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Old 04-30-2013, 11:39 PM
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Red face My hair has stopped growing

At the end of 2011, I changed my profile photo to the one I currently have. At the end of 2012 I was going to post a new Photo showing a years worth of growth. Well Jokes on me, my hair stayed the same length.

I trim my ends regularly, I DC, and I keep my hair in protected style, I baggie every night I keep my ends tucked away all the rules. but no growth.

I am one of the slowest growers on this board, but I usually get maybe 3 inches a year MAYBE, Last year nothing.

Should I cut like an inch or two off and trick my hair in to thinking it's not at the final length.

I have not wanted to do anything to my hair while I have been frustrated with it so I just keep it in cornrows.

I was thinking of trying JBCO. Currently every night I have been using a Cayenne pepper sulfer mix, with shea butter, Coconut oil and little bit of s-curl as my baggie mix. but that's it

I dc weekly with Proclaim DC, NO heat just overnight baggie.

It's like it's done growing

I was bummed for a while but oh well, it's still longer than it's ever been so I can't complain.
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Maybe you are trimming too much and too often. Have you ever thought about dusting? Often times people think that they need regular trims which end up stunting the amount of growth you retain. If your ends are healthy, and you are keeping heat off of your hair, you really don't have to trim often at all.
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You might want take a close look at the products you use and the tools you used. Just like you I thought the same. Then I realised, that I can be e even more delicate with my hair. I got better brushes and i also got a better hair dryer. it changed the world to me. I also changed how I blow dried my hair. I start at the bottom of the hair and then move up to the root.
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Maybe you are doing a little too much to your hair? Or the wrong combination of things? I definitely would not cut it if the ends are fine; it will not "trick" your hair into growing any more than yelling "Boo!" at it.

I know for me the turning point from seeing no growth at all in two year to reaching APL+ in about 6 months was perfecting my M&S and DC game and learning to be gentle with my hair the way that it likes. I threw away my brushes, got a detangling comb my hair likes and use ONLY it to comb my hair, stopped doing tight braids and ponytails (how tight are your cornrows?), and learned to stop using hair ties (even the "ouchless" bands) when making my buns. Once I did all of that, 6 months and 3 inches later, I am realizing lengths I didn't think were possible for my hair.

And I would revisit the regular trims. As long as you baby your ends and they are in good condition, you don't need to trim your ends so often. I haven't trimmed my hair since last October and my ends are fine; they have grown 'fairy tail' fringy like I like but they are not broken and see-through, and I have retained most of the length I grew in that time with no setbacks., as you can see in this pic taken at the end of March:
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If your hair is the same length as last year, that means it's breaking off faster than its growing. You may need to look up the info on Trichorrhexxis Nodosa: http://www.longhaircareforum.com/sho...9&postcount=13
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Maybe you are trimming too much and too often. Have you ever thought about dusting? Often times people think that they need regular trims which end up stunting the amount of growth you retain. If your ends are healthy, and you are keeping heat off of your hair, you really don't have to trim often at all.
I agree, I was dusting every month ( I have fine thin ends)
they needed to go..

its ok my hair look thicker
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Thanks Ladies, I should have said something sooner.

I don't cornrow very tightly, I don't use bands on my hair. I cornrow my hair to the crown of my head, the merge all the rows together. I usually wear afro puffs, the are light weight and look like my real hair.

I could use some better quality combs.

My hair will snap off on a dime, one of the reasons I try not to do to much to it.

Thanks for helpful advice. This Hair Journey thing is a life long process.
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Is your hair fine? How often are you doing protein treatments?
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Maybe you are trimming too much and too often. Have you ever thought about dusting? Often times people think that they need regular trims which end up stunting the amount of growth you retain. If your ends are healthy, and you are keeping heat off of your hair, you really don't have to trim often at all.
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Is your hair fine? How often are you doing protein treatments?
Yes, I have very thin hair. I don't do protein treatments. One year I over used a protein product and I had to cut my hair a lot of it. So I guess I over corrected. I have natural 4ab hair. I have really been trying to keep it simple, maybe my regi is to simple, but again I don't want to product overload either. My hair is very fragile.

which is why before LHCF, It was never longer than necklength
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Your hair looks nice.

My hair probably grows slower than yours and my hair is fine, thin and fragile as well.

With each trim, you remove your length, but in doing that your ends are nice.
Reduce the number of trims like one of the posters said and you should see some accumulation.

Even natural hair needs a little protein from time to time. Don't be afraid.

