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What Moisturizers are Best for 4B Hair Type

Type 4 is the kinky hair type and this includes three subcategories – 4A, 4B, and 4C. Beyonce’s hair is categorized under 4A while Macy Gray’s is 4C, 4B hair type is somewhere between the two. Before we start with the best 4B type moisturizers, you must understand that kinky hair is the driest hair type among all 4 hair types. Because of this, it is more prone to breakage, to tangles, and other kinds of hair damage. The fragility of the kinky hair needs a gentler touch, a more sensitive haircare approach, and absolutely avoid harsh chemicals that would cause further hair drying.

The best moisturizers for 4B hair type are mostly DIY whipped up concoctions using raw materials such as shea butter, olive oil, glycerine, coconut oil, castor oil, distilled water, and honey. The driest portion of a 4B hair type is at the ends and most of the time, conditioners alone do not seal in essential oils for your hair. This is why you need a hair moisturizer to seal in oils and moisture to avoid frizzy and dry hair. You may add oil or honey to your conditioner prior to application and rub raw shea butter on the tips of your hair after conditioning. You can also whip some shea butter, preferred oil, glycerine, and equal parts of distilled water in a spray bottle for you to carry around all day. You can use this spritz of leave in moisturizer anytime to freshen your hair up especially when you spend most of your time walking under the sun.

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  1. Imam August 29, 2015 at 6:10 AM

    Olay’s complete body wash for extra dry skin is a soap-free foomulatirn with Shea Butter and vitamins E, A and B3 which are supposed to penetrate the skin and condition the skin for 24 hours. It also is advertised as rinsing clean. This is a very pleasant body wash that turns into a gentle, nourishing creamy lather on the skin. The scent is hard to describe, it is very mild and does not stay on the skin. Perhaps a very light honey and floral scent? The lather rinses clean as advertised. Afterward the skin feels fresh and moisturized but I still need moisturizer afterwards. Complete Body Wash is a high quality, mild shower gel which I recommend for dry skin. Watch out when you squeeze the bottle the body wash comes out very fast and only a little of this rich gel is needed.

  2. November 11, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Great insight. Relieved I’m on the same side as you.

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