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How Long Does It Take to Grow Out Natural Hair?

• Mar 1, 2012

By Audrey Sivasothy, author of The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care

How long will it take me to grow out my hair and reach my hair length goals?”

This question, and the many variations of it, is one of the most frequently asked hair questions I get. Unfortunately, it is also one of the toughest questions to answer. Many factors determine the length of time it takes for a person to grow out their hair and reach certain hair lengths. This article will try to offer some guidance for length planning. As you read, bear in mind that the time estimates listed for growing out the hair in this article are just that-estimates. You’ll see that by the number of “typicallys and generallys” sprinkled throughout the article. There are just so many factors that influence when hair length goals are met including genetics, your anatomical structure, and the level of care and attention you give your hair. Growing out the hair takes years of consistent, diligent care. Though many folks are interested in achieving longer hair lengths, they do not realize the significant time investment that is involved in growing hair. Unrealistic goals and magical creams and potions that promise faster growth results but fall short on the promises make it easy to become discouraged. The only tried and true method for growing out the hair is good old fashioned time. Never fails!

General Considerations

Hair grows approximately ½ inch per month, for a total of six inches in one year. This rate is an average across races. Asian hair grows slightly faster than this average, Caucasian hair grows near the average,and black hair trends to grow at or just below this average each month. Genetics will also influence how close to the average ½ inch you get each month. Ultimately, the estimated time length for growing out the hair and reaching any hair length goal depends on two main factors: each individual person’s hair growth rate and their retention ability. A faster hair grower will always reach their goals sooner than a slower grower if the retention rates are the same. A slower grower will reach their goals consistently over a faster grower who poorly retains their length. Two individuals may grow their hair at the same exact rate while only one reaches her hair goals consistently, this is an instance of an ends retention problem for one of the growers. I often hear ladies say, “My hair is not growing, no matter what I do”-and for chemically relaxed ladies in particular we see that this is not true every 8–10 weeks when they are going in to have their relaxer retouched! Your hair is ALWAYS growing, retention may be the issue.

The Typical Process

Growing out the hair tends to follow a certain path. Generally changes in the look, thickness, and feel of the hair come first. Usually it is within the first 3–4 months of your hair journey that you’ll notice these improvements in thickness, and this tends to happen before you ever see any additional length. The big difference in length usually happens around 6–8 months into the journey provided you have been diligent with your hair care. For me, I started my journey in about June/July of a year, and noticed my hair getting thicker around October of the year. By December and January, I could see the length starting to come as well.

The timetable below is one that is suggested by the literature, but my personal hair growing experience has been different with personal setbacks, style changes, and trims all throughout my journey. Be forewarned, it is a very generalized timetable and not something you should feel compelled to follow to the letter. I certainly have strayed from the mark! Please note that this timetable is so open to interpretation that I almost hesitate to post it here, but some may find it useful!

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hyspin
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Very informative (I already knew most of this). This article came just in time for me to bleach test few strands of hair in the back area of my head. “Why?” you might ask because the best way to know your actual growth is the measure from the root, a fellow BGLH follower gave me the idea. Once I know what my actual rate of growth versus my retention rate I can see how good or bad or specific my situation is when it comes to retaining length and rate of breakage. The beginning of the month is a perfect… Read more »
vero77
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Bi

feeling really miserable 19 months ofgrowth — 2 years will be this May but convinced for the last six months my hair has NOT been growing.

I have tried dying the back a lite brown colour so that i will be able to tell — But it was dark enough so consequently I couldnt see. i’m afraid of bleach — never bleached before — as I always felt it would break the hair! Did u find the bleached hair dry and wispy? did u do it yourself?

Janelle Winkler
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I totally agree about the bleach method. When I went natural the first time in 2009, I had colored my hair not for growth reasons though. Over time, I realized the separation between the my natural color and color treated hair was significant. That ultimately let me know, my hair was growing.

hyspin
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Oh and before I forget also because these numbers provided are based on math, one must take the total estimated growth of the year and subtract the average trim multiplied by frequency yearly. Of course this is under the assumption, that the hair completely healthy and doesn’t suffer from breakage and single strand knots.

hyspin
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Yearly growth rate — (average trim length x frequency per year) = Realistic Yearly Length Retention
🙂

* Disclaimer: this doesn’t take in account , changes or health or stress, breakage (resulting from physical manipulation, dryness, hot tools, and chemicals), your hair tendency tangle, Single strand knots, clogged pores, on set of hair loss, thinning hair (do to ponytails, buns, tight cornrows, weaves, extensions), disease and ACTS OF GOD. 😛

Thin and Natural
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er…the article to did infer to take the info with a grain of salt as results were not guaranteed. Did you not read the article in full?

merry
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i’m not trying to throw shade at the author. i have this book (it’s a bit overpriced tho…)

i wanted to know what her educational background is. i’ve seen “health scientist” but at what level of education can you be considered a health scientist — b.s., m.s., or phd?

normally, someone with a masters or phd will put it after their name, esp. on a book — audrey davis sivasothy, m.s., phd, md, mph, etc…

Mai
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I bought this book for a friend (long story short, I keep giving her hair advice, she won’t listen to me, so I figure she will listen if it’s in a book, lol). The book aggregates information easily found online and personally, it is great for beginners or those who don’t have time to spend looking online, and it has helped many women with their hair journeys. I am not trying to throw shade either, but often have some questions regarding her articles. I’m not sure if Audrey Davis Sivasothy is a health scientist either. I work as a nutritionist… Read more »
kim
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I loved your comment…Agree 100%

