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. Renata says

    Very pleased to say that after having braids for 5 weeks, I have nooooo notable breakage and I have retained my hair’s length.  Before getting them, I consulted with this board because I was having problems with dry hair that ultimately resulted in my hair breaking. I was advised not to get them but I decided it would be the best option because I did not know I felt like the breakage was a result of my manipulation and a moisturizer I was using as I did not put any heat or dye in my hair. I am so happy with the outcome and my decision to get braids which I will continue to get on and throughout my hair journey because that is strictly how I transitioned in the first place. Sometimes it’s best to stick to familiar methods you know will work on your hair.

  2. mimi says

    Ive been natural for a year and my hair is very dry nd breaks easily,the weather here doesnt help as it is very dry and hot. Im very frustrated at this point,any advice?

    • Michelle says

      Make sure that you have healthy eating habits. Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat lots of healthy food. Find a good moisturizer, leave-in conditioner, etc for your hair. You may also consider taking a supplement (I take biotin and I like it). I also have very dry hair that breaks easily and has been improving tremendously by by mainly by eating habits and finding the right products. Oh and not using as much shampoo. I used to wash my hair a lot because it gets so dry and I have bad dandruff. Washing less and switching to a cowash is a lot better for my hair. I hope these tips help!! Oh and tea tree oil is a good hair product as well.

    • hillz says

      Hi you should try these

      You just have to protect your end:
      - By cutting any split ends
      - Moisturize your hair frequently and seal with a natural oil
      - Having styles that don’t leave your ends to exposed for days and that don’t need daily manipulation.
      - Dryness can either be less or too much moisture or less or too much protein. Find where you fit in, in this less/more and you create a regimen to help build the one that is less and reduce the one that is more.

  3. Leah says

    Hi, love all the comments here! I actually don’t like my natural black hair so I’ve dyed it twice already, planning on dyeing it again. Only prob is my hair breaks easily and hardly grows, I mean I’ve had it natural since 2011. I wash my hair with tresseme for breakage once a week and put an oil based serum on while its wet, then I stretch it and plait it to get the afro style I would like the next morning. I was wondering what is best to do with my hair, water sprits, oil, moisturizer, protective styles. And no I never leave my protective style for more than 2 days because it’s never the hairdo I would go outside and let people see me in

    • says

      Go to facebook, like Kiss My Knots, read reviews of Kiss My Knots. The key is to keep your hair.moisturized so that it won’t break off. Make.sire that you keep the hair conditioned and moisturized. Also, you probably have chemical damage from lifting your hair since you do not like black hair. Color can damage tour hair depending on what you are using. To lift the hair consider henna.

    • hillz says

      Hi

      You should either swap the product make you are using to dye your hair or simply increase the # of times you moisturize and use protein treatments.

      Spritz can be done daily, using plain water is fine.

      Moisturizing with other product like deep conditioners or regular conditioners or even the G.H,E method can also help boost moisture levels.

      Oiling can be used as a way of sealing the moisture or for a specific reason like people who use coconut its because it makes the hair soft and stronger, so its all up to you. Choose a good pure oil coconut, olive , castor, almond etc.

      Your hair is growing, just try to keep the ends protected and moisturized, this will ensure that you retain more hair. Its braking faster that its growing.

      Protective style can also be cornrowed braids, or flat twisted braids, medium sized box braids, it doesn’t have to simply be your hair. These styles will help give your hair a rest from the daily manipulations. As long as you take car of the these styles the results will be good.

      Hope this helps.

  4. Crystal says

    Hi, I did my big chop in Feb and my hair keeps drying out not knowing what was causing but after browsing and watching you tube videos I realize spraying the hair in the morning and at nights really helps a lot. I started spraying my hair with water every morning and sealing it with shea butter and conditioner and my hair is soft & shiny right through the day and my curls are wonderful :)

