Slow growing damaged hair

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Join Date: May 2011
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I have been transitioning since February of this year and I'm almost at my one year relaxer free mark however, the back of my hair hasn't really progressed in "thickness". The back of my hair suffered severe damaged from previous relaxers. I use coconut oil and castor oil to help aid growth. The back of my hair is the slowest part to grow. The rest of my hair is healthy and thick. Are there any tips to help get the back of my hair back on track?
Products I'm currently :
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (Vanilla Latte scent)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Heavenly Jojoba Oil
Staple Deep Conditioners: Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Recent newbie to the Curly Girl Method
6 months post relaxer. I will be 7 months post September 17 !!
Hi, Hippiedoll

Sorry to read about your hair problems. From what I understand everyone's hair grows at a different rate. The hair on the back of your head does seem to be growing slower than the hair on other parts of your head and from what I've learned that happens as well. During my transitioning, my relaxed ends broke off while the new growth came in, and after a while when only bits of relaxed hair was left my mom began to trim those ends off. I didn't retain all of my length but most of it.

I say give the back of your hair time to grow in. I know its frustrating but eventually if the damaged hair doesn't break off trim it. You can also design your hair so that the back of it is well hidden. I suggest cornrowing the back and if protective styling isn't your thing you can use the rest of your hair to cover it up (depending on its length) to give it time. Hope this helps.


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Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 398
Thank you for the tips. I ended up doing the big chop today
Products I'm currently :
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (Vanilla Latte scent)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Heavenly Jojoba Oil
Staple Deep Conditioners: Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Recent newbie to the Curly Girl Method
6 months post relaxer. I will be 7 months post September 17 !!

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