Not the Big Chop! Here’s How to Grow and Repair Natural Damaged 4c Hair

Not the Big Chop! Here’s How to Grow and Repair Natural Damaged 4c Hair

Posted by Imani Brammer on Sep 29th 2020

Your natural hair is not growing because you believe the hype that it’s “not meant to grow.” If “my natural hair is not growing” has crossed your mind and your strands are stressed and depressed like 2020, then listen: we’re almost at the finish line. Let’s allow our tresses to have a revival within the survival.

First, Let’s Clear the Air

Myth: Kinky hair does not grow.

Truth: Kinky hair does grow.

If “long hair don’t care” was a curl pattern, it would be 4c. Type 4 hair can care less about appearing long, no matter how lengthy it truly is. It shrinks when it wants to, therefore, what you see is not always what is.

The most notorious characteristic of 4c hair is shrinkage. Shrinkage can be as severe as 90%, which means it can drastically alter the length of how your hair appears.

When you see a kinky coily beauty with “short” hair, allow her to pull a coil and release. It’ll stretch to Rapunzel lengths and snap right back in place.

Myth: You have to chop it all off to start your healthy hair journey

Truth: You have to take care of it to start your healthy hair journey.

Establish a routine. Understand what products help hair grow. Be regimented. You owe it to yourself to be consistent. Growing your 4c hair is a spiritual process. Talk to it. Love on it. Pour heaping amounts of compassion into it. Be patient with it. Affirm your hair and if you want to cut it off, then you can. However, shaving your head is not a mandate for abundant hair. There are so many different types of growth oil that you’d be amazed, so don’t worry about what products help hair grow. We’ll talk about it more later.

Oh—and don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s. This bit is easier said than done, especially with Instagram’s explore page filled with healthy tresses and braggadocios worthy fros. However, your hair has its own beauty waiting for you to uncover. Don’t watch it too close. A watched pot never boils. Take care of it and forget it. Carry on with other juicy aspects of your life and before you know it, you’ll have a juicy head of kinky hair to match.

But How Do I Take Care of It?

Let’s start with learning your hair porosity.

What’s Porosity?

Porosity is how porous your hair strands are. Basically, how well your hair absorbs and holds moisture.

Low Porosity: The hair cuticles are bound more tightly. It means it’s difficult for your strands to retain moisture.

High Porosity: The cuticles are astronomically loose and allow too much moisture into the hair. Oddly, this kind of hair can lose moisture easily as well. It is the total opposite of low porosity hair.

Mid or Normal Porosity: As you may have guessed, it’s in the middle, allowing just the right amount of moisture penetration to seep through the cuticles.

Once you’ve determined your hair’s porosity, now you can look into the best hair regimen. Whether it’s weekly deep conditioning or a bi-daily LOC method, a transformative routine will do your strands wonders.

The best part of establishing a routine is buying new hair growth products for kinky hair. If you’re wondering, “what products help hair grow?”—don’t worry. Porosity is the guiding light to finding exactly what you need.

Hair Growth Products for 4c Hair

Since 4c hair is mostly known to be low porosity, the Coil Cleanser Moisture Retention Shampoo is a good place to start. It’s specifically formulated for dryer hair, allowing the sugarcane and rhodiola Root Extract to lock in moisture and improve your hair’s strength.

The shampoo is best paired with the Intense Coil Soak Deep Conditioner. It uses Agave, Amaranthus seed and artichoke leaf extract to soften, strengthen and shine your strands.

For your LOC method routine, Crown Polish Moisturizing Hair Butter should be in your starter kit. It’s packed with natural goodness, like pumpkin seed oil, avocado butter and cupuacu butter to guarantee better moisture retention for your hair.

The Ritual Drip growth oil is perfect for repairing damaged hair. It contains neem oil, passionfruit seed oil, safflower oil and infused calendula petals. Together, this combination nurtures dehydration, adds vitality, strengthens and stimulates healthy hair growth.

Notice the pattern here. There are no harsh chemicals to be found in sight. Harsh chemicals dry out and damage kinky hair, so stay away from them. When we’re finally out of quarantine, they’re going to say that you came through drippin’ with length retention.

Protective Styles

Protective styling holds a safe space for many naturals. Whether it’s classic cornrows, luxurious lace fronts or bodacious box braids, protective styling is the crown’s defense against undesirable circumstances (like winter).

Therefore, it is imperative that when going about your stylist, you are meticulous and particular.

  • Read the reviews.
  • Ask questions before you book—Are they known to braid hair tightly?

If so, either don’t book, or clearly state that you prefer to refrain from severely tight braids. Some stylists may try to convince you that “the tighter, the neater,” but it’s 2020, and we’re choosing health over style. If they insist on tight, move on to the next stylist.

We like our edges over here.

This is why you should be wise when booking hair appointments. Some people have the blessing of growing hands. Others…well, you get the point. Treat the stylist like you do when you want to know who made the potato salad at the cook out. You can’t just eat everybody’s potato salad.

For lace fronts or wigs that aggravate the edges, wear a satin lined wig cap and continue caring for your hair beneath the unit.

What Does ‘Caring for your Hair’ Mean?

Treat yourself to hot oil treatments, hair masks, hair steams and/or scalp massages. Drizzle Ritual Drip Growth Oil into the braids, on your scalp and especially on your edges. Maintain your ends, which means dusting your ends weekly until damaged hair is gone. And please, for the love of God, if you use heat on your hair, then use it responsibly.

This is what it means to infuse love into your hair.

Follow these tips and you will never have to say “my natural hair is not growing” again.