4 reasons why your hair stops growing (and how to stimulate it)

In school, girls with long hair were the most popular. The author of these lines remembers her fascination with XXL lengths when she had a bowl cut by her mother in order to “have nice hair later”. The famous “the more you cut it, the longer it will grow back”. Urban legend or real science, this old trick does not always bear fruit. And there comes a time when the hair doesn’t grow at all. Before getting alarmed, it is important to know that hair growth corresponds to a cycle that varies according to each person’s genetic heritage (so we know who to blame). The speed of growth also varies according to age and season. Generally, it oscillates between 1 to 2 cm (for the luckiest) per month. According to some popular beliefs, straight hair grows faster than other hair. But what to do when it stops growing at all? This feeling of hair stagnation is very common among many women. To understand it, here are some tips.

A lack of vitamins

A good diet is a very important basis for healthy hair. A good diet is very often synonymous with strength and shine hair. “Take advantage of good fats and proteins. The amino acids in protein help build strong hair cells, while the good fats nourish those cells, giving hair shine. Also, eat plenty of green vegetables at every meal. And above all, fill up on vitamin C. Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen, which gives strength and thickness to hair,” explains nutritionist Jessica Sepel to ELLE Australia. Some dietary supplements can also promote hair growth and strength.

A damaged scalp

If we tend to take care of our ends, the scalp is just as important (if not more so). In fact, growth comes from the roots. A damaged scalp can slow down the process. To take care of it, we opt for gentle shampoos and proper brushing to stimulate blood circulation.

Split ends

Your hair is beautiful and shiny and yet you can’t see it growing? Take a look at your ends! Split ends slow down growth. Caused by repeated coloring or the excessive use of heating appliances, they weaken the hair by splitting it. The solution? Cut them off little by little. While this may seem counterproductive, regular trimming will get rid of those broken ends.

Hair in a resting phase

Like us, hair needs a rest to get back to work. The hair cycle evolves in three phases: the growth phase (anagen), which lasts about two to five years. Then comes the resting phase called catagen. During one month, the hair stops growing. Finally, the dead hair falls out during the telogen phase. This growth cycle can be disrupted by several external factors. However, if the problem persists, it is advisable to make a diagnosis with your hairdresser or dermatologist.

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