Have you ever gotten your hair dyed, only for your roots to start showing a few weeks later, yet your hair doesn't seem look any longer? What about going without a haircut for months, but your hair is still stuck at shoulder length? We understand how frustrating it can be if you're trying to grow your hair, but it just won't grow!
Why doesn't my hair grow past a certain point, you may be asking? We're here to tell you why and what you can do to stimulate hair growth for Rapunzel worthy hair.
Here's some math for you: hair grows at an average rate of half an inch every month. That means, the average person's hair grows about 6 inches every year. To put that in perspective, that's less than half the length of our standard 20" hair extensions!
If your hair is not receiving enough nutrients and is breaking off at the same rate, guess what? Your hair will stay the same length all year until you change your habits!
We've all had to deal with split ends, which are literally ends of hair that have split in two, sometimes even three (making them look like little's trees with branches!), due to the hair not receiving enough nutrients to live a long and healthy life. As a result, the split in the hair goes up higher and higher, resulting in the ends just breaking off. So, although your hair may be growing from the root - simultaneously, it is also breaking off from the bottom, making it seem like your hair is just STUCK at a certain length. How annoying.
Once split ends occur, it is not possible to undo them. The only thing you can do is cut those suckers off and prevent them in the future. Leaving split ends in your hair will just cause them to split further, leading to more hair breakage, and a vicious cycle of no hair growth.
To prevent split ends and hair breakage, avoid bleaching your hair or over-processing it, as it can lead to super dry hair. Avoid towel-drying your hair harshly and let your hair air-dry instead. Brush your hair gently from bottom to top when detangling, and use proper fabric or silk covered hair elastics. Here are some more tips and tricks to preventing split ends. Trust us - your hair will thank you!
You may not like hearing this, but sometimes hair growth and health is just dependant on genetics. Everyone has a cycle of hair growth specific to them - once a certain amount of time has passed, the hair will no longer grow and will either break off, shed, or be cut off eventually. Each hair strand has its own growth cycle, which is why we typically have different lengths of hair strands throughout our head. This cycle can be anywhere from 2 to 6 years, and no matter how well you treat your hair, cannot be extended simply due to your DNA. Nifty!
Just like your genetics, your age may also be the reason why your hair just won't grow. A lifetime of heat styling, processing, bleaching, dyeing, and a less than ideal diet may all contribute to your hair weakening as you get older. It's just a part of life. So, the cycle of growth we mentioned earlier shortens, and what used to be a 6 year cycle is now a 2 year cycle, making the hair thinner, as well as unable to grow past a certain point. In addition to this, as you get older, the scalp begins to produce less oil leading to coarser, dryer hair and hair that is more prone to split ends and breakage.
As the old sayings go, "You are what you eat" and "Beauty comes from within." Have you ever gone on a junk food binge only to get a pimple the next day right before a big date? How about that amazing glow your face takes on when you're well hydrated? Your hair is the same way! A healthy, vitamin-rich diet = nourishment for your scalp, which = strong, long, beautiful hair. Iron, Vitamin D, B-complex, and zinc is optimal for healthy hair. Iron can be found naturally in eggs, spinach, and chicken, while salmon, mushrooms, and good ol' sunshine are great, natural sources of Vitamin D. B-Complex includes biotin, niacin, and cobalamin, which all give the hair thickness and shine - avocados, legumes, eggs, and whole grains are a great source for these. Finally, load up on lamb, turkey, and pumpkin seeds for an extra dose of zinc. Check out Mimi's recipe for a DIY Biotin shake for healthier hair below.
You wash your hair with steaming hot water, quickly apply shampoo and conditioner, rinse it off, brush all the tangles out, and proceed to aggressively towel-dry your hair before blow drying and straightening it. Sound familiar? Yup, because we've all done this. Guess what? These are terrible habits that all contribute to your hair weakening, breaking, and thinning!
Brush your hair BEFORE washing it, to completely detangle it. Brushing tangles out when your hair is weak from washing just leads to more breakage and split ends.
Next, washing your hair with hot water dehydrates the hair, causing brittle strands that are prone to breakage and fall out. Instead, turn down the heat to medium, and give your hair a blast of cold water at the end of your shower to lock in moisture and maintain shine. We know, it's totally unpleasant but trust us, it's worth it.
When washing your hair, be sure to take the extra time to leave your conditioner in for a few minutes. Bonus points if you use an extra-nourishing hair mask for at least 5 or more minutes. Hair masks are THE way to restore nutrients, moisture, and shine to the hair instantly! Seriously, if you haven't been performing a deep conditioning treatment mask at least once a week on your hair, you need to start. We promise you'll see a major difference in the health of your hair. In fact, check our our 5 favourite DIY hair masks that you can make at home.
We're all guilty of wringing our hair into that ridiculous towel-turban before harshly drying it. While it's fun to walk around looking like Jafar from Aladdin, your hair is being taken through "a whole new world" of damage!
Instead, pat your hair dry and leave your hair to air dry. Then, brush your hair once it is half dried, apply your hair creme or hair oil, and before you even think of heat styling, be sure to protect your beautiful locks with a heat protectant spray.
If all else fails...
Consult your doctor. At the end of the day, your hair may be shedding excessively, leading to less hair growth due to a medical condition like alopecia or an unhealthy scalp. Seeking professional help is always advised to be sure that you've covered all your bases.
Invest in some clip-in hair extensions! The solutions above are all longer term solutions, and it could take a few months before you start to see some real results. So, for those of you who are impatient - hair extensions extensions are an amazing way to add length and volume to your hair instantly while you grow out your own healthy hair - after all, who doesn't want mermaid-long hair in under 5 minutes? ;)
Have you ever experienced stunted hair growth? Let us know your favorite ways to overcome it in the comments below!