Found pics of hair, help to nurse back to health?

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So... I was thinking to myself. "Gee, my hair sure has grown a lot in three months. And it looks super healthy..." Then I looked at my hairline. My hairline has not grown AT ALL. And it looks really dried and no matter what I do to it, it looks the same. I took this pic a day after I washed my hair. I used Mane n Tail (or whatever it's called) the day before. I used flash and the new growth reflected the light, so it's about uhhh... 2 1/2"? And look at the hairline... NONE. What am I doing wrong? ( I don't think it's a different texture because my hair started thinning from the relaxers earlier this year and it's really dry. It's never looked like this before I dyed my hair earlier this year too...




Last edited by helloyellowbird; 11-26-2008 at 10:43 AM.
When I was transitioning I had the same problem. It was a combination of shrinkage (new growth) and the thin relaxed ends. Give it time to grow. The first few months of transitioning your hair goes through an awkward stage. This was the stage where I used to say F this and grab the nearest relaxer LOL but hang in there its going to get better

If you're worried about it not growing, try castor oil. I'm trying to remember what I used to make the new growth soft. I'll post again when I remember.
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When I was transitioning I had the same problem. It was a combination of shrinkage (new growth) and the thin relaxed ends. Give it time to grow. The first few months of transitioning your hair goes through an awkward stage. This was the stage where I used to say F this and grab the nearest relaxer LOL but hang in there its going to get better

If you're worried about it not growing, try castor oil. I'm trying to remember what I used to make the new growth soft. I'll post again when I remember.
Originally Posted by mariag002
Thanks! I just thought that it was strange since the rest of my hair seems fine. My mother talked to me about it and said it's probably because my hair is exposed to more things like face products, stress, etc.
Looks like you have new growth on your hairline too. But focus on retaining and health of your ends and moisture overall especially at the "demarcation" line, rather than growth stimulation.
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Looks like you have new growth on your hairline too. But focus on retaining and health of your ends and moisture overall especially at the "demarcation" line, rather than growth stimulation.
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe
What do you suggest I do? I'm open for suggestions.
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well i obviously am still learning about hair moisture and maintenance but i've come across Dr. Miracle's Temple and Nape growth balm and it has worked for me.

i used to pull my hair up all the time and over the years the edges have thinned. I use it in the morning and before bed and i have seen improvements.
You should try it out
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...i'm still working on the first day...


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^^
well i obviously am still learning about hair moisture and maintenance but i've come across Dr. Miracle's Temple and Nape growth balm and it has worked for me.

i used to pull my hair up all the time and over the years the edges have thinned. I use it in the morning and before bed and i have seen improvements.
You should try it out
Originally Posted by rara171
Hello. I've tried that product before but the smell was too strong for me. I didn't see much improvement either. How long did it take for you to notice results?
I've been using it for about a month and a half. The smell is strong but i'm pretty used to it. But i put it on religiously. I can't tell that much when my hair it curly, but i'm getting it straightened
(i know i know )
so i should be able to truly see the results and tonight.
...2nd day hair??...
...i'm still working on the first day...


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I finally found pictures of my old hair. That took forever. :S Yea so, this was back in Florida and it was very humid, but you can get an idea I think. My hair lacks moisture so I'm still trying to find different product for it. Currently I am using Garnier which I'm aware is bad for you? Now that I have pics, maybe it'll be easier to help me instead of trying to guess. I was on this website and the lady told me I have 4b hair. I disagreed, but what you think? I don't think it's 4b :S



I'm trying to nurse my hair back to health so that it at least looks like this picture. My hair is very weak and breaks off now so :S hoping.
It looks 3C to me.

According to this website, 4B is like this


Your hair is really pretty! How long have you been transitioning? It has waves and curls already.

Are you transitioning from texlaxed hair?

BTW that thing over your face is pretty scary LOL
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It looks 3C to me.

According to this website, 4B is like this


Your hair is really pretty! How long have you been transitioning? It has waves and curls already.

Are you transitioning from texlaxed hair?

BTW that thing over your face is pretty scary LOL
You're such a pretty girl, not sure why you hide your face
Originally Posted by mariag002
That picture was during my chubby days... So... Well, so far my hair is just waves. I really want it to get back to the way it was in the picture, but this beautician really messed up my hair after he dyed it and it's such a long process It probably stopped growing because I moved from a tropical area to a dry area. It just started to grow again, but I'm moving to a very cold country!

Yea, I'm transitioning from texlaxed hair the longest relaxers stay in my hair is 10 minutes because I have a sensitive scalp XD
OK I completely understand
I just lost some weight and feel comfortable taking a picture without seeing two chins LOL

Your hair can definitely change when you go from one climate to another. I've lived in Boston most of my life, but when I temporarily moved to the Dominican Rep. my hair took months to go back to normal.

Hair dye can really take a toll on your hair. The times I ruined/fried my own hair was when I dyed it. Now I'm terrified of dying it.
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Your natural hair from your old pic looks to be in the 3b/c range. Many hairstylists are unaware of how curly hair may look like when it is damaged or the different types of hair in existence.

I also moved from a subtropical climate to a moderate, but drier climate to the desert. Climate does affect hair. Winter and desert climates require heavier, creamier conditioners. You'll probably need to leave some conditioner in instead of rinsing it completely out.

You'll just have to have patience. It takes hair time to recover from significant chemical damage, but your hair seems to be growing out beautifully. :-)
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Funny! I was just writing about this when I saw your post. I agree with everything that's been said thus far, your hair is recovering just fine. Take your time with it and focus on hair health. Growth is a give, health is what you're after.
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Your natural hair from your old pic looks to be in the 3b/c range. Many hairstylists are unaware of how curly hair may look like when it is damaged or the different types of hair in existence.

I also moved from a subtropical climate to a moderate, but drier climate to the desert. Climate does affect hair. Winter and desert climates require heavier, creamier conditioners. You'll probably need to leave some conditioner in instead of rinsing it completely out.

You'll just have to have patience. It takes hair time to recover from significant chemical damage, but your hair seems to be growing out beautifully. :-)
Originally Posted by multicultcurly
This is so true; 3b/c? I never knew that. We'll see. I know everyone is against vaseline... but I'm trying it out for a week :S
HelloYellowbird (I always want to say OldCrayons LOL) what percentage of your hair is new growth? I would also say 3b/3c as well.
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HelloYellowbird (I always want to say OldCrayons LOL) what percentage of your hair is new growth? I would also say 3b/3c as well.
Originally Posted by mariag002
About 0.0001% percent lol. I'm not really sure how long my hair is at the moment. I'm guessing that I'm a bit longer than bra strap and I have close to 4" of new growth. I couldn't tell ya!

And I knew that I've seen you on the forums before! I just wasn't sure haha XD
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