EG
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Out of curiosity, why is it that what she writes is taken apart, but when JC post information on this site, it is taken as gospel? I have found contradictory information to what she post as well.
I’m not being sarcastic by the way, just genuinely curious as to what makes one person’s ideas more valid than the other.

merry
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for me, the natural hair gurus, be they on blogs or on youtube have started to annoy me a bit. the faux product reviews and misinformation about the simplest things is annoying and sometimes dishonest. i’ve just noticed lately that there are so many self-appointed experts on youtube for ex, who just because they have subscribers just talk about whatever and give advice which is sometimes just plain stupid, and of course uninformed. honestly, i’ve got a few issues with jc, but i think she’s a bit more clear about her credentials. although i do sometimes find her confusion. but… Read more »
EG
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I cosign on the product reviews. I hate that they get the products for free and spend very little time actually testing it before they pimp it out to their viewers. The only one who I respect and trust when it comes to product reviews is Naptural85. She will take a year trying something before she talks about it.

naturally matted hair
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naturally matted hair

I too co-sign on Napptural85.

KWL0711
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Agreed. She’s awesome.

Mai
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Personally, whenever I read any beauty advice, I look at it under a microscope just because it may work for me and it may not (whenever I see a youtuber use gel or heat, I keep moving, that stuff is just no go for my hair regardless of the science). I will admit a bias to Jc because I have been reading her blog since I went natural almost 3 years ago. I don’t believe everything she writes, but when I started out a lot of her information helped me. I have no problem with Audrey either, if I were… Read more »
Munna
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(1 comments)This is intntesrieg.. I always have a problem with my hair.. I always suffer from hair fall and no matter what product of shampoo and conditioner I will use to control my hair fall problem but nothing happened.. So I must as well try this recommended products that you suggested.. Thanks for this!

BrinkyDinks
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I once said that on a natural hair Facebook page and got slammed for it!! When I went to a hair fair back in London a couple years ago, this famous trichologist said that as long as you are breathing, your hair will grow!!! I used to be obsessed with these forums and YT but not anymore. I think a lot of them make natural hair more complicated than it needs to be, and they aren’t always honest.

EG
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That’s fair. Why don’t you contact the owner of this site and post why you think we should not be so quick to create a cause and effect relationship between nutrition and hair health? It sounds like you know what you’re talking about and it would be interesting to see the feedback.

Mops
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honestly if you’re in it for the length, you’ll suffer having a twa. of course every girl wants length but they should honestly be in it for the health of their tresses. length is a bonus to having healthy, natural hair. not the other way around.
if you treat your hair right, use protective styles, stick with a hair regimen, cover it at night, and avoid heat/chemicals/coloring, you’ll see results before you know it.

Maturing Naturally
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Hi Mops,

There is nothing wrong with desiring length and having that goal in mind with you start your journey. Everyone has a right to make whatever choices about their hair. If length is your goal, then figure out what will it take for you to get there. Reading this article may be one way of doing due deligence. I would also like to say that this lady was very clear that she was writing from her own experiences. Everyone throwing “shade” is uncalled for.

Happy 2B Nappy
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Thank you, this article was right on time for me. I bc in dec w/only a couple months transition so I have a short twa and although I’m enjoying & embracing this stage, I can’t help but wonder how long it will be by summer… will I finally be able to do some of those fun styles or stuck in the wash & go purgatory 🙂 Think I’ll download this book as another resources in my journey.

Naz
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Don’t bother buying/downloading this woman’s book all the stuff she says is free on the internet, I was bitterly disappointed when I read it. I’d been natural for years before I found websites like this on how to care for natural hair. These sites are all you need no expensive books with no colour photos necessary. Last year January my hair was just past the nose bridge between my eyes now it is past my bottom lip in the front. My back hair is like 4c and tougher to grow but it is finally touching my shoulder. I stick to… Read more »
Lani
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You go girl!

LOL. I am BSL. Always been natural.
DJKSDNSD.

And I thought my hair was short.
I guess no one is really satsified until they reach their hair goals!

Shug
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Great job Naz! I would clarify “leave it alone”. I met a lady who left her hair alone under wigs and weave asked me why her hair won’t grow after 7 years. I told her, you have to moisturize and detangle your hair. I hoped she listened, because it looked like she haven’t seen her hair in ages and that was just by looking at her edges.

Nat
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While I appreciate the general sentiment of the article, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to growing long, healthy hair. Yes, growth cycles and genetics play a big role, but sometimes (not saying for everyone) its just like rolling dice. Case in point, I’ve been trying to get my hair to grow for about 2.5 years and just recently saw a spurt in growth. I started eating healthier and working out, but most important, I found a very simple routine and basic products that my hair loves and stick to it. Just as I listen to… Read more »
Kachi
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I, regret relaxing my hair, even though I did so when I was an emotional mess! But now, even though the ladies and sometimes Men “ooh & aaah” at my tresses, I still long for my full unequalled thick Afro. I have a plan! ‘Have a half-relaxed ‘icing’ and half-afro underneath #LAUGH#… I cant imagine chopping off my 5 year old hair 🙁 . see a pix of my hair now, among my pics on facebook @ kachi blessing esther. Your hair has a way of telling you it does’nt like a product, just way your skin would react too.And… Read more »
Monisola
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It is really important to enjoy your hair journey every step of the way. Why waste so much time in your life being unhappy with X or Y? I want mid-back length hair..but am only nearing armpit length. It has been a long journey with a plenty of mistakes etc, but I made it a point of enjoying my hair at every step–from TWA to full on dianna ross hair. Each stage has its advantages! my twa was aodrable and soooo easy…my hair now is lovely and full and jusssst about to flop down, so it looks awkward sometimes..my solution?… Read more »
EG
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+1

Shug
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My hair is a little past BSL and it took revampling my regime to get it there. I stop trimming and I do more protective styles. I may flat iron 2 times a year. I transitioned from 2006 -2008 (had a texturizer) and from 2008–2009 I was aggressively trimming my hair every 6–8 weeks and I dyed it in 2010. December 2009 my hair was a little past my shoulder and now its about 1 in past my bra strap (horizontal), so about 10–12 inches. I credit vitamins, biotin, protective styles and water among other things. My daughter hair has… Read more »
Eboni
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I agree with Mops and Monisola.

