One of my favorite shows to watch in the 80s was #GrowingPains. Although the show was about the “growing pains” experienced in raising children & children’s experiences as they grow up, growing pains is an actual thing, but it’s not what most think. When the name was given to the symptoms back in the 1930s-40s, it was believed that the cause was due to the fast growth rate in children. However, that was false *Dwight Schrute voice* 😑. A child’s growth is actually not at its fastest rate during the adolescent years. Still, the name “growing pains” remained & many adolescents today experience it. They describe having pain in their legs, knees, & thighs mostly when they wake up in the morning. The pain eventually goes away & parents shouldn’t be alarmed unless it’s persistent & it’s accompanied by serious symptoms. Growing pains could very well be attributed to soreness from being active during the day (i.e. running around & playing sports). What about the growing pains that we go through in our #HairJourney? When I cut my hair short (left photo), I really liked it. It was fun & easy to manage (BUT difficult to preserve). Then came a point where I felt as though my hair wasn’t growing fast enough. Oh, the pain 🤕. But I kept telling myself “It’s only hair. It will grow back💆🏼♀️” & I got through it, just like most adolescents get through their growing pains. You live, learn & make the best of it. Your hair growth may not be happening as fast as you’d like & it could be because of illness, medication, or hair damage. The important thing for you to do is to try to pinpoint the cause & if it’s something that is beyond your control, then stop stressing about it & work with what you have. Don’t let all the pretty images of big, long, curls drive you to your breaking point. Take the scenic route on your journey. I mean, who wants to be on a hectic journey & stressed all the time? Stress can trigger #HairLoss, mi gente 💁🏼♀️. I want to savor every aspect of my life & make the most of everything. Do you?