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4 Mistakes that Will Keep Your Hair Stuck at the Same Length

• Apr 25, 2012

By Geniece of Beautifully Made

When I made the decision to go natural in 2004 I was under the impression that my hair would grow long and thick with little effort. My relaxed hair grew past shoulder length with relative ease, so I naturally assumed that with the elimination of harsh chemicals my hair would be stronger and longer. Now you think I was naïve but in my defense I didn’t have Youtube videos and natural hair blogs at my disposal. Armed with my non-sulfate shampoo, wide tooth comb and 5lb tub of shea butter I was ready for my hair to grow lusciously long. Well, that isn’t exactly what happened. My TWA grew out quickly enough but my hair seemed to reach a plateau once I reached shoulder length. I was stumped but not discouraged. I enjoyed my puffs and mini twists even after 2 ½ years with only about 3–6 inches of retention I wasn’t dismayed. In retrospect there are several mistakes I made over those years to which some of you may be able to relate. In ascending order here are my top four hair mistakes.

4. No regular moisturizing of my hair

The shea butter was fine to use but it didn’t add moisture to my hair. My hair was dry in between washes and remained so until I figured out that my hair needed to be moisturized in between washes and that moisture meant a water based product or just plain old water. Duh!

3. Hair Washing

I washed my hair like I was one of those models on a shampoo commercial. I lathered the shampoo by rubbing it throughout my hair and scalp without sectioning. Can you say tangles? I would then rip through my hair when detangling further ensuring that my hair never passed a certain length.

2. Dry Combing

I would almost daily rake a comb through my hair with no moisturizing product. I think this was one of my most damaging practices. The regular manipulation of my hair ensured that the tangled ends were constantly being ripped out, hence the lack of retention.

And, the top hair mistake of my natural hair journey (drum roll please):

1. Abuse of Heat

I did the occasional blow out without using heat protectant but my hair never seemed to suffer any visible damage. I even went to the salon twice to get a press and curl and my hair seemed to bounce right back. It took a really negative experience with heat for me to truly get the message that my hair care practices were nothing short of a hot mess.

The Great Heat Fiasco of 2007

In July of 2007, the most humid month of the year, I got the bright idea to flat iron my hair. I bought a ceramic iron, some anti-frizz lotion and after about 2 hours, using a heat setting of 450 degrees, I had a head of straight hair. I was rather proud of my results and wanted to maintain the look for the next two weeks. Because it was July I needed to touch up the hair daily, sometimes multiple times a day, with my flat iron set on 450 degrees. When I washed my hair two weeks later I was shocked to find straightened, limp hair rather than the fluffy shrunken fro to which I had grown accustomed. My hair was severely heat damaged. The damage was so severe that when I went to a hair stylist she questioned if I was growing out my relaxer before I could even explain my heat damage. To deal with the two textures I decided to disguise the damage by wearing updos. I slowly trimmed off the ends and by mid 2008 I was damage free and at about the same length I was prior to my heat fiasco. Although the experience was unfortunate it was a wake up call. I learned that my hair was not invincible. I also gained a newfound appreciation for my natural hair texture. I vowed not to do anything to compromise my texture from then on out.

This is a picture of my heat damaged hair. If I’d known the hair wouldn’t revert I probably wouldn’t be cheesing so hard.

After my heat damage experience I began to think more seriously about hair care. In the beginning of 2009 I thought about charting my length retention. I never followed through because I was so fed up with my hair. It wasn’t until November of 2009 when I decided actively change my practices that I started to document my hair journey regularly on my youtube channel and in photos.

Pressed hair in January 2009 (I don’t know if you can tell but those ends are raggedy.)

I look back on these pictures and realize that I’m glad I made these mistakes sooner than later. I didn’t like having to trim away 3–8 inches of heat damage but if I made this mistake now it’s possible I’d have to trim away upwards of 17 inches of damage. Ouch!

If you’ve been discouraged over a hair set back that you’ve experienced during your hair journey then take heart, you’re in good company. You now know what NOT to do and how to better care for your natural tresses. If you haven’t experienced the kind of setbacks that I have described then please, PLEASE, learn from my errors. Wishing you all a happy hair journey!

Ladies, what mistakes have you made that kept your hair stuck, length-wise?

For more of Geniece’s haircare regimen, check out her YouTube channel: Beautifully Made.

