For those with MBL and WL 3c curls

I want to grow out to one of these lengths. How long did it take your hair to get there and how long is it stretched?

I want to know what the actual length of my hair will be by the time it is MBL or WL dry and how much longer I'll take to get there. I've currently been growing out for 27 months and my hair is BSL stretch and approximately SL dry.
3c/4a
WL (25") straightened
APL curly

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My youngest daughter has Rear Length hair. She's six and hovered around SL until she was 3 due to my ignorance on moisture importance. But from about 3 until 6 it grew from that length to her Rear Length hair. She has type 2 hair, and is about MBL unstrecthed and dry.

Her sisters are 8 and have WL hair. I think it was about 2 1/2 years from past SL to get to WL for them. They have type 3 hair. Their hair is about APL unstretched and dry. They get super skrinkage.
RIP Natasha Richardson

Holy Grails: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner, AVG, EVO Coconut Oil, Amla Oil, KC Spiral Spritz, Brahmi Oil, Tea Tree eo, Rosemary eo, Distilled H2O, Aloe Vera Juice, Neem Oil, ACV, Dr. Bonner's Skikakai Castile Soap, Avocado Oil

Sometimes: AOMM Jelly, KCNT, KCCC

Last edited by madhuri_dixit_fan; 01-28-2010 at 12:25 AM.
My youngest daughter has Rear Length hair. She's six and hovered around SL until she was 3 due to my ignorance on moisture importance. But from about 3 until 6 it grew from that length to her Rear Length hair. She has type 2 hair, and is about MBL unstrecthed and dry.

Her sisters are 8 and have WL hair. I think it was about 2 1/2 years from past SL to get to WL for them. They have type 3 hair. Their hair is about APL unstretched and dry. They get super skrinkage.
Originally Posted by madhuri_dixit_fan

How do you moisturize her hair (what do you use as a moisturizer and how much do you use) and how often ?

TIA

http://www.habanim.org/en/index_en.html
WOW from WL they shrink to SL?! This sounds a lot like my hair. For some reason I feel like no matter how long it gets it will always shrink to SL, meaning that when its really long it will just look really big. I hope I'm wrong and that my length will actually show at some point.

Keep 'em coming ladies!
3c/4a
WL (25") straightened
APL curly

Teri Laflesh's book "Curly Like Me" sits on my desk and everytime I get frustrated and an impulse tells me to shave my head, I look at it in hopes that one day my hair will graze the top of my butt.








My youngest daughter has Rear Length hair. She's six and hovered around SL until she was 3 due to my ignorance on moisture importance. But from about 3 until 6 it grew from that length to her Rear Length hair. She has type 2 hair, and is about MBL unstrecthed and dry.

Her sisters are 8 and have WL hair. I think it was about 2 1/2 years from past SL to get to WL for them. They have type 3 hair. Their hair is about APL unstretched and dry. They get super skrinkage.
Originally Posted by madhuri_dixit_fan

How do you moisturize her hair (what do you use as a moisturizer and how much do you use) and how often ?

TIA
Originally Posted by taltal
I moisturize once a day in winter/spring. Summer/fall it's twice a day because the sun dries their hair out and they can't seem to keep their sunhats on, lol.

For moisture I use Distilled Water + Condish mixture, or Distilled Water + few drops of a kid friendly essential oil that's good for growth/scalp cleanliness. But, lately it's been Distilled Water + Aloe Vera Juice.

I spray one of those mixtures onto their hair, just to dampen not soak it--I leave soaking for wash days--and seal it with tiny amount of Avocado or Coconut Oil. Like a dime size amount of oil.

In the summer, I do that in the morning and at night long before bed so their heads are bit dry before sleep. Because of the sun, it really has to be done twice a day during the hot months or else my 3s get super dry and frizzy hair that turns light brown and my youngest gets hair that goes str8, won't hold a curl, and gets a dusty greyness to its dark black.

However, I do use a leave-in and gel on their hair too, applied after a shampoo + condish only, which is 1-2x a week. We use KCNT + KCCC right now. So, when I do the mositurizing throughout the week, what I'm mostly doing is refreshing those products. Those products help retain moisture due to ingredients like agave nectar and marshmallow, so I don't have to make their hair extremely wet daily or add more product. I use a small amount of the KC products because I find damp hair + oil to be great to avoid product buildup and don't use a lot of oil so I avoid greasiness.
RIP Natasha Richardson

Holy Grails: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner, AVG, EVO Coconut Oil, Amla Oil, KC Spiral Spritz, Brahmi Oil, Tea Tree eo, Rosemary eo, Distilled H2O, Aloe Vera Juice, Neem Oil, ACV, Dr. Bonner's Skikakai Castile Soap, Avocado Oil

