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5 Reasons You’re Not Gaining Length

• Oct 1, 2011

By Jc of The Natural Haven

I recently  received a comment that said, ‘I am stuck at 5 inches and I really just want 12 inches of hair, is that too much to ask?’ I smiled because I could relate to that need to achieve a goal hair length except I never put a number to it, I just wanted enough to make a low pony tail. Coincidentally,  my hair is also currently 12 inches, so I was sitting here with her goal length and thinking, no it is not too much to ask.

The thing I found in my journey is that the sole factor in getting my hair to move on from a ‘stuck’ position was for me to recognise the things that I was doing that were harming my hair. You are in control of whether that hair stays or moves. Here are 5 reasons why your hair does not gain length

1. You ignore breakage.

This is the top reason and if you read no further, at least read the next two paragraphs. If you have been stuck at a particular length for a long time, the most likely reason is that you have split ends which are breaking off your hair at the same rate as it is growing. The only reasonable thing to do is to trim your hair and by trim I mean cut 2–3 inches off. I could hold your hand and say just look for splits and knots and trim them off but in reality it is very had to do a search and destroy on short hair which you cannot see properly.

The second form of breakage that is largely ignored are those short little quarter inch end segment breaks that happen  with very kinky hair.  While it is not possible to fully eliminate breakage entirely, it is possible to reduce it to a minimal level by being very gentle, choosing  gentle detangling methods and being patient when handling your hair.

2. You are over-manipulating it

I will start with the obvious — puffs and afros are addictive. They are simple and cute but they are styles that for the vast majority can cause hair to tangle, knot and break.  The not so obvious is keeping a protective style in for too long. The time and effort required to unravel the strands and remove lint can cause a lot of damage.  For those with looser curls, styles like twists which are normally regarded as protective may be terrible for you  if they unravel easily and you may be tempted to constantly use a drying gel which does not help your hair.

Your hair will complain bitterly when it is over- manipulated. The top signs are breakage, tangling and knotting.  Find a happy medium with your hair.

3. You are still hunting for that magic product

There are no magic products.  There are people who have seemingly terrible product choices but great hair and similarly people with great product choices and terrible hair.

The thing to understand about hair length retention is that it is largely mechanical damage that really does you in.  Mechanical damage meaning how you physically break your hair.  Hair products mainly mask damage, what you can do is prevent damage in the first place. You and your  hair handling methods are the most important tools, over and above  products.

4. You are following someone else’s regimen

Never ever make the mistake of not listening to your hair.  If someone swears by heat training, that does not mean it will for you. If someone swears by coconut oil, that does not mean it will work for you.

There is nothing wrong with experimenting with any method, product or routine. There is something wrong with failing to see that it is not working for your hair. Always pay attention to if your hair breaks or feels less than ideal.

5. You are still using too much heat

As I said previously, length retention has a huge mechanical component to it. Heat ultimately degrades hair. For some people, regular heat use is not a problem as their hair is able to cope with it while for others, even slight heat is an issue.

Learn how your hair behaves. Do not choose style or ease over and above hair health. It may be easier to handle your hair when its curls are not as tight but consider doing a heat free method such as curl formers, braids/twists or banding.

The finer and kinkier your hair, the less likely it is to be able to take a lot of heat.

Ladies, have you been guilty of any of these?
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eboni
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I KNOW I’m guilty of not trimming my hair, lol. I haven’t trimmed it since I went natural 1 year ago (exactly, that’s terrible). Other than that, I’d say I’m pretty decent about low-manipulation since I wear protective styles now.

O yea and true about buying too many products/using too many products in my hair. Just today I thought about trying a couple more stuff, and glad to say that I’ll stick by my Shea Moisture products until the end of year. That’s just what my hair loves the most.

Antother great article BGLH!!

