Let me guess, you have been growing out your hair for years now, and for some reason your hair seems be stuck and stagnant at the same length. You've tried tons of product lines on your hair and the products seem to work for a while and then to no avail something happens and your hair doesn't like them anymore. I am guessing If you clicked on the article more than likely you can relate to how frustrating this can be. I may say some things that maybe a little opposite of what you are accustomed to hearing and certain things which may be a part of your hair care routine now. Take a read and see if maybe making these few adjustments can help you achieve your goals with your hair. You can look at it this way. What else do you have to lose, trying something new will not hurt ya! Here's some basic knowledge to get a little understanding. We all must understand that the hairs on our head go through a life cycle. These cycles are the growing phase, resting phase, and a shedding phase. With that being said, it is normal for your hair to shed roughly around 80 strands daily. Our hair grows about 1/2 inch per month, which totals about six inches a year. In certain seasons like the summer our hair tends to grown faster. Yes things like your genetic factor play a part in how long you hair will grow. The average person will get 3-5 years of hair growth. Which will give you between 18-30 inches of hair. Some other things play an a factor in hair growth like our health, diet, activity, stress levels, and tons of other reasons including the things that we physically do to our hair. So the problem is not hair growth, but rather length retention. Now that we have gotten those things out of the way let's Jump Right in.
#1 Not Cleansing Enough
I cannot express how important proper hair and scalp hygiene is to having a healthy head of hair. As a licensed Cosmetologist my professional advice is to shampoo the hair at least once weekly. If your are working out I suggest twice weekly. I am not talking about conditioner rinsing, that is precisely what co washing is. Co-washing does not clean your hair or scalp. That method freshens up a style, but should not take the place of regular shampooing. Knowing what types of shampoo are important as well. There are tons of different options out there. From clarifying, moisturizing, detoxifying, dandruff, protein, anti thinning, anti aging. You name it, it's out there. Seek a professional that you can trust with giving you a regimen for your personal hair and scalp needs.
*Did you know using the no shampoo or co-washing only can cause your scalp to breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. Using the wrong shampoo could cause your hair become dry, and your scalp to become a breeding ground for bacteria*
#2 Too Much Oil
Yep that is right too much oil. I know, I know we are taught that oil is a necessary part of our hair routine. Especially for us who have curly, coily, or kinky hair types. We have been told that oils are a must. From our shampoos having tons of oils in them like Shea butter, argon oil, black castor oil, and of course coconut oil. Then our conditioners both rinse out and leave in contain oils. Of course our styling creams and then you know we are told that we must use an oil blend of some sort on a daily basis. The truth is oil is not a moisturizer although they truly give our hair a softer feel. We associate temporary softness as moisture and hydration. I do understand that oils can even make the hair more pliable to move without breakage and control frizz. The problem is that's a lot of people think that oil adds moisture to hair, It does not. Most oils sit right on the surface of the hair strand leaving a coating or build up on the hair. Now let's think about this. I can tell you now that your truest form of hydration will come from water and water soluble hydrating products. As a professional the biggest thing that I see come into the salon is dry dehydrated hair. When I put my clients on a hair detox and have them eliminate oils as much as possible the results are remarkable. So if you are experiencing dryness and breakage of the hair you might want to consider this.
The pic below is a image of my curls when I was using oils in my hair regimen. look at how shiny the curls are without the use of oil. I now use tons of water, liquids and a water soluble styling agent. I did get a big trim in between this process as well. You can literally see the transformation of my curls.