Why my Kinky (4c) Hair wasn’t Growing

Updated: Apr 14

Part I: Itchy Scalp Woes


Disclaimer: First, I’m no doctor…so please don’t ask me for my medical opinion on anything. Second, I’m just telling real life stories…read it or leave it. Third, ALL of the Princess Mudd products recommended in this blog (or elsewhere) were formulated to fix a specific hair/skin issue either I, my husband (Kevin), my son (KJ), or one of my three girls (Frankie, Re, and Mudd) were experiencing. In these blog posts, I explain the symptom we were having and what made those symptoms go away. I am NOT making any claims that these products are the cure for any medical issue you might be having. You better go see a doctor for all that. All I’m saying is that it worked for us…so if you want to try it, buy it. Xoxo!


Back when I was still putting relaxers in my hair, I never had a problem with my hair growing. I’d often cut it to about an inch or so in length (or shorter) and it would grow back shoulder length within 6-8 months with little or no effort from me.


That all changed about 15 years ago when I did the big chop. I cut it all down to less than a quarter of an inch; I was for real looking like Michael from Good Times for like 10 years straight.

Michael Evans, youngest child of James and Flora Evans on CBS sitcom Good Times
Ralph David Carter playing Michael Evans on Good Times, the CBS sitcom Good Times from 1974–1979.

To me, it appeared my hair wasn’t growing at all (I had to get use to the shrinkage) and when I did start noticing growth, it would break off and be the same 3-4 inch length it remained for years.


Slowly, I started identifying the problems and worked to fix them. If you have 4c hair and you’re having problems growing your hair or hair growth seems stagnant, hopefully some of what I found will help you out as well.


Instead of writing one very lengthy post, I decided to break it out into 3 parts; explaining each problem separately. I'll update this post with links to the other two once I've posted them.

Problem 1: Itchy scalp

The first problem I knew I had to fix was itchy scalp. First, I tried a few products that claim to relieve itchy scalp; nothing worked. I tried every over-the-counter treatment for all different kinds of scalp conditions: psoriasis, dandruff, eczema -and some other conditions I can’t even think of right now. Since none of those products worked, I thought that maybe my irritated scalp was caused by something more serious; like diabetes or some other medical condition that might affect the nervous system (listen….the internet will have you thinking you got cancer, diabetes and polio at the same time).


Instead of self-diagnosing myself with some kind of terminal disease I decided to see a doctor. First, I went to my family doctor who said I was in perfect health (well not exactly perfect, but he knew better than to comment on my weight). Then, I went to a dermatologist; she didn’t find anything ‘wrong’ either. But, she did tell me that it was ‘a must’ that I stop scratching.


Scratching, my doctor told me, could cause damage to the hair follicles, spread infection to other follicles and even cause the infection. Although there was no apparent infection at the time, she prescribed a topical antibiotic called Triamcinolone Acetonide. She told me to apply it once a day for 5 days, take a two-day break and then repeat for about a month. She told me that the reason I would need to take the two-day break was because the ointment could cause my skin to become thin in that area of my scalp if I were to overuse the ointment. When she told me that, I just decided that I would not use it unless it was absolutely necessary (it never became necessary).


Solution to Itchy Scalp: Aloe Vera!

The only way I was going to stop scratching was to find or create something that would soothe the itching.


After doing some research, I found that there are many benefits from using Aloe Vera on the hair and scalp:


Aloe Vera: Benefits for Hair

  • Soothes itchy scalp

  • Cleanses the hair shaft efficiently

  • Promotes healthy hair growth

  • Strengthens and repairs hair strands

  • Contains Vitamins A, C, and E (all necessary for healthy hair growth)

Cool, right? I could relieve my itchy scalp and get my hair growing the same time!


So, I went out and bought an Aloe Vera plant, and immediately started applying the gel-like substance inside the leaves of the plant to my scalp. It worked! Whenever I felt like scratching, I would apply the gel and the itchy sensation would subside for awhile. The problem was that I found myself having to apply the gel 5-7 times a day. If you've ever used Aloe Vera gel before you know about the buildup. Since washing my hair every day was not an option, I had to find another solution. I needed something I could apply several times a day (whenever I felt like scratching) but wouldn't leave any buildup and that would hopefully have all of the same benefits as the raw Aloe Vera gel.


During my follow-up visit with the dermatologist, I told her that the aloe vera gel would soothe my itchy scalp but that I couldn't use it as often as I wanted because of the build-up and the faint odor (that I could only smell after leaving the gel on for a couple of days). She told me a story about a chemist who had developed a special patented processing method that breaks out the undesirable components of the aloe without diminishing the essential and beneficial properties of the Aloe plant. The finished product is odorless and looks/tastes like spring water.


That pure aloe vera clear liquid is what I decided to use when formulating the Healing Hydration Mist (HHM).


To soothe my itchy scalp for good, I took the following steps:

  1. Before bed, I would part my hair into sections and then spray the HHM directly on to my scalp. I would then braid or twist my hair and put my silk scarf or bonnet over my hair.

  2. In the morning, after removing my twists/braids but before styling my hair, I would wet my hair with the HHM. I do this now because it makes my afro look fuller. I don't think this made a difference in relieving my scalp itch.

  3. Anytime I would have the urge to scratch my scalp I would part my hair over the itchy area and spray that area with the HHM. I would then use a silk scarf to rub in the liquid (and satisfy my urge to scratch). At first, I was spraying my scalp 5-7 times a day. After about two weeks, I was down to 3-4 times a day. Currently, my scalp rarely itches. I use the HHM mostly for styling and deodorizing purposes now.

  4. During my first visit with my dermatologist, she also recommended a follicle cleanser, that had a lot of synthetic chemicals. I basically replicated that product using natural alternatives. The finished product is the Pre-Shampoo Hair Strengthener and Follicle Exfoliator (Cleanser) with Aloe Vera. During that time, I would wash my hair twice a week; once a week I would use the pre-shampoo scalp cleanser. To apply it, I part my hair and apply the cleanser directly to my scalp. I then use a cotton ball to massage it into my scalp. After I apply the cleanser to my entire scalp, I cover my head with a deep conditioning plastic cap (shower cap) for 15 – 30 minutes.


I saw significant improvement in my overall hair and scalp health about a month after I began this regiment (partly because I wasn’t scratching my scalp bald). I was completely free of itchy scalp about two months after starting this regiment.


My itchy scalp is a thing of the past nowadays. But I still use the follicle cleanser once or twice a month just to make sure my scalp stays healthy. The Hydration Mist is part of my daily hair routine for other reasons I’ll explain in Part 2.


Leave a comment and let me know if either of these products help you with your Itchy Scalp Woes!

Stay tuned for Part II of Why my Kinky (4c) Hair wasn’t Growing, aptly titled: Dry, Brittle and Broken!


Tootles Royals!


Love,

Erica (Mama Mudd)

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Products recommended for itchy scalp in this post:

Healing Hydration Mist

Pre-Shampoo Hair Strengthener and Follicle Exfoliator (Cleanser) with Aloe Vera





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