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Tips for Growing Hair Out?

JessiesCurlsJessiesCurls Posts: 36Registered Users
Hey everyone. :)
I want to grow my hair out (it's been at bra-strap length for a while now), and I want to keep it healthy as it grows. My goal is to have it get to mid-back or waist length. Any advice is appreciated.
Thanks. :love7:
2C/3A
Fine/medium texture
Medium density
Normal porosity
Products I Am Currently Using...
Co-wash: L'Oreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner
Rinse out: Whatever Vo5 I have on hand
Deep Conditioner: L'Oreal Evercreme Deep Nourishing Masque
Low-Poo: Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo
Stylers: Curl Junkie Pattern Pusha, LA Looks Cashmere Curls
Biotin Supplement: Puritan's Pride Hair, Skin, & Nails Formula

:headbang: Rock your curls! :headbang:

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  • JessiesCurlsJessiesCurls Posts: 36Registered Users
    Forgot to put my hair type, lol. It's 2c-3a, medium density, medium width, medium length, low porosity.
    2C/3A
    Fine/medium texture
    Medium density
    Normal porosity
    Products I Am Currently Using...
    Co-wash: L'Oreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner
    Rinse out: Whatever Vo5 I have on hand
    Deep Conditioner: L'Oreal Evercreme Deep Nourishing Masque
    Low-Poo: Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo
    Stylers: Curl Junkie Pattern Pusha, LA Looks Cashmere Curls
    Biotin Supplement: Puritan's Pride Hair, Skin, & Nails Formula

    :headbang: Rock your curls! :headbang:
  • poemaXXpoemaXX Posts: 456Registered Users
    I'm subscribing to this thread since I'm also growing out my hair. :sunny:

    Supplements like biotin and MSM are popular on the board for folks looking to grow their hair long. There's also a thread about whey protein shakes and how they might accelerate hair growth for some people.

    Regular PTs (if you aren't protein sensitive) can help hair remain strong and resist damage as it grows so it can continue to look healthy in the long run.

    Protective styling and sealing the ends might be some other things to look into. HTH!
    || 3b; normal porosity; fine/normal texture || CG since Feb 2010 || SD/dandruff prone

    Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
    Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ – Kept for troubleshooting.
    Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength

  • JessiesCurlsJessiesCurls Posts: 36Registered Users
    Yay, someone to join me! ^_^
    I just got my hair trimmed today to get all the non-healthy bits out of it. Also, I will be switching my regular shampoo/conditioner out for a cleansing conditioner. Picked up a clarifying shampoo that I plan to use about once a week to clear out product buildup, etc. Still looking for a good deep conditioning treatment tho. :P
    I have a biotin supplement that I'm going to try too; hopefully that will help my hair grow a little faster. It already grows like a weed, but I figured I could help it along, lol.
    Keep me posted on how your growth is going, and good luck! :)
    2C/3A
    Fine/medium texture
    Medium density
    Normal porosity
    Products I Am Currently Using...
    Co-wash: L'Oreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner
    Rinse out: Whatever Vo5 I have on hand
    Deep Conditioner: L'Oreal Evercreme Deep Nourishing Masque
    Low-Poo: Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo
    Stylers: Curl Junkie Pattern Pusha, LA Looks Cashmere Curls
    Biotin Supplement: Puritan's Pride Hair, Skin, & Nails Formula

    :headbang: Rock your curls! :headbang:
  • ellaquentellaquent Posts: 4Registered Users
    oooh you're lucky that your hair already grows fast. mine seems to just give up!
    anyway i've just started (yesterday) taking gnc's ultra nourish-hair - it has that msm stuff that poemaXX was talking about - i'll keep updated on how that's helping since my hair grows as fast as molasses sliding down a sandpaper mountain covered in gorilla glue.

