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Here are some of the questions I get asked the most, and what my answers have been. This way you can get your answers immediately, without having to wait on me. And you never know, you might find answers to a few questions you didn't even know you had yet.

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Question:
My hair doesn't seem to be growing.
Answer:
It's good to check your hair, especially your ends every month or so. Keep your eyes out for split ends or breakage. If you are seeing breakage or split ends, you most likely will need to trim that off and make sure you are no longer damaging your hair. If your hair is as fragile as mine, it won't grow if it's being hurt.

So long as you don't damage your hair, there is no reason you won't be able to grow it long enough to sit on in time. It can be frustrating to wait for our hair to grow out at the 1/2 an inch a month snail's pace it grows at (which means the fastest it can grow is about 6 inches a year). To be honest, there isn't anything we can do to speed up the rate our hair has been programmed to grow. However, we can do lots of things to make sure our hair grows at its maximum rate. This includes eating well, getting rest, exercise, drinking lots of water, and trying to keep stress down as much as possible. I've heard gentle scalp massages work, too. Make sure you never glop something heavy on your scalp and leave it there, because that can clog or even damage your pores.

If your hair isn't growing at all (like it only grows to your shoulders, for example), and years later it's still at that length, that means it's still being damaged, and it's breaking off at the same rate it's growing in. The only way to get growth is to figure out what you may be doing to your hair that's damaging it. Once you stop damaging it, and all the damaged hair is gone, then it will grow long.

What I've found to help the most with length, is making sure I keep every bit of it that comes in. This means I do nothing that will cause any breakage (like relaxing, perming, flat irons, dry combing, lightening it, or treating it roughly). Also, since I'm not damaging my hair, I don't have to trim it. My hair grows pretty slow, so I only get about 5 inches of growth a year instead of the 6 or so most people do, but since I've kept all of it (since the big chop about 12 years ago), it now looks like it must have grown really fast to get to this length.
 

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