By Chinwe of Hair and Health
For a long period of time (August 2010 through February 2012), my front hair was stunted. It appeared as if it wasn’t growing (though we all know hair is growing) or as if it had reached its terminal length. I just assumed that my years of relaxing had done a number on my follicles in that region. After all, my front hair hardly ever grew past 6 inches while wearing a relaxer (except during my early childhood).
So, annoyed by my seemingly stunted growth, I decided to cut some bangs and forget about my growth in that region. Then during my wash-n-go experiment a few weeks ago, as I was finger detangling in the shower, I noticed how far my bangs stretched. No more “stunted”, they had finally retained some length in the past year! It made a lot of sense 1) considering Jc’s article on “Trimming for Longer Hair” on The Natural Haven combined with me 2) practicing gentler detangling in that area. (I’m usually impatient by the time I get to the front of my hair for detangling.) So those two methods helped my bangs retain some length.
Now that I’ve seen the progress in my front hair, I am experimenting with whether the same methods will work with the rest of my hair. For about a year, I’ve been hovering around waistlength and wondering if that is my terminal length. It doesn’t help that I rarely see 4b/4c naturals who are past that length (with the exception of Sera252 and a few others). Regardless, I have trimmed the rest of my hair and have implemented a gentle strictly-fingers detangling routine to see if I can move from stunted to growth like I did with my bangs. We shall see …
Ladies, how did you move from stunted to growth?