Dawn
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i want bsl. i’m actually on a extension regimen of sorts where i leave my hair in extensions for an entire year, approximately. just began yesterday and i intend to keep them in at two months at a time. i can’t wait to see the results. i actually take better care of my hair when it’s in extensions than when it’s not. i actually moisturize it everyday, wash it with way more frequency, because of itchy scalp, and massage it a lot more when it’s in braids. so last time i took out my braids, my hair had miraculously appeared… Read more »
Meka
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Ive been growing my hair out since 2010. After my hair stylist trimming my ends my weaver trimming my end it’s just shoulder length and thin. I want my hair to at least be apl. Hopefully by next year I will be able to achieve that length.

michelle
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what is hair retention?

mangomadness
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Length retention is hanging on to the hair that grows out of your scalp by way of health haircare techniqes. This term focus on the hair shaft and ends rather than the root–hair is always growing but what we do to it (haircare, hairstylng, etc) causes it to break and appear not to grow. A fixation with hair growth is not as useful as a focus on length reteion gained throughhealth hair care practices.

mzchocolate
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I did my BC in September 22,2009. I have been heat and chemical free since then. I did my first trim in November of 2011 and cut about 1/2 inch. My hair in the back is about 1 -1 1/2 inches from the bottom of my bra strap and the front is a little shorter. I don’t have a goal length, as long as its healthy. I’m not as conscious about my hair routine asap I would like to be( I don’t sleep in a satin scarf every night ) I usually do wash n gos most days of summer… Read more »
Siri
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Consider washing your hair in twists. Before I wash my hair, I make about 12–16 twists in my hair and then shampoo and condition my hair in twists. When I take the twists out to detangle, I find that it takes me only 15 minutes to detangle my hair and it is much easier. My hair is a little past BSL, so 15 minutes is pretty good for that length.

LBell
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Wow. I see Ms. Sivasothy hit a nerve…

The simple answer to the question is: IT TAKES AS LONG AS IT TAKES.

As mangomadness said above, fixating on growth (which you have VERY LITTLE control over) is not nearly as useful as focusing on taking optimal care of your hair (which you have A LOT of control over) so that you can retain more of it.

Now I’m not a scientist of any kind and my master’s degree is an MFA so feel free to dismiss this. *lol* *smh*

Nicole
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Agreed.

zyaran
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I believe it’s all in the genetics, because I have seen some youtubers that have cut off their hair and within a year or 2. The hair is at the long length that it was before they cut it. Example: chakakhanian and naptural85. I’ve seen some people whose hair has never grown and it was still short, and I’m like what happened. As long as you leave don’t go over board with the styles and put to much pressure on your hair then you should be fine. Moisture is key, and low manipulation and just down right leaving it alone,… Read more »
Niara
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How often is “aggressively trimming”? What’s a good amount of time to go between trims?

fluffy in flight
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Aggressively trimming is trimming the hair when it doesn’t need to be trimmed. As an example every-time I deal with my hair, guess what I also have with me? That’s right! A pair of scissors.

Shaniqua
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“Aggressively trimming” is cutting hair unnecessarily, such as when people schedule trims every month or every other month. No one can say what a good amount of time to go between trims is because it will vary from individual to individual. Honestly, trimming is only necessary if there is damage, such as split ends or single strand knots. If there is no damage you’re doing nothing but cutting off perfectly good, healthy hair for the sake of keeping a schedule. If you can eliminate damage, or minimize it to the point that you only trim infrequently (like once or twice… Read more »
Thin and Natural
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Everybody is not Teri LaFlesh. Some ppl need and benefit from “agressive trimming”. What works for you does not necessarily work for anyone else and should not be dismissed as unnecessary.

Shug
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She said “cutting hair unnecessarily”. So if you need to “aggressively trim” then it may be due to your styling techniques. Like over combing, styling, dry ends, and detangling process just to name a few. So trimming is not a magic bullet, but a tool that is a part of your regime tool kit. I have dealt with all types of hair and one thing I find in common including with straight-haired white people with hip length hair is their hairstyles are low maintence and they barely bother with it. The general rules always apply. 🙂

Kinkycurly
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Growing long hair takes time no matter what and i guess some people just want a shortcut.Anything worth having is hard work. I don’t think we should bash Audrey Sivathothy as her articles are helpfuland i prefer to have them all in one place a book is a good idea. The way i see it, if the advice helps my hair journey go smoother i’m happy. 🙂 Whether the advice is coming from Teri Laflesh,Lorraine Massey or a youtuber then i swtich to student mode and want to take notes as you can learn from anyone in my view especially… Read more »
KeMaya
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I just wanted to say that I really love your hair. It is so long and pretty. I’ve been natural for a little over a year and have tremendous growth. I figured out that as the hair grows it harder to manage, or at least mine is. I get a lot of compliments about my fro but if only they knew what I had to go through.Thanks for posting this article. Very helpful
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Chloe'
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Very helpful and encouraging info 🙂 I have been completely natural for 7 months and have already seen tons of growth, but of course health comes first. I have set hair goals for myself already! I’m aiming for Waist Length in my natural curly state but I don’t have a set time frame bc I have amazing shrinkage! I am super excited about my natural journey! Thank you ladies 🙂
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Chioma
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I started my natural hair journey about 2 years ago and didn’t really start to track my hair growth until 8 months ago. I have type 4c west African hair. I didn’t expect fast hair growth so my hope was to retain length at least. I usually braid my hair and wear them for about 2 months. I don’t believe in fast hair growth supplements and diets, however I do use Mane n Tail to wash and condition. Much to my surprise I would notice faster hair growth, usually a bit over 1 inch in 2 months. Others have had… Read more »
Beatrice
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I can see why you do not rely on fast hair growth and supplements. However, do not forget that without an appropriate diet, you hair will not receive the nutrients that it needs to grow. It is good that you also pay attention to the products that you use but products only help length retention and not actual hair growth. Therefore a good diet, exercise, low manipulation and a good regimen result in healthy hair. If you neglect one it can affect your hair. Now how it will affect your hair depends on the person and many other factors.

