Have Any 3c's Made It to Waist Length??

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I have just begun my natural hair journey a few months ago and I've decided I want to grow my hair out as long as I possibly can, preferably to waist length. I have mostly 3c hair with some 4a and a tiny bit of 3b right at the nape of my neck. But the hair right at the top/crown of my head has no curl at all, just a slight wave.(I'll post pictures soon) I'm thinking that once my hair reaches a certain length, even those wavy pieces will curl on the ends. I can already see this happening of a couple.

I'm taking much better care of my hair now than I ever did when still relaxed, so I know with time it will be longer than it has ever been before. My question is, do you ladies think it's possible to grow my hair to my goal length? I haven't really seen any 3cs with waist length hair that I know of. Do any of you have waist length?




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I wish you good luck on that journey! It's going to take a while... like a lonnng long long while.. years, in fact. So you must have patience above all.

Teri from tightlycurly.com has waist length hair now, but it took her around 7-8 years to get there.

I was reaching for BSL back in 2008, thinking I would get there in two years. I got to shoulder length in two years, so I figure I need to triple or quadruple the wait time to get to waist length.

You and I have about the same hair lenght now, and I'm planning on growing out again for the 5498065987th time, so I will join ya if you want a partner.

ETA: I almost forgot about this lovely lady CelinaStarr..
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Last edited by BekkaPoo; 06-15-2011 at 01:30 PM.
I wish you good luck on that journey! It's going to take a while... like a lonnng long long while.. years, in fact. So you must have patience above all.

Teri from tightlycurly.com has waist length hair now, but it took her around 7-8 years to get there.

I was reaching for BSL back in 2008, thinking I would get there in two years. I got to shoulder length in two years, so I figure I need to triple or quadruple the wait time to get to waist length.

You and I have about the same hair lenght now, and I'm planning on growing out again for the 5498065987th time, so I will join ya if you want a partner.

ETA: I almost forgot about this lovely lady CelinaStarr..
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Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
I would LOVE a grow out partner! That would be so great! I think Terri LaFelsh's hair is gorgeous. But, call me crazy, I don't think it will take me as long as it took her to reach waist length. From what I have seen of her, she is of about average height, whereas I am much much much shorter. 4'9 to be exact. Woe is me, to be 20 years old and under 5 ft tall. But that's ok. I think my height will actually be a good thing when it comes to growing my hair out, simply because there isn't as much length from the top of my head to my waist as there is on most women my age.

I'm just going to keep my healthy hair practices up and hopefully within like 5-6 years my hair will be waist length. Till then, my goal is mid back. Good luck on your grow out journey! Do you have any current pics of your hair??




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I'm currently growing my hair out. I'm at BSL again. I tend to cut my hair once it gets past shoulder length. But in my mind I would like to grow out to waist length. Practically speaking, I'll most likely lose my mind if I ever make it to mid back length.

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I would LOVE a grow out partner! That would be so great! I think Terri LaFelsh's hair is gorgeous. But, call me crazy, I don't think it will take me as long as it took her to reach waist length. From what I have seen of her, she is of about average height, whereas I am much much much shorter. 4'9 to be exact. Woe is me, to be 20 years old and under 5 ft tall. But that's ok. I think my height will actually be a good thing when it comes to growing my hair out, simply because there isn't as much length from the top of my head to my waist as there is on most women my age.

I'm just going to keep my healthy hair practices up and hopefully within like 5-6 years my hair will be waist length. Till then, my goal is mid back. Good luck on your grow out journey! Do you have any current pics of your hair??
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I'm only going to take a monthly length check pic, and occasional style pics. Right now I'm mainly doing wngs or wngs with a headband, or fingercoils if I'm feeling fancy.

Ok patnah.. I'll see you at the finish line. Btw I'm 5'3".. but I still think it will take me 6-7 or more years to reach bsl.
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But my hair is currently treating my shoulders like an asymptote. I've been "nearly shoulder length" since February-ish, but it keeps getting wider and creeping slowly longer. Hopefully I can cross this hump and continue to BSL. I BC'd one year ago last week to an all over length of 2-3 inches, so I think my hair grows pretty fast.
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Im at wl right now but my hair shrinks to about shoulder length. My goal is wl curly, Teri is my inspiration. I have her book on my desk and every time my hair gets on my nerves I look through it and fall in live with my curls all over again. Ive been growing for 4 yrs so it will probably be about another 5 or 6 years. I used to think id be there in another 2 years but I got off that cloud a while ago. Good luck and happy growing!!!!

