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5 Reasons Your Hair Isn’t Growing Longer

Hair length shouldn’t be stagnant. Here’s how to address this concern.
17 Nov 2022
Growing longer hair is a common concern for most of us because longer, stronger, healthier hair is desirable no matter what your hair type or curl type. But if you feel like your hair has stopped growing as long as you want it to be, there is reason for concern. The truth is, on average hair grows at the same rate for everyone. You should expect your strands to grow about half an inch per month. This means in a year, your strands can be a half-foot longer than they previously were.

While there are many factors that play into hair length, healthy hair should be a goal for everyone. If your hair isn’t growing longer, you may be dealing with stunted hair length. Here are a few reasons your hair isn’t growing and what you can do to get longer hair.

Reason Your Hair Isn’t Growing #1: Diet

It’s no secret that the health of your hair (and skin) starts from the inside. You can’t have healthy hair without a proper diet. Ensuring your diet is chock-full of fruits and vegetables means your body is getting the vitamins and minerals it needs to operate at its best. In fact, a lack of some of these vitamins and minerals can cause hair loss, so filling your diet with them will keep your locks nourished and flourishing. Think iron, antioxidants, protein, biotin, fatty acids and vitamins of all kinds. Adding in hydrating foods is always helpful, too. If your diet limits your intake of one of these, consult with your physician about taking supplements for overall better health and of course, healthy hair.

Reason Your Hair Isn’t Growing #2: Hair Breakage

Breakage is one of the main causes of stunted hair length. If this is the case for you, the truth is, your hair is actually growing, but it’s not retaining its length. The result of not having length retention is your hair will appear to be the same length or shorter overtime. In short, the hair breaks at the same rate that it grows resulting in no gain of inches. There are a variety of things that can contribute to breakage from overuse of hot tools, split ends, aggressive brushing and chemical processing. To help reduce breakage and strengthen hair, try using a deep hair treatment like the Goddess Strength Repairing Cocoon Mask once a week.

Reason Your Hair Isn’t Growing #3: Overprocessing

As stated above, overuse of heat and chemicals like dyes, bleaches and straightening treatments can wreak havoc on your strands including stopping your hair from growing longer. This is especially true if these processes are overdone or done incorrectly. To avoid this, be sure to visit a professional when coloring, bleaching or applying any chemical treatments to your hair. And use a reparative system like the Goddess Strength Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave-In and Hair Oil Set.

Reason Your Hair Isn’t Growing #4: Genetics

You may not want to hear this, but genetics could be the reason your hair isn’t growing. Genetics play a part in, well, everything. The hair cycle is determined by your genetic background. In a hair cycle, there is a growth phase otherwise known as anagen. Your genetic makeup determines the length of the anagen cycle for your hair. If your mother or father has fast-growing long hair, the chances your hair grows super fast is higher than others. But if your family has slower growing hair, your anagen cycle may be shorter.

Reason Your Hair Isn’t Growing #5: Health Concerns

If you’re living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of your hair and eating a proper diet, but your hair doesn't seem to grow, you may be dealing with an underlying health issue. Definitely talk to your doctor about testing to determine a cause.

Still hoping to grow your hair longer? These 8 tips will help you get longer natural hair.

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