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. 4CWashNGO says

    I have been experimenting for a very long time with my hair without much success. Recently, I decided that I wanted to learn how to grow my hair without protective styling. That is my personal challenge.

    I became really good at it – so good I could define my 4c curls using a leav in and gel. It was a daily process. I didn’t think defined 4C curls was even possible.

    After a while though, I got lazy. I stopped conditioning my hair. Oh well, the breakage started right back up again. The lesson I have learned throughout this process is that we 4c girls must condition our hair at all times.

    While experimenting, your hair may feel slippery and slimy, but eventually you will find the right mix of conditioner that works for you. You want a combination of products that will allow you to manipulate your hair without it breaking off while maintaining moisturize over time.

    I have begun a regiment of applying a combination conditioners to help detangle and define to my curls, the conditioners must have slip. I will also be performing weekly to monthly deep conditioning protein treatment. I noticed results after the first attempt. I will not go back to PS, and I love my shrinkage because it means my curls are popping.

  2. Amaka says

    I’d like to know exactly what co washing means.. from Nigeria, my hair is below shoulder level, would really love to grow it longer. thanks

  3. Ashley says

    Hi my name is Ashley and I’ve been natural for about 8 months and I recently cut some of my permed ends a month ago and what I really want to know is can anyone go natural if they never had naturally curly hair? I can see some change in my hair but it’s not really what I expected and its shedding a lot. I do wear a lot of sew ins and box braids and I do get my hair deep conditioned after each hair style. Can you pleas give me advice on what I should or shouldn’t be doing?

    • Kanisha says

      You absolutely can! Natural hair comes in many different textures and curl patterns. You won’t be able to tell your true curl pattern until you have trimmed off all of your relaxed ends. Those ends give weight to the hair that may alter the way your natural curl pattern appears. I suggest that you keep going! Try to only keep your sew ins or box braids installed for no more than 4-6 weeks at at time and use a deep conditioner that has protein in it afterwards because your hair needs to be strengthened. Also, I try to give my hair a break between sets for at least 1-2 weeks to let it “breathe.” Transitioning hair can tend to shed a lot but you can try a black tea or coffee rinse to help with this.

  4. nikki says

    Hi im very curious about cutting my ends.. I thought I was keeping up with my ends but on Dec 21,2014 I decided to put heat on my hair after 11months of being natural

  5. Sky says

    hi, I love your website! its always so helpful

    I do the LOC method and normally wear my hair in twists or a bun, I detangle my hair when its wash day (once a week) but in the last two washes I keep seeing a small amount of breakage. I had my hair trimmed about 2 months ago but id rather not get another trim- but if I don’t get a trim will my hair keep growing or is this just going to stop growth.

    thanks very much

    skyx

    • Kanisha Parks says

      Sky,

      Thank you! It is recommended that split ends get trimmed because if not, the hair will break further. Keeping your hair trimmed will prevent future damage in the long run. Also, there is a difference between breakage and shedding. Breakage results in damaged hair whereas excessive shedding results in thinning. Black tea or coffee rinses help tame shedding. Breakage can be prevented by wearing low manipulation styles and protective styles.

      Hope this helps!
      Kanisha

    • hillz says

      Hi Sky,

      Trimming has nothing to do with hair growth. It only affects the length of your hair. If your hair is healthy, you won’t have split ends to trim, as simple as that. so the amount of times you trim will determine the length of your. Massaging the scalp twice a day helps with shedding and breakage is as a result of a lot of things like, over manipulating the hair, product build up, too much or too little moisture or protein in the hair, among others, you just have to study your regimen and hair practices.

  6. Jacqueline moss says

    Hi my name is Jackie and actually for my hair I already did the big chop. Did it about 3 year ago back in our military station base in Louisiana. NOW my family lives in Guam which will be foe about another 2 years. My hair was relaxed but dying and so I thought we’ll since I gonna have start new why not go natural. However I soon found this to be a big mistake. Mainly because after wards I had no Idea how to take care of it. So a neglected it. Long story short I had tough embarrassing time and more than ready to go kinky. I really help for a good help guidance from this site;I have absolutely no where else to go. I have already accepted that my hair is different and needs different care but I literally have no close associate or guide to help me learn. I believe my hair can have potential. Though it is 4b on top and to the right and 4dc from the middle and back of my hair. I don’t want to have to go back to relaxed because I have seen the beauty in natural hair , and I was told that Guam topical humidity is great for going natural. I really want to grow it out as long and as best as I can before we leave. Recently today I started my new hair journey with tips from this site. First I co-washed using Tresseme luxurious moisture replenishment. Then I washed using ogx hydrating tea tree mint oil blended with milk proteins and micro infused peppermint oils before conditioning again. I normally hairwash twice a week is that ok. 3rd I did the LOC method using water, blue magic coconut oil, beautiful textures moisture butter whipped creme . After ward of used beautiful textures curl defining pudding and putt my hair in braid dow the side of my head before wrapping it with a head scarf so that I could go out. Any advice suggestions. I am open to any thing you have to say concerning in my hair.

    • Kanisha Parks says

      Jacqueline,

      We are so happy that you have found great tips on the site! Everyone has good and bad hair days- the best thing you can do for your hair is be patient with it and have a secure regimen. A basic natural hair regimen should include a steady wash schedule: this can be once a week or every few days, depending on your schedule and your hair’s needs. Wash day should include shampooing, conditioning, and deep conditioning the hair. When styling, try not to manipulate the hair harshly. Using the LOC method is a great way to retain moisture and protective styling (any style that keeps the ends of the hair tucked away) is great for retaining length. BlackNaps is here to help! Don’t give up. :)

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