Kinky 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. You can grow 4c hair or any coily texture to long lengths it will just take a commitment to prevent damage with protective hairstyling.
What it takes to grow 4c hair and coily hair types
the factor that really matters
With kinky curly 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.
Focus on Low Manipulation
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 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.
A protective style is a hairstyle where the ends of your hair are tucked in (this prevents weathering from the environment) and daily styling is not required.
Examples of protective styles:
Two Strand Twists
Tuck in Roll Styles
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. Hair that is worn out will need to be moisturized more than hair that is tucked in.
Low manipulation styles are also good for mitigating damage. The difference between a low manipulation style and protective style is that with a low manipulation style that ends of your hair are exposed. However, like a protective style low manipulation styles do not require daily styling which will help you to reduce damage.
Examples of low manipulation styles:
Bantu Knot Outs
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!
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!
On average our hair grows about 1/2 inch per month (others may be faster or slower than this rate).
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.