Sunday, June 10

4" in a year?!: Feeling a bit hair-down

Hey loves!

So it's no secret that I've lost my blogging mojo in the past couple of months. Idk what kind of phase I'm going through in life where I just do. not. care. about much of anything! I think my brain is STILL (?!) recovering from last semester. IDK.

But I have been really hair-down lately (down about my hair). I feel like I'm not making the progress that I want to make! I've always known that I was a "slow grower" with a love for the scissors and blunt ends (oh year, and I have a touch of hair-rexia...) Because of that, I'll never be the girl who ends the year with 6, 7, 8" of retained length. It's just not gonna happen (short of maybe a strict GA and PS reggie...).

But today, I did a comparison of where my hair was at about this time last year and where it is today. I was not happy. At. ALL.

Here's the pic:
Excuse my hair's current lack of glamour!

Clearly, there's some progress, but I guess to me, it's not enough! After measuring it (thanks to the stripes on the sweater) the difference is about 4". That equals 1/3" per month. -___-

While I'm thankful for every inch that I get (hey, that's 4" closer to BSL...) I'm still wishing that I could get that "average" of 6" in a year... without having to sacrifice wearing my hair the way I want to in order to PS and/or use greasy/oily growth aids.

Slow growers, what are some non-invasive ways that you increase your growth? Or how do you cope with your slower-than-average hair growth? How do you stay encouraged?

♥,

Questions? Additional comments? Email me: shika@hairiamworld.com

13 comments:

  1. Diet is what helped me. Before I made a conscious effort to focus on what I ate, I would stretch for 12 weeks and get about an inch of growth. I wouldn't have noticeable growth until about Week 5 or 6. It was sad. Then in 2011 my acne took a turn for the worst and I became an extremely healthy eater as I was trying to deal with my acne from the inside out.

    My skin improved remarkably but the biggest change was that my growth rate doubled. I never had issues stretching until Week 10, these days I am frustrated by Week 5. Eat your peas and beans-(they give you protein and biotin)and aim for at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day making sure you get at least one of each of the important colours: red, yellow/orange, dark green, white, blue/purple. Eat a lot of carrots and you will see a change in your growth, unfortunately it won't be limited to just the hair on your head lol.

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    1. Great tips! It's all boiling down to the thing that I have been avoiding in the past few months: healthy body=healthy hair. Thank you for responding.

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  2. Ok first of all, you are tripping. If I hadn't read your commentary I would be doing flips at that progress! But as a fellow slow-progresser, I do understand. As you know rollersetting instead of airdrying and doing braidouts and buns has helped me alot. I've been trying to be more consistent with my GA too. And then I agree with Carolyn. 2 years ago when I was eating cleanly and exercising I saw accelerated growth (even if not accelerated retention). But honestly like you said, your 4" closer to BSL! And to be real that progress is pretty awesome!

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    1. LOL @ "Ok first of all, you are tripping"! I guess like everything else in life, it's relative. I'm trying to be "rational" lol but it just feels like I'm getting NOWHERE with my growth... sigh. **off to make some changes**

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  3. Girl, that's good progress. Don't worry yourself about how many inches. Though I understand you wanting to try and improve/increase the growth rate. 4" is only 4-8 months difference than retaining 6" in a year. That's an average of 1/2 - 1" of growth a month. How are you with your scalp massages? That helps me and improved diet can help with tons of things!! Great progress Girl!

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    1. I used to do scalp massages often, but that was a couple of years ago at the beginning of my journey... it seems like cleaning up my diet needs to be the plan of action..

      Thanks for responding!

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  4. Fellow slow-grower here! Your progress looks great but I totally feel u feeling hair-down cuz I've been feeling that way myself. Currently I'm growing my hair from a short cut and a friend of mine cut her hair at the same time as I did and her hair and she is at NECK length and Im only at ear length. WTH?!?!

    Anyway I have incorporated vitamins in my regimen, hairfinity and B12 and my growth has bumped up a bit. I also kicked up my water in-take a notch too.

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    1. Man! That sucks! Number one rule for slow growers: don't compare your growth to others... even tho it's super hard not to!! Great solutions, thanks!

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  5. You're insane!
    Your growth is great!
    And you said yourself that you're a cutter so after all that cutting, still ending with 4" is a blessing, girl! Your hair is doing great!

    oneand20.blogspot.com

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  6. Aww don't get down, you've still made great progress!

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  7. You have made outstanding progress! Just look at your pics from the beginning of your journey and compare it to now. I know how hard we can be on ourselves, but your hair looks great! Any progress is better than none.

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  8. I thought you had great progress. I guess I'll have to show you my progress pics to make you feel better. I don't even think I'm APL since my trim in March 2012. Don't think I'll make APL/BSL this year but I have NLV's. I focus on the things that I have accomplished as far as healthy ends, thickness, ability to airdry smoothly. Just re-direct your attention to the goals you have achieved. BTW, again, I think you had great progress.

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  9. Hey, hey! Cut out that negative talk ASAP. Your growth is stunning and absolutely NOTHING to sneeze at. Can't wait to see you continue to grow :)

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