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PrincessTieflin
December 15th, 2010, 03:15 PM
Could I be at terminal... I don't think so Mostly because I have had my hair longer then this before I just don't get it.

I eat well take a multivitamin.

I wear my hair up as much as I can stand.. 90 % of the time. I have to take it down when I get home at that point is giving me a headache.

I have tried wearing my hair up when I sleep. I just cant do it I wake up with a Migrane no matter how I wear it while sleeping.. Also I have had a hard time with a satin pillowcase I don't know why but I cant get comfy on one.

I trimed once in the last 7 months and that was just about half an inch.

I dont know what to think.... :( any one have any ideas whats going on

jesis
December 15th, 2010, 03:17 PM
Have you been heat styling it?

You might need a trim to get any further.

PrincessTieflin
December 15th, 2010, 03:35 PM
I only use a blow dryer on my bangs, I flat iorn once or twice a year.

I was thinking a trim as well, I am at 19.5 so was thinking to cut back to 19 and just let it be.. maybe try loose braids or something just not sure.

maus
December 15th, 2010, 03:43 PM
I would maybe give the satin pillowcase another try - that worked wonders for me. Or maybe have you tried one of these satin sleepcaps?

prosperina
December 15th, 2010, 03:58 PM
Are you growing out bleach damage? I ask because of the difference in your signature pictures. I've been stalled/maintaing at BSL for a while now and it's because I'm cutting off some really bad ends. I know you say you're not trimming, but even when I wasn't trimming I wasn't growing, or just growing super slow. Now, that I've made myself trim a bit more, I'm seeing some more progress. I realize there's no correlation between damage and growth, but trimming helps.

Other than that, are you using a cheap comb brush? I didn't think my plastic cheap comb was causing me any troubles and now I'm not so sure. I'm looking at replacing it with something gentler.

Lianna
December 15th, 2010, 03:59 PM
Do you mean stretched or curly? My hair gets curlier as it grows longer, so it doesn't appear to have grown at all, I'll be at shoulder for a long time. :D

Maybe you shouldn't do such tight updos, since they seem to pull and hurt, might be stressing the follicule.

little_cherry
December 15th, 2010, 04:00 PM
How tight are you tying up your hair? What are you using to tie your hair up with? I used to get massive headaches when I tied my hair up too tight. Now I do gentle up-dos and don't get any headaches.

PrincessTieflin
December 15th, 2010, 04:02 PM
I am growing out some old bleach and color! so yea there is alot of damage. But haven't been trimming

As for the brush, I got a nice wood comb and a BBB last year and have been trying to baby it.

Going to look into a sleep cap as well.

spidermom
December 15th, 2010, 04:04 PM
I would guess that your curls are preventing you from seeing a lot of progress; they certainly eat up the length. On the other hand, it seems I remember you talking about bleaching, and that can stall your hair, too. Mine can't take it, and that's for sure.

I just saw that you aren't trimming, but your ends might be breaking off, so teeny trims on a regular basis may help.

Good luck!

PrincessTieflin
December 15th, 2010, 04:05 PM
Do you mean stretched or curly? My hair gets curlier as it grows longer, so it doesn't appear to have grown at all, I'll be at shoulder for a long time. :D

Maybe you shouldn't do such tight updos, since they seem to pull and hurt, might be stressing the follicule.

Streached LOL :D

But yea I am working on learning to do my updos looser.. a real challenge for me my braids always seem to come out to tight, no matter how hard I try :/

anything that requires a band (scrunchi included) Hurts. So i try to avoid anything that makes me put a band near the scalp, which is why braids work so well, they just feel heavy after a while. and MY hair is not even that thick!!

PrincessTieflin
December 15th, 2010, 04:10 PM
I would guess that your curls are preventing you from seeing a lot of progress; they certainly eat up the length. On the other hand, it seems I remember you talking about bleaching, and that can stall your hair, too. Mine can't take it, and that's for sure.

I just saw that you aren't trimming, but your ends might be breaking off, so teeny trims on a regular basis may help.

Good luck!

