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7 Tips for Achieving Your Hair Length Goals

• Mar 5, 2012

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By Cipriana of Urbanbushbabes.com

How many endless pictures across the internet of length crushing hair have you lusted over, fantasizing about the day when you have finally reached your hair length goals but let’s be real, keeping your eyes on the prize can be every bit as frustrating as actually waiting for your hair to grow a couple of those precious inches, especially when you want your hair goals TODAY! These are tips I have accumulated over the years to help me reach my hair length goal…Patiently.

1. Do Protective Styles that You Can ROCK Right Now

Admiring styles you want to rock in the future is cool and like I mentioned, keeping your eye on the prize can be motivating but sometimes motivation needs to be balanced with the satisfaction of the here and now. Finding a protective hairstyle that you love can calm the strong yearning of your future hair goal, making the waiting process easier. So whether it’s a wig, updos, braids, twists, etc, finding a protective style you love will not only calm the storm but will help with low manipulation since your hair will not be a daily focus.

2. Find Hair Crushes with Similar Lengths

Similar to finding a hairstyle you can rock at the moment, finding women with similar hair lengths that you love will make you appreciate your hair in the moment, inspiring you and taking the attention off of what you don’t have.

3. Hide the Measuring Tape

Similar to losing weight, you are not going to miraculously lose the pounds you want in a day so why give yourself false hope in going on the scale every day? Well the same applies to your hair. I would suggest checking your length every 3–6 months.

4. Understand that Hair on Average Grows ½ inch every Month

On average your hair grows ½ an inch every month which translates to 6 inches a year but for some the growth rate could be anywhere from ¼ to 1 inch a month, adding up to 3 or 12 inches a year. But most of us can achieve up, a little less than or a little more than ½ an inch of growth every month.

5. Learn to Take Care of your Hair

Nothing helps you reach your hair goals faster with fewer setbacks than healthy hair care practices such as reducing or eliminating heat, sealing, moisturizing (watering), use of silk pillowcase or scarf, patience while detangling and styling, low manipulation, product usage, etc. Also as I always enforce, what you put into your body is just as important as what you put on or do to your hair topically. Remember “healthy” hair starts from the inside so watch your diet and stress levels.

6. Understand Terminal Length

Yes, due to genetics everyone has a predetermined length their hair can ultimately grow. Our hair growth or Anagen phase not only includes the hair on our scalp, but every hair on our body as well. Terminal length simply means the length your hair can actually grow if it was never cut or damaged in anyway. On average the Anagen phase (which is pre-determined by genetics) is anywhere from 2–6 years. Though some of us may even have a little longer or shorter terminal length, on average most of us are capable of growing at least 12 inches of hair (bra strap from nape area) and this is the shortest growth phase.

You will not accurately know your terminal length unless you are truly taking care of your hair and have found a regimen that works. If you want answers sooner a big clue is your family. Look at the women in your family or photos of female family members who were natural in their youth. See how long it took them to grow their hair out (assuming that, in childhood, their hair was being cared for properly.) For instance my mother is in her 50’s and has extremely thick and waist long hair as well as many of my cousins from the past on my mother’s side.

7. Low Manipulation

Mo Money, Mo Money, Mo Money…everyone wants mo money! Well if you want mo length then you need Lo Manipulation, Lo Manipulation, Lo Manipulation! Keeping your hands out of your hair on a daily basis decreases your chances in breakage that constant manipulation does not protect you from.

Ladies, how do you stay sane while work towards your length goals?

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Sieta
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Wonderful set of tips! It encourages you to be realistic as well as appreciative of what you have now.

hyspin
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Two words “hair extensions”

I think when I was most patient with my hair is when I didn’t have to style each and every day or weekly. So I am going back to that because it covers tips 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 covered in one swoop. I getting either weave or most like braids put in after this months hair measurement and salon assessment.

hyspin
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Oh for anyone keeping track of me, yes, I did bleached a few strands of hair so I could measure my new growth by the end of the month.

