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. faith says

    i have 4b/c hair that I have trying to grow out since February 2014. My issue was that I did not know my hair type at the time nor did I know there were forums like these to help people like me. My daughter did some research about growing thick long natural locks and shared the information with me. Since she has 4a/b hair, not all of the information could be used. I say this because even though people of color have worn natural hair styles; I do not believe anyone has disseminated information that will actually help, without wanting large sums of money for the information. That being said, I have found many good tips from watching YouTube. Maybe try it.

  2. Sandy says

    I was wondering how can I grow my hair and keep it moisturized and define my curl pattern I’m also 4c and did my big chop over two years ago but it feels like my hair hasn’t really did any growing. Because I have such a chubbyy face I’m also so scared of protective styling. Any opinions or suggestions?

    • shakira says

      Hello, I am dealing with the same problem I have 4c hair for most part and my hair has not been growing seems like it. I would like tips on night routine for most part.

  3. Nata says

    I have discovered that Soft and Beautiful’s BOtancals Ultra Nourishing Lite Creme Moisturizer (Wal-Mart) keeps my hair soooo moisturized and soft, I do reapply it each day because it does feel like it begins to wear slightly off with each passing day. But you definitely will not have to reapply it repeatedly the same day. The only thing I dont like is that my hair doesn’t get as puffy as it does when I twist it out with just water and oil. It kind of shrinks. Still, it shines and looks radiant all day. Before using this product, my hair would harden and stiffen. There wasn’t much I can do with it but now I feel like my options are limitless.

  4. YoUrstruly says

    Hi,

    I’m new to the whole “natural” process. I did the big chop about 2 weeks ago, but I am wearing braids now.
    I have 4c hair, decided to go natural because my hair was thinning out and breaking off constantly. I tried hairfinity, and every other hair vitamin but nothing worked.
    Any good hair care regimen for starters? I’m certainly no expert when it comes to taking care of my natural hair, but i would love for it to look and feel healthy.

    • Kanisha says

      My personal recommendation is to keep it simple. You will need a few products: shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, and a leave-in conditioner. Your styling products will depend on your hair texture and how you choose to wear your hair. I too have Type 4 hair and the LCO method (applying a liquid such as water, leave-in conditioner, and oil after washing) works for me. There are hundreds of products to choose from. I would suggest a product line that is popular and highly recommended, such as SheaMoisture, Dark and Lovely, or Cantu Shea Butter for Naturals to start off with. These products are cost effective and can be found at Target, CVS, Walmart, and/or Walgreens. Lastly, just be patient with your hair. It took me some time to settle into a regimen that worked for my lifestyle but I never gave up or went back to a relaxer. I’ve been natural for 5 years now. You can do it! Also, with your braids, be sure to moisturize weekly and apply oil in order to seal the moisture into your hair. Don’t keep this style in for more than 6-8 weeks. This will keep your protective style from becoming a defective style. After you take your braids out, remove any shed hair with your hands while your hair is dry. If you wet your hair before doing this, it will become a matted MESS and you may end up losing hair. Hope this helps!

      • Nata says

        I agree. I had to learn the hard way that wetting hair before detangling it after taking down braids is a big Don’t Do!

  5. Kim says

    I have 4b/4c hair and I want my hair to grow longer and actually have a curl pattern because it has no pattern whatsoever. I need hair tips on growth and curls. Someone please help me :(

    • 4CWash&GoMe says

      I believe that you are asking two questions. One is about defining your curl pattern, and the other is growing your hair and maintaining that growth.

      I am a 4c curly girl. The only way I have found to define my curl pattern is with ultra-conditioning regiment. Water is the first product and most important product I apply in this process, and then I go crazy with the conditioners. I sometimes wash with conditioner, although I have found that a clay mix works much better to cleanse, soften and define the curl. Then, I detangle with a conditioner, and then I might deep condition. I prefer to deep condition overnight with a mix of conditioner and oil. Then I use a mix of between two to three conditioners in a layering process to style. I use lots of conditioner. The hair has to be super soft for curl definition.

      I use the raking and smoothing technique when I apply product at every phase of my regiment – from the cleansing to the styling – in order to encourage the coil. It takes a little while to master this process. If you are patient, you will master it. I use this process whether I am washing and going or installing twists for a twist-out.

