How To Grow 4C Hair

Medically reviewed by Dr. Shruti Chavan, MBBS Dermatologist
Written by Anjali Sayee

If you think 4C hair type is tough to grow, you are wrong. It is easy as long as you know the right way to care for it. The beautiful and densely packed tight coils of 4C hair are fragile and prone to shrinkage. Hence, you have to be extremely gentle and cautious and incorporate healthy hair care habits to maintain them. If you have 4C hair and want to see it flourish and grow, we have shared some great tips to help you achieve your hair goals. Read on for more details!

What Is 4C Hair?

4C hair has tightly coiled strands with a tight zig-zag pattern. This natural hair type does not have a defined curl pattern as it experiences the maximum shrinkage.

4C hair is fragile and hard to manage, and that is why many people shy away from growing it. However, with the right care and love, 4C hair can flourish and grow like any other hair type.

How Long Can 4C Hair Grow?

Hair grows at a rate of half an inch per month. This means that the hair strands grow six inches per year. As 4C hair is prone to dryness and shrinkage, its growth depends on how well the strands retain moisture.

It also depends on your genes. If your previous generation had long hair, you would too. However, if your family does not have a good hair growth rate, you might need to put extra effort to get the desired length. Here are some tips and tricks to help you grow 4C hair.

How To Grow And Take Care Of 4C Hair

1. Use A Gentle Shampoo

Shampooing your hair cleanses the scalp and hair and removes product buildup to promote proper hair growth. Avoid frequent washing and shampoo every 2-4 weeks. This ensures your hair strands retain essential moisture.  Use a mild, sulfate-free shampoo specially developed for 4C hair to prevent tangles and breakage.

2. Follow A Proper Hair Care Regimen

A proper hair care regimen is an absolute necessity, irrespective of your hair type. Use nourishing and hydrating products that are specifically developed for 4C hair.  Moisturizing hair products help seal moisture into the strands and reduce frizz and breakage. You may use products that contain moisturizing ingredients like shea and cocoa butter, jojoba, macadamia, coconut, and avocado oils.

3. Trim Your Hair

You might think trimming would shorten the length of your hair. On the contrary, trimming the ends eliminates split ends and prevents hair breakage. Regular trimming also allows a healthy hair growth rate.

4. Finger Detangling

4C hair tends to clump together and tangle and might break easily when you try to comb it. Hence, the best way to detangle your hair with your fingers. It may take longer, but detangling with the fingers ensures less hair breakage, fewer tangles and knots, healthy hair ends, less pain, and healthy hair growth. Use a detangling product to give enough slip to minimize the damage and make detangling easier.

5. Try Scalp Massages

Massaging boosts blood flow to your scalp and hair follicles. This nourishes the roots and promotes healthy hair growth. Massage your scalp for at least five minutes every night to get the desired result.

6. Deep Conditioning

A deep conditioning treatment provides intense hydration and nourishes the hair. It keeps the hair healthy and shiny and prevents tangling and breakage. Deep conditioning once every two weeks or once a month will help maintain the hair health and retain its length.

When you are trying to grow your 4C hair, it is best to stick to natural hair care products. Avoid using any styling product that contains harsh chemicals. You may also try protective hairstyles like braids to maintain the hair growth rate and prevent tangles. Follow a proper hair care regimen to help retain the natural growth. Give it a go, and we are sure you will love the results!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I rehydrate my 4C hair?

Use good moisturizing hair products and deep condition once every two weeks to rehydrate your hair.

How long does 4C hair grow in a month?

It may grow ½ inch per month. However, this growth rate depends upon how well you maintain your hair.

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Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.