Ask the Expert: How Can I Grow My Hair to Waist Length?


One of my loves on my Facebook fanpage asked the following question:

How can I grow my hair to waist length?

I refered to my dear friend Diane C. Bailey, an Award Winning Celebrity Stylist, Author and  Advocate, to offer some professional advice

Diane writes:

There are many different “fables” circulating the natural hair community about growing textured hair. Some of them are actually funny and entertaining. Like, “ How To Grow Your Natural Hair 5 inches in One Day” or “How to Get Super-Duper Long Hair Super-Duper Fast”. Let’s be clear, growing healthy hair is not magic, it’s a combination of biology, a science and a good hair care regime.

In general, hair grows about ½ a millimeter per day. Hair growth is determined by your hair’s growth life cycle, good health, texture or hair type, age, parental genetics, and hormonal balance. Healthy hair can grow any where from 6-9 inches in one year; however, even if your hair is the healthiest it has ever been, it may never reach waist length. If one of these factors for hair growth is not in alignment to produce long flowing hair then the likelihood of having waist length hair is reduced.

Aim for healthy natural hair, hair that reflects the best you. Create a clear and easy to maintain hair and health regime that will promote beautiful, strong and vital hair. Maintaining healthy hair should be your ultimate goal not how long it can grow.

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  1. Judy

    That’s what I believe I am doing wrong in my journey. Instead of growing healthy hair, I’m trying to grow it to a certain length, damaged or not. I can’t tell you how many time I took a whole to trim my hair of split ends because of length. Now I just want healthy hair, the length will come in due time.

  2. Shanay Fisher

    I think I get caught up in seeing all my other natural sisters with their big braid / twist outs and I want it so bad I neglect the fact that damaged hair won’t grow….so I plan to stop being lazy and take the extra care for my hair….

  3. Ceondrea Phillips

    I’ve been natural for almost 5 years and my hair is growing like molasses XD lol.
    But then again, I have never measured it or straightened it… just yesterday I fluffed it out and to my surprise I had a nice size afro ^_^

  4. Maria Gaski

    I have been natural for 10 years and now have WLH – I say really get to know your hair and find hair products that work with your natural hair type. I DC my hair weekly and use no heat, or chemicals on my hair. I do use pure henna on my hair about 3-4 times a year. I have 3abc hair my 3c is in the back of my hair. Focus on good hair practices, healthy diet, and no to low manipulation hair styles and no to low tension on your hair. I trim 1-2 times a year. Have a lot of patience- your hair/scalp is trying to heal from all the hair damage over the years. Enjoy your natural hair journey and watch your beautiful curls and swirls come to life!

  5. Leah

    I’m 2 years natural at armpit length and my goal is to reach bra strap length by my third year natural. I’ll be happy with bra strap length but if my hair grows longer than that, it would be amazing.

  6. Ms. A

    I’ve been natural for several years and I don’t know why but long hair isn’t a goal. I always cut my hair! I’m one of those people that love to experiment and as long as my hair is healthy I’m ok with that.

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