Why is my natural hair not growing?!! That is a common question and cry for most naturals. The reason might be attributed to many possibilities BUT if you are doing the following five below then you should be seeing some growth. These are the 5 main reasons why your natural hair might not be growing.
1) Stop Scratching
Who grew up thinking scratching our heads is a pretty normal thing to do? I know I did! Throughout my childhood and teen years, I have had different types of hairstyles from weaves to braids, to wigs. And they have all itched and I have scratched (in public, I patted).
But scratching, not only damage the surface of your skin, it also scrapes your hair strands until they eventually breaks off. So, stop scratching!
If you have the sensation to scratch, then try to refrain and pat your head. Also, you should get essential oils like peppermint oil and tea tree oil. They help relieve irritation to your skin (and I really love the menthol effect of peppermint oil too).
2) Protect Your Ends
Once your hair grows out of your scalp, it is dead. Dead as in it has no nerves and can feel no pain. The further away it is from the scalp, the less nutrients it gets from the body’s natural oils. Without nutrients, it becomes dry and frail and, henceforth, breaks.
So, most of the time, it is not that your hair is not growing but that it is breaking off. An effective solution is to moisturise and protect your ends especially. When you are conditioning or applying moisturisers, pay particular attention to your ends, making sure the nutrients is reaching and spreading evenly among them.
3) Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
As a natural, I am sure you know the important of moisturising. Yet, we don’t do it as much as our hair requires. Or, rather, we are not as consistent as we should be.
Give your natural hair a routine (and no, routine does not make your hair suddenly immune). Be consistent when deep-conditioning and when moisturising. It is essential that you seal your moisture in using natural oils like Jojoba, Coconut, Shea Butter etc.
You moisturise your hair when you deep condition and when you add daily moisturisers. And, it is important that you use good products. You can be consistent with moisturising but if you use bad products (e.g. products with mineral oil or petroleum) you might as well be poisoning your hair. Instead use good deep conditioners like Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque or Faith In Nature Conditioners. And daily moisturisers like Shea Moisture Smoothie or KeraCare Butter Cream.
Deep Condition at least once every two weeks or every time you use a shampoo. And moisturise at least once every two days. Also, moisturise and deep condition even if you have protective styles like braids.
4) Trim, As Needed
Don’t panic! I know what you are thinking – “I came here to know how to grow my hair and this girl is telling me to cut it?!!”
Trimming has a purpose – it removes any damaged ends that are too late to fix but might cause further damage to the rest of your hair. Split ends (this is where one single strand of hair has split) are not healthy left alone. The split can and will continue to split, and the rest of your hair will pay the price. Years later, your hair is weak and thin, and you would wonder why.
Now, this doesn’t mean you have to be scissors-happy and start to cut your hair every time you touch it. It just means you, once in a while, check for split ends and cut it off. You can do it every 4-6 month.
5) Night Care
Satin and silk is not a myth. Laying your head on satin or silk really does make a different. This is because other materials like cotton can seriously suck in moisture from your hair and you will wake up with dry, and even matted, hair.
The reason why satin and silk are good is because they have very little capacity to hold water. Try washing a silk or satin shirt, and then try washing a cotton shirt, and then dry them. You will notice the satin/silk shirt dry much quicker than the cotton shirt. Silk/satin don’t really care much for moisture.
This makes sense for us to either wrap our hairs at night with silk or satin scarf, or sleep on a silk or satin pillow. I don’t like wrapping my hair and all my pillows are cottons, so I just brought a thick satin fabric and lay it above my pillow – it works well and I wake up with my hair still soft.
This is not an exhaustive list. I am convinced that if you are following these 5 techniques, then you should be noticing a good healthy growth in your natural hair.
Do you have further tips on why your natural hair might not be growing, or did you try the above? Comment below!