Thought I would start a thread for those of us with autoimmune conditions trying to grow out our hair. It's frustrating to see people with much longer hair than me who have started their hair journey years after me. I thought anyone in a similar situation as me might benefit from hearing about others' progress with similar issues and what has and has not worked for them.
I'll start: I've been natural since about May 2010 (almost 4 years). I was diagnosed with lupus shortly after. I had a couple flares which I'm sure have hindered my hair progress, but I am only shoulder length.
I will admit that I haven't been great at retaining all my length, but a large part of it is that my hair just grows so slowly. It's kind of embarrassing, when I was relaxed a couple people used to comment about whether my hair wasn't growing or whether it was just growing straight. I've used vitamins, growth aids, etc. I most recently tried HairFinity. I had been using that since about mid-January but I haven't seen any real progress from it. So I'm taking a break from it momentarily. I don't know if I'm having trouble absorbing the nutrients I'm taking in or what. I've also been eating a much more nutrient-rich diet than I have in the past.