It might just be how my hair is. It grows very fast, maybe an inch per month. But I also eat very healthy- plenty of raw green veggies daily, very little sugar- and exercise twice a week. I only use 100% natural hair care products (I believe if you can't eat it, don't put it on your hair). I also only use heat on my hair maybe once or twice a year. I kind of miss having a relaxer because I could chop my hair off to a chin length bob, then a year later it was down to my waist. But... I'm going to keep trying to grow my natural hair. Damn shrinkage!!!!