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Anyone elses hair growing like a weed? I saw Nic's pretty long hair and it reminded me how long mine has gotten. Pre pg it was to the end of my bra(ya know where the hooks end) and now it is about at my butt. I can barely take care of it all lately and wear it up most of the time. It's been knotting at the nape of my neck, which is really tiring since I have 2 nape piercings.<br><br>
I wouldn't dare cut it since it's almost like my security blanket. DH was combing it for me this morning and I said "Be nice to it, it's gone through so much with me".<br><br>
Anyone else feeling like this or experiencing alot of hair growth? Any good safe products to make things more managable/easier.
 

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I am hoping someone has a "cure" for my tangles and just general manageability issues. I love my hair and it's length but I don't feel it's been very nice to me lately. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Or maybe it's the other way around. I get the knotting at the nape of my neck as well.. even if I put it up somehow it still manages to knot up on me. As for growth I can't say it has really been growing like crazy. It did before I was pregnant and I know there is some growth but not as fast as before. I have had dreams of cutting it all off recently and I really like the way it makes me feel in the dream but can't imagine doing it for reals.
 

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I'm finding my hair is growing like crazy but I haven't had it cut in a while now. We are pinching pennies and can't afford to have the upkeep of a hair style so I'd rather be wearing it up.<br>
With my other pregnancies I had really long hair but after the babes were born it started to fall out, HORMONES! Once I dyed my hair red during a pregnancy and I didn't know I was prego (ended in a miscarriage) and it turned orange and black so I had to cut it right off again darn HORMONES!
 

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Last pregnancy I got my hair cut in the first trimester, and cried afterwards <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">- pretty sure that was a hormonal reaction. I vowed at that time to let it get long the next time around. It's growing, but not super fast. I remember being shocked last time by how much fell out after I had the baby. I wonder if that will happen again.
 

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I've been growing my hair out on purpose to donate to Locks of Love. My sis's mil had a wig from there so I want to donate it in her name. The only problem is that my hairstylist went on bedrest a month ago. Now, my hair is terribly long, and it is driving me crazy. I just want it cut into a cute bob, but I don't know where to look for another stylist. My mom used to cut hair (to put herself through college), but she is going out of town. I really would like to just chop it off this week, but we will see. Now, if I could find a salon that does free cuts for donations (I know there are several lol sponsors out there but can't remember who does that), then I would go for it. Blah! Oh, my hair is also pretty curly now because it gets curlier the longer it gets! To think that it was at my chin about a year ago, and now it is working its way to my waist!
 

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After my first pg, my hair really changed, got a lot thinner and dryer. It was quite short at the end of the summer and I had just started growing it out when I got pregnant. My hairdresser was exccited, she said it's growing a bit more than AN INCH every month, and is really healthy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It's about shoulder length now, and a bit raggedy as I had lots of layers and super short hair. I'm not so happy with it right now, but it grows so fast that it will look totally different next week. I get irritated with it, but just want it long enough to pull back.
 

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My hair is normally fast growing and thick, but during pregnancy I grow even more hair and now have bangs because so much new hair is growing.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am hoping someone has a "cure" for my tangles and just general manageability issues. I love my hair and it's length but I don't feel it's been very nice to me lately. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Or maybe it's the other way around. I get the knotting at the nape of my neck as well.. even if I put it up somehow it still manages to knot up on me. As for growth I can't say it has really been growing like crazy. It did before I was pregnant and I know there is some growth but not as fast as before. I have had dreams of cutting it all off recently and I really like the way it makes me feel in the dream but can't imagine doing it for reals.</div>
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Hey Nic, do you use leave-in conditioners? I have to use them or my hair gets very tangled. I also notice that if I don't at least get a trim every 6 months or so, my hair splits up the shaft and becomes unmanagable.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hey Nic, do you use leave-in conditioners? I have to use them or my hair gets very tangled. I also notice that if I don't at least get a trim every 6 months or so, my hair splits up the shaft and becomes unmanagable.</div>
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I have used leave-in conditioners but because I have really fine hair I have to watch what I use otherwise it gets really greasy and gross. I think it's been almost a year since I had mine professionally cut. I am not above trimming my own hair if I need to and I find it so hard to find someone I trust. Before this pregnancy I noticed my hair liked to be colored. It has unfortunately become dependent upon the chemicals.. I knew when it was time for a touch up because my hair would dry out and get all knotty but as soon as I colored it would be really healthy looking and feeling. How strange is that? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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i am dealing with knots at the nape. tangles at the end, and just overall heavyness. when pulled straight the longest point touches the top of my crack. but its wavy so it looks about three inches shorter.<br>
i normally just wear it in a low ponytail or a braid, but it still knots.<br>
drives me insane<br><br>
also my hair grows like crazy when i am pregnant. i figure at about 3mo pp i will cut it SHORT before it all starts falling out, then sell it.
 

