3. Understand your limitations – As sad as it sounds, not everyone will be able to achieve a length they are happy with while wearing chemically treated hair. Some of you may be relaxing super fine strands bone straight or coloring on top of a relaxer which can both be length deal breakers.
I can’t tell you how many relaxed ladies that started their hair journeys around the same time that I did who are still struggling to get to BSL. That is not a dig at them or their regimens at all, it’s not even a dig at relaxed hair in general as I have seen many relaxed ladies with long thick hair. Relaxed hair can and does grow long but it can be more challenging than growing hair long as a natural head.
This doesn’t just apply to chemical treatments, be honest if you know that you will never be able to resist flat ironing your hair every day as a natural, that is a limitation too. Wear a weave during the grow out phase so at least you are putting heat on the extensions and not your own hair.
4. Don’t get too adventurous with your hair – If the idea of a BKT sounds great but you are not sure you want to risk your strands, you are right! There will be plenty of time to get adventurous with your hair once you’ve achieved your goals. There is no reason to color all your hair when a few streaks of color at the top will give you the same effect. Pick your battles wisely.
5. Consider hair vitamins – It’s not possible to discount the possibility that your slow growth could be due to a poor diet or a slow metabolism particularly if you have had faster growth in the past.
Cleaning up your diet, including juicing into your lifestyle and improving the nutrient density of the food you eat is a good place to start but you can always support your healthy lifestyle with supplements targeted to faster growing hair. Hair growth aids enhance your growth rate but remember, they are no substitute for a good solid regimen.
6. Patience – A bunch of hair bloggers and vloggers came together to do this funny video on the secret to growing long hair. In amongst the humor, the message that patience will eventually get you to your hair goals is absolutely true.
There are countless examples of women who have achieved the length of their dreams and even though all you see now is that they have long hair, they all had short hair at one point, they all went through that awkward stage when no hairstyle looked quite right and they probably had more than 1 setback in their journeys. Armed with a good regimen, let patience be your preferred hair growth aid! (Too cheesy?!)
Of course not every black person is blighted by slow hair growth but at least you know now that it will not prevent you from having long hair!
Do you feel that your hair grows slow?
Originally posted 2014-04-11 17:00:50.