I know this feeling very well. I've had natural hair for over ten years, and wondered why I couldn't grow it past my shoulders. Over ten years, my hair would grow thick and strong; I would do protective styling like air drying and twists, heat style it perhaps one to two times a year, then have to eventually trim it because of breakage. Sadly, this cycle repeated itself often.
I really didn't understand what was happening and became really disappointed with my hair. The one thing I wanted my hair to do was grow yet why wasn't it? So, after a while, I started to accept that maybe it couldn't.
However, something odd happened in 2008. My hair grew... past my shoulders in fact. I could hardly believe it. While I still had breakage, split ends, knots and blow-fried hair, this was growth I had thought I would never see. And so, I started to believe again in what I had previously denied: My hair could be long hair.
After this revelation, I started to do some research and actually found tests dermatologists had conducted on tightly curled hair like mine. I needed to know why my hair behaved the way it did. And, I want to share what I found with you. With more information we can figure out why our hair breaks or can become longer, stronger, and thicker because as quiet as it's kept natural hair grows.