Haha Thank you! I've been growing it out for like 9 years now, my hubby's grown his hair out this year too and I swear he is worse than a girl. Most couples fight over finances and children, we fight over hair products and, "Where did you put my brush?!" It's fun though, it lets me feel all fairy tail princess sometimes.
rofl Do you happen to be on the Long Hair Community Forum? That's very much the kinda situation you hear over there! And if you're not, you totally should because they have a lot of useful tips and tricks Brilliant that he's jumping on the longhair train, there aren't enough men with long hair ^^
How long is your hair when you stretch it out? I can imagine those curls eating a lot of length.
There's a forum for long hair? o.O Great, my husband will be all over that! He's the one that does all the research in how to care for it and what products to use ect. I just grow it, brush it, gel it. But I will take a look, I've been trying to find some different ways to style it, without cutting it, of course.
Its at the base of my spin stretched out. At least the longest point is, it's kind of in layers in a U shape since I don't like the straight across look. Back in January though, I went for a trim and some layers and I didn't like what the girl did. She went in and would grab a small chunk and then cut down the length of the section and said this was the best way to layer curls. Which she was probably right, because I go to a professional high end place (since I only get it cut once in a while I don't mind the price! lol) She said it would make it fuller but it actually make it thinner and I don't like it. Gaaa, I hate how 9 years of growth can be messed up in 30 minutes. But it's ok, it'll always grow back.
Indeed there is - it's a super nice community too, loads of articles for things like oiling, avoiding damage, different updos and things. I'm currently dying with henna, and washing conditioner only as well as taking biotin suppliments and multivitamins and generally treating my hair as well as I can, and despite all the stress of surgery after breaking my shoulder and so on, I've still had quite a lot of strong growth coming through. Because your hair is so long, there's tonnes of options for updos - in the articles section there's a lot of ideas, and someone called TorrinPage I think it is on youtube is very good to watch. And if you post on the Mane forum saying you're new and asking for ideas, people will be more than happy to point you in the direction of good tutorials for your hair length and type (and you'd get a lot of compliments because curly hair is never fast/easy to grow!).
Like, tail bone length? That sounds about right anyway That's really impressive x_x Oh gosh, hair dressers are nightmares to go to... There's lots of people on the forum who've resorted to trimming their own hair because of a bad hairdresser experience. But that method of cutting does not sound good for any hair O.o jeez... Layers are not fun to grow out x_x If you're interested in trimming yourself instead, there's loads of tips for that on the forum too. I haven't trimmed mine since November, but I much prefer doing it myself. Cheaper, and you can be sure you won't end up with them taking too much length off ^^
Oh goodness I already spent 30 minutes on the site and was immediately over whelmed with information. I pretty much got out of it that I'm doing everything wrong. I'm the type where I just wash my hair, put in leave in condition and don't think about it.
BUT, there's so much information on there and I would like to get into it a little more and learn how to care for it better. What kind of biotin supplements and multivitamins do you take? I just take centrum as a general vitamin but I don't know if that targets hair growth or not. Just curious. If there is anything out there that I could do to make my hair more healthy, I will. I live in a very humid climate so if the stars don't align right, my hair is an afro.
lol! Yeah there is a lot to learn about if you're super serious about getting long, healthy hair... After a while on there, tip or tailbone length won't seem very long at all There are a few people with super beautiful ankle length hair <3 Actually a lot of people advocate the benign neglect method - some people find it too much hassle to do deep conditioning treatments and fuss around with it too much, so don't do anything besides a CWC (which is conditioner on the length, shampoo on the scalp, wash that out, then condition it all) then tie it up and forget about it :3
Because you're in the US I'm not sure exactly if I can help you because the things I use are probably not the same in the US I take a general cheap multivitamin and minerals from my local supermarket, but my biotin tablets are from Holland and Barret - quite a few people on the forum tend to take a huge amount of biotin because there seem to be no bad effects from having too much of it. I take two small 300micro gram tablets every day, but you'll probably see people on there saying they take about 5,000+ Seems a bit excessive to me, and probably more expensive *shrug* a lot of people seem to find that protein shakes help their hair grow faster too You can buy special tablets targeted at 'hair and nails' but people seem to prefer specific things like biotin so they have more control over how much they're taking. It helps to measure your hair on your current care, wait 2 weeks or a month to see how quickly you're gaining length naturally, before trying out new methods, because that way you can be sure if the new stuff is actually helping growth.
Chances are you'll have damage without really knowing it at the moment So it might be that your roots are growing, but from brushing it the ends snap and it seems as though it's not growing quite so much. Our hair types are pretty much the opposite, so not sure if I can help you all too much - mine is classified as 1c/2a (there's a guide here to help type hair: [link] I'd guess from this photo you're in the 3b reigion, but that's likely to change as you change haircare methods). I think curly hair seems to like oil - mine hates it because it's very prone to being greasy as it is, and generally not frizzy or dry. Oil takes a lot of experimenting with to see what type your hair prefers though, but there's loads on the forum about oiling. Mine can only take oil if I do it a few hours before washing, some people oil damp hair, some oil the ends of dry hair before they tie it up. It's very much trial and error really
Ok well I definitely have more reading to do. The biotin sounds like a good thing, I've never heard of it. I'm worried about break outs though, but won't know until I try I guess. Thank you for all the information! It's been very inspiring and I know Wes will be all into that forum I'm sure. He's the researcher in the family.