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Rayven
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It would have been great to see a current picture of her hair :/

BlackOnyx03
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@ Rayven — Geniece was just featured as a natural hair icon a few weeks ago. Here it is: http://bglh-marketplace.com/2012/04/genieces-4b4c-styling-regimen/

@ Geniece — Girrrrrrl. I honestly wish I had been taking notes back in 2009. I’m sure I saw you every week at church, and I honestly can’t ever recall your hair being as short as it is in the pics above. You are officially my inspiration to get myself together. Seems like your hair grew like a weed in no time at all with proper treatment and care!

dominique
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i kno right

dominique
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my hair is kinda past my sholderr but then i started to put flat irons blow dry and used to play in my hair everday.my hair is still lnog but my ends are getting raggedy. my mom says that getting conrows if ur hair is heaithy enogh and getting twist will make ur hair grow better and that does waork bescause i used the same thing and my hair has been growing ever since!!!!

Cia
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My hair has been stuck between BSL & MBL for way way too long and I don’t do any of these things. Sigh…maybe having long hair is just a dream

Candice
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Wait, BSL is bra-strap length, right. MBL is mid-back length. That’s pretty long in my opinion. There is a set point where your hair just stops growing. It’s different for everyone, but it’s genetic. BSL is pretty darn long if you ask me. I would say you’ve been doing a lot right if you’re that long.

Cia
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Maybe you are right and this is my terminal length but I also have random breakage that is annoying and is making it hard to retain length

Cacey
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is your hair dyed or do you flat iron a lot? that’s what contributed to me having to chop my BSL hair off to SL-APL recently. 🙁

Candice
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I went natural in 2009. I put my hair in dredlocks and wore those for a year. Not realizing how fine my hair was, the roots started thinning under the weight of the locs, and I also was not twisting in the same direction. I big chopped at the end of 2010. I had no idea what I was doing and similar to the author of this post, I hadn’t discovered youtube tutorials! I was just using Pink! moisturizer on my hair and my hair as almost always dry. The only way I could get it to look the way… Read more »
Rosina
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For me its good old Dax hair grease, mixed with castor, olive & coconut oil.

dominique
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thats exactly wat i was doin because my hair was dry everday so i washed everday realizing that im not a white girl and that i cant wast my hair everday. but try using pink mousrruizer that makes ur hair shinig and it helps it grow my hair is im the middle of my back but its has split ends that get on my nervers but if u use the ceraminc flat iron that wont break out ur hair its actually better than the chemicals u put in ur hair. and dont try goin natraul that only braks out ur… Read more »
Jackie
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Hey @Rayven…She has a youtube channel 🙂 Her hair looks so lush and much longer than in the old pics! I’m so grateful that my hair is growing and I’ll be even more grateful when it reaches her length, too!

Rayven
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Thanks, I will check it out!

T. Stallworth
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I believe my mistake last year was trimming to aggressively. I was going in without thinking twice until one day I noticed one side was clearly longer than the other. :-/ .…That did it for me.

Dani
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Yeah that was me a couple months ago during my transition lol right now am trying to stop being so scissor happy.…its been 2 months since i last trimmed my ends –before i was doing it every 2 weeks lol dnt ask me why i thought that was a good idea cuz i dnt know either. Am glad am making these mistakes now cuz i would hate to jeopardize 2 years of growth and end up havin to cut that off

tapiwa
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I started my natural hair journey transitioning with braids never moisturising. On removing the braids, I’d get crystalline salts where the new hair growth and th braid met, then I’d dry comb removing clumps of hair, thinner braids would get knotty I’d cut or roughly pull th knots out

Goldeelocks
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This was really helpful! I never thought about the shampooing. I’m pretty sporadic with my heat use but I certainly do get flat iron happy when I want my straight hair look. The suggestions you have will certainly be used.

Avanti
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Wow. I made all the exact same mistakes as Geniece did and had the exact same result… I went natural after I graduated high school in the fall of 2005, BEFORE there was any support for natural haired lovelies. I didn’t do it because I wanted long hair, I just hated getting relaxers. Since my hair has never been long, it would grow to shoulder length and break off, I would cut it super short into a pixie style and start over again, I just assumed my hair’s terminal length was shoulder length and I never had a problem with… Read more »
LM
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I haven’t experienced a major setback YET in my 15 month journey. However, lately i’ve been so fed up with my haircare that I have decided to get micro braids this weekend to give us(my hair and myself)a break. I desperately need a trim but have to wait until i go home this weekend to get my hair shears which i left there. I’ve been kind of ripping through my damaged ends while finger detangling because they are extra tangly, so i hope all isn’t lost by the time a get a chance to trim. I’ve been doing styles that… Read more »
Beth C.
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I appreciate you pointing out that there’s a difference between moisturizing your hair, and applying a hair dressing/shea butter/oil. I’ve been natural for about ten years and actually never thought about that. My hair is very healthy and elastic (after much trial and error, I’ve been devoted to a simple regimen of water and castor oil for a few years now), but knowledge is power, and I appreciate the reminder. Sorry about the Hair Fiasco; we have ALLL experienced a hair heartbreaker like that!

