Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hair Diary || From "Stunted" to Growth

For a long period of time (August 2010 through February 2012), my front hair was stunted.  It appeared as if it wasn't growing (though we all know hair is growing) or as if it had reached its terminal length. I just assumed that my years of relaxing had done a number on my follicles in that region.  After all, my front hair hardly ever grew past 6 inches while wearing a relaxer (except in my childhood years).

Note how my front hair did not retain length from February 2011 to February 2012.
(It actually had not retained length since August 2010, which is not pictured here.)
Note the length retention in February 2013 after cutting ~1-2 inches several months before to create bangs.

So, annoyed by my seemingly stunted growth, I decided to cut some bangs and forget about my growth in that region.  Then during my wash-n-go experiment a few weeks ago, as I was finger detangling in the shower, I noticed how far my bangs stretched.  No more "stunted", they had finally retained some length in the past year!  It made a lot of sense 1) considering Jc's article on "Trimming for Longer Hair" on The Natural Haven combined with me 2) practicing gentler detangling in that area. (I'm usually impatient by the time I get to the front of my hair for detangling.) So those two methods helped my bangs retain some length.  Do check out Jc's article for a thorough explanation of how trimming helps!  I think I might do another cut (about 1 inch) of the bangs.

Now for some random hair shots:

One week after flat iron.  Wore the straight hair for ~3 weeks.
Majority of the time, it was in jumbo twists and bunned.

February length check. ~3 weeks after flat iron.
For the
next ~3 weeks I will wear wash-n-gos using Cyntriarf's method again.

12 comments:

  1. Wow, you retained a lot of growth. Your hair looks beautiful~love the random hair shots!!!

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  2. This makes all the sense in the world to me because I, too, have had trouble retaining length in the front and I'm usually quite impatient and fed up by the time I get to detangling/styling this part of my hair. Thank you for this post because I will try following this for a little bit of time and see if it makes a difference. What's also funny is that I recently cut off an inch from the front because the ends were so raggedy and frayed. There was no point in holding onto this hair so I let it go. Thanks again!

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    1. Awww ... You're welcome! I really hope it helps you. Do keep me posted. :o)

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  3. Oh thanks for the shout out! I am glad that a cut helped you get over the hump! Your hair is so gorgeous Loo! I have just cut my hair again back to 10-12 inches and now you make me want to grow it! I just begin to lose patience with detangling when it gets longer......but your hair is so desirable!

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    1. You're welcome, Jc! I had to give you one because this cut really helped.

      Lol. Thanks for the compliment! :o)

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  4. Yes, my bangs are finally growing too after a much needed cut. I definitely agree that I was not being as gentle on my bangs as I needed to be.

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    1. Hey, NowIamNappy! That's great to hear that it worked for you too. I swear I thought my bangs had seriously reached their terminal length. Lol. :o)

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  5. Hey Loo.
    I remembered when you big chopped your hair in Feb 2009, b/c that's when I did mine....I first knew of your hair journey from BHM..shoot haven't been in that website for years...:) but glad I found your link though{through LHCF}...we have the same hair type to...I'll be watching your site...its very nice.

    Beautiful hair....
    How do you flat iron your hair? I'm so afraid of heat b/c 2 years ago before my wedding, my hair got burnt...:'(...

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    1. Hey Soleyyoun! Happy Belated Nappiversary to you and a Belated Congratulations on your wedding. :o)

      Thank you for the compliments! I wrote a post on a minimal-damage heat regimen some time ago: http://hairandhealth.blogspot.com/2012/11/minimal-damage-heat-regimen-for-healthy.html.

      I use a very similar regimen and hope it helps! Feel free to let me know if you have any more questions. :o)

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  6. I have the opposite issue. The back of my hair is shorter..LOL... but it's always easiest to detangle the front, and harder to detangle the back....maybe I should get that part trimmed? LOL it won't be as noticeable in the back....LOL Or is that normal? I'm gonna read that article.

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