Bernadette
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It has taken me about 3 years to get to BSL. You can check out my 3 year nappiversary pics here: bit.ly/My17Bf

I may straighten my hair in the near future–so I’ll have a better idea.

I generally wear protective styles (2strand twists) and moisturize every other day!

tina
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I dyed my hair and have experience hair loss how can i regain my loss hair

Samantha
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Take Biotin and Vitamin B Complex. They are essential for hair growth and help tremendously with hair loss. I have found my hair to be very long & thick after taking these for 3 months.

Someone
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My hair WON’T grow, and nothing that I do is helping.

kiki
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How do I know what type hair I have? I’m 1/4 korean and the rest is african american/trinidadian. My mum began perming my hair at a young age because in korea it isn’t common for kinky hair. I’m now 18 and want to be natural. Any tips or advice? 🙂 also, how long will it take for me to get the texture of hair I had before I was started relaxing it? Or will I never get back the curls I had as Kid? It is kinda dry/brittle near the ends and a little past shoulder length when it straight.… Read more »
bsbfankaren
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Since hair texture chances through the course of one’s lifetime, you may never again see the same texture you had before your hair was first relaxed. My daughter once has very curly hair. It was relaxed twice with a mild relaxer, and allowed to grow out. Now five years later her hair is wavy and no longer curly, so you never know. As to learning new ways to take care of your hair, if you are on FB, there are tons of Natural Hair groups you can join and get advice from other’s going through the same things. Good luck!
kiki
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Also I just was wonderding if I just used a relaxer a few months ago, can I use the ”just for me” texturizer to start my hair to be curly again?? If no, how long do I wait to use texturizer?

Sophie Ann
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easy answer, don’t use a texturizer. it will just make you start your natural process all over again from the beginning. don’t let hair stylists convince you that “it’s just like being natural”, because it’s really just a milder form of a relaxer (but still a relaxer). just be patient with your own hair, and you will notice progress if you keep it moisturized and treat it with some TLC. for me, i never comb my hair when it is dry, and that has helped me tremendously; i either comb it in the shower or i use a spray bottle… Read more »
Erika
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I think there’s the facts and then there’s the methods you use. The problem is that everyone uses differing methods and get different results. There’s definitely a science and to getting your hair long, not just one or two things.

Vana
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Well my hair journey started in January 2012 and I must say there is significant growth in kitchen area. The right side was always shorter than the left and I did not know how to fix that. So I maintained my hair in braids since January and have seen the results. I will continue protective styles, air drying and deep conditioning well into the new year, Year two of my hair growth journey. My hair is just past my shoulders now at nine inches.

MsTHeard
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I am trying to grow out my perm and I have not had a perm in about 6 months. My roots Iknow are no longer relaxed but my ends on the other hand is unpredictable because I rarely relax my ends but my ends have always been straight never curly so it is hard trying to figure out if there is any relaxer left in my hair. What should I do anyone?
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bsbfankaren
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It usually takes at least a year to completely grow out a relaxer along with regular trims, particularly if you used heat on your hair and might have heat damage. Find a style that you like and a length you can deal with, then trim your hair and keep it trimmed to that length until all the relaxer is cut off. There is no way to simply grow out a relaxer and be natural, without cutting off the chemically treated hair.

kim
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is that your hair in the article picture, how long did it take to grow out

gio
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Question: Why do you keep using natural hair for coloured skin people? What,since I have wavy hair or someone else has straight ones they are artificial?? -.- I don’t want to offend anyone and everyone is the same to me but why call it like that?

bsbfankaren
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Natural hair indicates hair that is not chemically processed to be straight or texlaxed with is just a mild relaxer. It does not indicate the curl or wave pattern your hair has, since that is genetic.

Tomas
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Gia — the reference to natural hair has to do with people who have not altered the texture of their hair with a chemical such as a relaxer (to straighten) or permanent (to curl)…and where are you from that you reference people as colored…if you have straight hair and you have not use a chemical to alter the state of your hair… You are natural.… The reason this discussion is geared toward black women is because a large percentage of black women who have altered their hair texture with a relaxer have decided to go their natural kinky/curly/ wavy hair… Read more »
Sandrea
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Hey everybody. I have had a relaxer all my life just about since 6th grade. My hair grows pretty fast and my length tops out at about 6 inches above my waist. I decided November ’12 that I didn’t want to relax anymore and have been growing it unaltered since. I have about 3 inches of new growth an it is hard for me to keep my hair wrapped now lol. I want to just chop it off and start over but I have had long hair for so many years I just can’t do it. Can anyone tell me… Read more »
Lex
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Sandrea, I was in your shoes a little while ago. I grew out my hair for 18 months before cutting it. There are plenty youtube tutorials on styles that will blend the 2 textures without damaging your transitioning hair: 2 strand twist outs, braid outs, roller sets. Cut your hair when you feel ready. I waited a long time to cut mine because I wanted time to figure it out slowly and I was used to somewhat long hair. I was ready to cut it once I started loving my bouncy, thick curls more than my limp, weak relaxed ends.… Read more »
Sandrea
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One more quick question, am I suppose to put hair grease on my scalp or some type of moisturizer?

bsbfankaren
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I don’t use hair grease and haven’t since about a year before I decided to go natural. I do use oils, but never put them directly on my scalp except when I’m using an oil to deep condition/pre poo such as Amla oil or coconut oil. Some people do. It’s a personal choice.

