“My hair doesn’t grow!” –Is something that I hear people say from time to time.
Don’t be alarmed if you see that your hair isn’t growing at a speed that you wish. What you have to remember is your hair is in fact growing. The main reason why many people with curly/kinky hair complain about the length and/or growth of their hair is shrinkage. Yes, shrinkage is another factor to consider when measuring hair growth. The curls and kinks make it harder to measure growth because all of your length is wrapped up in your curl pattern. Also, new growth is even harder to see when the hair is wet, due to shrinkage. You think you’re alone in this? Check out my shrinkage below.
I have been natural for about twelve years now and learned very early not to get caught up on length of my hair and focus on the health of my hair instead – but more importantly the health of my body. Everything we ingest effects how our body functions, which includes hair health. I find when people focus on good health, everything else falls into place. We have to make sure we consume enough water and that our diet is balanced. Another area to monitor is your stress levels or if you happen to be on any medication, as those can affect your hair health as well. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have at least some small amount of stress in their lives. Sometimes, this really can’t be helped. One of the ways in which I combat stress is by working out and trying to eat right, so that at the very least I can be up for the challenge of whatever stress comes my way. I indulge in junk food from time to time, and I don’t eat clean all of time, but I do try my best. I have been a Pescatarian for the past twelve years, so I have benefited from the fish oils over the years (I hope!). No, I haven’t forgotten about the obvious – hair products! Yes, hair products do also effect hair growth too, as they are placed directly on the hair and scalp.
It’s good to check the ingredients of your hair products to make sure you aren’t placing anything harmful in your hair, but you also need to check the ingredients of some of the food you are ingesting also. I wish more people would see the correlation between what they consume and the health of their skin, hair, and nails. I mean—what is the point of using products without parabens and sulfates, if you’re going to have a bad diet, which includes low water consumption?
People who know me, know that I am always cutting my hair. I am not someone concerned with or focuses on the length of my hair. I try to spend my time focusing on the other areas listed above instead. Once those areas are in check, you should start to see some great length coming in, if that’s your hair goal.
Please note, I am not perfect either! I continually strive for a healthy lifestyle in order to make sure that my body stays strong. Remember, obsessing over the length of your hair won’t make it grow any faster – focus on great health and all areas of your life will change!
Hair By Glenna