TriceePeacee
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Ok… so I pretty much noticed that I was making the same mistakes. Well, I actually just let my hair grow, shampooed maybe twice a month, sported a wild curly fro all the time and deep conditioned maybe once a week. I was also detangling my 4b hair, after a week of being dry, with conditioner and a wide tooth comb. My hair came out so much! All it took was for me to run my fingers through my hair and I would have a considerable amount in my hand. And this was for almost 3 years. My hair was… Read more »
Natural girl
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Hi, I’m far from expert, but with experience in medical field I would say look at all factors. Age, stress, diet, exercise, vitamin supplements, product usage maybe you need to change. It’s the total package. I too have had MAJOR shedding after a hair do done by beautician. I applied one product to my thin edges (all natural)and made it worst bald spot. Started faithfully on vitamins,fruits, veggy and a new all natural product (everyone hair is different so find what works for you). After two short weeks after months of use with all above now growing back. Just starting… Read more »
Leo the Yardie Chick
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My hair gets drier faster as the days inch closer to summer, so I’ve been showering without a cap a lot more these days. Sealing after, of course.

Netta
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If anyone was wondering who the girl is in the first picture, Her name is Kai and she has a web series. It’s who is chick.com (minus the spaces of course). She has really good articles. I encourage everyone to check it out.
*She rocks cute afro puffs lol

BeautyIAM
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This is a picture of my heat damaged hair. If I’d known the hair wouldn’t revert I probably wouldn’t be cheesing so hard.”

I don’t know why, but that line really made me laugh. LOL.

Anyway, the main mistake I did was not taking care of it at all due to ignorance. I seriously didn’t know what to do with my hair. I was barely washing it correctly. I’ve made a plethora of mistakes after I finally started to take care of it, but at least I was seeing improvement with my hair.

Tee
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Lol. I thought that was funny too.

Mai
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I am now realizing that small 2-strand twists are a big no-no for me. They cause a lot of breakage when I take them out. So now I won’t make more than 20–25 twists total.

Chocolate Mom
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Whew! Thanks to bloggers and Youtube, I haven’t been making those errors…although as I’m typing this my hair is “ahem” clearing it’s throat for some H2O! LOL

faren
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I’m so tired if seeing stock photos of this same model.

LBell
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@faren: I’m sure BGLH wouldn’t mind you submitting your own photos…royalty-free of course… 😉 To the subject: I’m embarrassed to admit that I called myself growing my hair out for 5 years but never got past 9 inches due largely to overmanipulation. My hair was screaming to be put in a protective style…and only when I spent a summer in twists did I finally see the light. Sort of. When I took the twists out I had so much hair I freaked out and locked it. I’m not fond of how protective styles (twists specifically) look on me but I’ve… Read more »
Cacey
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i know. after having to aggressively trim on a recent note i’ve come to the conclusion that my hair simply grows best when in cornrows or braids or plaits, not touched for at least 5 wks at a time. after only 4 days of wear, already my cornrows look fuzzy and old, but i’m dedicated to having the length i want even if it means i can’t enjoy my hair as i would like. 🙁

Jeanna
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The biggest mistake I ever made was going to bed repeatedly without twisting my hair up. Not keeping my hair sectioned made it more difficult to detangle and resulted in a lot of knots, which I’d rip out. Not cool. It’s been about a year and four months since my last big chop and my hair is to my collarbone. It could probably be a lot longer if I didn’t make those mistakes.

Sandra
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my hair has been stuck on jaw length for 8 years and hasn’t grown an inch longer.. and the hair is also scanty and the sides are receding hence i am scared of even trying to go natural.. what do i do to revive my hair because going natural has always been a dream of mine..

Elisia ray
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How often do you wash
Your hair? Do you deep cond

Rae
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LMAO trolling much? Instead of posting on sites like these, why don’t you make your time spent on the internet useful and search for some psychotherapists in your area? They can help you, but this blog can’t.

Rosina
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She is obviously shopping for some kind of outraged response from all of us black & napy hair sisters.
I feel sad for you dear and God will heal your mind and heart.