Kauthar
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I’ve been trying to grow my hair for quite some time now but for me it takes forever and just feels like my hair grows till a certain point(till my shoulders) and then stops. I’ve also tried to like use hair products but it doesn’t seem to work. What should I do?

bsbfankaren
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You may have issues with split ends. If your ends are split, your hair will not appear to grow since it will break off. Try getting your hair trimmed regularly, and find a stylist that is not scissor happy but will only cut off as much or as little as needed to keep your ends healthy.

ChristinaNachelle
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I would use jojoba oil or olive for the scalp and massage them in

Hansy
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I am going for a long transition. So Far I grew 2.3 inches in 4 months which gives me hope. I plan to do a mini chop at my one year mark which is in November 2013. I have forgo any heat in my hair and only do protective styles.

Michelle
Guest

Has anyone tried HF37 vitamins for hair growth? If so I would like to hear about your experience. I am considering getting them.

denise
Guest

i take biotin, vitamin c and msm. msm keeps your hair in the active growing stages and its only 8–10 dollars at walmart. It’s has really made a difference for me. You can find articles on it online.

Michelle
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Thanks I will try it.

Oluwatobi
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I am at APL and I have been natural for 2 years and 4 months.

Lethu
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I’ve been natural since june 2005 and have experienced many setbacks along the way. Years of colouring and other funny experiments caused all my hair to fall of in 2010 and I had to start fresh. No chemicals have touched my hair since, but I seem to get a lot of breakage. My hair won’t grow past 3 inches. Can anyone tell me why? I have very very coarse hair. And I need some styling ideas for short natural hair that don’t involve heat.

Rebecca
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Hi I just wanted to ask if anyone could tell me (in their experience) how long their hair got before it started to fall. By this I mean not standing upwards. I’m currently trying (again) to go natural and I am doing better than I have previously but I am getting bored of rocking a TWA. I have two textures in my hair and none of them stay in twists without holding products and I would like to style my hair without hair spray, gel or heavy products as my hair doesn’t absorb product easily. If anyone has any tips… Read more »
mlank64
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The TWA can last up to a year maybe longer. It depends on your rate of growth. My experience is that when I got well beyond a year my hair started to hang lower or grow down a bit. I would say about 1.5 years into it since my BC. You have to be patient. I would say that 3–4 years is when you will have some significant length for more styling options. Then there’s that awkward stage in which your hair is too long for a TWA but too short to do alot of the longer hair styles. That’s… Read more »
Anne
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So, I read Gia’s comment and I realised something. In Africa, where I’m from, mixed person is called coloured. A black person is just black. So say you have two “coloured” parents, you’re not black, you’re coloured. Doesn’t matter if you’re a 10th Generation coloured and you can’t trace the caucasian in you, so long as your parents are coloured, you’re coloured. And then then there’s black people. So “coloureds” have “better textured hair” and usually use heat to straighten it.(I’m using inverted commas because that’s not the case for all mixed/coloured people. Some use relaxers. But only some. I… Read more »
amal
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In west Africa where I’m from, the terms used are mulatto or half-caste and I have known pple who referred to themselves by those terms. We may all speak one language but connotations vary.

Mei
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This isn’t actually true, Anne. Maybe it is in the part of Africa were you’re from, but saying “in Africa” makes it sound like the whole of Africa is like this when it’s really not.

bsbfankaren
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The same thinking applies in South/Central America and much of the Caribbean. However, in America historically we have all been black, even if we do have biracial ancestry. To me it creates a sense of community and culture that would be fractured otherwise, especially since unless one is first generation biracial or “mixed” most of us truly cannot track back the White or Native American ancestry. I have light skin and simply and happily consider myself black both by race and culture, and please don’t take this unkindly, I find it annoying when people come here from other lands and… Read more »
www.island-electric.com
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Hello, just wanted to mention, I enjoyed this blog post. It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

momoftwo
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So.…I’m not touching the black/colored thing with a ten foot pole as I am neither and have no say in the argument…I just thought I’d leave a comment about my kids’ hair that might help other people with their hair texture. I am mixed myself, being (legitimately) half native american (though 100% a tribal citizen :P) and half white. My children’s dad is from West Africa, though he is mixed too. He looks like your stereotypical Senegalese African, all tall, lanky and very, very dark with a very dry afro that he just shaves every few days. His mom is… Read more »
Mind of B
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To style my daughters hair, I usually let it fro out (which people around here absolutely adore)…”

Where you live sounds wonderful. 🙂

idavoyder
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What I’m really wondering, Is WHY do we as a group go along with these stupid labels that other people put on us, it’s really sickening. black and black = black ; colored + colored = colored. What rubbish! and then try to enforce it on other people. It’s really sickening.

Starr
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Its insane really coloured on Colored = coloured hahaha but well South Africa these 20th generation “coloureds” do not want to be called black so they call themselves coloured and do everything they can to relax their hair so it falls in line with what a coloured should “look like.” I am considered coloured myself but its all BULLSHIT because truth is we have kinky hair too yet most of it is hidden by relaxers to maintain that “coloured” look its strange its the culture we grew up in but I do not see any difference with the so called… Read more »
bsbfankaren
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O.K. I have to know. How long do you keep the mayonnaise on the hair? I want to try this and see if it works for me.

