10 Hair Struggles Only 4C Girls Understand

Naila Ruechel
Alexis Webb
Nov, 28, 2016 7:07 PM UTC

If you’re a true 4C hair type, you know that the amount specified for use typically doesn’t get the job done. Don’t be afraid to go for the gusto and use a little extra to achieve the style. You’ll thank yourself later. 

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Have you ever had a instance when your ponytail didn’t make the journey? Not cool.

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The natural hair community has gone back and forth for years, debating if curly girls need to trim their ends. The general consensus is, you might not need to trim as much as your straight-haired counterparts, but a dusting never hurt. 

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When you have 4C hair, washing your hair does in fact take a whole day. Detangling, treating, and styling all takes a while, so don’t bother making plans!

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Most avoid humidity and steamy showers if they don’t want the hair to revert back to its most shrunken state. Your hair won’t agree and you will be mad.

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When your hair is freshly washed, you are experiencing lots of shrinkage. Either rock your hair curly or find techniques to stretch without much heat. 

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For some reason, people have an obsession with tightly coiled or “kinky” hair that many of us 4C-ers just don’t share. If you're familiar with the person, you might let them take a tug at your strands but from mos,t the resounding answer is, “NO!”

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A good bobby pin can take your tresses from flat to fly in an instant. Avoid bobby pins not holding up by using extra and/or curved pins. 

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Finding the perfect edge control can leave you broke and bothered. Purchasing control products labeled alcohol-free and “max hold” normally does the trick. 

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Using a ton of product can have its drawbacks. Product buildup on the scalp can lead to stiff locks, excessive itching and flakes. Remedy the buildup with co-washes and scalp elixirs. 

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