If you're on a healthy hair journey or on a quest to achieve healthier longer hair, its important to know what obstacles may be standing in your way and perhaps even preventing your hair from reaching its full potential. Below are the top 5 things you should know if you want to achieve longer, stronger hair:
Don’t: Tie your hair back too tight, this usually breaks your hair and causes fall out because of the continuous and repeat pressure exerted on the roots. Be careful if you always have your hair up in a tight bun, this can slow down hair growth and also damage your hair especially your edges.
Don’t: Dry your hair using the highest temperature on your blow dryer and avoid placing the blow dryer too close to your scalp. Never straighten your hair using hair togs, these can cause severe and permanent damage to your hair and cause it to break, thus preventing your hair growth altogether!
Don't: Use hair masks containing silicon and other ingredients since these masks may promise to keep your hair free of frizz and help your hair to stay straight for days, however these masks work because they create a layer on your hair hair that prevents any moisture from being absorbed, overtime this can lead to dryness and breakage!
Don't: Overdo using products containing chemicals on your hair. Avoid hair care products with mineral oils, parabens, petroleum, silicones, dyes etc. - Such chemical additives can dry out your hair, leave it brittle and also cause permanent damage if used regularly. Chemical additives such as parabens, silicones, sulfates etc. attack the keratin in your hair, strip moisture from your hair or prevent moisture from being absorbed by your hair, - in the long run, this causes your hair to thin as well as break.
Do: Use combs and brushes made from natural fibers such as wild boar hair as well as a wide-tooth combs when detangling hair in order to prevent hair breakage. If you happen to have knots in your hair, be very gentle when trying to take them out. Use hair conditioner to make your hair more slippery and a wide tooth comb to detangle your hair
Do: Get into the habit of applying natural hair mask containing Shea and aloe base mixed with vegetable oils in order to hydrate and nourish your hair. This helps to replenish any moisture lost from your hair, which is very important in maintaining hair length and avoiding hair breakage.
If you eliminate all of the above mentioned Dont's and at least try doing the recommended Do's then you should be well on your way to achieving longer hair growth and then at least you can stop wondering ''why my hair won't grow?''