Is One Section of Your Hair Shorter Than the Rest?

Keisha says;

So, lately I’ve noticed that the front of my hair is super short (about 6 inches) in comparison to the back (about 9 inches) and also retains length at a slightly lesser rate. After being petrified, I did some observation and noticed that the front of my hair is both more fine AND more highly textured, making retention more of a challenge in that area.

It isn’t too weird-looking or noticeable (thank God for all the volume that textured hair brings!) but I’d like to try to do my best to close the growing length gap. So my questions for your readers are a.) have any of them dealt with having a section of hair that’s significantly shorter than the rest, b.) how do you camouflage the discrepancy and c.) how do you encourage the shorter section of hair to grow and retain length?

Ladies, what insight and advice can you give??

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47 thoughts on “Is One Section of Your Hair Shorter Than the Rest?

  1. I have three hair length issues. First, the Mid-back section of my hair is the most porous and the most fragile. If anything adverse is going to happen to my hair, that section is going to be the first to suffer and is going to suffer the most damage. The hair there is shorter than the hair above it in the crown area. I most notice the discrepancy in length in that section when I wear my hair pulled back in a puff. I disguise it by fluffing up that part and making the hair around it lie down to cover whatever I’m using to pull my hair back.

    Second and third, not only is the hair on the back right side shorter than on the left, I also have significantly fewer follicles in the back right section from which to grow hair. The follicular deficit is due to a birthmark I had that was situated behind my right ear on a part of my scalp where hair would normally have been growing. Even now, seven years after the end of the two-step surgery to remove the birthmark, what hair grows around the surgery scars is very short and fine; not vellous like body hair, but it doesn’t seem to grow at all. I think that if anyone paid any attention at all to any of my updos, they’d see the differences in my hairline at the back of my head from one side to the other, but no one has said that they’ve noticed. Instead, people seem to notice the style itself and the color of my hair and not the missing hair at all. Even when I had the birthmark there, very few people seemed to know it was back there unless I pointed it out to them. So I don’t worry about the hairline problems back there at all.

    The difference in length seems to be most obvious when I wear my hair in an afro; at least that has been the style I’ve been wearing most often when the difference is commented upon. I try to stretch the right side and scrunch the left side so they match a little better. My mom and one of my brothers briefly chatted with me about possibly getting my hair evened up a bit at a barber’s, but my mom is very much aware of how protective I am of my hair when it comes to other people cutting it. To date, she is the only other person besides myself who can get that close to me with a pair of scissors. I’m not bothered enough by it to attempt to cut it myself. And since I think that sleeping excessively on my right side may contribute to all the hair problems on the right side of my head that are not accounted for by the birthmark—my hair is also drier and more prone to tangle on that side than on the left—I pay attention to how I handle that section of hair, and I have been trying to sleep less on that side.

  2. I have this problem! My crown grows faster than the rest of my hair and its texture is not as tightly curled so this is a HUGE problem for me when I wear a fro! I can mask it with twists. I normly cut it a bit shorter than the rest to make it blend, but it defeats the purpose of me trying to retain length.

  3. i have this problem too but my story is kinda different i cut my hair really short because i wanted a new look kept it for a summer then put weave in my hair i wasnt taking my hair seriously so i did everything you not suppose to do like useing alot of heat on the top area to my hair while forgetting about my hair underneath. then i permed alittle in the front where my hair was left out leaveing the rest naturaland that happened in 2009…it broke off really bad and would not come past my eyebrows even into 2011. Earlier this year i like in march i started taking my hair seriously keeping it moisturized and things and now its right at my top lip i was wondering if anyone else had this kind of story. Also the back of my hair has a softer and looser curl to it and grows faster i know this because when i cut my hair it was cut the shortest now its the longest part someone please help me i really would like to know how to get the front of my hair to catch up

  4. Has anyone tried doing yarn braids for hair that is having trouble growing and just leaving them in for awhile? I see that beautifulbrwnbabydol did a tutorial for them yesterday and they came out looking really great. I don’t know if I could have the patience to do my whole head w/o given up lol… Titled video: Yarn Braids/Genie Locs Tutorial (& EASY Care Tips)


    • I didn’t mean to give you a thumbs down lol. I was trying to click on your YouTube link but it wasn’t working, so then I tried to click reply. Smh. I’m on my phone.

      But my hair grows weird as well though I haven’t measured it. My hair in the front is longer than the back, so i’m starting to wear my twists as bangs.

