3 Reasons Your Hair “Isn’t Growing”
Many of us are embarking on a hair growth journey, but it’s easy to get stuck at one length and think your hair simply “won’t grow anymore”. In reality, your hair is constantly growing from the root, but it is breaking off before you can see any progress in length. In this blog, I’ve laid out some of the major reasons why your hair “isn’t growing” and some ways to be more considerate to your hair to elevate your hair growth journey.
Hair Breakage is one of the most common reasons why you aren’t seeing progress in your hair growth journey, and it can be caused by a number of things. Using lots of elastic/rubber hair ties and styling in tight hairstyles like ponytails and buns can be one source of breakage. Another cause of breakage is lack of regular trims/haircuts. Naturally, your hair splits and must be regularly trimmed in order to prevent additional split ends/breakage and to maintain healthy, strong hair. Other factors such as nutrition and diet, rough brushing, excessive heat, and towel drying (with a cotton towel) can all lead to hair breakage, which leads to a lack of hair growth.
Over-Processing your hair is one of the most dangerous things you can do to prevent hair growth. Many of the products used to bleach, color, perm, or relax hair contain chemicals that can cause damage to the cuticle and the shaft of hair, causing it to break off or die. Chemicals in these products have been seen to weaken hair strands, leading to less growth progress. Given this, try to space out your appointments in the salon and take care of your hair in the meantime.
Dry, Brittle Hair.
Moisturizing hair to maintain healthy, strong shafts is extremely important for hair growth. Keeping strands moisturized allows for fewer split ends and less breakage. Dry hair can result from washing hair too often, dying/using chemicals on hair and lots of heat/styling products on hair. All of these can be avoided by making small adjustments to your routine and using moisturizing hair care products regularly.
These are just a few of the possible barriers that stand in the way of hair growth, but the most important thing to keep in mind is the overall health of your hair. Keeping hair moisturized, protected from harmful chemicals and excessive heat, and trying to avoid anything that could cause unnecessary breakage are all things you can easily do to help promote healthy hair growth.