People have the wrong idea about curly hair.
They think that curls should just be washed and air dried and then ready.
But curly hair is pretty complex.
And requires a lot of care, especially type 4c hair, also known as afros.
Do you have curls?
I invite you to test your hair to know if you need a protein treatment.
Do you accept?
Look carefully at your curls.
- When your curls are web, do they stretch more than normal and then break?
- When they are wet or dry, do your curls feel seem like they never stop stretching, but they don’t end up breaking?
- When they are wet, do they feel weak, gummy or loose?
If you answered yes even to just one of these questions, then you urgently need a protein treatment.
I’m sure that you never heard anyone talk about this treatment.
We always hear a lot about haircare for women that flat iron their hair or do a straightening keratin treatment.
But caring for curly hair, nothing.
It’s a shame that these days that we are left off to one side.
But I decided to take on the issue for those of us that have type 4C hair.
Have you also never heard talk of type 4C hair?
Here is the torch bearer of curly hair.
That’s why, I’ll tell you:
- How to classify hair according to the appearance and form of the curls
- What are the protein treatments for 4C hair
- Which is the best protein treatment for curly hair
- When is it not a good idea to do a protein treatment
Are you a part of the lines of us that want to know everything about how to keep our curls healthy?
So, let’s keep going my brave curly-haired girl!
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Are you sure that your hair is type 4C? I’ll help you find out
The world classifies things into types.
Types of letters.
Types of trees.
Types of hair.
And hair is no exception.
History marks a person responsible for this classification of hair types.
The famous television host, Oprah Winfrey.
Well, actually, I should say the stylist of the famous American host and interviewer.
In reality, Andre Walker created a classification system for hair according to texture.
A system that helps us to know what type of hair products are best for each hair type.
To classify hair, this famous stylist observed the internal structure of the hair.
The amount of curl, wave or lack there of depends on the number of disulfuric bonds between the proteins of the hair which can be found on the stalk itself.
The larger the number of links, the curlier the hair.
The less the number of links, the straighter the hair.
Now, the hair is formed by keratin, a protein that grows from the hair follicles.
It’s also formed of other types of proteins.
All of these proteins become part of the hair and contain sulfur atoms.
When two sulfur atoms unite, they form a disulfuric bond.
If the two sulfur atoms in the same change are far away from each other, they come together to form a disulfuric bond and that is how our curls are created.
Then, apart from this, Walker classified four types of hair.
- Type 1: straight hair
- Type 2: wavy
- Type 3: curly
- Type 4: very curly
Now, within these categories, there are subcategories.
To not get into a master’s class on hair, let’s go directly to what you and I are interested in.
The 4th category: very curly hair.
In this category, there are three subcategories:
- 4 a: the curls have an S shape and retain more moisture
- 4 b: the curls have a Z form and shrink up from their length up to seventy-five percent
- 4 c: Mine!
My hair has not defined curl patter and the texture isn’t homogenous.
Meaning, it’s hard for me to shape my hair styles.
When I touch it, it almost always feels dry.
It’s prone to breaking, so, when I wash my hair, I see a ton of hair on the floor of the tub.
And the worst is that it seems like it never grows.
As you can see, I just named all the problems that I had with my 4C hair.
Which is probable that it’s the same type that you have.
Do you want me to tell you the truth?
It is best to treat very curly hair like you would treat a silk cocoon.
Because, just like those, it is very, very fragile.
That’s how I was, trying to find alternatives for my insanely delicate hair like a silk cocoon.
And the solution came after a lot of research.
Don’t be impatient.
Now, I’ll tell you what they are.
How protein treatments work in 4C hair
Like I told you at first, hair is basically made up of proteins.
So I realized that I need to nourish my hair with protein.
That is vital.
Protein and moisture have a co-dependent relationship.
An adequate balance between proteins and moisture lead to healthy hair.
Protein deficient hair tends to break. And if it lacks moisture, the same thing happens.
But it also breaks, if there is an excess of either of those two.
Yes, my friend, curly hair is complicated.
The secret is in the balance.
Every hair has a protective, outer layer of cells called the cuticle.
This cuticle has a corkscrew shape, and in our curly hair, it constantly comes up, meaning, the outer layer looks like they were raised feathers with small spaces between them.
Because of those spaces, moisture and nutrients escape.
And finally, the disulfuric chains weaken.
Deep, protein-based treatments replace the nutrients and the moisture that curly hair constantly loses.
Because it helps reconnect the protein chains within the cuticle of the hairs, strengthening each strand.
Which is the best protein treatment
Do your curls look droopy and flat?
Do your curls feel too soft or don’t maintain their shape?
Then your curls need a protein treatment.
And the winner is…
Gelatin is pure protein.
It’s a translucent powder made from the hydrolysis of collagen, which is a protein extracted from the cartilage and bones of animals.What are the benefits of using gelatin as a protein treatment in your curly hair?
Gelatin is a hydrolyzed protein whose amino acids have been broken down which means that it brings together the broken disulfuric bonds.
That means that it strengthens the curls and it will give them back their balance and elasticity.
It’s very easy to apply and to make.
And overall, it’s really cheap.
How to do the protein treatment using gelatin
Buy a flavorless gelatin, the basic.
You won’t want your curls smelling like strawberry or lemon. Although, when it comes to taste, nothing is written in stone.
- A cup of water
- Two tablespoons of gelatin
Method of Preparation:
- Heat up the water
- When it is boiling, take it off the stove and mix it with gelatin until there aren’t any lumps
- Place it in the refrigerator until it has the consistency of a gel
Method of Application:
- Wash your hair
- Apply the gelatin on your wet hair and let it sit for between two and six minutes
Here, it’s very important for me to clarify.
You should check how your curls are affected through trial and error.
Start with two or three minutes and check the tightness of your hair.
If it doesn’t become very tight, increase the exposition time.
- Rinse your hair well with water, until all the residue of the gelatin is rinsed out.
You can use a sulfate-free shampoo.
- Lastly, hydrate your curls with a deep-conditioning mask
The gelatin acts on the internal layer of the cuticle, where the proteins are formed.
However, the external layer of the hair can feel tight and hard after this treatment.
That’s why it’s important to use a deep-conditioning mask to have the finish worthy of a queen.
I recommend that you do this protein treatment with gelatin every four or five weeks.
If you prefer a commercial protect, read the label carefully.
It should mention the words: hydrolyzed proteins.
Like I told you, there are also commercial products that give protein to the hair.
One of my favorites is made of honey and yogurt, from the famous brand Shea Moisture.
The best about this product is that it’s made with a sulfate-free formula, without parabens and without a lot of chemicals that other products contain.
In which cases is it not best to apply protein-based treatments
Although the protein treatments do miracles on curly hair, some people should avoid them.
If you hair has very little porosity or is thin, I don’t recommend that you use this treatment.
Low porosity hair has a hard time absorbing moisture because too much protein can leave your hair dry and broken.
And thin hair is more delicate by nature, so an excess of protein can make it break easily.
Now you know how to care for your hair so that your curls look healthy and fun.
Do you know other ways to nourish and protect your curls?