We’ve all had those moments.
In the midst of prepping our hair for wash day, we pull our strands to see how far down our back it can go. Sometimes we’re pleased by the obvious (or barely obvious) progress and many other times, we’re disappointed by what seems like exactly 0 inches of visible hair growth.
So where did you go wrong? Was the nightly moisture spritz not enough? Did the satin scarf fall off one too many times? Does your hair just not grow?
If you’re at a stand still in your hair care, you might want to consider these questions and find ways to correct them in order to jumpstart your growth plateau.
1. Are you stressed out?
I believe stress is the culprit of most of the issues we face with our health and vitality. Ongoing stress without replenishing and restoring vehicles like good food, good sleep, sunshine and exercise forces your body to steal nutrients to compensate.
Our hair is one of the last things our body is concerned about supplying nutrients to when we are stressed. And what’s really interesting about this phenomenon is that you don’t usually start seeing the effects of the stress on hair growth until months later.
Consider that your no growth issue might be linked to stress if you’ve experienced a significant change in your circumstances in the past few months (a move, new job, a death, etc.) See a doctor, dietician or counselor to discuss the various ways you can fortify your body to deal with the changes.
In the meantime, try juicing and making green smoothies. They helped me to feel strong and continue to grow healthy hair during a stressful year of my life.
2. Are you manipulating your hair way too much?
Here’s the thing, most of our hair is in a growing phase most of the time, so it’s growing even when we don’t see the length. The issue for most of us is not that our hair doesn’t grow at all, but that we don’t retain the length that we grow.
It easy to succumb to the idea that one must “do”” their hair on a daily basis, but that’s a faulty understanding of how best to keep afro-texture hair looking good while maintaining its best possible health.
My suggestion– minimize daily styling practices so you can cut out manual breakage and start seeing your length sooner rather than later.
3. Is your anagen phase naturally short?
There are some women that swear that despite their consistent, low-manipulation, high moisture regimen, healthy lifestyle and stress management, their hair continues to retain length at a minuscule rate.
If that’s your story, you may be one of the many women in this world with shorter growth periods for your hair. You can give your hair a longer growth timeline through the use of organic sulfur via MSM supplements.
Consider taking them for three months to see if they make a difference in your growth and length retention.
What are some things you check for when your hair isn’t retaining length?