Being the kinkiest of ‘em all (*wink wink*) comes with a GREAT responsibility. That’s why I’m running this website devoted to African hair care to at least share some afro hair care practices I have and yet to discover.
So on today’s entry, our main topic would be: “How can my natural African hair grow fast?” Maintaining afro curls can be easy if you know what works for you. Since all of us have unique types of afros, it would be easier to find what works for you by learning from other black women’s hair care regimen. Apart from regularly using vitamins for hair and nail growth, there are many products you can incorporate into your haircare routine that make all the difference. I’d like to share my journey on how I grew my African hair naturally, and fast.
How can I make my 4C hair grow faster?
My natural black hair is type 4C and it is now way past shoulder-length, but not waist-length yet. And throughout this journey of discovering ways to care for my tresses and looking for ways to grow my ‘fros, one thing has been engraved into my mind: the secret to natural hair growth is a healthy scalp. Healthier scalp means restored hair follicles which develops better hair growth.
TIP #1: Know your ‘fro
Understanding the Curly Nature of African Hair (Type 4C Afro)
In order for me to make my natural hair grow longer, first, I got to understand the structure of my hair.
If you understand the behavior of your curls, it’s easier for you to identify the factors on why it becomes frizzy, why is it prone to dryness or even breakage. You have to identify the root cause. Yes, pun intended, sis.
They said that the hair shaft of most 4C afros is thinner in diameter with a more coiled structure compared to other hair types. Due to kinkiness of an afro, natural oils find it difficult to travel from root to tip, that explains why most of us have typically dry afro texture.
TIP #2: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
After identifying the problem, the most sensible thing to do now is to find the solution. So now that I know why my locks are naturally dry, frizzy, and prone to breakage, the very first thing in mind is to moisturize my hair frequently!
I developed an afro hair regimen that includes deep conditioning. 4C hair craves moisture, but don’t expect to achieve maximum moisture overnight. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Moisturizing is a journey, and patience is your ticket. So yeah, I deep condition my hair every week and I’m using H&C 100% Natural Neutral Henna Powder because neutral henna doesn’t just moisturize and conditions my hair, it also leaves a protective coat to each strand, and it made my hair look thicker.
TIP #3: Keep it simple
Minimal manipulation is vital for my hair to thrive. I am trying to be very gentle with my locks, so I finger-detangle my hair before washing it. Remove the tangles gently to avoid unnecessary breakage, I used Shea Moisture Extra-Moisture Detangler because it contains both shea butter and argan oil in it that makes my hair softer and easier to pick the knots apart. It’s a total life-saver!
I have my hair trimmed especially when it’s needed, damaged ends can cause the hair growth to slow down. I often style my hair simply. Keep an updo, or try different braids that are neither too tight nor heavy. Also, stay away from using rubber bands as it will cause hair breakage.
A little goes a long way!
TIP #4: Cleanse
Cleanse your scalp — it is essential for hair follicles to have a healthy environment in order to grow healthier strands, so I made sure that I use products that are not harsh to my scalp. During wash days I use Maxsoft Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush to help exfoliate my scalp. Just a medium-firm grip in a circular motion is fine just to wash away dirt, sebum, and product buildup.
Cleanse your body — lacking nutritional values can deprived hair from the nutrients it needs to grow, so I made sure to drink lots of water. Eating healthy and keeping a balanced diet will greatly affect natural hair growth, aside from many other benefits.
TIP #5: Essential oils are essential
4C hair craves moisture so essential oils are definitely a must-have in my natural hair care arsenal. Castor oil is on the top list when it comes to hair-growing oils, however, Jamaican Black Castor Oil is life-changing, at least compared to its plain version. I’m using Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil, and I absolutely adore it! It softens my dry hair and makes it lustrous. And did you know that it also helps lengthens eyelashes and volumizes eyebrows? Castor oil is also commonly used by people with bald spots, alopecia, and thinning hair. Don’t you love a nifty product? I do!
I also use Argan Oil for my hair, it has a nutty scent and helps retain moisture on my type four hair. I prefer using Pura D’or Organic Argan Oil, it is rich in vitamin E which promotes healthier scalp and has antioxidants that cleanse hair cuticles that will eventually produce stronger, and healthier hair.
Undoubtedly, proper hair nutrition is the key to growing healthy afro black hair. Just make sure to embrace your big and wild hair and always be proud of it. Confidence exudes beauty and power. Keep in mind to trust the process, because you will get there, so chin up, beautiful.