The 4C doll head is one of the most controversial dolls on the market, which has sparked many debates about how to care and how to shape it. Due to its complex structure and exposure to a large number of threats, it is not always easy to understand how to use the 4C head model. We have compiled a list of the most common questions from mannequin users to dolls with this hair type, followed by detailed answers to help you improve your 4C hair practice experience.
1. What products do I need to purchase for 4C doll head maintenance?
When you buy the weirdest doll on the market, be prepared to spend extra money on maintaining the product. 4C dolls are beautiful and unique in appearance, but they have many weaknesses, such as exposure to cracks, tangles, and dryness. If you cannot address and prevent these threats, your mannequin head can only last for a few weeks. So, to make your 4C model head live longer, you need the following essentials: conditioner, natural moisturizer, and sulfate-free shampoo.
By taking care of frizzy hair regularly, you can make it smooth, bouncy and shiny, which is more suitable for your hairstyle exercise. Conditioner can also add some moisture to 4C hair. The rest of the moisture requirement will be supplemented by moisturizers based on coconut oil, olive oil or shea butter. If you want to bathe your doll’s head, it’s best to wash less and use a sulfate-free shampoo, because the chemical concentration is low and safer.
2. Should I comb or comb my hair?
It is highly not recommended to brush your doll's head, because the brush will increase friction, and the friction will be greater when dealing with tangles. The comb provides significantly less friction and sliding through kinks easier. So, whether you want to prevent knotting or messing up your hair, you must use a comb. Remember that friction will increase during the knotting process, so if you want to tie a knot, use a wide-toothed comb and conditioner to prevent it. Start with the tips of the hair, then gently comb the roots.
3. What hairstyles can I try on 4C models?
When dealing with 4C hair, you don't want to over-treat it because it is fragile. Don't force it to make dramatic changes in style, such as flattening, you'd better make it feel comfortable in the practice class. Disturbing it will cause faster wear. The hairstyles you can practice on the 4C dummy include braids, kinks, and round buns. These are easy to make because the hair strands are elastic and will not disrupt the curling pattern of the hair. This means that after you knit them into a bun or braid, these kinks will stay in place.
4. Can I use heat setting?
You can heat the 4C dummy head, but you must be careful and moderate. When you use a hair dryer, make sure not to use the highest temperature, because it can easily damage the fragile kinks. It is best to set a lower temperature and spend more time on drying. This will cost you a few minutes of life, but adds some life to the mannequin. When you use a curling iron, be sure to apply hair care products first to prevent hair breakage and burns.
5. Can I dye the twisted dummy head?
The first thing to understand is that dyeing tightly curly hair requires the use of chemicals, which is not a good friend for 4C hair. Therefore, dyeing is allowed, but not often. At the same time, it is recommended that the color you dye is not lighter than 3 shades. It is more powerful than it can destroy abnormal patterns. In addition, considering the intricate structure of curly hair, you'd better ask a stylist for help.
It is not difficult to make a 4C mannequin head to last. You only need to follow a set of rules to use and maintain it, thereby extending its life. These recommendations include: regular use of appropriate hair care products, such as conditioners and moisturizers, use a comb instead of a brush, moderate coloring, and avoid excessive manipulation and excessive heat setting.