January 11, 2017 by 11 views 5 likes
I'm not a Natural Hair Expert, but I do want to give advice to black girls with 4b/4c hair. The idea that afro textured hair, - especially 4c hair, doesn't grow fast is a myth. If anything, the thicker your hair is, the more apt it is to growing it. If black boys can cut their hair off and within a week or two they get back to their pet length/height, your hair can grow fast. It depends on what you do to it. Some of us may have hair that grows very slow, but it's not impossible or unlikely for type 4 hair to grow rather rapidly. If you don't do much to it, your hair will grow faster versus when you ALWAYS MANIPULATE it. Which is why black men and boys tend to grow their hair out faster, because they don't do as much to their hair as black girls and women tend to do. It's not all the time but it's more often than you think..
The thing is, many of us worry too much about length, rather than growth. We don't have straight or very loose curly/wavy hair. Therefore our hair grows upwards and outwards, not downwards. So when your hair does grow, you may not notice anything at first because it's not going straight down your back. It's going to the crown of your head, which is why our crowns tend to be thicker than the rest of our hair. Many of us look forward to hair down our backs, which is why some of us may go like - ''oh! My hair isn't growing! Why isn't it growing? I was the same way until i noticed a significance difference last year. My hair was shorter than it is now. This was only a year ago, and with a before and after pictures, I realized my hair has grown a lot in that time span. It didn't actually look like anything was happening until i started taking better care of it and moisturising it. So i don't believe 4c/4b hair actually grows slower than other hair types. If anything, I think it often grows faster because a lot of times we don't do a lot to it. Now if you just don't do anything to it at all, it's not going to grow nor be healthy. A lot of us wear protective hairstyles, so that also quickens the pace of hair growth. You can choose to do a protective style every two weeks. It doesn't have to be 10 hours worth of box braids but something durable and a style you are comfortable with.
Again, I am not a natural hair expert, but this is just from my experience and I would like to share because I used to be disenchanted with my hair until I stopped caring about a curl pattern and actually did more to care for my hair rather than hoping it looked like somebody else's. And remember, all my black girls, nappy/undefined hair is just as feminine as long, straight or loose.....