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5 Steps to Longer Hair in a Year

• Nov 16, 2012


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By Jc of The Natural Haven Bloom

2012 is nearly over and today it is time to reflect  for the black girls who want long hair. The big question is.….….have you met your hair goals? Is your hair longer than it was in January? If your hair is not gaining length or if you have had less than stellar results this year, this article is for you. These are 5 simple steps to reverse stagnant hair into long thriving hair

1.  Accept that what you are doing does not work

You are doing it all, protective styling, moisturising and  deep conditioning but still you have not managed to move your hair an inch. It is time to face the facts — your current routine despite having all the good stuff really does not work.

It is time for a critical assessment. Do you keep a protective style long enough to ensure that you gain benefit from it? Do you moisturise at the critical points when moisture is needed (when taking down a style and when handling free hair) and do you avoid handling your hair at its weakest state (soaking wet)? Could you be doing too much to your hair therefore causing it to wear away and compromise length?

If you do not see results within 2–3 months, you need to make this critical assessment again. Do not wait for 1 year to go by. You should be able to see small increments in your hair length every 2–3 months.

2. Know when your hair breaks

The reason for hair staying at a stagnant length is because it is breaking just as fast as it is growing. It is really important to know when your hair is most vulnerable to breakage and this varies from person to person depending on your individual strand thickness and choice of styling. The most common breakage points are:

-during takedown of a protective style (especially at the ends)

-during detangling (both conditioner combing and dry detangling)

- while wearing hair free (due to tangling, shrinkage, knots and regular handling)

Once you identify why and when your hair is most vulnerable to breakage, you will be able to know exactly when you must protect your hair from damage.

3. Try something new

Having accepted that what you are doing does not work, it is time to try to do something new. If you have been conditioner combing, try dry or damp detangling  for a little while and see how it works for you.  Compare your results after 2–3 months and decide which one really works best for you.  If you have never deep conditioned your hair, try doing it for 2–3 months and see if your hair improves or not. If you only use heavy oils or butters on your hair, try light oils and see if your hair would equally be happy with those. Do not write things off before you actually try them.

4. Know when to stop

I am really all for trying something new but equally you should know when to stop. If a technique causes immediate breakage, stop using it. Do not think perhaps your hair is shedding more than usual, assume that the technique is not working for your hair and must be adjusted to suit your curls and kinks or not used at all. If you are deep conditioning 2–3 times a week and your hair is not moisturised, stop and reassess how you are conditioning (is your conditioner working, do you need to warm it up first, could you do with some protein, do you use a leave in/moisturiser/oil after washing).

5. Have realistic expectations

Finally hair takes a long time to grow. Many naturals cannot retain 100% of their growth. If your hair is susceptible to split ends then cutting them off will impact retention but provided at the end of the year you have kept some length, do not be disheartened. There are a small proportion of women who can keep all their growth but I feel that it is more reasonable to expect between 3–5 inches per year with a regular trimming or dusting routine.

Ladies, what are your hair goals for 2013? Will you be trying to grow your hair out?

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For the Love of Curls
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Yes, my goal is to retain as much length as possible in 2013. My ends have a tendency to get easily frayed and I had to cut more than I wanted after I took out my protective style this summer but I think buttering my ends may be the answer to my problem.

Chantal Whitley
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I intend to do the same…my hair is giving me hell and I dont even know where to start the healing process…any advise?

Asea
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EXCELLENT advice!! All are spot on, especially #2 and #4 for me. Once I truly starting observing my hair and ‘listening’ to it I was able to make the right choices. I was also trying to fix what wasn’t broken yet — like overdoing protein so I’d hopefully decrease my chance of breakage in the future lol.

Dom
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I’m a guy and i thought growing my hair would be easy for that very reason but boy! was I wrong. I revamped my whole regimen in January after reading the book; The science of black hair. I’ve now gone from 11″ in the front to 15″, back was 8″ now 10–11″ and middle was 9 now it’s 13″ so I’m very pleased especially since I’ve been growing my hair for over 4 years with no luck.

keisha
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Congrats on your growth! What did you change in your routine?

Dom
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Thanks, I don’t know exactly what part of my updated regimen worked most but first of all in January i trimmed an inch and a half (hard to do lol) to start fresh, I brought a light protein based conditioner (ORS Replenishing) and a moisturising one (kera care), washed on a weekly basis with a non-sulfate shampoo bar (Bee mine rhassoul clay). I only finger detangle, now i think about it i actually think that might be what helped most. I kept doing what i always did which was washing in twists and sealing all the norms and wearing my… Read more »
keisha
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WOW! I was just thinking that I needed to do a protein treatment. haven’t done one in a while and I shed pretty heavy in my opinion. i detangle before and then after i wash i have more shed hairs. I SOOOOO feel your pain on the cutting inch and a half cause I had to do the same last month. made me REALLY sad cause i was like how am i supposed to retain the length when it keeps getting cut off? Didn’t think it was going to be that much so now for the SECOND time around i’m… Read more »
lulu
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aww that’s awesome! i’ve also learned that consistency is extremely important. It’s no different in being consistent with taking care of your skin, exercising or eating healthy.