That was kind funny to explain to my better half, especially since the bleach streak was a strawberry blond, boy was I shocked my self I wasn’t expect such a vibrant colour.

Porsha G.
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I 2nd that em0tion

Connie
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Agree with all but the bit about terminal length… THere is no predetermined maximum hair length 😐

BooBoo
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I do agree with what you’re saying 🙂

Screwy Haired Girl
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+1

df
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why is terminal length only a topic people of african descent have to be knowledgable about? it’s so weird to me.

df
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i meant a topic *only people of african descent have to worry about…

BeautyIAM
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I don’t think its weird at all. Considering how fragile the hair is of people of African decent is coupled with a long history of neglect, poor maintenance, and lack of knowledge of our hair, I see why people are more curious about things like terminal length.

And whose to say NO ONE else is interested in it.

Mai
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Head over to Long Hair Community and you will see that many white women are also concerned about terminal length

Amber
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There is a predetermined maximum hair length. Think about the hair of your eyebrows, eyelashes, arms and legs. The hair in those places (eyebrows, eyelashes, arms and legs) never grow longer than a certain length. I’m sure that the hair on your head will not grow longer than a certain length as well.

Womanifesto
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I have to agree with Amber. I’ve done research on the topic and there is a predetermined terminal length. I was discouraged by it at first, but then I realized that most women (of all races) have never even come close to their terminal lengths because most don’t take great care of their hair. Therefore, the terminal length shouldn’t be seen as a setback. My hair has usually stayed between bra strap and midback length with me not taking any care of it. So, now that I am taking care of it, I can expect to see that my terminal… Read more »
Renee
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It’s not a predetermined length, but a predetermined growth cycle. Very short hairs, i.e. eyebrows, lashes, etc. have a very short growth cycle. Can you imagine how funny we would look if our eyebrows and lashes grew for 2 straight years? Terminal length is a misnomer, it is only a representation of the actual lenght of time in the growth cycle of the follice, not the lenght of the hair during the cycle.

Lovelycoils
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Thank you! I really wish people would stop spreading this hair myth. I am licensed to do hair in NC and was never taught about a terminal length. There is no such thing. Eventually your hair will go back in to the growth phase and if you are not breaking your existing hair, your hair will get longer and longer with care. And afro hair has more protein bonds than any other hair, it is not fragile but strong. Now traditionally what we have done to it has made it fragile. But God made our hair strong with lots of… Read more »
Melissa
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A hair that has gone into a resting phase will NOT continue to grow. It will shed. This is the Telogen phase. That particular hair will not grow again, but a new hair will take its place, pushing the old one out and starting over in a new Anagen phase. There may not be a “terminal length” that you believe in, but it’s just math. If your Anagen phase is 4 years, determined by genetics, and your hair grows 1/2 inch a month, theoretically, you could grow 6 inches a year and end up with 24 inches of hair IF… Read more »
Aja
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Good tips but i have a science background .. bio, chem … There is no such thing as predetermined length. The real thing is that your hair has a life cycle, look up cell division etc and you will find this info. Everyone’s cycle is different so yes some people will have hair growth for longer periods of time but we all come to a point where the hair goes into a rest phase.. .no growth. but then the cycle starts again after rest. The reason that you may think there is a maximum lenght is that some people’s life… Read more »
Monique
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I recently chopped off 10+ inches off with the goal of having afro (use to have locs) My hair grows slowly and I’ve been working on establishing my regiment. I’ve only had the TWA for a week. I think you gave great advice. I like the idea of looking to hair inspiration from people who have similar length hair.

misha
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add… instead of imagining the length of your hair five years from now, try a month. try six months. try one year.

Jeanna
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I’m learning to appreciate the length I have now (around 8″ avg.). As much as I long for more length, I have a feeling that I’ll miss having shorter hair sometimes. I’m following the tips outlined. It’s good to know I’m on the right track.

