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Bald to Hip Length in 3 years.

Inspiired

Well-Known Member

- April 2012


- May 2012

I used to be balding all over especially my temples and nape. That was 3 years ago when I was 14/15 and relaxed, now I'm 18 and natural.

I never thought i'd ever be at this stage where masses of people ask me for advice. I used to cry over my hair and now I cry tears of happiness. Ok, so my hair is so thick and long it may take HOURS to do twists but I'm so grateful, it can take days for all I care. It feels like dream. Honestly. It feels amazing when all my friends and family and strangers compliment me on my hair but can I tell you what also feels amazing? When the girls who laughed at my non-existent hair 3 years ago see now, my heart smiles but to be honest I took their negativity and turned it to a positive :)


- 2011

I have memories of all my hairdresser visits where they just did not care for my hair, one in particular around a year and a few months ago left me with a bleeding scalp. I can only wonder how these hairdressers see a young vulnerable girl crying in agony but do nothing about it. You see, the thing that hurts me most is that I put my ultimate trust in these people. Before they start I beg them not to do it tight. I beg them not to hurt me. I'd much rather have a loosely sewn weave than sleepless nights and migraines for a month. Since I was younger, I have always had a tender scalp and rather than these hairdressers acknowledging that, they treat me as if I'm exaggerating and literally laugh. Worst thing is that it's not just one bad bunch, I tried SO many hairdressers all over the place. It has come to the extent that the smell of weave and walking past these hairdressers make me anxious. I have always experienced balding as a result of all of these (traction/tension alopecia I believe it's called) but I try to stay strong and see what I can do about it. The hair grows back and then I go for a protective style (weave at the hairdresser) and I lose it all again. It's a cycle that I'm starting to break. Since I went natural, I have never been happier. To me, it's not just hair. At all. It's life. My natural hair symbolises strength and happiness and I wish this is something that people can understand.

I've had so many people say to me that me being natural has inspired them. So many are transitioning now. I remember rocking a mini fro to school every single day for a while and as you can imagine in England where people still unfortunately frown at natural hair, I created a u turn. Suddenly I had girls (I went to an all girls school) thanking me for showing that natural hair is beautiful and loadsss more girls rocking their fros to school too! I'm first year university now doing Economics (I literally just finished the other day!) but at sixth form I was 'Head of Mentoring' so girls would always come to me to talk and during school days I was like a big sister to like every single girl there!

I'm so close to hip length I can taste it, I hope my story can be an inspirational to you all. Whether you're natural, texturised or relaxed. Do your thing! Don't let anyone tell you what you can't do, show them what you CAN do. Check out my 12 inches in 12 months challenge and/or follow me on twitter if you need any help / have any questions.

My name is Jennifer and this is my story.





-- http://www.twitter.com/bootyfurl
 

Inspiired

Well-Known Member
Whimsy said:
Lovely hair. I came in expecting to see a progression from bald to hip!!

I do have some pics of when my temples/nape were balding and the in between stages, some people on LHCF have even seen but for now I wanted this to be my current length.

When I gain more confidence, I'll be sure to update this forum with those pics for you all.

Thank you :)

-- http://www.twitter.com/bootyfurl
 
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HairPleezeGrow

Natural.MediumFine.3c.
That's wonderful Jennifer! I love hearing/seeing progress stories. I'm sure you are such an inspiration to young girls along with us older women lol. You and your hair are beautiful thanks for sharing! Oh yeah can you post some pics of your progress over the years?
 

NaturalPath

Well-Known Member
Great progress and your hair is very beautiful!

**I think you should probably edit your thread title as (balding --> HL) as I and others expected to see a literal bald pic --> HL

Otherwise good job :)
 

Kn0ttyByNatur3

Well-Known Member
Great progress, OP. I agree with what the other ladies said on the progress pics.....don't want people throwing shade at you in here. :lol:



Hope you make it to HL this year. :grin:
 

Whimsy

Well-Known Member
I do have some pics of when my temples/nape were balding and the in between stages, some people on LHCF have even seen but for now I wanted this to be my current length.

When I gain more confidence, I'll be sure to update this forum with those pics for you all.

Thank you :)

-- http://www.twitter.com/bootyfurl

I see what you mean, the title of the thread just leads to different expectations. I was hoping for a baldy turned into luscious hip length hair to drool over. :lick:
 

D.Lisha

New Member
Whimsy said:
I see what you mean, the title of the thread just leads to different expectations. I was hoping for a baldy turned into luscious hip length hair to drool over. :lick:

I second this notion; nevertheless, you have some beautiful hair :)
Congrats on your progress, and continue to be an inspiration!

Sent from my iPod touch using LHCF
 

ManiiSweetheart

New Member
Still BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I am in awe!! 3 year!! I hope i'm on the path you were/are on! i started when i was 14/15 too!! now i can't wait to be 18 to see where i am! (Nov. 28th this year)
 

virtuenow

Well-Known Member
Lovely story, lovely hair. Thanks for inspiration and for sharing your progress. What is your regimen??!
 

MzSwift

Well-Known Member
Pretty hair! Wow, you have a lot of shrinkage!
You could've named the thread "SL to below WL in 3 seconds"!
 
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