Miz B
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I hate to admit this, but I’m going to try the controversial “heat training” and get my hair pressed/flat ironed once a month. I experience too many tangles. I will use a heat protectant for my new regimen.

Michelle
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My friend actually does this and her hair is very long now. Ironically, when she start wearing her hair out more, it shed like crazy and she had to cut her hair to MBL when it was almost down to her butt when she was flat ironing it.

Asha
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I think it’s all what your hair likes. I agree my hair grew so much more when it was heat trained. Now it’s a beast and I am loosing a lot more hair than when it was pressed. I say I need to give my hair time to adjust, but I’m giving it one more year after if I don’t see any changes I am going back to flat ironing my hair once a month.

J
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Do what works for you.My ends are cutting themselves 🙁 and I have had so much breakage even when I braid my hair for bed or unravel them.I so need a trim.….…

Ketra
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My goal for December 2013 is to reach waist length… Hmm let’s see how well I do. Currently past bra strap length. 😉

Jc
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Ketra and Cia — You will both make your goals given that your starting point (bsl/mbl) is just within touching distance of WSL. I can honestly say that I think the real struggle for most people is getting to APL and then past APL. Once you are past this stage, you will have the knowledge of what works to make your hair longer and it is just a case of #5 for you.

Cia
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Same goal here. I have been at MBL way too long. I will have to reassess my regimen to see where I can make improvements. One big one is to just keep doing what works and not change it up so much. Also I think I have found what really works which is style with leave-in, oil, gel (make my own flaxseed or just do ecostyler). Been doing this for months and my hair has never been softer and more moisturized.

JenniD
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Good advice. Couldn’t agree more. This year I added finger detangling and a coconut oil pre-poo after years of rolling my eyes at each technique. My hair has been wonderful. I started both in June and oh my have I seen an improvement. Just goes to show that sometimes you gotta adjust your routine if you want better results. Other things I tried this year was the tension method of blow-drying. While I did get less breakage, the drier( even on cold setting) left my hair way to parched.Don’t get me started on how yucky heat protectants make your hair… Read more »
J
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It’s funny the techniques I roll my eyes at are the ones I need the most! Lol

Tiff Dizzle
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My goal is to put my hair in a pony tail… LOL I bc in Sep and Now i can actually braid it, but baby steps over hear… I just want a pony tail

napfrocurlzgirl
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I’m just a foot away from my goal of just below BSL JUST so I can have twists that hit a couple inches below my shoulders when they’re dry.
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Sharon
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I am here in China for a year. I came here with the intention of locking my hair but wasn’t able to commit to such a style being as that I like changes, so now my hair is out in a climate where it will be -40 below in the winter and of course 0 black hair products being sold. Now that my hair is out and I have a FULL year to challenge this technique I need to know what to do. All the photos that I am seeing I cannot relate. I have very course hair, I show… Read more »
Sharon
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Wow we have a lot in common. Name & type of hair. After struggling with the same issues this first year + shedding or breakage (don’t know which one)and dryness from color and trying almost everything everyone has suggested I am glad to say I’m on my way. I tried a new routine. I am a member of Curlbox (natural hair club) and two of the products I received was Cantu Shea butter Coconut curling cream & Reshma Henna. After much research I decided to give it a try. I don’t know if it was the Henna or the Cantu… Read more »
Connella
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Have you heard of binding your hair? Its a lot of work, but over time it can loosen your curls. I used to have a curl pattern like Solange Knowles, but I’ve been binding for almost 3 years and now it almost Alicia keys loose. I don’t know if you want looser curls, but it will help with combing out and washing and there are no chemicals so all you have to do is stop and it’ll eventually curl back to its original state.

MissAfrobella
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Hi Connella,

I’m interested to hear more about what binding is…more details, please. What is it? How dod you do it? What does it involve? Help a sistah out! lol

MissAfrobella
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typo: How do* you do it?

Angie
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Hi instead of trying to buy ready made products try making your own with things like bottled water mixed with vegatable glycerin for moisture and things like extra virgin olive oil, castor oil, jojoba oil etc. to seal your hair. Two strand twist will probably look great on your hair because of your texture hair. I know it must be hard to find thing but it might be easier to find individual ingredients and mix them accordingly. Best of luck!

Sophie
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Great advice! I’ve been trying to do these things since I got a big hair cut in February (APL to chin length!) because of so much breakage, and with some new practices, in 9 months my hair has retained about 3 inches even with a couple of small trims. 1, 3, and 5 were big ones! I’d been twisting my hair as a protective style, but the manipulation was causing breakage. I was afraid to wear it loose for a while, but after the cut I started doing puffs and then using curlformers and that’s been a lot more effective!

Gina G
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I decided to change my regime just yesterday. I was finding that I probably need to start co washing, I haven’t really done it effectively before. I will probably cowash once a week as opposed to shampooing twice a week. I had a problem with dryness, obviously from all that shampoo washing. Oil and butters weren’t sinking into my hair, it just became greasy! So I have changed from coconut oil to EVOO, and this has been so much better so far. All the best to everyone with their new regiments and I hope we will all see more length… Read more »
Elisa
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Let’s see where do I start? I have been natural for 8 months now, but about 3 months worth of growth was cut off after asking for a trim so I’m pretty much back to where I started. My hair is short but long enough to do two-strand twists. Its always dry so I think I need to do more DCs. I’ve moved to the UK and where I live, there aren’t many blacks around to ask what they do with their natural hair. What used to work for my hair back home doesn’t seem to be working here. Granted… Read more »
J
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Have you tried hot oil treatments with EVOO, Honey and castor oil.Baggy method and Greenhouse effect are kinda good to.

