Best tips on how to keep your hair hydrated
Perhaps the hardest hair type to care for, and the hair type that needs all the love and nourishment is type 4 hair. Generally known as coily or kinky hair, type 4 hair has a tight curl pattern with each strand forming tight s’s, z’s or coils. Whether you have type 4A, 4B or 4C hair, this hair type has many different hair densities and levels of porosity (the hair’s ability to absorb and keep moisture) which changes the way your hair behaves towards water and products and impacts the amount of hydration that is absorbed in your hair.
The main qualities of type 4 hair are:
- Hair can experience extreme shrinkage after a wash or even in humidity.
- Hair is very dry, fragile, and brittle
- Hair struggles with and suffers from frizz and fly-aways
- Hair struggles to absorb, hold and maintain moisture
- Hair requires lots of rich, moisturizing products to help keep the hair nourished
- Due to the tight curls and coils, hair is prone to tangles and can break easily too dry or brittle
Because type 4 hair is so fragile and dry, it is important to make sure that you are caring for your hair correctly in order to keep it healthy and strong. The fastest way to do this is to become well-versed in keeping your hair moisturised and hydrated, which will prevent it from breaking and drying out. Second to this to limit heat styling tools and chemical treatments which can undo the good that a relaxing hair mask and treatment provides.
While it might seem obvious to keep your hair nourished and soft, it is extremely important to only be doing these methods if you fully understand how to and if the products used are specifically formulated for your hair type. We recommend using the Halo Heritage range of products since they are made with your hair's best interest at heart. Each product in the range has been formulated to increase moisture and keep hair nourished, soft and super healthy. By adding the below tips to your hair care regime along with some of our highly recommended Halo Heritage products, you're bound to have strong and super soft hair in no time!
Layer your products
You might have heard us talk about the LOC method, well, it's for good reason that we’re mentioning it one more time. This highly effective hair care method helps to keep the hair soft, healthy and moisturised in just a few simple steps.
Known as the “Liquid, Oil and Cream” (LOC), the LOC method is a technique made to help moisturize and care for type 4 hair which is usually dry, frizzy, and damaged due to the hairs naturally tightly coiled curls and kinks What separates the LOC method to the normal method of washing your hair is that LOC shows you a flop-proof way of how to layer products for the best moisture retention and hydration. Instead of just layering on various hair-care products before and after you wash your hair, the LOC method breaks down the exact order of products you should use and why you need to be applying them in this way. It is important to remember that any deviation from this method is not an LOC method and therefore, you might not get the results you expect should you choose to do an LCO method instead.
How do I do the LOC method?
Wash your hair with the Boity Royal Cleanse Shampoo which works to strengthen and cleanse the hair with the luxurious, sulfate-free formula. Infused with the exotic, antioxidant rich Black Seed Oil to promote fuller, thicker, and more radiant hair, Royal Cleanse gently cleanses, and hydrates dry and brittle hair of impurities while leaving it feeling strong, healthy, and revived. After washing, gently section your hair with a wide-tooth comb to get rid of knots and tangles.
Once your hair has been sectioned, apply a generous amount of leave-in conditioner, ensuring that the ends of your hair are properly covered in the product since this is where the majority of split ends are. Be sure to gently massage the product in your hair applying the least amount of leave-in conditioner to the top of your head as this will limit product build-up and grease. We love the Boity Supreme Leave-in Conditioner for this step since it has been formulated especially for curly and coily hair. It is a luxuriously lightweight product that contains Black Seed Oil which leaves dry and brittle hair sleek and glossy. Infused with carrier oils that pull nutrients into the hair shaft, the Supreme Conditioner helps to improve the look and feel of dry, fragile hair.
Once you have completed the first step, apply a light layer of oil to each section of your hair, being careful not to overdo it since this too, can cause product build-up. For high porosity hair, we recommend products that contain olive or castor oil as these rich and nourishing oils will help to keep your hair strong, shiny, and seal the cuticle so that water does not escape the hair strands.
Once done, apply a light layer of rich hair cream to your hair, working it through a section at a time. Feel free to slowly build-up to the desired amount of product that you want to use without overwhelming your natural hair or weighing it down. We absolutely love using the Boity Sovereign Repair Serum at this point since it is rich in essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and 6. Like the rest of the products in this range, it contains a decadent amount of Black Seed Oil which nourishes fragile hair and enhances its overall strength and luster. Combined with active ingredients like Vitamin B3 and bioactive Follicusan™, the Sovereign Repair Serum will repair a tired scalp, promote and stimulate regrowth of hair, reduce excessive oil production, reduce scalp inflammation, allowing delicate hair damaged by styling to grow back healthier and stronger than before.
Be sure to repeat this process after every wash or at least once a week. With type 4 hair, it is important to not go longer than 10 - 14 days without washing your hair since you can end up with intense product build-up, grease and an irritated scalp.
However, if you tend to wear your hair loose, then be prepared for your hair to lose moisture a lot faster than if your hair was done up in a protective hairstyle. If this sounds like you, then try decreasing the period between washes to ensure that your hair does not dry out and feel brittle. You can also increase the use of the Boity Sovereign Repair Serum and apply it every 4-5 days to the ends of your hair to help lock the moisture in.
Wear a hair bonnet at night
Before sleeping, make sure that you protect your hair with a hair bonnet. Covering your hair with a bonnet before bed helps to preserve your hair’s natural curl pattern and helps to keep the moisture in your hair - which is vital for hair that is prone to damage. To keep your hair looking great every morning and help seal in the moisture, we recommend the Boity Regal Glam Bonnet Natural Hair and Braids. This comfortable bonnet allows you to sleep peacefully without worrying about damaging or breaking your hair. The Regal Glam Bonnet works perfectly with natural hair, cornrows and weaves and protects against dryness, frizz and breakage while minimising static. If for any reason you don't want to wear a hair bonnet, then try to sleep on a silk pillowcase. While your hair won’t be completely protected, you can sleep better knowing that your hair won’t be getting stuck in your pillow as you sleep, causing breakage and split ends.
Oil the scalp
Because type 4 hair is prone to dryness, it makes sense that your scalp will be dry too. Keeping the scalp hydrated and healthy is just as important as keeping your hair hydrated and healthy as well. We recommend using the Boity Illustrious Scalp Spray to achieve this important step. This product is not only great for dry scalps, but also helps to maintain a healthy scalp.
Its unique and luxurious formulation is designed to ease discomfort and revive a damaged and itchy scalp. Rich in antioxidants from Black Seed Oil, the Illustrious Scalp Spray soothes, renews and restores balance to the scalp while providing intense nourishment and protection. It also contains Black Seed Oil helps to invigorate the scalp, promoting healthier and fuller hair growth. This is incredibly important since new hair growth needs a healthy and nourished environment to grow. The Illustrious Scalp Spray can be used on natural hair, braids, locks twists and dry hair and cares for hair from root to tip.
Perform a scalp cleanse
After a month of applying products, doing the LOC method and keeping your hair moisturized, it's also important to take a step back and set some time aside for a scalp cleanse. A scalp cleanse should become an important part of your hair care regime since it helps to clarify pores in the scalp, alleviate dryness and dandruff, and promote healthy hair growth. It also helps you plan the next month ahead and see whether the LOC method worked for you or if you need to up the quantity of product being used. You know your hair better than anyone else so go according to feeling and how your hair is looking before you decide on the step forward.
Remember, nourishment = healthy and strong hair!