I did bleach over the summer, did it three times up until NOv, then I went dark again, I am going to henna so perhaps I wont have to use such harsh stuff my hair is apparently more deicate then I thought. But I love the copper red I have now.

l.. Had a bad time with a salon last time I was there (2009).. maybe I will try self trimming..

I also had surgery last year.. could that be affecting my hair as well? I wonder because next month I will be having surgery agian.

Lianna
December 15th, 2010, 04:13 PM
I agree with spidermom, since isn't about curls, I think you could benefit from dusting, maybe 1-2mm every month, since there's bleach in your hair. My hair has bleach too, I do it and don't even notice length changes. The hair looks a lot better after even if there isn't any damage. How about you put it up with other kind of hair tools too, like combs, ficcares and such.

PrincessTieflin
December 15th, 2010, 04:22 PM
Lianna-- I agree it is time for me to break out the sticks and forks! :)

pepperminttea
December 15th, 2010, 05:13 PM
I've heard of surgeries (or perhaps the stress from them?) causing shedding before, so who knows. Personally I'd put my bets on the bleach damage, but curls hiding growth too. A friend of mine has beautiful 3A/3B curls, and her hair just seems to hover between shoulder and APL - no matter how long it's been since her last trim. It just curls more as it grows longer. (It's actually kind of cool, but I'd imagine insanely frustrating too.)

jojo
December 15th, 2010, 05:23 PM
Are you growing out bleach damage? I ask because of the difference in your signature pictures. I've been stalled/maintaing at BSL for a while now and it's because I'm cutting off some really bad ends. I know you say you're not trimming, but even when I wasn't trimming I wasn't growing, or just growing super slow. Now, that I've made myself trim a bit more, I'm seeing some more progress. I realize there's no correlation between damage and growth, but trimming helps.

Other than that, are you using a cheap comb brush? I didn't think my plastic cheap comb was causing me any troubles and now I'm not so sure. I'm looking at replacing it with something gentler.

there is a correlation between damage and growth, damaged hair breaks, therefore cannot retain length, trimmed hair is more likely to gain length. therefore although cutting doent make hair grow quicker, it allows it to gain in length as it isnt snapping.

A lot of people think they have reached terminal when really there hair just isnt retaining the length grown.

Speedbump
December 15th, 2010, 06:23 PM
Folks have given you lots of good answers here, and it is possible your hair is suffering from a combination of things brought up here. I want to add one more possibility:

Do you work at an office where you sit in a chair all day? Are you a student and -- you guessed it -- sit in a chair all day?

I am asking because I had horrible breakage right around APL/BSL for years and didn't even know it. I just thought the hair in front grew faster than the hair in the back! :lol: I learned later that my growth pattern is actually a natural "V" and the back grows faster.

If any chair you're in for a reasonable length of time -- wherever it is and for whatever reason -- has nubbly or rough material, then you could literally be rubbing your hair into oblivion just like I did.

I fixed the problem at work by doing updos to keep it off the chair. At home, where I also had a nubbly fabric chair, I made a satin slip cover.

Another thing that REALLY helps with friction damage is a silk or satin pillowcase. You can take it with you when you travel, too. Hotel workers won't take it; they'll just leave it right on your pillow or fold it up by the bed.

Another thing you should consider, since you do have what appears to be pretty deeply wavy or somewhat curly hair, it giving up your hair brush. Brushes are eebil to curly hair, pretty much without exception. Especially if you are brushing it while it's wet, that is just a curly hair killer. (Ask me how I know! :lol: ) It isn't just about curl formation, either; we're talking breakage and lots of it. So yeah, BBB = eebil!

Anyway, I hope this helps. I honestly think you are having a temporary setback, and that when you figure out everything that is damaging your hair and slowly cut it out of your routine (literally and figuratively!), you'll find that you are NOT at terminal length at all. :cheese:

Speedy

PrincessTieflin
December 15th, 2010, 06:47 PM
Speedbump, you have brought up a good point. No I dont work outsied the home.. But do have a couch that now pulls on the ends.. I do spend alot of time driving.. so I am sure the car seat isnt helping at all..

I will send the BBB bye bye LOL. and Try a few microtrims and wearing it up and tucking the tassle of my braid as well :)