Nameless
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I think a lot of naturals skimp on regular trims. There is a school of thought suggesting that natural hair does not need to be trimmed regularly b/c it is generally healthier than relaxed hair. But relaxed hair (or any processed hair), which certainly can be healthy, is not necessarily the best barometer. Even women with straight hair (who arguably encounter less obstacles to length retention than curly or kinky haired women) are urged to trim every 6–8 weeks. I think perhaps some of the trepidation about trimming has to do with the fact that a lot of us still… Read more »
Nameless
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I dust my own hair btw. The method I’ve always used is pretty much identical to Rustic Beauty’s method. She also dusts frequently.

Erica
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Yep I do this alot, esp. if my ends don’t look up to par. Those bad boys will get cut in a heartbeat. Now I have to make sure that my moisture level is up on my hair, because my 4b thick coars hair soaks up products. Now I just did my own mix of long aid activator gel, blue magic sheabutter/aloe grease,glycyerin (1tablespoon), 1 teaspoon of V05 moisturizing condish, and a little bit of murrays beeswax and mixed everything together,and did some twists on my hair. Wow that thing is so moisturized and the shine factor is off the… Read more »
vero77
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pls list your hair grease again — sounds interesting!!

Nameless
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oops- that should read “I dust my hair once a month or every other month.” My hair is currently BSL.

EG
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Trimming is definitely one of those to each his own techniques. I have known people who did not trim their hair for years, and their hair is down their butts. Then there are those who trim every 6 weeks and their hair is to their butt. Moral of the story, follow the advice of this post and learn what works for ‘your’ hair.

Nameless
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Exactly. If you re-read my comment you’ll notice that I was referring to my personal experience of understanding what my hair needs.

Thanks for reading.

EG
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Am I missing something? Did I not support your statement and this post by showing that the same technique yields different results?
I may be reading too much into your comment, but ‘re-read’, and ‘thanks for reading’ smells like scarcasm to me.

Princess
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I think you were reading too much into it because from your statement it showed me that you were in support of both the article and the commenter, I personally didn’t perceive any sarcasm when I read her response but I guess the writer herself would be a better judge of whether or not she was being sarcastic…

Carla
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It also depends on how much you trim. I never trim more than 1/4″ at a time. A “trim” doesn’t mean cutting 2″ off. 😉

Taji
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Ok what is Dusting? Please explain. I just love how everytime I read these blogs i learn just how clueless I am when it comes to caring for this kinky curly coif that I’m ready weave. Lol. Thanks y’all =D

dionne
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What does it mean to “dust” your hair?

Jc
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Dusting means trimming very little of your hair (say less than quarter of an inch).

Cathey
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After a change in my Wash/Conditioning regimen, I noticed shedding and breakage. Also, I was over manipulating my hair this past summer. I am happy to say that I am returning to my previous regimen. I’m sure the results will be very rewarding. I was wondering why I hadn’t seen any growth over the summer. Now I know better!

sugarcoated
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Very educating

NapRISApy
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Great article.….ESPECIALLY #4!!!! I will be sharing this on my page!!

Jaslene
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Really liked number 4. That can be true there are people out there using ultra sheen or do groo and have great hair.

Courtney
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Great article, Jc. How long do you think is too long to leave in protective styles, since you mentioned that as a possible factor? For the past several months, par your influence, I’ve been wearing medium-sized box braids (well, top half of strands = box braids, bottom half = rope twists…so that they’re easier to take out come that time). I leave them in anywhere between 4 and 7 weeks. The thing is, when my hair is twisted/braided up, it’s harder for me to tell the condition of my hair. I can barely feel if it’s dry or not, let… Read more »
Eleishua
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I have highly textured hair as well. I can tell when I need a trim by running my fingers down the strands and you will feel the difference from the ends that need to be trimmed and what doesn’t. Mine usually kind of rough compared to the top of the strand. I trim where the roughness begins. Sometimes I trim while my hair is in twists, the ends that are stringy I cut. HTH.

Jc
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Sorry for the late reply Courtney, I have been away for the past week!

I think you can keep braided or twisted styles in for as long as the hair is not getting matted. For most people this is between 2–4 weeks and less for those with looser curls. I am also a 4abcxyz and I can go for much longer (upto 8 weeks) but I do know the back and middle of my hair requires redoing every 2 weeks.

