3 Reasons Why Your Natural Hair Isn't Growing
Do you feel like your natural hair just refuses to grow? You do the big chop and can't seem to understand why you don't have waist length hair six months later. Having unrealistic expectations, coupled with the lack of a consistent and effective hair care routine will make going natural a frustrating experience. Having tried to let go of relaxers more than once and then finally committing to being fully natural since 2007, I've learned quite a bit about natural hair and length. Hence why I have no problem cutting my hair off whenever I feel like it. Here are 3 reasons why your natural hair isn't growing:
1. You're Not Providing Enough Moisture //
I can't stress the importance of moisture when it comes to this natural hair game. Moisture is the key to this entire thing! Natural hair is prone to dryness and needs to be nurtured. In the beginning of my journey, I constantly had fairy knots at the ends of my hair and I couldn't figure out what caused them. As it turns out, I wasn't providing enough moisture. I'd have to cut those knots out and before I really started to care of my hair, I would tear them ((cringe...I know, I know)). When your hair is well moisturized, it looks amazing and it flourishes. Even when my hair is in a protective style, I now make it a point to moisture my actual hair each and every day.
What has worked best for me is the L.O.C Method:
Step 1: Leave In Conditioner - gives your hair extra tlc
Step 2: Oil - moisture, moisture, moisture (You can refer to this previous post to find the oil that works best for your hair)
Step 3: Cream - seals in the oil and allows you to style your hair accordingly
My hair looks best and I maintain the most length when I consistently apply this method to my hair on a daily basis, sometimes every other day if the cream that I'm using is really heavy.
2. You're Not Preserving The Ends Of Your Hair //
I know that growing up, we were taught that you had to cut your hair to make it grow. I'm not sure where that myth comes from, but now as an adult I'm like, "That doesn't even make sense". Your hair grows from the root, not from the end. It's imperative that you keep your hair clean and moisturized so that your hair can grow at an optimal rate. While you're hair doesn't grow from the end, it equally important that you show them some love on a daily basis. Why? If you're constantly cutting your hair, you will never see the growth. If my hair grows to five inches, but every month I'm cutting one inch off, my hair will always be four inches long. Am I making sense? If you don't need to cut your hair, don't. Yes, it's great to get a trim every couple months or so, but don't cut your hair blindly. Only trim what needs to go.
What Do I Mean By Preserving Your Ends?
We typically cut the ends of our hair because we have split ends or they just look unhealthy in comparison to the rest of our hair. The ends of your hair need as much love as your scalp and edges. Make it a point to keep the ends of your hair well moisturized so that they don't break, become brittle or start to thin. If your ends are in good shape, you won't have to cut them - therefore, you're maintaining more length and will be able to see your growth. So if my hair grows to five inches, and those five inches are in tip top condition, there's no reason to cut it. I just maintained my length. Once my hair grows another inch by the next length check, I'd now be at six inches of hair and so forth. Because my hair is now in good health, I wouldn't have to cut that inch off that would put me back at four inches. See what I mean?
Tips On How To Preserve Your Ends:
- Apply a light coat of oil nightly
- Protective Styling (click this post for protective style ideas)
When you get braids for example, when you take them out 12 weeks later it seems as though your hair grew by leaps and bounds. Because you have protected the ends of your hair from the elements - yes, weather can play a part in the health of your hair, especially cold winters - it was given a chance to grow uninterrupted. You weren't touching it everyday and manipulating it into styles that might cause thinning. Additionally, you weren't taking scissors to it every couple of weeks. Again, trims are great and important, but don't cut blindly, only get rid of what you NEED to.
3. You Have No Patience //
I know, you desperately want your hair to grow and it just doesn't seem like it's happening for you, but you have to have patience. For example, if you're looking to loose weight and do the workout of your life on the first day and then hop on the scale immediately after expecting to have lost weight - you will be disappointed. Like just about everything else, you have to put in the work and do so consistently in order to see results. You're hair isn't going to grow by three inches after just one month of taking vitamins or implementing the L.O.C Method. You will however, notice a difference over time if you don't give up. There's no need to do a length check once a week, you'll be setting yourself up for failure.
My coils are so tight that it never seems as though my hair is growing, however, once I stretch it out I'm shocked to find how much length I have. If you struggle with patience, protective hair styles should be your best friend. You're able to give your hair a break from daily manipulation and with your hair away, you won't stress over length.