SharBear
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It’s hard as hell!!! I’m growing my BC out & I swear every time I see the sides of my hair growing out i wanta get it trimmed.… but i try and focus on jewelry n makeup. Big earrings, necklaces, new bold eyecolor.. anything to keep me from focusing on my short do!

df
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girl take pride in your short do! I have had short natural hair and short relaxed hair and short natural hair is just so beautiful and flattering and we look REGAL with our short natural hair. It really helps to love your hair at any length, you can’t force it of course but it helps you enjoy your hair.

Check these tumblrs out so you can see your fellow sisters looking fly and beautiful with short hair. They helped me when I wasn’t feeling mine:

http://twasftw.tumblr.com/
http://naturalpixie.tumblr.com/

BooBoo
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I don’t believe in the story of genetics and such. In my family, nobody have hair like mine (length) maybe because they just don’t know how to take care of it! So no, I won’t look at their neck length when I’m pretty near to bra strap length…

Neesha_Cherie
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Agreed!! No one in my family has very long hair either. I’m determined to be the first, so heck no I won’t be looking at them, lol. Love ‘em though!

Phoenix
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Yeah, if I look at my family as well, no long hair currently, but I remember a pic of my mom from high school and she had between shoulder and armpit length then, so that’t my first long term goal, full shoulder length, and then move on from there 🙂

Melissa
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She meant look at (pictures of) them them they were younger. I had hair at MBL when I was 7 and my mom was taking care of my hair. I was much shorter of course, but we know my hair can grow. In my teens through early 30s, I had neck length hair because of lack of care. Now I have nearly 11 inches of hair after being natural for 28 months. And I expect it to get longer because of my genetics: my mom had 3 full sisters and all four of them could nearly sit on their hair… Read more »
Ava
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Don’t doesn’t always tell the whole story either. It all depends on HOW their Parent was taking care of their hair.

Because if I had a daughter, and she saw me younger, she would see my chin length/neck length hair. And my Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother all had extremely long hair.

Sometimes, pictures and genetics don’t tell the whole story. Sometimes, it’s just basic hair care.

hyspin
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****LIGHTBULB****

Taking tip 2. to the next Level (and kind of tip 1.)
Why doesn’t BGLH categorize there Style Icons by length and texture?

Hair Types Like (2a-4c)
Hair length ranges like:
shorter than 2 inches, (twa)
2″-4″
4″-6″
6″-9″
9″-12″
12–16, 16 and longer.
Or what ever realistic ranges.

SO WHO IS WITH ME, give me vote: 🙂

shannon
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I think that is a great idea.

SharBear
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I could work with that.

Neesha_Cherie
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Great idea!

sosoulful_0125
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+1

df
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also just wanted to request if we could have more hair/style icons with twa or shorter hair!

Jo Somebody
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I agree, but wonder if they’ll do that considering it’s bgLh.

Screwy Haired Girl
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Great tips (even if I don’t agree with #6). Protective styles you can use and style icons with your texture and length are so important in the struggle to stay sane 🙂

sosoulful_0125
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Love this post very realistic! Although I have been natural for 4 years I am just starting to adopt the idea of protective styles, I loved to wear my hair out all the time but I did not realize how damaging it can be with my enemy (fairy knots).

Bumper
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I think, as the author says, genetics does play a part in hair length. When she said to look at the women in your family, she did say assuming their hair was cared for properly. If it was not, they probably never reached their terminal length. Many people did not know how to properly care for their hair, so it was all a bit hit and miss back then. That means that we may have longer hair than the women in our family because we now know how to take care of it and are reaching our terminal length. I… Read more »
df
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she did say assuming their hair was cared for properly. If it was not, they probably never reached their terminal length. Many people did not know how to properly care for their hair, so it was all a bit hit and miss back then”

