Q: how many inches of hair do you have... more

1. how many inches of hair do you have?
I have 3 inches of hair

2. how many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?
I began my journey with no inches I had a shaved head.

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?
I have been loose natural for 7 months.

4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?

When my hair was shorter, it seemed much easier to handle. Now that I am getting some growth, it's more of a challenge. I don't have much time to spend on my hair during the work week. Twists/twist-outs still look scalp-y on me

5. have you found your staple products?
yes, for the most part

what about you?
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
1. how many inches of hair do you have?
I have between 3-6 shrunken inches. The front is shorter than the crown and back. It's 8-10 inches straight (I've currently got it flatironed)

2. how many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?
1 inch curly, 3 inches straight.

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?
I've been fully natural since March 2008. I've cut my hair 3 times since then.

4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?
It hasn't become more difficult, it's just become different. I wore wash n gos for almost a year with no problem. This year I decided to dedicate myself to obtaining health and length, so I twist more now. That takes significantly more time, but it's time that I decided to make.

5. have you found your staple products?
some, but not all. KCCC is a staple for me, as is avocado oil. I actually still get great results with Aphogee's 2-step treatment, and I'm trying to narrow down my deep conditioner choices. I love all things ayurveda, that's a new staple. I'm just now realizing that my hair doesn't care much for co-washing. Slowly but surely I'll get there though!

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1. how many inches of hair do you have?
longest is 3-6 inches coily; 13-16 inches stretched.

How many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?
1/2 inch or so stretched.

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?
BC January 2007. Mini BC April 2008

4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?

It's just different. When shorter, washing, conditioning, shaking, and going was a lifestyle. As it got longer, I began smoothing conditioner and holding products in section, etc (think conditioner only method). At it's current length, wash-n-gos are simply a no-no all together because it never dries and curls up on itself. I wash once or twice a week and apply products and style on dry stretched hair instead freshly washed and wet. Length has also given me styling options to stretch hairstyles without much manipulation (pulling old hair in buns, ponytails, etc)

5. have you found your staple products?
well, at least for the summer. It's my first winter as a loose natural, so I'm sure some surprizes are just around the corner.
4a, fine coils. low/med porosity. "It's springy. Like a slinky."--My Lil' Cousin

I use products on 90% dry hair.
Wash: Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castille Soap.
Conditioner: Tigi Bedhead Moisture Maniac/Suave Humectants
Moisturizers: Long Aid
Styler: Ecostyler Clear/ Vitamin E Oil

Last edited by springyhead; 08-31-2009 at 02:51 PM.
1. how many inches of hair do you have?
About 8 inches stretched...i think.

2. how many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?
about 1.5 inches curly.

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?
ooohh...seems like forever, but it's been 9 years.

4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?
A little more difficult but as the years have passed I have learned more of what works best with my hair at many different lengths. It is just time consuming so I have to establish my "hair day" every week to two weeks. Wash and go's are a no-no.

5. have you found your staple products?
Of course. My hair is in love with Qhemet biologics Alma and Olive heavy cream and castor oil is another favorite.
Over 10 years natural and still growing...
1. how many inches of hair do you have?
I have about 5 curly inches right now
2. how many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?
I began my journey with 4 inch straight (1 curly), but before I found this site, I heat damaged my hair so I finally just cut off the last of the damage.
3. how long have you been on this natural journey?
I bc'd in may of 08, but stopped flat ironing in september, so I like to count from there.
4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?
I'd say less. With a little length, my twist/twistouts are less scalpy. I want growth, so I have been trying to do twists for longer now, which leaves me with more time for the many other things on the to-do list.
5. have you found your staple products?
yes, finally. It is about trial and error, and thanks to this site, I have tried things I ordinarily wouldn't have. I gave up on shea butter, and my hair has thanked me. But who would think something as light as kbb hair milk would moisturize my hair like this! I was a grease girl, and my hair grew fast with it. It isn't growing so fast without it, but boy is it healthy.
Great thread!
Last perm 8/07, big chop 5/08, several mini chops since
Fine, medium density, low porosity. PJ in recovery
Current loves:Tressemme Nats, AO GPB, One and Only Argan Oil Hydrating Mask, Alba Botanicals Leave-in, KCKT, Qhemet BRBC & OHHB, Terresentials Mud Wash, Trader Joes Nourish Spa
"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Gandhi

Last edited by Kinky DaySha; 08-31-2009 at 02:13 PM.
1. how many inches of hair do you have?
3 inch stretched, 1 inch curly

2. how many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?
about 1 inch stretched

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?
I have been natural for 3 years. I recently cut my hair though and in love with my TWA

4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?

