Long hair wasn't possible... anyone else? (3b/3c)

I feel one reason I stopped relaxing was because I have OCD for long hair and having to cut the dead ends right when I got to mid-back just ticked me off. And when I say long, I mean like lower-back/waist.

Anyone else? I guess this is more of a superficial thread, with like heat/chemical damage being the more square-one reason.
I can agree-relaxing + heat = major breakage for me, so I quit relaxing my hair in 2008 and has grown quickly since!

I still cut it a few times a year so it is taking a long time to reach my goal: waist length! I haven't been taking immaculate care of my hair like I did when I began transitioning. I need to go back to that & maybe in a few years, I can reach my goal.
Sandra, RN & fitness competitor.

Transitioning since 4/2008, with no plans to BC

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I always had a ton of breakage with a relaxer (but I was also straightening twice weekly), It's only been 2 months past my regular touch up (I get one every 3 months) and my hair has already grown past the amount it usually grows in 6 months
I always had a ton of breakage with a relaxer (but I was also straightening twice weekly), It's only been 2 months past my regular touch up (I get one every 3 months) and my hair has already grown past the amount it usually grows in 6 months
Originally Posted by Transitioning Beauty
Seriousss??? Lucky, it's almost 2 years later and I'm only half and half. It's weird though, near my neck its all pretty much curly but at the top its.... barely grown.
yeah. I think a lot of the damage comes from heat+relaxer+ a bad/non-CG regimen. I think if someone's trying to have straight hair all the time, she can kiss the possibility of long hair goodbye. I've found that mild relaxing+ no heat+lots of condish=minimal/no damage.
It's interesting. I was natural most of my life. I recently switched to #teamchemical and most of the people I know who have gone natural did so for the EXACT reason that you specified...wanting longer hair (even before wanting healthier hair).
My signature style: the "braid n' curl"
High porosity, normal elasticity, high density, thick strands, DRY (must moisturize/oil and DT a lot), tangles easily. Highly textured...curl softener+demi-perm color.
Straightened length: Waist (layers)
Textured length: (variable) full SL to BSL

Condish/Shampoo: VO5
Pre-poo: mild protein(VO5)+castor oil+tea tree
Steam treatments: 1-2x weekly
Daily routine and DT: Moisturize w/ Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose+Olive oil and seal w/ Avocado oil
yeah. I think a lot of the damage comes from heat+relaxer+ a bad/non-CG regimen. I think if someone's trying to have straight hair all the time, she can kiss the possibility of long hair goodbye. I've found that mild relaxing+ no heat+lots of condish=minimal/no damage.
It's interesting. I was natural most of my life. I recently switched to #teamchemical and most of the people I know who have gone natural did so for the EXACT reason that you specified...wanting longer hair (even before wanting healthier hair).
Originally Posted by principessa1984
That really is interesting. What is this teamchemical? And one of the things I regret the most now is never wearing my hair without the iron/blowdryer to see what it would look like. I mean, it was relaxed anyways, so for the most part, it'd be straight! Since I'm not getting a BC I still have some relaxed hair and it goes straight on its own after a wash which bites. I mightve just had to quit the heat :\
lol, I was just being silly...it means I switched teams from being natural to using chemicals. Relaxer/texlax/curl softener...whatever you want to call it. Well, I'm assuming you were relaxed bone straight? B/c I was doing mild relaxers, got over-processed by accident and was sooo sad that I lost my good volume and fluffiness. I really thought I was doomed lol. I found that (even with the over-processed stuff) if I conditioned/oiled my hair while it was soaking wet and braided it/rolled the ends while it was still wet enough, my hair fluffed up nicely. The overprocessed hair looks like wet 3a hair, but once styled it looks like 3b/c hair. And if I do more braids (~14), I can get it to look like my natural 4a texture!
I still encourage you to transition, though. Natural hair is awesome! But, I think A LOT of ppl (at least the ones I know) go natural as a last resort and once they transition, they still dislike their hair. They like that it's on their head, but can't get past the curl pattern/volume etc. From what I've seen, if one isn't ready to enjoy actually being natural, it may be smarter to play around with different methods of growing long, relaxed hair. B/c there's no point in being natural, if you'll remain dissatisfied.
My signature style: the "braid n' curl"
High porosity, normal elasticity, high density, thick strands, DRY (must moisturize/oil and DT a lot), tangles easily. Highly textured...curl softener+demi-perm color.
Straightened length: Waist (layers)
Textured length: (variable) full SL to BSL

Condish/Shampoo: VO5
Pre-poo: mild protein(VO5)+castor oil+tea tree
Steam treatments: 1-2x weekly
Daily routine and DT: Moisturize w/ Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose+Olive oil and seal w/ Avocado oil
Yeah I was getting bone straight, for about 2.5 years. And ohhhh ok I gotcha, I almost hoped there was a team chemical with advice to share within the relaxers' forums.
But you're so so right, god, at least in my case. I'm definitely going to pull through with growing my hair out, DC's, etc. so I at least learn better respect for my hair. In regard to the frustration with curl pattern, you read me. I've been experimenting with rollers (like 1") this year and I figure bigger rollers will get me closer to the loose 3 look I prefer. I'm really interested in what you mentioned about the toned-down relaxers though, I'll probably do some digging of my own as I wait this out. We could potentially have an answer to my prayers here
I don't agree with that (everyone's perm experience is different after all), I had waist length hair when I was relaxed and now that I'm natural my hair is growing even faster than it did when it was relaxed.

I think it's all a matter of how you manipulate your hair and how you treat it. If you constantly manipulate it, use heat, and generally just treat it badly . .of course it won't grow and it'll break. Same for natural hair . .
last relaxer; 082708, BC; 081810, CG; 122410
high porosity, med/coarse texture, high density, color treated
condish;TN, DevaCurl Heaven in Hair stylers; Heaven in Hair, DevaCurl Curl Cream oils;Castor Oil

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