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Old 08-08-2005, 11:33 AM   #1
 
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Hi! I'm a longtime lurker, new poster. I've learned so much from everyone on this board - all the shared knowledge and encouragement has really helped me post-BC.

My question is this: How long did it take you (or how long do you expect it to take) to reach a length that you're comfortable/happy with? I did the big chop last October, and am going through a pretty awkward growing out phase right now. My frustration has gotten to the point where I'm seriously considering a texturizer, just so I can get some more length. I feel like it will take me at least a year or two, maybe longer, to reach a length that flatters my face (shoulder length or longer), falls nicely, is easy to manage, etc. For those of you who are all natural (esp those w/ super-thick 3c/4a hair), do you remember how long it took for you to get comfortable w/ your hair? And for those who have shoulder length or longer hair, how long did it take to grow it out?

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Old 08-08-2005, 11:36 AM   #2
 
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Your hair is gorgeous. I can't answer your question because I still relax my hair.
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Old 08-08-2005, 01:04 PM   #3
 
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I just BC'e so I am nowhere near the length you have now, but I just wanted to tell you that I think your hair is very pretty. Stop tripping girl!
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I agree, your hair is beautiful. Have you ever tried shingling or a coil out? That might add a little pizzaz for you.

http://www.curve-salon.com/coil-out101.htm

http://www.curve-salon.com/shingling101.htm
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Old 08-08-2005, 02:47 PM   #5
 
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Thanks for the compliments, ladies! (curlilocks & sunnedelight - you have gorgeous hair!).

I've tried shingling - it usually feels and looks good when soaking wet... then shrivels up and poofs out shortly after (even if I load it up w/ products and keep it in a low ponytail for a while). I almost always airdry - maybe I'll try blowdrying or sitting under a dryer w/ a scarf (like on the Curve site) and see if I get better results.

I actually think my hair looked better right after I did the BC (had some shape), but I don't want to cut it b/c I know I ultimately want longer hair, and it takes forever to grow.
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Old 08-08-2005, 03:17 PM   #6
 
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Susu, you have beautiful hair!

Can't answer your question because I am transitioning without chopping for now, and it's very frustrating. But your hair is amazing.
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Old 08-08-2005, 07:19 PM   #7
 
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Thanks Amneris! I regularly read your posts and have gotten so many useful tips from them! (In fact, I was planning to pm you w/ some questions re: texturizing. )
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You have beautiful hair! It can be frustrating to grow out hair, but your curls are certainly flattering!
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Your hair is gorgeous. I have been natural for almost 10 years but my hair is currently about 6 inches long and I am growing it to my waist. I've done it before and it took a little less than 3 I think. It really didn't seem like it took that long before because it wasn't soemthing that I planned but now that I'm watching it grow it's taking forever. Don't texturize, you'll regret it and just let it be. It's growing. When my hair grows it looks shorter and shorter until it reaches a certain length and then the curls fall.
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I agree with LipGlassHoney.....don't texturize. It will grow...plus you already have a lot of length. My last softening was in Oct 2004 and I should have about 4 1/2 inches of new hair but I only have 4 inches. I haven't BC'd because I realized my hair grows real slow. I think it will take me about 2 years to get it to a comfortable length.

A softening I think is like a texturizer.....basically a mild relaxer. Either way you will have to grow that out as well. You have gone through so much work.....don't ruin it for something that will come with time and patience. Plus, you have beautiful hair!
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Old 08-09-2005, 08:43 AM   #11
 
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I agree with the other ladies--don't texturize.Your hair looks beautiful and it actually flatters your facial structure at this point. Although I'm transitioning, I have 2.5" of natural, and I think the roots of your hair (in the from the top shot) are a bit similar to mine (photo in my transitioning album). I think that if I texturized, the curls would not be uniform at all, and it would look like it was between a relaxer and natural in some parts and a texturizer and natural in others. I have coils, curls, and naps--I just think it's too many textures to have the texturizer look the way I'd like for every retouch.

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I agree as well. Donīt texturize it.
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Old 08-09-2005, 10:56 AM   #13
 
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Hey Ladies,

Thanks so much for all compliments & wds of encouragement! I know that it probably doesn't make sense to texturize after spending all that time growing out my perm (esp since I'm thinking of doing a texturizer as a one-time thing for length, and would want to start growing it out immediately). I have only tried relaxers in the past, and thought that a texturizer would be very different (more natural-looking, much easier to grow out), but sounds like that may not be the case. Anyway, I was pretty sure I had reached my breaking point this wk, but now I think I'll stick it out w/ my natural hair a bit longer.

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I have been natural for almost 10 years but my hair is currently about 6 inches long and I am growing it to my waist. I've done it before and it took a little less than 3 I think. It really didn't seem like it took that long before because it wasn't soemthing that I planned but now that I'm watching it grow it's taking forever. Don't texturize, you'll regret it and just let it be. It's growing. When my hair grows it looks shorter and shorter until it reaches a certain length and then the curls fall.
Waist-length in 3 yrs??? That's crazy! (I'm pretty sure that's an unrealistic hair goal for me.) My sister has also noticed that her hair often looks shorter and shorter as she grows it out (or gets stuck at the same length), but I think that tends to happen when it reaches shoulder length or longer.
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Hey Ladies,

Thanks so much for all compliments & wds of encouragement! I know that it probably doesn't make sense to texturize after spending all that time growing out my perm (esp since I'm thinking of doing a texturizer as a one-time thing for length, and would want to start growing it out immediately). I have only tried relaxers in the past, and thought that a texturizer would be very different (more natural-looking, much easier to grow out), but sounds like that may not be the case. Anyway, I was pretty sure I had reached my breaking point this wk, but now I think I'll stick it out w/ my natural hair a bit longer.

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I have been natural for almost 10 years but my hair is currently about 6 inches long and I am growing it to my waist. I've done it before and it took a little less than 3 I think. It really didn't seem like it took that long before because it wasn't soemthing that I planned but now that I'm watching it grow it's taking forever. Don't texturize, you'll regret it and just let it be. It's growing. When my hair grows it looks shorter and shorter until it reaches a certain length and then the curls fall.
Waist-length in 3 yrs??? That's crazy! (I'm pretty sure that's an unrealistic hair goal for me.) My sister has also noticed that her hair often looks shorter and shorter as she grows it out (or gets stuck at the same length), but I think that tends to happen when it reaches shoulder length or longer.
Actually my hair just looks shorter because of the way the curls wrap around one another but if I pull it out and measure I can tell that it's growing. When it reaches about 10 inches the curls usually fall and don't curl around one another anymore. I think wasit length comes quicker for shorter people. I'm 5'3 and it usually takes about 3 years. I've only done it twice. Waist length for me is about 33 inches. I saw a little girl a yesterday who was 3 and her hair was almost to her waist. I was amazed. She had the most beautiful coils I had ever seen. I just pray that her mother doesn't relax it.
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