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Why does my hair grow so slow

StrictlylilbitStrictlylilbit Posts: 89Registered Users
It's been taking my hair 4 months to grow as much as my brothers hair grows in two weeks. Even the girls at school who bCed right after me have big amazing Afro. My friends even have asked me a few times why isn't my hair growing. It's so frustrating to the point where I wish I never BCed at all. I'm starting to miss my long straight hair that grew faster and longer than most people. The hair everyone wanted to touch because it was soft not just to make sure it's not hard or dry. I miss the people that always thought my straight relaxed hair was weave.
big amazing Afros

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  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    are you doing anything to help with the growth? what's your current routine? maybe we can help when you tell us a bit more about your hair

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
    :hello1:
  • StrictlylilbitStrictlylilbit Posts: 89Registered Users
    I co-wash daily with herbal essence tousle my softly (I can't wear second day hair) then apply mouse.
    I shampoo my hair once a week with Cantu. I don't really do much because I honestly don't have any idea what to do.
  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    have you tried taking biotin? alot of curlies take that, i take it as well and i think it helps me. I message my scalp daily with an oil mix of my own the active ingredient being rosemary oil since ive been doing that my hair has shot out. maybe you should try that as well.

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
    :hello1:
  • PRINCETONPRINCETON Posts: 872Registered Users
    Something might be wrong from the nutritional intake side of growing the hair.

    As long as your not brushing it with a sharp metal brush it should be longer after 4 months. Also, you should NOT be getting your ends cut.

    The cowashing and taking care of hair on top of the head is good for retention; however, you should be more concerned with the part that includes growing healthy hair out of the scalp.

    I would suggest looking at your eating habits. Eat more vegetables and try to cut out any fast foods etc.

    Also, make sure you're not overloading your body with smoking or drinking and that you try to limit the time you spend with others who could be passing toxins to you by their smoking habits.

    Another overlooked benefit is drinking coffee or green tea. Get your daily intake of antioxidants. Help your body to fight off unnecessary chemicals so that it can put more time into such things as radiating your skin, nails, and hair.

    Although hair is an accessory, it is also an indicator of good health or poor health. Focus on you from the inside to the outside.


    PRINCETON
    Just a guy with long curly hair
    🐶
  • PRINCETONPRINCETON Posts: 872Registered Users
    Wait a min.... Are u dyeing your hair??? That might be the source for why it doesn't appear to be growing. How long do you bleach it? It could be damaging the hair.


    PRINCETON
    Just a guy with long curly hair
    🐶
  • StrictlylilbitStrictlylilbit Posts: 89Registered Users
    I've probably dyed it four to five times since my BC
  • PRINCETONPRINCETON Posts: 872Registered Users
    I've probably dyed it four to five times since my BC

    Maybe somebody else knows more about this but I don't think dyeing is recommended when you are trying to go natural.

    I think some highlights are somewhat ok but something tells me dyeing it that much is probably one of the main reasons it appears to not grow. Any growth you're getting is probably breaking right off.

    Look on the board for people or posts related to stopping dyeing and recovering from dyeing.


    PRINCETON
    Just a guy with long curly hair
    🐶
  • jmartinezjmartinez Posts: 126Registered Users
    The dye and the mousse may be stunting your growth. Mousse is drying and so is hair dye. I noticed you dont use any oil after your wash. Try some olive or coconut oil, or both and a hair vitamin. Check them out at cvs, meijers, etc. And always use a dry hair shampoo because curly hair is always drier than straight hair. baby your hair then post pics when it grows down your back, good luck :)

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  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users
    I doubt your hair grows slower than when relaxed. 1. Shrinkage makes hair appear shorter. 2. You could have breakage.

    Not everyone's hair likes permanent dye. It broke my hair off and I personally will never touch it again. If you do use it you are suppose to baby your hair and use products designed for color treated hair. Also back when my hair was short and i cowashed every day i learned I couldnt cowash every day with silicones because i shampoo once a week and so it would build up on my hair and cause severe dryness. I see u use a cone conditioner so that could be a factor. What about deep treatments? Is your moisture-protein in balance? Someone asked if you are sealing in moisture. Everyone has to figure out what their hair needs are. Good luck
    Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it. :wav:
  • curlyberrycurlyberry Posts: 549Registered Users
    You're not going to see a big afro in 4 months, fyi. The dye in your hair could be what is slowing your growth down, or it could be that it's just been four months. Personally, I don't think you should have dyed your hair after your BC. You should have at least waited a year after to do anything with it to ensure that you know how to take care of it and that you see consistency in growth. On the other hand, If your hair grows half an inch each month then you should only be seeing 2 inches of growth after 4 months. You could also be experiencing some shrinkage that makes it look like your hair hasn't grown one bit.