Hadassah
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Omg I did not realize this was the same woman you featured before. I love her hair and wish my hair would look like hers! But my mistakes are not moisturizing, not taking time with my hair, trimming my ends myself- i believe my scissor were dull and did more harm than good.I plan on going to a salon that specializes in natural hair ASAP

Nikki
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Up until 2011 I was getting texturizers every 4–5 months before I finally decided enough was enough. I loved my curly hair (hence the reason for a texturizer and not a full-blown relaxer)and just decided to get off of the creamy crack. Well once I made that decision I went a year without getting my hair trimmed–it wasn’t because I didn’t want to, I just didn’t have anyone I trusted to trim it properly. Fast forward a year later and I finally found someone to trim it. My hair was so damaged that I had to cut off an inch… Read more »
Sweet T
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Let the backlash begin

Rosina
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I am guilty of dry combing. But this is because, if I put a water based moisturiser my hair will shrink and I wont be able to comb it into a style I will be comfortable with. I dont want a shrunken Twa. Also I havent cut off all the relaxed ends and it looks bad when its wet and I can see the two textures. Basically my problem with water is shrinkage!!!!!
I have been a good girl though and TOTALLy eliminated heat.

Merc
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I too have had the plateau issue. I recently started an organic keratin regiment that offers the BEST protective styling for those who go back and forth with curly and straight looks. It requires a detoxing process before application that really eliminates buildup from products, poor dieting, and the environment. The detox mask really softens the hair. Now the keratin is AMAZING. I have the 4C curl pattern and my hair cannot withstand constant styling. This system seals your cuticles which prevents swelling in humidity and moisture. I have also noticed length retention. I take huge risks with my hair… Read more »
Tee
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Oh man, I’ve made so many mistakes with my hair. When I went natural almost 12 years ago-none of this info. was there and I didn’t even think to research or look for anything. So I practiced these bad hair habits for 9 years! Dry combing was a huge mistake. I used grease and other oil based creams to moisturize (no water). I would pick my hair out and those broken hairs would be all over the place! In the sink, on the floor, on my shoulders. I thought that it was normal (smh). My hair was always dry. Not… Read more »
Nicole
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I am dealing with heat damage now (SMH at myself). I would love to know how Geniece styled her heat damaged hair. I have been wearing twist-outs, but I am having a difficult time finding protective styles that I can rock while I am growing out my damaged ends.

Cacey
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you’ll have to pin it up in updos that keep your ends concealed.

Dandelion
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I admit that I neglect to moisturizer my hair at times. That is mainly because a. I’m lazy and b. it doesn’t feel dry all the time so I don’t feel the need. I wonder if that’s a bad thing…

Cacey
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monday i just had to cut off 2–3 inches of my bra strap length hair due to three things: layers I’d gotten tired of, bleach damage (hair stayed perpetually dry and kept splitting and knotting at the ends), and heat damage (hair wouldn’t revert for several inches up the shaft), so now it sits somewhere between shoulder and armpit length. During the past few months, i’ve learned a lot about my hair. 1) using occasional heat (maybe once every few months) isn’t bad but every month might be pushing it. 2) using bleach. I’ll probably never do this again, even… Read more »
napfrocurlzgirl
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My biggest mistake was jumping on the band wagon a few years ago and doing what everyone else was doing…putting product in my hair every day and “setting” my hair every night. I got sick of it, and all the product recommendations that never really worked, so I learned how to make my own products, resolved to a low manipulation routine (once a week on my wash day) and no product in my hair through the week (I only put product in my hair once a week). I retain my curls, shine, softness and have no STKs/split ends. As a… Read more »
Li
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I know this post is 2 days old now, but I was hoping someone could help, since it’s somewhat related to this post. I received an email about an e-book called “Secrets to Growing Black Hair Long” by Donna Hanover, and I couldn’t find any “real” reviews on it-I say “real” because it appeared that any review I found was either written by her, or by someone associated with her, because the links all looked, sounded, and were written the same way. It costs $24.95, which is a lot, and it does seem a bit suspicious, but I guess I… Read more »
B-lady
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IMHO, I really don’t think there’s a need to buy any books about taking care of kinky/curly hair because there is lots and lots of free info on the internet, especially because that particular book costs $25. Maybe you could find it in a library…

Li
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Thank you-you’re right. Not worth the money, when Internet is free. Thank you!

