It’s the ultimate frustration, trying to grow your hair and finding that it just doesn’t seem to get any longer!
Like when you get your hair dyed, and then your roots to start showing a few weeks later, yet your hair doesn’t seem to look any longer? What about not having a haircut for months, but your hair is still at the same length?
So, “Why doesn’t my hair growing?” you may be asking? Well, we’re here to tell you why and what you can do to ditch the hair-extensions for a natural head of luscious locks…
1. Hair Care
Hair grows at an average rate of half an inch every month. That means the average person’s hair grows about 6 inches every year! If your hair is not receiving the care it needs and is breaking off at the same rate as it is growing, it will stay the same length all year until you change your hair habits.
Remember that over processing hair leads to major breakage. To put it simply, a healthy hair cuticle lays flat making hair look smooth and shiny, while a lifted damaged cuticle causes hair to become dull, brittle, and frizzy. Ultimately, over-processing leads to split ends and breakage making it virtually impossible for hair to get past a certain length.
That means that over dying, and even how you handle your hair can greatly affect the quality of your mane and ultimately the ability for your hair to grow out. If you are too aggressive, using uncovered elastics or fighting with your curly or coarse hair, you may be contributing to the breakage.
2. Hot Tools!
Every time you hear the sizzle of a hot tool when it comes in contact with your hair just keep in mind the damage that you’re causing to your hair. If you’re trying to grow your hair, it’s important to keep it as strong and as healthy as possible. Hot tools only accelerate damage by essentially drying and frying your hair. Which is what we’re trying to avoid. Moisture starved hair will become damaged, and break, so, do yourself a favour and keep the hot tools to a minimum. Alternatively, you can try Keratin Treatment which allows your hair to stay straight and frizz-free.
3. Split Ends…
We all have to deal with split ends. This is when the ends of hair literally split in two, due to the hair not receiving enough nutrients to live a long and healthy life. As a result, the split in the hair goes up higher and higher, resulting in the ends breaking off. So, although your hair may be growing from the root, it is simultaneously breaking off from the bottom, making it seem like your hair is just stuck at a certain length.
Once split ends occur, the only thing you can do is cut them off to prevent them in the future ruining your luscious locks!
4. “You are what you eat”
Have you ever had a large takeaway only to get a nice new spot the next day? Well, your hair works the same way! A healthy diet means extras extra nourishment for your scalp, which leads to strong beautiful hair.
B-Complex includes biotin, niacin, and cobalamin, which all give the hair thickness and shine—avocados, legumes, eggs, and whole grains are great for this.
Iron, Vitamin D, B-complex, and zinc is optimal for healthy hair. Iron can be found naturally in spinach, eggs, and chicken, mushrooms, and natural sunshine are great, natural sources of Vitamin D. Finally, load up on pumpkin seeds for an extra dose of zinc!
5. It’s all about the Scalp!
A healthy scalp equals healthy hair, and what many people don’t realize is that a buildup on the scalp can actually stunt hair growth.
Whether it’s a buildup of products over the years or our body’s own production of sweat and oil, if the hair follicles are blocked, hair simply cannot grow. Be sure to check all of your styling products, if they have silicones, ditch them! Over time silicone-based ingredients build up on the hair, weighing it down, dulling its natural shine, and blocking hair growth. If you are experiencing an excess of buildup in your scalp, use a clarifying shampoo to wash away impurities and keep hair and scalp squeaky clean. We have professional products in our stocks. Please visit us in store or check our Products page to find out more about our products.
So now, how can you help promote hair growth?
1. When your hair is wet it’s at its most vulnerable, so brushing it like this will lead to more breakage and split ends. Brush your hair before showering to completely detangle it, and start at the ends while gently and working your way up.
2. Hot water dehydrates the hair, causing brittle strands that are prone to breakage and fall out. So, turn the heat down and give your hair a blast of cold water at the end of your shower to lock in moisture and maintain shine.
3. Be sure to take the extra time to leave your conditioner in for a few minutes, focussing on the mid-shaft and ends. Or, apply a hair mask for at least 5-10 minutes.
4. Pat your hair dry and leave your hair to air dry, no more towel-turbans before harshly towel drying it!
5. Brush your hair once it is half dried, apply your favourite hair oil before styling to keep it soft and easy to manage. Then be sure to apply a heat protectant if you must heat style your hair.
Our professional team are always on hand to give advice, and recommend products to help support hair growth!
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