As naturals we love taking care of our curly crown, but it can be frustrating and disheartening when it feels like it's not growing. But what if we told you the average hair growth rate is actually about half an inch every month which equates to approximately six inches of new growth every year.
Of course there are a select few people who's hair grows at a faster or slightly slower rate but unless you have a medical condition that prevents you producing hair your hair is continually growing.
So if it's constantly growing why aren't you seeing your desired length? The reality is curly hair has a different and unique hair structure. The curl pattern is extremely dense which is prone to dryness and breakage when not properly cared for.
So if you're having problems seeing the length you desire, keep on reading to find out the most common causes and tips for hair growth!
Using too much heat
We are major advocates for ditching the flat irons and hair dryers unless absolutely necessary. Occasional usage is okay with proper preparation, but regular use of heat tools can lead to damaged hair follicles and breakage. Letting your hair air dry is an effective alternative for healthy hair growth.
Dryness and lack of moisture
There's conditioning and then there is deep conditioning. Dry hair is one of the main causes for breakage as our curly kinks prevent our scalps from providing natural sebum all the way to our ends so we have to stay on top of adding that moisture ourselves. Deep conditioning penetrates your strands to moisturize, nourish and strengthen your hair. We recommend using a deep conditioner once a week like our Banana Nut & Avocado Deep Treatment to keep your curls extra moisturized in between washes.
To help protect your ends and seal in the moisture use an oil like our Kurlee Tropical Oils Blend.
Trimming too much or not enough
To trim or not to trim that is the question. Having your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks is one of the key ingredients to healthy hair growth. When you don't trim your hair regularly it becomes more susceptible to breakage. On the contrary, trimming your hair too much or giving into the temptation to cut your hair for change will also prevent you from reaching your hair growth goals. We know it's hard to fight the urge to cut your hair during the awkward growth stage but trust the process, it will be worth it.
You don't have a hair night time routine
We all toss and turn in our sleep which can lead to tangled curls, frizz and dryness from friction. Wrapping your hair in a bonnet, durag or lined cap will protect your hair and lock the moisture in. If you're not a fan of wrapping we recommend swapping out your cotton bedding for satin which will eliminate the friction you get when your hair rubs against a harsh fabric.
You aren't showing your body the same love
Hair follicles need to be nourished to help them function at their optimum. A healthy diet will not only help your body thrive but it will also help your hair grow and retain length. Make sure you are eating enough protein and avoid calorie dense food. Don't forget to drink 8 cups of water every day, water is a natural moisturizer and is a key component in promoting your hair follicles to grow.
Do you struggle with hair growth? Which of these tips can you add into your routine to help you reach your hair goals?