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How is it that I never even brush my hair, but it isn't that knotty? Or, maybe it is, but I don't notice it as much.... I have been doing a lot of super loose french twisty things with my hair. I hold it all in place with a hairstick, and I let all the ends go wild. I need a new style.... I need a haircut!
 

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I am a big hair nerd. I have a lot to say about caring for long (or just healthy, managable) hair but I've got to be getting out and about for awhile. I will def. come back and blather on and on about my potions and routines. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My hair officially touches my buttcrack in the shower so it is now time for a trim! I love it long, but can not STAND the hair in the buttcrack feeling, so it must go.<br><br>
Nic, we have very similar hair--My hair *needs* color too... although it's been 2 years since I have put anyhting on it so it's just going to have to wait... my hair does the dirty blonde thing too if I use too much conditioner... I HAVE to wash my hair everyday, I use a 2-n-1 and have to swap up shampoos pretty regular or my hair starts looking greasy on top... it's just the color/texture of it though--not that it's really *dirty* it's just *dirty blonde*... literally...<br><br>
I am getting it trimmed and I think after having the baby, I'm going to do the locks of love thing & get a cute cut/color job... and let it grow again!! LOL!!
 

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Alayna I'm constantly switching shampoos and conditioners too. I don't use a 2-n-1 ever though because that never makes my hair feel clean. What brands have you found that are the best for your hair? I've been trying to stay away from things that are loaded with parabens but sometimes find myself digging out an old bottle of Redken to smooth my hair and tame it a bit. As for color.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/neg.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="negative"> colored it last month I think.. I wasn't able to color it before I found out I was pregnant and had like 6 inches of nasty outgrowth. When my hair grows out it's really dark but my natural color is more like my 5 yr olds.. a dirty blonde/brown. Oh and when I colored it.. it did not make it feel ANY better which only made me feel worse about doing it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I'm also attached to my blow dryer.. if I don't use it my hair looks really icky. The blow dryer smooths it out which according to everything you read on using one is wrong but I can tell you for me it's what happens. I wish I could be lower maintenance.. I just find it so difficult to stop using all my STUFF! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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oh good, I'm not the only one! I have been soooo tired of my hair lately!<br><br>
It's about waist-length, and I was planning on keeping it that way for a very long time. Plus, I've always thought pg women with long hair look so pretty, so I was determined to have long hair during pregnancy.<br><br>
Then when I got pg, I started hating my hair so I told myself I could cut it after the baby's born. Now I'm thinking I might cut it in May. I want a shoulder-length cut. I'm just tired of it.<br><br><b>Racecar</b>, I am also a hair nerd. Are you a member at LHC? I hadn't blow dried my hair straight for 1 1/2 years until this Dec. when my hormones got the better of me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
ETA: I don't know if my hair is growing any faster (haven't measured in a while), but it's definitely thicker. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Nic, I have no clue about the parabens and everything, I choose to remain ignorant for the sake of decent hair! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But I use Pantene Pro-V Volumizing (bottle w/ the purple accents)-- I find it has the least amount of conditioner and allows my hair to have a little texture to it where normally it's just blah... and I switch it out with some Aussie every once in a while... sometimes I'll use just plain shampoo (not 2-n-1) and then use the Pantene spray in/ leave in conditioner... that works well too b/c I don't have to use much so it doesn't get greasey looking very quickly...<br><br>
I HAVE to blow dry it everyday (mainly so I can leave the house in 30 minutes)... and if I don't blow dry it, it like dries like along the contour of my head and just looks weird <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It only takes like 5 minutes to dry though (I do the shimmy shake while drying, lol) so it's not *that* damaging to it... it *looks* healthy, anyway...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Nic, I have no clue about the parabens and everything, I choose to remain ignorant for the sake of decent hair! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But I use Pantene Pro-V Volumizing (bottle w/ the purple accents)-- I find it has the least amount of conditioner and allows my hair to have a little texture to it where normally it's just blah... and I switch it out with some Aussie every once in a while... sometimes I'll use just plain shampoo (not 2-n-1) and then use the Pantene spray in/ leave in conditioner... that works well too b/c I don't have to use much so it doesn't get greasey looking very quickly...<br><br>
I HAVE to blow dry it everyday (mainly so I can leave the house in 30 minutes)... and if I don't blow dry it, it like dries like along the contour of my head and just looks weird <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It only takes like 5 minutes to dry though (I do the shimmy shake while drying, lol) so it's not *that* damaging to it... it *looks* healthy, anyway...</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao">The shimmy shake!!! I flip my head and dry that way to maximise volume. I know what you mean about the contour thing.. I never realised how much my head curves by neck until I started growing out my hair and despised the stupid flip thing it did. Pantene is ok on my hair for a once in a great while shampoo.. I use Tresseme usually and if I feel like splurging I buy Redken. I used to use Vidal Sassoon but the jerks changed their formula and doubled the price and now it's crap! I must look into a leave in conditioner.. I used to have this oil stuff from Bain de Terre.. amazing! Made my hair feel like silk. I should see if I can get some more of that all you needed was a drop.
 

