“My hair isn’t growing!” I’ve been there. For a while, it didn’t seem like my hair was growing. Here are 7 Reasons Your Hair Doesn’t Look Like Its Growing.
Has this been a concern of yours? I’m often asked about ways to grow our natural hair longer and faster, usually by newer naturals. What many don’t realize, is that it may not be so much that your hair isn’t growing, because it is! What may be happening is that you’re losing the hair you do grow through breakage just as fast as the hair is growing so it seems that hair growth has come to a stop. Read 10 Way To Stop Breakage From Happening. Or maybe you’re mistaking normal shedding and breakage. Its important to know the difference between shedding and breakage.
Have no fear! Here are four ways to make sure that the hair that you DO grow stays put!
Have a Good, Balanced Diet
The very first thing I ask those who complain about their hair not growing is “how’s your diet?” It cannot be stressed enough that healthy hair starts from the inside out. I like to reference the old adage “you are what you eat”. It’s so true when it comes to our hair as it will reflect how we’re treating our bodies. Our follicles will only produce and grow healthy hair if we are healthy on the inside. This means drinking lots of water to moisturize the strands and keeping fruits and veggies in our diet to feed those follicles the nutrients they need.
While drinking water is a great start to moisturizing your hair from the inside, it’s a good idea to continue the process with a proper, consistent moisturizing routine on wash day and the days to follow. Hair that is curly and tightly coiled is prone to dryness due to the shape of the hair. The natural sebum produced by the scalp cannot make its way down the entire hair shaft fast enough so, it’s necessary to give it some help. Starting with slightly damp hair- because water is THE moisturizer- apply your favorite leave-in conditioner and follow up with a butter or an oil to seal the moisture in. Be sure to pay special attention to the ends of your hair!
Remember, retention is the key. When the hair is properly moisturized, down to the oldest part of the hair, it will have good elasticity and be less like to break so that hair sticks around a lot longer.
Incorporate Protective Styles
After our hair is well moisturized, tucking away those ends in a protective style will be added insurance that our hair growth will be retained. This doesn’t always mean box braids or twists which may take hours to install. Protective styles are simply those which require little to no manipulation. Think buns and roll-tuck-and-pin styles. Remember, protective style do not make your hair grow but they help you retain the hair you do grow.
Don’t Overdo it with Heat Styling
It’s okay to want to switch it up every now and then with a sleek, straight look or a fierce blow-out. But if you want to retain length, it may be wise to keep it to a minimum. Many professionals that I’ve encountered suggest heat styling no more than bi-weekly. Here are some ways how heat can actually help your hair.
Applying too much heat too often will lead to dry strands and then… breakage! Only use tools that have adjustable heat settings so you can control the amount of heat being applied and be sure to use a heat protectant like avocado or grapeseed oil before the blow drying stage.
So, ladies, if it seems like your hair growth has come to a screeching halt, really sit down and access your current regimen in light of these four tips to see what you can do differently. I assure you, you will be on your way to beautiful, healthy hair!