Solution Central: My Hair Won't Grow

When you want hair like a mermaid or Repunzal, nothing is as agonizing and infuriating as waiting for it to grow. Perhaps you’ve previously had a princess mane and decided to go for the chop or maybe you’ve been waiting months for your hair to creep a few inches lower.

Whatever your woe, there are a multitude of reasons why hair won’t grow. Here are the ‘why’s’ and the ‘what you can do about its.’

Why Is My Hair Not Growing?

There are so many reasons why hair doesn’t grow at all, or doesn’t grow as fast as we would like. Understanding why is the first part of the puzzle. Hair growth is hugely influenced by our genetics as well as our lifestyles. The genetic component is hard to argue with but it is possible to alter contributing lifestyle factors.

The truth is that hair doesn’t just constantly grow. It goes through phases. Every single person has their own unique growth hair cycle. This is largely genetic. Hair goes through a growth phase which can last for years where it seems to just grow and grow. Once hair enters a resting phase, this growth slows and stops. Hair also sheds. We lose around 100 hairs a day. If you are in the middle of a growth phase, you may assume that your hair will cascade forever. This isn’t necessarily true. If you’re in the middle of a resting phase, that may explain why your hair is just not growing!

Another cause of slowly growing hair is breakage. If hair is damaged, dry or split, then any growth you accumulate will be short lived as your strands snap off. This is why it is essential to incorporate regular trims into your haircare regime and also to moderately expose hair to heat styling. Anything that excessively damages the hair will hinder it’s growth and you'll be ratty rather than Rapunzel.

Factor three is age. Just like over other part of our body, hair ages. The way that we have treated our hair throughout our life can accumulate over time. Hair can be one of the first places where this damage begins to visibly show. As we age, we tend to shed more hair. Hair is also likely to become thinner and furthermore our scalps can become dryer which hinders new growth.

As well as genetic componants which are largely inevitable, our lifestyles can hugely influence our hair. Stress can make hair fall out and can cause us to itch or pick at the scalp. Eating a poor diet can also have huge ramifications. Hair thrives on nutrients and vitamins. The better you eat, the healthier your hair will be. Hair can only live up to its potential when you nourish it from the inside out. Oily, omega rich fish, nuts, seeds, lean meats, fruits and vegetables (and of course plenty of water!) all contribute to healthy hair.

So, How Can I Help My Hair?

Eliminate unnecessary sources of stress. Pinpoint stress triggers; work, kids, your relationship, money woes…and find methods to help calm you down. Meditation, a long bath, exercise and time with friends can all assist.

Begin eating the rainbow. That means eating colorful foods such an assortment of fruit and veg. introduce fish 2 or 3 times a week and a meat dish once or twice a week. Be sure to drink 2 litres of water a day if you are able.

Lay off of heat; guard your hair in the sun, put down the straighteners and curlers, get regular little trims (particularly after exposing hair to damage) and brush your hair gently to avoid breakage with a wide toothed comb, tangle teezer or boar bristle brush.

If your hair growth is slow due to genetics, speak with your hairdresser about using extensions to thicken or lengthen the hair. Otherwise, sit back and let your hair grow at it’s own pace.

Sometimes slow growth can be indicitative of a deeper problem. If you have any concerns, book an appointment with your doctor to discuss your overall health and wellbeing.