Uneven hair growth

Uneven hair growth

Joined: January 4th, 2012, 4:48 pm

March 17th, 2017, 8:43 pm #1

My hair has been pretty long (waist to tail bone length) for a few years. I have only had it trimmed 2-3 times in the past two years. Last time I had my hair cut, the hairdresser noted how bad my ends looked (a lot of split ends, etc...) and also that my hair was about 2 inches shorter on my right side! I have never had this issue before now, at least not that I had noticed or been told about. The hairdresser wanted to cut quite a bit off, but ended up cutting only 3-4 inches, per my request. Is this a common issue? What would you suggest doing about it? I do part my hair on my right side, so I don't know if that contributes to the issue or noy.I really don't want to cut my hair! 😔
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Joined: May 1st, 2006, 4:31 am

March 19th, 2017, 7:00 am #2

Do you sleep on your left side? I've heard that can account for hair growing faster on one side. Anyway, hair doesn't grow evenly. My fringe and front hair grows slower than the rest, and I suspect this is why the thinning is so much worse at the front than at the back for me. Others have experienced "racers" at the back or elsewhere. I remember one member said her hair naturally grew in a M shape.

I don't think there is any reason to cut more off, despite what your hairdresser said. You asked for 3-4" which is more than the 2" difference, so it just meant that more was cut from one side than the other.

However, if you're experiencing increased splits, you might want to first of all see if you can ascertain why that is happening and change up your hair care routine. You might also consider small trims more often - say 1-2" instead of 3-4". That might help remove splits before the travel further up the shaft and also help minimise that difference in length. Just a suggestion.


Hair Journey Began in June 2006 ...

Hair Type: 2a/M/ii
Hair Colour: Dark brown with natural red and silver highlights (more silver than red nowadays)
Starting length: 25"/62.5cm (BSL)
Initial Goal length: 36" (Tailbone)
Setback: Major shed in 2010 when at 38"
New Goal: Healthy hair that I'm happy with! (Preferably tailbone with thick hemline.

Current Routine
CWCA: C = condition the length with conditioner or shea butter; W = wash the scalp using diluted organic shampoo; Condition = small amount of conditioner on ends; A = acidic rinse, either ACV or citric acid; Frequency = once a week. In-between times, scalp washes as required.
Tips for super soft hair = Wash with Miracle Water. Finish up with LOC (Liquid = water; Oil = almond/olive/avocado oils; Cream = aloe vera gel)
Other: Regular micro-trims; light oiling on dry hair a few times a week; BBB; wooden comb; Mason Pearson comb; hair sticks, Flexi-8's, Ficcare, and other hair friendly toys.


'Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfailing beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.' 1 Peter 3:3-4
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Joined: November 11th, 2009, 8:52 pm

March 25th, 2017, 3:03 pm #3

My hair has been pretty long (waist to tail bone length) for a few years. I have only had it trimmed 2-3 times in the past two years. Last time I had my hair cut, the hairdresser noted how bad my ends looked (a lot of split ends, etc...) and also that my hair was about 2 inches shorter on my right side! I have never had this issue before now, at least not that I had noticed or been told about. The hairdresser wanted to cut quite a bit off, but ended up cutting only 3-4 inches, per my request. Is this a common issue? What would you suggest doing about it? I do part my hair on my right side, so I don't know if that contributes to the issue or noy.I really don't want to cut my hair! 😔
second Jules' words about hair growth. The rate of hair growth is different for everyone, and the growth pattern is different for every head of hair. Someone people's hair grows at a pretty uniform pace throughout their scalp, other people's doesn't. My hair, for example, tends to grow in a v-shape. That is fairly common, but other types of growth patterns do exist

As Jules' said, you must determine if your difference in growth is the result of damage or not. If it's not the result of damage, there is not much you can do, except occasional trimming to even out the hemline.
Hair type: 2b/M/C/iii
Current length: classic+
Current goal: knee

Current routine:
~ alternating a NW/SO (no water/sebum only) routine with occasional washes. I use the techniques of NW/SO (brushing, scritching and preening) almost daily, but I do a shampoo wash every month or two.

Products and tools:
~ Alverde Birke-Salbei shampoo
~ occasionally oiling the ends with either coconut or almond oil; currently experimenting with argan oil
~ an assortment of BBBs
~ Tangle Teezer/Tangle Angel & wide-tooth comb
~ hair friendly hair toys, for putting up hair and forgetting about it

Hair journal (rarely updated nowadays):
http://www.network54.com/Forum/663765
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