Why your hair's stopped growing

By Drum Digital
10 July 2014

If your hair is the same length this month as it was in January 2012 it means your hair was breaking at more or less the same rate as it was growing.

If your hair is the same length this month as it was in January 2012, then it means your hair was breaking at more or less the same rate as it was growing.  If you were to shave off all your hair, the very next day you will already feel some stubble on your scalp. That shows you your hair is growing.

So how do you have your hair increase in length?  You need to minimise breakage - called ‘length retention’ in the hair blogging community.

Here are some tips on dealing with hair breakage:

  • Only relax new growth and wait at least 6 weeks in between relaxers
  •  Moisturise your hair adequately,   African hair needs moisture to thrive
  • Avoid braids or weaves that are too tight as they can lead to breakage
  • Hair colour that involves bleaching hair and making it lighter can be damaging.  The process of making your hair lighter is essentially removing your original colour and then depositing the new colour.  This can be a damaging process
  • Rough combing or rough brushing can lead to unnecessary breakage, rather use a wide tooth comb to detangle your hair
  • Excessive heat styling from flat irons, hot blow dryers etc can be damaging to the hair.  Always use a heat protectant when using heat

Never take the subtle signs your hair gives you for granted.

If your hair is breaking excessively, figure out why and tackle the cause.  Take a look at how much hair is on your comb each time you detangle it.

-africanhairblog

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