Have you ever dyed your hairline, which was visible again after a short time without your hair getting longer? Do you sometimes go months without cutting the ends and still your hair is shoulder length? We understand how frustrating it can be when you try in vain to make your hair grow longer.
You may be asking yourself, “Can hair stop growing?”.
In this blog post, we want to explain to you why that is and what you can do to turn your hair into gorgeous Rapunzel hair.
Reasons why your hair does not grow
Hair grows an average of one centimeter every month. This means that the average person’s hair grows about 12 centimeters every year. To put that in perspective, that’s less than half the length of our 50cm extensions. If you don’t care for your hair regularly, it will break as soon as it grows and it will stay the same length all year long. Here are a few helpful tips on how you can prevent brittle and breakable hair.
Excessive hair treatments
Too many chemicals kill your hair’s natural oils, and synthetic dyes damage the outer cuticle of each strand of hair. Simply put, a healthy hair cuticle lays flat, leaving hair looking smooth and shiny, while a lifted damaged hair cuticle leaves hair dull, brittle, and frizzy. Ultimately, excessive tampering and styling lead to split ends and breakage, making it virtually impossible for hair to exceed a certain length.
Too many heat tools
Every time you hear a crackle as soon as your hair comes into contact with a heat tool, think of the damage you are doing to your beautiful head and how it will affect your hair growth. Straighteners and curling irons lead to dry, brittle hair. So give your hair a little vacation from all heat tools so it can regain its strength and grow faster.
We’ve all dealt with split ends at one time or another. Split ends are split ends of hair and are caused by too few nutrients, which are necessary for a long and healthy life of the hair. The splitting of the hair pulls further and further up which eventually leads to the breaking of the ends. Although the hairs grow at the base, they break off at the end at the same time. This then leads to the assumption that one’s own hair only grows to a certain length.
Once split ends occur, it is no longer possible to reverse them. The only thing you can do is to cut it off and prevent it in the future. If you don’t do this, it will lead to further split ends as mentioned before, and end up in a vicious cycle.
To avoid split ends and hair loss, hair should be colored as little as possible.
Also, they should be air-dried and not with a hairdryer. It is also important to comb them gently from the bottom up and use only coated hair elastics.
Sometimes the growth and health of hair depend only on one’s genetics. Every person has a special cycle regarding hair growth. The hair then stops growing once a certain amount of time has passed and it has reached a certain length. So when the hair reaches the end of its growth cycle, it stops growing and either breaks off, falls out, or is cut off at the hairdresser. Each strand of hair has its own growth cycle, which is why we typically have different lengths of hair strands all over our heads. This cycle can last anywhere from two to six years and no matter how well you treat your hair, it can’t be easily extended or changed because of your DNA.
Just like your genetics, your age can also be the reason why your hair just won’t grow. A lifetime of heat styling, coloring, lightening, and a less-than-ideal diet can all contribute to your hair weakening as you age. So the six-year cycle we mentioned earlier becomes a two-year cycle, making hair thinner and unable to grow past a certain point. Also, as we age, the scalp begins to produce less oil, resulting in more brittle, dry hair that is more prone to split ends and breakage. To prevent this, we recommend massaging the scalp every night to stimulate hair follicles and blood flow, which in turn can lead to more growth.
Who hasn’t heard the saying, “You are what you eat” and “Beauty comes from within”. Have you ever eaten a really big amount of fast food and then got a pimple the next day right before a date? You know that glow your face gets after drinking a lot of water? You can do the same with your hair! A healthy, vitamin-rich diet means extra nourishment for your scalp, which leads to stronger, longer, more beautiful hair.
Iron, vitamin D, B-complex, and zinc are optimal for healthy hair. Iron can be obtained naturally from eggs, spinach, and chicken, while salmon, mushrooms, and the sun are supernatural sources of vitamin D. The B-complex contains the ingredients biotin, niacin, and cobalamin, all of which promote hair strength. This can be obtained from avocados, legumes, eggs, and whole grains. Lamb, turkey, and pumpkin seeds provide an extra dose of zinc.
To help your hair grow, you literally have to get to the root of the problem! A healthy scalp is just as important as healthy hair ends. In fact, what many don’t consider is that an unhealthy scalp can also prevent hair growth.
Whether it’s a buildup of skincare products or the body’s own oils and sweat, once the hair follicles are clogged, hair can stop growing and even fall out. Therefore, abandon care products that contain silicones and other things that burden the hair and reduce its shine. It is perfectly normal for hair to fall out from time to time but new hair cannot grow back due to scalp congestion.
If such harmful deposits on the scalp have already occurred, cleansing shampoos help to remove the impurities and keep the scalp clean.
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Hair routine for little money
Picture the following scenario: You wash your hair with steaming hot water, quickly apply shampoo and conditioner, rinse, and brush all the tangles out of your wet hair. Then, move on to aggressive towel drying before blow-drying and straightening. Does any of this sound familiar? Sure, because we’ve all done it this way at one time or still do it this way. But you know what? These bad habits all lead to the weakening, breaking, and thinning of your own hair. Here are a few tips which you can super easily incorporate into your hair routine:
Comb hair before washing
Brushing wet hair leads to more breakage and split ends, as they are in a particularly fragile state. Instead, brush your hair before showering to detangle it completely. Always start at the ends as you gently and slowly work your way up.
