Hair grows at an average rate of 1.25 centimeters or 0.5 inches per month, which means that at the end of 12 months, your hair should have increased in length by 6 inches.
Are you experiencing this growth rate with your hair? If not, then your hair might be growing rather slowly. There are a few factors for slow growth, one of which could be due to genetics.
Has your hair been stuck at a particular length and you are not able to grow past that length? To help ensure that you are able to retain as much length as possible, here are 5 factors to consider for a healthy hair care.
- Good Hair Care Regimen – a regimen is a series of steps that you take to help maintain healthy hair. From wash day to nightly steps and the products that you use – all make up your regimen. If your regimen includes washing your hair once every week, then it is best to keep hairstyles that you can keep from one wash day until the next. Try to incorporate nightly scalp massages in your regimen to help improve blood circulation to the scalp and stimulate hair growth.
- Low Manipulation – you want to try as much as possible to reduce daily manipulation of your hair. Combing or brushing the hair everyday will eventually lead to wear and tear. This in turn will lead to breakage. Our hair grows every day, but when we are constantly pulling at it on a daily basis, then there is a likelihood for the hair to break almost at the same rate that it grows. This will mean that we will not be able to retain the growth and length. Low manipulation styles are: twists, buns, braids, cornrows. Hairstyles that you can wear/keep for a few days, without having to retouch (except when you spray/mist to moisturize). These styles will help ensure that you keep your hands out of your hair and let your hair grow.
- Trimming – dry, brittle hair could lead to split ends which will require to be trimmed away so that the damage will not travel the length of the hair shaft. If your hair is growing slowly, then you will want to ensure that your ends get as much moisture as possible. If you are constantly trimming off your ends, you will not be able to retain the length that you grow. Some trim off about half an inch to one inch. Imagine this: if you are growing less than 6 inches per year, and you are trimming your hair every 8 – 12 weeks, then you would not have much length at the end of the year. This might be the reason why you have been stuck at a particular hair length for a long time. What you should consider doing instead is Dusting –where only a tiny amount of your hair is cut off. This amount should have no effect on your hair length – maybe 1/8 to ¼ of an inch.
4. Less Heat Usage – some women can use it and still be able to get away with it and retain some length. If you are a slow grower, you should reduce the use of heat as much as possible. If you like to blow dry your hair, try air drying to 60% before using the blow dryer.
5. Hair Growth Supplements – you should consider taking some hair supplements to help with your hair growth. A balanced diet would also help to provide nutrients to the hair, but we know that sometimes that could be a struggle. That is where the supplements come in to bridge the gap. Biotin and MSM have received great reviews from women that have tried them. If you do consider taking supplements, be sure to have these two in the listed ingredients.
Are you happy with your current hair length or do you feel that you should have longer length by now? Share your story.
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