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    Posted: Jan 13 2014 at 10:52am
So I've been natural now for 2-3 years after big chopping in 2011 and leaving wigs alone this time last year...I've never taken as good care of my hair as I've done in the last few years

However, I noticed (since I was little) that my hair always reaches this plateau of length which reaches the top of my shoulders (when stretched Ermm) and moreso looks like it touches my neck when straightened....

I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this? Am I doomed to never  have longer hair? Please tell me this can be fixed and I must be doing something wrong Cry

Here is a pic...my hair never gets past this point:




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Are you protective styling.. and what does your regimen look like?

Feel free to include products Smile
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I'm pretty sure that's not possible. I notice in both pics your hair is straightened. have you ever tried just leaving it alone--no heat, blow outs, trims, etc? Do you ever wear natural styles?
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Originally posted by yaya24 yaya24 wrote:

Are you protective styling.. and what does your regimen look like?

Feel free to include products Smile
 i usually do ponytails and twists or braids

i use Indian Ayurvedic powders as deep conditioners...I mix with aussie moist for my deep conditioner

and for my leave in i use aussie moist and shea butter

I wash/deep condition once a week (i use acv as shampoo)
might cowash during the week

wash, moisturize, seal, protective style for the week...leave alone
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Originally posted by liesnalibis liesnalibis wrote:

I'm pretty sure that's not possible. I notice in both pics your hair is straightened. have you ever tried just leaving it alone--no heat, blow outs, trims, etc? Do you ever wear natural styles?

the pics were taken 20 minutes from each other, i only used heat that once to do a length check (blow dryed and straightened)

other than that i never use heat (said that in the op)

I trim because I have to (once ever 3 months)...my hair is natural so when the weather isn't crazy cold I do twistouts, braidouts, etc
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it's so weird...it grows so well up until the shoulder length then it's such a hassle....even when I didnt care of it at all it grew ... so i don't understand the problem now
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Originally posted by mrshairdo mrshairdo wrote:

Originally posted by liesnalibis liesnalibis wrote:

I'm pretty sure that's not possible. I notice in both pics your hair is straightened. have you ever tried just leaving it alone--no heat, blow outs, trims, etc? Do you ever wear natural styles?

the pics were taken 20 minutes from each other, i only used heat that once to do a length check (blow dryed and straightened)

other than that i never use heat (said that in the op)

I trim because I have to (once ever 3 months)...my hair is natural so when the weather isn't crazy cold I do twistouts, braidouts, etc

You did? Well anyway, how much are you cutting off when you trim? I don't think you have to trim your hair every three months. A lot of naturals only trim two to three times a year.


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Do you notice broken hairs while styling?

Unless you have a health condition, retention is your issue. When was the last time you reevaluated the products you are using?

My hair hates shea butter and although Aussie moist was good as a cowash conditioner, as a leave in- there are better options out here (because of the cones in it).

I am starting over as a natural (I have ~1 inch of natural hair- BCd on 1.1.14) and this time around I am 86ing the henna/cassia/indigo etc. They were just too drying for my 4b hair.

What powders are you using? I know my hair sis MzSwift uses and loves her powders, and her hair does great with them.
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Originally posted by liesnalibis liesnalibis wrote:

Originally posted by mrshairdo mrshairdo wrote:

Originally posted by liesnalibis liesnalibis wrote:

I'm pretty sure that's not possible. I notice in both pics your hair is straightened. have you ever tried just leaving it alone--no heat, blow outs, trims, etc? Do you ever wear natural styles?

the pics were taken 20 minutes from each other, i only used heat that once to do a length check (blow dryed and straightened)

other than that i never use heat (said that in the op)

I trim because I have to (once ever 3 months)...my hair is natural so when the weather isn't crazy cold I do twistouts, braidouts, etc

You did? Well anyway, now much are you cutting off when you trim. I don't think you have to trim your hair every three months. A lot of naturals only trim two to three times a year.

lol i realized i deleted that part....my bad...I was going to say it under the picture

I don't cut a lot...probably half a centimeter
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Try styles that require minimal daily manipulation like twists or puffs. Twistouts and braidouts leave your ends out and you have to reset them every night correct? Also, what kind of combs do you use? Believe it or not, you really don't have to use combs and you lose a lot less hair with finger detangling.

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