My hair is type 4a, its low porosity, high density,and about 3-4 inches long.What is the best way for me to grow out my hair. I also would like to know what products to use. I prefere natural products.
The best way I know to grow out your hair is to retain moisture so you don't have breakage. Your hair will grow (unless you have a health condition that prevents it from growing) you just need to retain the length. So moisture retention will help prevent single strand knots (which will eventually split the hair shaft) and split ends (hair shaft is already split at that point). When I was trying to nurse my hair back to health, I DCed 3 times per week. Most people probably don't have time, but at that point, I had the time so I did it. I noticed a huge difference in my hair after the fact. However, generally once a week is good enough. Some people DC once a month, but for me, that is pushing it.
I haven't ever really noticed a difference if I use heat or not, but you might want to experiment with a hooded dryer or hot towel (dampen a towel and throw it in the microwave for 2 mins) to see if you have better results. My hair dresser advised me to DC with heat for an hour or just DC overnight. I honestly don't always use heat though. I would play around with different ingredients to find which ones work best for you and then stick to them. Commit to only buying condish that has those ingredients and avoid the ingredients that don't serve you. You could also search the board for DC recipes to make at home.
It would be difficult for me to advise you about specific products as I have high porosity, but maybe someone else will chime in. In general, your best bet is to experiment b/c nobody can really say what will work for another person's hair. HTH!
Style-wise the best way to grow out highly-textured hair is non-extension-protective-styling,
such as two-strand twists (they last a long time and you can even co-wash/shampoo them) or comb-coils.
In either case you have a defined style and are giving your hair a gentle rest at the same time.
Great Product lines include:
Aubrey Organics (wonderful natural conditioners and shampoos)
Suave (It works and is cheap to boot)
Eco-Styler Krystal [Clear] Gel
Kinky-Curly Curling custard (a natural styler)