Elisa
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I think a hot oil treatment is the only thing I haven’t done yet. I don’t have a hair dryer so would it be effective if I heat the oil first and then apply it to my hair? I will definitely try the Greenhouse effect. Thanks!

Jo Somebody
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Yes! That’s how I do my HOTs. I halfway fill a jug or large mug with hot water (if I use boiling, the bottle of oil only needs to stay in for about 30 seconds unless I want a burnt scalp!), let the bottle sit in there until very warm, but not so not that I can’t hold the bottle, apply to scalp and massage, I also apply to the hair itself paying special attention to the ends, put on a plastic cap for the night (this is the greenhouse effect) and rinse in the morning.
Hope that helps! 🙂

Jaslene
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My ideal length is my hair in its natural state is shoulder length I started out want bra strap or longer but realize that’s just to much length for me.

LBell
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As always I love your posts, Jc, because you tell the truth and you keep it real. 🙂 1 and 2. My last BC (March 2010) happened because after 2.5 years of growth, even though most of my hair was longer than it had ever been (and was a little shorter than it is now), there was a patch of hair on my back right side that was a good 3 inches shorter. I learned that the nightly twisting/braiding that had benefited the rest of my hair had caused this patch to break off…and yes, this was with what I… Read more »
Jc
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Thanks LBell, it is for the same reason that I like reading your :). You are already near APL in the back, well done! I really do know patience and leaving hair alone equate to long hair.

Connella
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My Goal for 2013 is 10 inches! I am eating healthy exercising and taking supplements. As well as absolutely NO HEAT, All natural conditioners and shampoos, protective styling, nightly scalp messages and wearing a scarf to bed. I want to point out when I say all natrual products, I mean ALL NATURAL. Not the products that just print all natural on the bottles. Almost everything I put in my hair is food grade (edible) and organic (no chemicals.) People don’t realize that your skin is an organ too and you really shouldn’t be putting anything on your skin that you… Read more »
Naficia
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i just started getting emails from this site. I use to have hair length at 12 inches,I relaxed it and had a severe hair breakage,i grew it out back and now my hair is natural,and has been at 5 inches like forever. My hair is so short and i have no idea how to get it back.

Dramaqueen
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My hair goals for 2013 are these: 1. To help my hair grow 5–6″ in 2013. Maybe somewhere between jaw length and shoulder length. 2. I finally found the haircare line that works for my hair. It’s called Wonder Curl. It keeps my hair from being dry and tangled and it when I BC’d in 2010 (actually it broke off at the scalp from too many relaxers)it moisurizes and enhances my natural hair texture. I went from totally bald to hair that is long enough to braid. It actually is thicker than I remember it from 20+ years of relaxers.… Read more »
Jojo
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My goal for the end of 2013 is the front of my hair to be bra strap length and the back to be mid-back length. The front of my hair was always shorter than the back and whenever I get my hair trimmed these people try to make it even and cut off more than I wanted. When I flat ironed my hair it was bra strap length just a bit past it now my hair is barely touching it. Should I start learning how to trim my own hair?

Dramaqueen
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6. I also want to keep up good hair practices:
Sleeping on silk or satin pillow cases, Co-washing not so much shampooing, frequently conditioning and moisturizing, gently finger-combing my ends and protecting them with oils and butters, protective styling (It’s finally long enough), putting a silk scarf under wool hats or finding ones with silk or satin linings.

7. Eating healthy so healthy hair grows from the root.

8. Stress less and live my life.

Smiley Reed
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If you would like I have a blog that will help you out on eating healthy. It’s healthywayoflife12.com. What would you suggest for shrinkage? I need help with that.

Tamikka Reed
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Good Morning!

My goal is to gain length. I also have issues with shrinkage. My hair look like a tiny afro when it is actually longer than that. What would you recommend for me to use to get my actual length to show?
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Jc
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I would recommend either braiding and unbraiding (or twisting and untwisting). This would usually allow 50–60% of your length to show. You can also try curlformers or African threading which would push it to around 70–90%. I do not recommend stretching your hair all the time, although all the methods I described are heatless they are extra manipulation. I have not seen your hair in real life but somehow I think that your hair is curly and can form clumped spirals. If this is the case, this is the better protective style for you and you should not fight the… Read more »
AfroJoi
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I went to a Dominican hair salon in Sept and the hair dresser burnt my hair..now my hair is horrible. No longer do I have my coily curl pattern(really upset).I have been natural for at least 5 yrs, I have straightened my hair in the past there before and never a problem. I also colored my hair for the first time and have also experienced breakage despite keeping my hair moisturized and conditionded daily. Is there any thing that I can do to help with the heat damage the beakage and the problem spot. Currently I am going to braid… Read more »
BeautifulOne
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In addition to the good hair-care tips provided by the author, eat well-balanced meals, reduce stress, and exercise daily.

