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Why won’t my hair grow any longer? Slow growth causes & what to do

Why won’t my hair grow any longer? Slow growth causes & what to do

Have you ever wondered why your hair just doesn’t seem like it’s growing? While there is no magic “cure” for hair that won’t get longer there are still lots of ways to work on it.

Here we’re giving you a few reasons why that luscious mane of yours might not be living up to the expectations you set. Plus, what you can do.

1. What you eat matters to more than your waistline

According to a Dermatology Practical & Conceptual report, if your daily diet lacks vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, D, E, iron, biotin, and zinc), your body will show the negative effects in a noticeable way.

B-complex vitamins are an absolute essential for healthy hair growth. The best way to consume the necessary nutrients needed is through food. Eggs, lamb, and turkey are loaded with nutrients and proteins to help fortify and thicken hair.

For those living a vegetarian lifestyle, these essential nutrients can be found in various fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. However, when you need an extra boost of those essential nutrients try Hair la Vie’s Clinical Formula Hair Vitamins, loaded with hair-enhancing vitamins at levels that can show improvement in 30 days.

Another integral aspect of our diets is water. When you’re dehydrated, that means everything is dehydrated, including your nails, skin, and hair. Strands could become dry and brittle over time, causing severe breakage and split ends.

2. Split ends

They’ve plagued everyone at some point, but what some may not know is that these pesky split ends can actually cause more damage than you think. After hair strands have split into two, or even three, it’s impossible to repair them.

You can use various products to ensure that moisture is still entering the hair, but the only true solution is to get a trim. If you let the split end go too long, it will eventually travel from the end of the hair upwards, splitting the entire way up.

If you know that you’re susceptible to split ends, consider utilizing an at-home treatment like Hair la Vie’s Nº 77 Leave-In to continue to replenish, condition, and moisturize the hair while preventing the appearance of and further damage from split ends.

3. Overprocessing and harsh styling

It’s always nice to be on the cutting edge of the latest style trends. If that means changing your hair color frequently, though, then don’t be surprised when your hair feels like it’s growing slower than a stalactite.

The harsh chemicals found in certain hair dyes, bleach, and relaxers have been found to severely deteriorate the nutrients in hair. This makes dyed hair much more porous, causing it to lose protein, become rough to the touch, and prone to breakage.

In addition to exposing your hair to chemicals, the styles you put your hair in can be causing your hair rut. Michele Green, MD states that tight hairstyles like high braids and sleek buns can cause unnecessary stress on the hair shaft, leading to hair loss starting from the hairline.

4. Genetics and hormonal imbalances

Genetics play a big factor in hair growth. If shorter, thinner hair runs in the family, it’s no surprise that your hair follows suit. Each person has a distinct hair growth cycle particular to them and their family coding.

While some may think that hair growth is determined by length, it is actually determined by the time that has passed. When the hair has finished its growth cycle, it will either break off, shed, or simply stop growing. Our hair varies in length because each strand has an individual cycle lasting anywhere from two to six years.

Another issue that may hinder hair growth is a hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalances that come with diseases like alopecia, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and thyroid disease can cause hair loss, with the first symptom being a noticeable slowdown in hair growth.

Alopecia triggers hair loss in various compact triangular sections throughout the head while hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism cause hair loss throughout the scalp causing a shorter, thinner appearance.

Inadequate haircare

From overuse of heating tools, showering in steaming hot water, or brushing your hair while wet, hair is frequently and unintentionally mistreated. These are all common but extremely detrimental habits that can cause severe weakening and breakage.

Haircare starts in the shower. Build up of dirt, oil, and product at the roots can block hair follicles prevent further hair growth. The worst offenders are silicone-based products that build up on hair, strip it of its natural shine, and add extra weight.

While it’s normal to lose roughly 100 hairs a day, when follicles are blocked, new hairs can’t grow, causing thin patches of hair. Hair La Vie's Shampoo and Conditioner Set can reduce product and dirt buildup from settling on the scalp.

While you may think showers will help hydrate the hair, the exact opposite can happen when hot water is used. Extremely hot showers can dry out your strands causing them to become brittle and break off.

To ensure adequate moisture is being locked into your hair, a weekly Hair La Vie Mask will give those locks a dose of the TLC it deserves.

Final thoughts

Those were just a few reasons your hair may seem stuck. While you may not be able to fix some issues like genetics, adding a few more whole foods into your diet, supplementing needed nutrients with Hair la Vie’s Clinical Formula Hair Vitamins, and taking proper care of your hair is sure to add inches and years to your hair. 

When going about your hair growth plan, just be sure to stick to natural, plant-based products whenever possible. High-quality care means high-quality hair!

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