Annetta
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My biggest mistake was not carving out quantity and quality time to take care of my hair. I would often wash, condition, style, restyle my hair in a rush…literally giving myself an hour. One day I was two-strand twisting my hair when I realized long pieces of hair was coming out once I got to the end of the twist, then I parted my hair in various places and noticed my hair was breaking from the roots (actually this was happening for about 2 months, but I ignored it). Boy did this smarten me up. Immediately, I started to take… Read more »
Madison
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I’m guilty of wearing a lot of headbands…I just came to the realization that its the reason why I have breakage at my edges. Darn I guess I can’t use those anymore.

Ronnie
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I know I might offend some naturals with this statement, but I have to be honest. I would love to see natural women who have grown their hair to bra-strap length or longer without having to stretch it. The only one I’ve seen like that is Teri LaFlesh. I would love it if my curly/kinky hair naturally rested at the middle of my back without having to pull it down manually or use heat (I no longer use heat). Thanks to terrific sites like this one and Youtube, I know how to retain length. But how long will I have… Read more »
Heather
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I agree Ronnie. I’m currently transitioning and I want to grow my natural hair to APL without stretching. I know growth like this takes a few years, but you have to live anyway, why not nurture it to the length you want it. I want apl/bsl hair unstretched. I completely agree.

lilsistasoul
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hey, i to have been going natural for about 8 years, i too would like to have long unstretched hair, however my issue is, i have a few different hair textures, could anyone advise or explain, i dont use heat, gels etc just wash, a little hair oil.

xai
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I need help! I’m 16 and I decided to go natural: ) thing is I don’t know what to do after I’ve stop getting relaxers. I’ve been without a relaxer for about a month now, and ive been waering my hair in ponytails. I greese my hair everyother day. Please give me any tips that i could use to help my hair grow so i can slowly start chopping away 🙂

lilyjorose
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Try Napturals85 there are a lot of hair tips and advice that have me to transition from relaxed hair to natural. I am one year natural and this channel has helped me immensely … good luck and all the best in your hair journey.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Naptural85?gl=GB&hl=en-GB

tina
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I dyed my hair and has been experiencing breakaged and split end.how do i grow my dyed hair to natural

Mary
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wow…it’s been encouraging to read all of your experiences. I’ve been so disgusted with my hair. I guess i haven’t been giving it the proper care it needs, but it’s SOO dry. I notice a difference and lots of growth if I cowash my hair every day. The water really makes my hair moisturized on a daily basis. When I first started my natural journey back in feb 2012, I started cowashing, with coconut oil and hawaiian silky 14 in 1 miracle worker. I was growing hair at a good pace. But then my husband and I had to move… Read more »
Mandy
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Hello ladies and any gents who is trying to get long luxurious hair.

I am new to the blog I’ve been natural for about two yrs now and have not had any luck with growing my hair! Grrrr. I started to go to this natural hair salon but if i get everything i need to be done i would be spending about 200 dollars per visit. So any pointers from the veterans to natural hair. What about trimming my own hair?

vivian
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i retorch evry three month yet i do have bad hair before i do ve long hair now i am givin birth it cut y?

It'sNappyBunny!
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Is that English?

cj
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My biggest mistake is not moisturizing my hair has often so thank you for sharing!
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Monique
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Wow…I felt the same way ( thinking my hair was invincible) and made the exact same mistakes! Good to know I am not alone…thanks for sharing this article!

Jacky
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Lovely article,thanks for sharing.

Grace
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Wow I made the same mistakes the only difference was the heat damage was not in every strand only in the crown and front, and I transitioned between hair salon and wash and go without nurturing my hair so it suffered tremendously, now I’m trying to take care of it to restore it.

Jack
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The Denman brush!!! My Hair hasn’t seem to grow back the same. I had to cut a lot of hair. I feel like I’ve been stuck at the same length for over a year.

Sharron
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I recently made the same mistake and decided to cut it all off and start over. Here’s a picture of my hair after the first wash after beingi flat ironed. Never again!
And here’s my new TWA
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shaquwan Thompson
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The top picture is what my hair looks like everytime I wash it.

Nia
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I’m going through this very thing. 🙁

Heat damage isn’t fun. I thought I was immune lol.

Pynkstarr
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The one, okay maybe two, mistakes ive made during my journey was not moisturizing enough and using too much butters and oils. Secondly, not taking the time to detangle my hair the right way. Great article!