  5. Joslyn says

    Since going natural I have always done my own hair out of pure habit. With a growing head of thick 4c hair I had to. I find letting others do my hair to always be awkwardly unpleasant. It’s like the hairstyle turns out great but the pain of it all not so much worth it. Now a day i wouldn’t dare go to a traditional stylist. It seems they are anti-hair with all of their harsh practices. I actually get nervous when someone brings a comb to my head seeming as no one knows how to actually utilize one. There are those who will attempt to still comb some hair that is clearly too dry or coiled. Even others who will allow their tresses be man-handled while being told they are too ‘tender headed’. Yes your scalp is tender from all of those hairs being ripped from the follicle. Through my own hair journey i have found that, finding a great natural hairstylist can require some due diligence. Water , oil, and a butter is all i need to hydrate and revive my locs every time and in that order. Just a few sprits of water and a light coating of a natural oil and butter each night along with tying my hair down with a silk scarf does the trick in retaining length, minimizing breakage and tangles and adding shine and life. I must add that I do two strand twist on my hair after every hot oil treatment and co-wash. Rarely do i wash my hair with just shampoo as that strips hair of oil that it so desperately needs to stay manageable. I wear my twist for about two weeks and repeat. My hair is thick and growing at a healthy rate. I don’t rush through my tresses as impatience can cause a lot more breakage and hair loss than necessary.

    • lsimon3321 says

      Thank you for sharing your routine and tips. I need to work on moisturizing and sealing my hair more religiously but I am getting closer to a length that will help me love my 4b/c hair much more. I am stuck on length. I don’t care what type it is as long as I have length.

  6. Charlie says

    Hi, I always seem to split ends and I’m not sure what it is. Iv tried to keep a routine and I wash my hair with shampoo every two weeks and co wash with conditioner in-between to get rid of build up. I moisterise my hair with water ,oil and a cream before I go to bed and place in a bonnet as my hair get dry fast. But Its seems that I am gaining no length ,as I have to cut it off again. Not sure what to do :s

    • hillz says

      Hi

      you didn’t mention a protective style.
      Try to keep your hair in twists, flat twists, plaits and also do protein treatments twice or once a month.
      Keep the protein and moisture use balanced because to much or little of either of them will lead to breakage.
      Deep condition twice or thrice a month with a moisture based deep conditioner.

      Trim all visible damaged hair, and start taking care of it in a different way.
      Change your moisture routine if the current one isn’t resulting and if your hair is always dry you need two wash it frequently. You said shampoo once every two weeks, co wash in between. Why don’t you try to deep condition in between the shampoo wash once, and condition wash once, on other days just dab some water on your hands and wet your hair, seal with an oil.

      Lastly make sure the products you use are not damaging to your hair. Be care full with products when they cause build up it dries your hair.

      :)

  7. Nata says

    Hello! I’ve been natural for over a year and have experienced breakage that resulted i me cutting off 2-3 inches of my hair all over my head. I know that dryness is probably the cause but I don’t know what is causing it. At first I thought it was my pink oil lotion. However, even after I stopped using it my hair is still breaking. Right now, it’s pretty healthy as I have cut off all damaged ends. However, I don’t want to go through that again in the future so I’m going to get braids so that hair grows back out and I can do other protective styles. I think i’ve worn it out too much. I wore braids the whole time that I transitioned and I think I need to go back to what I know. But are there any ways to wear your hair out and keep it moisturized? A lot of the products do me no good.

    • says

      Yes. You can wear mini twists and make sure your hair is moisturized as you do them and while you wear them. I am not sure braids are the best if your hair has breakage. The weight of the extensions may be too much.

    • eishababy says

      You can use the LOC method which is liquid, oil and conditioner. I spray my hair with water, I then use coconut oil and I seal it with Oyin hair dew moisterizer. Oyin is really light and it keeps my hair really soft. I also purchased a hair steamer for my DC. I have had major breakage so I hope this regimine works. Good luck.

    • renata says

      Yes it is probably the pink oil because my hair recently started breaking and I narrowed it down to the pink oil. Since then, I’ve tossed it out because it dried my hair out soooo bad and yes mine was still breaking after I stopped using it because of its dryness. I had to get olive oil moisturizer, some moisturizing shampoo as well as a spray bottle i filled with olive oil and water to mist my hair when styling. My breakage starting in April and I have successfully reversed the effects of my breakage. On yesterday, I took down braids that had only been in 5 weeks and there was nooooo breakage–none because I made sure that all ends were clipped before getting them and that was not too much tension placed on my strands. Also, while wearing them I continued to do use the same products I named above. I would advise you to work on your hair and get your moisture level back up at least for a month of two and then get braids so that you won’t experience any additional breakage and you’ll know how to care for your hair when you take your braids down.

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