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When you think your hair isn’t growing, but actually it is…

Yearly Length Comparison

In addition to having just celebrated my birthday this week, I’m also celebrating my one year healthy hair care anniversary. It got me thinking whether all this effort and work has been worth it and how much my hair has actually been growing over the last year. I have to admit there definitely are times when I wonder if my hair is growing at all.  Even though I know it’s doing its thing, I know I can’t be only  the one who thinks like this occasionally. So I decided to to do a comparison of pictures taken round about the same time a year apart.

Lo and behold, look at how far it’s come!

At first I wasn’t sure if there was much of a difference and I even had to ask my sister if I’m imagining things. In the picture on the left taken in April 2013, my hair is in a twist-out (one of the first I ever did) and in the second picture on the right, I’m also sporting a twist-out. In both pictures I have the hair in the front pinned up.

The truth is that I experience a lot of shrinkage which is why there isn’t a big difference in the actual length however, there is a huge difference in volume. In the April 2014 picture my hair is a lot thicker and bigger, which to me means there is a lot more hair. That makes me incredibly happy.

I do hope this post serves as a little bit of inspiration to you if you are still early on in your healthy hair care journey, or simply if you feel like you are stuck in a rut. It made me realise again that our hair doesn’t all grow at the same pace – for some it’s faster, for some it’s slower and it is a case of just being patient. Obsessing over length won’t do you any favours, as it really is like watching paint dry. Just place the focus on healthy hair, and the length will follow.

If you have ever felt frustrated with the time it takes your curls to grow, please comment below and let me know how you deal with these moments. I would love to hear from you.

Happy healthy hair journey and love your curls,




  1. April 18, 2014 / 10:11 pm

    I don’t have natural hair, but I’ve been on my journey for 6 months now and I get like that sometimes! Thank you for the inspiration! I hope I have as noticeable difference as you do when my one year healthy hair journey rolls around! Happy hair growing πŸ™‚

    • April 22, 2014 / 5:42 pm

      Thanks so much for reading and for commenting Hun. Happy healthy hair growing to you too, x

  2. April 18, 2014 / 11:10 pm

    Your hair has grown nicely! Shrinkage makes it hard to see the difference but you can still really tell it has grown fuller and more dense over the year

  3. April 19, 2014 / 4:05 am

    Great growth! I try not to pay attention to the length of my hair. You get too preoccupied with it and get antsy, frustrated, etc. I also don’t wear my hair down often (stretched) so length isn’t a factor. The reward is every now and then I’ll be doing my hair and be like “Wow! My hair grew!” Replace the negative emotions with a positive one. πŸ™‚


    • April 22, 2014 / 5:44 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more! Thanks for reading Hun πŸ™‚

  4. April 19, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    Happy Brirthday for last week! I recently looked back at pictures i took in september and realised my hair had grown a fair bit!, it definitely wasn’t shrinkage πŸ˜‰

    • April 22, 2014 / 5:46 pm

      Thanks so much Ibi! I think our hair has a way of surprising ourselves when we least expect it. Yay for unexpected growth, x

  5. Allarice
    April 24, 2014 / 1:36 am

    Hey Kiddo! Thank you for inspiring me to go natural. You’ve also seen my growth over the past 7 months, but I’m just glad that my hair stays on my head nowadays instead of on my pillow case, my hair brushes and my dressing table, LOL!

    • April 24, 2014 / 7:53 am

      Haha Allarice, it’s the best isn’t it. I’m just happy that for once Little Sis could help Big Sis out. Cant’t wait to see you! X

  6. Jolene
    April 24, 2014 / 1:58 am

    Thanks for the motivation, I was wondering about my hair growth myself, but like they say, a picture speaks 1000 words.

    • April 24, 2014 / 7:56 am

      My pleasure Jolene. There’s definitely nothing like a picture to tell the whole truth πŸ™‚ I hope you’re taking photos of your hair growth journey as well! X

  7. Bantse
    April 29, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    Wow, it really has grown. Great hair inspiration for us newbies πŸ˜‰

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