Zelda
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Well, I have been natural for 4 years. I do not have anywhere near 24 inches of hair on my head. I have about between 12–14 inches…My hair is layered…I would say a year and 4 months after being natural I cut off about 3 inches all around to layer it. I wanted layers so that when I straightened my hair it wouldnt be so flat and boring. Its extremely thick and just approaching armpit length. I would say Ive retained about 3–4 inches per year due to ignorance of how my hair works. Know I know that I need… Read more »
bsbfankaren
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I have the same issue. I decided to measure the sides, top and bottom of my hair, and all of it is between 11 and 12 inches. Since my hair is layered, I can’t measure it easily from the top of my head down to the bottom. I looked for a growth chart that simply measures from the lower part of the scalp down, but haven’t found one yet.

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Sarah Jankins
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I absolutely agree with you. Natural hair does grow at that pace. Many of you have this question. I speak this from my personal experience. Lots of you want to know how to make hair grown faster. It may be weird to out this on a comment section but please go along with me.… 1. Drink 6–8 glasses of water a day. Water builds your body, nails and hair up. It keeps you hydrated and your body up to date. 2. Use a good conditioner. Condition is very important to hair growth. I would recommend purchasing a salon brand like… Read more »
Andrea
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I agree with all of your points except the last one. If you trim 4 inches from your ends every year you will never see any real length to your hair. Some of the naturals on YouTube, including myself only do a slight “dusting” maybe once a year. I don’t even remember the last time I had a trim since 3 years being a true natural. For the year of 2010 I wore my hair in wash and go twist. I blow dried it twice a month and flat ironed once a month. At the end of the year I… Read more »
Ash
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Number 8 is definitely a problem. If you have natural hair and you aren’t coloring it, straightening it and manipulating it heavily there is no reason to trim your hair more than once a year. Hair grows from the scalp not the ends so if your hacking your hair off multiple times a month you will never see your length retention. Also, your supposed to rinse your hair in lukewarm water not cold. Cold water is to harsh and scientifically it constricts blood vessels further decreasing scalp health/Blood flow and furthermore effecting healthy hair growth!

Mzleighn
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Number 8 will be a problem because on the average hair grow an inch or less a month, so if you are cutting that inch or 4, soon you will have no hair.

amixedgirl
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True, lol

Monae
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I honestly think being African-American , Caucasian ‚Asian , African , ect , has nothing to do with hair growth. Hair growth starts by keeping it healthy. We all know how to keep our hair healthy we just don’t do it. People don’t believe this , but dieting and eating healthy helps. I started a hair experience back in April (2012) My hair has grown tremendously. It used to stop at my neck. It now falls right at my elbow. On my hair experience , I took liquid biotin. I HATE swallowing pills , so this was the best option… Read more »
Lizzy
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We were not always one big happy family, Karen. At one time in the US we had Mulatos. In Louisianna they even had quadroons, octaroons, and so on, just to designate the amount of black blood in an individual. Then the one drop rule came alone and everyone with a drop of black blood became black. The law isn’t repealed until the sixties, after President Obama was born. Nowadays, we call ourselves black. But we’re still not one big happy family. We have dark-skinned, light-skinned, good hair, bad hair. God must be so disappointed in us. When He created us… Read more »
bsbfankaren
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O.K. but you do realize that was a long time ago, and we are still hanging onto these notions of who should or should not have hair of a certain length based on what someone looks like, which is what this really all bowls down to. I appear to be first generation biracial although I am not, while my daughter appears to be “just black” and yet her hair is of a straighter, softer texture than my own. We are not one big happy family now, but it sure would be nice if we could get there.

Cali
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2 and 1/2 years to get to shoulder length…? I have been natural for a little over a year and I’m already shoulder length, and I’m pretty sure I don’t grow 2 inches a month. Maybe I have a short neck…lol. I know this article was a basic guideline but I’m just curious about how many ladies this is true for.

mlank64
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It depends on how short or long your hair was when you became natural. If you started off with a shaved head, I think her estimates are accurate. If you transitioned and had 6+ inches on your head when you started your hair journey, then you would have acheived long hair beyond your shoulders in 2 or 2.5 years. Of course, it is also possible you grow closer to an inch a month which would give you an advantage in longer lengths assuming you have a solid hair regimen that encourages hair retention. I didn’t start out with a shaved… Read more »
mlank64
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Actually, I think I only had .5 to 1 inch of hair when I did my BC. It was really short but not shaved. I also had trims along the way.

Tiffany
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I kept my head shaved for my first couple of yrs of college. In Dec of 11, I decided to just grow my hair out and now I’m about to hit my 2nd yr of growing mt hair out. My hair is past shoulder length. I wore my length check shirt and my hair is not that far from armpit length so my hair has grown faster (i think too). I was length check happy when I first started growing my hair out and then I just stopped. My hair shrinks up so much that it looks like a twa,… Read more »
tiffany
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I’m just coming back to share my hair growth with everyone. I used to keep my hair shaved, but I wanted to grow it out. Dec 9th will be my 2nd year of growing my natural hair out from my fade.

Benny
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Well there are colourd people in south africa that have the slowest growth phase. Like the author said, it all depends on genetics sometimes, but hair does grow. We are talking about african hair. No offense but some mixed peoples hair grow like white peoples hair, and for me it does not count to say your hair grows fast knowing you are mixed and blessed with straight hair. *Id like to believe no one takes this in a harsh way*

Great article. Motivates people who ‘struggle’ to grow out their hair.

