Is it possible that armpit length is my terminal length?

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So my hair has literally been at the same length (armpit length) for a year +. and im really confused because i dyed it last summer and it was at my armpit, now i measured it and ts still at my armpit BUT i see my new growth (4in of black hair) and my colored hair which is significantly shorter than it was in the summer(about 5in).
BUT heres the thing, i looked at my old pics from about 2 years ago while i was natural (ive been natural for about 5-6 yrs) and my hair was STILL at armpit length and this is with my virgin natural hair, NO color or anything. when i look back at all my old pics and my pics from now, my hair is either 1in above armpit length or at armpit length and im not understanding why. i deep condition, after everywash and i put little to no tension on my hair and i often keep my hair in braids or twists when its not out.
though when i was relaxed my hair was never passed my shoulder so i do believe this is progress, but still. could armpit length be my terminal length???
help!
Your dyed hair is breaking, and probably will continue to do so cause its weakened. If your hair is growing but not getting any longer, look to the ends. Holla at some protein, regularly.. and seal your ends with a butter.
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Don't worry about terminal length. You'll never know what it is anyway -- if it's even a "real" thing.

It's more useful to focus on healthy hair care practices -- gentle detangling,moisturizing and sealing, low manipulation styling, protective styles, etc.

P.S.Your dyed ends were probably breaking at the same rate as your hair was growing at the root.
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Last edited by Fronomenal; 04-07-2013 at 08:38 AM.
I was wanting to get some highlights in my hair soon, but this has kind of put me off. Anyone here who has dyed their hair and still had it be relatively healthy?
I was wanting to get some highlights in my hair soon, but this has kind of put me off. Anyone here who has dyed their hair and still had it be relatively healthy?
Originally Posted by DewMaker
nope! Lol j/p I will say that my experience wasnt the best BUT my hair wasnt fully healthy (still heat damaged), I did it myself (BYE), TWICE back to back (double bye).. It dried out terribly and broke some but I eventually got a grasp on how to keep it moisturized & stop breakage. But the color still loosened my curl pattern so I sort of had to transition all over again.

I am planning on getting highlights this summer though, because im better educated on how to take care of it and its not the same as dyeing a major portion of your hair. Also I have no damage.
Id just advise you get it professionally done, and only do it if your hair is healthy. Incorporate a good protein conditioner into your regimen and seal properly if you already dont (Im also already porous so had to switch from sealing with oils to butters). You should be okay!
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I was wanting to get some highlights in my hair soon, but this has kind of put me off. Anyone here who has dyed their hair and still had it be relatively healthy?
Originally Posted by DewMaker
nope! Lol j/p I will say that my experience wasnt the best BUT my hair wasnt fully healthy (still heat damaged), I did it myself (BYE), TWICE back to back (double bye).. It dried out terribly and broke some but I eventually got a grasp on how to keep it moisturized & stop breakage. But the color still loosened my curl pattern so I sort of had to transition all over again.

I am planning on getting highlights this summer though, because im better educated on how to take care of it and its not the same as dyeing a major portion of your hair. Also I have no damage.
Id just advise you get it professionally done, and only do it if your hair is healthy. Incorporate a good protein conditioner into your regimen and seal properly if you already dont (Im also already porous so had to switch from sealing with oils to butters). You should be okay!
Originally Posted by Reeky
Thanks for your reply! My hair is in pretty good condition, and I was planning to go to a professional to get it done. So I think I'll go ahead and do it!
i've never had problems with growth after or because of a dye job. i had more issues with henna. go figure.

some people just don't get the growth that others get despite the best hair care practices. i think heredity has a lot to do with it too. everyone doesn't get long hair.
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The fact that your hair is growing shows it's not at it's "terminal length" According to that theory, the hair would have stopped growing. In this case, you would have the same amount of dyed hair and would not be growing it out, unless the hair was breaking off and you're hair was continuing to grow. So the problem is that your hair is breaking off.
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