Also, try a daily multivitamin/mineral along with a good B-complex formula, and extra Biotin.

The B vitamins especially Biotin are the primary vitamins for the hair.

For best results, please take the multivitamin/mineral formula along with the extra B-complex vitamin with extra Biotin daily.

You should see some positive results within three to six months.

Side Note:

Walmart has a good daily multivitamin/mineral for under $10.00 and a wide assortment of “cheap” but effective natural vitamins/minerals from A-Z.

discolady2
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only suggestions I have is to try the Jamaican black castor oil and I condition my hair before I wash it then condition it again that’s my routine just trying to help hope it works did u rinse your scalp with ACV and your clothes might be pulling your hair out and not realize it , this winter my coat was taking my hair out in the back so when my scalp is wet I use extra dark castor oil

Erene
Guest

I would highly recommend that you use the Locsuria Natural Haircare System @ http://www.locsuria.com. These products were formulated to hydrate your hair so that it can Florish. No deception.

Alexis
Guest

Next time you decide to color your hair you should really check out Henna, you get the color you want and it’s also great for protein, just make sure you condition a lot because like any other protein it makes your hair dry for a few weeks but check it out.

KHADIJAH
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try and do routine protein treatments if your not protein sensitive.Between the hair color and the heat damage your going to have to be gentle with your hair. protein treatment and hot oil treatments weekly is what i would recommend

surVIVEr28
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WOW. tHIS BLOG CAME RIGHT ON TIME. I JUST reformed my regime. Realized hat the products that i was using were SOOOOOO heavy and oily and that I had too many steps. My issue was moisture retention and the result was dry hair on my scalp and all over my house. So now, i have 4 easy steps on wash day and I use light, oil free products.I did a small strand test and not only do I think i will be able to beat the moisture ISSUE, i will also save money!

Zabeth
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What can you do to better protect your hair during a conditioned detangle? Any suggestions?

Jc
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Do you mean protecting hair while detangling with conditioner?

Zabeth
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Yes

Liz
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I made the big chop this past April after being in a car accident and dealing with a lot of stress and negativity. My hair is growing back slow and steadily, but after spending some time on this website, I have to say I am excited and motivated to accelerate the process.
I will keep you updated. Cheers!

Jo Somebody
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My goals are to get into a consistent routine, stop saying I’m going to drink more water and eat more veggies (smoothies) but actually start doing it and stop giving those things that I know don’t work ‘one last try’.
I haven’t used proper shampoo for 2 years, but I decided to check if maybe I *can* use shampoo and don’t need to be so picky with products. My hair was sooo not having it! Lost inches of matted hair in random places! *kmt!* That shampoo can wash my brushes and combs. *kmt again!*

curlytea
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Sometimes people just don’t try things long enough. My aunt will use something for like a week and a half and if her hair isn’t down her back by then, she’s on to the next. lol!

bbunny
Guest

My goal tor this year is healthy soft hair I just did a big chop trying out some kinky curly and researching a new product if this one is not for me. Can anyone tell me how to find my curl pattern?

Marlea
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My hair goals in 2013 begin with the biggest decision: Big Chop or Transition I’ve weighed the options out of both… but I know this pressing comb has to GO! I’ve given myself 4 years to attain WSL. I’d like to wear my hair to my son’s graduation from high school. I chopped 4 inches from my hair in Aug & 3 have returned already. I’m going to cut all ends, protective style for the 1st half of the year and see what happens. Weekly washing,lavender& coconut oil, yogurt & honey have been keeping me this far. Welcome 2013 &… Read more »
motherindistress
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Someone PLEASE HELP ME. I’m destroying my daughter’s hair by not KNOWING how to care for it. Friends offer advice, but I get overwhelmed & don’t know which one to stick with. As a young girl I wasn’t too into doing the dolls hair, but wanted to play court & secretary (yes I wanted to be a lawyer) with them instead. By the age of 12 I was getting my hair professionally done. So I don’t know how to do anything with hair. When I did were relaxers I couldn’t even do that. My daughter is 6 y.o. & had… Read more »
AppleSauce
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There are many youtube videos that help with kids hair. With my daughter I used a small spray bottle with very warm water to open the hair shaft and allow product to be better accepted by the hair. Then a conditioner like VO5 or Tressemme, something inexpensive, but works. Then olive oil and castor oil mixture seal the hair. Olive oil can be purchased from the grocery aisle. Any brand will do. Castor oil from any store that sells laxative Kroger, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS. Also a product that worked like magic is Hawaiian Silky 14 in 1. Make sure… Read more »
KHADIJAH
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co wash co wash co wash weekly with a mild conditioner like suave humectant its in a grey bottle. after you wash do like we did back in the the day. oil it and braid it up to strech it with several big plaits.once they dry take each one out and moisturize with something like ORS olive oil conditioner.no heat at all or blow drying.try this for a month.i tried this with my daughter and it worked. also after i stretch her hair after washing i sometimes twist it with castor oil.it protect her hair and gives it shine.let us… Read more »
motherindistress
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Thank you so much. i am going to try this for the whole month. A big part of it is our schedule. but i have made a committment to her hair just like everything else. I live in Dallas where there are a lot of Ethiopians & they tell me all the time to just platt it up. They said shes beautiful & doesnt need all the hard ware (per another post on this forum. lol). So although the barrettes & ponytails are cute im just going to stick to platts, twist, or braids (rarely for braids due to her… Read more »
cacey
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thats what worked for me when i was little. i had midback length hair by the age of 12 because, like the ethiopians said, my parents always kept my hair in cornrows and plaits that were only redone about once every 3–5 week, depending on how fuzzy they got. very low manipulation, and it’s ideal for kids because they run and play so much.