For trimming — Have you seen this post on trimming without needing to see the split ends?
http://thenaturalhaven.blogspot.com/2010/06/method-to-see-split-ends-no-heat.html

fluffy in flight
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I understand where you’re coming from. Each person’s hair is different. I have to deal with my hair EVERY DAY or not it will start to knot and tangle. and my hair agrees with what i’m doing because my hair has grown enormously — what some people have in 2 years, i have at one year or than one year, and i’m very scissor happpy so I’m trying to cut back on using the scissors since it’s right by my side whenever i’m doing my hair. Last November i chopped off 3 inches on the spur of the moment and… Read more »
Jeanna
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I confess — I’ve been guilty of over-manipulating my hair. I’ve noticed more itty-bitty pieces of broken hair. I am taking that as a sign to leave my hair alone for a while. My daughter’s helping me with braids as I type this, and I hope to keep the style for a month. This way, I hope to save time on styling, $$ on products, and, ultimately, my hair strands. This is a very informative article. I appreciate it greatly!

ranuka
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No one manipulates their hair more than me, and I can honestly tell you that it hasn’t done anything to my hair. In fact my hair has thrived. It is now pushing 13 inches. I cut off 1 inch last month. I think each person’s hair is different, and each person has to know their hair and act accordingly. My hair has a tendency of working itself loose no matter what style it’s in and then getting intertwined with other hair. After one day my hair starts to lock, and you know how some people can leave their hair in… Read more »
mangomadness
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Awesome post!

I was gulity of #1 and #4 in the past. I used to detangle my soaking wet cnditioner-soaked super coily hair with a wide-toohed comb floowed by a modified Denman brush because I saw someone else with super long hair (and a significantly different hair texture) do it. Needless to say, that tore up my hair and created excessive breakage. Eventually, I wised up and looked for a better (read: less breakage promoting) detangling method for my hair. Now, I finger-detangle sectioned, stretched, dampened and oiled hair before washing. Detangling has never been easier and I have little breakage.

foxyr
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I know a lot of naturals consider a twist-out, braid-out, or twists to be low manipulation, but my hair begs to differ. Although I like all of those looks, my hair prefers a good old wash n’ go. I notice very little hair shedding when I do wash ‘n gos, compared to the other styles. Even if I wet my hair on a daily basis. In addition, my hair tends to stay more moisturized throughout the week. So, I had to listen to my hair, instead of other naturals, who do not have a positive experience with wash ‘n gos.… Read more »
Erica
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Yeah glad that you’re able to do the wash n gos with no problem. I can’t do that because my hair will knot the f.. up like nobodys business. lol.…lol.…. Now I will spritz my hair every other day with my water/glyercin/oil mixture and this give a nice moisture factor for my hair. I’m actually thinking about buying Jane Carter Nourish & Shine product, saw the good reviews on it but $21.99 for 4oz is alot… hum maybe a christmas present to myself later this year.lol…

Telekendall
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the best thing about the nourish and shine is that i only have to buy it about every 8 months or so and i use it daily. my hair is thick and about 10 inches right now. so to me its worth it because it lasts so long

Aisha Soleil
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I’m also team wash-n-go. I BC’d in ’09 and as soon as I got a little length I started doing twists and twist-outs or braid-outs because that’s what I thought I was *supposed* to do. Most of my natural hair idols were doing it and they had long hair so I was going to do what they did. It took me almost a year and a half to figure out that my hair does not like those types of styles. Actually, my hair doesn’t like to be stretched for long periods of time. I find that if I keep my… Read more »
AGrlCanMac
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These tips are on point. When it comes to my hair, I so want to be the woman who can wear her hair out 24/7 and it retains all its length but b/c I have fine strands, I need more of a balance between wearing it out and wearing it up. I’ve taken to wearin my hair up or in protective styles during the week and wear it out on the weekends. This rhythm works for me.

It’s about listening to your hair and not just doing what you want. That’s how you get to retain the length that you want.

C
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Someone asked, but I didn’t see a response. What does it mean to dust hair? I’ve never heard this expression before. And thanks. I’ll google also.

