Growing long healthy hair is hard work for all of us who are not naturally blessed with the best locks. Everyone’s hair grows at a different speed, on average hair on the scalp grows about 0.3-0.4 mm/day or about 6 inches per year. At any given time, all our hair is in various stages of growth and shedding. For most people, their hair grow but it’s dull and dry.
Here are 10 reasons why your hair isn’t growing longer and healthier:
Blow dryers, curlers and straighteners are great for taming your locks but on the other side, some damage is being done. Regular use of heat is a major cause of brittle and dry hair. Limit the use of hot tools and let your hair dry naturally. Minimize the use of heat by trying heat free hairstyles. Make sure to apply a heat protectant before using heat on your hair.
Staying clean is super important but having oily hair is actually good. Washing your hair everyday strips your hair from oils which keep your hair healthy and promote growth. It also cause your scalp to produce more oil, resulting in greasy hair and scalp, which isn’t good. Try to wash your hair 2-3 times a week. Use a dry shampoo in between to absorb excess oil.
Your hair grows from the root so the tips are the oldest part of your hair, lacking nourishment. When the ends get dry, the hair shaft splits in two or sometimes three. Once you get split ends, you cannot repair them. The only solution is to get a trim. If your hair is prone to split ends, make sure to moisturize the ends of your hair with a few drop of coconut oil or Argan oil before bedtime. Apply conditioner after shampoo.
It is believed that getting a trim every 6-8 weeks is crucial for healthy hair. It is not important for everyone, especially if your hair is in good condition.When you’re taking good care of your hair, keeping it nourished and moisturized, you don’t need a trim. Every 6-8 week trim is required for those trying to maintain a hairstyle or length, not for growing out hair. You should only get a trim if you notice split ends.
Frequent hair dyeing and use of styling products can make your hair rough and prone to breakage. Give your hair a break from chemical dyes and use natural hair dyes like henna for coloring. Shampoos and conditioning products contain silicone which coats your hair to appear shiny, blocking nutrients and making your hair dull. Most of the cheap shampoos and conditioner contain silicone, preventing your hair from growing. Do your research and read labels to look out for ingredients which strip your hair.
Stress can literally show up on your body. Stress affects your health which can result in breakouts on your face, dry skin, hair loss and inhibits hair growth. Get your stress under control and relax yourself. Indulge in stress busting activities daily like yoga, walking, meditation at least 30 minutes a day.
Your hair may not be growing due to an un-diagnosed medical condition. If you’re experiencing postpartum hair loss or after taking a certain medication your hair isn’t growing, it’s best to consult a doctor. Dramatic weight loss, intense illeness or physical trauma like surgery can have an effect on hair growth.
Vitamin supplements along with a good diet help your hair to grow. Biotin. Vitamin B, C, B3, B7 and H are essential for hair growth. A well balanced diet with these vitamins is essential for long and shiny hair.
A good well balanced diet is essential for general well being and enhanced hair growth. Cut down the intake of processed foods including sugar and sodium. Include eggs, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to encourage hair growth.
Drinking around 8 glasses of water every day clear out toxins from your body. To help your hair grow longer, make sure to stay hydrated. You’ll notice visible differences within few months.