Gwendolyn
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My 2013 Goals for my hair have been to eliminate all chemicals from my hair. I have been using organics Castile soap and olive oil to moisturize and it has been working beautifully no breakage and I have seen growth, but I want to try something new. My scalp still feel pretty dry at times. I am not sure which oil is best for keeping it truly moisturized longer. I was thinking of avocado oil, but I hear cocoanut oil is good too. Any thought?

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TWA4now
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TMK (to my knees) would be great! For now, BSL and just hair that isn’t breaking and either to my nose or chin soon.

crazy
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i recommend hf37 to anyone trying to make their hair longer, fuller , and healthier. White, Puerto Rican, Asians, even Black. I am black and it works on my hair. Foreall it’s expensive but truley worth it . i promise.

Realistic
Guest

Where do you purchase hf37

ladyday
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Good morning, I am a natural chic as well. What is hf37?

Beat
Guest

What is hf37.

impeccable
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Hf37 is Hair Formula 37. Do a Google search.

Lisa Hunt
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I am going to start getting my hair cut every 3 months so it can grow healthy! I want longer hair but it always seems to grow out and not down! I have 3C curly hair, I think and it frizzes so easily! Frustrated but I’m gonna keep trying!! 🙂

India
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I got into an accident last year that cause me to have to cut my hair off. It was cut down to about about an inch long in November now its about 6 to 7 inches longs but it has has shrinkage so it really doesnt look like it at time. I admit I have been a little lazy lately when it comes to my hair but I have been in and out the hospital but after reading this it makes e really want to do what it takes to get my hair growing again. I dont deep condition like… Read more »
Nicole
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Another thing to do is look at your diet. I noticed my hair grows faster when I’m eating more salmon and chicken… even spinach. Biotin also helps to keep my hair strong. And of course water…

Wanda
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Wht is hf37
I like to know how can I get the really soft look. My hair is really long in thick and I deep condition often as well I use a lot of herbal oils I mix together and it is wonderful. Im willing to learn something new always. But most of all what is hf37

CoilyCousin
Guest
Ok. I have been on my natural hair journey for years. Wanting to grow a raging “Chaka Khan”-like mane but my length tends to stall out just above my shoulders. Unfortunately I’m dealing with delicate 4A/4B hair that is not only FINE but also seems a bit thin or sparce. When I wear a fro that thing is see-thru and wispy. Basically embarassing. I am so very tired of hearing about the glory of protective styling; especially when sisters of other ethnicities seem to be able to grow long luxurious hair and they seem to be wearing their hair out/loose… Read more »
Octavia Gaddis
Guest

can anyone explain the process of defining my hair type. thanks.
my hair was growing until I added color. now it’s falling out

LynnseyB
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I started retaining length when I stopped using extreme heat and learned how to moisturize my low porosity hair. I flat iron my hair twice a year to see how long it really is and wear it curl the rest of the time . I do not protective style very often, I mostly work the WNG, but my hair has grown 2 inches since May 1 so I don’t believe every head of hair needs protective styling. My last relaxer was 2 years ago and my hair is now bsl when straightened. Shea Moisture’s moisture retention line has been the… Read more »
me
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For me, heat is the enemy and WNGs do not work. My hair tangles, knots and breaks like crazy. Since protective styling (cornrows) and basically leaving my hair for a month or two or even more, I have seen an amazing difference in terms of length retention and just overall length of my type 4B hair. I have been natural since 2007 but big chopped twice during that period and the last time I did that was two years ago. In two years my hair is the longest it has even been since being natural. Last time I big chopped… Read more »
Joanna
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Great article. And you are so right, LynnseyB. After being natural for two years, I just discovered that I have low porosity hair. Changing up my routine according to what works best for MY hair has become my number one priority. Just because certain things work for some, doesn’t mean they will work for all of us. Many of us want clear cut answers and product suggestions when the only way to know what works best with our hair is to try it for ourselves. This whole journey is about discovery and trial & error. In the end, we will… Read more »
pritamdas
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i have no chik hear.
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Cynthia
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Okay… you really just freaked me out…

nonny mouse
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At the moment, I’ve just finished six rounds of heavy-duty chemo. I have only the half a dozen or so sad surviving straggling strands of my old hair, a strange patch of harsh ‘prickles’ and now the finest of fine baby fine fuzz just beginning to cautiously peek out from the barren follicles on my naked scalp. My former hair was LOOOONG, and dyed, frizzed, damaged, you name it. Now, I have no choice — whatever comes out of my head will be 100% natural, come what may. And it will be very, very welcome, whatever colour, whatever curl or… Read more »
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hairfinity is good but expensive. I have good results with biotin in combi with msm tablets. I took the 1000mcg biotin. Because some people get pimples if they take a high dose. you need to drink enough water. I also take a multivitamin and use a thin layer of castoroil on my scalp with sometimes a plastic cap and a sjawl to let my bodyheat steam my hair and scalp. Being consequent is the key.
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permilla
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try hair infinity with regular vitamins

Deborah
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My hair has grown about 6 inches but I keep it braided because I cannot do anything with it! As long as it is braided, it grows and is healthy, when I mess with it…problems, lol.