C
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I googled and found an answer about “dusting” 🙂
“When dusting what you want to do is just nip the tips of your hair. You will not lose any length. Hair trimmings on the floor will look like dust”

Carla
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I used to do daily wash-n-go’s and wondered why my hair wasn’t growing past my shoulders. Once I stopped going that and started wearing protective styles, my hair has grown to bra strap length in a little over a year.

KalleyC
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Yup, when I was a lose natural, I found that I was doing a lot these mistakes. It’s so hard when you just finish the big chop, that you just want to play with your hair…and play I did. Even some women who wear their hair in dreads can cause major problems. I’ve had some breakage due to hormones dropping after my pregnancy with my daughter that really caused me to adjust my hair rituals. Also, it’s true when you try following someone’s hair care ritual instead of doing what works for your hair. Once when you start listening to… Read more »
Michelle@Radiant Brown Beauty
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No guilt here! I’m pretty good with all of the suggestions. Every now and then I over manipulate but not to the point of causing breakage.

arielifeoma
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I’m going to be a party pooper and state what I believe is THE number one reason why one will not gain length despite following all of these instructions: genetics. Yep. That’s right. Also, before you stone me consider what a doctor and scientists will tell you about the hair cycle. A good illustration is found at http://www.biology-online.org/js/tiny_mce/plugins/imagemanager/files/boa002/AN-haircycleF01.jpg No matter how well one takes care of their hair, the length of the hair shaft is determined by the length of the anagen phase which is determined by…drumroll please…genetics. The anagen phase lasts for three years for most people but it’s… Read more »
June
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Did you read the article? The person was at 5 inches, about a year or less of growth.

kss
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I agree with you. Many individuals with great length I’m sure your are going to find somewhere in their close family tree the same thing. My family can get the healthy hair but not loooong healthy hair. Baby its in those genes 🙂

Anna
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Trimming your hair is NOT necessary. You DO NOT need to trim your hair. That hair is eventually going to shed when you wash your hair, or comb/brush it. It is also normal to shed 50 to 100 hairs…A DAY! I know this may sound crazy lady’s, but it’s the truth.

Jc
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I disagree with you Anna. IF you have been stuck at a particular length, especially a short length for example 6 inches for a long time (6months to a year), then a trim IS necessary if you want to move on from that length.

One specific scientific study shows that hair reaches stagnant points not necessarily because the hair is not gaining length but rather because it is splitting as fast as the hair gains length.

Some people do not need to trim but some people really do, it is wrong to say ‘trimming is not necessary’ without qualifying your statement.

Natalie
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I’d like to add that for about 3 years my hair was stuck at my eyebrow level. Every week or fortnight I would wash, condition, blowdry and do mini twists, I would trim the frazzled ends as needed. My sister has long flowing locks, I thought my hair just didn’t grow. Then I discovered youtube and hair forums, stopped doing mini twists and blow drying my hair. My hair is now past my bottom lip because I stuck to protective styles and care for it properly. I have not trimmed my hair since about November 2010. I am going to… Read more »
Jasz
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Oh God bless you! I thought I was the only one with that type of growth story.…neglect on my part bc Iused to be super lazy when it came to hair growth, but now I am determined to take care of my hair and maximize my growth potential. Thanks for sharing girl!

