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Is Long Hair Genetic?

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Her hair is long because of her genes.’ It is a very common comment that you will see especially within the natural community. It is a provocative statement that kindles passionate arguments for and against it. Some will be adamant that the statement is ignorant and others will emphatically argue for it, pointing out how the person concerned may have a looser texture or other factor that may be responsible for length. The truth is.……long hair actually is genetic, here is why:

1. Long Hair IS Genetic
The length your hair will grow to is determined by how long it will stay in the anagen or growth phase. In order to get to APL/BSL, on average you will need your hair to keep growing for 2–3 years. In order to get to waist or hip length, you will need your hair to keep growing for 4–5 years on average. Simply put, your genes will determine whether or not your hair will keep growing and there is pretty much nothing that you can do to change that.

2. Does This Mean Some People Are Bound To Have Short Hair?
Actually, no. Although many people quote the hair growth phase as lasting 2–6 years, the truth is that mathematical calculations estimate that an average normal growth phase may be as long as 12–14 years (J Cosmet Sci, pp 367–378, 2003). This would correspond to around ankle length for many. It would therefore be actually more accurate to say long hair is genetic and most people are genetically disposed to grow very long hair.

3. What if Nobody In My Family Has Long Hair?
We need to separate the hair’s ability to gain length from the person having the hair being able to maintain it for long enough to showcase its length. Often poor hair practices limit the ability for hair to showcase its full potential length. If you inherit those practices, then you inherit those limits too.

4. Why is it that people with long hair tend to have one of the following — looser curls, less kinky hair, hair that can be heat treated repeatedly and easily or locs?
In all the cases listed, hair has a low predisposition to tangling, knotting and breakage when manipulated. Hair that can be heat treated repeatedly without obvious damage is less susceptible in general to physical damage. Locs are the ultimate protective style and hair incurs very little breakage. It therefore stands to reason that those with hair in the categories above should be able to showcase its full potential length with very little damage and breakage along the journey.

If your hair requires gentle treatment even with minimal manipulation, it stands to reason that your hair may break a little more often or require more trims in order to be in the best condition. It does not mean that your hair cannot gain length or grows at a slower rate; it just means that you have to be have to be more diligent and possibly factor in a little more time in order to achieve the same results as hair that does not break as easily.

Ladies, does this provide some clarity for you? Have you ever believed that black women couldn’t grow long hair?

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msboogee
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msboogee

Nope hair grows regardless that’s what its designed to do. I wish people would stop finding excuses to walk around with toothpick length hair and blame it on genes

Antoinette
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Antoinette

msboogee, I couldn’t agree with you more.

Ashley
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Ashley

I think there’s a lot more factors to growing hair than just genetics. I do believe it plays a part BUT so does your health, environment (elevation/climate), hair maintenance, etc.… I have nerve issues and it messes with my ability to take in vitamins, so I’m on medication just to regulate everything. Even before my issues came into the picture, I was athletic and all my readings were normal. My hair grew wonderfully but the moment my nerve issues came into place, I don’t get little to none body hair (arms, legs and even the whoo-ha) but the hair on… Read more »

Marcia
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Marcia

Actually, I have asked people who supposedly have “good hair” or a good texture, if they had long hair as a child. A woman recently I asked that, has hair that is MBL in length & close to waist length. Her response was that this is the longest her hair has been in her life. She never knew she had potential to grow hair that long, because of bad hair practices. So having healthy hair practices does play a huge part! Why is it that we are seeing people with 4C hair reaching waist length? Their hair is kinky, but… Read more »

kxlot79
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kxlot79

Long hair is genetic in the same way that most naturally occurring physical characteristics are (skin color, eye color, etc). I agree with msboogee in that most people pointing out this obvious fact are looking for excuses to explain their hair envy. You can have the loosest curl with the fastest rate of growth and still have short, damaged hair. You can also have the slowest growing, kinkiest, most fragile hair that healthily reaches your waist. This argument always makes me think of skinny versus fat people. Your metabolism may largely be genetic. If a fat person realizes they cannot… Read more »

Aly
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Aly

This is exactly the point. ALL of our physical traits (and non-physical as well really) are determined by gene-environment interaction. Height, weight, hair length, skin color etc are given certain potential by our genes but it is how those genes interact with the environment through our behavior that determines how they are expressed.

Dananana
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Dananana

I agree with everything on your list except pigmentation–that’s pretty hardwired. Your eye color cannot change unless you directly act to change it (through medicine+procedures). Same with your skin.Even if you live in an area with a lot of sun for your whole life, your skin will revert back to its non-sun kissed tones the moment you spend a few months without daily sun exposure. Perhaps, I’m being a bit pedantic, but I wanted to make the point that not everything has an epigenetic facet. Some things are pretty set, and to say otherwise is kinda silly.