Bria
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so like if you have them like medium size senegalese twist (mines are not tight around the edges )and you oil your hair everyday would that help growth. i kept mines in for almost a month now.

Maddy
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lol my hair is like a little bit past shoulder length and i’ve realized too that brading does improve your hair’s length!

Maddy
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My mom cut my hair to alittle like BALD wen i was 5 1/2 but now im 11 and my hair has grew much longer its crazy the way nature takes its toll!

meezy
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Please help with how to grow hair for a south african black girl, I swear the longest hair iv seen on a south african black girl was just below shoulder length, anything lonnger than that is unheard of!

Tshepi
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Meezy that’s because we do our hair at salons, by people who are not at all trained. When I started making my own products (2 months ago), I realized just how much horrific stuff we put our hair through.
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Teckiepooh
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Tshepi, I’m interested. I need help with my hair. I’ll try any advice that makes sense. I’ve been wearing my hair braided for more than five years. I’ve always cut it when I take it down. It takes less time to braid when its shorter. I want to grow it out now. I would like to wear it twisted but my problems are: dryness and thinning in the crown area. It’ll come out and grow back but when it grows back I have less hair than before. So the only style I can wear is braided pulled up into a… Read more »
Linda
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You might have alopecia but only a dermatologist can confirm.In the meantime try minoxidil. It’s slow but I heard it works. Also, do some research I’ve seen organic products on this site and on the Dr. Oz show.

Yo
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My advice is change your diet to almost all raw, gradually start with eating 1 dish raw and graduate.….…… Not over night.….drink plenty of water.

stephanie
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First, are you wearing your braids to long were it’s putting weight on your head( scap), are you being patient when taking them down, or is the person that is braiding your hair is using less of your hair and more of the braiding hair? That will cause a problem. How long in between do you wait when getting it braided again. Make sure that you wait for a month before braiding it again,let your hair breath.DO NOT SHAMPOO RIGHT AFTER. Detangle your hair first then follow a deep conditioner on dry hair AVOCADO with extra olive oil and melted… Read more »
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I love my peppermint oil and I add that to my Shea butter whip, which I mixed organic coconut oil, Oliver oil, glycerine, and sometime avocado oil but especially my peppermint oil! All good stuff and I witness my hair growth I massage this in my hair for 5–10 minutes and the moisture last 3–4 day with a daily light spritz of water, my hair is soft and moisturize and I see growth!
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Sandra
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I’ve been natural three years now. N i think my hair has been growing like 3 inches or less a year. Its frustrating especially when u compare, although I know that’s a big no no. I’m going to try something new come Jan. New years resolution.

Vintage
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I think its really important to look at your hair’s health before trying to retain length. Make sure your hair isn’t thinning, make sure its shiny and healthy then retaining length would be easier.

TJ
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Great advice! I began taking lecithin supplements last year and my hair has gotten so much healthier. I’ve had about 3 inches of growth and I’ve noticed less breakage along the length of shaft.

annaliza
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THat is incredible, the lenght and the thickness.

Wendy Douglas
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I have started to grow out my hair (the last time it was relaxed was in May 2013). I am excited and nervous and a little scared all in one but I’m hoping for the best 🙂 I already have oils and butters to use (all natural) but my hairline is an issue.…the right side can be really thing. I hope growing it out will help to fix this. I look forward to reading more from BGLH. Thank you all!

Dananana
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I had hairline issues too after an experiment in sew-in weave went terribly wrong. Daily massages/moisturizing helped my hairline return. I massaged with a black castor oil/tea tree oil/jojoba oil mix, and I moisturized with pure aloe vera gel. I hope this helps!

serailquiller
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I have no idea what to do with my hair. It’s been natural for 3 years and while there’s been growth since my big chop, it always gets stalled when it hits shoulder length. I know now that it was very dry and I’m working on that, but I just don’t think it’ll ever grow beyond the length it is now. I think I should work on accepting that short hair is my lot in life 🙂

Fashionlistically Speaking
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I’m finding that biotin is doing a pretty good job. I have been taken it for 2 months now. My hair has grown 2 1/2 inches. I use now foods for like 5 bucks. Hope that this helped !

Annie
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Wonderful article! My hair has never grown past my ears!! I’m looking to retain some hair but have dealt with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome for about 4+ years. One of the symptoms is thinning hair on the scalp so hopefully within in the next few months, I can began some proper treatment and will be able to maintain more of my hair.

bulie
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I hv been growng my natural hair for 4yrs nd its stll short. Its breaks nd its not soft nd I hv try to use a small amount of relaxer to soften it but its breakng more nd more.I need a solution. Please help!

