Hair grows quite slowly; however, at times, it can feel like our hair has stopped growing altogether. While it is unlikely that your hair has completely halted in the growth process, it is possible that a few factors make it appear like this is the case.

Breakage

Sometimes hair may not appear to be growing because it is rapidly breaking. Hair breakage can occur for a variety of reasons such as damage due to heat or chemicals, rough handling, over brushing, and over-styling. On average, scalp hair will grow approximately half an inch per month, so it stands to reason that if the hair is also breaking at a constant rate, then hair growth will not be noticeable when trying to determine hair growth by length.

Naturally, to avoid breakage, you’ll want to minimize the amount of stress on your hair. Utilizing heat protectant can help prevent heat damage. During the colder months, remember that the air and your hair will be a bit drier, so be sure to moisturize your hair and skin and drink plenty of water to help prevent breakage.

Diet

Not getting enough nutrients is one thing that can stunt or even halt your hair growth. When supplying nutrients to your body, the body will always prioritize the most vital systems with nutrients first, such as your internal organs. If you lack certain nutrients, your hair growth will likely be impacted.

Try incorporating more mineral and vitamin-rich foods into your diet if you are able. You can also consider taking supplements to help with hair growth.

Stress

Stress can cause the hair follicles to be pushed into the resting phase prematurely, so the hair follicles stop producing hair. This is problematic because not only will your hair stop growing; it can also fall out more easily. 

To tackle the issue of stress, you will benefit the most by addressing the problem at its source. Life is full of stress-inducing situations; thankfully, there are resources to help deal or cope with it. For example, online counseling and therapy are available, and it tends not to be as expensive as traditional therapy. There are also chat groups and support groups, as well.

Genetics

The growth phase of the hair cycle is, in part, determined by genetics. As we mentioned in a previous blog, The Hair Growth Cycle during the growth phase, the hair follicle is receiving nutrients and subsequently growing; however, the hair stops receiving nutrients and stops growing when it enters the next phase. On average, the amount of hair that is produced (without being cut or damaged) within a two to six-year time period will reflect the maximum length of a person’s hair.

While you can’t alter your genetics, having a proper diet rich in vitamins and minerals (or utilizing a hair supplement) can help maximize your chances of getting the most from your hair’s unique growth cycle. Additionally, staying hydrated and working to avoid potentially damaging your hair can help you take advantage of the amount of time your hair is in the growth cycle. 

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