Sometimes: AOMM Jelly, KCNT, KCCC
WOW from WL they shrink to SL?! This sounds a lot like my hair. For some reason I feel like no matter how long it gets it will always shrink to SL, meaning that when its really long it will just look really big.
Originally Posted by curledlove
Yeah, my eldest girl gets hella skrinkage. If I want it to show greater than the APL when dry, I have to weigh it down with lots of leave-in and gel. I stopped doing that regularily because of buildup. I do it on special occassions only. Even so, it only lasts about 4 hours and then it'll still skrink back up, lol. I've just accepted that their hair will never show the WL and beyond length it really is when dry for very long or at all most times. Even if they got floor length hair it would just skrink back up to APL or lower, lol.
RIP Natasha Richardson

Holy Grails: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner, AVG, EVO Coconut Oil, Amla Oil, KC Spiral Spritz, Brahmi Oil, Tea Tree eo, Rosemary eo, Distilled H2O, Aloe Vera Juice, Neem Oil, ACV, Dr. Bonner's Skikakai Castile Soap, Avocado Oil

Sometimes: AOMM Jelly, KCNT, KCCC

Last edited by madhuri_dixit_fan; 01-28-2010 at 02:28 PM.
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I moisturize once a day in winter/spring. Summer/fall it's twice a day because the sun dries their hair out and they can't seem to keep their sunhats on, lol.

For moisture I use Distilled Water + Condish mixture, or Distilled Water + few drops of a kid friendly essential oil that's good for growth/scalp cleanliness. But, lately it's been Distilled Water + Aloe Vera Juice.

I spray one of those mixtures onto their hair, just to dampen not soak it--I leave soaking for wash days--and seal it with tiny amount of Avocado or Coconut Oil. Like a dime size amount of oil.
Originally Posted by madhuri_dixit_fan
I've been looking for ways to incorporate Aloe Vera Juice/Gel to my hair routine. Is there a specific AVJ to Distilled Water ratio to the mixture or do you just go by trial and error?
"The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable."

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I am a serial cutter

I moisturize once a day in winter/spring. Summer/fall it's twice a day because the sun dries their hair out and they can't seem to keep their sunhats on, lol.

For moisture I use Distilled Water + Condish mixture, or Distilled Water + few drops of a kid friendly essential oil that's good for growth/scalp cleanliness. But, lately it's been Distilled Water + Aloe Vera Juice.

I spray one of those mixtures onto their hair, just to dampen not soak it--I leave soaking for wash days--and seal it with tiny amount of Avocado or Coconut Oil. Like a dime size amount of oil.
Originally Posted by madhuri_dixit_fan
I've been looking for ways to incorporate Aloe Vera Juice/Gel to my hair routine. Is there a specific AVJ to Distilled Water ratio to the mixture or do you just go by trial and error?
Originally Posted by MissConstrued
It's all trial and error, but I err on the side of having more water than anything else. I make only enough to last for that day's use because I'm weary of anything spoiling. For this week I have been trying 2/3 distilled water to 1/3 aloe juice and then added a bit of lavender eo today for scent.
RIP Natasha Richardson

Holy Grails: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner, AVG, EVO Coconut Oil, Amla Oil, KC Spiral Spritz, Brahmi Oil, Tea Tree eo, Rosemary eo, Distilled H2O, Aloe Vera Juice, Neem Oil, ACV, Dr. Bonner's Skikakai Castile Soap, Avocado Oil

Sometimes: AOMM Jelly, KCNT, KCCC

Last edited by madhuri_dixit_fan; 01-29-2010 at 04:25 AM.
Have you tried doing overnight braids ?

Yeah, my eldest girl gets hella skrinkage. If I want it to show greater than the APL when dry, I have to weigh it down with lots of leave-in and gel. I stopped doing that regularily because of buildup. I do it on special occassions only. Even so, it only lasts about 4 hours and then it'll still skrink back up, lol. I've just accepted that their hair will never show the WL and beyond length it really is when dry for very long or at all most times. Even if they got floor length hair it would just skrink back up to APL or lower, lol.
Originally Posted by madhuri_dixit_fan

http://www.habanim.org/en/index_en.html
The actual length of my hair is WL and when I do WnG's it shrinks to BSL and when I do dry twist-outs on an old WnG it's MBL. But, it really depends on each person. I have seen fotki of a couple people that have WL hair and it shrinks up to their shoulders. Not exactly sure what my hair texture is cause I think everyone determines this differently. I thought it was 3c/4a. But, I have been told by others it's 3b/c.

You can always go to my fotki to see if you like.

HTH
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The actual length of my hair is WL and when I do WnG's it shrinks to BSL and when I do dry twist-outs on an old WnG it's MBL. But, it really depends on each person. I have seen fotki of a couple people that have WL hair and it shrinks up to their shoulders. Not exactly sure what my hair texture is cause I think everyone determines this differently. I thought it was 3c/4a. But, I have been told by others it's 3b/c.