very interesting point…

LBell
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While I agree that genetics plays a role, your post actually argues in favor of environment (i.e. hair care/regimen) as a primary factor in hair length. My hair is much longer and healthier in my hands as an adult than it ever was in my mom’s (and others’) hands as a child. Could I theoretically grow it to WL even though nobody on ANY side of my family has ever done this? Possibly…if my environment (regimen) consisted of my leaving it almost completely alone. I’ve learned the hard way that this (less-is-more, KISS, etc.) is the reality for MY genetic… Read more »
Dawn
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i think my terminal length is probly somewhere around my waist or hip area. my great great grandma had hair that long, which she wore in two braids like pocahantas all the time. no one else has had hair that long since but me, when i was a child. my hair still wasn’t as long as hers though- it was at my mid back. i’ve been on a quest for the past few months to rediscover that family trait for long hair and set the example for hair care. i can’t wait what fruit my labor yields in the upcoming… Read more »
Liz
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I totally agree. When I look at photos of style icons I like, I purposely find their youtube/blogs to figure out where they are in their natural hair journey.

Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty
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Not staying sane. Still crazy! I can’t go by my family. They processed and pressed back in the days.

I managed 15 inches of hair from the nape but then cut it to 13 because the majority of the hiar was at 10 due to breakage from flat ironing last year so I’m not starting from square 1. Well, not exactly cut with a goal of at least 18/19 inches I have to now wait longer due to past mistakes.

oh well. you live and learn.

babydaisy
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I just want long hair

Shelley Parker
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In my experience, the best thing for growing out African hair and minimizing breakage is keratin straightening–even if you plan to wear it natural as opposed to straight. Brazilian keratin is not a chemical straightener like lye or thio, which strip the cuticle and rearrange the hair molecules, causing damage and breakage. It’s more like a protective glove that holds hair in a straightened position and gradually wears off over a 3–5 month period. It super-conditions hair, leaving it straighter, shinier, and frizz-free, even in high humidity. It works BEST on hair that’s already damaged, like from lye or thio,… Read more »
cc
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i think that a few herbs can help with hair growth, e.g shear butter , it may not work if you use the processed one . it has done wonders to my hair. it was like a miracle, another thing that helps alot is indian hemp , i havent tried it yet but alotta ma friends use it nd their hair is freakin long, i hope this has helped

cc
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what i have a problem with is my texture , i would like a much softer texture and pillow soft curls, pity i dont know any products that can do that without application of heat, ANY SUGGESTIONS ???
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BTW Dats how long ma hair is now with the help of shear butter

Trina
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First let me say I love the article:) but umm..my sanity has been my husband. He doesn’t bother me about how my hair looks if I don’t do anything to it for days, rock a puffy pony, wash n’ go, etc. And he tells me I’m beautiful everyday:) so that’s all I need to give me a little extra patience and keep me focused on my journey of maintaining healthy hair growth:)

Jo Somebody
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I would add a) take pictures and b) understand shrinkage!
Sometimes it may not seem as if your hair is growing until you look back on older snaps or pull that piece of hair and find it’s now past your lips!

Dee
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I take a picture every month! I call that day my Natur-versary! 🙂

Osh kosh B'gosh
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I agree with most of these tips except for #6. If hair constantly grows at a rate of 1/2″ per month— how can there be terminal length?! How would one explain women with hair down to their bums or ankles? Looking at my family, the women do not have “long” hair, however I attribute that to poor hair practices and lack of knowledge how to properly care for our hair. I am the only woman in my family with long, thick hair– and I am basing this on my acquired knowledge and practices, which not only includes how I handle… Read more »
Cipriana
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Everyone has a terminal length, if that was not the case you would never shed hair. We are all individuals and like weight, everyone’s bmi index differs which is why some women are able to grow their hair below waist and beyond. This info is not misleading, just scientific fact. The shortest terminal length is quite long at bra strap length. Hope this info helps you understand terminal length a bit better.

Brynna
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Terminal Length does not mean length added but the time it takes to complete a growth phase. 2–6 is the time limit but the cycle does repeat. It’s not impossible to everyone to reach wl hair.