It's not more difficult. Twists, twistouts and bantuknot-outs are my hair's best friends

5. have you found your staple products?
YES!!!!!!!!! I love amla, brahmi and maka ayurvedic herbs
I love QB AOHC and HB and Afroveda butters and kissi seed conditioner. Vatika oil and castor oil
My steamer
--now on to the task of simplifying my hair regimen...

Last edited by coilynapp; 08-31-2009 at 02:31 PM.
1. how many inches of hair do you have?
12-13 coiled. Alomst 15 stretched


How many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?
2 inches

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?
I went natural in 2000 after a two month transition. After 5 year, after a pregnancy induced mania, I cut it all off again. (2 inches)

4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?
There is more hair, so there is more to deal with. TWA's are easy, not much to do with. And long is easy. When all else fails..ponytail. It's the middle stage that is tricky

5. have you found your staple products?
Yup. Skikakai and alma tea for cleansing. (I'll use a shampoo bar from Oyin if I feel my hair is really dirty) I still love the kinky curly line


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1. How many inches of hair do you have?
6 inches stretched

2. How many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?
2 inches

3. How long have you been on this natural journey?
Last perm was 8/08 (1 year since last scalp burn ). BC'd in January so 7 months natural.

4. Has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?
No. I can still do wash and gos but usually I do 2-strand twists twice a week.

5. Have you found your staple products?
Henna and amla (separately) once a month. Shea butter, KKKT, AOHR, and TJ Nourish Spa are musts.
Hair Type: 4a/4b
Last Relaxer: August 2008
BC: January 2009

Hair goal? To the !
1. How many inches of hair do you have?
6-8.5 inches

2. How many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?
2-3 inches

3. How long have you been on this natural journey?
Last relaxer was 1/23/2008
BC on August 27, 2008

4. Has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?
I find that my hair is easier (it wasn't hard in the first place) to deal with as it grows longer.

5. Have you found your staple products?
Suave conditioners, coconut oil, water/conditioner/oil mixture

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1. how many inches of hair do you have?
in the very back 8 inches; at the crown more than 12 i would say 13-14 ( i did a light blow dry last night)

2. how many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?
well i big chopped in 1995...then i cut my hair to shoulder length (straight in 1999)
then I cut it to halle berry sword fish short in 2001
at that time it was 3-5 inches straightened but layered

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?
since i was 16 so 16 years! wow

4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?
i find it more difficult the longer it gets...at least when I try to blow dry myself...the right products have made wash days much easier

5. have you found your staple products?
i have but i like to experiment with products and styles

i have hair add
Shampoo: Giovanni 50:50, Nexxus Aloe Rid
Detangling Conditioner: Oyin Honey Hemp, EO Sweet Orange
Cowash Conditioner:
Suave Naturals Sea Breeze, V05 Tea Therapy, Oyin Honey Hemp
Deep Conditioner: CJ Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix, Spa Siam Coconut Hair Mask, Yes to Carrots Mud Mask
Leave-in Conditioner: Afroveda NU Milk Hair Conditioner, CJ Hibiscus & Banana Honey Butta Leave-in, Knot Today
Stylers: SheaMoisture, JC Nourish and Shine, Burdock Root Butter Cream, Afroveda CocoLatte Moisture Mask
1. how many inches of hair do you have?
18 inches

2. how many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?
3 inches

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?
i'll have to look at my signature, but I think about 3 years.

4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?

More difficult. It's just so much hair. When it was short, it was easy to just wash n go, but I'm Muslim and wear hijab, so I had to figure out how to flatten it so my scarf didn't look so weird. When it was a longer, it was easier to just pull back into a pony tail. Now it's so thick and long that I can't just keep it in a pony tail. I have to do something with it and that takes a while.

5. have you found your staple products?
I have become less of a product junkie as my hair has grown. The only constant in my hair life is Suave Naturals conditioners.
3c/4a
I am loving all the varied response.
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
1. how many inches of hair do you have?

5-6 inches

2. how many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?

1 inch

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?

September will be my 10th month being natural.

4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?

Not much of a change. I am encountering a few tangles now that I have a little length; but nothing to complain about.


5. have you found your staple products?

