10 Reasons You Are At A Hair Length Plateau

Frustrated woman with natural hairDo you know that feeling when you are at the start of your hair journey, when you are armed with knowledge that will finally launch your healthy hair goals into action and yield that long lustrous growth you’ve been dying to have ?

You feel like you could conquer the world, it is as though you have reached the zenith of enlightenment and that little light bulb is practically tap dancing above your head.

So now you are super excited about the slew of products you’ve got for your hair. You have been a diligent student of the hair forums and blogs across the internet, you have even gone to the extent of turning that extra closet space into your personal salon.

Professional grade steamer and dryer and the jars of good stuff strewn along the shelf – all in an effort to ensure your tresses will get the best care possible.

You are so prepared that you are certain nothing can stop you from getting to your goal of mid-back length in six months – then nothing happens. “How can this be?” you dejectedly ask.

After all you have been doing everything in your power so how come you are still at neck length- the same length of six years ago?

You, my dear, are at a hair length plateau. A point where your hair just stops in its tracks at a certain length and just won’t budge.


Before you start throwing the kitchen sink, yes, I am sure you have been working hard but sometimes even the best of us slip every now and again. You may have taken a shortcut somewhere, so now it’s time to figure out how to get back on track.

It isn’t called a journey for nothing; there is no journey without it’s own set of obstacles and unfortunately sometimes a length plateau is one of them.

So what are your options? Sometimes, all it takes is a little tweaking of your good ol’ routine and I’m certain that the following tips will help you burst through that plateau.

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Lelah G

At a plateau. Been at the same plateau for over 20 years.

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My cousin actually is friends with a girl who has been natural longer than me and her and is stuck at shoulder length almost natural for 5 years . I’m only a year natural my cousin is about 3 years natural and my cousin hair is longer than hers hers is past her shoulders with shrinkage and almost bra strap length when straightened . BELIEVE it Or NOT THAT GIRL MY Cousins FRIEND tried To GIVE Me HAIR advice. The reason she is stuck at that actually is only because she goes to the salon and constantly gets IT flat ironed once a week .