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It's often frustrating trying to find the reasons for why your hair isn't growing. Lack of hair growth seems to be a common complaint amongst women, especially for those with textured hair. Well, the truth is, so long as you have hair on your head, your hair strands are always growing. Could it be that your issue is not with growing your hair, but with retaining length and maintaining hair health? Why aren't you achieving your desired results. While there can be a plethora of reasons, today we will discuss the top 5 reasons and what you can do to fix them.
We can't stress enough the importance of proper hydration. Hydrated hair is healthy hair. Did you know that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated? So, make sure to drink plenty of fluids (water). Our bodies are mostly made up of 60% water, so it is important to provide our body with the hydration it needs. If we want healthy hair, we must understand that we have to hydrate from the inside out. Dehydrated hair leads to hair breakage, dry and brittle hair, hair prone to split ends and many more undesirables which all negatively affect hair retention.
Vitamins and Minerals are closely associated with hair health, yet Vitamin and Mineral deficiency is quite common. Nutrient deficiency is a cause for dry, brittle and damaged hair and is even known to inhibit hair growth. Hair loss and hair retention appear to be a common complaint for Black women. The reason is that Black women tend to be more deficient in Iron. Iron is responsible for maximizing circulation and carrying oxygen to the hair's roots, which helps the hair to grow faster and longer. In order to fix issues related to hair damage it is important to know which Vitamins and Minerals are helpful in treating these hair conditions. Below you will find a brief list of Vitamins and Minerals you should include in your daily diet. The list is not intended as medical advice but simply a recommendation. As always, please consult with your doctor prior to starting any supplements.
Vitamin A is a great supplement that provides sebum to moisturize the scalp, keeping the hair healthy. Vitamin A is known to aid in preventing hair loss. However, it is important to know that too much can have the opposite affect, and can even result in hair loss.
Studies have shown that women who suffered from hair loss suffered low levels of B Vitamins. B Complex Vitamins aid in cell metabolism which is essential for hair growth and is good for overall health.
Vitamin C and Iron go hand in hand. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that plays an essential role in the intestinal absorption of Iron, creates collagen and is vital to the hair's structure, by aiding in strength and growth.
Vitamin D is a key supplement as it plays the role of stimulating the hair follicles, both old and new. Those suffering low levels of Vitamin D also experience inhibited hair growth. Vitamin D deficiency has even been linked to undesirable conditions of the hair and scalp such as Alopecia, but when included as part of the daily diet, greatly improved the condition of the scalp.
Vitamin E has many important roles from increasing blood flow to powerful antioxidants that are known for its protection against free radical damage. Vitamin E creates a protective barrier in the skin, which allows the scalp to lock in moisture, adds shine to dry, dull and damaged hair and is hailed for fighting frizz.
Selenium has been reported in its involvement with generating hair growth. Another positive is that is can also treat dandruff! However, it is important to know that too much can have the opposite affect, and can even result in dry, brittle, and damaged hair, including hair loss.
Zinc plays many important roles. Zinc is hailed for its healing properties and is known to treat scalp conditions like psoriasis and aids in hair tissue growth and repair. Additionally Zinc is known to cure the dull blues and can liven up dull hair by adding maximum shine! Those suffering from Zinc deficiency suffer hair loss. Studies show that by including Zinc in your diet this essential mineral can reduce hair loss.
What is heat damage? Heat damage occurs when a high heat temperature is applied to the hair, damaging the hair shaft. Heat damage can also occur when a hot tool such as a blow dryer, curling iron, hair straightener and like so is misused or overly used. When the hair experiences heat damage, the hair shaft becomes compromised and will not behave in its original form. As always, minimal exposure to heat is best, but for those who can't go without their beloved hot tools - follow these steps to ensure your hair stays healthy.
Skip the blow dryer and air dry instead
Use the lowest temperature heat setting when possible
Always use a leave in conditioner
Always use a thermal or heat protectant prior to applying heat to the hair
Avoid heat altogether
Try heat-free styling instead
Trim Your Hair
The hair is exposed to damage on a daily basis whether from daily styling, over manipulation or environmental damage. Trimming the hair promotes healthy hair growth by removing hair damage such as split ends. The hair should be trimmed every 4 months and a bit longer for those wanting to retain length or with healthier hair. Think you don't need a trim? Think again. Here are the positive benefits of hair trimming.
Encourages hair growth
Promotes healthy hair
Prevents single strand knots
Easier to detangle
Easier to style
Genetics, Hormones and Health
Genetics contribute to the rate at which the hair grows. Our hair grows at different phases, which is why some hair grows faster than others and some slower than others. Genetics influence characteristics of the hair such as length and density. Hormones are another internal factor that play a major role in hair health. Hormones can determine the thickness of hair, and when there are rapid hormonal changes, the quality of the hair can be affected. The thyroid is no exclusion, an unhealthy thyroid can lead to thinning hair and even hair loss.
As previously discussed, factors like dehydration, poor nutrition, heat damage and lack of trimming can get in the way of healthy hair. If you have done all of the above and still are not seeing results, remember the health of your hair is an overall indication of your health. There may an underlying health issue that may be the culprit. It may be time to seek medical help. Visit your doctor. Your hair may be trying to tell you something about your health.