How to Grow Kinky Textured Hair (4b and 4c)

How to Grow 4c Hair LongKinky hair is especially fragile, which means you can go natural, rarely use heat, yet still experience hair breakage. Well how is this so?

Each bend and curve in kinky coily hair represents a weak point. So this means when you wash, comb, or style your hair these bends and curves are easily broken.

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How You Care for Your Hair

the factor that really matters

With kinky 4b/4c hair types, although good products are important how you care for your hair is probably even more important. It won’t matter how much you moisturize or condition your hair, if you are not handling it right.

Here we go again! For the millionth time on this site I am going to stress the importance of protective styling (ex. Twists, Cornrows, Braids, Coils, Tuck and Roll Styles), because for those with fragile hair types it’s one of the key areas of length retention.

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Focus on Low Manipulation

it works!

When you wear protective styles this helps prevent breakage from manipulation of the hair, matting and tangles, and it is also is a good method for moisture retention.

The more you style and manipulate your hair the weaker it becomes. If your hair is particularly fragile you will notice those 3/4 inch breaks as well, which is an even deeper cry for protective styles and low manipulation.

Once you have effectively developed a regimen with protective styling that works for you there should be a noticeable difference in how much breakage you experience, the amount of split ends that you see, and eventually with consistency noticeable growth.

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Take a Gentle Approach

your hair will thank you for it

When you do style your hair you may want to try fingercombing rather than using a comb or a brush every time you detangle your hair. Fingercombing is more gentle on your hair and you have the ability to feel tangles and snags that styling tools cannot. Fingercombing is a bit more work, however for those who get those pesky 3/4 broken off hairs this should help to reduce them.

If you feel that you are gentle with your hair, you have to be even more gentle and patient. Our hair flourishes when its left to rest. Which isn’t such a bad thing, because protective styling makes handling your hair less time consuming and easier on you!

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Be Patient

growth takes time

You must keep up this routine of low manipulation in order to see results. Do not expect to just do this for a week or two and see earth shattering results. We are talking about months of consistency!

Remember our hair only grows on average (others may be faster) of 1/2 inch per month.

What you can expect to see within a couple of weeks is the reduced number of broken off hairs that you see and the quality of moisture in your hair (protective styling helps you retain more moisture).

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Comments

    • hillz says

      Hey, I think if you are really 4c, then your focus mustn’t be a curl definition. This is only going to stress you out and fail you. Most 4c girls cant get their hair to act like a 4a/b or 3c. You should focus on the health of your body and then the hair, finding styles that only work for you. Trust me this will make your life easier.

      but you can try the Tightly curly method or Curly girl method or shingling or doodles Google them for your hair type, in this way you find people with the same hair type and their results.

      on the other hand moisturizing is something that helps a lot when it comes to making the hair easier to comb and alike and these methods all have to do with supper moisture.

      Hope this helped :)

    • says

      Hello I have 4 c tight coil hair lots of shrinkage. If you want shingle style curls – Eco-styler works. Using all natural products help form the pattern. I thought my hair would NEVER coil, but it does.

      Eden Body works Coconut line is AWESOME – cowash, leave in, pudding and souffle are all great! Tip buy from Sally’s if it doesn’t work take it back for a full refund (verify rule applies).

  1. sarahi says

    I last relaxed my hair May, 2012. I really don’t know how to take care of my hair. I deep condition my hair on a weekly basis. I moisturize my hair daily, after that I pick it up in a bun… I dont like braiding my hair or twist. …. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    • Pat says

      It all depends on your hair goals. There are a lot of options for natural hair care. Of course, moisturizing those tresses is the most important step. I recently began the Curly Girl method, because I discovered my brand of 4c hair requires a constant infusion of moisture for length retention. But that is one of many options. The young ladies online are very helpful with this process.
      Visit Youtube.

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