Less heat is sometimes more
Hot water dehydrates hair and causes brittle strands, which are then prone to breakage and fall out. Therefore, turn the water temperature down to medium and give your hair a touch of cold water at the end of the shower to maintain moisture and shine. It may not be the most pleasant feeling but trust us, it’s worth it!
Moisturize your hair
While washing your hair, take extra time to apply a conditioner and leave it on for a few minutes. Focus on the midsection and ends of your hair when working it in. You can, of course, also apply a hair mask for 5-10 minutes. Hair masks provide hair with a strong vitamin boost and are a quick way to provide your hair with nutrients, moisture and shine.
Don’t towel dry your hair
We all dry our hair in a so-called “towel turban” from time to time. However, a gentler method is to just towel dry your hair and then let it air dry.
Protect your hair
Brush your hair as soon as it’s half-dried and apply your favorite hair oil before styling to make it soft and smooth. Be sure to apply a heat protectant when treating your hair with heat.
If all this does not help
Contact a doctor. At the end of the day, excessive hair loss can result in less hair growth due to a condition like alopecia or an unhealthy scalp. Seeking professional help is always recommended if you want to be sure.
Tips to help your hair grow
Massages promote blood circulation in the scalp
There is a good reason why the hairdresser massages your scalp every time you wash your hair: The circular movements stimulate blood circulation and thus hair growth.
The reason for this is the hair roots, so-called follicles — if these are regularly cleared of dirt and well supplied with blood, the hair grows back quickly and strongly.
It is, therefore, all the more important that you also take good care of your scalp at home. Regular scalp massages for five to ten minutes are recommended. For this purpose, use either your own fingers. Brushing your hair when it is dry (!) is just as helpful in opening up clogged hair follicles. The rule of thumb is: 100 brush strokes a day will make your hair shinier and smoother.
Care products counteract hair loss
Caffeine and Q10 (a coenzyme) have growth-promoting properties and are used specifically in hair care products — especially in shampoos. The active ingredients contained therein are said to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp and thus not only hair growth, but also to counteract hair loss. However, you should only use caffeine shampoo or Q10 shampoo every other hair wash.
Alternatively, you can also do your mane some good by regularly using hair treatments.
Preferably a product with aloe vera or argan oil: the two active ingredients nourish the hair structure, moisturize the hair and prevent split ends. If you do not want to use an industrial product, you can also mix a hair treatment with aloe vera gel and lemon juice. Simply massage it into your hair, leave it on and rinse it out again.
Or, you can use an oil-based hair care product once or twice a week. Coconut oil, for example, provides your long hair with important nutrients as well as sufficient moisture, thus protecting it from drying out. Castor oil, on the other hand, is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, which stimulate natural hair growth. Here, however, you should note that it can take up to two hair washes until the residues are completely removed.
Healthy food nourishes the hair
An important indicator for full hair is our diet. If we lack important nutrients such as vitamins or minerals, our skin, hair, and nails suffer first and foremost – so that more important organs are adequately supplied. To make your hair grow faster, you need especially proteins, copper, vitamin E, silicon, biotin, omega fatty acids, and zinc. These are found in the following foods:
- Biotin: pumpkin seeds, spinach, dairy products, and strawberries.
- Omega fatty acids: cooking oil, flaxseed, fish, brussels sprouts, and soy.
- Protein: eggs, milk, fish, lentils, and pumpkin seeds
- Copper: banana, grapes, avocado, sunflower, and cashew seeds
- Silicon: millet, wheat, parsley, cauliflower, peas, peppers, and pears
- Vitamin E: sweet potatoes, vegetable oils, and walnuts
- Zinc: pumpkin seeds, pecans, oatmeal, and cocoa
Alcohol, stress, and heat slow down hair growth
It should be well known that excessive alcohol consumption is unhealthy for the body. Nevertheless, many people do not know that alcohol slows down the metabolism – and thus also slows down the growth of hair.
The biggest enemy of healthy hair, however, is stress. Whether it’s work-related or personal, if your body is constantly under power, your hair will no longer be supplied with all the important nutrients. Make sure to integrate more breaks into your daily routine and reduce stressful phases.
Heat is similarly harmful to your hair. If you regularly blow-dry or straighten your long mane, your hair will literally dry out. Here we recommend that you avoid appliances such as blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons, especially in the warm summer months.
However, putting your hair up or tying it into a ponytail or chignon is also not very conducive to hair growth, as the metal parts of the hair ties damage the hair.
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Effective treatments for some types of hair loss are available. You might be able to reverse hair loss, or at least slow it. With some conditions, such as patchy hair loss (alopecia areata), hair may regrow without treatment within a year. Treatments for hair loss include medications and surgery.
Hair grows fastest between the ages of 15 and 30, before slowing down. Some follicles stop working altogether as people get older. This is why some people get thinner hair or go bald.
Basically, if you don’t have a trim, your split ends will run riot and likely split further up the shaft eventually snapping and making your hair short, which stops it from growing long. This way, your hair can continue to grow healthily from your roots, but the ends won’t fray and snap shorter.