    The problem is the dye in your hair has made it difficult to figure out what exactly is going on. For now, treat your hair with absolute kindness, stop putting dye in it, and let it grow.
    Type 4, fine/high density, high porosity
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    BC - August '11

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  • Katelyn.LockKatelyn.Lock Posts: 1Registered Users
    I have struggled with my hair for a long time now. I am quickly approaching my 30s and I have bad hair quality. Recently, I have also noticed that my hair has stopped growing as it used to. A few years ago I went to the salon on a monthly basis. Now, it takes me almost two months before I even need to cut my hair! I am desperate and I really need help right now. Hair is one of the most important parts of a woman and I don't want to give up on this one. I went to the doctors but they didn't found anything wrong with me. The exams I took showed that I am healthy and there's no reason for this to even happen to me. Please, I really need hair advice urgently!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Jennie.MeleJennie.Mele Posts: 1Registered Users
    I have struggled with my hair for a long time now. I am quickly approaching my 30s and I have bad hair quality. Recently, I have also noticed that my hair has stopped growing as it used to. A few years ago I went to the salon on a monthly basis. Now, it takes me almost two months before I even need to cut my hair! I am desperate and I really need help right now. Hair is one of the most important parts of a woman and I don't want to give up on this one. I went to the doctors but they didn't found anything wrong with me. The exams I took showed that I am healthy and there's no reason for this to even happen to me. Please, I really need hair advice urgently!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You should calm down and not worry cause I had exactly the same problem and I found a solution for it. Doctors said everything was fine but definitely it wasn't (since my hair was growing less and less as time went by). I decided to take my hair issues into my own hands. I found out what it seemed to be the be-all end-all of hair health, and that is The Official Certified Biotin Webstore I have always sworn by Certified products when it comes to supplements, and I immediately purchased my biotin from here The Official Certified Biotin Webstore . Great quality and not only my hair would benefit from it but also my skin and my nails! I took it - and still take it - twice a day. To tell you the truth my hair didn't just recover its growth rate right from the next day but after 8-12 weeks of regular use I could see a noticeable improvement. In fact, people started giving me compliments about my hair and some friends were even asking my how was it that I achieved it.
  • Nathalie.BurNathalie.Bur Posts: 1Registered Users
    I regrew my hair and you can too. -I've been bleaching my hair on and off since forever. My hair wouldn't grow any longer it would just snap off. I've dreamed about having thick, long hair. And when I say dreamed, I mean it quite literally. So i decided to do something about it. My friend suggested Biotin when we were talking about my hair loss.
    I’ve tried like 4 different brands until i found that the best one for me. Now i’m 26 and I've been taking Biotin every day for years. My hair and nails grow SO much quicker. Hair has increased in the rate and are so long now.
    Also my energy levels are high. I remember that at the beginning i did heavy cardio and interval training which helped me lose weight fast but i did not realize how biotin played a part in my weight loss until AFTER i stopped working out. I continue to take biotin every day and now that I am no longer on my diet i eat whatever i want and i don't gain weight. It appears the biotin may be keeping my metabolism to the level it was at during my training. So i highly recommend it to you. For me the best is The Official Certified Biotin Webstore my friends also use this one.
  • Amanda0115Amanda0115 Posts: 1Registered Users
    Please help. My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach damage. And I figured the master stylist who did all the color-corrections would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don't know what to do. my hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should i do to regrow hair?
  • Therese1Therese1 Posts: 1,707Registered Users Curl Novice
    I would try using a protein-rich conditioner (maybe one labeled "repairing") to give your hair a good dose of protein. It sounds like your hair has been badly damaged. The protein should give more structure to the hair and stop some of the breakage.

    Note that sometimes protein treatments can leave the hair dry, so you may need to deep condition afterward (that is, leave your regular conditioner on your hair for 30 minutes or so, covered with a plastic cap and a towel on top of that to hold your body heat in; then rinse and style as usual).
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
    RO: IN Harmonic
    LI: As I Am; CJ Beauticurls; Jessicurl (JC) Gelebration Spray
    Stylers: JC Confident Coils; IN Volumizing Spray; IN Perfect Hold Hairspray; John Masters Sea Mist; Bumble Bb. Gel
    Normal- to low-porosity 2a/b baby-fine hair
  • Therese1Therese1 Posts: 1,707Registered Users Curl Novice
    I would try using a protein-rich conditioner (maybe one labeled "repairing") to give your hair a good dose of protein. It sounds like your hair has been badly damaged. The protein should give more structure to the hair and stop some of the breakage.

    Note that sometimes protein treatments can leave the hair dry, so you may need to deep condition afterward (that is, leave your regular conditioner on your hair for 30 minutes or so, covered with a plastic cap and a towel on top of that to hold your body heat in; then rinse and style as usual).
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
    RO: IN Harmonic
    LI: As I Am; CJ Beauticurls; Jessicurl (JC) Gelebration Spray
    Stylers: JC Confident Coils; IN Volumizing Spray; IN Perfect Hold Hairspray; John Masters Sea Mist; Bumble Bb. Gel
    Normal- to low-porosity 2a/b baby-fine hair
  • Nicole74Nicole74 Posts: 1Registered Users
    I regrew my hair and you can too. -I've been bleaching my hair on and off since forever. My hair wouldn't grow any longer it would just snap off. I've dreamed about having thick, long hair. And when I say dreamed, I mean it quite literally. So i decided to do something about it. My friend suggested Biotin when we were talking about my hair loss.
    I’ve tried like 4 different brands until i found that the best one for me. Now i’m 26 and I've been taking Biotin every day for years. My hair and nails grow SO much quicker. Hair has increased in the rate and are so long now.
    Also my energy levels are high. I remember that at the beginning i did heavy cardio and interval training which helped me lose weight fast but i did not realize how biotin played a part in my weight loss until AFTER i stopped working out. I continue to take biotin every day and now that I am no longer on my diet i eat whatever i want and i don't gain weight. It appears the biotin may be keeping my metabolism to the level it was at during my training. So i highly recommend it to you. For me the best is The Official Certified Biotin Webstore my friends also use this one.