What To Do If You Have Slow Growing Hair

What to do if you have slow growing hair

Since the widespread popularity of black hair websites – BHI included of course – a lot of women have quite rightly put away that the old adage ‘black hair grows slow’ as a myth.

Even so, slow growing hair may in fact be more common amongst black people than you may think with 6 inches a year being more a dream than a guarantee.

Our analysis of this study although not a conclusive voice on the subject demonstrates this very phenomenon and another study has also shown that people of African descent average only about 4 inches per year.

I have also demonstrated this slow growth phenomenon in my own hair recently (although I was already aware of it before). I too only get 4 inches per year which is slower than the average.

You see I have been coloring my hair since the beginning of my hair journey so I was always able to see how much growth I got in a year. This translated to being perfectly aware of how careful I had to be in my regimen in order to retain every millimeter I could. Trust me, when you have slow growth, it all counts!

Of course I don’t claim to have the perfect regimen but there are a few things that I have learned as a slow grower that I would like to share with you:


1. Don’t blindly follow other people trimming schedules – I saw a video on  YouTube once with a lady with long thick hair and her advice amongst other things was to trim about 3/4 of an inch every other month.

While that advice was clearly working wonders for her, if I was to adopt that part of her regimen, I would end up trimming 4.5 inches per year and minus the 4 inches I grow, I would end the year ½ inch shorter than when I began!

My advice is to dust your ends from time to time if you must but leave any major trims for when you are reviewing your growth (once or twice a year) but even then only when necessary.

2. Protective style like crazy – I can’t overstate this enough. Manipulation not heat, not chemicals, sulfates or silicones will the the death of your hair growth dreams. I would love to tell you that you can grow it long while enjoying playing in your hair throughout your journey but that would be disingenuous of me. Like Miss Roots who grew hip length hair said, ‘Don’t try to be extra cute during the retention of length phase’.

Many of us have neither the time nor the constitution to devote hours at the weekend to detangling errant strands in small sections. And even if you are extra careful, some degree of breakage will still occur with weekly detangling.

The only way to ensure that you are retaining more than you grow is to reduce the number of times you manipulate your hair. This means long term protective styling, until you reach your goal length anyway.

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About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Blessedfrom Above

There are a lot of solutions…

Mary
Mary

Hair growth rate isn’t a feeling. Either it is or isn’t. Mine grows at different rates. The looser texture grows at the average rate. As it gets kinkier, the rate slows with the kinkiest sections averaging approximately 1/4 a mo. It grows this way even while in protective styles. The only thing that speeds up the slow growth is regular scalp massages using essential oils mixed with a carrier oil. Then the rate almost evens out.

Veronica Ramos

What are they if you do not mind telling me

Ni-Ni Henderson

I know mine doesn’t grow at a slow rate. Other people can’t help it no matter what they do.

Joann Soldieroflove Reed

I need to know too please

Natural Sista Katrina

mines grow fairly decent, but my hair eats up moisture and the dryness causes breakage, this is probably the main reason I don’t see much growth.. but I’ll just be patient

Prisca Sienkiewicz

nothing…. you cannot beat genetic. beauty is not synonym with long hair …healthy is more important

KESH
KESH

I think proper moisturization and healthy diet is key. Black hair is the driest. Without moisture, no matter how much protective styling or exotic products we use, our hair will NOT grow.

Abby

I think it will always be a combination of various factors – diet (most important), protective styling, use of right products and being fairly consistent with your hair care routine to encourage growth. It is not rocket science but it is something that you have to sort of play by ear to see what method works (based on your hair type and your hair styling habits).

irynne

Nice tip…but i guess it doesn’t work for everyone. I am so frustrated with my hair 4C hair almost giving up…following tips to the core but my hair isn’t growing instead its tinting, becoming more coarse and shorter by the day. Need daily handholding..does BHI have challenge tips for a specific period.

