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

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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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  1. Yvonne (von) says

    I have tight curly hair looks like 4b 4c lots of shrinking going on. My challenge is the top of my hair is shorter then the sides and back. I had blood work done and it not DHT or anything. I have been natural for 20 years and not have been able to get it to grow. But now it is starting to grow but i dont have enough hair to wear any style. It’s long enough to plait but not the top hair. After reading your blog I’m interested in what kind of hair style I can do while it grows out I’m wearing a wig everyday to work would like other options. Btw had braids, weaves and that broke off my hair so not trying to do that again any ideas?

  2. Shalaria says

    i’M A 4C AS WELL. i HAVE REALLY REALLY THICK HAIR AND IT KEEPS GETTING MATTED DESPITE THE FACT THAT i FINGER DETANGLE AND DEEP CONDITION. i’VE JUST STARTED DOING PROTEIN TREATMENTS, HOPING THAT’S THE ISSUE, BUT MY ENDS (EVEN THOUGH I’VE CLIPPED THEM) KEEP BREAKING AS WELL. i’M STARTING TO THINK MY HAIR WASN’T MEANT TO BE LONG. i’M HAVING A REALLY HARD TIME FIGURING OUT HOW TO KEEP MY HAIR HAPPY!

    • hillz says

      Hi Shalaria,

      Most of the times the hair mats either because we keep it in one style for too long (varies from person to person) or our night regimen isn’t the right one. If its the night regimen, try not to sleep with your hair un-braided, if you moisturize it frequently before bed do it less or don’t sleep with wet hair, sleep with a satin cloth or something etc.

      And for the breaking ends don’t clip them any more. My ends coil the most, and I learnt after a lot of breakage to leave them this way. when not braided, I just comb my hair and let the ends coil back together. These days my hair is not breaking, I do get losses but its mainly the normal shedding.
      Or it could be too much or too little of moisture and/ protein. These two have to balance or else they cause breakage due to dryness.

      I keep my hair braided most of the times whether it be in twists, cornrows, braids, full sew in, this helps me to reduce the hair manipulation.

      The thing about our hair is that even though they are categorized, those in the same category still behave differently. We have to learn through trial and error, which can be very stressful. But it sums up to two things, Being healthy and learning to retain length.

      Don’t give up, re evaluate your regimen there must be something that you should exclude or something you should include.

  3. Ashley says

    Hi 4CPrincess!
    Thanks for sharing! Ihave thin 4c hair as well and I do usually do two strands or flat twists. I was wondering if you could recommend a good twist cream as moisture is a problem for me. Thanks!

  4. H Chandler says

    I am so tired of figuring out my hair. It is super dry. The only protective style I like wearing are two strand twists. I planned on getting locs next week but still debating. I hate feeling like I am giving up. Help!!

    • hillz says

      Hi

      If you haven’t yet gone for the locs. You should try the following.

      -Reduce the products you use on your hair, only use a pure oil(to avoid the extra ingredients that are not that good) and water, plus a moisturizing conditioner and shampoo if you use one.
      – Oil your scalp once a week preferably on your wash day and after your hair is half dry. Gently massage and work your way to the ends taking your time.
      – Deep condition with a moisturizing conditioner once a week for 30-45 min with a plastic on (not a protein based).
      – Condition wash once a week but only let the conditioner sit for 5 minutes not more or else the hair will shrink too much.
      – Change the protective styles. I like two strand twists but I notices that my hair is usually dry in them. So am now on three strand plaits and I keep them in for 2 weeks.

      Extra Tip:
      -When conditioning, don’t condition the 1 inch close to your scalp, this will reduce the shrinking speed, giving you more time to work on your hair.
      – If you don’t have lots of time in the middle of the week to co wash. Plait your hair in sections the previous night, then in the morning put some conditioner in a cup mix well with water and pour it on your hair. as you pour gently squeeze the plaits to allow the inside to get some conditioner. Before you leave the shower pour cold water and gently squeeze and allow to dry.
      – Dry hair can be caused by too much or too little moisture and protein, so note down how your hair feels every week and either increase or reduce.
      – If you choose a certain regimen give your hair 3 – 4 months to adjust to it then decide if its good or not.
      All these are what I usually do, I’m not yet where I want to be but, I’m pretty much ahead off the struggles I had with my hair. At the end of the day, its simplicity that’s called for and nothing else.

      Hope this was helpful :)

  5. michelle says

    I have my hair constantly in braids i wanna know how to take braids out easily and how to detangle more for my 4c hair

  6. 4cprincess says

    This may not be popular with some people. I am a 4c chick and I have retained 5 inches of hair since last September. I actually cut off 1 inch due to trimming every 4 months. My routine is as follows: I only wear my hair in 60-80 two strand twist, redone every two weeks. I DO NOT MOISTURIZE my hair daily. For my thin strand 4c texture, the adding water to my hair on the regular only lead to more tangles and knots. Trust me on this one, I tried every combination of Liquid, Oil, and Cream over the course of 9 months before realizing, I was better off with the following: on wash day, I finger detangle my hair as I take it out of the twists after that I wet the hair and put conditioner in it and immediately head to the shower (I do not let the conditioner sit on my hair because that will activate the curls to start coiling back up, when I get in the shower I always let the water stream DOWN on my hair as I lightly finger detangle (do not EVER bunch the hair up or wash the hair haphazardly), after I detangle each section, I twist it and clamp each section down with two clamps to prevent the hair from coiling up. I than deep condition with the clamps in to keep the hair stretched under a dryer. I leave the conditioner in and braid my hair in 12 braids to fully stretch the hair. I wait a minimum of 24 hours to ensure that the braids are fully air dried and than I take them out and I re-twist with a good twist cream. During the two weeks that the twists are in, I do not re-moisturize the hair at all. If you use a good twist holding cream, you should not need to.

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