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I'm bsl when stretched. And it shrinks up to my shoulder if I leave it be. I want it way longer but its already freaking me out at this length (detangling and maintenance is getting hard) , I hope I keep some patience. I get frustrated and slap it in a bun! It took me 4 years to get to this length btw.
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Maybe I will have to rethink the whole vitamins & growth thing.. my hair grew to shoulder length curly in nearly 3 years. In that time I took vitamins for the first year and it's entirely possible that there was a boost in growth that year. I took pictures and everything, and although my hair can never grow fast enough for me, I think there was faster growth that year than in the following two years.

I guess I'll be heading over to GNC to see what they got for me.
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Maybe I will have to rethink the whole vitamins & growth thing.. my hair grew to shoulder length curly in nearly 3 years. In that time I took vitamins for the first year and it's entirely possible that there was a boost in growth that year. I took pictures and everything, and although my hair can never grow fast enough for me, I think there was faster growth that year than in the following two years.

I guess I'll be heading over to GNC to see what they got for me.
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
i did the whole vitamin thing in the past and i never saw any amazing results. the only time i really felt like my hair grew faster than normal was when i was super active and eating relatively healthy. but i think if i can have an active lifestyle, eat better, AND take vitamins i would reach my hair growth goals in a reasonable amount of time.
i did the whole vitamin thing in the past and i never saw any amazing results. the only time i really felt like my hair grew faster than normal was when i was super active and eating relatively healthy. but i think if i can have an active lifestyle, eat better, AND take vitamins i would reach my hair growth goals in a reasonable amount of time.
Originally Posted by subbrock
Well I guess it wouldn't hurt overall..

Lately, I haven't been eating as healthy as I should and I also cut out some physical activities (jujitsu) since I got my puppy back in April -- with a resulting weight gain.. boo!

I'm not entirely convinced that just vitamins alone help with growth either, so I'm still a bit skeptical. I think it works for some folks, but not for everyone.
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I'm trying to reach my waist as a natural head. But I'm 5'8....and I think I'd only want to be waist length/hip length stretched. Bc me being waistlength curly would just result in madness lol.


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I've had waist length hair while straight but my hair shrinks up about 50% so it didn't show the length unless straightened. My mother has 3a/3b kinky curly hair her curls are like triple the size of mine and her hair is ass length but barely reaches her bra strap while curly. So I don't know if my hair could ever look waist length while curly. My hair is bra strap length stretched now and barley reaches my shoulders while curly. I really really really want it much longer then this. I love the look of long curls. I'm also tall so my hair has a LOT of growing to do.

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The longest part of my hair reaches just below my bra strap when stretched. My hair shrinks up and poofs out to about my shoulders unstretched. This is the longest my hair has been that I can remember.

I've been natural for about 6-7 years now but every other year, I'd get a big cut and chop it to about shoulder length stretched. Don't ask me why.

Now I really want to get my hair longer. Length was never a goal of mine but now I'm sort of feeling the itch. I'd like to reach BSL unstretched.
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I have 3b/3c hair and my hair is probably about 1/2 an inch past my bra strap when it's wet/damp. But when it dries its like an inch above my bra strap. So yeah I think it's possible but it might take a really really long time to get it there. So good luck and I hope you get there
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I have 3b/3c hair and my hair is probably about 1/2 an inch past my bra strap when it's wet/damp. But when it dries its like an inch above my bra strap. So yeah I think it's possible but it might take a really really long time to get it there. So good luck and I hope you get there
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I'm trying to reach my waist as a natural head. But I'm 5'8....and I think I'd only want to be waist length/hip length stretched. Bc me being waistlength curly would just result in madness lol.


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Originally Posted by SmilingElephant
girlllll I'm 5'7". i know the feeling. LOL. I want mine to be at least belly button length straight, with it being bsl curly. I'm mainly a 4a though so my shrinkage is ridic.

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I honestly wouldn't mind if my hair never reaches WL in its curly state. WL stretched would be enough for me. (Lol, I say "enough" as if waist length hair is a small, easy to accomplish feat.)

BekkaPoo, how is your hair doing?




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I honestly wouldn't mind if my hair never reaches WL in its curly state. WL stretched would be enough for me. (Lol, I say "enough" as if waist length hair is a small, easy to accomplish feat.)

BekkaPoo, how is your hair doing?
Originally Posted by QtBoutique
Hey Qt! So far so good.. and yours? (Thanks for asking btw..)

I'm gonna go blonde this weekend too, just so I can see how fast my roots come out..lol.
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