Cloud9
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the reason some people don’t gain lenght in their natural hair is diet. Protein is what makes your hair grow. you are what you eat. Eating less fat and red meat products will help your hair grow. Remember when you were young you mom fed you milk, fresh vegetables, fruit and plenty of water. On top of all that you must keep your hair clean and conditioned. I used to put mayonaise on my hair as a conditioner, as the eggs are protein filled and the fat from the eggs protects and coats your hair. Protective styles are perfect for… Read more »
Miss J
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Please help! I’m baffled at what seems to be slow growth with my hair. Did the Big Chop in 2007. I let it grow out & I started wearing two-strand twists in 2008. Because I work out several times a week, I continue to wear the two-strand twists, because frankly, with my “very tightly coiled” and rough (unless it’s wet) hair, I don’t know what else to do with it. (I wear a twist-out or wet ‘fro when I take it loose every 3 or 4 weeks). I trim my hair every time I redo my twists (every 3 or… Read more »
Jc
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You really need to stop trimming your hair every 3–4 weeks. This is really excessive unless you are only cutting off individual split ends and knots. The only thing that I do not know from your routine is what causes your hair break. The reason I was looking for is a mechanical reason, nothing to do with what you eat or what type of products you use. I think you need to look at certain things 1. Why is your hair knotting when it is in twists — do the twists unravel when you wash them post work out? Can… Read more »
Miss J
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Thanks Jc, for your prompt response. The only reason I trim that often is to cut the frazzled ends and knots. For some reason, the knots have kept coming back. To answer your questions: I don’t wash my hair after working out, because my hair tangled really bad when I washed it while it was twisted. Yes, the twists did unravel quite a bit when washed. Because it was such a fiasco, I just wait until I take it loose to wash it. I have also noticed that even washing it with a twist-out causes more knots on the ends.… Read more »
Jc
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You are welcome Miss J — I do think finger combing is the most gentle detangling possible, it does however require a lot of patience. I do think that while small twists look nice and give fullness to the hair, they can be quite difficult to unravel and you can end up with a lot of breakage in the take down process. I would suggest that you try slight larger twists or you can also try african threading which can give hair a twisted look but involves just wrapping thread around hair (see Girls love your curls on youtube) Here… Read more »
Miss J (NaturallyYo)
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Thanks do much, Jc! I tried the method used in the youtube link you recommended for detangling hair. It definitely made for a MUCH more pleasant experience after taking my twists loose! It did take a long time, but I had very few knots this time and I lost a lot less hair in the process! I’m so excited! I also cut off the bad ends (I cut off quite a bit of hair), so my hair is pretty short now, but I’m starting over to track my growth from here, with healthy ends and healthier methods. Thanks again! That… Read more »
Miss J (NaturallyYo)
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Oops! Typo…I meant thanks SO much (in the first sentence)… 🙂

Jc
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Sorry not sure why the link does not work, here it is to copy and paste

Miss J
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Thanks! I’ll check it out.

Ariane
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I loved this post! I know for me reducing the heat in my routine has made a big difference in my hair. Another thing that has helped is making sure that I wear a protective style to bed.

Since I have very kinky 4b hair if I sleep on my hair without a protective style my hair gets extremely matted which also leads to breakage.So even on the nights when I feel really tired I make sure I muster up the strength to at least put in big chunky two strand twists or braids before I go to bed.

Sher Sher C
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I’ve been natural all my life (I’m currently 16) and I’ve never trimmed my hair. But after reading about the importance of it, I told my mom and she said that if I trim my hair, I won’t be to plait completely. Is this true?

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Shan
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Im definitely guilty of using too much heat still! I’ve been going natural since 2005 to which I went to weaves for a couple years and now they are gone too but Im definitely stuck at one length!! I use quality products for shampoos and conditioner and everyday, I get my hair done and trimmed by my stylist who is also my best friend, but honestly my hair has been stuck at right above my shoulders for the longest time, so I wear clip in extensions once in a while to elongate my locks. thanks for the re-realization!I love all… Read more »
Nickey
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Hello Ladies, I recently came across this site. I have relaxed hair and i recently had a bad experience with my perm for the third time in my life. I have been seriously thinking about going natural but truth be told I am AFRAID too take that leap. I don’t want to take a leap into something and it is worse than the relaxer. Is there any advice anyone can offer just to (I don’t know ease my mind or help me make the right decision) I know that the final decision is mine but i am having so much… Read more »
prettyparticular
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Hi Nickey, First of all, it’s ok to feel fear or apprehension. When I decided to “go natural” I told myself that after I was completely natural, I would give myself one full year to adjust and if I didn’t like it, I would go back to the relaxer. Now, after 15 months of being completely natural, I know that I will never return to the relaxer. There are options to becoming natural. You don’t have to cut all of your hair off if you don’t want to. One of the greatest resources out there is YouTube. There is information… Read more »
Denni
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Hi, I have a question, I recently went natural about a month ago, my hair is in a very short bush right now, I wanted to know if anyone knows how often one should wash their hair. I usually co wash, people always tell me since I’ve cut my hair its been growing, but i can’t really tell for myself sometimes. Is washing your hair every other day good or bad?

