Updated: Nov 29, 2021
Lack of Moisture
Your natural hair NEEDS moisture! Because of the makeup of our hair, naturals oils may not travel easily from our scalp to the ends, we need alternative ways of attaining that moisture. Without it, breakage can occur.
Try this: on wash day, while your hair is damp, apply another layer of moisture with an all natural hair care product like your favorite leave-in conditioner. Follow up and seal the ends – the oldest and driest part of the hair – like our all natural hair oil. Style as usual with your favorite styler. Tailor this method to your hair’s needs and boost it’s elasticity to prevent breakage and retain your length.
You Don’t Drink Enough Water
It’s important to moisturize from the inside out. If you have issues retaining the length of your natural hair you may not be drinking enough water. If your hair is dry, brittle and prone to split and break, drinking more water, and eating healthy, will feed your follicles to promote growth.
You Use Too Much Heat
Too much heat too often, if not done safely, can also cause hair to be extra dry and brittle. Also, making sure your hair is well moisturized before heat styling, a layer of protection created with a product can give your hair a smooth finish without the damage. You should use hair tools with adjustable heat settings, using cool to medium heat setting as much as possible.
Your hand is always in your hair – combs and brushes – can cause unnecessary stress, breaking off your fragile ends. If you find that you’re always touching your hair, try wearing protective styles. Keeping your hair braided, twisted, or in a bun for a week or two will force you to keep your hands and hair tools out of it. The less your hair breaks, the more length you retain!
Hair growth cycles differ from person to person mainly due to genetics. A person’s cycle can have a growth phase of three years, while another has a growth phase of five years before it’s time for the hair to shed. So it may simply be that your growth stage is shorter than others, which makes it seem like your hair isn’t growing at all. But as long as you use the hair care tips above, your hair should grow fine at its own peak rate.
You Need a Trim
Trimming your hair to help with growth may seem counterintuitive, but it’s one of the best things you can do for your hair. Regular trims get rid of split ends and damage that lead to breakage. You can trim at least once every season – or every three to four months – will refresh your ends and keep them healthy.
If you’re doing all of the above, but you still feel like your hair isn’t growing, then there could be some underlying health issues that need to be addressed. It can be a vitamin or hormone deficiency to scalp issues. To know for sure, consult a medical professional!
Do you feel like your natural hair isn’t growing? Take a look at your current regimen and compare it with these hair care tips. What can you do better to retain length?