This is why you hair isn’t growing

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valerie-elash

Trying to grow your hair out and barely seeing a difference – if any difference at all – is crazy frustrating. The reality is that, on average, hair already grows super slowly at only half inch per month. That’s only six inches per year, people. When other issues start affecting this already snail-like pace, it can make it seem like your longer hair goals are downright impossible. To help you pinpoint the most common reasons why your hair isn’t growing.

Stress and/or Trauma

Though it might seem unrelated, your mental health can have a direct impact on your physical wellbeing. This includes your hair growth cycle. Ongoing stress or a traumatic event can cause something called telogen effluvium, which is when the hair leaves the resting phase of hair growth (telogen) and starts to shed excessively. It’s important to find ways to manage your stress for many reasons. Meditation, regular exercise, speaking with a mental health expert, and simply talking with friends and family can really help.

 

Unhealthy Scalp

An itchy, scabby, excessively oily, or flakey scalp is super uncomfortable. What’s worse, it can actually impact how well your mane grows. An unhealthy scalp can occur for a few different reasons, including poor hygiene, product buildup, and certain scalp disorders such as seborrheic dermatitis. Clogged scalp pores and follicles from heavy products, oil, and sloughed skin cells are impediments to healthy, efficient growth. Keeping the skin on your scalp flexible and stimulated with scalp massage is essential. Also, the right shampoo and conditioner goes a long way on the road to growing great hair.

Internal Health & Nutrition

Eating well, exercising often, and making sure your insides are operating as they should is integral to your overall health. When these things go sideways, it not only impacts your well-being but can stifle mane growth. Poor hair growth [might be caused] by medical issues such as anemia, low or high thyroid, vitamin deficiencies, or recent acute illnesses.

Damaged Mane

Brittle, damaged locks that’s susceptible to breakage can create an illusion of hair that won’t grow. Longer hair might be particularly at risk of this since the hair is simply older at the ends. It’s important to always use a heat protectant when using a heat styling tool, and to space out any bleaching, dyeing, perming or hair relaxer appointments.

Also Read: Beauty habits you need to ditch ASAP!

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