We’ve all heard the saying “Long hair, don’t care,” but if you really want your healthiest, longest locks, they need a little TLC. Read on to learn why your hair’s growth is at a standstill and how to get results.
1. It’s dirty.
This may seem like common sense, but dirty hair is not healthy hair. Our scalp is an extension of our skin. Imagine what your face would look like if you went 2 weeks without washing it! Hair needs to be treated to a good cleansing at least once every 7-10 days.
2. Heat Damage
Heat damage is no fun, whether it occurs on relaxed or natural hair. For natural hair using a high temperature of heat can give the same permanently bone-straight results as relaxing your hair. And, relaxed hair becomes brittle, dry and breaks easily.
“For breakage issues it’s best to see your stylist to get a trim. Severe damage may warrant a little more cutting to re-grow the hair,” says Sharrell Dorsey a natural hair expert and licensed esthetician. “Combat heat styling issues by getting regular protein treatments and deep conditioning treatments to make the hair healthier and stronger.”
3. It’s dry.
To prevent hair loss and drying, both the hair and scalp need to be moisturized. A lack of moisture causes hair to be brittle and prone to breakage. Instead of using petroleum-based products because they can clog pores, use natural oils, Dorsey says.
“Turn to nature’s best oils like olive, Vitamin E, jojoba, coconut and monoi oils that naturally hydrate the scalp, hair and even body,” she suggests.
4. It’s being pulled too tight.
Pulling hair too tightly can result in permanent hair loss such as traction alopecia, which occurs around the temple and near the ears. It can also result in acne or sores to the scalp, and that’s just not a good look. We already lose about 100 hairs daily, so there’s no need to double this number from irresponsible styling.