Oniks
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Omg I am going through the same thing with the heat damage.
After three years of growing out my hair, i decided to flat iron my hair at a hairdresser thinking it would do the usual bounce back to kinks after washing. I was sadly mistaken. I have patches of straight ends as tho I am transitioning. I’m very upset and looking for a way to regain my curl pattern; rly don’t want to cut off these ends/years of growth! stuepss

Jasmine
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I a severe heat freak lol so i know about heat damage and straight patches…after 4 months of being completely natural Ive found Alma powder..it helps revive you hair and tighten your curls and coils…just fyi try hennasooq.com they sale it

pynkstarr
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Ive made a lot of hair mistakes thus far during my natural hair journey. I think the two biggest were not moisturizing my hair properly in the beginning. I used to use only butters and oils on my hair, which I think left my scalp clogged. Then I also never really took the time to detangle my hair. I guess I was just being lazy. But since these changes I have noticed a tremendous difference in length retention. Thx for this post!

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Afi Pittman
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I will NEVER flat iron my hair again! It didn’t bounce back all the way this time and I LOVE my curls! Thank God it’s still got SOME curl pattern, but it is not what it was before. NEVER EVER EVER AGAIN to the flat iron! I know people say “never say never”.…but NEVER!!!!

Belinda
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When I was pregnant May 2011 — February 2012, I could not stand any of my products anymore. I could not even stand to touch my hair. Just the thought of any of it made me sick to the stomach. I stopped shamppoing, conditioning, detangling or moisturizing often. I went back to my routine about 2 months post partum, but little did I know that the dreaded postpartum shedding was coming about two months later. Those strands attached to my already vulnerable hair led to me having to trim my hair 3 times and a few months span. (I cut… Read more »
Gena
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OMG I made the same mistake. I also thought my hair was invincible as I have never had a problem I have done may things to my hair and never lost or severely damaged it to where I need to cut it all off. I started my natural journey back in 1996 and was natural until I went to a salon for a wash and condition and ended up with a perm. My hair was bra strap length and no one wanted to attempt a wash and set. Well needless to say they over processed my hair and I stated… Read more »
Sarah Jankins
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Your hair can’t stop growing. No matter how un-healthy it is it still grows. Hair does not stay at the same place it grows 1 inch every month. Lots of people make that mistake ( like how I did ) but my hair is know up to my waist. And my hair is sort of un healthy. The trick is vitamens. Try biotin, iron, zinc and vitamen c. There the main hair growth nutrients.

Sarah Jankins
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I totally agree with you! It’s true!

Dabney
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Biggest Mistake I made was moisturizing with Minearal oil based lotions and never letting water touch my hair until it was time to wash it! I never thought that water or even moisture was beneficial. My mother never had moisturizing shampoos in the house so I would use lots of protein based shampoos as well! So No moisture plus too much protein plus mineral equals some terrible breakage! Now I use the L.O.C. method and so does my mother and our hair is really flourishing!

Tina Sallybern
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Hair growth consists with time. Sure you can make a wish and wake up with long smooth hair . Just kidding! Hair grows at a pace and not a push of a button! Vitamens help hair but not only. Excersise and balanced diets including the 7 food groups do better especially with fruit and protein. Your hair can’t stop growing unless yu have a oil cancer which is a hair disease. Heat damaged or not it will always grow. Although it may not look or seem it, it does grow. Simple steps or remedies or masks or hair growth shampoos… Read more »
URWeird
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You must have multiple personalities. You make multiple comments under different names but saying the same thing, spelling the same words wrong, within minutes from other posts…we know it’s you. What personality will come next?

Earline McCauley
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I have worn natural hair for over 20 years. I press and curl twice a year to see the actual growth. During that time I only use heat if absolutely necessary and I use a hair spray that resists humidity. Now this is the real kicker. Each night I go back to the old school method of just rolling the ends on rods and tie my hair down (wrap it). The press stays nicely. I don’t use any oils on my scalp. The other thing is your diet. I follow Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live. This way of eating supplies… Read more »
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SJ9
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Hair washing? I cant quite agree with that one..my hair is down my back and I never co wash

Alycia
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I think she was referring to *how* she washed her hair. I used to have the same problem before I learned how to properly wash my hair once it get longer. I wouldn’t section my hair or anything and my hair would be soo tangled afterwards like she experienced.… Some hair practices aren’t necessarily good depending on how they’re done..

EBlue
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Love this article! When it comes to moisturizing, I would never do it. I have been doing it more often now.

Swirlz
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Funny thing is I have been natural for about 10 years now and I am guilty of all 4 mistakes. Year after year after year! I went natural in 2003. I didn’t have or even think of YouTube. No one knew what to do, except my flaky hairdresser (heat damage beginning) and there was not a lot of natural hair care products available. I was in college 6 of the 10 years and never had or took the time to figure out why my hair was the same length since I transitioned. 2013 Ten year anniversary, When I actually began… Read more »
TWA4now
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I need to figure out detangling and moisturizing my hair more.…trimming helps too.….hopefully in 2013/2014 it will grow! HHJ!