Pastiche
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Pastiche

Preeeeach!

Charlotte
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My hair is hip length and the longest length my mom ever had was waist length. She thought that was her stopping point, and she thought it was mine too. My hair never used to get past tailbone and shrunk up to middle back. My hair actually grows fast because it grew from bsl to hip length in less than a year, I did not calculate the exact timing. What I can tell you is that during that time period I started eating a Paleo/Primal Diet (not for my hair but for my son with autism) and I stopped doing… Read more »

Odee
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Odee

WOW. Its called BAD hair practices! I’m learning this the hard way, I changed up what I was doing (lived on Youtube for three days) and my hair went from VERY short to my shoulder to in SIX months! I reverted to a previous way of doing my hair ONCE and had to chop HALF of my hair off. Anything you treat well grows well…

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

I look at my daughter who has very little curl in her hair, but has waves. My hair is more coarse with a combination of curls and waves. I completely changed my hair care habits and use heat only occasionally, preferring low manipulation styles, while my daughter uses heat weekly and sometimes daily. She refuses to cut her hair short, and instead used protective styles (i.e. crochet braids) to allow her edges to grow. They did, until she started using the heat again. Now, her hair is stuck just past her shoulders with edges that are broken and much shorter… Read more »

Mocha Dier
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I agree with every single thing said in this article. Nah lie! to point straight! Ive said this to persons many times. Your genes does play a very integral role in the length of your hair. I have 4C hair (go team 4C) but someone with a 2c hair texture, possibly mixed with another race(white, indian, whatever) will not experience as much breakage as i would. they can use heat, and experience less damage. PROPER Hair care practices is also veryyyyyyyy important if u want length, but the distances i have to go in order to retain length for my… Read more »

Kayla
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Kayla

People just don’t want to accept that the reason they don’t have long hair is because they don’t take care of their hair. Blaming it on genes is easier.

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

And referring to what someone is mixed with who has long hair seems to be something that takes up far too much of people’s time.

Bobby
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Bobby

Simply put, your genes will determine whether or not your hair will keep growing and there is pretty much nothing that you can do to change that.”

I think Genetics and hair care and practices determine length, with Genes playing the bigger factor. Its like male pattern baldness,there is nothing you can do about preventing if its in your family it can happen to you or your children!

maya chelle
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maya chelle

Yup!Genes do play the larger part regardless of if black women choose to accept that or not. theres a reason why my indian 4 year old neice has hair to the damn ankles, and why thats a rarity in the black community. Hair practices YES… but i swear… only black people can question dna and science in a futal attempt to make themselves feel like less of the ‘other’. *le sigh*

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

And therefore, why bother to take care of one’s hair, since it’s not going to grow to that length anyway? It’s the defeatist attitude black women seem to have ingrained in their DNA that plays a much greater role than genetics ever will when it comes to achieving healthy hair and retaining length. “I’m not mixed, so my hair ain’t growin’.” Side eye *le sigh* LOL!

cb
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cb

what about Oprah Winfrey, she has long hair

gapch
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gapch

oprah hair isnt that long…

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

She wears it curled, but it’s got to be at least APL. That is certainly longer than the shoulder length some folks in this discussion feel is the end point for black women.

Obvious
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Obvious

TROLL! You keep changing your name leaving these anti-black woman troll comments. I already saw where you left this same BS story under another name. Go back to stormfront or wherever you came from.

Shanice
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Shanice

Ok well this post left me a little confused. Correct if I am wrong but you are saying that your hair has a growth cycle that can last from 12–14yrs right. ok then so my question is if by change I decide to cut my hair at the end of that cycle it would never grow back????

Antrelise
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No. Every follicle isn’t on the same phase. Each hair will “shed” when it reaches the end of it’s particular cycle (that’s why all our hair doesn’t shed at the same time); Then a new hair will grow in its place. So even if you were to shave ur entire head, each hair would grow back, but still shed at different times (depending on how far it was into its cycle before u shaved it in the first place). At least that’s how I understand it.

goyta
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goyta

agreed. plus, it’s the only explanation that makes sense, following the example you gave. your hair doesn’t all grow and shed at the same time, else if, hypothetically speaking, your growth cycle was three years, then every three years you’d go bald. this happens to no one i know! lol

El
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El

No. The hairs on your head are all at different phases in their hair growth cycle. So while one hair on your head may have reached the end of its growth cycle the other hairs on your head could be either in their growth, rest or fall phase. Basically, they’re not all growing and falling out at the same time. Hope that helps.

NikNak
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NikNak

The next post should be “Why are Black women so obsessed with long hair?”

