PATIENCE is the Key to Hair Growth

Recently, The Secret to Long Natural Hair — a parody about a miracle product for hair growth — surfaced on YouTube.  Featuring Taren “Taren916” Guy , Cipriana and Nikisha of Urban Bush Babes, Francheska a.k.a. heyfranhey, and Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey, the video addressed a major goal in the natural hair community…hair growth.  Hair vitamins. Hair serums. Length checks. You name it.  They’ve got it.  Hair growth — along with curl pattern — has become a serious obsession.  And this video was developed to address it.. with a little humor, of course.

Some find it funny. Some find it enlightening. While others, find it offensive.  But no matter your stance, the core message is true.  Above all, patience is the key to hair growth.  It takes patience to learn what does and doesn’t work for your hair.  It takes patience to overcome setbacks.  And it takes patience to wait the years it takes to get long hair.  [Emphasis on years.] Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time.  On average, hair grows about half an inch a month. For the lucky, it grows faster. For others, it grows less.  You can do things like taking vitamins, drinking water and eating healthy to maximize your hair growth.  But you can’t expect to make those changes and to wake up in the morning with  long hair.

Instead of being envious or upset. Enjoy the journey.  Having a TWA can be humbling and empowering at the same darn time. It can. I’ve been there. I know.  People often say that my hair grew longer because I’ve been pregnant for most of my natural hair journey.  Or because I’ve been taking prenatal vitamins. But the fact is, I used to measure my hair and my hair grows no more than half an inch a month.  (I stopped measuring the day I realized that it was growing less than half an inch.  I was excited before I pulled out the measuring tape. The measurement deflated me and I realized I was being silly.) So when people insist that it is because of the aforementioned reasons that my hair has grown so much, I just smile and nod.  I see no point in arguing because, they just won’t get it. It takes patience.

After every setback — heat damage, knotting, tangling, post-partum shedding, single-strand knots, split-ends — I exercised patience as I learned from them.  And inch by inch, I wait and watch as it grows. Enjoying the journey at each juncture.

And so should you.

What are your thoughts? Is patience the key to hair growth?

Author: Latoya

Latoya is an academic advisor by day, natural hair enthusiast//writer by night, and wife and mom 24/7. Her last relaxer was in April 2010 and she big chopped in October 2010. Join her as she shares tips and techniques for your natural hair.

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  1. I think patience is the key along with vitamins and minerals and plenty of water. It’s something to see so many women going from relaxed to natural and gaining thick heads of hair with all the problems some women have with relaxers but when they go natural they have beautiful heads of hair who knew?

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