(Right board?) Since I'm 40, will it take longer...

to grow my hair to where I want it; middle of my back?

I've been working on that since the late 1990s when it was almost there but a rogue stylist gave me a big chop that left me crying off & on all summer long.

I think the major problem in it taking so long to grow to where I desire it, is I'm not a vitamin-taker & I have regular trims, some more than just a smidgen. Sun damage removal is the main big trim reason that comes to mind.

Or will it just stop growing & start breaking off, like what my 48-yr-old sister's been experiencing? Though she's in a religion that doesn't allow women to cut their hair, so she's never had it trimmed. She combs, maybe brushes it too, all the time, & wears it pulled into a bun a lot. So maybe a lot of that is the reason her hair's been breaking & she hasn't been able to grow it waist-length again?
I'm 43 and mine doesn't break off at any length. It takes me forever to grow it now so I take vitamins now. I have them sitting right here so I remember to take them.
Now that I take those it grows a good speed.
Those trims will cause it to be real slow. But if you have damage I don't see how you'll get around it.
Is the sun damage from swimming or hiking? You can cover your hair when outside for a good bit of that damage. When swimming I have heard that if you coat your hair with conditioner it helps minimize damage but I don't actually practice that myself.

If you baby your hair and get less trims I bet even without vitamins you'll get there
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Low porosity, medium texture.
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Hair only grows about 1/2 inch a month. I've always wanted long hair too and could only really get to shoulder length. That is - until I started reading this board!

I don't trim my hair nearly as much as I used to and take better care of it overall. Now it is actually below BSL. In fact, my hair is now the LONGEST IT'S EVER BEEN and I'm the oldest I've every been.

Now, if it just wouldn't shrink up quite so much.
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I'm 43 and mine doesn't break off at any length.

Is the sun damage from swimming or hiking? You can cover your hair when outside for a good bit of that damage.

If you baby your hair and get less trims I bet even without vitamins you'll get there
Originally Posted by medusahair
That's good to know. Maybe there's help for me yet!

It's from working in the yard. I've been a real doof for too long by not wearing any head cover. I hate hats! Actually, if I could find one for cheap that fit my head, & it has to have a chin tie so it'll stay on, I'd wear it.

You're probably right. I've just never stayed away from a stylist long enough to see if this would work. I get frustrated with the Cocker Spaniel look too easy. :|

In fact, my hair is now the LONGEST IT'S EVER BEEN and I'm the oldest I've every been.
Originally Posted by godgivenperm
Don't leave me hanging, give me some more hope!
I have read that some people's hair just breaks at a certain length due to wear and tear and/or damage.

it' sinteresting about the aging thing. I'm 37, and my hair still seems to grow at about the same rate that it has been, but some age related slowing, especially in a non-vitamin user makes some sense.

I hear ya about the hat thing. I have a big head. I do use more updos in the summe rbecause I don't like the feel of my hair on my neck.
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Med/Coarse, porous curly.
Are you kidding?!?! There's no way you're 37! Well, I guess you just don't look like you are....WOW!!
I think adding silica to those gnc vitamins must have helped something. My older hair I'm not sure is growing tons but my baby hair new growth is growing so fast it's amazing!
I hope this means my hair will be thicker soon.
Woohoo for babyhairs!
2c/3a?
Low porosity, medium texture.
http://public.fotki.com/Medusahair/

If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
I'm 46, and my hair seems to be growing at the same pace it always did. I'm past BSL and heading for waist, which has been my goal.

Lisa
2b. Dark Golden Blond. Very fine texture. Medium thickness. Thrilled to find waves!!!
39, and no sign of slowing down yet. In fact I was growing an inch a month, which is more than normal for me, until this last month. I think my winter slow-down finally hit.
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Well, then there is still hope!

Sable,

You reminded me of something I've been thinking about lately! I'm glad my leg hair slowed its growth. Unless it was just for the fall/winter.

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