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Patience First, Length Later: Some Tips for Natural Hair

By December 17, 2012Thank God Im Natural

If you have recently big chopped or have recently decided to grow your hair out, then you probably experience frustration from time to time with length. We all know it’s impossible to grow long locks over night, but sometimes it’s hard to realize what that actually means until you cut it all off. There’s nothing much you can do to hasten the rate at which your hair grows, other than taking good care of your ends to retain new length. In the meantime however, there are things you can do to help enjoy your hair length at every stage of growth. Here are some tips to make the long wait a little more quick and painless.

Make reasonable goals

On average, hair grows half an inch a month. If starting with a big chop, it will take a good 3 to 5 years for your hair to reach armpit length (APL) or bra strap length (BSL), and this is with minimal to no breakage. If you decide to grow out your hair, be psychologically ready to rock short hair for an extended amount of time. Don’t expect BSL hair for your sister’s wedding in a year from now if you currently have 3 inches of hair.

Hold off on measuring

It’s tempting to take out the measuring tape way more often than you should. Instead of measuring every month, try waiting at least every 2 months or even every 6 months in order to see noticeable growth. If you notice that your hair grows slower than average, or you are not experiencing growth, it may be a sign to switch up your hair regimen or to take better care of your ends and scalp.


Wigs make for great protective styles. They also allow you to experiment with different hair textures, hair colors and lengths without compromising your natural hair.

Find your hair twin

This can be difficult because no one will ever have the exact same hair as you, but out of the million YouTube videos out there, it’s possible you may find a YouTuber with a similar hair texture and length. Finding a friend, blogger, or YouTuber with similar hair can help with confidence, inspiration and act as a great resource for hair advice!


If you find yourself frustrated with the limited amount of style options out there for short hair, then try splurging on accessories. Experiment with hats, scarves, clips, bobby pins, flowers…the list goes on and on.


How do you stay motivated on your hair growth journey?