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My Grow Out Challenge

This picture was taking almost a year ago.

I went natural about 4 yrs ago. In November, I noticed my hair has been the same length for the last year or so maybe even shorter. I also noticed some breakage and thinning of my ends. I’m aware part of the problem.  Read How a Proper Trim Can Help You Retain Length

This prompted action.  I got a trim to removed split and damaged ends. I know some of you are against trimming or cutting your hair. In researching hair care it is required to maintain the overall healthy of your hair. Read Why You Should Trim Your Ends.

My challenge now is how do you retain length to grow long healthy natural hair . I will discuss some tips I have learned recently. Read Why I decide to begin this challenge. Here are 3 Things I Learned About Hair Growth

  1. Products do not make your hair grow. If they did the FDA would have to regulate them as a drug for such claims
  2. Genetics only determines the rate at which your hair grows, not the length at which your hair grows.
  3.  Proper haircare with products that have a combination of ingredients that both moisturize & retain natural moisture are key to long healthy hair.

For the next few months I will continue to explore information and experiment along with tips/ techniques for my grow out challenge. Comment below with your suggestions on how to grow long healthy natural hair.

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Comments

  1. Next month will be a year since I’ve started my healthy hair regimen. My hair is now past armpit length. I never trim my hair unless its in two strand twists and I’m getting rid of the tiny snags at the very tips (dusting method some call it). But I never really formally trim my hair, I just keep it moisturized and wear protective styles. Water + Sealant + Protective styling = length retention

  2. Greetings all! Forgive my ignorance but I have two questions:
    1. What is BC?
    2. What is Keratin & why does it have to stay so long in your hair?

    I have been natural since ’98 when I started my locs, however I have since cut them because of hotflashes and sweating in my head. Still natural…for 1-1/2 yrs kept it in crew cut then that got to be too much was having to get cut almost weekly…not really the kinda of gurl who likes high maintance. Know I need a cut now and will get one soon. Know hair will grow since w/ locs hair was the longest it has ever been- locs got waist long. Looking forward to your answers and blogs.
    Thanks in advance

  3. Michelle Smith-Brown says:

    I just did my B/C on 02/02/2011 I have a lot of shrinkage. I did the bc because I wanted to get my hair healthy and get away from the relaxers and really see how if I can do this natural journey. I just need help with tips and products… Thanks I am really excited about this journey

  4. I’ve been natural a little over 2 years and I’ve noticed in my hair journey that trimming only those ends that are frayed after twisting my hair is best. This has resulted in fewer split ends and knots. I also keep my hair in protective styles versus twist outs or braid outs and use those styles for only special occasions.

  5. SouthernGirl says:

    CurlyNikki/NaturallyCurly is having a grow out challenge as well with Kim Coles. You should check out their websites for tips. I have been natural going on 4 years and my hair has been the same length for the past year as well so I too am doing research to promote my hair growth and do more protective styles.

  6. I have been natural since 2005 but I always cut my hair all off after about a year but it would always grow back really fast (from a lowcut to shoulder length in a yr). However, the last time I cut my hair was in ’08 and in 9 months my hair grew back super fast probably due to the fact I was pregnant. I don’t know what I was thinking in ’09 because I completely damaged my long hair and it never seemed to catch itself again. I ended up cutting a couple inches off my hair around the end of last year and decided that I will be taking better care of my hair this year on. When I had a perm, my hair was below shoulder length and was healthy so I know my hair can grow long. So, I’m also on my healthy & long hair journey as well! I just had a trim last month and I hate how short my hair is but I am doing my best to avoid heat and wear protective styles (which I hate because I love wearing my huge fro). I’ve yet to find some protective style that I actually like to wear, until then it’ll be braids or plaits and hats or headwraps till winter is over!

  7. I’m loving your hair in the above shot, it looks really healthy! Its such a coincedence this blog post, because I just had a client that was very interested in a reggie for length retention, I gave her quite a few tips, but I will also give her the link to your blog so she can follow you on your new hair growth journey, and I was also wondering about the frequency of getting your ends trimed and retaining length.My ends haven’t been trimed in 7 mos and they feel a little rough, I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to trim because I’m growing my hair out as well. I will follow the link that you posted. Thanks again for this one!

  8. I am still transitioning.I know that I need to trim my hair, but don’t want to lose the length. My hair has grown alot since I stopped relaxed. I was tempted to BC a few times, but I didn’t. I am interested to know you maintain length. I know regular trims are key (especially for my stage), but what else?

  9. thepegster says:

    thanks for your post. i went natural maybe a year or 2 ago because i had nothing else to do with my hair (at least this is what my stylist says). i was accustomed to having my hair trimmed every 8 weeks when i had a relaxer weather i needed it or not. when i was 100% natural i tried to NOT trim my hair for three months and it was a disaster. i was reading hair blogs about how folks don’t trim their ends and i thought i could do the same…..NOT. i went back to trimming my ends every 8 weeks and my hair did nothing but thrive, it was the longest that it has every been. then i put a keratin treatment (Coppola (sp)) in my hair for the winter (again my stylist said i have nothing else to do). it has been in since Oct 2011 and I am patiently waiting my 4-6 months for it to wash out. my hair is still thriving and i am still going to get it trimmed on a regular basis every 8 weeks. i need to stay off of all blogs so i don’t try the next ‘greatest and latest’ treatment on my hair. having said all of that, i am so for a regular trimming for me weather i need it or not. it helps my hair to thrive and i just keep it moving.

    lastly i have to say (i am speaking only for me and my experience and kids should not go out and do what i did lol) with the keratin in my hair my hair has never been this long. i would say i would probably not do it again because i am just over it. you still have to deal with two textures in your hair if you do not want the touch-up the new growth. so either getting it cut out or washed out …. it should be out by April (both fingers crossed as i am typing this, hoping and wishing it true).

    the end (i mean keep clipping those ends on a regular basis)

    holler :)

    • I am one of those people that don’t get their ends clipped that often mainly because of laziness lol. But I really want to try the keratin treatment it sounds like it really helped you out a lot!

  10. I just let my hair do whatever it wants. im not really into protective styling. I know that I dont retain as much length as I can. So I just make sure that my ends stay moisturized with a thick butter

    I also make sure to trim every 3-4 months

  11. Diet plays a huge part in hair growth/strength. B-vitamins and oils (nuts for instance).

    Keeping the hair tied up and sleeping on a silk pillow to minimise breakage.

    Use sunscreen for your hair or shield it from the sun.

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