LM
Guest

Something I learned a while ago that TRULY works! A the peak of the NEW Moon, trim your ends, even just a light health trim, getting rid of the split ends. I have tried this and it does work. Your hair will grow in faster BUT trimming at the peak of the FULL Moon it will grow back slower, which is good for short haircuts that you want to last by not having to cut it as much.

Paula
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I don’t know why this advice received so many negative votes. It’s true, hair grows faster during waxing moon cycles. Many women of different cultures do this.

jazz
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It got so many negative votes because trimming your hair doesn’t make it grow. That’s been proven time and time again. Trimming your hair contributes to its health but not to how fast it grows.

Victoria
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Cutting your hair well not make it grow faster. It can grow longer with trimming WHEN NEEDED. When you get rid of the unhealthy ends your hair can grow. Plus women of other cultures that you may be talking about can have a hair texture that is different th an ours and their hair may grow according to what’s in their genetic code.

Stuck@Shoulderlength
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I’ve been natural for about 4years and my hair hasn’t made it past my shoulders. I do believe it is my moisturizing and lack of night routine…I have to balance that out. Thanks!

Lisa
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Another comment I’d like to add to the tips for helping natural hair growth is to protect your ends from your rubbing against your rough and/or absorbing texture materials. Wear silk scarves around the collar of your suit jacket if not silky/satiny blouses or wear your an updo to keep your ends from rubbing against your clothing.

Lori
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I was up until recently guilty of hair wash abuse. My hair is layered with the longest parts at collarbone length. I didn’t think with my fine textured tresses and inability to get my curls into a ponytail meant it wasn’t necessary to section while washing yet. This weekend I was going to trim my hair again (I trimmed it two months ago- end of August), and then I decided to try sectioning while washing. Revelation: I didn’t shed really any hair even with combing through my sections in the shower. I also just got my moisture routine down so… Read more »
Anni B.
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Very interesting post. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong here. I’ve been natural for three years and have been fighting the urge to get a texturizer! I have a teeny weenie tiny, itty-bitty fro made of steel wool, lol. I’m constantly moisturizing it when I’m at home and even carry a spray bottle full of African oil/water and comb because I know in 30 min it’ll look rough, dry and hard again. I don’t apply heat or anything damaging and I use a silk scarf. Problem is, my hair constantly falls out gets super thin, then goes bald around… Read more »
Kiara
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Girl, your story touched me. Here’s the thing about going natural: a lot of us do it bc we yearn to just be free and want to find the beauty in our unmanipulated hair. Thing is, how “pretty” we feel on a daily basis and how our friends and family view us are still relevant. All this to say, natural is GREAT but u need to focus on find a few go-to STYLES that work for your hair! You will be happier with your hair. I’d suggest using setting lotion (or Paul Mitchell foaming pomade!) on top of moisturized, wet… Read more »
Kiara
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One more thing. Like mine, your hair sounds highly porous. That’s why it won’t hold moisture. Look for products aimed at remedying ur porosity issues.

Lori
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Anni B- have you tried adding conditioner of your choice to your African oil/water bottle, or some kind of styler (like Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie)? It may be just the moisture boost your hair needs- I started opposite. Couldn’t keep moisture with my conditioner/water spritz combo, but now that I have all three in my bottle I can retain moisture and I have less tangles. Also, if you can afford to, maybe try a different oil? My hair felt weird with castor oil but I love flaxseed oil in my hair (recent revelation for me so it popped into… Read more »
Anni B.
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Lori thank you honey! I’m going to try your suggestions. And the doctor thing, yeah I’ve got to do that. I’ve been trying and actually, the last visit I had for another issue I was given a test for overactive bladder. I’m still waiting for the results. I’ll let you know what it says.

Aya
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Hey Anni! Jamaican Black Castor Oil is a really good and inexpensive product. I also mixed it in my spray bottle with water and sometimes with olive oil all together. I been using it now since March of this year.

Drea
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You really should see a doctor. If you’re doing all the right things and nothing is working there may be something off within you. Have your doctor do a full work up to see where you may be lacking.

Anni B.
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Drea that’s not the first or second time I’ve heard that! You’re so right! I’m really concerned and I’ve actually been trying to see a doctor about this and othe issues for months now. Thanks for your concern! God bless!

