Longer, stronger hair is what many women desire. But most fail to get those tresses to grow after a certain point. Most of us tend to blame the hair products or lack of trimming often for the limited hair growth. But there might be some little-known reasons for slow, stunted, or no hair growth.
1. Blame Your Genes
Our potential to grow hair depends on our genes. Some of us can grow it to knee length, but some can’t get it reach even the shoulders. Every individual has his or her own cycle of hair growth, and there’s a phase in which the hair has the potential to reach its longest.1
Aging can also slow down your hair growth. As you get older, the chances of having long hair is less.2 This happens as the oil production on the scalp begins to slow down after the age of 45.
How are you supposed to have longer hair if they keep breaking off halfway? Brittle and weak hair could contribute to midway breakage of hair, which stops your hair from reaching the desired length. Stay away from over processing to get longer hair.3
4. Health Issues
Every element and part of your body works in sync. When there is something wrong with your health, your hair won’t be healthy either. Diseases or disorders related to thyroid, blood, immunity, and nutrition deficiency can cause a reduction in hair growth. In case you doubt this might be the cause, consult a doctor soon.4 5
Diet and vitamin deficiencies are major reasons why your hair stops growing. Along with your body and its organs, your hair needs an essential amount of nutrients for healthy growth. Lack of adequate nutrients in the body can cause brittleness and breakage.6 7
6. Skin Conditions Of Your Scalp
An unhealthy scalp can cause issues like inflammation, which makes it difficult for your hair to grow. Skin conditions like dandruff, psoriasis, and fungal infections are also reasons why your hair can stop growing.8 9
7. Hair Routine
Your hair gets immune to the hair routine and products that you use to make them grow longer. Decrease the amount of chemicals, coloring, and bleaching, and go easy on your hair dryer to let your hair grow longer.10
What might be the reason for you? Decide on a method for better hair growth by first recognizing the reason for your hair loss.
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|↑2||Ruutiainen, Kristiina, Risto Erkkola, Matti A. Grönroos, and Kerttu Irjala. “Influence of body mass index and age on the grade of hair growth in hirsute women of reproductive ages.” Fertility and sterility 50, no. 2 (1988): 260-265.|
|↑3||Shapiro, Jerry, Marni Wiseman, and Harvey Lui. “Practical management of hair loss.” Canadian Family Physician 46, no. 7 (2000): 1469-1477.|
|↑4||Kligman, Albert M. “Pathologic dynamics of human hair loss: I. Telogen effluvium.” Archives of dermatology 83, no. 2 (1961): 175-198.|
|↑5||Rushton, D. H. “Nutritional factors and hair loss.” Clinical and experimental dermatology 27, no. 5 (2002): 396-404.|
|↑6||Xie, Zhongjion, László Komuves, Qian-Chun Yu, Hashem Elalieh, Dean C. Ng, Colin Leary, Sandra Chang et al. “Lack of the vitamin D receptor is associated with reduced epidermal differentiation and hair follicle growth.” Journal of investigative dermatology 118, no. 1 (2002): 11-16.|
|↑7||Trost, Leonid Benjamin, Wilma Fowler Bergfeld, and Ellen Calogeras. “The diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency and its potential relationship to hair loss.” Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 54, no. 5 (2006): 824-844.|
|↑8||Sinclair, Rodney D., Cedric C. Banfield, and Rodney PR Dawber. Handbook of Diseases of the Hair and Scalp. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 1999.|
|↑9||Cauwenbergh, Gerard F. “Methods for improving the health of hair and scalp.” U.S. Patent 6,099,870, issued August 8, 2000.|
|↑10||Mounsey, Anne L., and Sean W. Reed. “Diagnosing and treating hair loss.” American family physician 80, no. 4 (2009).|