For a while now, I’ve had some pretty heat damaged ends. I think all naturals go through this phase at one point or another. I have done the “big chop” twice, and I was not about to go there again. This time around, I decided to transition out of my heat damage as if I was growing out a relaxer. After about a year to a year and a half of waiting I started to notice that my straight ends were getting shorter and shorter. Yay!!! When I saw those curls poppin’ back in, I decided to get back into the routine of my wash and go’s.
My Curl Pattern Type
Now I must confess, I have never liked the categories that go along with natural hair. I always thought this confused things for naturals. Especially those who were just recently transitioning from a relaxer. To me it was just another way of separating those who have, what the old folks use to call “good hair”, from those without “good hair”. Type 3c, 4a, 4b, I mean, who even came up with this? For years I refused to put myself in one of these categories or even try to figure out what my hair type was.
After years of giving it more thought, I have come to the conclusion that perhaps the categorizing charts aren’t all bad. I mean, I guess having an identifying chart as a guide could be helpful to some that are just learning about natural hair, and trying to figure out how to care for this hair that they have not seen since they were 7 years old or so.
Now don’t get me wrong, I still am against the natural hair type chart, but for the sake of identifying my curl pattern to others, I decided to go ahead and assess what “type” I fall in. According the the chart, I believe that I have a mixture of 3c and 4a hair. I would be curious to know what you think after looking at my photos.
Now before this blog post turns into a rant on how I feel about the natural hair type chart, (oops, too late for that!) lets get into my easy shampoo routine for my 3c/4a hair.
Shampoo Routine for 3c/4a hair
- I shampoo and condition my 3c/4a hair once a week with Affirm MoisturRight shampoo and conditioner. This shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair nice and moisturized. If I decide to shampoo again before the week is out, I opt for a co-wash with Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner.
- After rinsing my conditioner, I gently blot the excess water from my hair with a micro fiber towel.
- Before applying my curl product of choice, I apply a light oil to my towel dried hair. I do this by applying the oil to my palms and then patting it throughout my hair.
- After trying several curl puddings and gels, I found that the Herbal Essence Hello Hydration works best for me and gives me the look I want for my curls.
- Once my curl product is applied, I brush through each section of my hair with a paddle brush or denman brush. Starting at the nape and making my way up. This allows my curls to “clump” together, resulting in “poppin” curls when dry.
- After my hair has been brushed through completely, I give it a light shake until my hair falls into my desired style. I sit under a hooded dryer or I air dry depending on the day.
- Once my hair is dry, I apply a little serum and lift the roots with a pick for volume. I give it one last shake, and I’m out the door.