It can be extremely frustrating to try to grow out your hair. There are just so many factors on why it isn’t growing as fast and as healthy as you’d like. Here are some examples:
- You aren’t getting enough trims. When you want to grow out your hair, you might avoid the hair salon, but this doesn’t help you. If you aren’t nourishing your hair, it won’t grow. Your hairstylist can trim the dead ends and recommend a regimen to help your hair grow again, such as new products, less heat styling or supplements.
- Your genetics might determine your hair’s length. The growth phase of your hair can be determined by genetics and can last from around two to six years. So if your hair is seemingly healthy, but still not growing as fast as you’d like, genetics may be to blame.
- As you age, it may be more difficult for your hair to grow. Damage from over the years can greatly hurt your hair’s health and your growth stage may shorten. Hair often gets more easily damaged as you age, when your oil production slows down and makes your hair more susceptible to breakage.
- Your hair might be growing, but breaking at a certain point, leading you to think it’s not growing at all. If you over process your hair, take hot showers regularly, brush harshly and use a lot of styling tools, you are contributing to split ends and breakage, which makes it very difficult to get long hair.
- If your hair has stopped growing and you can’t figure out why, see your doctor. They can rule out any problems or conditions that may cause hair to stop growing suddenly. If they find anything, they can help put you on a path to reverse damage.
- Your diet might also be to blame. Vitamin deficiencies can cause hair to stop growing. You need lots of ferritin, zinc and vitamin B12 to have the hair you want. You’ll also want plenty of iron and protein to prevent hair’s breakage. Also have your doctor rule out an overactive or underactive thyroid because that also affects hair’s growth.
- You might also have a scalp condition that prevents hair’s growth. If your scalp has a lot of inflammation or damage, it can be difficult for hair to grow. Look out for psoriasis, dandruff or ringworm. See your doctor if you think you might have a scalp condition.
- Lastly, make sure you’re taking good care of your hair. Keep the coloring, styling, bleaching and using hot tools to a minimum. Eat right and take supplements for strong hair.
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