Ugonna Wosu
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Ugonna Wosu

because most have such a hard time getting it, due to a lack of knowledge on healthy haircare practises. LOL. I am growing my hair long, it is apl for the first time in 20 years, but my point isn’t to get it long so much as to know that I can have versatility to get it long again after I cut it. I want to know that I can have short and long hair whenever I want, instead of feeling like “oh, if I cut it, it’ll never grow again”. So, I am proving I can grow it long,… Read more »

NikNak
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NikNak

But what if you cut it and it never grew back, so what? Why do you need verification that it can grow long? I’ve never, ever had my finger nails anywhere near as long as those people in the Guinness Book of World Records, yet I don’t make any effort to prove to myself that I can get them that long.

Growing hair is a bodily function, like breathing or blinking. What is the importance of having it grow long?

goyta
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goyta

i imagine that long nails of the Guiness Book of World Records variety would also be rather socially awkward, too. Long nails aren’t esteemed in nearly the way that long hair is, so your example falls a lil short of its intended mark.

Jumoké
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Jumoké

I’m going to take a shot in the dark and assume that you are not of the black race. Growing up as a black female, you are continuously told lies about your hair and beauty (i.e. our hair is ugly, unmanageable, and will never grow long without a perm or some type of harsh manipulation). Today in 2013 we are taking that power back and embracing our hair texture. Even if your ultimate goal is not to have waist length hair we still aspire to have healthy hair which in turn, leads to greater length retention. Hope this helps you… Read more »

k
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k

I think it’s a social/cultural thing. In general, people associate long hair with beauty, youth, and health. There’s always exceptions, but I believe that’s they general feeling.

B
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B

Long hair is associated with femininity which is why MOST women of ALL races appreciate long hair. I wouldn’t call finally educating one self on proper hair care and embracing one’s natural texture as “obsessed” That being said, why are you here on black girl LONG hair?

Antrelise
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@ B.….I agree!!!

Shug
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Shug

K and B. — can I ask you if long hair is a universal beauty ideal or an ideal of western society? I always wondered if this thinking was a part of black culture outside of the black diaspora population? For many of us, our hair grows outwards then falls a bit but doesn’t grow downwards. When I think long, I think of something hanging or trailing. I thought we valued big, full thick hair? I’m interested in everyone’s responses. I also think the site name is self explanatory and if you’re on here you must be partially interested in… Read more »

EG
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EG

It is a universal beauty idea. Proof, it’s in the bible.

LBell
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LBell

It’s likely Paul had NO CLUE Afro-textured hair existed when he made that statement about long hair being a woman’s glory to the Corinthians. I cannot believe people still think that this particular phrase from a letter written by a MAN (Paul) over 2000 years ago to a specific group of people (the Corinthians) is somehow supposed to apply to all hair types all over the world. Shug is absolutely correct. In fact I’ll take it further and say that European beauty concepts were used AGAINST our ancestors to demonstrate our being not just less-than-beautiful, but less-than-HUMAN and therefore deserving… Read more »

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

You cannot possibly believe that the prophet Paul had never seen afro textured hair during biblical times? Where do you think Israel is? There were slaves everywhere, who were not there based on race. Do you not think people moved around? I’m sorry. I’m really trying not to laugh at your statement, but it doesn’t pass the smell test. My personal opinion of this passage from the Bible is that like many if not all parts of the Bible, it has been added to over the centuries by men with an agenda. But that’s just me.

k
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k

I think it’s universal. I’ve known folks from Pakistan, Lebanon, and India and long hair is viewed favorably. Like I said, there’s always exceptions, but I think that’s the universal feeling.

Ain't I an African
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Ain't I an African

Exactly!

Dabney
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Dabney

Yeeeeeeeessssss. I opt for healthy hair. If i am capable of growing long hair then so be it. If my hair doesnt reach great lengths it won’t be due to my lack of taking care of it. In addition i wont allow anyone to make me feel less of a woman for it. I want to touch my hair and feel that it is in good health and length is a bi product not the end result.

Sasha
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Sasha

I am getting so frustrated with the length of my hair. The reason I went natural was to have long healthy hair. I’ve been natural for almost 4 years and I am fed up with the fact that I have worn a (loose) bun almost the entire time. Very seldom do I wear it in a twist or braid out it causes too much breakage on the ends of my very fragile 4a/b hair. Lately I have been doing more roller sets to stretch it out and then doing a twist out but they last no more than a day… Read more »

k
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k

I’m loc’d, so I don’t have much insight into your problem. In regards to relaxing, I think you should do what’s best for you. However, if you want growth then you might also be frustrated with a relaxer, since many women have a hard time maintaining healthy hair with such harsh chemicals in it. Then again some women can make out work.

