Do you have type 4c curls and wonder why your strands won't grow long? If so, you've come to the right place! 4c curls can be tough to care for, especially when you're hoping to grow out your strands. While your curls do grow at the same rate as everyone else's hair, when your hair is coily, it can be hard to tell. Therefore, in order to get the most out of your strands, good care is imperative. Here's how to care for and grow 4c curls. If you loved these tips, make sure to let us know.
How To Care For and Grow 4c Curls
Skip the heat:
As tempting as it may be to blast your curls with your blow dryer, or enhance strands with a curling iron, try to avoid it. 4c curls are already quite delicate, and heat removes moisture from your strands. Therefore, in order to allow your curls to grow in a healthy way, you're going to need to skip the heat. Instead, allow your curls to air dry as much as possible, and skip the flat iron.
When you're going for a protective style, try not to skin your hair back from your forehead, or to pull too hard. When you pull too hard on your curls, you put stress on the follicles. When follicles become overly stressed, your strands can loosen or even come out prematurely. This means your curls will break before even getting the chance to grow out. Additionally, if your styles are too tight or your styling is too aggressive, you might find your strands breaking, which will definitely minimize growth.
It can be tempting to skip out on your regular trims to save a few dollars, but do your best to see your stylist regularly. Curly hair, like all hair, needs regular trims in order to stay healthy. While a lot of products promise to heal splits, that's impossible. Once a strands is split, the only remedy is to cut it off. Splits can continue up the hair shaft, and can lead to breakage, knots, and moisture loss. Therefore, skipping trims to keep your length can actually cause you to lose it. Schedule one every other month or so to keep curls fresh.
Know your products:
Finally, take the time to understand what's in the products you use, and how to correctly use them. A lot of curly products out there promise the world, and don't deliver. Some of this can be on the part of the product, and others on user error. The products that work on your friend with wavy hair are probably not going to do the trick for, my friend. Therefore, you'll need to make sure you're using natural, moisturizing products that are the right weight and consistency for your strands.