How To Grow And Take Care Of 4C Hair (Tips & Tricks)

Reviewed by Dr. Shruti Chavan, MBBS
Written by Anjali Sayee

You are off the mark if you think it is hard to grow 4C hair! This stunning, tightly coiled hair type can be grown healthily with the right care tips. However, due to its spring-like structure, 4C hair is vulnerable to shrinkage and damage such as drying out, breakage, and splits. Protecting and nourishing your type 4 hair is key in growing beautiful and healthy locks. Read on to learn how to nourish your 4C hair by incorporating some important steps into your hair care routine.

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.

The tight zig-zag growth pattern makes 4C hair difficult to manage and grow. But, following the right hair care tips and maintenance regimen can strengthen and replenish your hair. The best advice from our end to grow 4C hair is to use natural hair care products. Stay away from products containing harsh ingredients and chemicals. Consider adding leave-in conditioners and masks to your hair care regimen as they can moisturize your hair and scalp. Protective hairstyles, such as braids and twists, may aid in hair growth and maintenance.

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.

Key Takeaways

  • 4C hair is difficult to manage and needs constant nourishment. Its growth rate depends on genes and the moisture-retaining capacity of the strands.
  • Do not wash your hair frequently. Use a sulfate-free shampoo and products containing moisturizing ingredients like shea butter.
  • Trim your hair regularly to get rid of split ends and improve the growth rate of your hair.

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Dr. Shruti Chavan

Dr. Shruti Chavan is a consulting dermatologist at Dr.Sheth's Skin and Hair Clinic since 6 years. She is a co-committee... more