"My hair grows slow, I wonder why?"
Hair growth is important to many and narrowing why it's not happening is a task! Here are six (6) factors to consider when you are growing out natural hair...
1. Hair Breakage or Split Ends - There's no use holding on to it. Damage has already occurred, and it will travel up the hair's shaft which leads to even more breakage. A "trim" is suggested if you have been caring for your hair in every other way including cleansing and moisturizing regularly.
2. Seborrheic Dermatitis (Seborrhea) - If you are experiencing lots of itching with huge flakes covering your scalp, this is probably the reason. If you wash your hair normally but the flakes and itchiness still appear, it's best to make an appointment with a dermatologist who can prescribe treatment. Please don't use anything to treat your hair until you have been seen by a medical professional that's qualified to offer a diagnosis.
3. Heat Damage - Excessive heat can lead to dryness, breakage, split ends, and lack of curl pattern in the area where damage has occurred. There's also no way to repair hair from heat damage, you will have to cut it! When applying heat be sure to use a heat protectant that contains some type of "cones"... any other protectant just won't do the job. If you are styling your hair with heat on your own always start with low setting, and see what type of result it gives your hair.
4. Medication - If you are taking medication for health related issues it could stunt your hair growth temporarily. Speak with your doctor about taking vitamins like B12 or zinc to help with length retention if you aren't willing to wait it out.
5. Improper Diet - Everything we eat affects our skin and hair. Deficiency of vitamins can lead to some serious hair problems. Make sure you maintain a healthy diet that is enriched with nutrients and consume an adequate amount of water to keep your body hydrated. Don't be demanding all of these high quality ingredients when you stay in the McDonald's drive-thru lane mmmkay?
6. Consistent Regimen - Let's be real, nothing happens overnight! Candera, our CEO, went from a tapered cut to a little over 7 inches in two years by being consistent. A regular wash and deep condition routine, keeping her ends moisturized/protected, and regular trims as needed, reduces any cause for dryness and breakage.