      Hair growth is genetic, but you can do a few things to help encourage growth, internally, by eating right, drinking lots of water and exercise, and, externally, installing protective styles and handling your hair with gently. I prefer to condition. I believe the process of using lots of conditioners and oils when detangling and styling can also assist in preventing breakage and therefore retaining length. Before raking through my hair, I make sure my hair is slippery and slimy to the touch with conditioners.

      I seal with shea butter, when I install twists. I sometimes use gel to catch the curl, when I am washing and going, depending on the level of curl definition I am attempting to achieve.

      I don’t use products containing silicones or sulfates, and I may remove products containing protein.

      Good luck.

  6. Annabel says

    I believe my hair type to be 4c, currently I’m washing my hair every two weeks, However I’ve been reading online that some people with this hair type wash their hair every 3 days. Is that too much and how often does everyone wash their hair? And what washing/conditioning process would everyone recommend?
    Thanks!

    • says

      There is nothing wrong with washing every three days. If you were to use the max hydration method in the beginning of the process you would wash your hair every day. Washing your hair doesn’t cause dryness as we once believed. It’s the products that we use that is the culprit of dryness. A good starting point would be washing/conditioning once per week. However, ultimately how often you wash is all dependent on the length of your hair (shorter hair is easier to wash more often) your lifestyle and the type of styles that you prefer.

    • 4CWashNGO says

      It depends on your hairstyle. When I wear was and goes, I wash and condition my hair everyday. Now that I am wearing twist outs, maybe every third day, because I use shea butter to seal in the moisture.

      I am 4c and I love washing my hair often, because I feel like, working with my hair on a , I learn what works best for my hair. I know some people advise against too much manipulation. I use lots and lots of conditioner when I detangle and style, so breakage is not an issue for me.

  7. Davina says

    My daughter and I are both natural. I have dreadlocks and she wears braids. She is three years old and her hair is just as coarse as mine. I would say it’s 4c because it’s pretty coarse. And her edges are thin. How can I strengthen her hair and promote hair growth without making her her hate her hair because as of now she hates when I comb it and the last thing I want her to do is ask me for a perm. I want her to love her hair. Any hair product advice for me!

    • Jaleesa says

      For thin edges: Apply a tiny bit of castor oil. A little goes a long way as the oil is very thick. Wear bigger braids at least one-half inch wide. Also if braids are too tight, it can cause thinning edges.

      Less painful combing: Section her hair into 5 to 6 six sections with your fingers. Keep the sections seperated with cloth ponytail holders or “scrunchies”. Undo 1 scrunchie and spray a detangler or apply a leave-in conditioner to the section of hair. Comb it with a wide-toothed comb. Repeat for each section.

    • 4CWash&GoMe says

      Some people recommend using coconut oil for detangling before the cleansing process.
      After cleansing my hair with a mix of clay/apple cider vinegar/olive oil, and then deep conditioning with a mix of my favorite conditioner and oil, I keep my hair damp, and apply extremely liberal amounts of a mix of conditioners with slip, which means my hair feels slippery and slimy to the touch. As I mentioned in another post, when applying the conditioner, in my opinion, and because my hair loves, the whiter the applied conditioners appear, the better. I currently use Tresemme Naturals, Shea moisture detangler and Belnouvo Hair milk in that order. Also, I have started applying an oil or butter to seal in all that wonderful moisture. My hair is responding well to this mix of products. My hair dries wonderfully and feels very soft and moisturized for days.

      It took lots of experimenting to get this mix of products to work and I continue to experiment. I am now test to determine whether my hair is protein sensitive. Every head of hair is different, so please experiment. There is lots of information out there on hair care that will help you determine which path works best for you and yours.

      Good luck.

      • Monecia says

        I don’t really get into all the hair typing, but I guess I would be categorized as 4b. I have been natural now since June of last yr. I co-wash my hair just about each morning unless I am opting for finger coils or a cute curly fro. I keep my products pretty simple, and I learned that creamy products work best on my hair. I love As I Am co wash, leave-in and coiling gel. Prior to my co wash I use raw coconut oil. After I am done co-washing I then apply the As I Am leave-in conditioner, xtra dark castor oil and last but not least a little bit of the coiling gel. I will usually lightly coil my hair with the gel in the areas that appear less defined so when it dries the curls pop! When I fro my hair the next day if I don’t feel like doing a wash n go I will spritz my hair with some h20 and apply Jessies Pillow top curls then some shea butter to seal in moisture, paying close attention to my ends especially. My hair is super soft for a few days using this method. It’s all about what works best for you. Trial and error.

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