Growing long relaxed healthy hair is not as easy as some make it seem. Throughout this journey, I have had a number of setbacks and challenges. My hair seems to grow without major issues to midback length. Growing my hair from midback length and beyond, however, seems to be where my hair struggles most.
Lead Hair Theory
There is a population of healthy hair enthusiasts that believe in the lead hair theory. Meaning, hair grows at different rates and will self correct in the end. While I know my hair grows uneven beyond midback length, it has never self corrected. The below photo is a from June 2012 before and after I cut my hair to arm pit length.
Currently, my hair is waist length. That means, my hair grew from arm pit length (June 2012) to waist length (Dec 2013) in 1 year and 6 months. My hair was at the 6″ mark on my length check tee in June 2012 and it’s now at 13″ in Dec 2013. That means, I retained 7 inches over the past 18 months.
The Journey to Growing Long Relaxed Healthy Hair
The journey to growing long relaxed healthy hair takes patience, dedication and a regimen that works. There is no secret formula or magic pill. Doing what works for your hair is how this race is won. My hair is still not where I want it to be as I desire a thicker hemline. Therefore, I’m definitely considering a haircut to remove the thinner areas so that I can be back to growing long relaxed healthy hair.
How Did I Grow My Hair?
The key to growing long healthy relaxed hair is learning how to stretch your relaxers. Extending the timeframes between relaxers will minimize the potential for over processing which eventually breaks and thins the hair over time.
[Update 15 Apr 16]
Now that I am transitioning, I have a better understanding of my hair and its growth pattern. My hair has an average growth rate of 1/2″ per month and it grows ridiculously uneven. The crown of my hair is the longest section of my hair but it’s also the slowest growing. Aside from the known setbacks, the years of dealing with what appeared to be a deteriorating hemline was predominately the result of uneven growth. Therefore, my hair must be cut and reshaped periodically to keep it appearing even, thick and healthy. Otherwise, I will end up how I’ve ended up so many times before and that’s with thin, stringy hair with see through ends.