Yes for the summer: V05 Tea Therapy, HEHH and Long Aid Gel. I will have to put the Long Aid away during the winter, so I am looking for something to replace it.
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BC 11/23/2008
Low porosity, Fine/Medium Texture, S-Curls

Co-wash: VO5 Tea Therapy
Rinse Out: Garnier Sleek 'n Shine (subject to change)
Styler: Long Aid Curl Activator

Dislikes: Proteins (except occasional Silk protein), Cones, Oils
1. how many inches of hair do you have?
9

2. how many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?
0

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?
12yrs but the hair that is currently on my head is part of my healthyhair journey 1 and a half yrs

4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?
the more it grows the easier it is for me to just leave it the heck alone.That's what we both like.

5. have you found your staple products?
Yep. I only need three conditioners (AOHSR, suave humectant and GDLI)
Shea butter, Castor oil, coconut oil, Long aid gel and aphogee.
1. how many inches of hair do you have?
About 3 inches

2. how many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?

less than 1 inch

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?

6 years

4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?

No. I've had everything from a BAA to a TWA to a fade. It's not more difficult, just more time consuming.


5. have you found your staple products?

Raw shea butter is the only thing I have consistently used. Africa's Best Herbal Oil has been a long time friend also.
Natural for 6 years and counting.

Last relaxer:
May 2003
BC: August 2003

Products:
Raw shea butter
AB Herbal Oil
J.R. Liggett poo bar
Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in
Lustrasilk Olive Oil conditioner
VO5 Tea Therapy Conditioner (Chamomile)
Suave Naturals Conditioner (Coconut)
Coconut Oil
DB Madagascar Vanilla Styling Cream
DB Organic Palm Fruit & Cherry Kernel Butter
1. how many inches of hair do you have?
I have about 5 now. Maybe closer to 6.

2. how many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?
I had about 2 inches of natural hair and 1 inch of permed ends.

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?
I've been all natural since March 2.

4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?
It's getting a little more difficult, but nothing I can't handle. I had one tough knot the other day. But I got it out (in about an hour).

5. have you found your staple products?
Yes, I have.
the kinky, coily, curly hair care blog
My Stats
Last Relaxer: October 20, 2008
Big Chop:
March 2, 2009

Current Length:
9 inches (chin length in front, apl in back)

Texture
: 4a/b
1. how many inches of hair do you have?

I believe I have 6-7 inches, haven't measured in a while so not sure

2. how many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?

4-5 inches

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?

4 months

4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?

Not really, a few tangles here and there, but nothing major

5. have you found your staple products?

Yes I have but still like to buy other stuff
http://mynaturalhairjourney.shutterfly.com/


Shampoos: Ion Hard Water Shampoo
Conditioners: Curl Junkie
Stylers: As I Am Smoothing Gel, Jane Carter Incredible Curls, Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter, Hairveda Whipped Gelly
Moisturizers: Camille Rose Moisture Milk, Camille Rose Fresh Curl
Leave-Ins: KBB Sweet Ambrosia
Pomades: Hairveda Almond Glaze

Last edited by lashon20; 09-02-2009 at 11:18 AM.
1. how many inches of hair do you have?
I'm going to guess 12? I'm going by this:
http://www.lace-front-wig.com/images/length.jpg


2. how many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?
I had about 18 before I cut it. I used to texturize my hair.

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?
6 months.


4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?
Now that it's short it's way more difficult to deal with IMO. It got a lot curlier and harder to style.

5. have you found your staple products?
Nope

3B, dense, and dry
I'm trying to grow my hair to bra strap length!
1. how many inches of hair do you have?
4 (at the crown), 5(at the nape) and 3 everywhere else. Just had a drastic trim

2. how many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?

2 inches all round after my BC, I was expecting a uniform texture so I kept cutting off the looser curls (d'oh!).

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?
Almost a year

4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?

Just different, I now have a mullet and the different textures are more noticeable.

5. have you found your staple products?
Nope,hence the PJ-ism
CoilyCurlyWavyKinks in the UK!
Hair type
: High density/low porosity/fine-coarse/medium strands
Current aim: Growing out henna



1. how many inches of hair do you have?

about 5 inches

2. how many inches did you have when you began your natural hair journey or after your BC?

1" - that was the longest blade we had on our clippers at home

3. how long have you been on this natural journey?

My last relaxer was around August of last year. I cut off the relaxed hair in November.

4. has caring for your hair become more or less difficult with growth?

Er, it's about the same. I just find I can do more with it in terms of styling.

5. have you found your staple products?

nope. I'm finding that silicone is not my friend, though, and as a result of eliminating it from my ingredient lists my hair has been a LOT softer.
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Wiry, coily, brassy 4a hair with low porosity and a dislike of 'cones.

Last Relaxer - 8/08; Big Chop - 11/08

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