Danni
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Danni

please do not take this the wrong way, but for you to have below BSL length hair is log within itself and BSL is a length that most black women STRUGGLE TO ACHIEVE. ive heard of women who have been struggling for 10 years to get past shoulder length and they have also done “everything in the books”. Hell, I wish I had bsl hair but I dont. All Im saying is that while I understand your rant and I respect the frustration you have, take a look at the women and girls who are struggling to make it past… Read more »

stephanieb
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stephanieb

Danni, girl I was thinking the same thing. I have been struggling with the same thing as Sasha, but had maybe 3–4 inches of hair that was SO thin you could see through the strands. I had to big chop a few weeks ago and know that it’s going to be a long process so to hear this woman talking about having BSL hair and it not growing, I’m like PLEAZEEE!!!!! Some of us have never had our hair even nearly that long!

Stace
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Stace

Man I have a long neck…about 4 1/2 inches long. My hair never looks as long as it really is because of this. I am short but on me 18 — 19 inches of hair is just below bra strap length.

Marcia
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Marcia

To each it’s own. There are women with healthy relaxed hair as well. You can also grow waist length hair with a relaxer. There have been many who have proven this. It’s just really your preference of how you want to style/manipulate your hair. I’ve heard some other people have the same complaints that they went natural thinking their hair would grow, but it didnt. So really the choice is up to you. There is no right or wrong answer, because there are several healthy head of hair ladies who are relaxed and natural. If you do decide to go… Read more »

TWA4now
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TWA4now

@ Sasha if you think a relaxer will help you, it is your choice. Before you go back to the creamy crack, have you considered a few things? I realize sense you have been natural for 4 year maybe more to reconsider your hair routine. Ask yourself: #1 Are you truly having a balancing act with moisture/protein too much or too little with throw things off. #2 is it time for a trim or trim more offer 4 to 8 weeks? #3 there is a difference between hair shedding and hair breakage. #4 reconsider your products and hair routine. You… Read more »

cb
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cb

yes, take a break and try wigs#5, they are fun and so stylish

Miss T
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Miss T

You think you’re frustrated now, go back to the creamy crack and its a strong possibility you will lose length and gain more frustration. Have you tried moisturizing daily?

Charlotte
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The last time I posted I told you I was doing braids all the time and that getting away from wash and go’s helped me. However I no longer believe that. I realized recently that because my hair is so fine braiding is actually the major reason I would still get split ends and mid shaft splits despite having hip length hair. It is more of a concern for wet hair, but judging by the way my hair looks in a braid, I no longer feel comfortable even with dry braiding. Keep with a bun, make sure you are using… Read more »

Adrienne
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Adrienne

It depends. It is like obese dad with heart attack can inherit it to son or daughter. Unless they did something to change it. I would have inherit the similar body shape but I did a lot to try excrising, eat right, walk a lot..so I change up. Genertic can really be stopped and changed if you do something differently. mom’s hair is thin and short like always since I been born. At first she wore weave a lot. Later it is very short. My hair is getting thick and long. Bathtub is like full of hair falling clumps because… Read more »

LBell
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LBell

Once again, Jc, I find myself pulling out a very important point from yet another excellent post: “We need to separate the hair’s ability to gain length from the person having the hair being able to maintain it for long enough to showcase its length. Often poor hair practices limit the ability for hair to showcase its full potential length. If you inherit those practices, then you inherit those limits too.” My mother has had short hair her entire life. She had three daughters who also had short hair for a good chunk of their lives UNTIL they went natural… Read more »

goyta
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goyta

another way to predict how long your hair may possibly grow to is to dye all of your hair a light or dark enough color that you can contrast with your new growth. if within a year to two year’s time your hair is still the same color of the dye, assuming you don’t cut it or redye it, or the dyed strands make up the vast majority of your hair count, then there’s a good chance that if you were to take care of your hair optimally it would grow down to at least waist length. that’s because if… Read more »

Deb
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Deb

HEALTH OVER LENGHT FOREVER! Best thing is that with health comes length. Just learn to take care of your hair and stop fussing over genetics and who has it easier.

cb
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cb

@Deb I agree, but we the community has not reached that point, it will take a while

Ashley B.
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Ashley B.

SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME OUT! When I finally started going to a great hair stylist, my hair grew to APL (I started going to her in 2006 and my hair grew from a little above shoulder-length to APL by 2009/2010). I started to notice that my hair was not getting longer than that and I went to this hair stylist every week…I was fed up with my length and decided to try something different and go natural. Today, my hair is shoulder length after cutting it into a TWA in 2011. So my question is.…Assuming that I would have kept… Read more »

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Francesca

Long Hair is Genetic. Even 2 sisters with the same parents can have different textures & lengths. I have had waist length “good hair” my entire life. Never needed relaxers but liked getting hair done like any other female. Have cut it many times & now just trim regularly. My sisters hair has never been shoulder length & never goes without a perm — even as a little girl. My man hair was fine & wavy — now he is bald & sexy.

