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    i am so happy that i made the decision to go natural but a coworker of mine told me that when she went the natural route it took 2years for her hair to grow back to shoulder length. did it take a long time for ya'll to see length. sorry its just that her comment really made me think because i want lengthy hair . could she be right or do you think she's just green with envy because i almost never see her wearing her natural hair. as a matter of factly she had weave in her hair when she told me that. so what do ya think?

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    i think it depends on what you are putting in your body. and if she weaving her hair maybe its damaged and thats why it wont grow.

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    well think about it this way it took 20+ years for you to get it shoulder length with a perm. why do we have these assumptions that our natural hair is going to sprout out like weeds?

    thats not directed at you but just in general. i was thinking about that today and i was jsut complaining about how long it's taking my hair to grow. but then i was like it took 16 years to get shoulder length hair that was still unkimgustafson...so i guess i can suck it up and wait for some kimgustafson hair to grow in. and i think it will DEFINETLY be longer and stronger natural.

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    As long as you keep your hair moisturized and conditioned properly it should grow with no problem. My hair has grown out a lot and I really need to find a barber to cut off some of the top and sides to make it even out a bit. I can't even where it in a decent afro because the top is tooo long.

    I would say I've been natural since 4/02, this is when I officially transitioned for about a year, then bc'd on 4/03 and it'll be two years this Sunday and I've had tremendous growth. After the bc I only trimmed my hair twice and during moon growth phases. I don't know if that's what's doing it, but my hair is at an awkward stage which is getting on my nerves. Hopefully, as it gets longer it will act better. I don't keep it twisted or braided up for days like other people do. I don't like my hair "constrained".

    Moisture, Moisture, Moisture is the key to our AA hair growing properly.

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    i guess i have a little impatience in me. i've always thought that natural hair grows faster because it isn't burdened down with all the heat and chemicals. i just want long hair and i want faster results.

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    i guess i have a little impatience in me....

    Nothing makes your hair grow faster than it is already programmed to sprout from your scalp. SOMETIMES, as a result of being natural, your hair RETAINS length, along with other measures you can take to protect your hair. I work with a fellow nappy and I know for a fact that she does not trim her hair, and her hair does not appear to have moved an inch in the almost 2 year that I've worked here. She doesn't take care of her hair, and I can visibly see it falling out.

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    2 years is not long at all and that is about average for a lot of naturals to reach shoulder length hair when stretched. If you want unstretched shoulder length hair than it would have to hang down your back and takes more years of properly caring for your hair.

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    I don't think she was 'hatin' on you. She was telling you her own experience. Some people don't even make it to shoulder length hair in two years, it has to do with genetics, diet, and care. As for your co-worker, the weave could be for personal reasons. Not all weave wearers have jacked up hair underneath. I do agree that many do but not all. She may be growing it and will remove it when she is ready. It may be a lot longer than you assume.

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    MY question to you would be did you go natural so that you could obtain shoulder length and if for some reason in 2 years it doesn't reach that point you will be highly disappointed, and question yourself if those results don't happen was it worth me giving up the relaxer.

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    i took me me 3 years to grow out my hair shoulder lenght (you can see the pics) but honestly i was very excited the day i chop it off i only had 3 months of new growth left (i was soo happy to get rid of the relaxed ends) and i knew length would only be a matter of time.......and i was right

    your hair will grow but now you can make the most of it , i loved my short coils , and when i see all the beautiful short and creative hairstyles of the different albums i
    natural hair is beautiful whatever the lenght may be

    BeagnergeU

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    I have to agree with kimgustafson...

    When I was permed, it took about a year and a half to two years for me to go from a Toni Braxton cut (when she first came out) to shoulder length hair.

    My hair grows pretty fast. Even now, I had my head shaved in November. It wasn't bald, but it was boy short. Now (4 months later) I have 3 inches of hair.

    I think your hair will continue to grow at the rate it grew before. At least that's what I see with myself...

    -Felecia

    ETA: your hair may not look as long natural as it would with a relaxer because it is not straight anymore. so even if it is growing fast, it make take longer to see because of the texture. i hope that makes sense to you.

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    remember hair shrinkage

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    no i didn't go natural for the simple reason of obtaining long hair. i too was tired of the relaxer, not scratching my head because of it and terrified of the rain hitting my permed hair whenever it did and mostly my hair falling out. i've always wanted past shoulder length hair since my own hair has always come to my earlobes. it's just going to take some time. i'm not going to be disappointed if it hasn't after two years grown to shoulder length and return to relaxer. NOT! i just felt like she was discouraging me away from naturalizing my hair because of her experience. as if she was trying to tell me i made a bad mistake and will regret it. i don't feel that way though. i feel real. you know what i mean?

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    I dont see anything wrong with her comment.

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    I dont see anything wrong with her comment. ...

    me either :-?

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    I think she was just trying to keep it real.. I donà‚´t think she was hating...

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    Your co-worker sounds like she was just sharing her experience with you. It took me about two years to reach shoulder length in the back of my hair. My hair on the sides are just getting to near my shoulders and I have been natural almost four years. I have hair at different lengths throughout and according to a professional stylist, that's normal.

    Keep in mind that your hair growth is not your co-worker's. Your natural hair story will be uniquely yours. I wouldn't compare. However, remember that it takes time and patience to grow kimgustafson, long hair. There's nothing wrong with wanting lengthy hair but it does take time. My "growth" routine has been eating right, drinking tons of water, exercising regularly, staying away from heat as much as I can and wearing protective styles. I also saw significant growth when I started using rosemary spritzes and rinses, which I still do. Hair growth also has a lot to do with your genes. Give yourself time. I can't stress it enough. Good luck.

    -e

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    I think she was just trying to keep it...

    same here

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    look at the women in your family and see how their hair grows. look at your relaxed hair pictures and your childhood pics. that way you can get an idea of how FAST or SLOW your hair grows and what your MAX growth is likely to be. everyone is unique.

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    ya'll the way she addressed me was ewww girl. why did you cut your hair off. now it's going to take a long time for your hair to grow back. it took mine 2years to grow back. then she told me she repermed her hair because she couldn't do anything with it.

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    Still, even with your new information...I don't think she said anything worth worrying about.

    Like others here, I estimate that it'll take my hair about two years to grow to my shoulders. (I've tried growing it out before.)

    Also, as for her comment re re-perming: As the mafia guys say, fuhggeddaboutit.

    Again, IMO, she was just stating a fact as per her personal experience. I know firsthand that it can be all too easy to give up and perm your natural growth.

    Don't be discouraged. Don't let her comments mean any more to you than they should. Thanks to places like hairtipsforme you have access to resources and styling ideas. Your natural hair is worth cultivating.

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