My hair is long when I pull it out

Badhair2004Badhair2004 Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 1 Curl Neophyte
I'm 14 African American and I have 4c hair. Usually my hair is really short but when I pull out strands it ends up long. I desire long hair, is there a way to get my hair to be like that normally?


  • Guide 65Guide 65 Registered Users, Moderators Posts: 1,984 Curl Virtuoso
    Welcome to Curltalk!  I think you'll have to either iron it straight or use a chemical relaxer.  Neither one is good for your hair, but if you get it done professionally, they'll make sure it's done well and they'll do what they can to minimize the damage.
    Formerly known as Janiegirl
    2B/2C, fine hair, low density, mixed porosity, protein loving hair
    Current products:
    Changing up my shampoos because I can't find one I like
    Deva Curl One Condition (original formula)
    Innersense I Create Volume
    Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel
  • GretchenGretchen Moderators Posts: 10,840 Curl Virtuoso
    @Badhair2004 Welcome to CurlTalk.  
    First, there's no such thing as bad hair!  All hair is beautiful!  It might not be exactly where you want it to be right now, but it's not bad! 
    You'll just have to be patient and let your hair grow out. Assuming you're eating healthfully and taking care of yourself, it will grow about 1/2" a month. 
    And while you're waiting for it to grow out, search this website for some cute styles to wear with shorter hair! Like this: 

    Young african american woman standing with arms crossed by m-imagephotography

    Here's an article to check out. 

    Gretchen co-founder

    You are beautiful!
  • hrhodeswavygirlhrhodeswavygirl Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 4 Curl Neophyte
    I don't know a lot about type 4 hair, but it sounds like you have some pretty intense shrinkage. I'd look for products that are geared to elongation, and try twist outs, bantu knots etc to help elongate your hair

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