The Struggle to have long, thick, healthy hair can easily take a toll on us, especially when our efforts are not being reciprocated. One could easily end up being frustrated, as they may not get the results they would like to. Naturally, hair should grow on a daily basis unless one has health issues or their hair has been damaged by chemical reactions. On average, hair grows by half an inch every month. If it breaks at the same rate, you may notice very little or no growth at all. If you realize the length of your hair is stagnated, worry not. We have you covered. Your hair could be stagnated due to one of the following reasons, and here’s what you can do about it.
1 Physical breakage due to poor maintenance or styling
Your hair is as fragile as a baby. For this reason, you have to be really gentle when handling it. Otherwise, it won’t develop accordingly. Excessive heat styling and manipulation are the number one causes of hair breakage. If you are not gentle during the detangling process, your hair is likely to break.
Do not tie your hair tightly especially when wearing a bun. Doing this could lead to straining the hairline, and as a result, balding may begin.
Go slow on heat styling. Learn methods of styling that last longer so that you don’t have to subject your hair to heat every now and them. For optimum result, go turkey for as long as you can.
When going to bed, have your hair covered in a satin scarf, or better still, lie on a satin pillowcase. Polyester and cotton rip off your hair of its moisture and cause lots of friction during the tossing and turning. What’s more, due to the rough nature of such materials, your hair snugs more as compared to when you sleep on a satin pillowcase. Alternatively, tie your hair in a pineapple. However, it is highly recommended that you protect the roots of your hair when sleeping
Too much or lack of protein
Protein treatments can add moisture to your hair or strip it off completely. This depends on the circumstance. When well moisturized, your hair ends up being soft and easy to manage. When very dry and brittle, your hair easily breaks. You, therefore, need to understand how to balance protein treatments so that you can reap the best out of them.
Even though you may have gotten into the protein treatment bandwagon (promotions have put it out there that hair can grow faster if given protein treatments), do not overdo it.
Give particular attention to your strands, so that you are able to notice when they are starting to dry off. This is when you need to go slow on the treatments and concentrate on moisturizing. Depending on your hair condition, once or twice a month should be sufficient.
Remember, you cannot copy paste what’s working for someone else and expect it to work for you. Our hair types are different, and so is their hair journey. Why would you expect similar results?
Your hair, just like your body needs water. Otherwise, it dries out. Be sure to add oils and nourishing herbs, similar to what is found in natural hair conditioners.
Your hairstyle dictates how often you need to moisturize your hair. Straight styles call for frequent moisturizing in order to keep frizz at bay.
You need to choose between going natural and not. Do not choose flat irons and blow-dries over well-moisturized hair; it is not worth it.
Be sure to check the ingredients of your moisturizer. It should be water based and non-alcoholic. Otherwise, your hair will be dried out. The more natural the ingredients are, the better!
You overdo the combing and washing
Every time you subject your hair to washing, you are putting it into a weakened state. Doing this too often increases the risk of your ends breaking off, and brushing it in this state makes it more prone to damage. Only wash your hair when needed to, so that you don’t overdo it. This is important for the naturals who love the wash-and-go hairstyles.
If you really have to wash your hair frequently, finger detangle it before starting the washing process. Kinkier hair may give you trouble, but highly moisturizing it by spritzing or whatever method you choose makes things easier
Your hair is not being washed enough
Well, I know you might get confused at this point, but you will need to establish a healthy balance between washing and not washing your hair. If you use lots of hair products during the week and choose not to wash it for over three weeks, you’d expect an unhealthy product build up. As a result, your hair is weighed down and becomes susceptible to breakage. This kind of buildup is avoidable.
This applies to those that have embraced protective styles and feel their style should keep them going for four to five weeks. This can be done, but only if are living a sedentary lifestyle hence don’t sweat a lot. It is important that you wash your hair as often as needed to maintain it in a clean, healthy state.
Over to you
Now that you have understood the common causes of stunted hair, or realize why you have been struggling with thinning edges, it’s time to take action. Stack the odds in your favor, utilize a hair routine that works in your favor. Go slow on chemical treatments and heat styling and watch your hair thank you.
About the Author
Candice Hall is the Marketing Manager of Dynasty Goddess Hair, with a factory in Thailand & Office and Shipping Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, they are one of the top retailers in Virgin Remy Hair Extensions in the USA.