    my hair's 3-a. i dye it frequently (i'm a brunette naturally but dye my hair red, i get my roots touched up every six weeks). i also work at a very upscale spa where i basically wear my hair in a bun all the time. i use a cloth scrunchie for a sock bun though! additionally i have bangs, so i blow-dry those, but i don't have a problem with damaged hair except at the very, very ends. i tend to blow dry it once and then leave it for a few days. then i wash and wear it curly for 2-3 days (depending on how good it looks by the 3rd), wash and blowdry again (just for manage-ability. besides, overwashing the dye makes it oxidize VERY fast and then i look like carrot top!).

    i should probably invest in some sort of deep conditioning treatment for those in between washes and see if that helps too!

    wow that was a ramble~! anyway, good luck :3! i'm crap at posting pictures but i'll try to keep track. right now my hair is about BSL when straight, but barely past shoulder length when curly. i'm looking for loooooooooong hair again! good luck to everyone trying to grow out your hair! share your tips/secrets.
    3a curls - dyed red - just past shoulder length, trying to grow to my waist!
    NPiB2.jpg
  • JessiesCurlsJessiesCurls Posts: 36Registered Users
    Lol, yeah my hair grows fast, but as it grows longer it sometimes has a tendency to grow out as well. :P
    You're so lucky you don't get split ends easily! My hair absolutely hates heat of any kind, even those protective sprays don't do much for it (which is one of the reasons I stopped straightening my hair and decided to go natural; finally got tired of dealing with damaged hair, lol).
    Still have to get pics up, keep forgetting about it. I promise to get some up soon. :)
    Also, promise to post a list of products I'm currently using as soon as they get delivered. Just got my cleansing conditioner the other day, have clarifying shampoo, deep conditioning treatment, and biotin supplement on the way.
    Good luck to all!
    2C/3A
    Fine/medium texture
    Medium density
    Normal porosity
    Products I Am Currently Using...
    Co-wash: L'Oreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner
    Rinse out: Whatever Vo5 I have on hand
    Deep Conditioner: L'Oreal Evercreme Deep Nourishing Masque
    Low-Poo: Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo
    Stylers: Curl Junkie Pattern Pusha, LA Looks Cashmere Curls
    Biotin Supplement: Puritan's Pride Hair, Skin, & Nails Formula

    :headbang: Rock your curls! :headbang:
  • JessiesCurlsJessiesCurls Posts: 36Registered Users
    Okay, so if anyone is re-visiting this thread, you probably noticed that I now have an avatar. It's kind of a crappy picture, but it'll do for now.
    Anyway, it was taken a couple of days after my trim, so it's my starting point for growing my hair out. Also, if my hair looks frizzy, it was, lol. Stupid humidity. :banghead:
    2C/3A
    Fine/medium texture
    Medium density
    Normal porosity
    Products I Am Currently Using...
    Co-wash: L'Oreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner
    Rinse out: Whatever Vo5 I have on hand
    Deep Conditioner: L'Oreal Evercreme Deep Nourishing Masque
    Low-Poo: Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo
    Stylers: Curl Junkie Pattern Pusha, LA Looks Cashmere Curls
    Biotin Supplement: Puritan's Pride Hair, Skin, & Nails Formula

    :headbang: Rock your curls! :headbang:
  • OcienOcien Posts: 23Registered Users
    Hey I am trying to grow out my hair too. I think I am a 2c 3a curly low porosity medium to fine and maybe medium density. Right now my lenth is a little below my chin, curly. I think (if I could) I would kill my avatar for her hair.
    I Love my curls, and yours! :love2:

    2c-3a curls
    love Totally Twisted line, & Aussie Leave in Hair Insurance. Don't forget aloe vera gel!

    Cowash W/Vo5 conditioners, and Thermasilk by Heline curtis.
    Love honey!!!