  5. my “bangs” are shorter than the rest of the hair and I usually do styles that allow me to have a boufant or some sort of cut bang or twist back. It allows me to look stylish while concealing the short length. I also be careful to detangle this section from tip to root b/c often i’m so used to going root to tip with this section (blame it on my creamy crack days). Finally I promote growth by moisturizing and sealing the ends of this section.

  6. Yes my front and crown area are shorter because that was the last section I had to cut to end my transition. So now I’m 100% natural that’s the good part but having collar length hair in the back and short hair in the front/crown sucks. I try to pass them off as bangs or what I do most often is do flat twists going back to camouflage it. It should grow to a decent length in the next couple of months so I’m trying not to sweat it. Keyword: “trying”. lol

    • I have this similar problem, mainly due to the fact I had a head full of hair and did not want to be bothered with it. So instead of taking care of my hair and dealing with it. I hid it behind lace fronts, full wigs, and quick weaves. So when I finally started dealing with it on a regular, I install a quick weave on one ocassion and when I tried to remove it the glue was stuck… I politely grabbed a pair of scissors and went “waiting to exhale” (lol) on my hair only in the spots that the glue remained (mostly in the front) so now I have super short pieces and super long pieces….I regret doing this to my hair. Should I just cut it all even and get it over with? I haven’t had an relaxer in over a year

  7. My problem is my my sides are longer then the back. It drives me nuts. I trim my hair so it could be even, but it just stays the same length. I really want something I can do to make my hair healthier and help it grow. If anyone has any ideas please help.

  8. It’s good to know that I’m not the only “imperfect” natural. My hair is a mix of a little this and a little that. The front of my hair has looser curls and it grows fast. The middle of my hair in the crown is coarser, so I have to give it a moisture “bomb” everyday. I spray a leave-in moisturizer in more heavily in the crown. Then, I put a little hair milk in to give my desert and oasis. Also, I pop two gnc hair, skin, nails, vitamins every other month and that seems to help with growth all over.

  9. I have the same problem with my hair. For some insignificant reason the back of my hair is shorter than the rest of my hair. I always have people saying that my little sis hair is longer than mine, which is not true because I have a good head of hair but my sis’s hair is way taller in the back.

    Is there something I can do to make it grow? Please share.

  10. I am having a problem with the center of my hair growing and I want to try Doo Growth growth treatment to help it out but I’m not sure on how well it will work. So I was wondering if anyone could give me some insight on what to do so I won’t have to cut off the rest of my hair! I just really don’t wont to cut off all of my hair!????

    • Im having the same issue as you, just in the front of my hair. I’ve been taking biotin pills for the past two weeks so I hope those work but I wouldnt suggest cutting your hair off and starting all over again, do your research on the Doo Growth treatment and let me know how it goes.

  11. I have been dealing with this issue since I did my big chop in 2007. Since I refused to wear my hair short I would wear wigs over my 2″ hair for the first 2 years. About 2009 my hair really started to show some length but it still wasnt satisfying to me so I would make and wear my own u part wigs. Wearing those caused me to texturize and constantly put heat on my leave out, which definitely lead to lots of damage. Now in 2013 the mid and back sections of hair are about 12″ long, the front and my sides on the other hand are about 4″-6″ long and have a completely different texture than the rest of my hair. It’s wavy, not tight coily curls like the rest of my hair and short. It’s so frustrating to not be able to do styles where the front of my hair is out! For now though I’ve just been covering it up wearing flat twisted styles in the front while leaving the back of my hair out. I haven’t worn a weave or put any heat on my hair for about 3 months now, I’m just really hoping this part of my hair starts to grow and I’m not permanently cursed with wavy short hair, just in the front :(

  12. Hello, my hair problem is the center of my hair is a lot shorter then the rest of my hair along with my lower right side as well, leaving my hair is uneven! I plan to have cut and start over I have been transitioning to natural for 9 months now, and noticed I have shorter hair in those areas I’ve mentioned, please if anyone could help me grow my hair even especially the center and right side!

  13. Hi.
    I’m a kind of a new natural and a teen. I’ve been natural since July 1, 2013, and my hair is shorter in the back than it is in the front. I’ve always wanted to wear my hair in the styles that I see other people with short, 4c natural hair. But I can’t.
    Any advice?

  14. My mom says I have 4B hair. The hair in the middle of my head is shorter than the other parts of my hair. It is natural, so sometimes it’s obvious. I have to wear a hat because of it being embarrassingly shorter than the others. what should i do???

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