Some really common hair care mistakes that may be preventing your hair from growing.
9 things that you people might be doing right now that is keeping your hair from growing. Hair is always growing, it’s always in a growth cycle. A lot of people aren’t seeing the growth, a lot of people aren’t seeing their hair getting any longer because it’s breaking off faster than their growth rate.
We just wanted to make that clear, the first thing is using too much heat! Things like a blow dryer, a flat iron, a curling iron. Anything like that- using them too often can damage your hair. Heat tools and heat styling- they can make weak points in hair, thinner points in your hair and those are more prone to breaking and snapping off.
It can also make hair feel rougher over time. We know a lot of times when you flat iron your hair it feels smooth at first. But as time goes on it really can damage the cuticle. It makes it frizzy. All that stuff can happen just from heat damage, and before we had our hair routine down, we never knew that could get the hair into a style without some type of heat styling. When we were relaxed we would flat iron on hair so it would be straight and silky. When we went natural we would blow-dry out our hair because we thought that was the only way to get it to be manageable. But there are so many ways we can style our hair without using heat tools.
Will Take No-Heat Challenge On Hair for 2021.
To be nicely coiffed without heat damaging your hair. If you are one of those people that is using a hot tool we would recommend using heat on your hair no more than once or twice a month. If you can go even longer than that even better! But using heat on your hair once a week, or even several times a week like some people it is not, in my opinion, good for your hair. You really want to try to extend the time between heat styling. Or eliminate heat styling.
Deep conditioning on hair regularly.
The next reason why your hair might not be growing is NOT deep conditioning regularly. Deep conditioning nourishes your hair, it makes it feel healthier, and it makes it stronger. And it does assist in keeping it in tip-top shape. We would recommend deep conditioning either once a week or once every other week. So at least twice a month give your hair some extra attention, give your hair some extra nourishment, and your hair will thank you for it. We should do deep conditioning once a week. You can wash your hair every week.
But other times we can go 2 weeks between washes, just depending on the style we have. Deep conditioning has contributed to our hair just overall feeling so much healthier. We noticed a lot less breakage and less shedding when we handle our hair. So that has been wonderful.
Detangling hair when it’s dry.
We always recommend especially for those of us with natural hair- curly, kinky, and coarse. Detangle your hair when it’s wet and when it’s saturated with conditioner. Detangling while your hair is dry is just a lot of friction especially like we said in coarse hair. Doing detangling in the shower when we do wash. So you can see exactly what we do. But detangling on wet hair with conditioner just makes the process so much easier. It helps whatever detangling tool you’re using- your fingers, a brush, a comb to just glide right through. And doing it that way you lose a lot less hair. That water and conditioner combination helps you to keep more of your hair on your head which is what we want! And for this, you want to find a conditioner that works for you, and that gives you a lot of slip.
We are trying so many conditioners, and there are a lot of bad ones, there are some good ones. The Holy Grail, the one that always comes back to is the Aussie Moist conditioner. Using that for a very long time helps to melt tangles. So if you’re looking for a good conditioner and you haven’t tried that one give it a try.
Styling your hair often.
We like changing up our style. We used to style our hair several times a week, and again we used to put heat on our hair several times a week. And do different things to it. So now on wash days, we know exactly what style going to wear for the upcoming week. The only thing will have to do throughout the week is maintain it if it starts to look a little frizzy maybe add a little moisturizer or gel. But for the overall style. Pretty much any time you handle your hair, any time you take it down, put it up, do this, do that… you are going to get some shedding, you are going to get some breakage. And we want to minimize that as much as possible. So doing a style that you can set it and forget it is gonna be something that can help you to grow out your hair.
Protective styles are good for this. Especially ones where your hair isn’t rubbing directly on your clothes. So styles like buns, puffs, twists, braids, are so good for your hair because they help you keep your hands out of your hair and keep the manipulation down. So you don’t want to style your hair too often. Find a style, stick with it for a week, maybe more, and then move on to the next one. But try not to style your hair every single day.
