In recent years, a lot more people have switched from hair relaxers to natural hair. This has led to a lot more information being discovered regarding 4c kinks and coils. 4c is a hair texture that is characterized by densely packed coils. It is among the problematic textures when it comes to retaining length given that it is extremely prone to tangling and consequently breakage.
However, there are certain hairstyles that help to reduce the amount of manipulation done on the hair and thereby help with length retention.
- Mini Twists
This hairstyle typically resembles dreadlocks. It can last up to 4 weeks. It helps to retain moisture within the hair strands and therefore promoting hair growth. More than that, it requires little to no manipulation meaning it saves on a lot of time. The trick to perfect and juicy twists is to ensure that you use enough moisture before you start to twist. I like to use the L.O.C method: liquid, oil and then cream in that particular order. The oil and cream act as sealants of the liquid therefore allowing the liquid to remain in the hair shaft for a long time and thereby giving a moisturizing effect.
- Twisted Cornrows
If you’re looking for a neater alternative, the twisted cornrows are another option. This hairstyle resembles a crown. It tucks the hair away from the skin completely. It is a professional look and can be considered for business meetings and the likes. The problem, however, is that this hairstyle may only last a week at most. After that, it starts to look a little shabby and needs to be undone. However, if you’re looking to tuck your hair away just for a few days, then I would highly recommend the twisted cornrows.
- The Updo
This hairstyle is a typical vintage look. It requires a lot of hairpins and patience. The best thing about it is that it will last a long time. All you need to do is refresh it with some hairspray, fluff it out a little bit and you are good to go. I would highly recommend this hairstyle if you’re looking for a professional look or a fancy look to an occasion such as a wedding.
This hairstyle is typically old fashioned and reminds me of our high school days. However, it is a promising look if your 4c hair is long. It has a really cute vibe. The style looks best on hair that is well moisturized and is sure to last one to one and a half weeks if well taken care of. Moreover, it helps with growth in terms of length and density. 5 Style Tips For Bad Hair Days
- Bantu Knots
If you’re looking for a bolder look, the Bantu knots should be among your options. This hairstyle keeps your hair completely tucked in. The strands then retain more moisture leading to hair growth. On top of that, once you unravel the Bantu knots you reveal the best curls that double up as another hairstyle to last a week or so. Clearly, the versatility of 4c hair cannot be matched by any other hair texture. Here Are Different Styles You Can Try With Your Natural Hair
- Natural Flat Twist Hairstyle
While this hairstyle may be extremely time-consuming in the braiding process, it is sure to last a long while. The trick, once again, is to ensure that your hair is well moisturized before you put in this style. That way it can last longer while retaining moisture and still looking fresh, thereby leading to hair growth.
- Twists and Cornrows Updo
Lastly, you can combine two of these hairstyles and still come up with a fabulous look. A good example is the twists and cornrows updo. The twists on top add extra height and a feminine touch while still retaining moisture and low manipulation, thereby leading to length retention.
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