1. Detangle your hair.

Detangling natural hair is an essential step towards taking care of tight curls. Detangle regularly to prevent matting or knotting. Start detangling from the ends using your fingers or a wide-toothed comb. Use leave-in conditioner or hair oil to lubricate strands.

2. Condition your hair.

For tight spring-like coils or 4c hair, use a leave-in conditioner to lock in moisture and protect from heat damage. Use a conditioner or deep conditioner formulated for curly locks. Moisturize with products tailored to kinky hair. Use a diffuser when blow drying to limit direct heat and prevent frizz and tangling.

3. Define your curls.

Use styling tools and techniques to define curls. Avoid over-styling to maintain natural shape and prevent frizz and flyaways. Use a styling cream for type 4c curly hair to define and moisturize. Try flat twists or banana knots as protective styles to create defined curls.

4. Lock in your curls.

Limit the use of products and styling techniques that may loosen and dry out curls. Use a moisturizing conditioner after every wash and minimize heat application. For type 4b curls, maintain moisture and vibrancy with deep conditioning treatments and hydration.

5. Seek professional advice.

If uncertain about your curl pattern, visit a professional stylist for assessment and recommendations. Stylists can provide guidance on caring for and styling textured hair, as well as suggest suitable products. Consider tex-laxing as a service to loosen tight coils without straightening completely.