"I've not been on your blog for long so I'm not sure if you've made a post about this but I have just decided to go natural and I am not sure where to start. I know I should co wash but how often? What drugstore brand do you recommend if any? And how can I grow out my hair? Those are the main things I would like to know but anything that can help a new natural gal is useful. Thank you. (Btw, I also have 4C hair)."
Hey! I understand how confusing and overwhelming it can be when you first go natural, so I will try to be concise.
Cleansing your hair
It is important to remember that the point of washing your hair is to try to get it as clean as possible without stripping it entirely of its natural oils. Co washing can be great for the latter, but in my experience it doesn’t clean the hair well enough to be done exclusively. I would recommend that you use a shampoo (preferably a sulphate free one) at least once a month. Personally, I shampoo every time I wash my hair.
I don’t live in the US, so I don’t know what drugstore brands are available. A relatively inexpensive product (in the UK) I have tried though is the ‘Yes To Carrots Conditioner’. I have heard the Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle brand is also good and cheap.
Growing out your hair
The key to retaining as much length as you can is to identify what causes breakage in you hair and do what you can to prevent it. The main causes of breakage, especially for 4c hair, are (1) dry hair, (2) tangled hair, and (3) damaged ends.
To avoid this, you need to make sure that you:
- Moisturise your hair as much/often as it needs. Depending on your hair porosity, you may need to moisturise every day or only once every few days. Deep conditioning regularly will also help your hair maintain moisture.
- Detangle your hair as needed, removing any shed hairs that could cause tangles
- Avoid frequently doing styles that encourage tangles. You don’t have to exclusively do protective styling, just try to do more styles in which your hair is stretched.
- Trim your hair as needed.
Those are the basics. I hope that helped, and let me know if you have any more questions!