3 Reasons You’re Not Retaining Length

3 Reasons your hair is 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.

Poor Diet
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.

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What You Need to Know about Natural Hair Vitamins

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Many people are looking for the magic pill when it comes to hair growth. In this microwave society we want everything quickly. If you don’t have a medical condition that is effecting your hair negatively, chances are a hair vitamin will not have a dramatic effect on growth and all you need is a little patience. You can see some benefit however, if you aren’t adequately eating the right foods to give you all the vitamins and nutrients you need daily. Hair growth is typically dependent among the 5 values below.

  1. Your genetics
  2. Your hormone levels
  3. Medical conditions/ reactions to drugs that may cause hair loss
  4. Diet (Vitamins/Nutrients)
  5. Maintenance (How you take care of your hair)

Most of us aren’t seriously vitamin deficient but if you think you are it’s important for you to find out which vitamin or vitamins you’re lacking, because hair loss would probably be the least of your problems. For example, biotin, a form of B vitamin, is often present in hair-growth supplements. But, if you were truly biotin deficient, you would be too sick to get to the store and buy the supplement!

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Scalp Massage for Hair Growth

scalp massageDo you ever take the time to give yourself a scalp massage? If the answer is “no”, then you’re missing out on a great opportunity for relaxation and hair growth. Scalp massages can stimulate blood circulation in the scalp, which will cause blood to flow to the roots of your hair, delivery oxygen and nutrients, allowing the hair follicles to produce hair more quickly.  The kneading pressure applied by the massage warms the skin and opens up blood vessels to increase flow and boost circulation. Increased circulation means that the cells of the hair follicle will receive more of the nutrients necessary to optimal hair growth function. By increasing blood flow to the hair follicle, hair is less likely to go into the resting phase prematurely, preventing the appearance of thinning hair.

It only takes about 5 minutes for an effective massage. That’s a little more than a commercial break on your favorite television program. The key to seeing results is consistency. Massaging your scalp a couple of times a week may not make a difference, so try to implement it in your daily routine.

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Yoga for Hair Growth

smiling woman meditating sitting on mat outdoorsIt’s the first week in February and for those who are still going strong with their New Years resolution to get fit, you’ve proven yourself to be in it for the long-haul. For those looking to grow your hair and get fit, Yoga may be a great option to explore. Yoga in Hinduism is a set of mental and physical exercises aimed at producing spiritual enlightenment.

Yoga has been said to be highly capable treatment for many hair and scalp issues. Poses that particularly work well are inversion yoga poses, which are poses that require your head to be below your heart. The premise of the inversion method is that the upside-down poses bring a rush of blood to the head, which nourishes the roots with extra circulation thereby stimulating hair growth. Some reviewers claimed to have a quarter-inch to an inch or more of new growth in just one week. Below are some of the best inversion poses for hair growth.

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