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I've heard great things about Mane and Tail, but I really don't know if I'm ready at this point to use something that was originally designed for horses. I've had horrible luck with Pantene. Makes my scalp raw and hair fall out in clumps.<br><br>
Right now I'm using Regis Design Line Olive Oil. It seems to be great for but it seems after I've been using any product for more than 6 months my hair immeaditely looks horrible. The good thing about it is that it comes in liter bottles and lasts awhile and DH uses it too so there is more room inthe shower for my other products<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> .<br><br>
I've got a haircut tomorrow and I'm making DH go with my so I don't cave and get anymore than a trim. Pre-pg I'd cry when I got my haircut more than an inch.
 

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Maela, yes I am a LHCer! It is sort of my "secret shame". I hold my head high when it comes to mothering/parenting boards but get a little sheepish when it comes to a site all about growing your hair long.<br><br>
Anyway, the big things that have saved me from chopping my hair off was recommitting myself to learning comfortable ways to put it up. Seriously, <a href="http://www.longhaircommunity.com" target="_blank">www.longhaircommunity.com</a> has really helped me figure out quick and easy ways to bun it up in ways that don't pull or annoy me. I am a big fan of the "chinese bun".<br><br>
My hair is also pretty thick with a potentially annoying wave. If I didn't live and die by washing (9 washes out of 10) with cheapie conditioner (like Suave or V05) I'd be dealing with frizzy fried hair taking over my head. I slather on about a half bottle per wash, let it sit for as long as it takes for me to finish my shower, then rinse off. Some folks bag their head and let it sit for a much longer time than I do but I don't do that, usually. It is cleansing yet not stripping. Once in a blue moon, I'll feel like my hair needs a little extra oomph and then I'll use diluted gentle shampoo (I'm a Giovanni fan) at the roots only.<br><br>
I also use virgin coconut oil at the ends. And if I had my way I'd be a herbal washer only but that is a bit of a ... process. I love the results and the kitchen witchery of it all.<br><br>
When I really want to chop it off, I usually need to deep condition. I can imagine how the dry cold winter air most of ya'll are dealing with can make a head of hair cry out for moisture. I like this treatment (chomped from the LHC!) --2 parts silicone free conditioner<br>
1 part honey<br>
1 part clear aloe vera gel<br>
The actual recipe calls for it to be nuked for about 5 seconds but I have better luck just stirring it all up in a warm yogurt container. I do let this sit on my head for as long as is practical and I swear it's like I have a whole new head of hair when I'm done!<br><br>
I could talk for WAY too long about this stuff! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> My hair is not-quite-to-waistlength and I'm comfortable staying anywhere between brastrap length ("short" for me) and waistlength. Any longer than that gets to much for me. I'm sure I'll go through a big adjustment with the big post partum shed but I'll TRY to remind myself how much *extra* work my head of hair is when it's shorter rather than longer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I use this rinse and I swear it helps with tangles while boosting volume at the same time.<br>
1 tablespoon Honey<br>
1 tablespoon Aloe gel, clear<br>
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (blondes can use lemon juice--I find it drying for my hair, tho)<br>
1/2 teaspoon Oil (I use coconut but jojoba is good too)<br>
8 cups distilled water.<br><br>
Dunk your head all over with this as your final rinse. Don't rinse out and gently towel dry. I like it! I've put some sandalwood oil in it before with good results too, just to make it smell good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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