You can always go to my fotki to see if you like.

HTH
Originally Posted by NaturallyCurlyEnnovy
I saw your pictures on CN...you are so gorg and so is your hair...I was unable to pull up pictures on your fotki...prob me...But your hair is amazing
WL to BSL would be lovely. I'm so terrified to have WL hair shrink to SL! Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

When I was younger I had WL hair that shrunk to about MBL. Does that mean it will be the same in the future when my hair is at that length?

Oh and how long did it take you to get your hair to that length?
3c/4a
WL (25") straightened
APL curly

Teri Laflesh's book "Curly Like Me" sits on my desk and everytime I get frustrated and an impulse tells me to shave my head, I look at it in hopes that one day my hair will graze the top of my butt.








I saw your pictures on CN...you are so gorg and so is your hair...I was unable to pull up pictures on your fotki...prob me...But your hair is amazing
Originally Posted by JustSimplyTish

Thank you so much! As long as you are a member of Fotki you can view my photos. That is the only stipulation. You can just sign up to be a member if you aren't already. You don't have to add photos or anything.


WL to BSL would be lovely. I'm so terrified to have WL hair shrink to SL! Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

When I was younger I had WL hair that shrunk to about MBL. Does that mean it will be the same in the future when my hair is at that length?

Oh and how long did it take you to get your hair to that length?
Originally Posted by curledlove
Not sure if your hair length would be the same length as it was when you were longer. Just because hair texture tends to change as we get older. But, hopefully so.

I've pretty much had a least APL all my life except for the two times I cut it into a chin length bob. So I honestly can't tell you how long it takes. I had hair to my butt in November 2007. Then I got it cut into layers with the shortest part at my chin and longest a little past my shoulders (pictures in my Fotki of haircut). Then last March (2009) I got it cut again. I think 4-5 inches and as of November 2009 it was WL. So from just past my shoulders to WL it took less than 2 years. I'm pretty sure it was already WL when I got it cut in March '09 or at least pretty close to it. But, I had not straightened it so I don't know for sure.

I will say that if you are not straightening it and just keeping it in its natural state it will grow without you knowing. Also, as long as you don't straighten it you also don't really have to get hair cuts except for maybe once or at the most twice a year. When I straightened my hair in November I did NOT have one split end and the last hair cut I had was in March. So that was 8 months. I still haven't had one. I won't get another one unless I see split ends. But, I promise your growth will sneak up on you. I had no idea my hair was at my waist when it got there. I was so surprised.

Just have to be patient.

HTH
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You also have to take height and neck length into account. The same length of hair will look very different on a person who's 5 feet tall than someone who's 6 feet tall.


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You also have to take height and neck length into account. The same length of hair will look very different on a person who's 5 feet tall than someone who's 6 feet tall.
Originally Posted by werenumber2
Great point! I'm 5'7 1/2" with a giraffe neck! I can thank my dad for my extra long limbs LOL!! But, can thank my mom for my hair growth!!
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I'm mbl when stretched or straightened. Depending on how I style, it can range from sl to apl curly. I do have a tail that will take it to bsl sometimes LOL.

I think it depends on your texture and the products you use and how you style. When I twist, it stretched my curl and it appears longer. Wash n go's mean huge shrinkage.

Mariag (I hope I spelled her screen name right) is very close to WL straight and she has quite a bit of shrinkage. Hopefully she'll chime in.

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Last edited by wavezncurlz; 02-02-2010 at 02:00 PM. Reason: punctuation
How do you do twist outs ?
Never did those and would appreciate an explanation on how to ..

The actual length of my hair is WL and when I do WnG's it shrinks to BSL and when I do dry twist-outs on an old WnG it's MBL. But, it really depends on each person. I have seen fotki of a couple people that have WL hair and it shrinks up to their shoulders. Not exactly sure what my hair texture is cause I think everyone determines this differently. I thought it was 3c/4a. But, I have been told by others it's 3b/c.

You can always go to my fotki to see if you like.

HTH
Originally Posted by NaturallyCurlyEnnovy

http://www.habanim.org/en/index_en.html
I'm full MBL, touching WSL right now and my hair still shrinks up to somewhere in the shoulder length area.
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@NCE, @mariag, are these your lengths with curly or with straightened hair ?

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Last edited by taltal; 02-06-2010 at 05:25 AM.
I think both of these ladies are those lengths stretched. Mariag said she shrinks to somewhere in the shoulder area and NCE didn't mention her shrinkage level. Hopefully she will soon. Thanks for all these great answers ladies! keep em coming I'm anxious to know!
3c/4a
WL (25") straightened
APL curly

Teri Laflesh's book "Curly Like Me" sits on my desk and everytime I get frustrated and an impulse tells me to shave my head, I look at it in hopes that one day my hair will graze the top of my butt.








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