    Sometimes when I lie awake at night I ask.
    "Where have I gone wrong?" Then a voice says.
    "This is going to take all night."
  • JohariJohari Posts: 673Registered Users
    Me too but my problem is that I wear my hair up so much that it breaks certain sections and causes splits in the middle of my hair.just when I thought my hair was at its longest I find out its full of splits and needs a trim.

    I think using oils helped me a lot,I kind of mixed a lot together and don't know what's best:almond,grape seed,a little olive oil and some drops of lavendar,peppermint and rosemary.
  • Fantastic1221Fantastic1221 Posts: 356Registered Users
    I'm growing mine too. I don't use anything but homemade natural products and my hair is doing great.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I927 using CurlTalk App
  • jsuzkelleyjsuzkelley Posts: 610Registered Users
    I've been growing my hair out too - started around shoulder length, grew really fast, and is now hovering around BSL. I'm thinking about trying some biotin supplements, or the gnc ultra nourish hair. Has anyone here been using them? Any noticeable change in growth rate? I'm also thinking I should go longer between trims now (feel like I'm cutting off any progress I make). I've been going every 12 weeks - not sure if that's too frequent? I have fine 2c/3a hair, normal-high density, normal elasticity and normal porosity. Anyone think a protein treatment would help?

    Oh - here's some pics of my progress (I don't have one of when I first cut it, but it was at shoulder length about 18 months ago):

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    2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
    fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate
    My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    CG since 12/29/2011 :laughing6:
  • JohariJohari Posts: 673Registered Users
    jsuzkelley wrote: »
    I've been growing my hair out too - started around shoulder length, grew really fast, and is now hovering around BSL. I'm thinking about trying some biotin supplements, or the gnc ultra nourish hair. Has anyone here been using them? Any noticeable change in growth rate? I'm also thinking I should go longer between trims now (feel like I'm cutting off any progress I make). I've been going every 12 weeks - not sure if that's too frequent? I have fine 2c/3a hair, normal-high density, normal elasticity and normal porosity. Anyone think a protein treatment would help?

    In the last picture your curls look alsome! I like taking biotin heped a lot but I also took flax seed and b complex as well as eating healthy.But wearing tight buns/ponytails might have ruined it.
    Eventhough my hair is colored I think last year my hair was more healthy and longer for sure.The only thing that changed is that my hair seems thicker which looks good when I flat iron but its a hassle to comb.
  • jsuzkelleyjsuzkelley Posts: 610Registered Users
    Thanks Johari :) I can see some progress in the pics, but it just seems I have slowed lately. I think I will try the biotin and see if that helps - if nothing else, thicker hair is good for my fine curls :)
    2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
    fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate
    My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    CG since 12/29/2011 :laughing6:
  • JohariJohari Posts: 673Registered Users
    Just make sure to drink plenty if water and maybe skip a day at first because I was getting headaches at first or maybe that was because I tried taking prenatals...that was a terrible idea since those didn't seem to help at all.
  • jsuzkelleyjsuzkelley Posts: 610Registered Users
    I'm going to start small and take a multi-vitamin for women that has biotin in it, as well as some vitamin C and B12. We'll see if that, plus eating well and drinking lots of water, helps make a difference.
    2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
    fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate
    My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    CG since 12/29/2011 :laughing6:
  • kurlygurlykurlygurly Posts: 644Registered Users
    Just so you know....prenatal vitamins do not make your hair grow. Instead while you are pregnant your hair stays in the growth phase, that's why pregnant women's hair grows longer.

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2
    3b-ish... normal to low porosity....med. texture
    Wash: Desert Essence Coconut shampoo, Acure argon shampoo
    Deep Trestment: Nature's Nectars deep conditioner/styler
    Condition: Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Nature's Gate pomegranate sunflower
    LEAVE-IN:Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Natures Gate pomegranate sunflower
    STYLE: Nature's Nectars Sweet Shea butter blend, Ecostyler gel
    hemp oil, jojoba oil
    www.naturesnectars.net
  • JessiesCurlsJessiesCurls Posts: 36Registered Users
    Hey everyone! I'm sorry I've been kinda M.I.A for a couple of weeks.
    I'm excited to see all the tips and info that you all are sharing. It makes me smile. :)

    Also, some of you are posting about you're progress; you all have beautiful hair! It makes me a little jealous, lol. Although, my hair looks better now than it does in my avatar (that pic was taken just a day or two after trimming the dead stuff out of my hair and starting my current hair care regimen). Promise to post a current pic soon.