Jerica
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When I went natural, I transitioned. I don’t know if this makes difference but i’ve been growing my hair for about 3 1/2 years since my big(my last relaxer was 4 years ago. with 3 half inch trimmings) and it is no where near the 24 inch length. I really think it depends on your hair, the products you use, and how much breakage you have. I’m switching to using natural products more (like coconut/olive oil and shea butter) to see if it makes any difference.

Wivyne
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It’s really appeasing to see naturals who didn’t do the big chop. It makes me more determined to achieve my goals without having to cut it.

bsbfankaren
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Choosing to transition doesn’t mean we didn’t cut our hair. Some cut a little at a time as I did, other’s wait until their hair is a certain length, then cut. The relaxed hair isn’t going to magically disappear on it’s own, but will either be cut off or will break off if the new growth and relaxed hair are not handled carefully.

Naturally_Golden
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I must say, (feb. 2011) I didn’t do the big chop like a lot of naturals. Instead I just grew my hair out which never takes long for me (I think it has much to do with my genetics; my mom is cherokee/seminole/mulatto my dad is black/mulatto. I had gotten my last perm in dec. 2010 and by the time feb. 2011 rolled around I had a good 1–1 1/2 inches of non permed hair (a little past shoulder length). When august 2011 rolled around my hair went from a bit past the shoulder,to armpit length. But because the ends… Read more »
bsbfankaren
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Actually your growth rate is right on par with those of us who don’t share your genetic makeup. Many of us choose to transition instead of BCing for a variety of reasons. What so many women don’t realize is that we don’t have an issue with growth, it is the retention of that growth we have to work on. A 1/4 to 1/2 inch of growth per month, as this article stated, is the norm for healthy women regardless of their ethnicity. We really, really have to get past this whole “I’m this, that and the other thing, which explains… Read more »
speedy fox
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52years old , living well, thanks for the info.

msSeana
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I have type 3b curls, and Dec 31 2011 I did a big chop. I cut off eight inches of permanently damaged hair, and left myself with about three inches of healthy. From that time to this, I’ve stuck with one hair product mixed with a little EVOO, and I see my stylist every eight to ten weeks for a trim of about 1/2 inch. No heat besides water, no chemicals, and no dyes. I now have about 12–14 inches of healthy growth. With shrink, it looks like about 6 in or so, but when I pull out a curl… Read more »
Tiffany
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I haven’t reached my length goal, but I am getting there and I’m happy about that. I shaved my hair and kept it shaved for a couple of years. At the end of 2011 (December) I decided to grow out my hair and now I am approaching my 2nd year of growing my hair out and I did a length check last week and I am 3/4 inches away from APL. I was pregnant last year and gave birth this summer and during my pregnancy, I neglected my hair, but surprisingly it still grew. I am glad to find websites… Read more »
geri
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i love that chart. my hair is the same length as year one. hopefully without any damage or idiocy from me, it’ll be the same length as year two next year! God willing.

Carmen Smith
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Where does the article mention being mixed, biracial, etc? Why is it that Black people are always playing the color/race card with everything? redbone this, high yellow that, dark skin this, medium brown that…he’s half white, she’s part indian, he’s half asian…

Aliyah
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I know right I thought this was about hair length . I don’t care about color and race ?!!

Agatha
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My hair is growing at exact 1/2inch a month and i’m retaining all the length. My big chop was on august 2012, and my hair is now(18 months later) Almost shoulder length when shrinked(9inch). I just started taking a vitamin complex with biotin, so i hope it starts growing faster. But i have nothing to complain. My hair is the 3b type that doesn’t support twists or braid outs. It shrinks, but not too much. I wash it once a week with 2 in one shampoo/conditioner (herbal essences hello hydration) and deep condition after it (ORS olive oil replenishing pak).… Read more »
mariah
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I went bald in 2012 because I went for military training. I was completely bald till january 2013, I did a length check 2 days ago and my hair is shoulder length already. I must be very lucky considering I only started caring for my hair a month ago. I am from africa, completely black and natural. Ooh, I keep imagining how long my hair will be next year considering it reached shoulder length in just a year.

Finn
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I’ve managed to retain a lot of length as well. I BC’d in August of 2013, down to a fade, and I’m currently working on 7 inches of type 4a/b/c hair. I’ve found it’s not so much about growth rate as managing to retain length. Scalp massages, gentle detangling, moisture, and (most importantly) just leaving it alone will do miracles for your hair.

Kaelyn Green
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What if my hair is already arm put length and I’m going for bra strap length? How long do you think it would take in general?

Keturah
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I would say about 4–5 months

elizabeth kelly
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My hair length is at 15 inches. Which is full arm pit length. question? How long will it take to get bra strap length. Currently,I am taking daily multivitamin. To help speed up the process.

Cearra
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I BC’d down to 1–2 inches in November 2011, so now I am 2.5 years natural and my hair is collarbone length. I thought my hair was growing kinda slow but according to this chart, I’m right where I should be

Meagan
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My hair length is about 25″ and I can’t even remember when I started growing it. Do I even want to know? maybe 2–3 years?

terece jones
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I want to know how long would it take for my girls to transition from relax to natural, im not cuting there hair but I do keep it braided?

Laura Ndialeloc
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You have to cut out the relaxed part for the natural hair to grow out. Relaxers are permanent.

Rochelle
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my hair is 3–4 inches of growth since I big chopped in September 2013. The front of my hair is 4 inches, the middle is 4.5 inches and the back of my hair is 3 inches (which is collar bone length). I have post big chop for 8 months now. I wanted to know if my hair is growing on the track and by August 2014 what length would be my hair by that time?

