How To Get 4b Hair To Waist Length In 3 Years


How To Get 4b Hair To Waist Length In 3 Years

If you watch the below video you might think that getting your 4b natural hair to waist length is kind of easy, I mean protective styling, drinking water, supplements, deep conditioning, moisturizing and cleansing all seems easy enough right?

Then why aren’t we all on #teamwaistlength then? Well it is that easy and then again it isn’t, we are all human and we have setbacks sometimes but the most important thing is having the regimen down and sticking to it no matter what, which is where may of us fail.

We will allow the lady in the video below to expand on her secrets to waist length hair in 3 years, but before we do that we have a few tricks up our sleeve too.

1. Focus – If you really want to get to waist length in 3 years then come up with a plan on paper or in your head, just make sure you know exactly how you plan to get there. Sometimes planning might mean a little math too, so calculate how many inches you grow in a year, and how many inches you will need to get to waist length on your body.

2. Make the plan realistic – This just means knowing how your hair performs and what it can do within 1 year with your very best regimen. If you retain one or two inches of hair in four months by protective styling then you know that protective styling will be a huge part of what you will be doing for the next three years.

3. Stay away from things that cause setbacks – Heat is a perfect example of something that you can do often or occasionally that can cause setbacks. With that said it doesn’t mean never use heat at all for the entire time you are focusing on getting to waist length but it does mean that if you know your hair does not do well with heat then avoid it. Its kind of like red velvet cupcakes, if you know you cant just have one then stay out of the bakery baby.

4. Don’t be afraid to start over – Yes you have a goal, yes nobody likes to start over but maintaining damaged hair is not quite the idea we had in mind and it shouldn’t be yours either. If you have to trim or chop what you are starting off with the just do it! The faster you do it the faster you can get on track to your goal.

Check out afrolengths’ take on the whole thing in the video below:

Originally posted 2014-02-28 20:00:11.

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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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Raesha Williams

I need help with mind

Chelsea Crouch

its going to take me about five years simply bc im so tall -_-

Niqua Wright

IKR tall people problems

Shariqua Mills


Stephanie Mzee

and they all said AMEN!

Cerise St Taviere

How do you thicken hair? My hair about this length, but it is thin.

Blessedfrom Above

There are lots of ways to do that…I use vitamin pills…msm, biotin, hairfinity, hair-skin & nails..etc..I also use hair oils and shampoo & conditioner called F.A.S.T…


Hi Blessedfrom Above,
You used biotin, msm, hair skin &nail while you are using the infinity?

Cerise St Taviere

Thanks dear. 🙂

Tonette Laleta Shakur

I love it. How can I get hair like hers

Pamela Cannady

Still along time took 3 yrs

Marcella Clark

I don’t believe it 🙂

Marj Desius

you dont to believe something for it to be true

Stacey-Ann Honeyghan

I couldn’t play the video

Gwendolyn Millbourne

Please somebody tell me what is 4b hair? I hear it used alot but I have no idea! Give me knowledge. Thanks in advance!

Valery Ridore

Curl pattern..4B – Coily Crimpy℠

Panama M America

some ppl go by this method. i personally think its another way of good hair vs bad hair. just my opinion..

Kenesha LuvsKe'Myrie Gray

Idk either, what is 4b?

Blessedfrom Above

is kinky, or very tightly curled…

Serresa Rider

How do I find out what my hair type is

Blessedfrom Above

Thats my goal…100% natural!!!!!!!!!!!

Marcella Clark

My option Marj Desius, now maybe I need to try it, and then I can have my own story to tell, I just cut off all my hair, I might just see if this can grow it back, just to see. Then I’ll tell my story.


Congrat’s on cut your hair!! It will grow big out before you know it. I did my big chop 2years ago 4/16. My hair is almost armpit length. My first 2 years I was more focus on health now I am trying to get my hair back to my longest length with a relaxer which was bsl. Enjoy your natural journey.

Dev Lynne Disguise

I’m still super new to the natural thing. I just wavy a simple, no fuss regimen that won’t take forever. That’s the hard part: finding what my hair really loves so that I know what to stick to.

Jas Nikkinac Nicole

You can get waist length in less then a year. My hair grows fast. My hair has been natural since birth and it’s been past waist length for years.

Jamillah Davis

everyone is not predisposed to having long hair and not everyone’s hair grows fast. DNA plays a larger role in things of that nature, than how often u get your ends trimmed and what products u use. Your hair grows fast, whereas another woman’s may not.

Suzette Smith

@ Jamillah…Thank you for correcting her lack of knowledge!!


Jamillah is right on point ,esp about the DNA. How fast your hair grows & your hair’s terminal length ( the maximum length it can grow before the growth phase ends & it falls out ) are all genetically determined. If your growth rate is 6″ a year & your growth phase lasts 3 years, then you’ll have 18″ of hair if there’s no breakage. Waist length for most people. However, if your growth rate is only 4″ or 5″ a year..(and there’s a naturalista blogger who says that’ hers is about 4″ ) then you’ll have 12-15″ of hair in 3 years. A good length but may not be waist length. May have to go another year to get waist length, but if your growth phase only lasts 2 years then your maximum is 12″ if you grow 6″ a year and and 8″ – 10″ if you grow 4″-5″ a year. Some articles I’ve read say black people’s hair grows slower than Asian & Caucasian hair & other articles say not true. Who knows? We see lots of white girls with long hair but some of them have short cycles,too. I’ve known several who were not able to get longer than about shoulder length. All I can say is this: take care of your hair the very best you can; make a plan & see what happens. I don’t think any of us have ever seen our terminal length because of relaxers, breakage, & everything else our hair has endured.