TINA SMITH
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I DON’T BELIEVE TERMINAL LENGTH ITS A THEORY THAT IS NOT PROVEN

Cipriana
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Again if we did not have a terminal length we would not shed hair. You shed hair because the strand has reached the end of it’s growth cycle. Of course diet and malicious manipulation of strands can cause a shorter cycle growth. This includes every hair on our body. If terminal length did not exist we would have arm, leg, eyelashes and eyebrows reaching to the ground. Of course our body hair has a much shorter cycle growth but terminal length still applies. There are no exceptions to shedding therefore no exceptions to terminal length. Terminal length for everyone varies… Read more »
Joi
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Agreed. I believe the wording in the article is what is rather hard to comprehend for many of us. I will admit that I thought the same way as other readers did when you initially explained terminal length within the article.

Thank you for the clarification.

afra
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What about the woman with the world’s longest locks… Yeah and the person with the world’s longest nails yeah terminal hair growth is not true no matter what you say!

InnovativeBME21
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The term “terminal hair length” is the confusing part. It’s easier to understand the concept if you focus on the hair follicle (u can find hair follicle studies via Google scholar that discuss this, but it’s been scientifically proven): So the hair grows from the follicle (we accept that) but the hair follicle itself has an ON and OFF phase. The ON phase (Anagen) is the time period that the follicle is actively putting out more hair at the root. As long as the follicle is in this phase (which typically lasts 6 or so years) it will be putting… Read more »
FabULess
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Now, what YOU’VE explained makes perfect since. Thank you!

cydnie
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Fricken fantastic explanation!

lea
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nao existe comprimento terminal!! a genetica determina a cor do teu cabelo,o tipo do teu cabelo mas nunca o comprimento!!! o comprimento e determinado por ti mesma!! eu sou praticamente a unica da familia com cabelo 4c comprido o resto tem todas o comprimento ate as orelhas bem curto… nao te esqueças que a grande maioria das mulheres negras nao sabe nem conheçe o seu cabelo por más praticas… isso de comprimento terminal sempre foi a causa de ignorancia entre negros stop that nonsense please nao existe comprimento terminal nao existe

vera
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I agree with you Osh B’gosh. I put a perm in my hair on Jan 20th 2013 and I have at least 3 inches of new growth on it I carry out my perms as long as I can go. I am firm believer that hair grow longer than 1/2 inch a month I am living proof my hair is about 23 24 inches now an longer in some places, the reason I don’t cut it I let it do what it do. I am not one that is pron to split ends never have been and i keep my… Read more »
lebo
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I want to perm my afro — will I regret it? Please advise & provide links for photo reference. Would really appreciate info from someone who actually has an perm.

lebo
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I want to perm my afro — will I regret it? Please advise & provide links for photo reference. Would really appreciate info from someone who actually has an perm.
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Iruka
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I suggest that you just try a blow out and then flat iron it. Not sure if you have tried that before but there are tutorials on youtube! Women can do whatever they want with their hair but I personally find perms very scary and will not be getting a perm ever again. I think it’s nice to know whether your hair will safely revert back to its natural/healthy texture.

Iruka
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oops sorry! no I don’t currently have a perm but when I did get them not too long ago, they destroyed my hair and scalp lol *shivers* never again

Khala
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terminal length scares the h-e-double hockey sticks out of me!!

ay
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terminal length means till where your hairs remain healthy, they will grow after that length but chances of falling off from scalp will increase,and you can visibly identify the poor quality ends. only cure to this situation is to make scalp healthier and avoid split ends.

Qiana M
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You know what’s weird! I didn’t realize how fast my hair actually grows until I got it dyed auburn. Other than color now, I have no other chemicals in my hair and I try to refrain from using products full of chemicals. I also don’t apply heat to my hair except once in a blue moon and I moisturize it daily, washing twice a week. My hair is worn natural 99% of the time. The dye has grown out half way at the roots and through out my hair however its grown out approximately 66% around the edges. My hair… Read more »
chhhrraa
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good article

michelle
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I have 2 daughters,they are mix,i am a beautiful black woman and my husband a handsome Indian*smiling*my daughters both have different type of hair,the elder one hair is very thick and a little course,but was very long,but the younger one who is 10 yrs old, her is a little softer with a little wave and at 9 yrs her hair is was pass her knees,i cut off 7″ of her hair so it’s now under her butt..and it’s all natural..i do have pic’s of her hair but it’s on my face book photo…

Nana
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So you came here to show off…?