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bsbfankaren

Sorry, but I’m not sure what male pattern baldness has to do with the ability to grow hair and retain length in the average.…notice the word “average”.…person. Your indication that your sister’s hair requires more care does not mean then equate to an indication that it cannot grow long or as long as your’s, but does indeed indicate just that. It requires more care.

B
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B

Female what?

cb
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cb

lol, please stop

TropicalTwist
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I’ve been guilty of “blaming” my hair growth and ability to retain length on genetics. All of my life (thus far) my hair has never been past neck length, with the exception of when I had locs. My sisters have armpit length natural hair and midback-length locs but I’ve always reasoned that we are half-sisters with different gene pools and thought that 99% of the people on either side of the family had short hair. But this was all before I started to be concerned with truly taking care of my hair and changing the way I view natural hair… Read more »

Gina
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Gina

Amen! Most 4ab’s I know change their style often and have poor retention practices. As soon as I started wetting my hair daily and wearing it in low manipulation styles, I reached shoulder length for the first time in my life within months.

Kasey Brooks
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Kasey Brooks

I Am Happy That Wetting Your Hair Daily Works For You, A Practice That I Have Abandoned. Have Noticed Less Breakage Myself.

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

I only wet when I style, and then only when I already have a nice butter on my hair.

KiyanniL
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KiyanniL

I cut my hair last year July. That’s when I did my big chop. Now, it’s June and my hair is a bit past my shoulders when I stretch it out. I never used heat. No chemicals, nothing. My go to styles were twistouts and I even left them in twists at times. My hair grew right back. It’s not even about genetics. It’s about taking care of health. I did that. I don’t moisturize and seal everyday. Too much work. I only do it once or twice a week. My goal next year hopefully will be APL. I think… Read more »

Carmelicious
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Carmelicious

Sorry, but genetics does not have anything to do with it. Healthy hair grows and as long as you treat your hair right, it WILL grow!!!!! I have seen it and experiences it myself. When I permed my hair and curled it with the curling iron, my hair grew but it never seemed to get down my back, so to speak. When I stopped perming and started “texturizing” it grew down my back. Now I am natural and it continues to grow and look extremely healthy. You have to give your hair what it needs, WATER, HYDRATE your hair and… Read more »

zelda
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zelda

I agree it is genetic.people have different phases some peoples growth consistency can be 2 years 4 years or even 10.that is all pre-determined by genetics.the same way our eye color,is genetically pre-determined is the same way the color,texture and length of our hair is pre-determined.it s not to say that our genes say our hair will only reach 36 inches in our lifetime,however I think there is a range for everyone.I think everyone has the potential to grow lengthy hair,but due to texture it may be more difficult for others to achieve.ithat. is why its important to know your… Read more »

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The Mane Captain
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I agree with the point you made about inheriting poor haircare practice. I didn’t know some people thinks hair length is genetics.
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nappy headed black girl
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I’ve never read an article on this subject that clearly proves whether hair growth is genetic or not, this one included.

To me, the first two points contradict each other. #1 says it’s genetic. #2 states “an average normal growth phase may be as long as 12–14 years,” which to me sounds like a general statistic not tied to genetics.

Also, the flip side of “may be” is “may not be.” So what determines whether the 12–14 year growth phase applies or not?

Sheshe
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Sheshe

@ nappy headed black girl… I think the writer of this article simply did that to be sarcastic. Generally speaking, yes it’s “genetics”, i.e. all races of human hair grows for a number of years, but acheiving length retention is where most black folks fail. Coily kinky-textured hair is fragile and has to be handled differently with sparingly special care (the more coily, the more fragile). As noted , locs prove this; handled less=LONG locs.

Khanyi
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Khanyi

I’m glad Im not the only one who feels the writer was sounding a bit sarcastic and her whole article came off as “take a chill pill you aint going to grow your hair long if its not in your genes” Whatever!!!

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

What is always left out of articles like this is that many if not post of us have no idea if we can grow long hair, having had chemically relaxed and then damaged hair from a very young age.

Why don’t we all simply take care of our hair and see what happens? No articles, sarcastic or not, required.

NubianPrize
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NubianPrize

I think a lot of it is genetics, with a big dose of hair care practices. My mom always took good care of my fine thick 4a/b hair & I had mid back length braids. However, a cousin with more of a loose type 3 had fine thick hair that grew much longer than mine. HOWEVER ! After many years of relaxers, her adult hair is now fine,thin,frizzy & unhealthy looking & she wears it in a short afro.I did curly perms for many years after one disastrous relaxer,but since I put a lot of time into my hair &… Read more »

Michelle
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Michelle

I can’t believe the natural community is still having this conversation.

