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Growing Long Natural Hair with Chicoro’s Lead Hair Theory

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by Shelli of Hairscapades 

CurlyNikki recently re-posted my How I Retain Length article from 2012 and I thought it was perfect timing to share a sort of, kind of update on the Chicoro “Lead Hair” Theory experiment I wrote about in 2011!

So, I was going through some of my hair pics from 2010 and came across the pics on the left. They are from late December 2010, a few short months before I joined the Curly Nikki/Kim Coles Grow Out Challenge with a goal to grow my hair to waist length. The shots are before and after a self-trim. The picture on the right is from September 2013.

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As you can see from all of the pics, my perimeter is thin and the bulk of my hair is a few inches higher. As I’ve previously mentioned, I believe that this is a result of my crown being more breakage-prone and slower growing than my nape. Also, my nape is barely wavy and my crown is curly (probably a 3c), so my perimeter really looks thin when my hair is worn in natural styles. Now, I would love to have a full perimeter, but just don’t think my hair grows or falls that way. Therefore, it was fortunate for me that I learned about Chicoro’s Lead Hair Theory a couple of years ago and accepted my Fairytale Ends.

Now, the reason this is “kind of” an update to that old post is because I haven’t totally followed the Chicoro method of “goal point” trimming. She actually espouses allowing the “lead hair” to grow an inch or two past the bulk of the hair, but then cutting the hair blunt once it reaches the “goal point.” However, I decided to just get minimal trims every 6 months or so. As long as my ends are healthy, I don’t concern myself with having a perfectly blunt and full perimeter. I almost never wear my hair entirely straight anyway and my goal is to retain as much healthy length as possible, even if my hair is, well … uneven. *lol*

The reason I am sharing this is to shed some light on uneven growth patterns versus breakage and methods of cutting/trimming the hair. In February 2011, I got a “trim” that turned into a blunt perimeter haircut (didn’t go to that salon again :/). But, after that haircut, I started getting trims only and my hair grew out unevenly again.

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Dec 2012

Some might see my earlier pics and think it meant breakage and that my hair would just get shorter if I didn’t get a serious hair cut, taking off a few inches to make it blunt. But, as you can see from these pics, my crown did continue to retain length, although not at the speed of my longest area.

This proved to me that, in order to retain as much length as possible, I could continue to trim based upon the health and condition of my ends and not based upon the fullness/evenness of my perimeter, with one caveat. I try not to let the longest hair get more than a couple of inches longer than the bulk as it causes more tangling

I share this to say, if retaining max length is your goal and you don’t wear your hair straight the majority of the time, you may want to try trimming to eliminate damaged ends only and not for “bluntness.” Hair can be healthy and retain length/grow long without having a perfectly blunt/even “hemline.” That being said, if your ends are knotty, tangling, splitting into forests, or excessively dry and rugged, a trim is likely in order to prevent further damage . But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to trim all of your hair even to get rid of the damage. You can trim judiciously, eliminating the badly damaged ends and leaving the healthy hair behind. That’s the beauty of natural kinky, curly, coily hair! It doesn’t have to be perfectly blunt to look great!!

Oct 2013
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Do you trim for healthy or even ends? Have you tried the Chicoro Goal Point Method of trimming? How did it work out for you?

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Queen Hustle V Presents Got Curl? Expo 2.0

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Queen Hustle V presents Got Curl? Expo 2.0 on Saturday, September 28th from 12-4pm. The event will be held at the African American Museum in Hempstead, New York.

Returning this year is Palmer’s & Eden Body Works, along with several curly hair specialists, celebrity stylists, vendors, artisans, and more.

Got Curl? carries products for women, children, and offers hair and beard care for men. Be sure to head out with the family to the African American Museum located at 110 North Fulton Ave., Hempstead, New York, 11550 on September 28th from 12-4pm.

*$5 general admission or $15 VIP admission*

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“Welcome…and thank you for your interest in Got Curl Expo 2019! As a fellow Curly Girl and proud Momma of two big curl girls I can totally relate! Finding the best products and styling techniques that are optimal to manage our curly locks has been a challenge over the years. With the wide array of products and services that have come onto the market in the past 5 years we have more options than ever before. Yaaahhh!! Now you would think that managing our hair has become simpler…on the contrary! With more options it is up to the curly endowed to decipher which products and techniques are best suited for her/his specific curly hair type. It is from this need aroused my desire to bring this information to the public via product experts and curly stylists under one roof on one day at one fantastic event. We have also included the men with a special emphasis on products and services geared towards men’s grooming needs! How grand!!!!”Victoria Stanton

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Got Curl? Expo 2018 received positive press from several news outlets and totaled over 150 in attendance.

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Kim Chapman: Respect The Roots

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“In order for us to have longevity, we [must] continue to do what we are supposed to do – that we are always servicing people and not becoming a bigger conglomerate just to have money to show that I have money.”

A simple motivational motto legendary entrepreneur Mrs. Kimberly M. Chapman, best known to many as Kim, repeats daily as she weathers herself through the daily work schedule as an active phenomenal woman. Already recognized as a legend in the beauty industry, Kim looks to catapult herself to other avenues sharing the knowledge and wisdom she has obtained in hair care.

Black shoppers spent $473 million in total hair care. Since 2015, its been reported through Kim and Will’s creativity, smart business, and customer appreciation expanded the business into a multi-million dollar company. Although one of the most recognizable names in hair care, Kim has mentioned aspirations of being “the” face of hair care. She confessed, “For our products to be No. 1 in the world.”

Influencer, media correspondent, co-creator of Chapman Products, along with husband William P. Chapman, Kimberly M. Chapman is one of the great entrepreneurs and innovators. A Southern Wesley University graduate mother of two, Kim created Chapman Products Inc with well-established entities including Nairobi Professional, Congo Professional, Kerafena Natural Hair Smoothing System, Chapman Foundation Inc., and Sheen Magazine.

Transcending beyond beauty, Chapman has crafted a lucrative addition to her business. Publisher, Kim created various media-related additions to her company’s profile under the popular sub-division known as Sheen. Publication (Sheen Magazine), Podcast, (Sheen Talks), and original viral content securing both beneficial promotions and revenue stream. Through Sheen, Kim and company develop a lifestyle brand that tethers into everything outside of beauty, opening a dialogue to Chapman Products and the culture.

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Consistency, dedication, faith, love, Kim, along with husband, effortlessly deliver the ultimate beauty products in the industry using these infused traits. Always ahead, forward-thing trends, educational, Kim provides inspired individuals with the blueprint to achieve similar heights themselves through implications of a simple strong work ethical regiment. Enriched with constant growth, its undeniable Champan Products will remain the ultimate brand in beauty and media for generations to come.

Outside of the hair culture, Kim preaches the importance of education in the community through the Chapman Foundation. In 1999, she began providing scholarships to high school students, delivers school supplies and toys to the less fortunate, and much more. The Chapman Foundation, Inc. donates a minimum of $250,000 per year to students nationwide.

Brooklyn College professor Zinga Fraser reminds, “African women have a rich history in terms of the ways they adorn their hair.” U.S. having one of the most lucrative hair care markets in the world. Chapman Products is atop of a black culture’s 2.5 billion dollar hair industry thanks to the brand’s Nairobi haircare products.

Catch Kim Chapman Tuesdays on her celebrity talk show, “Sheen Talk Live” on YouTube.

For more on Kimberly M. Chapman, follow the legend on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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