In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to achieve spiral curls using flexi rods on my friend Arlene’s type 4 b/c hair, and discuss how to layer products for ultimate scalp treatment and moisture during styling.
About hair typing:
Alene has mostly type 4C hair, but her perimeter hair is in the 4b range. The ends of her hair have a looser curl pattern because of the dye she’s had for the past year or so (which will be trimmed off soon). Over time, high-lift dye processing can cause your curl pattern to change shape. This will vary from person to person, for some, there will be no changes, for others it may be drastic. It also depends on what type of dye is used, but you should definitely take this into consideration before choosing to dye your hair. See more about factors that affect dye processing.
Hair types are subjective, not Gospel. The hair typing charts that are available online feature buckets or categories that encompass the most common types and traits. Some naturals will fall between those or have traits of several types; don’t worry, it’s normal. See more about hair texture typing at naturallycurly.com.
The products I am using on Arlene for this style will have coconut oil, Vitamin E, Argan oil or peppermint oil, or some variation of them. Here’s why…
Coconut oil works wonders for dry hair and scalp. It helps treat dandruff, which is caused by an imbalance of natural oil production…you either have too much or too little oil produced by your body. The lauric and capric acids, along with vitamins E and K found in coconut oil work to repair follicles and balance the natural oil secretions in your scalp which leads to less flaking and irritation. And, because its molecular structure is small enough to actually penetrate the hair shaft, it sticks around in your strands in the days after styling.
Argan oil is a fatty oil rich in antioxidants, mainly vitamin E, that is great for frizz control and adding moisture because it oxidizes slower than other oils and its molecular weight allows it to penetrate the hair shaft. For the scalp, the vitamin E will help heal dry patches and protect those areas between washes.
Peppermint oil functions as an astringent so it helps to reduce excessive oil production and restore the scalp’s pH level to normal. Because of this restorative balancing property, it works for either extremely oily or dry scalp. However, peppermint oil is very strong, so if you are prone to skin irritation, do not use it alone on your scalp, you’ll want to find products, mainly shampoos that have it as a prominent ingredient.
Products and tools:
- Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Protein Pack
- Hydratherma Naturals Soothing Shampoo Bar
- Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
- Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Leave In Conditioner
- Agadir Argan Oil Hair Shield 450 Spray
- Hydratherma Naturals Foaming Sea Silk Curly Styler
- 1 inch and ½ inch diameter flexi rods
- Denman 9-row Brush
- Conair Hardhat Dryer
- Luxe Therapy Healing Oil
- Hydratherma Naturals Herbal Gloss Heat Protector
Total time for this style was about two hours.
Keep and care:
This style can be maintained by clipping the curls up to the top of your head with long metal clips, then tying a silk or satin scarf around the back and sides with the knot in the front.