By Chinwe of Hair and Health
You have been doing everything “right” when it comes to hair care, but your strands just do not seem to be retaining any growth. Your regimen appears to be intact. You follow a rigid protective styling routine. However, no matter how much care you put into your hair, it remains the same length. Here are five reasons why your hair growth may “seem” stunted:
1. Underlying health conditions
Certain types of anemia and thyroid disorders can make hair growth and length retention difficult. These health conditions may present themselves via other visible symptoms, but that is not always the case. Be sure to speak with your doctor if you suspect that you may have a health-related root to your hair issue.
2. Certain medications and birth control pills
Breakage, thinning, and even hair loss can result from the intake of certain medications or birth control pills. Communicate with your doctor early on so that he/she can give you an alternative prescription that will not adversely affect your hair.
3. Using detangling tools
While it may work for some naturals, for others, using a Denman brush or even a wide-tooth comb while detangling can be equivalent to cutting the hair. You may have to use your fingers instead in order to start experiencing length retention, and this may especially be true for those with fine hair. Also, be sure to lubricate your strands with oils or a conditioner.
4. Protective styling on wet hair
Hair is most fragile when it is wet, and putting in your twists or braids at this stage could mean breakage (especially at the ends) for some naturals. Wait until your hair is damp or partially dry as opposed to styling while soaking wet.
5. Approaching terminal length
Every individual has a specific terminal “time” when it comes to hair growth. This time can be two years or five years, and some have mentioned seven years as well. The length that you retain during this period is termed your “terminal length”. If you find yourself stuck at twelve inches in spite of proper hair care and good health, then it is possible that you have reached your terminal length, and that is not unusual at all.
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