Why Your Natural Hair Isn't Growing
Do you ever feel like your hair has been stuck at the same length for what seems like forever? Truth is, your hair is always growing, but your ends are breaking off at the same rate, which means you’re not retaining length. Hair grows about half an inch per month on average, which equals out to about six inches of new growth for the year. So if this new growth isn’t being retained then you won’t really see it. Its always a good time to stop and reevaluate your current regimen when you just aren’t reaching your goals.
Below are 4 factors that may be affecting your retention rate and limiting you from reaching your goal length:
1. It isn’t moisturized.
It’s no secret that natural hair is prone to dryness, which often results in matting, tangles and breakage. All of these factors can stunt growth, causing the appearance that your natural hair isn’t growing. In order to maintain a healthy level of moisture you should moisturize your hair at least once or twice per day. You can add moisture in the form of water, leave-in conditioners, butters and creams. We recommend The Mane Choice’s Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Deep Hydration Softening Milk. Deep conditioning weekly or bi-weekly will give you that added boost of moisture.
2. You Need a Trim.
Trimming your hair is one of the best things you could do for your natural hair, split ends can travel up the hair shaft. Hair that needs to be trimmed will appear see-through and feel dry and brittle at the ends. After a good trim your hair immediately appears more thicker and healthier. Adding regular trims to your routine (about every 2-4 weeks) will help you cut less damage in the long run. Upkeep your ends by dusting your ends yourself between professional trims.
3. You’re Not Protecting It.
Cotton can be pretty abrasive on natural hair, swapping out your cotton pillowcases for satin/silk ones will make all the difference. Don't skip out on using a satin or silk pillowcase, bonnet or scarf. It also may be time for a protective style, give your hair a much needed break from daily/weekly styling by trying out braids, extensions and wigs.
4. Your Health.
If you’re doing everything right and your hair is still shedding at an alarming rate, underlying issues that should be the culprit. Schedule an appointment with you health practitioner and discuss any changes in your health to rule out any health issues.
Currently feeling like your hair growth is at an all-time low? Overcame length retention challenges? Leave your story in below in the comments!