My Hair just doesn't seem like it's growing anymore *NEED ADVICE*!

My hair is to the point where i don't know if its just thickening up right now or just growing very slowly. I have never known it to grow slowly but thats what it feels like.

I put a sew-in to get myself over the hair hump and i believe i will do so until after the winter months because i feel like its at a stand still.

Has anyone ever experienced this? You felt like you hair came to a screeching halt even though you were doing everything the same, nothing changed? Does hair start to thicken up sometimes instead of gaining length?

Hey girl, you have had some amazing growth since you chopped. Your hair could be in it's rest phase. Hair works like that, it has active and rest phases. If you put it up in a sew in your will probably see major growth. I am actually about to do the same for a different reason. I am just over walking around with short hair, so i am getting braids for a few months. You'll probably see lots of growth when you take the braids out come winter.
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I think putting it away for a while is a good idea. It'll get your mind off of the growth and when you take it down you'll see a mega difference I'm sure!!
I'm going through that right now too. I seem to have been hovering just above BSL for ages. I was trying to see how long my hair would get, and now I think maybe it just doesn't grow past a certain length?? Who knows. It's a bit frustrating but I'm just trying to enjoy it anyway, BSL or not.

I remember when I first went natural (I've just grown out my second BC) it seemed like it was at the in-between stage forever, but then I got some braid extensions put in, and when I took them out I'd experienced a massive growth spurt, so your sew-in sounds like the way to go.
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You're definitely doing something right if it is getting thicker.

Where are you measuring from? The nape? Maybe other sections of your hair are catching up to your nape, causing the thickness, but not necessarily longer in overall inches? I know I battle nape breakage, so the rest of my hair has "caught up" with its length. I guess that makes the nape area now the shortest, as it is even with the hair on the top and sides.

The overall end result has been a little more length and a lot more thickness because of the additional length...
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Your hair does not stop growing. You may not be retaining length though. My only advice is to give your ends some extra TLC. Your ends are the oldest part of the hair so they need extra care, otherwise they will break off slowly but surely and make you think your hair has stopped growing.

I'm guessing your hair grows out, and not down, so maybe that's why you can't see much of a difference. I'm not sure what kind of length checks you do though.

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Hair Structure and Hair Life Cycle

Hair Stucture

Hair is composed of strong structural protein called keratin. This is the same kind of protein that makes up the nails and the outer layer of skin.
Each strand of hair consists of three layers.
  1. An innermost layer or medulla which is only present in large thick hairs.
  2. The middle layer known as the cortex. The cortex provides strength and both the color and the texture of hair.
  3. The outermost layer is known as the cuticle. The cuticle is thin and colorless and serves as a protector of the cortex.
Structure of the hair root

Below the surface of the skin is the hair root, which is enclosed within a hair follicle. At the base of the hair follicle is the dermal papilla. The dermal papilla is feed by the bloodstream which carries nourishment to produce new hair. The dermal papilla is a structure very important to hairgrowth because it contains receptors for male hormones and androgens. Androgens regulate hairgrowth and in scalp hair Androgens may cause the hair follicle to get progressively smaller and the hairs to become finer in individuals who are genetically predisposed to this type of hair loss.

The Hair Growth Cycle

Hair follicles grow in repeated cycles. One cycle can be broken down into three phases.
  1. Anagen - Growth Phase
  2. Catagen - Transitional phase
  3. Telogen - Resting Phase
Each hair passes through the phases independent of the neighboring hairs.
Anagen Phase - Growth Phase

Approximately 85% of all hairs are in the growing phase at any one time. The Anagen phase or growth phase can vary from two to six years. Hair grows approximately 10cm per year and any individual hair is unlikely to grow more than one meter long.
Catagen Phase - transitional phase

At the end of the Anagen phase the hairs enters into a Catagen phase which lasts about one or two weeks, during the Catagen phase the hair follicle shrinks to about 1/6 of the normal length. The lower part is destroyed and the dermal papilla breaks away to rest below.
Telogen Phase - resting phase

The resting phase follows the catagen phase and normally lasts about 5-6 weeks. During this time the hair does not grow but stays attached to the follicle while the dermal papilla stays in a resting phase below. Approximately 10-15 percent of all hairs are in this phase at an one time.
At the end of the Telogen phase the hair follicle re-enters the Anagen phase. The dermal papilla and the base of the follicle join together again and a new hair begins to form. If the old hair has not already been shed the new hair pushes the old one out and the growth cycle starts all over again.

http://www.follicle.com/hair-structure-life-cycle.html
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Hair Structure and Hair Life Cycle

Hair Stucture

Hair is composed of strong structural protein called keratin. This is the same kind of protein that makes up the nails and the outer layer of skin.
Each strand of hair consists of three layers.
  1. An innermost layer or medulla which is only present in large thick hairs.
  2. The middle layer known as the cortex. The cortex provides strength and both the color and the texture of hair.
  3. The outermost layer is known as the cuticle. The cuticle is thin and colorless and serves as a protector of the cortex.
Structure of the hair root

Below the surface of the skin is the hair root, which is enclosed within a hair follicle. At the base of the hair follicle is the dermal papilla. The dermal papilla is feed by the bloodstream which carries nourishment to produce new hair. The dermal papilla is a structure very important to hairgrowth because it contains receptors for male hormones and androgens. Androgens regulate hairgrowth and in scalp hair Androgens may cause the hair follicle to get progressively smaller and the hairs to become finer in individuals who are genetically predisposed to this type of hair loss.

