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

  1. crystal says

    ive been natural for a year and my hair is not growing. it is becoming hard to manage. someone plz help I feel like choppin it all off. I refuse to get a perm

  2. Mercy says

    I had the big chop about 17months ago. I am 4c and hair is very dry, yet it has grown about 6 inch more. I have been washing every 2 weeks. Do I need to wash more often so I can moisturize more often?

    • hillz says

      Hi Mercy,

      Yes, you should wash your hair more often. Twice a week should do and try using oils that don’t have to many ingredients, pure oils(if you aren’t using them already) to seal. Between your wash days while in the shower wet your hair a little bit and seal with a small amount of oil. This will help you keep the moisture level balanced.

      Wash twice a week, deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner once a week, deep condition with a protein conditioner or just eggs twice a month. What ever you choose to do, you should take a closer look at your hair and how its responding, sometimes to much of moisture or protein can also dry the hair out. If you find a regimen and products that works for your hair stick to them.

      Sometimes its the styles that make moisture escape easier, so you can also change the styles. Flat twists, single strand twist and corn rows helps keep moisture better.

      You can boost moisture level by eating fruits and veggies that contain a lot of water or increase the amount of water you take per day. This has helped me a lot because I don’t have enough time to do my hair between my wash days.

      Hope this helps.

      :)

  3. shareiko says

    Hi, I just recently took the BIG CHOP about two weeks ago. My hair is extremely thick and I dont even know the number texture to my hair. Im lost but Im telling you I look good(lol). I need some advice on how I should take care of my hair from start to finish in a days time. Someone please help!!! It would be greatly appreciated!!!!

  4. Rosina Visagie says

    I have gone natural 4 2months now. I have done the big chop off and then have put my hair in braids. For this time i have focused on my daughter’s hair who has been very dry. I’ve finally found products that works for her. Know i’m focusing on my hair. I’m a type 4b/4c hair type. My hair dry out very quickly, please help what product can i use?

  5. kelly says

    Hi i have a question, i have 4c 4b hair type and i just did my BC about two weeks ago and i have a mini fro but i’ve been using a combination of oils and leave in hair conditioner and then i part a section and take two pieces and twist them together and bobby pin them against my head, is this a good protective method or not?

  6. Pav says

    I recently did the big chop ,and to my surprise my hair texture is not what I expected. I can assume its 4b its really difficult for me to manage. Are there any styles or ways to define my hair?

    • hillz says

      hi Sesethu,
      you should invest in a moisturizing deep conditioner, a sulfate free or mild shampoo, a conditioner, wide toothed comb. If you want a long term transitioning(from relaxed to natural) you should go for protective styles like full sew in weaves, box braids, cornrow braids in that way you get to deal with two textures less often. As you kinks grow you can trim off the relaxed ends. Some people just shave it all off but sometimes its hard to work with your hair when its short so letting it grow for about 8 to 12 months helps. If you go for transitioning, when you take down the protective styles teach yourself how to wash, condition, and deep condition, how to detangle properly, how to seal in moisture., how to style your own hair. how to not become a product junkie ( give the products you have a chance to work)

      There are soo many things you will learn on the net but the most important thing is to learn and apply them slowly by slowly. Don’t try to walk before you crawl. keep it simple, keep your body healthy, you won’t regret it.

      This site is also very good for people who are just starting their journey. surf through it.

      :)

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