Top 10 Reasons Why Your Hair Is Not Growing

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4. Dry manipulation – If you are a natural lady with kinky hair; you are manipulating your hair when it is dry. No matter how you slice it, it’s better to manipulate natural hair damp to wet.

Water or a leave in moisturizing product will help by increasing your hair’s moisture content and thereby it’s elasticity. With the elasticity increased, your hair will stretch further before breaking which essentially means less breakage overall.

5. Heat misuse – You are using heated styling tools too much. If you love to flat iron, curl or blow-dry your hair daily or even weekly then I’m afraid long hair may not be in your destiny. Heated styling tools are ok to use on occasion but always on clean hair which has had a heat protectant applied.

If you are natural, overuse of heated tools leads to heat damage which will be evident when your curls loosen and don’t spring back after a wash.

If you are relaxed, the heat damage will present as hair that starts to get a lot of mid strand breakage due to loss of protein. The avoicance of direct heat is even more important for chemically treated hair.

6. Ingredient ignorance – You are not aware of the ingredients in your hair products. Mineral oil, silicones and other such ingredients need special precautions in order to use them successfully in your hair regimen.

If you are a newbie then stick to all natural brands that provide great care without any hidden nasties and as time goes on and your knowledge increases, you can opt to be more adventurous with your product choices.


7. Product junkie-ism – You are spending way too much time on the hair care forums, buying way too many products and hence over manipulating your hair as you try to work your way through the crate loads of products you have bought. Product Junkies please stand up!

While it’s understandably tempting to want to try everything that a random blogger or youtuber has said worked for them, stick to a small group of products that you already know work well on your hair. Once a product is finished then feel free to try something new while always having your staples to hand in case of a disaster.

Originally posted 2010-03-06 20:01:38.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Comments

  1. deb

    You are spending way too much time on the hair care forums, buying too many products and hence over manipulating your hair as you try to work your way through the crate loads of products. You know yourselves!

    Isn't this a hair care forum???!!!! WTH?

    1. Alma Ruddock Post author

      I agree, you ladies know yourselves, cant go a day without logging onto BHM and LHCF! But I like to think of this site more as a learning emporium . . .

      1. deb

        I just discovered your site yesterday. It's very informative.

  2. deb

    I do agree with #9 & #11 though. Good piece!

  3. Michelle M

    I’m nine months in my healthy hair journey, however I noticed in the last month that my hair is shedding more than normal, I beleive it’s because it is been extremely cold. What’s your opinion?

    1. Alma Ruddock Post author

      Yes hair tends to shed more in colder months, it’s perfectly natural. Just ride through it, as long as it’s not breakage don’t worry too much.

  4. Karen Armstrong

    My concern , is Alopecia what can i use?

  5. Raquel Farris

    I have a bad case of graves disease (over active thyroid) for about 14 Yes now my hair has thinned out completely nd I even has lost some. I do not use any realaxers what so ever but my has seem to stop growing nd it is very very dry no matter what I try especially the ends plz help.

  6. Raquel Farris

    I have a bad case of graves disease (over active thyroid) for about 14 Yrs now my hair has thinned out completely nd I even have lost some. I do not use any realaxers what so ever but my hair seem to stop growing nd it is very very dry no matter what I try especially the ends plz help.

  7. Akilah

    Hi Alma. I was reading the part about natural hair not always being a political statement and how relaxers don’t always represent self-hate and I agree with that. I’ve been natural for almost 3 years now, and had relaxers prior to that. I didn’t hate myself or wish I were white, that’s just what I did since an early age because that was just the thing to do. Before I got a relaxer, the thing for me as a little girl was to get braids with beads. At that age, I was young to even have an opinion of myself or anything. We like what we like what we like and sometimes that’s all that is. I chose to go natural because I liked the way it looked, I like to change up my hair, but also, I wanted a more natural lifestyle and I also wanted to connect to my roots on a deeper level (outside of what I’ve already achieve when I had my hair relaxed). The one thing I want to argue is about African women relaxing their hair and how it can’t be related to self-hate because there is a higher percentage of Blacks there than whites to the point where there really aren’t any at all. Just because that may be the case, and because we understand that relaxers don’t equate to self-hate, doesn’t mean that the haven’t been affected by white supremacy. The were colonized by European (white) nations and have been influenced by them. They also, like many other people in this world, watch movies and TV shows and follow music artist that and who promote that ideology that white is better or at least, in the case of the skin bleaching epidemic in several of those African countries, being dark is not good. So they too have cases of self-hate for certain Negroid features, but at the end of the day, for some people, hair is just hair and what ever is done with that hair jmhas nothing to do with making a statement other than, I like this yodat just because I do.

  8. Shavonne

    None of these mention proper diet/exercise or hydration. That is the foundation of proper hair care…

  9. Aliyah Morrison

    My hair has been growing . I just read this article for tips .

  10. Aliyah Morrison

    My hair has been growing . I just read this article for tips .

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