7 Reasons Why Your Natural Hair Doesn’t Look Like Its Growing…

natural hair, how to grow long natural hair, reasons why hais has stopped growingHave you ever felt like your hair wasn’t growing? I have… For a whole year I didn’t think my hair was growing. Thankfully, I found 10 Ways To Retain Length.

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Sometimes it only seems like your natural hair has completely stopped growing. But the truth is kinky, coily and Afro-textured hair is the most fragile hair type of all, which also makes it the most easily susceptible to damage and breakage. Although individual hair strands are constantly continually in a growth cycle, there are some reasons why it may appear that your hair growth has been stunted or has completely ceased from growing, period.

Poor Hair Habits

When your hair is damaged, your hair becomes weak and fragile. There are several poor hair care habits that can lead to breakage of the hair such as excessive heat styling, over-manipulation from styling, chemical hair coloring, and bleaching. These types of practices can add a lot of stress to hair that is already fragile, weaken your hair’s elasticity and can lead to breakage, thinning of the hair and severe hair damage.

Read: Common Causes of Breakage

Shorter Hair Growth Cycle

We all have a unique hair growth cycle contributed solely to genetics. The hair growth cycle is constantly in rotation, and all of your hair never in the same phase of the cycle simultaneously. There is a phase of the hair growth cycle when the hair will become dormant until the cycle repeats. This phase can usually last for a few weeks but for some, this resting phase of the hair growth cycle can last much longer for some. Dr. James C. Marotta, plastic surgeon and hair restoration specialist says that, “The growth phase is largely determined by genetics and typically lasts between two and six years.” There is absolutely nothing you can do to change or lengthen the hair growth cycle.  But this is not to say its impossible to retain the length grown in your growth phase.

Dry & Brittle Hair that Lacks Moisture

Dry, brittle hair can only result in one thing if neglected, and that’s breakage. It’s possible for your natural hair to break off just as quickly as it grows, appearing as if your hair is no longer growing. It’s important to keep natural hair moisturized because of its inability to produce natural oils that cover the entire hair shaft. Co-washing the hair, hot oil treatments, using sulfate-free shampoos and adopting healthy hair regimens such as the LOC method can help your natural hair maintain moisture and prevent it from breaking.

Check Out These Moisturizing Products
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Retention Shampoo
EDEN BodyWorks All Natural Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner

Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Conditioning Hair Set

Poor Diet & Lack of Exercise

They say you are what you eat, and if you’re filling up on a lot of junk, fried and greasy foods, your hair could really suffer. Your hair also needs proper vitamins, minerals and nutrients in order to thrive and eating foods that are high in nutritional value such as fish, nuts, and green leafy vegetables will help your hair grow healthier and fuller. It could also be beneficial to add a multivitamin to our diet that promotes hair, skin, and nail growth.  Many multivitamins contain supplements and supporting nutrients that promote healthy hair and follicles. For example, Nature Made Multi For Her  contains the recommended daily dosage of biotin in addition to B-Complex Vitamins, Vitamin A, and Zinc which functions are strengthen hair, nourish hair follicle cells in order to prevent hair loss, promote healthy scalp and minimize shedding, respectively.

Underlying Health Issues

The body has a way of telling us when something isn’t right, and a sudden increase in hair breakage or serious hair loss could be cause for medical attention. Hormone deficiency or overproduction  can easily result in hair loss. Dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis of the scalp and even allergies are other issues that could affect the scalp and cause stunted hair growth. These issues often affect the scalp and sometimes cause scarring, immflamation or sores to the scalp, inhibiting hair growth.

Using the Wrong Hair Care Tools

Aside from the obvious damage that can result from excessive blow-drying, flat ironing and pressing the hair, using poor hair tools such as smaller toothed combs, the wrong types of brushes and even fractured bobby pins and hair combs can also result in damage to your natural hair.  Hair accessories that are damaged can snag the hair and cause breakage. The same applies for using combs with smaller teeth that can tangle the hair and cause split ends.  Invest in a seamless comb or a Denman Brush for detangling and styling natural hair.

Read: Denman Brush | Are They Worth The Money

It May be Time for a Trim

Severely damaged hair, split ends and heat damage are the types of damage that cannot be reversed. No matter what products that claim to “repair split ends” and “reverse severely damaged hair”. Once the damage has been done, there is no turning back. The only option is to remove the damaged hair and do the rest of your hair justice by adopting healthier natural hair care habits.

Read: 4 Signs Its Time For A Trim   |  10 Reasons To Trim Your Hair


13 thoughts on “7 Reasons Why Your Natural Hair Doesn’t Look Like Its Growing…

  1. Lisa

    I am not sure about the denman brush. I’m starting to pull a bigger ball of hair from that brush after I use it to detangle.

    1. Tamara Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      Shedding is normal. You can shed up to 100 hair strands or more a day. With natural hair the shed hair tends to stay in your hair until manually removed by detangling (depending on how often you detangle you will see more or less hair). You can do a simple check to see if the hair in your brush from breakage or shedding by looking at the hair. If its long (the full length of your hair) and has a white tip on the end it’s dead or shedded hair. But if its a lot of short, broken hair, you are experience breakage. For breakage, I recommend taking your time and working in smaller sections while detangling from ends to roots. Regular trims also decrease split ends and breakage.

  2. Arlene L Marquez

    Poor habits can not only make you hair seems stop growing it can even cause hair loss. Proper habits and taking good care only can help with hair loss prevention. No women likes hair loss but there are some of them who is either too lazy or doesn’t know how much not taking care can affect their hair health. Hormones and genetic reasons also can cause hair loss but for even that there are treatments in present era.

  3. Tina herrera

    my hair my nails my digestive system stopped working what is wrong with me and then week later starts again, and i start to retain alot of water

  4. philadelicious

    My scalp condition has been diagnosed as Seborrhea Dermatitis. I have been natural for almost 4 years and I’m definitely not seeing the growth I expected to see by now. So many ladies I know who transitioned to natural after me, I see their hair flourishing beautifully while my hair lags behind. Very disappointed. 😦

  5. chę

    My hair isn’t brittle or falling out even when i comb it. It doesn’t seem to have split ends and I already trimmed it not too long ago. My diet hasn’t changed but yet the growth of it just slowed down. Im 16.
    Im really worried

  6. Antonymous

    Well so hair actually stops growing if you let it reach its terminal length. It’s curious then how it keeps growing as long as it gets cut shorter than that length.

  7. Dakubo Natalie

    No matter what I do my air still stays the same I don’t have any breakage but my hair doesn’t grow. It has been the same since January.

  8. Jennie

    I have struggled with my hair for a long time now. I am quickly approaching my 30s and I have bad hair quality. Recently, I have also noticed that my hair has stopped growing as it used to. A few years ago I went to the salon on a monthly basis. Now, it takes me almost two months before I even need to cut my hair! I am desperate and I really need help right now. Hair is one of the most important parts of a woman and I don’t want to give up on this one. I went to the doctors but they didn’t found anything wrong with me. The exams I took showed that I am healthy and there’s no reason for this to even happen to me. Please, I really need hair advice urgently!!!!!!!!!!!!

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