What to do With 4B Hair?

What to do With 4B Hair?

Tamara from Oakland, CA writes in:

“I have extremely coarse 4B hair, I have no idea what to do with it.  I can barely put the comb through it.  Help!!!”

Tamara, don’t panic – help is on the way!  First, do not think that just because you have 4B hair that it is a burden; I have the same hair “type”.  Yes it may be coarse, tightly coiled, and have the slightest curl pattern, but it is a head full of fun waiting to happen!  Despite all of the myths and the fact that 4b may be considered at the “bottom” of the hair chart, it actually is very versatile.  I love the fact that I can stretch my coils into the most massive ‘fro that there is.  I may also tame the fro into a beautiful bantu-knot out, curly fro, or twist out.  There are endless abilities unique to your hair type – you just have to embrace them.

When it comes time to comb your hair, try not to manipulate your strands too much while it is dry.  The best time to detangle, comb, and even style the hair is always while it is wet and/or has some type of product in it (i.e. conditioner)!  Try browsing some of my earlier posts, I have always written them based on a natural’s point of view, with my texture in mind.  Overall, regardless of texture, there are still basic rules in taking care of our hair…the type of hair that we have just further signifies the diversity of our people.  I hope this helps!  Happy Healthy Hair Growing!