Getting Past a Growth Stunt
You're doing everything you can think of yet your hair won't grow past a certain length. Asking yourself over and over "what am I doing wrong?". Growth plateaus are the devil, but I have some tips and tricks to help you get over the hump!
Take a look at some of the things you're doing to your hair, and ask yourself are you causing more harm than good. Below are some issues that coincide with a growth stunt as well as solutions to help fix them.
1. Too much protein or Not enough protein: Protein is amazing for the hair because it helps strengthen the strands, but too much of a good thing can quickly turn bad. Adding too much protein to the strands will make then dry and brittle, which causes the chances of breakage to increase. Adding too little protein to the hair strands can potentially cause moisture overload, where the hair is too soft can feels mushy, which can also lead to damage. Find a protein/moisture balance with your hair. If your hair is mushy, try doing a protein treatment biweekly. If the hair is brittle, decrease your protein treatments to once a month and use products with whey protein, silk protein, and coconut oil sparingly.
2. Dry hair and Dry scalp: lack of moisture to the hair strands and scalp can lead to serious problems. Breakage, split ends, dandruff, and irritation. Also using the wrong products that clog the pores (i.e. petroleum-based products) make it difficult for moisture to get into the hair strands. Moisturize the hair using products for your hair type every 3 days. Using the LOC/LCO/LOCO method can be super beneficial to retaining moisture for hair growth. If you're unsure which method to use, click here to learn more.
3. Unnecessary hair stress: protective styling is also amazing for hair growth and retaining length, but over manipulating the hair can cause more damage. Tightly styled hair will lead to breakage, it can also cause traction alopecia, as well as split ends, and severely uneven length. Simple, wear looser styles. Don't pull the hair to tight with up do's or buns, use satin hair ties. When wearing a protective style that includes weave, added hair, or a wig, limit the style length to six weeks and give the hair a week to breathe. Also ensure that you are protecting the hair with satin bonnets, a satin scarf, or satin pillowcase so allow the hair to glide smoothly. Cotton pillowcases not only draw out the moisture from the hair but also causes friction which leads to split ends and breakage.
4. Split ends: This problem speaks for itself. Split ends can be caused by improper detangling, overuse of heat, trimming the hair with improper scissors, climate change, chemical treatments, and lack of hair maintenance. Avoid the causes above, and get a professional trim. Once you have split ends the only way to get rid of them is to cut them off. No product on earth will reverse split ends, no matter what the bottle says.
5. Over clarifying and Not clarifying enough: washing your hair is essential to hair growth being that cleaning it gets rid of the oil and dirt that is on your scalp and cuticles. But over-washing the hair can strip it of the naturals oils causing it to be dry. Avoid applying shampoo to the hair directly. Shampoo should only be applied to the scalp, and when rinsing the suds will cleanse the hair. Also, sticking to your hair regiment will ensure you don't have this problem.
6. Exercise and Diet: also self explanatory, working out and eating a healthy diet is important for a healthy body. A healthy body promotes healthy hair, which leads to growth. Stay active, and eat foods high in nutritional value, as well as ensure you're drinking enough water to properly hydrate the body.
7. Genetics: this one isn't a problem, but does play a role in hair length. While genetics don't determine how long the hair will grow, it does tell the amount of time the strands will stay in the growing phase. So if your hair only stays in the growing phase for a short amount of time, then it will take longer for the hair to grow out, and vice versa.
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