Hair not growing! This is why


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.

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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:

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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.

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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)

 

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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.

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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.

WEEKLY CHALLENGE: TELL SOMEONE THEY LOOK BEAUTIFUL. 

 

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Hair typing.


In my last post  I talked about my hair being type 4C. I got a lot of questions about that. what is type 4C? How do you choose which type you are? Well my answer is that you do not choose what type you are, it is determined by your genes. And hair has a ”science ‘of its own, there is more to hair than meets the eye: texture, porosity, colour, curl,fine,heavy .etc. our genetic ancestry influence all that, for example, Asians are associated with black straight hair, Scandinavians have red or blond fine hair while Africans have black, tightly curled hair.

So lets get right to it.  The best way to  see your true curl pattern is after you have washed your hair and it has aired dried without product in it. Since its a lengthy process and there are people out there who have done the science like Andre Walker who has  created a broad- spectrum hair typing system that classifies various hair textures into 4 types and each type with its sub-categories.  There is straight hair, wavy hair, curly hair and kinky hair. then there are sub- categories.

The straight hair is type 1, type 1 has,like all other types, 3 sub- categories, A B and C  so we get something like 1A, 1B and 1C ( HEEEEE!!!! THERE GOES THE USAGE OF MATHEMATICS IN REAL LIFE :0 )  This type of hair is curl resistant, ( think Chinese hair), then we have the different 2A,2B,2C,3A,3B,3C and we reach where I wanted to get to Type 4 hair. The KINKY hair!

Type 4 is the kinkiest, coarsest and driest of all hair types. Just as we saw, the curl patten is has many twists and turns so it is hard for water to traverse, which explains the dryness and luck of moisture. This type tends to shrink which makes it hard to determine its actual length.

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Let me give examples on the different, have you ever watched or see or peeped at naptural85, yep her hair is 4A.

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If your hair looks like that then you are 4A.

4B is where some people are but don’t know there are there because it is harder to diffirentiate between 4B and 4C. So to tell less lies, I will just give examples

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Then 4C which is the rest I guess.

 

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Below is the Andre Walker hair typing system chart.

Hope I have helped. If you have more questions please send them to me and will try as much as to answer them.

JO.