angelica colcheita
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actually it all depends on your hair type. if you have dry hair washing it too often only strips it from the natural oils our hair and skin produce. i wash my hair once a week and use a shampoo and conditioner with repaitring properties. and remember an oil treatment after every two months or less is important. however if you suffer from very oily hair you may want to wash it about three times a week.one thing people tend to forget aswell is to wear a hair lotion or oil with sun protection. our enivronment is changing and just… Read more »
bonitalilmama
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Washing everyday i wouldn’t do but cowashing is good, if your hair is needs to be washed you would know hence scalp build up or itching. I would try cowashing twice a week and wash once a week and see how your hair responds, you can actually over moisturize so be careful not to do that as well, it will make your hair mushy. But if your hair is really dry try cowashing everyday if not just moisturize and seal every night before you go to bed, some do it at night and in the day, listen to your hair… Read more »
Michelle
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Let’s see…I’ve been guilty of searching for the magic product and not listening to my hair. For reasons I can’t explain my hair actually started growing when I went back to putting in a mixture from childhood (olive, castor and coconut oil) mixed with petroleum jelly and mineral oil. I was putting in this oil, and the other moisturiser and my hair was miserable and wasn’t growing at all then I switched to this and voilà my hair started growing. And even better the texturised ends weren’t breaking off as fast and I can now trim once a month to… Read more »
janine
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*hey fran hey’s tumblr reblog brought me here. give thanks*

i just trimmed about an inch (a week or so ago) because my ends were looking unhealthy and they seemed to tangle a lot. at one point, i’d trim every 3 months, then i read cathy howse’s book and decided to stretch it out to once every 6 months. i’ve read of some naturals trimming once a year. i’m doing my best to ensure i don’t handle my hair roughly or often to lessen the need for trims. in addition,i ensure that my ends are tucked away most of the time.

Neptune
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I concur… Everyones pair is not created equal. I have never followed any “fad” products nor have i invested a lot of money in expensive products. I have, by my definition, the kinkiest hair known to man. My hair broke off a lot several months ago due to heat… I texlaxed my hair 1/22/12… And i don’t plan on doing it again until I feel as though my hair is healthy and strong enough. My spritz bottle contains herbal essence condish, water and olive oil… I use tht 1–2 x’s a day and I comb my hair, maybe, once per… Read more »
Neptune
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Asa
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this post sux

dotty
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Hey. 🙂 I’m Dot. I found the “5 reasons your not gaining length” I really liked it. It was a good reminder of things I had forgotten. My hair has been natural for as long as I can remember and at one point I messed it all up, it fell out and now I’m starting all over again :-/ it was starting to irritate me because it does feel like its at a stand still but after reading the post I’m actually kinda excited to see what itll look like this time but 100% healthy. Thanks!
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abielle
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I’m always looking for my miracle product and every time I think I’ve found it, nope. But sometimes I do think technique matters just as much or sometimes even more than the product itself.

ambi
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a strongly disagree with the trim = 2 to 3 inches, a trim should never be more than an inch period, if your hair is so damaged and breaking off that badly CHANGE your routine not chop all your hair off to somehow gain length

ambi
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a strongly disagree with the trim = 2 to 3 inches, a trim should never be more than an inch period, if your hair is so damaged and breaking off that badly CHANGE your routine not chop all your hair off to somehow gain length I have 22 + inches of hair and there is no reason to cut 2 or more off UNLESS you have SEVERE damage if you do of course cut if not (trim up to only 1 inch) and then CHANGE what you are doing to your hair

Fel
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Hi gals I have extremely fuzzy course hair and no idea what to do with it, it fuzzes the same day that it I get it plait, any ideas which does not involve a ton of products on what i can do to control my hair would be great.

kss
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Hey Fel,

I’ve heard on previous posts that aloe vera gel is good for that. But don’t quote me on it because I haven’t tried it. Some said their hair was hard afterwards and some say theirs was soft with less frizz and defined braidouts and twistouts. Its not that expensive like those over priced products if you want to try it.