Linda
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Aside from the relaxer being the issue your breakage could also be the result of dryness, to much heat or over manipulation. I’m still learning what makes my happy but I know whatever I take my time with my hair I see healthy results. I recently noticed pre-poos consisting of olive oil, coconut oil & some sort of thick moisturizing conditioner work wonders for my hair. I let it sit or apply hear and my hair comes out soft with a natural shine. Also, when I wore weaves my hair always grew because it was braided but I always lost… Read more »
Debra
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This is for Bulie. There is no such thing as using a small amount of relaxer. The relaxer is the problem. I found that out the hard way. When you take the chemicals out your hair, you will see hair growth. Your hair should be shoulder length or longer by now if you have been growing it for 4 years. So that should tell you that it’s the relaxer. Stop putting relaxers in your hair. Please. Evidently your hair doesn’t like relaxers. I’m just trying to help you since I know. I stopped using relaxers a year ago and been… Read more »
Vanita
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I feel like my hair just doesn’t grow anymore. Its a little past shoulder length. Help me what could I do to get more length?!?

Soraya
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I have the same problem, I thought going natural would help but it grew right to little past shoulder length after cutting relaxed strands. So I’m focussing on my ends more when I use my conditioning hair mask, or when I conditioning at night time. low/no heat.

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The ONLY God is the one has a son named Jesus Christ. He IS The Savior of The entire world. The Bible says NOT to have anything to do with witchcraft (psychics, sorcery, idols, etc.) YOU are a FALSE prophet and NOT sent by God. You are a deceiver!! Repent and ASK God for forgiveness. He forgave me and He will forgive you. We all have a chance before this age is over. Don’t miss out on your chance dealing with black magic. That is totally against Jesus Christ. He died on the cross for all sins of all mankind.… Read more »
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10 must-haves you need to keep your natural hair on point.
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kayla daniel
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i am going to use these tips and if they work i will share this website to all of my friends

Dana
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Another tip is to not buy another thing. If you are a product junkie or have been to natural hair expos, you probably have everything you need for your hair to thrive. Just mix the right motions and potions together until you find the right punch. Don’t forget your hair can get bored so using a new product (like a sample you got) may be just the thing to get your mojo back. And of course, eat better(ugh…drinks water now).

Ann
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Remember also not to get too caught up on just gaining length. This journey is also about self acceptance and greeting reacquainted with your hair, which if you’re anything like me it’s been years since I’ve seen it

Adole
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Soo true…the length just comes when you enjoy the journey 🙂

Isolina
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I loved using Nutress Hair products to grow out my hair! I was able to grow it out to a length where I was comfortable cutting it and it has been growing totally long and healthy ever since. Check them out!!

San
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My concern is moisturizer braids help but! they do break the hair even if it isn’t done tight… I try to moisturize the braids too… so it won’t breakout too much when i take them out. Also! why do you call it naturals all of a sudden…all hair types are natural without chemicals… how about calling it virgin hair… just a suggestion…Anyway! any recommendations for extremely kinky coarse hair? Thanks. Sincerely, San

mer-pal
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I think we don’t call it “virgin” hair because that is too deeply associated with the relaxers everybody is trying to get away from. It assumed that relaxed hair is the default setting, which is increasingly not true.

Helen
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I have very long hair almost down to my waist couple of weeks ago until I had few inches trimmed off, the ends where looking dry bcuz I have the ombre color goin on lol. My tried & tested tips to grow my hair fast is to massage the scalp when you shampoo & condition your hair every time you wash your hair. And use the pads of your fingers to massage not your nails. Scalp massage promote circulation & growth to the hair. It’s not instant gratification but your hair will grow faster than it normally would without scalp… Read more »
April
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What is dusting?

Dananana
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light trimming–1/4 in or less cut. I like dusting regularly (every 2 mo or so) rather than trimming occasionally.…works better for my damage-prone fine strands.

Lola
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The most important thing is what you put in your body. Follow these great tips and also juice and/or get a VITAMIX and drink green smoothies EVERY DAY. I spent two weeks religiously having one green smoothie a day (kale or spinach with fruit — mango, bananas, berries) and eating well and at the end of those two weeks — when I had already relegated to my old ways — I realized I had an inch of virgin, pitch black, brand new looking hair! REally, it’s the only time I’ve noticed AMAZING growth. My hair is 3b/c and has always… Read more »
NubianPrize
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Are you still doing that? If so have there been any changes in your texture such as how your air feels,moisture retention,strength,etc? I hve a Nutri bullet & just got a bag each of fresh kale & spinach & am about to start “green drinking” . Do you add anything elset o the smoothie, like yogurt or milk?

Dananana
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I know this question wasn’t meant for me, but I juice and eat whole foods too…and YES,there was a change. About a month or so after switching up my diet to mostly beans, vegetables, poultry, fish, whole fruit juice, and gluten-free starches (rice, quinoa, potatoes, corn) I noticed that some areas of my head have grown much coarser strands, my rate of length retention increased, and the amount of breakage I experience has drastically decreased. I haven’t noticed a change in my moisture retention other than my hair getting drier when I’m not on top of my water intake game.… Read more »
CK
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just be careful about green drinking everyday. be sure to mix it up and instead of kale/spinach every single day try beets and carrots. there is some new online health literature about too much raw “cruciferous” vegetables in ones diet so I’ve been trying to alternate.
When you do have spinach in your green juice, add some lemon or other citrus so that your body better absorbs the iron and vitamins. I like a bunch of different type of greens with an apple or pear and ginger.

