To make 4C hair defined with a more visible curl pattern you have to manipulate your hair with products and style techniques. Here two style options for creating curls, along with the methods and products you will need:
Creating a wash and go look on 4C Hair
Disclaimer – Although the name of this style implies that it is a quick style method depending on the length of your hair and the look you desire to create, it is not necessarily a 10 minute process.
After freshly washing and conditioning your hair you need to apply a moisturizing gel product with hold to damp hair.
Technique #1 To create the curls, add an ample amount of product to damp hair and apply section by section. Rake the product through your curls with your hands until you see the definition that you are looking for, then move onto the next section and do this until your whole head is completed.
Technique #2 If you do not like the results from raking the product through or what’s called the “shingling” method try coiling each strand around your fingers instead.
Creating twist outs, braids outs, and set styles
Creamy products with hold will bring out the best curl definition for 4C hair and deliver the best results when doing twist outs, braid outs and set styles.
If you have not been having success with twist outs, braid outs and set styles keep this in mind:
– Make sure your hair is free from damage; remove any split ends.
– Don’t over fluff your twist out once you are ready to remove the twists/braids and use the right tools to add volume.
– Smaller twists/braids/sets tend to create more defined curls and bigger sections have less definition with more volume.
This article has even more details about why your twist outs fail: 8 Reasons Why Your Twist Out Failed