The Hair Growth Cycle

Hair follicles grow in repeated cycles. One cycle can be broken down into three phases.
  1. Anagen - Growth Phase
  2. Catagen - Transitional phase
  3. Telogen - Resting Phase
Each hair passes through the phases independent of the neighboring hairs.
Anagen Phase - Growth Phase

Approximately 85% of all hairs are in the growing phase at any one time. The Anagen phase or growth phase can vary from two to six years. Hair grows approximately 10cm per year and any individual hair is unlikely to grow more than one meter long.
Catagen Phase - transitional phase

At the end of the Anagen phase the hairs enters into a Catagen phase which lasts about one or two weeks, during the Catagen phase the hair follicle shrinks to about 1/6 of the normal length. The lower part is destroyed and the dermal papilla breaks away to rest below.
Telogen Phase - resting phase

The resting phase follows the catagen phase and normally lasts about 5-6 weeks. During this time the hair does not grow but stays attached to the follicle while the dermal papilla stays in a resting phase below. Approximately 10-15 percent of all hairs are in this phase at an one time.
At the end of the Telogen phase the hair follicle re-enters the Anagen phase. The dermal papilla and the base of the follicle join together again and a new hair begins to form. If the old hair has not already been shed the new hair pushes the old one out and the growth cycle starts all over again.

http://www.follicle.com/hair-structure-life-cycle.html
Originally Posted by hippychic
So 10-15% of the hair (at one time) can stop growing for about 6 weeks every 2-6 years? Does that sum it up? Or am I off? lol

Interesting info. It doesn't sound like it would make a significant difference but interesting indeed.

So OP after reading that, does it sound like you are in a 6 week resting phase?

How long have you been natural? <--scratch that. Just saw your sig, almost one year.

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@hippy, I posted this link on CN about 1 week ago. I knew some of that stuff sounded familiar. lol Just goes to show how well I remember things. This has a lot more info though if you are interested OP

http://www.pgbeautygroomingscience.c...th-cycle.html/ (btw, found this from tightlycurly)

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Your hair does not stop growing. You may not be retaining length though. My only advice is to give your ends some extra TLC. Your ends are the oldest part of the hair so they need extra care, otherwise they will break off slowly but surely and make you think your hair has stopped growing.

I'm guessing your hair grows out, and not down, so maybe that's why you can't see much of a difference. I'm not sure what kind of length checks you do though.
Originally Posted by NikG20
Exactly. A lot of people on here think your hair length is predetermined. That doesn't make any sense to me. Sometimes we have problems retaining length though. If your hair is getting thicker however, I'd say your hair may be growing up/out, instead of down.
Thanks for the advice ladies! Guess i will be sticking to my sew-ins. I just took my hair out of one after about 1 month. So i guess ill give my hair a 2 week rest then sew it right back up

Has your hair been breaking? To my understanding hair will grow normally but retaining length is the issue.

I think a sew-in will be good for you. Don't worry about it. Just care for your hair as normal under the sew-in and keep praying for hair health! (a little prayer never hurt nobody...lol)

I completely understand where you are. I am bout ready to braid my hair. It's just finding a style that will accomodate my current length and keep my ends sealed.

Not to change the subject, but what kind of sew in style where you thinking of doing? What technique/hair do you use? I would love to do that kinky poofy hair, and sew it in a circle, but I don't know how to cut it. It would look HOT with some twist outs...
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Has your hair been breaking? To my understanding hair will grow normally but retaining length is the issue.

I think a sew-in will be good for you. Don't worry about it. Just care for your hair as normal under the sew-in and keep praying for hair health! (a little prayer never hurt nobody...lol)

I completely understand where you are. I am bout ready to braid my hair. It's just finding a style that will accomodate my current length and keep my ends sealed.

Not to change the subject, but what kind of sew in style where you thinking of doing? What technique/hair do you use? I would love to do that kinky poofy hair, and sew it in a circle, but I don't know how to cut it. It would look HOT with some twist outs...
Originally Posted by aishamodel
No my hair hasn't been breaking at all.

As far as the hair that i use, i posted up pics on this thread> My first self-install with Pics!

I had my cousin braid my hair down and i just sewed the hair in myself.


Exactly. A lot of people on here think your hair length is predetermined. That doesn't make any sense to me. Sometimes we have problems retaining length though. If your hair is getting thicker however, I'd say your hair may be growing up/out, instead of down.
Originally Posted by MixedUpCurlyChick
Well, yeah unless, you are seriously ill or stressed most of the hair on your head is growing. However, at the end of the telogen (resting) phase, that strand of hair is usually shed and a new one starts growing in it's place.

So, let's say person A has an average anagen (growth) phase of 3 years and their hair grows at a rate of 1/2 inch per month. At the end of those 3 years, assuming that she has had a minimal amount of breakage & does not trim at all, person A can expect to attain about 18 inches of length before her hair sheds and a new strand begins to grow in it's place.

While protective styles and the like will help get person A closer and closer to those 18 in, it's very likely that she won't get beyond that length. The length of time your hair spends in each phase and the amount of hair you grow per month are all determined by your unique DNA make up.

To the OP, how are you doing your length checks? Are you just 'eyeballing' it or are you breaking out the ruler to measure? I'd suggest using a growth chart or even taking pictures every month to compare. Beyond that make sure that you have a decent diet/exercise regimen. A healthy body means healthy hair & nails.

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