Cearra
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So it’s safe to say that a little past shoulder length is normal for 2 and half years? Because I only transitioned for a month before I bc’d.

Icesis
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My hair grows extremely fast i guess.It is like an inch a month usually. But then again my mother grew hip length hair in 2 1/2 years (shes white.)

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Millie
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My hair is 11 inches in the middle, 8 inches in the back, and 10 inches at the sides. I have been natural all my life, but through constant blow drying my hair had been breaking off hence not growing. I decided to start my hair care journey but I didn’t want to bald my hair because I have not heat damage, just split ends which i trimmed off. Anyway my question is how long would it take me to reach bra strap length/ waist length?

ChaNita Bei
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Of all things that puzzle me about “gurus” and self-proclaimed “hair experts,” is the fact that no one talks about food/nutrition and the role it plays in healthy hair. You can not be serious if you think nutrition doesn’t play a key role in healthy hair. With healthy hair comes long hair.

Jade
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.…i don’t understand this tbh. lol if you use youtube (which we prob all do) then under all those ’10 ways to grow your hair’ videos like that, eating healthy is almost always there. i think its been mentioned on this blog as well, its not something that is neglected.

zizah
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*sigh im approaching three years since i big chopped and my hair is 8 inches long for the most part and 6 inches long at the front. my hair was extremely damaged from perms and braids and i meesed up my hairline. i went through alot of stress and i also had surgery so i dont know weather that has contributed to the slow growth or if im doing something wrong. at my two year mark, i saw no difference between that and my one year growth length. ive gone natural in the past before and it took my two… Read more »
jedidah
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Sorry to hear about the slow growth. I can only imagine the disappointment you feel. Stress can ruin your entire health. I suggest you chill out about the length. It will only get worse if you stress about it. Just try!

Aliyah
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I have been 6 months natural . My hair has grow a lot since I first big chopped . I love my tight curly Afro hair 🙂 . This is my hair .
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Aliyah
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This is my hair goal for February of next year 2015 . I already reached my first hair goal I hope I reach this hair goal . 🙂
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Rashonda
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My hair is waist length. I have reached my goal! 🙂 One thing that I can say has helped me tremendously is Nutress Hair products. Their products are designed to stop breakage and repair damaged hair so my hair was growing longer and healthier. You ladies should definitely try Nutress!

Aliyah
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My goal is shoulder length I’m currently neck length and I started protective styling and deep conditioning and Moisturizing . My next goal is bra strap length then I’ll stop any thing longer than that is too long for me . Also would be too much work and harder and take longer .

Jacqui
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In June 2013 I shaved my hair, as soon as I could I started weavering my hair because I hated the way it looked. All I did was weave until July 2014 When I finally decided not to put the weave back in, my hair was so thick I couldn’t really get a comb though it. My hair is shoulder length after just one year. All I did was make sure that I greased my hair and sprayed with hair spray and in the last month took Hairinfinty. My friends were shocked because they all thought I was still wearing… Read more »
donnalynn
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I used to perm my hair years ago but it started to break off so June 2009 — June 2013, I grew it out and cut off all of the permed hair. My hair was healthy and virgin and bra-strap length (bottom of the bra). I have 4a hair type. So, I took me longer to grow than other girls. One thing that has helped me during that time period was not using any heat! Also, I had a routine. I washed + conditioned my hair 1x/week and then used hair butter to moisturize. Since then I have used hair… Read more »
Mella Kim
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I have been on my journey for the past four going on five years and my hair is not past my shoulders, and it is uneven everything is off and the center is the shortest. My hair is the longest in the back and it SHOULD be longer, I know I fucked up but still trying to figure out where.

Cearra
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Hi, just. checking back! I guess it’s been about 6 months from being shoulder length and thanks to low manipulation, stretching, ams moisturizing, I’m finally APL! A little longer in the back. Can’t wait for BSL within the next year is possible

Dani
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It has been 2yrs 7mnths since I transitioned, and it was just yesterday that I realized I’m at little below shoulder length but not quite bsl. I’m surprised and very proud of my progress. Can’t wait to see what the next 2 yrs will have in store

more
Guest

My goal is Arm pit length but i noticed that my hair appears to have slowed down in growing idk why. i’m not taking meds and i keep my hair in protective styles for 90% of the time idk what’s going on ??

stephanie
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That’s the problem, your hair is in too many protective styles. You’re not letting it breathe. You should take the time to wash it out and cleanse your scalp often then let tour hair breathe. Using protective styles too often might cause product buildup and Everytime you loosen your hair, it will real or be dirty. The dirt clogs your hair pores, as a result your hair can’t breathe enough to grow.

more
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Ya i noticed that over the summer and so now i just leave my hair in a protective style for 30 days and than shampoo and leave it out for two weeks to breath. As of right now most of my hair is either 10 to 11 inches but i needs to be trimmed but this time around i’m going to try to dust my own hair because when i trim i’m right back to square one 🙁

Aliyah
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Um that’s wrong . I reached shoulder length when stretched (blow dryed ) in a year and I started off with an inch of hair from a big chop . I originally had shoulder length hair when it was permed as well . My goal is to get to arm pit length by next year 2016 when stretched . I protective style with braided updos my own hair 90 percent of the time and I deep condition and moisturize . I’m happy with my hair growth . If I do reach armpit then my last goal would be bra strap… Read more »
Mekala Hall
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hey ive been transitioning for 1 year and 3 months it was so hard so july 5th i decided to textlax and i regret it ;( do u think itll be ok if i big chop (but not to short) within a month or 3 maybe even a week??

Jaada Avila
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Can anyone tell me how long does 4c hair type finish growing.How many years?

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