3 Reasons You’re Not Retaining Length
Many women feel that their hair growth has come to complete halt. I’ve said this many time before but the fact is, unless you have a medical condition, your hair is always growing but you may not be retaining what you’ve grown. In other words, just as fast as it grows, it breaks, creating the illusion of stunted growth.
Here are three things to consider:
Lack of Moisture
Because our strands have twists, bends and curls, it’s much harder for the natural oil, sebum, to travel the entire length of the hair shaft from root to tip. Remember the only form of moisture that exist is water. So be sure to apply a leave-in or oil on your hair every few days or as your hair needs it, paying special attention to the ends (oldest part of your hair). Hair that is properly moisturized will have a nice elasticity to it and will be less likely to break, thereby allowing you to retain what you grow. Those whose hair may have low porosity may need extra help with steam or products that will help open up the cuticle to allow moisture in.
Be sure you’re drinking plenty of water and limit your fast/junk food intake. If you eat nothing but junk, your hair/scalp is gonna reflect that. Water plus a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables will help your hair to thrive.
Too much heat leads to dryness, dryness leads to breakage. I only use heat twice a year by a professional to get a proper trim. Obviously most women will add heat to their hair more than twice a year, just be careful every time you do so. When using heat, be sure to use a tool that has adjustable heat settings and always use a heat protectant. Be sure to follow up your heat style with a protein treatment to restore the bonds in your hair.If you feel your hair growth is at a standstill take a good, long, hard look at your current regimen to see if there is anything you could be doing better.