Natural Hair Problems: 5 Reasons For Stunting Hair Growth

September 4, 2014 | LOVE EMBRACE INSPIRE  | By Tiffany Cormier

Have you ever wondered why month after month your hair looks the same length?  Does it take you months to grow an inch of hair?  Do you keep seeing small broken strands of hair on your sink or floor?  You just might be damaging your hair and you just don’t know why.  Well here are 5 reasons you’re stunting your hair growth.

1. Not Taking Care Of Your Insides
Healthy living is important for more than just your health, it’s also important for your hair and nails.  Healthy hair starts from the inside.  "Just like every other part of your body, the cells and processes that support strong, vibrant hair depend on a balanced diet," says New York nutritionist Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, author of The Beauty Diet.  Although it takes a little longer to notice a difference in your hair based on healthy lifestyle changes, your hair will thank you all the same.  Here are a few foods that give you the nutrition you need for healthy hair: salmon, walnuts, oysters, sweet potatoes, eggs, spinach, lentils, Greek yogurt, blueberries, and poultry.

2. Using Too Much Heat
Too much heat can ruin your beautiful tresses.  Using heat on a regular basis can result in heat damage which leads to hair breakage.  If you’re natural it can destroy those beautiful curls.  Cutting your heat usage in half can completely change the health of your hair.  So put that blow dryer down and hide the flat iron. 

3. Not Enough Trimming Your Hair Regularly
Get out those scissors or head to the salon.  Regular trims can prevent those wicked split ends from moving up your hair shaft.  I myself have seen the damage keeping those scraggly ends can do to your hair. No trimming doesn’t cause hair growth but it definitely helps you keep the hair you have on your head.  So next time you take a glance at your ends and they look and feel terrible just take a few minutes to snip snip.   

4. Too Much Hair Manipulation
As I natural I’m guilty of touching my hair or styling it more often than I need to.  All that manipulation can cause terrible damage to your hair.  Twist outs, braid outs, detangling, buns, blow drying, and even too much combing can destroy your strands if done way too often.  Also combing natural hair while dry can be very dangerous.  It’s best to comb while our hair is wet or saturated with conditioner.  Too much manipulation can cause thin ends which will require trimming.

5.  Not Deep Conditioning
Deep conditioning is a must for long healthy hair.  It locks in moisture and keeps your hair moisturized longer.  The best way to use a deep conditioner is to slather it on from root to tip, put on a shower cap and sit under the dryer for 15-20 minutes.  If you’re not a heat user leaving it on for a few hours can do the same trick.  Deep conditioning once a week or once every two weeks will definitely change the health of your hair.  Go purchase a jar and try it out.  You’ll be able to see the results immediately after.

With these healthy hair tips you can say goodbye to short damaged hair and hello to long healthy hair.

-Be Healthy. 
Be Beautiful


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