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Old 11-08-2012, 10:12 AM   #1
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This may come as a silly question but I've been natural for a few years, but I've always had it in a protective style such as braids or weaving, etc. I've spent the last 5 months taking care of it (cowashing twice a week, protecting my ends, moisturizing, putting them in twists, etc) and I've noticed the front and middle of my hair is growing at an alarming rate, but the sides and back don't seem to have grown as much. I'm starting to wonder if this is what people mean when your hair grows upward instead of out? I don't know, is this is a good thing?
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:11 AM   #2
 
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This may come as a silly question but I've been natural for a few years, but I've always had it in a protective style such as braids or weaving, etc. I've spent the last 5 months taking care of it (cowashing twice a week, protecting my ends, moisturizing, putting them in twists, etc) and I've noticed the front and middle of my hair is growing at an alarming rate, but the sides and back don't seem to have grown as much. I'm starting to wonder if this is what people mean when your hair grows upward instead of out? I don't know, is this is a good thing?
I'm not sure if that's what people mean about their hair growing upward (I'm not familiar with that phrase, sorry). But I can tell you that my hair grows at different rates depending on the section as well. For me, the back grows much much faster than the front, sides, and crown. I don't think there's anything inherently good or bad about it, but I've definitely found it frustrating at times. Even if I cut my hair, when it starts growing in the back inevitably starts getting longer than the rest in no time. I've heard many people say that some sections of their hair grows faster than others, so I suspect it's relatively common.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:38 AM   #3
 
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Growing upwards means that the hair naturally grows out or up instead of growing down. This is especially common with tight curl patterns 3c and up, and sometimes with 3b. Until the hair has enough weight it reaches up and out, instead of hanging down. Perfect example would be an Afro on 4b hair. The shape would be round and not naturally fall down unless it was extremely long. This isn't good or bad; it all depends on your style preferences.

And a lot of people have sections that grow faster than others. Sometimes it is because of growth patterns. Other times it's because the curl is looser in certain sections so those appear to grow faster than the tighter ones.
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