Sandy
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I’m sorry. I’m missing your point…

Toni
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Sherrell J.
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Hi, I’ve been natural for 3 going on 4 years in August of 2013. I’ve done a big chop twice in the past 4 and 1/2 years (first: a short look & second time: to go natural) Its come to my attention that my hair has always stopped at a certain length. What I am not understanding is why it is not growing (stopping at my shoulders)? I always do protective styling and my mother is a cosmetologist so she’s always conditioning & washing my hair really good. When I was younger I did have long – full hair. Now… Read more »
Chocolatechip
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Brazilian blowouts are harsh on your hair too, because they still use a lot of heat. Also, don’t trim your hair too often. Only trim when it is needed.

anonymous
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Have you tried hair vitamins

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What i understand is that some protective styles can damage your hair. Like braids weaves etc. look at jenelle stewart of kinkycurlycoilyme. (youtuber). My hair broke of when i did crochet braids. So doing protective styles only can damage your hair also. And take a good look at your products. maybe you can change your regimen.
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Demetria
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I found this via google this article was very inspirational..what I would like to know though is how do I make the transition from processed/perm hair to natural..this seems really heard for me..the thing is I am really not attached to my hair my husband is and he is really against me chopping it all off and start over fresh..I been natural before and I loved it…my hair was way pass my shoulder it was beautiful but I processed it,and yeah I regret it ever since..so can I please get some help with going back natural even though my hair… Read more »
Alexa
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Just let your hair grow out and during the grow out phase do protective styling, braids, weaves, you can also do roller sets to mask the difference of the natural hair and permed hair…and when you take the braids, weaves, whatever you choose to use cut a little of the perm off at a time… Hope this was helpful

CaN
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Low Manipulation means NOT touching your hair. But how am I supposed to moisturize daily? Especially if I have extremely dry hair? (I never touched my hair anyway for the last 6 years but now it is thirsssssty).

mimi
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Low manipulaction means low manipulation not “no” manipulation. So you can mosturise your hair, but reduce the use of combs ‚brushes, pulling and tugging and

Voodoo Roots Organics
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I like Shea Moisture it really works well for moisture regarding really dry hair, but I recently ?came across this product that a friend of mine recommended and I’ve been using it for the last three months and I have seen my hair go from dull, dry and shedding to having lots of sheen and moisture. The most amazing thing about this product is, it made my hair grow, so now I’m telling anyone that would listen… I think you can only get it online, it really works at least I was highly impressed with the results. I will keep… Read more »
NaturalnBless
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Great article on achieving your length. I definitely agree with finding hair crush with similar length and hair type. At the end of the day, patience, patience 😉
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Yup
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Do I have to water my hair? If makes my scalp itchy and flaky. Also I de tangle, twist and roll my hair every night. I have not found any good protective styles that are work ready.

Yup
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Also, I don’t agree with the predetermined length theory. Have you seen KimmayTube? Chick has your average black female texture, I’d say about 4A/4B mixed with other textures. Her hair is all the way down her back. I don’t know how long the women in her family’s hair grows, but I don’t think she comes from a line of women with long hair.

afra
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Well said!

J2
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She may just come from a line of women that don’t know how to take care of their hair so it stays short. Terminal length has nothing to do with the texture of your hair. That’s determined by the actual shape of the follicle. Kinkier hair is usually shorter because structurally it is easily damaged compared to other textures. Someone with kinky hair and someone with straight hair can have the same terminal length but you may not be able to tell if the kinky hair is not well cared for

Madiba
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Kimmaytube has a video where she shows her hair growth journey, you will notice that for over 6 years she had the same length because of not knowing the best way to care for hair. This all changed when she came across blogs/blogs for natural hair. He extreme growth comes from about 3–4 years of proper and total hair care

naturallyme
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Great article, very informative. Thanks