Wearing styles that cause too much tension. We are talking about things like super tight ponytails, really tight braids. You know how you see people get braids and then their scalp gets bumps and it gets red. Stuff like that can rip out your hair at the root. Sometimes that is irreparable. You definitely want to make sure that any style you get is not too tight and it’s not pulling too much to where it’s super uncomfortable to wear. If you don’t want bald spots if you don’t want bald edges to make sure you’re not putting too much tension on your hair.
Poor diet and not getting enough water.
This is so cliché, but you indeed are what you eat. Sometimes your hair growth can be stunted because your body just doesn’t have the necessary nutrients it needs for your hair to flourish. So you want to make sure you’re getting in a lot of fruits, getting in a lot of vegetables.
Make sure you’re getting in some healthy fats. Drinking enough water daily. Water is the key to life we need water for every type of bodily process. a lot of fast food, not eating a lot of vegetables, hardly drank water & when we went plant-based and when started increasing water intake we saw a significant improvement in our hair, in the rate of growth. We do believe it helped tremendously. How you treat your body on the inside, does show up on the outside.
Our scalp produces sebum which is a natural oil that can nourish the top parts of your hair the hair at the root. But down towards the bottom, it can get super dry and brittle. And that dryness can lead to breakage. So if you want your hair to grow you don’t want your hair to be breaking, to avoid that you want to moisturize your ends
You wane keep your ends hydrated, you want to keep them soft and pliable. So that way when you are going to style your hair you get a lot less breakage, hair in a protective style like cornrows or twists we will take a cream moisturizer & will just slather it on my ends at night and then by the morning it’s already soaked in, it’s penetrated hair. And hair feels super soft ends don’t feel rough. For a style like this will just take a moisturizer in a spray bottle and at night can spray puff. Extremely easy. If wearing something like box braids still take a spray bottle of moisturizer and oil and spray those braids so that it penetrates down and real hair underneath is still getting that moisture.
Stimulating the scalp
Massage head in a couple of times a week. Simply getting the blood flow to your head to better circulate can help with hair growth. And any problem area you may have like if you have a thinning spot in your hair from tension. If your edges are thinning because of styling or what have you just whenever you apply your moisturizer, massage that in, really get your scalp circulating and it just brings more nutrients, more blood flow to your hair follicles which can help increase your growth and even regrow hair that was lost. You only have to do it for 5-10 minutes maybe a couple of times a week. But if you stick with it along with a healthy hair regimen you should begin to see results.
Using the wrong products. keeping hair growth This is something that is a bit of trial and error. Make your hair look good, and just because something worked for the next person it doesn’t mean it’s gonna work for you. But finding those key items have helped you so much to figure out the key things you want. Try to keep it as simple as possible. You don’t wanna complicate things, you don’t wanna have to use a million products.
Not protecting your hair while you sleep.
We toss, we turn, and we move all about. And when we are laying down if our head is on cotton or whatever you’re bedding is if it’s not silk or satin that can just be a lot of friction at night. And that can cause breakage, which can cause dryness. Because it just sucks the moisture out of your hair. So when you’re going to sleep you wane make sure to protect your hair in some way.
You can use a scarf to tie your hair down, you can asleep cap. You can even use satin or silk pillowcases. That’s good for people that don’t like things in their heads. And those things will help reduce the friction between your hair and any other materials that are bad for your hair. So you know, we keep all of our hair intact especially your edges, around your edges are extremely vulnerable so we want to protect our precious crowns. And yea guys, that’s it! We saw a lot of people doing that maybe you shouldn’t if you wane grow out your hair, and you wane get some length going.
If you have any tips for hair growth, maybe some things you’ve done that worked for you leave them in the comment section. Also, I would love to hear from people that were like me and you had short hair pretty much all your life and you changed up some things and now your hair has taken off. Let me know what you did. I want to compare and see if we’re similar. So leave that all down in the comment section.
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