Also, be mindful that nourishing your hair from the inside out is beneficial even more than topical. How's your diet, water intake and supplementation? How's your Vitamin D levels? Are you close to peri-menopause?
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Yes, I have very thin hair. I don't do protein treatments. One year I over used a protein product and I had to cut my hair a lot of it. So I guess I over corrected. I have natural 4ab hair. I have really been trying to keep it simple, maybe my regi is to simple, but again I don't want to product overload either. My hair is very fragile.

which is why before LHCF, It was never longer than necklength
No protein could be an issue though...if your hair healthy you may not need a super strength protein treatment, but a DC with a hydrolyzed protein or two could really give strength and life to your strands. You mentioned your hair snapping easily before, healthy hair with a good moisture/protein balance will stretch nicely before snapping. If it doesn't your elasticity isn't where it should be, which is directly related to your M/P balance. What are your products?

Simplicity is good though. Nothing wrong with PJism but I personally do agree with not playing the product game with your head. The point is to cleanse, deep condition, moisturize and seal. It doesn't have to be any more complicated.
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I agree wholeheartedly with the statements about

1.) Up your protein. Doesn't necessarily mean doing an intense protein treatment but at least trying to include it somewhere in your regimen to achieve a proper protein/moisture balance.

2.) Reduce your trims, dust as needed. If you're hair is growing say .5 inches per month and you are trimming that amount or trimming 1 inch every 2 months then of course your not seeing any growth even though it is occurring.

If you feel you are shedding more than average (50-100 strands per day) then try a rinse. Black tea is good for shedding.
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Wow this is embarrassing, but I feel like I need to put it out there, fir helpful advice.

The attached photo is a strand of my hair, that just naturally shedded from my head.

As you can see it is split in six places, I have not seen a strand split this bad. But clearly I have a serious problem.
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If you trim you ends regularly and it's at the same length it was before you trimmed, then it is growing. No growth + trim = shorter than starting point, not the same.

It's something you are doing... Perhaps trimming too frequently, or trimming to much. If you are as slow a grower as you say you are, then you need to be extra anal about not trimming too much. And if you are taking care of your ends the way you claim, why do you need frequent trims anyway?
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Ends need more attention!

Doesn't necessarily have to be a hard core protein but definitely a lighter one more frequently or to jump start....use a harder protein treatment and significantly up your moisturizing conditioning afterwards.

Splits like that can also have to do with the tools you're using or how you're handing your hair or could be an unbalanced M/P - you may have to use something besides oil on those ends (try h20/conditioner mix (something like vo5/suave) or just some water those ends then seal. I'd leave the more exotic mixtures alone and stick to the basics.

If you have alot of splits like the one in the photo, you're definitely going to need to a good trim to get rid of most of them before going on.

Start fresh then try different tools, handling and find a conditioner/treatment that lessens or prevents this from reoccurring.

Sorry you're going through this Don't give up!!
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I know someone else mentioned it up top already, but I want to emphasize the need for internal body health. Are you taking a daily vitamin, are you working out (sweating is good), are you drinking plenty of water and eating protein? Have you tried Silica (Horsehtail) and a "hair, skin and nails" vitamin.

Your hair is growing and it's being trimmed and/or breaking just as fast as its growing.

Are you using quality products on your hair? Do you have hard water where you live? A shower filter changed my hair and my life.

Baggying isn't for everyone. It made my ends mushy and prone to breakage.

I do not believe in a "terminal length" for our hair. I started out with ear length hair (that stayed that way for years because of scissor happy stylists and my lack of knowledge) and now I'm at the longest length of my adult life - just about bra strap length and heading toward mid-back. You can do it too!
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I read that you were natural but your avatar shows straight hair. My hair was your length all my life till I gave up trying to straighten it. If you do have very fine delicate hair one session with heat can break it off. My hair cannot tolerate any heat. Thats when it grew. Also sounds like you are also trimming all your growth.
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Wow this is embarrassing, but I feel like I need to put it out there, fir helpful advice.

The attached photo is a strand of my hair, that just naturally shedded from my head.

As you can see it is split in six places, I have not seen a strand split this bad. But clearly I have a serious problem.
Also make sure you are growing stronger hair with a good protein diet and vitamins. Weak hair won't survive the long haul to longer lengths.
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While she may be trimming a lot, she might actually need it if a lot of strands have splits. It's useless to trim healthy ends but if she's having a lot of splitting then over-trimming is not the problem. Trimming often would be good in that case.

The split hair above looks like a feather or tree split? Do try revisiting your steps and tools...make sure your combs are seamless. Check that your trimming scissors are not dull, always cut on dry hair and straight across, not at an angle. The night before your wash day, baggy overnight with coconot oil to reduce hygral fatigue. Avoid overnight baggying with conditioners and waterbased products, or leaving the hair wet constantly. Check your styling tools for raggedy/pointed edges (including your hands and nails) and be mindful of your jewelry when washing/handling your hair.

If you post up your reggie we can see ingredients...but aside from the M/P balance, breakage depends so much on how we handle the hair.
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