Many seem to point out that their hair does not grow, or at least doesn’t seem to grow. But that is far from the truth. your hair grows, you just don’t retain length. On average, your hair grows to about 4 inches per year that’s according to a study done by a respectable journal. This is not to mean everyone’s hair grows at the same rate, no, it means that some have a fast growth rate, others average and yet others a slow growth rate.
How long your hair is is determined by your length retention. Please note that length retention and growth rate are completely different. Length retention is based on your regimen and how well you care for your hair. Trimming your hair does not increase it’s growth rate, but it helps in length retention. What trimming does is that it cuts away the damaged ends so you are left with the healthy parts. This same concept, I think everyone has noticed it in real life, a bad tomato once not removed from the basket tends to spoil the rest of the good tomatoes. So here is how damaged ends tend to look like:
The split ends tend to grow in length, the weaker the hair gets the more breakage you have meaning you see it left in your comb, so the best thing to do is cut them. If you think your hair is not growing, ask yourself when was the last time you had a trim.
Reason two of why your hair is not growing: over manipulation. This means that your hair is never in a protective style. Protective style means your ends are protected, hidden and well taken care of. This is by guessing that you already know that your ends are the weakest part of your hair. So by doing a hairstyle like braids, flat twist, weaves, two strand twists, bun or chignon, etc all these are protective styles. Please remember that those braids that are too tight only help in edges going missing. As we saw in the previous post type 4 hair is the weakest, please put that in consideration and be gentle in how you handle it.
Reason three. Bad eating habits. You can not be unhealthy, and have good healthy hair. A healthy lifestyle translates into everything. Drinking water, exercising, eating right all contribute to your over-roll being and is seen through your hair. I personally think there is no bad food, it just the quantity and the frequency that matters.
Reason four. No moisturizer. Natural African hair tends to get very dry, once dry it’s more prone to breakage. So the best thing to do is moisturize. This means using shampoos and conditioners. Please note that certain shampoos contain harmful chemicals that could be harmful to your hair. ( Maybe soon we will cover something on that)
Reason five. Heat. How in the world are you going to sit down for an hour or more to burn your hair, in an attempt to make it straight, every week and expect that hair to be healthy. When it comes to heat, less is healthy. There are many ways you can stretch your hair without using heat. But I’m also not saying once in a while you shouldn’t blow-out your hair. It’s good to flaunt the length and the volume.
Reason six. what are you doing to help it grow?
Please tell me if this is helpful information. So that i can go on or stop. Have a good week ahead.
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