Hey beauties!!! I embarked on my natural hair journey in 2013, and while I’ve had many ups and downs, I’m happy that my hair is the healthiest its ever been! Thankfully, I have managed to cultivate a few techniques for growing my 4c hair past shoulder length. Here are my top 4 tips for promoting hair growth!
1. TRIM THOSE ENDS!
You may not like it, but we have to face the fact that ALL hair should be trimmed on a regular basis. That doesn’t mean that you have to trim your hair every 6 to 8 weeks. I personally blow dry and trim my hair every 4 months, which has definitely served me well. After every single trim, my hair goes on a mini growth spurt! Other naturals may trim their hair just once a year, depending on their schedule and lifestyle. It may sound crazy, but in order to grow your hair, you have to trim it every once in a while.
Don’t get me wrong, if you are someone who is able to maintain healthy hair without stretching your hair, then go for it! Natural hair shrinkage is a beautiful thing, and it is a great sign that your hair is in good condition. However, if you are like me and you simply don’t have the patience to maintain healthy coils in their fully shrunken state, then you should consider wearing your hair stretched. I stretch my hair every night by twisting my hair into 8 jumbo twists, and wrapping each twist into a loose bantu knot by twisting the knot from the middle of my hair down to the ends. To secure each knot, I use a lose hair band from the Dollar Tree. This provides my hair with a heatless stretch that makes my hair care routine so much easier.
3. KEEP YOUR HAIR MOISTURIZED
It’s always important to moisturize your strands to prevent breakage. Although there are several different methods for moisturizing natural hair, I prefer to use coconut oil. I know there are plenty of people who believe that you can’t moisturize your hair with oil, but it depends on the type of oil you use. Since coconut oil is one of a few oils that penetrate your hair strands, it’s a great everyday moisturizer for your hair! The coconut oil that I use is from Carrington Farms (54 oz) because it is extra virgin and organic.
Co-washing is another great way to retain moisture while GENTLY cleansing the hair. Since my scalp is extremely dry, I prefer to co-wash my hair most of the time. My conditioner of choice is the Original Mane ‘n Tail Conditioner because it detangles like a dream.
4. DETANGLING ON A REGULAR BASIS
It’s definitely tempting for us 4c divas to go months and months without detangling our hair, but detangling protects your hair from a plethora of knots, tangles and breakage. I detangle my hair once a week to once every two weeks. You can safely go longer without detangling, but going more than three months without detangling you hair is risky. In my experience, the more frequently I detangle my hair, the less knots and breakage I have.
That’s it! These four simple techniques have been life savers for my 4c coils. While these strategies have worked wonders for my hair, they may not work for you…and that’s okay. Every head of hair is different. However, if you’re someone who has had some major issues with your natural hair, give some of these techniques a try!
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