Showing examples of nighttime hair routines that promote growth (length retention) in type 4 hair. Also, tips on how to protect and nurture your edges (hairline) at night so they grow and don’t thin.


This year I had an epiphany. I put a lot of value in the healthy hair routine of my whole head…except my hairline. Question. Why is it that in the natural hair community we speak so heavily of sealing our edges with oil over and over again, but promote water for moisture on the rest of our heads? Sure, oils are fantastic. Depending on the oil your hair can receive a ton of nourishment and healing benefits. Oil keeps the hair malleable so that the hair doesn’t break…but sometimes our edges are a little thirsty.

Alright, I’m going to share some different ways to protect your hair so you can grow long locs and keep your edges.



Step 1

  • Detangle one small to medium sized section of hair.
  • Add a generous amount of loc butter throughout the section.
  • Then two strand twist in small to medium sized twists.

I like to add more butter on the very ends to keep them moisturized.

Step 2

To create more length, use the larger beige rods on the bottom half of your hair, and the smaller purple rods in your crown area.

  • Wrap the twists beginning on the ends and roll up to your roots.
  • Repeat this process until you reach the front, middle section of hair. This is where the bangs will be.

Step 3

  • When you reach the front of your crown area, flat twist the hair beginning from the center of your crown, working your way to your front hairline.
  • Then wrap hair in the purple (smaller) perm rods. The idea is to create the look of a true bang by creating more shrinkage.

Step 4

  • Let twists air dry.

Alternatively, you may apply heat or cool air to the twists using a blow dryer.

Step 5

  • Cover your finger tips in a light oil, and unravel the twists. This prevents frizzing. Oil examples are, coconut oil or jojoba oil.
  • Hand twirl any unformed coils.

I was short on time, so I ended up having to unravel my twists before they fully dried. The ends weren’t as curly as I’d like, but I’ve had worse happen.

If this happens, blow dry your twists when you take out the perm rods.

The more you separated the twists, the more undefined volume you’ll have.


Step 1

  • Begin in the back and french roll hair from the nape of the neck, up into the crown.
  • Use bobby pins to secure and shape the crown.

Step 2

  • Put on your favorite headband or scarf, and separate the crown hair from the bangs.

Step 3

  • Use bobby pins to shape the crown into a voluminous bun. You may also use a hair tie in combination with the bobby pins.

As you can see, from the bottom right photo below, this bun has a lot of texture.

And that completes style number two!

night hair routine for growing type 4 hair
4C braid out



If this resonated with you, share it with your friends. Comment below and tell us, which  style was your favorite? I personally love how the free-form twistout turned out.

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