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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Beverlon Ward

Thats why I make sure I take mine on my 4 month now Yolanda Nelson

Lisa Williams-Adams

Not everybody has hair that will grow that long..


If you take care of it and your terminal length lasts for years you can .

Reachel Wilcoxson

I wonder if it’s relaxed on the ends?

Latrice Bhatyah

Almost there

Shellisa Williams

What’s the rush?

Nimo Anne

i don’t trim my natural hair..i wear protective hairstyles n care for dissapointment so far..
works for me..

CityTruck Prod

Just like my Lady’s hair . . .beautiful.

CityTruck Prod

It will grow if you take care of it!

De'laysia Jordan

This cute

D Andra Rachel Hyatt

mine is there…but it depends….on your genes am mixed so my growth is a bit quick..


No it doesn’t my grandma is fully black and has long natural hair . All the woman in my family have long hair except for my mom she wears her hair short .


I started growing out my shoulder length relaxed hair in January 2012 and now I am right at waist length. It is definitely possible, as I am living proof. I didn’t see it mentioned in the article, but genetics has a significant role in how fast once can obtain WL and beyond. My hair grows above the average growth rate of .5 inches per month (I grow about .6-.7 per month).


Omg my hair is the same growth rate as yours ! Also how long is your hair with shrinkage I have only been natural for a year and I’m at 6 inches in the back 7 inches in the front and more than 7 inches on the sides .


Crap! I didn’t mean to put this huge picture there! I thought it was for my avi. 🙁


Hi Inedykstra,
I am a black woman, and my hair growth rate is exactly the same as yours! do you get comments from people asking why does your hair grow so fast? I know I do! However I do notice that there are people who grow hair even faster than this! yes other Black women can grow it even faster than what we do 🙂 I don’t believe in the “Black hair grows sooo slow” idea. This is evident by people getting frequent relaxers and new growth showing through the braids. Black hair grows fast in my opinion but some people just have poor length retention.


I am tall and leggy with a weight at 5’9″. I have calculated that waist length hair to me would means growing my hair around 27″- 29″.

That’s 4 and a half to 5 years of hair growth for me.


Height not weight sorry !


My hair grow rate is 4.7″-5″ a year so I know it won’t take 3 years to obtain waist lenght. Plus, I know my hair terminal lenght is more mid-back lenght. I really think that depends on genetic a lot.


Ok for all those talking about DNA i personally don’t believe in that simply becuse their are plenty of peole whose hair is nothing like their familys length wise. I believe that its all in how you do or dont take care of your hair. For instance my mom & sister have short hair whereas mine is long. I’m also relaxed.

Cassandra McNeil

Buy a weave!

Jasmine Nodd

Protective styling! That’s what I do, Im on year 2 and my hair is bra strap length

Chocolatedrop Gotyouthinkn Shivers


Missm Witdatshyt Rocker

Protective styling and healthy hair care no harsh products or hair dos healthier foods vitamins and water

Jeaneen Alise

Length is not guaranteed… Focus on health..

Teria Lovespizza Mack


Theresa Marie Bryant

Waist length would be awesome but i can’t even ever remember my hair being past my shoulders so one goal at a time.

Clemer Holmes


Charmaine Taylor

Maybe bra strap as i have gotten that length in 3 years of being natural but not waist (my hair grows the average half and inch a month), could be genetics resulting in faster. meh beautiful l hair though x

Debra Peniston-Lasseter

what iam shooting for!!!

Kayla-rae Jerrell

Just take good care of it my hair is almost there lol three more inches


That’s good for three years my cousin has a friend that’s almost 5 years natural and she still stuck at shoulder length . My cousin is about 3 to 4 years and she is about bra strap length .


I am having a hard time growing my hair for the past eight years it has maintained the same length and the breakage is at an all time high. Other than taking biotin 5000mcg and doing oil treatments what should I be doing? I have tried to stay away from heat applications but then I look like crap. It used to curl before but now my hair is so stubborn and stays acting up. Any advice?


Well these are very great tips . I read this article and don’t have 4b or 4c hair and I don’t want to grow it to waist length but I’m glad I read this article. This advice will help me in my hair regime .

Sonya Rice

Genetics plays a major role in hair growth abd fullness. let’s not kid ourselves, not everyone’s hair will grow to waist length in 3 years.

Dolores de Graaff

Not possible waistlength becoz your hair is growing 10-12 cm every year!

Monica Thornton Anderson