Petula
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I personally know many black women who have long hair and I talk bad about everyone of them when I see them (LOL!) because they normally cut their hair short regularly and have the growth back (for some) in less than a year. I assumed long hair is genetic because two of my girls have hair that grows very well — the other daughter has fine wavy hair, sometimes slightly curly. Hair my paternal grandmother called “water hair.” My middle daughter has thick, dark, curly, resilient hair that is about two inches or so pass her shoulders and she’s only… Read more »

Lola
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Lola

I’ve only been able to grow my hair long when it was chemically straightened. But with my curl pattern it’ll never grow far beyond my chin, I’ve grown to accept that. Can’t force hair to do what it can’t do.

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

And yet there are women with your texture who have successfully grown their hair long. Then again you’re right. If you don’t believe your hair will grow, it’s not going to because your lack of belief keeps you from putting in the effort. In this case, you are creating your reality despite evidence to the contrary.

Ugonna Wosu
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Ugonna Wosu

or you just need a better regimen, cause its normally easier to grow your hair in its natural texture compared to relaxed hair.

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[…] “Although many people quote the hair growth phase as lasting 2–6 years, the truth is that mathematical calculations estimate that an average normal growth phase may be as long as 12–14 years (J Cosmet Sci, pp 367–378, 2003). This would correspond to around ankle length for many. It would therefore be actually more accurate to say long hair is genetic and most people are genetically disposed to grow very long hair.” (source: http://bglh-marketplace.com/2013/05/is-long-hair-genetic/) […]

cb
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cb

Is Long Hair Genetic? Yes I believe it is…a person can have 75% protective hair styles, a good protein/moisture balance, use the LOC method and drink 500 gallons of water a day, do all the good hair practices…and have neck-length hair, ok now what? GENETICS! oops I’m sorry maybe 99% protective hair styling then MBL…be happy with healthy hair

pinke
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pinke

or.. you could wet your hair in the shower everyday, pop some conditioner and gel on and go with a fro. I have 4b/4c hair and my hair is shoulder length when shrunken. Low manipulation doesn’t always mean protective styles..there’s the curly girl method, and it’s not that complicated

Badgyal
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Badgyal

Excellent ccomment! Low manipulation does not mean protective styling!! I spent a year doing low manipulation!!! With barely anyrhing to show for it. It was not until I started doing kinky twists with human hair) that I startes seeing results!!!!

B-Phlyy
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B-Phlyy

It’s amazing that this is still a topic in the hair community. Any basic biology class can tell you that you cannot express on the outside body something this is not apart of your genetics. Just like everyone can’t grow to be 6 feet tall, not everyone can grow ankle length hair. All the deep conditioning, oiling, or protective styles will not get you to butt length if it’s on your genes to only grow to BSL. I think everyone should try their absolute best to keep their hair as healthy as possible at all lengths. And if for whatever… Read more »

Sorita
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I cant believe we are still questioning whether black hair can grow. Of course it can. Genetics or no Genetics, IF YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR, IT WILL GROW, BLACK, WHITE, ASIAN, LATINO WHATEVER!

ButterFlySoulFire
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ButterFlySoulFire

I have 4b hair that ranges in length from APL to waist length. Growing up, my hair was neck length (just like my female family members) and I just assumed that I had short hair genes. Now I know that good hair practices are the determinant of the length and health of the hair (unless there is a serious underlying medical problem). For those with delicate hair types wanting long hair, I recommend daily (or every other day) moisture (with oil and water), protective styling at least 90% of the time, infrequent (preferably just once or twice a month) and… Read more »

Amber
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Looser hair can easily grow longer? Well, that is the myth that made me think my type 4 hair couldn’t grow past my shoulders growing up and currently it is way past there. Both my mom and dad’s mothers had very long hair as well as my sisters. I was the only one with very short hair for a long time until I went natural. My parents think it is genetic but I personally don’t believe that at all. TLC will grow any texture to unimaginable lengths.

Tammy
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Tammy

HELLLLPPP!!!! I have natural, curly shoulder length hair. I have a 15 yr old who has thick (at the root) kinky hair who desperately wants longer hair that she can wear shoulder length aNd flat ironed. I’ve never let her relax but as she has done her own hair it is damaged terribly, breakage like crazy and slow growth. She is very self conscious about her lack of length compare to other girls at school. When I talk to her about proper care I might as well be talking to a wall! I try to help her but she just… Read more »

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bsbfankaren

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[…] I wanted to grow my hair out. I wanted to see what longer hair would look like on me. Lets face it longer hair is always seen as more sexy, more versatile and just plain feminine. I really wanted that look. I […]

salutetocyrus
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salutetocyrus

On my dad side, his sisters, and mother have thick long hair, and also his sister’s daughters have thick long hair too. I jus wanna know if i have a daughter would she also have thick long hair when she gets older? since its in my genes

anonymous
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anonymous

The reason why I will ONLY have children with men of other races, i will NEVER let my girls go through that ish, yes it is GENETICS .… I am expecting my baby girl in the next 3 months whose father is a gorgeous man from INDIA with beautiful BROWN eyes and sexy caramel skin… and one thing i KNOW for sure she WILL DEFINITELY have LONG AND BEAUTIFUL HAIR !

