Are you finding yourself frustrated by sluggish curl growth. If that's the case, then you might want to think about trying some of these suggestions. While 4c curls generally grow at the same rate as other hair types, which is 1/2 inch a month, it can be harder to see growth due to the tightly coiled nature of your strands. However, if your strands aren't showing any movement forward, there could be some reasons why.
Why Your Type 4c Curls Aren't Growing
You don't know your porosity:
If you don't understand the porosity levels in your hair, it can be next to impossible to care for your strands correctly. Low and high porosity hair need different care techniques, as well as different products in order for your curls to be healthy. Therefore, in order to appropriately care for your curls and encourage growth, you'll need to know the porosity levels of your curls.
If you;re noticing your curls are very prone to damage or breakage, you might want to consider using latex or neoprene gloves when handling your curls. While this might sound odd, it could actually make a big difference in your strands. The natural grooves in our fingers, mixed with the oils on our hands can irritate the cuticles in your hair, which can lead to breakage. Gloves create a barrier between your hands and your curls, leading to less breakage.
Don't forget to clarify:
While many curly girls don't regularly clarify their curls, this is something our 4c curly girls will want to do, probably 1-2 times per month. To avoid build up and dandruff on your curls and scalp, you'll need to remove it. A clarifying shampoo can help get that job done. This will allow your moisturizing products to do their job, so your curls won't be dried out.
You're not using protective styles:
The more frequently your curls are exposed to the elements and are touched, the higher the likelihood your strands will become damaged. Therefore, consider using low-manipulation protective styles more frequently. This will minimize the amount of stress put on your curls during the styling process, and protect your strans from external stressors as well.