Help: My Hair Isn’t Growing!
Sure it is. Hair grows…period. Unless your follicles are damaged, you’re taking certain medications or you’re just not in good health, your hair is growing out of your scalp. Now once it’s out there, how you take care of it will determine how much length your retain.
Here are some quick simple facts for you with regard to hair growth. Some of these facts are covered in more depth in their own topics.
- On average, hair grows four to six inches a year. That breaks down to about a third to a half inch of growth a month. Since this is an average, your hair may grow slower or faster depending on your overall health and genetics.
- We shed approximately 50-100 hairs per day
- Nappy hair is actually the most fragil of all hair types. As it grows it relentlessly twists and turns, and in every bend in the hair shaft is a potential weak spot. That’s why it breaks so easily, and learning how to care for nappy hair is the secret to growing really long hair.
- Hair growth goes through three stages.
- Growing — hair is actively growing from the scalp.
- Resting— hair is no longer actively growing and is just sitting on your scalp.
- Shedding — hair dies at the root, and a new one is waiting to take it’s place. If all of our hair grew, rested and shed at the same time, there would be periods throughout our lives when we’d be quite bald!
- Lifespan of hair: 3 to 7 years
- Hair grows faster in warm weather. I’ve researched this, and can’t find a good explanation as to why this is so.
- Having dirty hair or a dirty scalp does not make your hair grow.
- Cutting hair does not influence its growth. We’re often led to believe that trimming our hair makes it grow. This is so incredibly not true. Only your health and genetics influence hair growth. Trimming raggedy ends improves appearance, can improve manageabilty by preventing your ends from tangling so much and can prevent split ends from worsening. This in turn will enabling you to retain more of the hair you grow and gain length.
- The cuticle is the outer layer of the hair. It protects the interior Cortex layer and contributes to 20% of the overall strength of the hair.
- The cortex is the middle layer and gives the hair strength and elasticity. A healthy cortex contributes about 80% of the overall strength of the hair.
- The medulla is the innermost layer. It is sometimes absent from the hair but plays a very minor role in the haircoloring process.
- The larger the diameter of a hair shaft, the fatter it is. As a result, hair can be either fine, medium or thick in diameter.
- Density is the number of hairs per square inch and can range from thin to thick. So for instance someone can have really fine hair, but a lot of it in terms of density. Or someone can have hair a lot of hair (in terms of density) that’s very thick (in diameter).
- Porosity is the ability of the hair to absorb moisture. (Most nappy hair is very porous) Mine sucks it up like a sponge.
- Hair is not living tissue — it’s dead. It can’t regenerate or repair itself once it’s damaged. There are products on the market that kinda hold it together for a little while…but damaged hair will eventurally break. Split ends just need to get cut off before they get worse.