Many people say to me; “Kayla, I think I’m doing everything right. My washday routine spans for the whole day and I use the most popular hair products but my hair isn’t growing. Why is that?”
And to that I answer, the issue is not that the hair isn't growing but that the length of your hair isn't being retained. Oftenpeople fail to realize that they are overdoing it in one area of “haircare” but underdoing it in other ways. Now don’t get me wrong. Everyone knows that I love a good long and relaxing hair day with crazy products and styles. Though, there’s a balance to how I use products and when I use them.
In this week’s blog post we are going to discuss possible reasons why your hair might not be “growing”. For more information on any particular topic discussed in this blog, please feel free to email me or message me on social media for further support and guidance. Now lets’ jump into it!
#1. Moisture Is Your Best friend Not An Acquaintance
I can’t stress this enough… Moisture is something that you need to incorporate in your hair on a daily basis. Have you ever moisturized your hair after wash day, then stepped outside and your hair was dried out for the rest of the week? That’s because natural hair often gets dried out due to your environment, fabrics placed on your head, and even due to outside exposure. That is why I recommend for all my natural girlies to implement a daily moisture routine into their lives. Before you panic, this does not have to be a lengthy process. All you need to do is follow these steps before bed:
Divide hair into sections. I mainly do 4 big sections or more depending on how dry your hair feels.
Apply water to your hair. Preferably warm water in a spray bottle to make life easier.
Massage a moisturizing oil appropriate for your hair type on your scalp for a few minutes to promote hair growth (E.g. Jojoba oil)
Add a light leave-in conditioner (I prefer the Shea Moisture Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner)
Apply a daily moisturizing cream. This cream should be thicker than your leave-in conditioner and have intense hydration.
Afterwards, trap in all this moisture in your hair with a sealing oil (E.g. Jamaican Black Castor Oil or Hair grease… don’t put these on your scalp). Be sure to rub this throughout hair but concentrate on the ends.
Tuck away these hair sections by twisting them up for the night.
Put on bonnet before bed and/or use a satin pillowcase.
If you have a protective style in your hair and you don’t want to mess up your look. Still incorporate all tests listed but be sure to scrunch product into your protective style instead of rubbing it in. this way avoid frizzy hair but still get to moisturize your hair.
#2. Excessive Heat
It’s a known fact that using too much heat in your hair can be damaging to your hair growth and your curl pattern. It’s okay to use heat every once in a while for a hair style or deep conditioning but be sure to monitor the use. Heat dries out your hair but that’s not to say you can’t use it.If you want to use heat by blow-drying your hair for example then use the blow dryer on the lowest setting and only do it once in a while.
#3. A Healthy Diet
You are what you eat. I am not dietician and I’m not the purest eater out there. Though, one thing you need to do to promote hair growth is to eat foods that are high in nutrients and vitamins. Food is the best source of vitamins for the body but you can also include supplements into your daily routine.Vitamins that are great for hair growth include:
#4. Your Hairstyles Are Too Much
A hairstyle can be cute but it can also be the problem. Tight buns or ponytails, chemical treatments, tight braids protective styles, and excessive combing can cause natural hair to break off. Give your hair a break from being in these same styles every once in a while. Try some low-manipulation hairstyles and incorporate a hydrated passion twist from time to time. I will be posting more about low manipulation styles in the future.
#5. You Need a Trim
Be honest with me, when was the last time you had a trim? Trimming your hair to help with growth may seem like a backwards to some, but it's one of the best things you can do for your hair health. Regular trims get rid of nasty split ends and damage that lead to hair breakage. There’s no set time-line for when you should trim your hair. You should be trimming your hair when you notice your ends are dry and “trashy”. Though it is recommended to trim your hair every 3 to 4 months. This will refresh your ends and keep them healthy so you can retain length. Think of it as trimming off the dead bits of a plant so that it can flourish.
Staying up to date with your hair treatments are extremely important. For example, protein treatments sound scary to some but they can be quite helpful to your hair. These protein treatments generally work by nourishing the outside of hair and strengthening strands externally to help prevent breakage.Lack of protein in your hair can also make your hair feel very dry. So it is recommended to incorporate a protein treatment in your haircare routine once every month. My favorite quick protein treatment is the, Two-step Treatment Protein for Damaged Hair by Aphogee.
Another important treatment for hair growth is deep conditioners. You should be deep conditioning your hair at least once a week even if it’s just for 30 minutes. Deep conditioners are packed with vitamins, nutrients, and oils that are amazing for moisture retention in the hair. Be sure to purchase a deep conditioner that incorporates humectants like manuka honey. Humectants bond with water molecules, adding moisture to dry strands of hair.
My favorite deep conditioner for intense moisture is the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intense Hydration Masque.
#7. Wrong Products
When you use products that are not right for your hair type, you’re not going to retain moisture or have great results. First make sure the products you are using are good quality. This means no silicones, not sulfates (this is okay in shampoos), and no parabens. Additionally, you need to use products that are appropriate for your hair porosity. Types of curls don’t matter when purchasing a product. Just because you might have the same 4b curl texture as your favorite youtuber does not mean you should be using the same products they use. It’s all about your hair porosity! Hair porosity is defined as, how well oils and moisture pass in and out of the outermost layer of your hair, known as the cuticle. Different levels to hair porosity include:
Low porosity - Cuticles that are close together.
Medium porosity - Cuticles that are less tightly bound.
High porosity - Cuticles that are more widely spaced.”
Overall, hair porosity determines your hair reacts to moisture. For more information on hair porosity, be on the lookout for my next blog post.
#8. Health Issues
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 anything from an underactive thyroid to a hormonal imbalance, to scalp issues. Your body is trying to tell you something so listen to it. I highly advise you to talk to your doctor for further testing and professional help.
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