Tips for growing out hair

I have been trying to grow out my hair for maybe 6 or 7 months and it doesn't seem like I'm getting very far.

How often should I get a hair trim? I've gotten a few in the past 6 months.....
Curl Pattern: 3A
Porosity: ?
Density: medium (used to be high)
Width: medium (used to be high)
Length: medium

Medical conditions: Androgenic alopecia (PCOS)

As I Am CoWash and As I Am leave-in conditioner daily/every other day. Deep conditioning with coconut oil occasionally. Wide-toothed comb. Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 to style.

10,000 mg of biotin/ day. Multi-vitamin. 100 mg/day spironolactone. 2,000 mg/day metformin. Yasmin for hormone therapy. Rogaine for men.
I used to follow the usual advice to have my hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks while I was trying to grow my hair, but found it to be a form of sabotage, and I never made any progress when I did. However, pre going CG I had given up and was having it cut every 3 weeks because traditional cuts start out looking ragged on me, and get worse with every passing moment, due to my uneven curl pattern. I strongly suspect that the problem was that my hair has so much jump that they couldn't get it even using traditional techniques until they'd practically scalped me.

Once I started getting Deva cuts, I was able to stretch that out to 6 weeks, then 2 months, then 3 while continuing to grow my hair. Once the current (second) edition of Curly Girl came out, I started trimming, then cutting my own hair. Although I have better luck doing it myself than going to a non-Devachan Deva stylist, I really take my time at it, and do it in stages over about three days, stopping and considering whenever I find myself unsure of any snip. So when a friend suggested meeting at Devachan, I decided to try it. At this point, I've been about half a year between cuts, and my Devachan stylist doesn't expect to see me for another half year. I'm considering trimming the canopy lightly, as well as a few face framing curls, but haven't decided yet.

I initially got my hair shears at Sally Beauty Supply, and used them for trimming any split ends and knots as soon as I find them. Because I get rid of them immediately, they don't have the tendency to draw other hair into a tangle and form larger knots.

So my recommendation would be to consider getting Deva cuts, lengthen the time between cuts, and get a decent quality pair of hair shears and trim split ends yourself. Once you get comfortable with trimming your ends, consider following the illustrated instructions in Curly Girl: The Handbook, and trimming your hair yourself.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008

Last edited by Morgan_Adcock; 07-30-2013 at 11:32 PM.
I have been trying to grow out my hair for maybe 6 or 7 months and it doesn't seem like I'm getting very far.

How often should I get a hair trim? I've gotten a few in the past 6 months.....
Originally Posted by rbouwens
On average you would grow about three inches in six months. A few trims in six months probably means you are trimming off most of the growth. Do you need your hair cutting that often, are the ends velcro/ tangled/ split/ dry?

You can either dust/ microtrim regularly (literally millimetres off) or have half an inch as and when your hair feels like it needs it. Ever since starting CG I can easily go six months, and that is despite growing out damage/ continuing to dye. The cutting every six weeks thing seems to come from hairdressers thinking of their wallet.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
6 months? Wow! I don't use any heat or dyes, so I'm not sure what the deal is. I looked at my ends in good lighting and I did see a number of split ends, so I sniped them. My ends still are frizzy, however, if I don't put coconut oil in them frequently.

The other night when I was looking at my splits, I actually took one and split it more with my fingers (then cut it, of course) I had no idea that I could do that!

I do notice some very thin, wispy hairs - could these be individual hairs or split hairs? Can hair split to a point where one strand becomes two?? It's really weird because some of my strands are thick and some are very very thin.
Curl Pattern: 3A
Porosity: ?
Density: medium (used to be high)
Width: medium (used to be high)
Length: medium

Medical conditions: Androgenic alopecia (PCOS)

As I Am CoWash and As I Am leave-in conditioner daily/every other day. Deep conditioning with coconut oil occasionally. Wide-toothed comb. Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 to style.

10,000 mg of biotin/ day. Multi-vitamin. 100 mg/day spironolactone. 2,000 mg/day metformin. Yasmin for hormone therapy. Rogaine for men.
6 months? Wow! I don't use any heat or dyes, so I'm not sure what the deal is. I looked at my ends in good lighting and I did see a number of split ends, so I sniped them. My ends still are frizzy, however, if I don't put coconut oil in them frequently.

The other night when I was looking at my splits, I actually took one and split it more with my fingers (then cut it, of course) I had no idea that I could do that!

I do notice some very thin, wispy hairs - could these be individual hairs or split hairs? Can hair split to a point where one strand becomes two?? It's really weird because some of my strands are thick and some are very very thin.
Originally Posted by rbouwens
Splits can travel right up the hair if not trimmed off quickly enough, but it might just be you have finer hair in some areas - could that be related to your hormones? Do be sure you are cutting high enough above individual splits, it won't just be the tip that is badly damaged.

Are you sure your hair is low porosity, have you had a hair analysis? Coconut oil being of so much use suggests to me it is not. Other ingredients proven beneficial to damaged hair include hydrolysed protein, ceramides and panthenol. Coarse hair doesn't usually do well with protein, fine hair generally does. Your routine looks fairly heavy on glycerin and silicones. Do you clarify sometimes to get rid of build up?

Are you super gentle on your hair in other ways? Long hairs talk about treating your hair like antique lace. Damage can be caused by brushing, combing, rubbing on pillowcase/ clothing/ car headrest/ sofa, repetitive styles.tools you use to secure it in an up do.

Are you eating an anti inflammatory/ very low glycaemic index/ nutrient dense PCOS diet? PCOS/ insulin resistance/ diabetes are all linked to certain nutrient deficiencies, so eating nutrient dense and a balance of food types/ groups is very important for health including hair. Multis don't cover all the bases, they are often low in one or more microutrients (magnesium is common), don't use bioavailable vitamin D or don't include long chain omega-3s. Can't recall which deficiencies are linked to spironoloactone, it's too long since I've studied pharmacy.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

Last edited by Firefox7275; 08-01-2013 at 03:05 PM.
I did have a scalp analysis done a few weeks ago and I do have androgenic alopecia, which is basically hair thinning caused by hormones. The follicles shrink so hair becomes thin. This thinning has been happening for about 4-5 years. That is why I was just put on spironolactone (Aldactone) and Rogaine.

I do have insulin resistance, so I try to follow a low carb diet. A few weeks ago I also became vegetarian. Grains are pretty much out except for the occasional bowl of Kashi Go Lean or light bread which is low in carbs.

I think my hair is low porosity. I did the float test and my hair didn't sink at all. I have only clarified once in the past 7 months or so because that's when I started no-poo. Before that I did low-poo and I didn't clarify either. I didn't know I was supposed to.

I try to be gentle with my hair, but I probably am not gentle enough. Spiro can cause the body to retain too much potassium, but that's all I know about it.

I have been doing low carb/low glycemic for about 6-7 years.
Curl Pattern: 3A
Porosity: ?
Density: medium (used to be high)
Width: medium (used to be high)
Length: medium

Medical conditions: Androgenic alopecia (PCOS)

As I Am CoWash and As I Am leave-in conditioner daily/every other day. Deep conditioning with coconut oil occasionally. Wide-toothed comb. Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 to style.

10,000 mg of biotin/ day. Multi-vitamin. 100 mg/day spironolactone. 2,000 mg/day metformin. Yasmin for hormone therapy. Rogaine for men.

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