I'm new here, after lurking for a while, I had to sign up after seeing all your gorgeous, long healthy hair. So I'm certain you will all be able to help me.
I have lots of very thick, natural 3B/C hair and for the last 2 years its been the exact same length, about 2 inches above the top of my bra strap. I've been natural for 6 years, so my hair should be healthy and MUCH longer than that! I also have what looks like a bunch of baby hairs that stick up around my hairline - I call it a fuzz/frizz halo. So when I try to slick my hair back, even with the strongest gels or conditioners - it still looks a bit unkempt.
What am I doing wrong? My regimen is very simple - I was going to a stylist to get my hair washed, blown dry and pressed every week. (he'd also usually deep condition it.) I got trims every 8-12 weeks, I'd wrap my hair in a silk scarf nightly and put KeraCare leave in on my ends.
I still struggle with split ends - not much breakage...some but not much. I shed - there is always hair everywhere!
I've read all about protective styling - I'm interested, I just can't do buns daily. Not only do I get headaches, but I'm scared of tension alopecia...and honestly, with my round face, buns just don't look that great. But, I'd be willing to do them occasionally.
What do I need to do to reach my goal of 3 inches below the bottom of my bra strap?!?!
Please help - especially those w/bra strap length or longer.
I'm going to try to attach a picture of my hair - wet.