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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

My Hair Care Secrets: Unveiling My Long Type 4 Hair Wash Routine

Hello there, my wonderful readers! I'm ecstatic to let you in on my hair care secrets today, dedicated primarily to my long Type 4 hair wash routine. Look, I've got Type 4 hair, so I completely get the unique obstacles and misunderstandings that come with caring for this gorgeous texture. Hence, I'd love to walk you through my tried-and-true routine, every step of the way. Believe me when I say that a consistent hair wash regime is critical for maintaining the health and vitality of Type 4 hair. So, let's immerse ourselves in the realm of curls, coils, and kinks, and let me show you exactly how I keep my long Type 4 hair looking and feeling top-notch!


Hair care is an essential aspect of personal grooming, and today’s focus is type 4 hair. Type 4 hair, often referred to as kinky or coily hair, comes with its unique set of challenges. Not to mention, it’s often misrepresented or misunderstood. As someone with long Type 4 hair, I understand the nuances that come with managing this hair type. Washing your hair may seem straightforward, but when it comes to Type 4 hair, a tailored approach is required. A consistent and proper hair wash routine is crucial for maintaining the health and vitality of Type 4 hair. It can help prevent hair damage, promote growth, and keep your hair looking its best. So, let's delve deeper into my personal hair care regime, focusing on the wash routine for my long Type 4 hair.

Understanding Type 4 Hair

Type 4 hair is not a problem to be solved, but a beautiful characteristic to be celebrated. This hair type has the tightest curls of all hair patterns, with curls forming tight s, z, or coiled shapes. It's incredibly versatile and can hold styles well, but also tends to be more fragile, dry, and susceptible to shrinkage. Unfortunately, Type 4 hair often gets a bad rap, with many misconceptions floating around. One common myth is that Type 4 hair doesn't grow or is harder to grow. However, this is completely untrue - with the right care and routine, Type 4 hair can grow just as long and healthy as any other hair type. Another misconception is that Type 4 hair is tough and difficult to manage. In reality, it's simply that Type 4 hair requires different care methods compared to other hair types. Understanding these differences is key to maintaining beautiful, healthy Type 4 hair. Finally, it's vital to recognize that not all Type 4 hair is the same. This hair type can vary from person to person, and what works for one person might not work for another. Therefore, it's essential to experiment and find what works best for your individual hair.

Pre-Wash Preparation

Having a pre-wash routine has probably been the most beneficial addition to my hair journey. I use to just hop in the shower, wet my hair, and start shampooing. But before you start with the wash routine, a few key tasks need to be done.
  1. Detangling: Detangle your hair gently with your fingers, starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots. This can help avoid unnecessary breakage during the wash process. I like to use a co-wash to help with detangling. Recommended Products: Pantene Gold Series Deep Hydrating Co-Wash, Texture ID Curls Cleansing Conditioner
  2. Pre-shampoo treatments: Apply oils or treatments to your hair before shampooing. This helps to protect your hair from the stripping effects of shampoo and also provides extra hydration. Recommended Products: My Black is Beautiful Cooling Scalp Serum, Melanin Haircare Multi-Use Pure Oil Blend
  3. Sectioning: Divide your hair into sections. This makes the washing process easier and ensures that all areas of your hair are properly cleaned and conditioned. 

My Hair Wash Routine

  1. Shampooing: I always start with a good shampoo. For Type 4 hair, I recommend a sulfate-free shampoo since it's less harsh on the hair. Make sure to focus the shampoo on your scalp to remove build-up and then let it rinse through your hair strands. Recommended Products: JVN Undamage Strengthening Shampoo, My Black is Beautiful Hydrating Shampoo
  2. Conditioning: Next, I use a moisturizing conditioner. I apply it generously to my hair strands, focusing primarily on the ends as they are the oldest and driest parts. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing. Recommended Products:  JVN Undamage Strengthening Conditioner, My Black is Beautiful Fortifying Conditioner
  3. Detangling :After conditioning, detangle your hair again if necessary. It's often easier to detangle Type 4 hair when it's wet and has conditioner in it.
  4. Rinse: Finally, thoroughly rinse your hair with cool water. This helps to seal the hair cuticles and lock in the moisture from your conditioning.

 Deep Conditioning, Cleansing, & Treatments

I typically wash my hair every 2 weeks, and for Type 4 hair I wouldn't recommend washing your hair more than once a week, so you don't dry your hair out. Outside of my regular wash day routine, there are some other treatments, I do every 1-2 months, to keep my hair as healthy as possible. 
  1. Clarifying Wash: Deep cleaning your hair is essential to prevent product build up. Clarifying shampoos can been really harsh and stripping, so I wouldn't recommend using a clarifying shampoo more than once a month and to find one that is gentle. Recommended Product: My Black is Beautiful Blue Ginger Clarifying Shampoo
  2. Deep conditioning: This is an integral part of my hair care routine. It penetrates deeper into the hair strand, restoring and nourishing it from within. I typically deep condition my hair every 1-2 months. Selecting the right deep conditioner is crucial. I prefer formulations enriched with natural oils and butters that add moisture and elasticity to the hair. They also provide a protective layer that aids in preventing damage and breakage. The method of application is also essential. After  clarifying, I apply the deep conditioner generously, making sure every strand is well coated. I then cover my hair with a shower cap and let it sit for about 15  to 30 minutes. Rinsing should be done with cool water to close the hair cuticles and lock in the moisture. Afterward, your hair should feel softer and more manageable. Recommended Products: My Black is Beautiful Intense Recovery Treatment, Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner
  3. Protein Treatment: On the months that I don't deep condition my hair, I do a protein treatment. Protein treatment are great to protect your hair from breakage to ensure your hair can grow to its maximum length. This is has been the biggest game-changer as my hair has gotten longer.  I apply the protein treatment in the same matter as my deep conditioner.  Recommended Product: CurlSmith Bond Curl Rehab Salve

Air-Drying and Styling

After the wash process, here are a few tips to take note of:
  1. Air-drying: Whenever possible, opt for air-drying. Excessive heat can cause damage to Type 4 hair. Air-drying is a gentler method that preserves the hair structure better.
  2. Moisturizing: To maintain moisture in your hair, apply a leave-in conditioner followed by an oil or cream to seal in the moisture. Recommended Products:  Melanin Haircare Multi-use Softening Leave-In Conditioner, Pantene Gold Series Hydrating Butter Creme
  3. Styling: When it comes to styling, protective hairstyles are your best friend. They protect your hair ends and lessen the chance of hair damage.


In conclusion, remember that a consistent hair wash routine is critical for maintaining the health and vitality of Type 4 hair. Understanding your hair type and its unique needs is key to developing a hair care routine that works for you. Also, while my routine has worked well for me, it's important to note that different methods and products might work differently for various hair types. So, don't be afraid to experiment until you find what works best for your hair. Lastly, let's continue to celebrate and embrace the beauty of Type 4 hair. With the right care and products, you can flaunt your gorgeous, healthy curls with confidence. Remember, the journey to healthy hair isn't a sprint, but a marathon. Keep learning, keep experimenting, and most importantly, keep loving your hair!

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