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

Aside from the fact that your post is offensive, due to recombination of DNA is all of us, there is no way of knowing what type of hair a child will have, regardless of the known ethnity or race of the parents! I do wish people like you would take a genetics class or two. Just as my chocolate brown skinned daughter has type 2b hair, I am far lighter skinned than my daughter and have 3c/4a hair! Yes, hair type is genetically programmed, but that genetic programming cam go back generations! Please. Educate yourself, before you pass this nonsense… Read more »

angena
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angena

smt please ”rolls eyes”. How often do you see 2 black parents having an indian child or a blond hair blue eye child please don’t tell me about your 1 in a Zillions .… I forgot to mention about my other 3 year old daughter who has a gorgeous mixture of 2a,2b and 3c hair at her nape. She took her chest nut eyes from her daddy! (yes ime hoping my baby will have the same). Her hair is already at her bottom and that more hair growth then MOST black women will have in their ENTIRE lifetime! don’t be… Read more »

Obvious
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Obvious

Move on troll! And why do you keep changing your name? Nobody here cares who you have a child with. Stop trolling our comment section.

Obvious
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Obvious

I am not denying that there are some uneducated, self hating women out there who would write something like this, but just reading how the post is worded it definitely strikes me as something a TROLL would write. I do not buy this for a second. Also notice how the person who wrote this has multiple other posts on here where they keep changing the name as if we aren’t supposed to see it is the same person trolling.

Maria
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Maria

You sound stupid, do you even understand how genetics work? There’s no guarantee your child will look like her father. I’m mixed (black/portuguese) and I came looking like my dad kinky hair brown skin and all and just because my hair is kinky it still was able to grow long without me doing much to it .. Black genes are dominant so there’s a high chance your child could come out looking like you and there’s nothing wrong with that but obviously to you there is because it’s clear have so much self hatred going on it’s crazy . i… Read more »

angena
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angena

smt please ”rolls eyes”. How often do you see 2 black parents having an indian child or a blond hair blue eye child please don’t tell me about your 1 in a Zillions .… I forgot to mention about my other 3 year old daughter who has a gorgeous mixture of 2a,2b and 3c hair at her nape. She took her chest nut eyes from her daddy! (yes ime hoping my baby will have the same). Her hair is already at her bottom and that more hair growth then MOST black women will have in their ENTIRE lifetime! don’t be… Read more »

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

Uh…perhaps your wig is on too tight. Recombination in the genetic pool means that your child could easily get your hair or one of your ancestor’s hair! LOL! You keep right on thinking that both of your children will have the same hair, and just wait until you are proven wrong. Again, my daughter has what you would consider good hair, while mine is much kinkier. Her father is black, while my father was nearly white! You have issues and sadly, you are going to pass those issues on to your children. Unfortunately, there are a number of people out… Read more »

caroline
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caroline

also people are entitled to not like something about themselves, some women do not like their feet, some don’t like their hands or hips and while others don’t like their hair. if it was a white woman you wouldn’t even bat an eyelash. It is my universal HUMAN RIGHT to choose who I want to be with and what the type of children I want.

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

Yes, you are indeed entitled not to like something about yourself, but you are not entitled to pass self hatred or the hatred of a specific hair type on to your children. That’s just ignorance and bigotry, and yes I would bat my eyes if a white woman posted the things you have here.

Kelly
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Kelly

I will do everything i can to protect my babies! I I have never once told my child that afro hair was bad , she plays with children of different races and cultures and and have never had any problems. You don’t know me.

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

Picking the race of a prospective father so that your child will have a specific hair type is not protecting your child. It’s displaying a level of ignorance that should have ended in the last century. If you can’t see that, I will spend no more time attempting to make it so.

Obvious
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Obvious

Okay maya chelle, angena, anonymous, caroline, kelly and whatever other names you’ve used to leave this same troll nonsense. Just move on. It’s obvious you are just another troll here leaving this same BS story about your supposed indian husband although something tells me you aren’t even a woman. Go back to stormfront or wherever you came from. I hope the moderators remove your anti-black woman, fake stories from our comment section.

