From time immemorial, women have yearned for long hair, and this yearning isn’t letting off anytime soon.
If you often wonder why some persons’ hair grows really fast while it takes long months for yours to add a few inches, you will find answers in this post.
First of all, some persons are naturally harrier than others and would grow hair faster without paying a mind to it. For some others, it’s not that simple.
Other factors like hair products, healthy nutrition, weather conditions, and hair care practices also contribute to whether or not your hair will grow faster.
Whatever the reason for your hair’s slow growth, the good news is that you can change your story by the time you are doing reading this.
I’ll start by answering all your questions, and then give you tips on healthy routines to grow your hair faster.
Why isn’t my hair growing?
The reason your hair isn’t growing could be as simple as it can be complicated. The simplest and most common reason your hair isn’t growing is because of wrong practices or hair habits affecting its growth.
If you are not taking care of your hair it is bound to degenerate and could get brittle and start breaking.
Your hair should add half an inch every month, but you wouldn’t notice if the tips keep breaking off.
Let’s look at some practices that damage your hair
- Over-washing your hair
Washing your hair too frequently wouldn’t help it to stay clean but would make it dry and suffer damage. So next time you think about washing your hair every day, remind yourself that you are ripping your hair of its natural oils.
Taking your hair through chemical processes like perming, dyeing, and highlighting causes slow growth and can damage your hair over time. Over-processing your hair will eventually strip it of its oils and make your hair break.
- Straightening or curling wet hair
Wet hair is more prone to damage than dry hair, so take note of that the next time you want to curl or straighten your damp hair. You will end up frying it.
- Aggressive/ rough handling your hair
Using rough towels and applying force when drying your hair will have as many adverse effects as going to bed without loosening a tight ponytail.
- Over-brushing your hair
Brushing your hair too much can weaken your strands and lead to breakage and affect your hair growth.
The way you brush your hair could also lead to damages. While it is natural to brush your hair from the root down, you must avoid doing that if your hair is prone to tangle and comb out the knots first.
- Excessive heat
Too much heat styling will make your hair split at the ends and break. Remember this every time you want to stretch, curl, dry, or straighten your hair.
How to Grow Hair Faster
- Use Hair oils
Several oils help your hair grow faster, especially those containing vitamin E, fatty acids, antioxidants, and protein. I suggest you try the 100% virgin castor oil. You can also make a mix with few drops of olive oil and massage it into your hair for overnight treatment.
- Trim hair regular
Trimming your hair might be the last thing on your mind because it reduces your hair length, but it is a healthy practice.
Damaged or split ends stunt your hair growth and will continue splitting higher until most of your hair is affected.
Trimming your hair helps it break less, helps it grow duller and longer, so get a trim every three months.
- Use a Silk Pillowcase or Bonnet
Cotton pillowcases damage your hair as you sleep because of its rough, large fibers. Your hair strands get caught in the fabric while you sleep, and the coarse material affects your cuticle.
Silk pillowcases are best as they don’t cause friction, which leaves your hair intact and smoother when you wake up. In the long run, your hair is healthier when you use silk pillowcases.
You can also get a silk bonnet if you don’t have a silk pillowcase.
- Use hair mask weekly
Hair masks do much to moisturize your hair and keep it healthy. Using hair masks weekly is a quick way to nourish your hair and help it grow faster.
Use masks that contain protein and other vital nutrients.
- Rinse your hair with cold water
After a warm shower, your hair needs cold water to protect it from heat penetration. This will lead to healthier hair in the long run.
- Watch what you eat
Healthy meals work as many wonders for your hair as it does for your skin.
Ensure you eat meals that will nourish your hair and help it grow faster. Look for foods rich in Zinc, Iron, Vitamin D, and B-complex, and drink lots of water while you are at it.
You can also get Omega-3, vitamin B, biotin, and iron supplements.
Using these tips diligently will help you grow longer hair faster, but this is no miracle. It will take a while for your hair to recover from its previous state, so you must be patient and consistent.