    I am happy to say that since I've switched to a curl-friendly hair care routine, my hair is thriving! It is softer and shiner, with the curls being more alive than ever, and it's only been about two weeks! :hello1:

    Keep posting your progress, and as always, good luck!
    2C/3A
    Fine/medium texture
    Medium density
    Normal porosity
    Products I Am Currently Using...
    Co-wash: L'Oreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner
    Rinse out: Whatever Vo5 I have on hand
    Deep Conditioner: L'Oreal Evercreme Deep Nourishing Masque
    Low-Poo: Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo
    Stylers: Curl Junkie Pattern Pusha, LA Looks Cashmere Curls
    Biotin Supplement: Puritan's Pride Hair, Skin, & Nails Formula

    :headbang: Rock your curls! :headbang:
  • curlycubycurlycuby Posts: 1Registered Users
    Hi everyone
    I am new to this community..I have 3C, low porosity barely shoulder length hair. I have been trying to grow them out all my life but they just dont acheive any length. Shrinkage takes away the little length I have.
    Any tips to induce the hair growth.. My wedding is in 6 months and i want to have long hair for that
  • kddubkddub Posts: 41Registered Users
    I have been growing my hair out since March. Because I have not straightened it since then, except for my bangs on occasion, it is making progress, but obviously not fast enough for me! My biggest problem is that the hair on the back of my neck shrinks up and the underneath hair on the sides doesn't curl up as much. It's different texture. So I have these long pieces on the sides and the back middle curls way up. Part of the problem is my hairdresser cut it at like an angled bob. So I end up wearing it in a side bun or up with a headband nearly every day. My goal length would be for my hair to be bra level, and to be able to wear it down! Any tips on what to do about that hair on the back of my neck would be appreciated!
    Curl Type- 3a, some 2,

    CO Wash- Sauve Conditioner or Loreal sulfate free cleansing conditioner
    RO- Generic Biolage Conditioning Balm
    LI- Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave in conditioner
    Styler- Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper
    Gel- Garnier Fructis Pure and Clean
  • poemaXXpoemaXX Posts: 456Registered Users
    curlycuby wrote: »
    Hi everyone
    I am new to this community..I have 3C, low porosity barely shoulder length hair. I have been trying to grow them out all my life but they just dont acheive any length. Shrinkage takes away the little length I have.
    Any tips to induce the hair growth.. My wedding is in 6 months and i want to have long hair for that

    Welcome, curlycuby! Other than the supplements and such that I mention above, you might want to look into ways to temporarily stretch out your curls – non-chemically, of course. Twist-outs are something I've read about, but never tried myself... Check out these links.

    HTH!
    || 3b; normal porosity; fine/normal texture || CG since Feb 2010 || SD/dandruff prone

    Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
    Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ – Kept for troubleshooting.
    Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength

  • devinmangumdevinmangum Posts: 9Registered Users
    I finally did th BC after six months of transitioning and I've never been happier.I'm so excited about ny journey back to natural. :-)

    Sent from my PG86100 using CurlTalk App
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    I just got a trim last week and I think I got all the damaged, split ends and relaxed hair. I got my hair rebonded about a year ago and I hated it. Now that I got a hair cut, my ends look healthier and softer. Here's what I'm doing and plan on doing:

    - take biotin 5mg, trader joe's msm, and a b-complex with vitamin c.