NubianPrize
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Thanks! I recently heard the same thing about cruciferous veggies on Dr Oz show a few weeks ago. So I’ve been buying organic mixed greens of different types as well as using fresh & frozen fruits,Greek yogurt, & ginger.

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Gina
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No dimethicone in any of your hair products (shampoo, conditioner, sprays, crèmes, etc.). Research it. It’s bad for your hair and skin. It’s a cheap shortcut to make your hair “feel” silky, frizz free and tangle free… but long term effect is dry, brittle hair. It is liquid silicone (think plastic) and forms a barrier over your hair (or skin) that prevents moisture from getting in.

TEAMJESUSCHRIST
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Hair weaves are of Devil and not of God. NAIL POLSHES, eye lashes Jewelry, necklace earrings makeup and etc ALL MAN MADE GOD DID NOT CREATE the devil uses all of those and etc to attack you.
JESUS LOVES EVERYTHING BELONGS TO THE LORD!!!!!!! JESUS IS LORD GOD BLESS!!!!!! 🙂

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Hair weaves are of Devil and not of God. NAIL POLSHES, eye lashes Jewelry, necklace earrings makeup and etc ALL MAN MADE GOD DID NOT CREATE the devil uses all of those and etc to attack you.
JESUS LOVES EVERYTHING BELONGS TO THE LORD!!!!!!! JESUS IS LORD GOD BLESS!!!!!! 🙂 I LOVE JESUS CHRIST GOD HALLELUJAH ALLELUIA TO THE LAMB OF GOD AND THE LION OF JUDAH JESUS BELONGS EVERYWHERE AND ANYWHERE POST AND EVERYTHING ALL.THE BLOOD OF JESUS COVERS ALL

TEAMJESUSCHRIST
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Hair weaves are of Devil and not of God. NAIL POLSHES, eye lashes Jewelry, necklace earrings makeup and etc ALL MAN MADE GOD DID NOT CREATE the devil uses all of those and etc to attack you.
JESUS LOVES EVERYTHING BELONGS TO THE LORD!!!!!!! JESUS IS LORD GOD BLESS!!!!!! 🙂 I LOVE JESUS CHRIST GOD HALLELUJAH ALLELUIA TO THE LAMB OF GOD AND THE LION OF JUDAH JESUS BELONGS EVERYWHERE AND ANYWHERE POST AND EVERYTHING ALL.THE BLOOD OF JESUS GOD HOLY SPIRIT COVERS ALL . GOD BLESS

Eleanor
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Clothes are manmade too! Don’t wear them. The device you used to write this nonsense is also manmade.

Mandy Sue
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Stop bullying others and just live your own life.

Kellie
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How do you know that?

Michelle@Radiant Brown Beauty
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This is truly good advice. Especially #2. I’m super careful with my hair but I realized that I was causing unnecessary breakage (some breakage is normal). I was detangling 3x on wash day! During the pre-poo, then in the shower with condish and then when styling. I decided I may as well just do the latter. So, now I only detangle when styling on freshly washed hair. Otherwise, all the other detangling is a waste anyway.

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Prerna
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I truly agree that one must keep trying new things to find out what suits them and yes always have realistic expectation otherwise you would never be satisfied.

bree
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eating right plays a huge part as well. drink lots of water it hydrates the scalp and helps your skin fight acne .

faisal
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Fantastic steps i also have long hair thanks for share it.
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Kellie
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I am allergic to almond(like death allergic) and I tried this shampoo by As I Am. It had almond in it. My scalp itched but the stuff had made my hair look great and feel. Do you think it is bad for me to use it? What if it is just a coincidence.

Bemo
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Ditch it. I know a friend who kept using a product because it have her good results, but itchy scalp and she ended up with breakage from scratching the life out of her scalp and had to cut it off. So yeah id advise you try something else.

Brittany
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It is not a coincidence if you know that you’re allergic and it is in the product. Move on. there will be other products that do amazing things to your hair without any side effects.

Elsa
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I realize only after one year that protective style like box braid don’t suit with my hair. It causes so much breakage to my hair. Only braid out or sue in weave works well to retain length.

cheryl
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My girls are Mixed i have one Whos hair is long curly a little frizzy but very manageable. My youngest on the other hand has been a challenge it has been hard to grow and is always so dry however freshly conditioned her super tight curls are gorgeous but give it 2 hours is as dry and frizzy as ever. Plz does anybody have any suggestions

Hope this helps!
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First don’t try to fight against your daughters hair, love and and nourish it, her hair may not stay defined as it dries and that’s okay and its just as beautiful as your other daughter’s hair. It’s important that you believe that and your daughters sees that so she can know that. Next, learn everything you can about your daughter’s hair and try different things to see what it likes. Hair is very personal, what works for one natural may not work for all, you will have to be patient and observant. Find out how porous it is, how dense… Read more »
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This is the worst advice I have ever seen. “I feel that it is more reasonable to expect between 3–5 inches per year”.
Since when? If someone is only getting 3–5 inches per year, that is extremely slow growth or horrible retention. A hair scientist should know that, having “experimented” with growing hair for long enough. Right?

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