Q:"For the past two years it seems that my hair is not growing at all. It's just past my chin now. I know it is growing, but it doesn't seem like it. I wore it flat ironed three times in 2008. Each time, my stylist cut the back part of my hair really short. Now it looks like only the top part of my hair is long while the back is really short. Should I ask her to trim it in layers rather than make it all the same length. My hair is usually in a fro or coils. Also, the last time it was flat ironed (Dec 08') a section of my hair remained straight!!! It is so annoying and it really bothers me. My hair is wavy and curly and it looks ridiculous with a straight section of hair in the back. What do you suggest I do? "
A: Your hair is growing (as you know) you just have to work on retaining that growth. If you flat ironed and that portion remained straight unfortunately there is nothing you can do to get your napps to snap back except wait for it to grow out. Essentially the hair strand was burned permantly straight by the heat of the flat iron. In the future I would recommend not using heat at all, but if you must, finding a stylist skilled in heat styling natural hair so that it retains it's curl pattern and definitely use a thermal protectant. Concerning the hair cut, remember straight hair and natural hair are 2 different animals when it comes to shaping. If your stylist cut the back short and then it will be short when you wear it natural. I would recommend evening out your hair so it looks nice in the manner you most frequently wear it (natural versus straight) or once again finding a stylist who knows both options well and can give you a cut that works with both. Personally I've seen people get bobs or blunt cuts when straight that turn out nice looking when natural, but it all depends on your face shape as well.
Hope that helps and Happy Nappying!