10 Causes that Keep Hair from Growing

By Jessy Watson

How fast does hair grow? 0.5 inch is a monthly average in the case of healthy hair. Surely, it depends on many factors – it turns out that hair doesn’t grow at the same speed. Nature and external factors (e.g. seasonal changes) can have a big influence on the hair growth speed yet it’s usually us who’s responsible. That’s why we should know why hair stops growing and how to quickly grow a healthy, lively hairdo.

Why hair doesn’t grow [10 causes]

1. Hormones

Everyone is affected by the hormone imbalance – a simple change of seasons leads to hormonal changes which may block hair growth. Thyroid disorders may slow down or hinder hair growth as well.

2. Bad diet

A diet, which is low in vitamins and minerals, has a bad influence on the entire body. When we eat too few veggies or fruit, our hair and nails take a beating first because the body stores valuable ingredients for more important body organs. To enhance healthy hair growth – drink horsetail or nettle teas every day and go for supplements – you’ll save your hair from the apocalypse.

3. Stress

Permanent, severe stress makes the whole body sick – wrinkles appear quickly, hair loses its shine and good condition: not only does hair stop growing but also falls out excessively. There are situations in which we can’t free ourselves from stress. Still, we must try to avoid them. Master the art of relaxation, go for a walk, find a time for chill-out every day, get a good night’s sleep and have a cup of melissa tea – in this way, you slightly reduce stress and soothe your nerves, making your skin and hair look better at the same time.

4. Medication

Medication heals – that’s true. Regrettably, there are pharmaceuticals which cure something at the cost of something else – it’s usually hair, nails or lashes. While taking strong medication, do your best to stick to a double-power hair care: reinforce hair on the outside and from within, not forgetting about hair bulbs: hair oil treatments provide the best, complex care. Choose oils that are suitable for your hair type – hair porosity.

5. Unsuitable hair products

Cosmetics, which abound in silicones, parabens, alcohols and substances such as SLS, both harm hair and irritate scalp. Styling primers also have a bad impact on hair: a hairspray, mousse, gel or a straightening lotion lets you get a great hairdo but it simultaneously causes extreme dryness and tends to build up on the roots, preventing hair from growing. Try to cut down on styling products as much as possible or pick the ones that are safe and composed of natural ingredients.

6. Age

Sadly: hair has its metrics. The older it is, the slower the growth is. The time passes, hair bulbs don’t work the way they used to. The scalp ages exactly the same as the body skin. Ageing hair grows slowly and requires professional and intensified care. We must provide it with the largest quantities of natural substances and avoid strong, aggressive products. Having ageing hair coloured makes strands get damaged fast, too.

7. Scalp problems

Dandruff, sebum over-production, extreme dryness or irritation makes the scalp sick, and makes bulbs suffer and work more slowly. We should also be aware that these conditions may be the symptoms of serious health problems so we can’t neglect them.

8. Wrong hair care

All over the world, hair care routine looks similar: we wash hair, apply a conditioner to hair lengths, rinse it out and blow dry, thinking that’s all we can do in terms of hair care. A hair conditioner or a mask beautifies and conditions strands but fails to respect the key part of hair: its bulb. That is why, to provide the best nourishment and repair, try to deliver multidimensional care: to nourish and strengthen bulbs, turn to natural oils and do a hair oil treatment at least once a week. Oils make hair ends smooth and healthy, and strengthen hair throughout its length. For a perfect condition of the scalp, rinse your hair with herbal or cider vinegar mixtures – make it a habit. Consequently, strands will grow faster, healthier and stronger.

9. Regular blow-dry & hair-straightening routine

I guess there is no woman who can do without a blow-dryer. Still, let’s remember that heat styling deprives hair of water, which is a quick and deceptive way to make our efforts (we put in hair care) completely useless. While shopping for a dryer, check if it emits low temperatures and try to stick to them (max 60 degrees is safe and hair-friendly).

Too bad, a flat iron has no damage-reducing function so try to use it as rarely as possible: maximum temp of ceramic plates tears disulfide bonds apart inside hair, irreversibly destroying them. Heat-treated hair starts to rebel so the growth is disturbed.

10. Lack of UV protection

The sun, to be more precise – the harmful radiation, leads to hair damage and weakens hair bulbs. To make things worse, it contributes to disturbances on the scalp surface. Do your best to save your hair under a hat in summer and apply natural hair oils rich in UV filter, protecting from the radiation, air pollution and toxins.

About Jessy Watson - I am committed to inspiring and improving the way women think and feel about themselves inside and out. My mission is to connect East and West fashion, beauty concepts and designs worldwide.

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