    - buy omega 3,6,9

    - no sulfates, so no silicone

    - seal in moisture every time

    - no trims for at least 3 months

    - detangle very CAREFULLY

    - make a mix of castor, olive, coconut and maybe tea tree oil, vitamin e oil, and garlic or onion juice (Eww.) mixed with cayenne pepper or cinnamon

    - deep condition at least once a week

    - protein treatments when needed or every other week

    - scalp massages

    - baggying

    - no heat

    - less manipulation

    - try mane n tail (maybe)

    - co washes

    - no terry cloth towels

    - no brushes and fine toothed combs

    And other things I can't remember right now
  • kurlygurlykurlygurly Posts: 644Registered Users
    Sounds great!!!!

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2
    3b-ish... normal to low porosity....med. texture
    Wash: Desert Essence Coconut shampoo, Acure argon shampoo
    Deep Trestment: Nature's Nectars deep conditioner/styler
    Condition: Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Nature's Gate pomegranate sunflower
    LEAVE-IN:Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Natures Gate pomegranate sunflower
    STYLE: Nature's Nectars Sweet Shea butter blend, Ecostyler gel
    hemp oil, jojoba oil
    www.naturesnectars.net
  • KeihsKeihs Posts: 435Registered Users
    I'm also gonna try the green house effect and pineappling or plopped pineappling. ;D
  • rmc2rmc2 Posts: 349Registered Users
    My tips!
    Only trim if you have split ends etc.

    Do overnight extra virgin Coconut oil for prepoo treatment on dry hair, using a shower cap. I do this the night before my Cowash (about 3 times a week). EVCO is the best oil in terms of its hair penetrating capabilities. It helps reduce
    Protein loss, hair breakage and fatigue (compare hair to an elastic band that one keeps using and using until it looses some of its elasticity). Everytime you wash your hair, water makes hair swell and when it dries it "unswells.". Can't think of the right term now. Coconut oil minimizes the swelling and hence what I think is called hydral fatigue. Since I have been doing this my hair is so strong and and I don't seem to see any hair shedding. EVCO is good for protecting hair protein. I think my hair is growing faster as a result.
  • JohariJohari Posts: 673Registered Users
    Keihs wrote: »
    I just got a trim last week and I think I got all the damaged, split ends and relaxed hair. I got my hair rebonded about a year ago and I hated it. Now that I got a hair cut, my ends look healthier and softer. Here's what I'm doing and plan on doing:

    - take biotin 5mg, trader joe's msm, and a b-complex with vitamin c.

    - buy omega 3,6,9

    - no sulfates, so no silicone

    - seal in moisture every time

    - no trims for at least 3 months

    - detangle very CAREFULLY

    - make a mix of castor, olive, coconut and maybe tea tree oil, vitamin e oil, and garlic or onion juice (Eww.) mixed with cayenne pepper or cinnamon

    - deep condition at least once a week

    - protein treatments when needed or every other week

    - scalp massages

    - baggying

    - no heat

    - less manipulation

    - try mane n tail (maybe)

    - co washes

    - no terry cloth towels

    - no brushes and fine toothed combs

    And other things I can't remember right now

    I think flaxseed oil can replace all 3 omegas or fish oil
  • carlene.weiscarlene.weis Posts: 1Registered Users
    Other ways to promote hair growth include:

    Take biotin- when it comes to make hair grow this is the proven hair vitamin

    Take ashwaganda –it is an immune booster and will allow healthy hair growth

    You should increase protein intake- hair is protein and to make hair grow you need lots of low fat high quality protein like eggs, fish and chicken

    You need lots of vegetables and fruits: leafy green vegetables are the best to make hair grow

    Tips from How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster, Longer, and Thicker in 15 Days!



    Hey everyone. :)
    I want to grow my hair out (it's been at bra-strap length for a while now), and I want to keep it healthy as it grows. My goal is to have it get to mid-back or waist length. Any advice is appreciated.
    Thanks. :love7: