First off, is it true that 4C hair doesn’t grow?
Many of you may have heard the common misconception that 4C hair grows at a snail’s pace or doesn’t grow at all—but it’s time to dispel these myths. 4C hair does grow. It’s just a bit harder to notice because tighter hair textures typically shrink to a shorter length, making it seem like the hair hasn’t been growing. “Shrinkage is REAL. 4C hair is much longer than it appears,” says Mason.
So, before you start to worry about not noticing any new growth, make sure to stretch your hair out to get a better idea of how long your strands really are. Mason recommends trying a two-strand twist, a flat twist, a rod set or a stretch blowout before doing a length check.
Why isn’t my 4C hair retaining length?
If you’ve stretched out your hair and it still seems like your tresses haven’t made any progress, then it might be time to reassess your hair care routine.
The issue might be due to dryness, constant shedding and split ends, which makes it harder to grow out your 4C coils. Lucky for us, Myers and Mason shared their tips on the best habits to adopt and the ones to avoid for retaining length. (And as a bonus, we’ve included a few of the best products to promote 4C hair growth).