In comparison to the days where Luster's Pink Oil and Blue Magic were the main offerings for Black women and their haircare, Grand View Research reports that the natural hair product market has bloomed into over an $8.5 billion dollar industry with a plethora of options.
However, what you use to make your hair thrive can differ from that of your curl sister, all based on your texture, curl pattern, and porosity.
4C hair is fragile with tight, zig-zag curls that can appear "undefined" to the naked eye. And when detangling 4C curls, it takes time and gentle care, seeing as this hair type is prone to breakage.
This is why it's vital to find the right products for this delicate, gorgeous texture. And thankfully, there are numerous products on the market that can leave your hair healthy and moisturized.
Whether you are attempting to find a gentle detangler for wash day, or desire a curl-defining product to perfect your twist-out, here are the best products on the market for the softest 4C hair of your life.
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4C Only Too Easy Collection
The name says it all.
While the natural haircare market constantly promotes type 3 hair, 4C only is the first natural hair brand made specifically for those with a kinky-curly hair pattern. Everything in the line is great for 4C hair — yes, everything. Dubbed the Too Easy Collection, the entire line will leave your post-wash day hair feeling clean, soft, detangled, and moisturized. Yes, it's that easy. But if you're not ready to drop $70.00 for new products, invest in the Too Thicke Deep Conditioner — a must have in your bathroom. It's super thick and guaranteed to penetrate curls (yes, even if you have low porosity hair). Sit under a heated dryer to help the product melt into your hair for even better results.
To shop: $70; 4Conly.com
Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Twisting Soufflé
To achieve a great twist-out and maintain your healthy hair, Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Twisting Soufflé is the perfect product for your 4C texture. After you add your favorite leave-in conditioner (use something light), this creamy formula will lock moisture into your hair and give you a perfectly defined style. 4C naturals (including myself!) rave about the results.
To shop: $13; target.com
Cream of Nature 7-in-1 Miracle Treatment
Cream of Nature 7-in-1 Miracle Treatment may have a new look, but this tried and true formula is a go-to for those in the 4C hair family. With argan oil from Morocco and vitamin B-5, the formula is creamy, yet doesn't weigh your hair down. It's an affordable multi-use product that will do everything from detangle and condition your hair to serve as a heat protectant. And if you are someone that doesn't like to have a bathroom full of hair products, this is a great one for 4C tresses, as it will moisturize, control frizz, and leave your hair with a luster. Thank us later.
To shop: $8; sallybeauty.com
Nexxus Curl Define Ultra-8 Pre-Wash Treatment
Backed by research and development from Unilever scientists, in January Nexxus launched a customized range for curly hair. Nexxus Curl Define line has four products: a pre-wash treatment, shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in conditioner. The Curl Define Ultra-8 Pre-Wash Treatment doubles as a detangler and a mask. It's great for when you want to wash your day five braid-out or twist-out, making it easy to use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to detangle your style. The castor oil and shea butter give a perfect slip to detangle with ease and minimize breakage. It moisturizes and conditions your hair leaving it soft and hydrated. Oh, and if you're out of a co-wash, this product will can be used as a substitute.
To shop: $15; bedbathandbeyond.com
Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Curl Refresher Spray
Sometimes your 4C hair needs a mid-week boost. Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Curl Refresher is the perfect product to redefine your tresses without weighing them down. Several spritz of the agave nectar-packed formula will remoisturize your curls and get your hair through the week with style.
To shop: $12; target.com
Dark and Lovely Protective Styles Tension Tamer
Even when your 4C hair is in a protective style, you still need to give it the necessary support. 4C hair is fragile, so if your braids or bantu knots feel too tight, soothe your scalp with Dark and Lovely Protective Styles Tension Tamer. Infused with peppermint oil, aloe, and avocado, the formula will give you immediate relief and the lotion is lighter than an oil, so it won't leave any residue behind on your scalp. The thin nozzle makes it easy to apply in between your braids and directly on your parts or even underneath a wig or weave.
To shop: $7; target.com
As I Am Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo
Some shampoos will strip your hair of its natural oils but As I Am Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo leaves your hair clean, fragrant, and moisturized. The product is lightweight enough for summer and won't weigh your hair down while in the winter it adds moisture and won't dry out your hair. For low porosity 4C curls, the creamy shampoo works up a lather and penetrates hair leaving it shiny. It provides great slip so you don't even have to wait for the conditioning process to detangle.
To shop: $10; sallybeauty.com
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