in particular products. So what does type four hair need to be great?
MOISTURE! It’s as simple and complex as that. Type four hair often gets a bad rap for not being “shiny enough” or “always being dry”. But that’s certainly not the case! Type four hair is extra coily therefore needs a little extra TLC when it comes to the moisturizing department. Coily hair requires a careful balance of moisture in protein because it is more susceptible to breakage than other hair types. Most importantly you should always follow the LOC method when taking care of your type four hair in order to ensure that you are sealing in the moisture you are applying.
So we are going to discuss the best moisturizing products you can use throughout your hair regimen to make sure you are getting the right amount of moisture and sealing it in properly.
Best Hair Products For Type Four Hair
The pre-poo step is crucial for your wash day to run smoothly and to be “less difficult” so to speak. Pre-pooing softens the hair before you tackle it with the detangling, shampooing and conditioning steps of your wash day routine. With type four hair there are other variants in how your hair is strucutred as well. You may have low or or high porous hair as well as thick/course or thin/ fine strands. That is a conversation for another post but there is an oil/pre poo treatment that is right for you.
For fine/thin strands or low porous hair, I recommend a lighter prepoo treatment that consists of lighter oils such as jojoba or grapeseed oil. For thicker courser hair I recommend Babassu Oil, Coconut oil, or Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO). Any of the oil treatments you choose I also suggest adding avocado oil or an actual avocado in the mix to aid in moisturizing before you detangle or shampoo. You can find my favorite DIY pre-poo recipes here.
Ingrdients: AQUA (PURIFIED WATER) INFUSED WITH PHYLLANTHUS EMBLICA FRUIT (AMLA) EXTRACT, VACCINIUM MYRTILLUS (BILBERRY) EXTRACT, SACCHARUM OFFICINARUM (SUGAR CANE) EXTRACT, ACER SACCHARUM (SUGAR MAPLE) EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS(ORANGE) FRUIT EXTRACT, AND CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) FRUIT, DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIPROPIONATE, SODIUM C14-16 OLEFIN SULFONATE, POLYSORBATE 20, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE (DERIVED FROM COCONUT), SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, DECYL GLUCOSIDE, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, CITRIC ACID, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, EDTA DISODIUM, PANTHENOL (PRO VITAMIN B5), TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E).
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Glycol Stearate, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Algae Extract, Sea Kelp Extract, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone. PARABEN FREE
Rinse Out Conditioners
Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Fragrance, Lauryl Lysine, Caprylyl Glycol, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed)/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Aspartic Acid, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Persea Gratissima (Avacado) Oil (Organic), Citric Acid, Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (Organic)
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Dimethicone, Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Sodium Citrate, Cocamide Mea, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Polyquaternium-76, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Blue 1.
Ingredients: HoneyHemp contains – water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice (organic), cetearyl alcohol, behentremonium methosulfate (emulsifier derived from colza oil), honey, unrefined cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, vegetable glycerin, hydrolized silk, citrus limonum (lemon) peel oil.
Mielle Organics Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner: The Babassu Oil Deep conditioner has become one of my favorite deep conditoerns because of how it soft and refreshed it leaves my hair feeeling. You can also get a discount by using code: TRESSES at checkout.
Ingredients: water/aqua/eau, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol,cetyl babassuate,chitosan succinamide, wheat amino acids,soy amino acids, arginine, serine,threonine, sodium PCA, sodium lactate,arginine,aspartic acid, PCA, Glycine, alanine,serine, valine,proline, theronine, isoleucine, histidine, phenylalanine, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary)leaf extract, Helianthus annuus (sunflower)seed oil, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, essential oil blend Ingredients in bold are certified organics.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Glycerin (Vegetable), Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Trichilia Emetica (Mafura) Seed Oil, Honey, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Persea Gratissma (Avocado) Oil, Ficus (Fig) Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter *, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol Butter *
INGREDIENTS: WATER, RAW HONEY, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, STEARAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, GLUTAMIC ACID, FRAGRANCE , BIS-AMINOPROPYL DIMETHICONE , BENZYL ALCOHOL , EDTA, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE , DIMETHICONE , METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE , METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Castor Oil, Shea Butter, Acrylates/C-10 Alkyl Acrylates, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Coconut Oil, Amodimethicone, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Oleo Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, , Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Prunus Amygdalys (Sweet Almond) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, PEG 4 Hydrogentated Castor Oil, Ceteareth-20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Aspatric Acid, Perfume, Cyclopentasiloxane, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, DMDM Hydantoin, Benzophenone – 3, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Tetrasodium EDTA, Simethicone, BHT
Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vitis vinfera (Grape seed ) Oil, Argania spinosa (Argan) oil, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Vegetable Glycerin, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Triethanolamine, Xantham Gum, Fragrance.
Ingredients: Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extract: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) and Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla) and Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) and Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Lanolin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Carbomer, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Triethanolamine, Potassium Sorbate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene, Turmeric.
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