Jason Chan

I think that hair growth varies from person to person. It is different for every individual. I personally suggest to just eat healthy in order to feed your hair the nutrients that it needs. And do not neglect the scalp. It has a very important relationship with hair growth and will definitely affect the rate at which your hair grows.

joyce
joyce

Finding the right balance of moisture/protein is the key. Daily or at least 3 times a week scalp massages will help hair grow longer. The problem is retention. To retain hair keep it moisturized.

Theresa

No matter the situation all hair grows even when it’s damaged, it’s the overall health of the scalp and hair that makes the difference in your length. Genetics plays a role too.

melba prevot
melba prevot

I do believe moisture is the key to black hair growing long fast. When I wore a curl my hair grew extremely long.

manda

That maybe true but everything dosent work for everyone,,,,Im gonna agree with the viewers…. my hair breaks & it become shorter by tha day instead of growing …. I NEED GREAT ADVICE !!!!!!…..WHAT SHOULD I DO????????????

Woodyni

I’m not sure about my growth rate but all I knows is I gain 0.4 inch/month if I follow a “classic” routine: moisturize every other day – shampoo/deep conditioning once a week.

I gain 0.6 to 1.2 inch/month (depending on the area) if I follow an “extremely strict” routine : moisturize twice a day – shampoo/deep cond. once a week or every 10 days – wearing cornrows and nothing else!!! (well, i still can put a wig on top of my head but my real hair has to be cornrowed. That’s the only way i found to avoid matted hair at the roots, tangled strands and knots at the ends).

Being lazy or wearing synthetic braids/twists for a long period (eg 4 weeks) is simply suicidal for me…

@Manda: what you should do depends on your current hair routine, your life style, your overall health and of course, the current state of your hair…

Mesha Coleman

Every protective style (braids and weaves) have damaged my hair more than help with growth. Usually it thins it and pulls it out around the edges. I’m a wash and go girl with low manipulation. Not really sure what I’m doing wrong. I rarely wear it down often mostly up in a pineapple style. Recently the texture changed after being natural over 5 years. Just lost..,

Annette Logan Heyward

Im new to this natural hair(1yr) journey and it has been more work then my relaxer. Im going to try until my 2 yr mark and hopefully i have it down pack by then.

Cb Sampson

MOISTURIZE AND PROTECTIVE STYLES

Estelle Holder Harildstad

i am not sure that a slow growth can be accelerated unless you take some hair vitamins to help mother nature

Mikresha Turner

Elisha Chevy Gal Barbee Jacqueline Doss Amy Jernigan

Ashtynne Hopkins

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iammastar21
iammastar21

I Agree my front and sides goes faster and the mid and back of my hair grows slower . I have only been natural 10 months. I measured my hair after 10 months the front was over 5 inches when stretched the sides were a little longer . The back measured under 5 inches when stretched . I think another problem was that I recently got a big trim to the middle and back of my hair when I went to the salon one time to get it roller set . So some parts of my hair grows average to above average and some grows slow . Uugh hate the awkward stage length .

tO2OAmAzon
tO2OAmAzon

I had trouble with moisture when I first started in February. Dry hay hair is what I called it. I discovered oil rinsing and stopped shampooing unless necessary. I used sulfate shampoo but if there was build up I use ACV with honey. I spray my hair with Infusium 23 leave in conditioner. I’m also prescribed Minoxidil for an ailment. The side effect of it is outrageous hair growth EVERYWHERE. My face gets covered lile a werewolf. The drugs side effect is why its used in topical Rogaine. People this stuff GROWS HAIR. I cut all of my perm ends off in October. My twists were to my nose and I cut them to mid forehead. They are now past my nose. Its the Minoxidil.

Madison
Madison

Ladies, I would suggest you try the maximize hydration method. Look it up. It works.

On screen I'm Nifa Dean
On screen I'm Nifa Dean

I found that taking silica topped up the vitamins I needed to grow my hair half an inch a month for 4 months. I took a 2 month break and my hair didn’t grow at all. Then I went back on silica and I got an inch a month for 2 months straight. Hair growth isn’t an exact science, and average growth rates etc don’t always apply to all people. I’ve decided to stop focusing on length so much and focus on health more. Although I will continue to take silica for 2 months and have 1 month rest until I’m ready to BC.