Facts Checked By Freewill Beauty Experts - Written by Gopika Suresh (Journalist) on 03rd Nov 2020

Reasons your hair is not growing and needs extra care

Reasons your hair is not growing

Sometimes when your hair seems to be taking longer to grow out or the time between your regular trims is starting to increase, you may suspect that your hair may grow slow. Well, you're right; it might be happening. On average, hair grows up to half an inch every month. It equals to around a total of six inches a year.

If your strands and roots look like they are lagging, chances are you may be dealing with slow hair growth. Although we agree that some things that can cause slower hair growth can not be avoided, several others can be revamped or changed to significantly fasten your hair's growth.

Here are a few things that prevent healthy and faster hair growth: the only things that may be standing between your hair now and your hair goals are maybe these factors.  

Older age

Aging is inevitable. As you grow older, your hair's growth phase or anagen shortens. What this means is that if your hair strands would grow out for six years before falling out in your 20s, they may begin to fall out every two years when you reach your 50s. However, this varies from individual to individual; staying in good health both mentally and physically can help ease the process of aging on your hair. On average, it is normal and expected for hair to grow slower as you mature by age. It means that the lengths of hair that you can reach may begin to shorten.  

Your genes 

Another uncontrollable factor is the genes that you are born with. Most of the time, your genes determine how long your hair stays in its growth phase before the individual strand falls off and a new one begins to grow.

So, by looking at your parents' hair and the rest of the family's, you will have a reasonably good idea of how fast and long yours would grow if your mother had long luscious hair even in her 50s, lucky for you! Chances are, you would get to flaunt the same.  

Too much stress

Stress isn't good for you, your body, and your hair too. Too much of both mental and physical stress can have a toll on your hair and its growth. According to research, stress can shift the body's immune response to TH1 (cells associated with hypersensitivity), which can hamper hair growth.

Whether you are looking to grow healthier hair or not, you must indulge in stress-relieving activities like yoga regularly for your good. These activities will keep you at a lower stress state despite your busy lives and help you grow out healthier hair in a shorter period.  

Break-off from damage 

Damaged hair is never good to feel. But did you know that it could hamper your hair growth rate too? How this happens is that lengths of one's hair get so damaged, dry and brittle that they break off.

Say, even if you spot an inch of new hair growth at the root, it will not bring a significant change as the strand would break off before it can get any longer. So, your hair length would ultimately remain the same.

Though you may be tempted to use them, try and stay away from heat styling, dying, and chemicals as much as you can on your hair. Doing so would keep damage off your hair and allow it to grow faster and healthier too.  

Not getting enough hair-healthy nutrients. 

Just like skin and nails, hair needs to be fed from the inside. Hair requires adequate building blocks in the form of nutrients obtained from tons of healthy foods. Make sure to incorporate lots of vegetables, fruits, protein, and healthy oils in your diet.

By providing these to your hair, you give it everything and more to grow long and healthy. For instance, a study indicated that dietary vitamin A is essential for the proper function of the hair follicle. If you aren't very sure about what nutrients to take, you could approach a professional who may prescribe you hair supplements.  

An unhappy scalp 

If you notice that your scalp is flaky, dry, low in circulation, and is continuously caked with a thick layer of products you use, chances are it isn't going to be very happy.

Contrary to what most people think, hair grows from the roots and not the lengths. Your hair follicles determine how fast and when your hair grows. Since they are found in your scalp, it is essential to maintain excellent scalp health.

Remember to nourish your scalp and hair regularly with oils like coconut oil. Massaging with this not just moisturizes your scalp and hair but also increases blood flow to the area, which is great.

According to a study held in 2016, researchers concluded that regular scalp massages could lead to attaining thicker hair. The research involved nine men who received scalp massages four minutes long, every day for 24 weeks. At the end of the experiment, they found out that the men had thicker hair than they started with. 

Minimalist guide on how to give your hair the perfect oil massage

  • Before you oil your hair, get hold of a comb or brush and remove all the knots in your tresses. Doing this will make the application of the oil easier.  
  • To make things less messy and comfortable, part your hair into sections. Take a center parting and divide your hair into two, with one half over the right shoulder and the other over the left. 
  • Pour a spoon of the oil of your choice onto your palm and rub it. Work it on your scalp thoroughly using your fingertips. Stimulate the scalp and roots of your hair by using circular motions.  
  • Continue doing so and try and cover the whole scalp. Remember not to neglect the head's back and the area above the ears, which is essential.  
  • Once you have covered and massaged the entire scalp, work on the lengths of your hair. Take some oil drops in your palm and rub it through them.  
  • After massaging your hair for about 10 to 15 minutes, comb it so the oil is distributed thoroughly from the roots to the ends. Tie your hair up and allow the oil to penetrate the scalp for about thirty minutes. You may leave it overnight, too, if you wish. However, remember to wash it off with shampoo within 24 hours; else, it would attract dirt.  

Lots of split ends

Sometimes, getting a trim may save your hair. When your hair suffers from split ends, they break the hair's shaft further and further until it is cut off. It leads to shorter lengths from breakage.

Consider scheduling an appointment with your hairdresser every six to eight weeks, so your hair remains healthy, and your style looks fresh.  

Too-tight styles 

We agree that a sleek ponytail may look cute, but continuously pulling your hair into tight updos can lead to falling out, breakage, and even damaged follicles. 

Health conditions or changes

Some health conditions, such as thyroid, can cause your hair to go slower and fall out. The same goes for hormonal changes like PCOS, post-pregnancy, and menopause, bringing havoc to your hair growth. Moreover, if you see any drastic hair changes, make sure to consult an expert as it may indicate other internal issues. 

Conclusion 

As we mentioned earlier, sometimes changes in how healthy and fast the hair grows out are expected, especially with increasing age. Although we can not control some factors, it is essential to eat healthily, exercise regularly, and eliminate stress to prevent damage.