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Kittenbubba
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Thanks so much for the clarity. I treat my hair too rough. I will be more delicate with it.

Betriebsfeier Zauberer
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Michelle
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I know this isnt the point of the article but Wow Dot you look like a model &your hair is beautiful in all of the pics! Id love to get my hair to the length in your first one 🙂 Anyways love the article and appreciate the great advice. Ive been feeling stuck at the same shoulder length (when flat ironed that is) since becoming natural about 2 yrs ago. Im pretty sure heat is whats causing it altho I only do it twice a week. If I had thicker hair that might be ok but not for me. If… Read more »
RIN
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QUESTION: Love this community of informed natural women! 4c hair type (serious shrinkage, tight coils — no curls, often dry) & Ive been natural for about a year now. 4 weeks ago I did an aphogee protein treatment & saw less shedding immediately. I followed up with heavy moisture (as recommended) to ensure that I would balance the protein. Well, now 4 weeks later my shedding is back! (&just so Im throughout, its small pieces not long strands w/ bulbs) So my question is, what am I missing here? I protective style weekly, wash every 2 weeks (to minimize hands… Read more »
Brieana
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Okay, I live I arizona where it gets to about 115 degrees And up in the summer. I always wonder if that was a factor of my hair growing so slow. My hair has been at the nape of my neck for a long time and I just want it at 12 or even maybe 14 inches. It just won’t grow:/ I get it washed every two weeks. My mom takes me to the shop to get it done properly. It’s killing me that it won’t grow.!!. My frustration is deep Dx

unknown
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1. Stop paying all thatmoney to get your hair washed “professionally”. Go to walgreens or any store like that around you and pick up the pantene in the brown bottle. Get the shampoo, conditioner, and daily moisturiINg lotion.
2. Your hair probably isnt growing due to build up. In heat like that you probably sweat alot. If you get the products i recommended your hair will be conditioned enough to wash 1 time a week. you need to get the aweat off your scalp.

BTW sorry for all the typos.

runswithscissors
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Again, the problem is no with hair growing. If the poster’s hair was not growing they would have bald spots. As with most that seem to stuck at a certain length, the problem is retention at the ends.

Original poster! Please go back a read the article, especially numbers 1 and 2.

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Fayla
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audrey
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hi, i didn’t know puff were bad … 🙁
also i’m wearing buns everyday (for my work) and my hair don’t grow anymore : but i read this is a protective style. someone can tell me?

Dananana
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Buns can be a great protective style, but if you have fine strands like mine, you won’t want to wear a bun for more than a week’s time.…especially if you’re trying to grow it out. Fine hair gets tangled and breaks much easier in protective styles like buns, so to avoid breakage I frequently style my hair in twists.

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Joanne
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I’ve just read this article with eagerness. I have shoulder length hair but I want it to grow past my shoulders and hopefully below my waist. I’ve tried everything to grow my hair, when I say everything, I mean everything EXCEPT for the very hard to do advice of tip No.1 in this article-cutting off the ends. My hair has been grown rapidly but it breaks at the ends regardless of how well I look after my hair. So I read this article, paused for a while, then I got the scissors out. I’ve just done it. I’ve cut off… Read more »
Hannah
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Shrinkage is so cool its like having another style option because sometimes hair can be too long to do certain stypes

Cc
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i was at shoulder length for the longest time but recently I decided to put the heat down and deep condition more qnd moisturize and seal more. Its been 5 months since and I’m right at arm pit length.Maybe a little longer Just take care of your hair and it will grow!!

A_Ibrahim
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How do you check your length with out using heat. Is there a special way you do it.

A_Ibrahim
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you gotta take care of your hair, you cant be natural and still use heat

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