Why does my hair grow so slow

It's been taking my hair 4 months to grow as much as my brothers hair grows in two weeks. Even the girls at school who bCed right after me have big amazing Afro. My friends even have asked me a few times why isn't my hair growing. It's so frustrating to the point where I wish I never BCed at all. I'm starting to miss my long straight hair that grew faster and longer than most people. The hair everyone wanted to touch because it was soft not just to make sure it's not hard or dry. I miss the people that always thought my straight relaxed hair was weave.
big amazing Afros

Last edited by Strictlylilbit; 12-29-2012 at 08:10 AM.
are you doing anything to help with the growth? what's your current routine? maybe we can help when you tell us a bit more about your hair

my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
I co-wash daily with herbal essence tousle my softly (I can't wear second day hair) then apply mouse.
I shampoo my hair once a week with Cantu. I don't really do much because I honestly don't have any idea what to do.
have you tried taking biotin? alot of curlies take that, i take it as well and i think it helps me. I message my scalp daily with an oil mix of my own the active ingredient being rosemary oil since ive been doing that my hair has shot out. maybe you should try that as well.

my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
Something might be wrong from the nutritional intake side of growing the hair.

As long as your not brushing it with a sharp metal brush it should be longer after 4 months. Also, you should NOT be getting your ends cut.

The cowashing and taking care of hair on top of the head is good for retention; however, you should be more concerned with the part that includes growing healthy hair out of the scalp.

I would suggest looking at your eating habits. Eat more vegetables and try to cut out any fast foods etc.

Also, make sure you're not overloading your body with smoking or drinking and that you try to limit the time you spend with others who could be passing toxins to you by their smoking habits.

Another overlooked benefit is drinking coffee or green tea. Get your daily intake of antioxidants. Help your body to fight off unnecessary chemicals so that it can put more time into such things as radiating your skin, nails, and hair.

Although hair is an accessory, it is also an indicator of good health or poor health. Focus on you from the inside to the outside.

Just a guy with long curly hair

Last edited by PRINCETON; 04-22-2012 at 12:43 PM.
Wait a min.... Are u dyeing your hair??? That might be the source for why it doesn't appear to be growing. How long do you bleach it? It could be damaging the hair.

Just a guy with long curly hair
I've probably dyed it four to five times since my BC
I've probably dyed it four to five times since my BC
Originally Posted by Strictlylilbit
Maybe somebody else knows more about this but I don't think dyeing is recommended when you are trying to go natural.

I think some highlights are somewhat ok but something tells me dyeing it that much is probably one of the main reasons it appears to not grow. Any growth you're getting is probably breaking right off.

Look on the board for people or posts related to stopping dyeing and recovering from dyeing.

Just a guy with long curly hair
The dye and the mousse may be stunting your growth. Mousse is drying and so is hair dye. I noticed you dont use any oil after your wash. Try some olive or coconut oil, or both and a hair vitamin. Check them out at cvs, meijers, etc. And always use a dry hair shampoo because curly hair is always drier than straight hair. baby your hair then post pics when it grows down your back, good luck

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I doubt your hair grows slower than when relaxed. 1. Shrinkage makes hair appear shorter. 2. You could have breakage.

Not everyone's hair likes permanent dye. It broke my hair off and I personally will never touch it again. If you do use it you are suppose to baby your hair and use products designed for color treated hair. Also back when my hair was short and i cowashed every day i learned I couldnt cowash every day with silicones because i shampoo once a week and so it would build up on my hair and cause severe dryness. I see u use a cone conditioner so that could be a factor. What about deep treatments? Is your moisture-protein in balance? Someone asked if you are sealing in moisture. Everyone has to figure out what their hair needs are. Good luck
Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it.
You're not going to see a big afro in 4 months, fyi. The dye in your hair could be what is slowing your growth down, or it could be that it's just been four months. Personally, I don't think you should have dyed your hair after your BC. You should have at least waited a year after to do anything with it to ensure that you know how to take care of it and that you see consistency in growth. On the other hand, If your hair grows half an inch each month then you should only be seeing 2 inches of growth after 4 months. You could also be experiencing some shrinkage that makes it look like your hair hasn't grown one bit.

The problem is the dye in your hair has made it difficult to figure out what exactly is going on. For now, treat your hair with absolute kindness, stop putting dye in it, and let it grow.
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