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Chris
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I’ve had natural hair for more than ten years. Closer to fifteen. Long before the amazing resources we have today like YouTube and blogs like this. This was even before all of the great products available today. I think Miss Jessie’s had just come on the scene! I just had to feel my way through it. I never did bother with protective styling and I’m still not convinced that it is beneficial. At all. I do agree with low manipulation, and think that protective styling is too much pulling, tugging, and often blow drying of the hair. I don’t style… Read more »
lea
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chris protetive style its our braids and you dont touch your hair for weeks thats why they say protetive style… we used to say do your hair with braids or do som twists 🙂 anyway im like you i mousture my hair and keep with braids in aa several weeks i dont touch it and its ok for mi i never complain and i have very ggod 4c hair

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is actually fastidious, every one can without difficulty be
aware of it, Thanks a lot.

Delis
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Reading some of the comments I can only conclude some people should have stayed in school or at least paid more attention in Biology class while they were there. Why is the concept of a growth cycle so difficult to comprehend? It isn’t a belief system, it’s something proven by science and by everyone’s experience since we aren’t walking around looking like Yeti’s because our hair won’t stop growing. Having a growth cycle in no way suggests that hair cannot grow long — evidently there are people who have incredibly long hair. And as has been pointed out, how the… Read more »
aprilracine
Guest

Thank you for your comment. You prevented me from saying something nasty. I would have mentioned something about: “4 year olds reading blogs” and I would have regretted it immediately. Predetermined length exist people! If it doesn’t exist on you, then I would hate to see your pubic hair.

Stevie
Guest

Thank you! I cannot understand how so many missed this in middle school biology. Terminal length is not a theory, it is a scientific fact embedded in every person’s DNA. But it doesn’t mean you can’t grow hair down to your feet. If your hair is extremely long, then you have an extremely long terminal length! And… A couple of people mentioned locks. I’m no expert (never had them), but it seems to me locks allow you to maintain hair that has already been shed from the scalp? (This last assumption may be incorrect, but terminal length is the truth!)

Shameka
Guest
To add some info to this thread, I will say that with science the explanation usually requires a bit of finesse for those who weren’t science majors. I think a few people here have successfully explained the idea of terminal length, which can LOOSLY be described as the stage at which a particular hair follicle stops growing and sheds. Terminal length sounds like your hair will never grow past this point right here. For many naturals that is a scary thought… I mean think about it, putting hours days and years into maintaining healthy hair, only to end up with… Read more »
Kia
Guest

Awesome explanation! I always hated the idea of “terminal length.” To me it sounds like the only people who say it are the ones with very long hair and it can be so discouraging and exclusive. Girl bye, we can all have long hair lol! The main thing people need to focus on in the black hair community especially us type four women are protective styling, moisture, and gentle handling. Hair is a crown and we should treat it as such!

Aliyah Morrison
Guest

10 inches for the rest of my life sounds good to me and I take good care of my hair .

Shazzer
Guest

You have to manipulate your hair when going to work school ect you can’t just leave it messy. I’m currently doing low ponytails but I’m going to change because I don’t want any breakage. I wash my hair weekly moisterize and seal. I don’t use heat a lot but I would use roller set if I was in a hurry. 2 years natural and my hairs been growing well when used weaves as protective styles

Aliyah Morrison
Guest

I wear cornrow braids the only time my hair is manipulated is when I redo my cornrow braids and wash and detangle my hair . Oh and it’s not messy and a very cute neat style . There are many protective styles you can do that will have your hair looking nice and little manipulation such as weaves wigs , braids , and twists like the author just said .

Aliyah Morrison
Guest

All the woman in my family have long hair . My grandma isn’t mixed with hair down her back . My mom is the only one with short hair and that’s because she likes it in short when she was a kid she had long hair . My hair is growing a lot ever since I went natural and started focusing on the health of my hair . I protective style with cornrows ( no weave added either ) and hide the measuring tape.

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