Donna T
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Anni — Not sure whats been done since your post as this is old but I definitely agree. That’s how I found out I was allergic to anything with Shea in it. I have stress induced Eczema and for some reason Shea butter stresses my skin out to the point where it will break me out in the worst Eczema rash ever. My dermatologist was able to help me figure that out and monitor more closely what I was using on both my skin and my hair. Good luck!

Empress
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Try adding glycerin to the water mixture. I have 4c hair . And wAter and oil alone doesn’t help. After i discovered vegetable glycerin my hair actually feels nice and soft. I spritz my hair with the mixture every other day. I even added glycerin to my other hair creams and it works wonders. Try it!!

Cornelia
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Posts like this make the inrentet such a treasure trove

Ani B.
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Yes honey I completely agree!! There’s so much to learn from my sisters! 3

fruitbowlk
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Are you wearing puffs? or your hair out? You might want to keep it in protective styles like french braids, twist conrows etc. At least with those styles your hair won’t look like it hadn’t been combed.

Ani B.
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It’s VERY short. Like an inch off my head. I can’t do anything with it cuz it hasn’t grown in 3 years. I’d. LOVE to wear it in those styles, actually. I can’t because my hair is too short to grip and my edges are too thin. *sigh*. I guess it’s back to wigs for a while.

click here
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At last! Someone with real expertise gives us the answer. Thanks!

Aya
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Anni B.
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Aya I’ll get me some tomorrow! Thanks so much! And your hair is GIVING ME LIFE right now! Im jealous! Xoxo????

ChanChan
Guest

The LOC method has really worked well for me. You can look it up on YouTube but you just use a liquid to dampen your hair, oil on top, then a cream product. Don’t lose hope, but don’t lose your mind over it either. Wigs might allow your hair to rest but be careful with your edges.

Danielle
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The last time I relaxed my hair was in May of 2013. I’ve had two sets of braids since June. I just took the second ones out this week, and now I’m kind of stuck on what to do with it. I don’t want to relax it anymore because it’s damaged and fragile enough already, though it seems like its grown a little longer and thicker since it was in braids. I just want it to keep growing and I’m completely clueless as to what kind of products or routines I need :/

JDB Long Hair
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I stopped relaxing in November & it’s been the struggle ever since. I’m 16 & have nice natural hair. I’m just still trying to figure out the moisture part because my scalp seems to ALWAYS be dry and itchy after about 2 days. Idk if I’m using enough oil as a sealant and I’m still struggling to find the right hair products for my hair. I’m using Africa’s best organics products but I don’t think their shampoo is helping me since it has sulfates. I just brought Ors hair repair sulfate free shampoo & their conditioner. Hopefully it’ll work for… Read more »
mrs.woodfork
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How do I get pass this lenth? It keeps breaking.

hope
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just letting it fro
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st patricks day
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Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but
after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr…
well I’m not writing all that over again.
Anyways, just wanted to say great blog!

My web page; st patricks day

CK
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Hey Anni, Idk if you are still around, but did you go to the doctor? My hair was breaking off last year and I was doing all the right things, I even only used heat once and my hair was breaking, I have a couple of health issues, so maybe we are on the same boat, beginning of this year I increased my protein intake, I found out that when your body lacks protein it rations proteins and so your hair can be weak and break off, I have also added henna treatments and by far the best thing I… Read more »
Donna T
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I can talk about this now, almost two years into my own journey. I decided I would no longer put chemicals in my hair and started my transition to grow out both my last relaxer and permanent hair color. I had noticed that it was so damaged it just wouldn’t budge. It had hit a standstill at my chin when curly and stretched out shoulder length. I was determined to get it past my shoulders. So now, it is finally, right at my shoulders curly and when stretched out at the top of my breasts. And it seems like the… Read more »
hope
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read my blog to see my struggles i’m kind of a natural newbie but love my nappy mane goddamnit 🙂

T
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For me the only one I am guilty of is not moisturising as often as I should. I do it daily but I’m meant to do it twice a day morning and night because I live in the UK and the climate here is very up and down. Also one missing from the list is irregular trimming. I trimmed maybe once a year and I did it myself — big mistake! I also trimmed while my hair was natural and it is always better to go to a stylist and have it pressed and then trimmed so they can see.… Read more »
Amber
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I used to cost my hair with vaseline and use the hot comb. Daily. One day I set the stove top hot and as I straightened my bangs it turned to ash. I gave the comb back to my mother and never used it again!!! I was in high school.

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