Crystal Mcclain

almost..but needs those ends trimmed..still a nice length though!!

See Jay

If she completely straightened it will be waist length

Jamillah Davis


Gwendolyn Millbourne

Thank you Valery Ridore! How do I learn my Hair type?

Sharon Goston

Yes how do I learn my hair type

Kellee Johnson

Ms Blessedfrom Above do u use all that stuff every day the different vitamins ?

Kenesha LuvsKe'Myrie Gray

OK, if my daughter has soft spongy hair, and if you wet it, it tightly curls up, but if you blow dye it, it becomes thick and kinky, what kind of hair is that?

Jo Anna Harris

A website called Black naps has a lot of information on how to type your hair & how best to care for it “naturally”. I’ve learned a lot off this website on how to care for my daughters hair, she has 4c hair.

Shay Loving Mines


Brandi Wake

If only it was that simple for everyone

Lenny Duartee

How can I make the order?

Redy Mix

mine grow like that, like one lady said it depends on your genes, trim ends, and how you care for it

Stephanie Bradley

3 years is a long time

Jeffrey White

I have seen it done in 45 minutes lol

CityTruck Prod


Xhay Bear

lol…so wrong



Cleopatra Jones Best

why must people put limitations on things? Whether the rate of growth is fast or slow shouldn’t matter whether other family members never had hair longer than shoulder length shouldn’t matter. if you practice good hair habits and love your hair it will grow long. Me personally I dont believe in terminal length and all that bull crap. I believe in healthy hair practices and length retention.


I first heard of terminal length from a trichologist & a dermatologist so it is not bullcrap. I’ve also read articles about it . The best you can do is to take the best possible care of your hair & it will grow as long as your growth cycle lets it grow. It’s like a child growing up. They are programmed to grow to a certain height & then stop. It may or may not be their parents height, maybe shorter,maybe taller depending on ancestor’s gene influences, but they will eventually stop growing at a certain point. If they’re malnourished they may not grow to their full height. But if they get the very best care they will grow as tall as their genes will let them. Same goes for hair. if hair didn’t stop growing at a certain point there would be loads of people with hair dragging the ground if they didn’t cut it.

Gwendolyn Millbourne

Thank you so very much! Now at least I have a clue! Knowledge is Power! You ladies are very patient & informative! Much appreciated!

Kita Mzz Karameel Keys

she’s almost waist length mid back she needs a good trim you go girl!


Her hair when straightened is waist length that’s what she means . With shrinkage it’s mid back .

Nicole Bryson

A book called the science of black hair by Audrey Sivasothy is a must read for understanding and growing long healthy hair. Genes play a part but knowing how to retain what we grow is equally important.

Shekinah Dyer


Andrea Simpson-Jones

The information in this article is pedestrian and ridiculous! You can say those four little steps about ANYTHING!

Gracie Moore

My hair is past my shoulders in two years with no perms in two years, so in weave term my hair is 10 1/2 in long but only thing its all growing from my head

Brittney Holland

How long your hair will grow depends on your biological makeup. Everybody cannot grow hair this long. That’s a fact. It doesn’t matter what grease or oil you use.

Antasia Moi

Girl U got to be mixed or u own a pharmacy


No you just need to trim and take care of your hair almost all the woman in my family are natural with hair down their back and half of them are fully black not mixed . My grandma is fully black always had long hair ever since she was in her 20’s she use to sit on hair than she cut it to her back .

Deborah Adel'oni Gear

Idk but keep dreaming…working on it…let’s see

Chervondra ChayButta Lenior

Ummmm her hair is not at her waist ijs …

Hawk Tuff

Go for it ,” TO THE FLOOR ” !!!!!

Hunnay Bee Mckella

Biotin keeps the hair in the growing phase it’s can double ur growth rate

MEshell Green


Juanita Harden

My goal!!! #motivation

Dakota Robinson

Not your hair who hair is that

Stacie Hart

My Goal!!!

Tim Sapp

I’m every where Chelsea 😛 lol plus my ex was black 🙂 lol

Chelsea Crouch

trying to get that waist length hair to huh? lol

Tim Sapp

Lol na I look smexier when it’s short 😛 lol

Chalonda Watkins

Lol Tim Sapp

Mitra Smith-Garrison

how do u know whats your hair type?

Joe D. Tinari

I love a woman with natural hair!

Lauren Imsweetaspie Lucas

Three years what was she doing I’m at a year n 9months my hair is down past my shoulders


Um I’m 3c/4a my hair has been growing faster than expected only the first few months that I had setbacks then It started growing fast . I’m Two my years my goal with shrinkage is bra strap length and past bra strap length when straightened. Waist length is too much I’m fine with just bra strap even arm pit length is ok with me .


Your hair grows faster also waist length is amazing for three years .

Joe D. Tinari

The average growth for a woman’s hair is 1/2 inch a month.