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FEATURES Jun 10 2012 9:35PM

8 Reasons Your Hair May Not Be Growing

by Kristin Braswell

First off, let me start by saying that long hair does not always equal healthy hair. Many women who are searching for just a few inches for new styles may find themselves battling growth, and, in many cases, all it takes is a few lifestyle changes to achieve your hair length goals. If you find that your hair is shedding or breaking at an abnormal rate, however, it is best to consult a doctor. Here are a few reasons that your hair may not be growing.

1. You are not trimming your ends regularly

As exciting as it may be to see your hair growing, split ends will eventually be your length's undoing. Keeping ends in tact also makes the hair's appearance look fuller and healthier. Seal the ends with coconut, jojoba or olive oil. Wear protective styles to keep the hair from being overexposed to environmental factors and overstyling.

2. Your scalp is not properly exfoliated

The key to growth is blood circulation. Properly exfoliating rids your hair of product build-up and allows the scalp to breathe. Rosemary oil and apple cider vinegar are two great, natural products that help purify the scalp.

3. Too little moisture

Especially in these summer months, take the time to deep condition your hair at least once a week, as well as apply a water-based leave in conditioner before styling. If your hair is color treated, conditioning and protecting the hair against the sun's rays should be an even more crucial component in your healthy hair regimen.

4. Too much heat

Let that flat iron go, girl. It ain't worth it. Heat damage is inevitable, so learning natural, protective styles is key.  If straigtening your hair is an absolute must, using a protective barrier against the heat is crucial. Try Carol's Daughter Macademia Heat Protection Serum.

5. Your diet

What you put inside your body will be reflected outwardly, even when it comes to your hair. Adding green, leafy vegetables and protein to your diet will supply the nutrients that your hair needs to grow. If you are experiencing breakage and shedding, biotin pills are a great way to speed up your hair's growth process.

6. Too much styling

When it comes to styling, less is more. Manipulating your hair with tools makes the hair shaft more susceptible to damage. Find a cute, signature summer style that does not put too much stress on the hair and that will last a few days. When your hair is wet, detangle it by using your fingers, instead of a brush or comb. This will cause less shedding and breakage.

7. Using harsh products

Skip shampoos that can strip the hair of its natural moisture and co-wash your strands with a conditioner on the days that your hair is in need of a little extra moisture. Look for water-based products and steer away from harsh ingredients such as sulfates.

8. Stress

Breathe. The hustle and bustle of everyday life can not only affect your nerves, it can affect your hair as well. Find a quiet corner to meditate when things become overwhelming. Your mind and body will thank you for every moment of peace that you find.


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