AuNaturale
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AuNaturale

wow, you’re disgustingly ignorant.

anonymous
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anonymous

How dare you make any judgements on me when you have no idea who I am? You DO NOT know anything about me…so what makes you think that both will not have the same hair and fyi I do not wear a wig, although I have what is called ”bad hair” what makes you think I would wear one ? You say that you have 3c hair, I do not expect the likes of you to ever understand the struggles of someone with 4c hair, so much damn easy for you to say. You are such a judgemental person that… Read more »

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

How dare you choose to be ignorant AND pass the ignorance off as intelligence?

Kelly
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Kelly

Since your too lazy to actually say anything of substance and defend your views ”rolls eyes” … even making assumptions about me, calling me judge-mental when i was only expressing my preferences.

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

So…why did you change your screen name? Perhaps you want to make sure anyone who knows you is unaware of your ignorance? Too late. I’m sure they already know. LOL!

Obvious
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Obvious

They changed their screen name because they are a troll. I hope the moderators catch on that this same person has been changing their screen name to leave these fake stories. I bet it isn’t even a woman.

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

Funny how it’s fine for you to be as judgemental as you want to be about something as insignificant as hair, and then get
angry when someone calls you out on your ignorance!

Kelly
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Kelly

hmm you know hair should be ”insignificant” but really its not because if it wasn’t, there wouldn’t be any ”natural hair movement” , there would be no billion dollar industry on it, there wouldn’t be any 500 years of history surrounding our hair and black women hating their hair and we deff would not be having this convo right now. So to say that it is ‘insignificant’ is outright IGNORANT.

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

Without a strong mind and body, hair is meaningless. It is a crown to the other glories God gives us, not the end all be all of our existance. That is the reason to go natural. We are not simply our hair, our hair is not bad, and chemically creating a hair fantasy does nothing but line the pockets of already wealthy corporations. Please do yourself a favor. Spend more time and energy gaining an education, and far less time choosing men to bed based on the hair type of your prospective progeny. You and they will be far better… Read more »

anonymous
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anonymous

That man that you are talking is MY HUSBAND! I do not bed random men. I was and am in love with my husband when I married him and you have no right to think that I sleep with everyman for his hair. Yes I am attracted to my husbands features but isn’t choosing a black man because I want my babies to look black the same ? You can choose your black man and you aren’t doing anything wrong but because I chose to be with a man of another race all of a sudden I am uneducated. You… Read more »

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

You do realize that of all your posts, this is the first time you are referring to your child’s father as YOUR HUSBAND? Face it, you used him for his hair making ability, and forgot that he is actually tied to you for life! LOL!

indie
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indie

I’m so glad you included point #3, I didn’t think I could grow my hair past my shoulders until I learned from so many of the hair blogs and forums the importance of hair care and maintenance for kinky-curly textured hair.
So many type 4 naturals are growing hair longer than ever thought of. It’s simply education.

Chrissie
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Chrissie

Family isn’t always the best marker, my mum and her sisters all have short hair and I think it’s partly lack of knowledge that their hair COULD grow (based on stereotypes) so they don’t put much effort into it (most relax or protective style too tight/long), and by now they just don’t care that much, busy with careers and families.

Patrice Russell
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Patrice Russell

I agree that GENETICS has a lot to do with it BUT now that I’m older and wiser and on my own hair journey, i know that how we as black women care for our hair also has a lot to do with it and I absolutely believe good hair care regimens will make BLACK HAIR achieve length. We have some fricking high maintenance hair ladies and you gotta have a lot of time and patience to really care for it and make it grow. So I’d say it’s 50/50, some of us got it NATURALLY (because of genetics) and… Read more »

Cha'Tel
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Cha'Tel

I am looking at anagena remarks and I just wish you would stop! I am assuming Yes! I said assume you are black. And like some of our very much ignorant black women who thinks making a baby with a man of another race is guaranteed beautiful everything. I hate that its people like you who tell your children that and your child picks on the beautiful black girls and make them feel less superior. Now these little girls grow up thinking they need to be white or have the long hair to be beautiful. And you say this is… Read more »

taylormade1
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taylormade1

I found this on a white hair forum/blog called Hair Romance.com dealing with the same topic of hair growth & genetics. The women there seem to have the same issues as us Black women and it sounds no different from any of us with hair growth challenges »»> CupcakesOMG! says October 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm wow, this is so helpful!! I’ve been wanting my hair to be waist length for like years, but it always stops at about my bra strap. I have noticed more regular trims seem to help (having gone from 1 a year to 3 or… Read more »

Shakis
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Shakis

What does APL/BSL mean?

yayou
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yayou

Armpit length / bra strap length

Shakis
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Shakis

Thanks! I wish my hair could get that length. I think my hair can only grow to end of my neck.

Ellie
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Ellie

Well of course it’s genetic :). No one on either side of my family has long hair and I’ve seen to had the worst pick of the bunch. My hair has never been able to be put in a puff because it simply has never grown past 3″. Sad but true.

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