Growth & Retention

Quick Way to Tell If Your Hair is Growing

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Every now and again I get a really bright idea or at the very least, a thought that makes you wonder.

It all started this weekend when I was washing my hair. I always separate my hair into sections when washing. I either braid 4 or 6 braids to wash and when it’s time to apply my conditioner, I take them down one at a time, apply the conditioner and then combine the sections by wrapping my hair into two bantu knots.

Well, then it dawned on me. This is a quick way to tell if your hair is gaining in length. No t-shirt checks, measuring tapes, stretching or other “technical” methods to check for growth. It’s this simple thing.

This may come as no surprise to some but I noticed the length had increased when I wrapped my hair around. You see… When I normally wrap my hair around in a knot, in my mind I’m counting the number of times I wrap it…1, 2, 3, 4. Then here comes the epiphany. I was able to wrap it around a 5th time. Ta da da…My hair must be growing!

LOL I know this is not a major discovery for some but it just occurred to me when washing my hair the other day so I figured write not write a post about it. There just may be someone out there like me that muses at these kind of things.

Now, you could say that you notice this if you do bantu knots on a regular basis but if you’re like me, I rarely do that style. I can almost never get my curls to look uniform enough with the bantu knot out. Plus, when I’m styling my hair I do not pay attention to how many times I’m wrapping it around. For some reason, when I’m in the shower I’m more “in touch” with my hair. I’m taking my time with it. I’m intensely and intently thinking about it. lol ok that may sound freaky but its true and it’s how I discovered this cool little way to tell that my hair was growing.

Do you have any “methods” that you discovered gives you an idea into how your hair is growing? Share in the comments below.


Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

2 Comment

  1. The last few weeks I’ve been finding shampoo in my hair after washing. It finally hit me. My hair has grown and I should start washing in twists. It explains the unbearable itching I’ve been suffering from.

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