By Audrey Sivasothy, author of The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care
So you’ve been taking care of your hair diligently for the last year. You’ve been protective styling, reducing the heat, and taking care to address your protein and moisture concerns as they arise from time to time. You’ve changed your old habits, and at first your hair seemed to take off — greatly improving in health and length. Then you hit what seems like a growth plateau. All of a sudden, the dreaded “T” word comes up: terminal length.
Or … I’ve heard it a million times.
Well I am genetically predetermined for shoulder length hair because my hair has been this length for my whole life. And come to think of it, so has everyone else in my family … it is genetics.
Again, the dreaded “T” word comes up: terminal length. Then, upon close examination of their hair regimen (or lack of one) you find that they are still frying, dyeing, and not actively trying to grow their hair. Improving the length and condition of the hair obviously does not happen by accident, but where do genetics and terminal length come into play?
Why does my hair stop growing at a certain point?
For most of us, growing the hair without actively taking steps to maintain it, often ends in utter disappointment; but then sometimes, even excellent care has us wondering why we appear to be making no progress at all. Many factors go into dictating whether or not a person will be able to achieve a healthier, lengthier head of hair. It is very easy at this point to give up and concede your lack of growth to genetics or some other factor, but before you throw in the towel‐take these notes into consideration. Let’s talk terminal hair length and genetics!