A week ago, one of the attendees of my recent HAIR GROWTH HAIR GOALS Class messaged me concerning her natural hair growth journey.
Her hair is Type 4C and three years old, but the growth hasn’t been consistent, despite the fact that studies have shown that, all things being equal, the hair grows an average of 0.5inch every month.
“Seems as if it’s not growing”, she said, in reference to her hair.
And I know many other people fall into this category, too.
This lovely lady volunteered to show me her hair journey, (and that made it a lot easier for us to diagnose the issue, as you’d soon see).
She sent pictures showing what her hair looked like in 2019, 2020, and 2021To describe her hair journey and how there had been no difference in length between those years, I got a total of five pictures.
And guess what?
She wasn’t in any protective hairstyles in anyone of those five beautiful photographs showing her in her natural hair.
And just to be sure my suspicions were right, because it’s not okay to just assume she had her hair packed like that all the time…you should guess what my next question was…
“How often do you leave your hair in packing like the ones in the pictures sent?“
(She added the extra letters “y”. Very honest lady!)
People tell me all the time, in different wordings and tones:
“`My hair is not growing.“`
The question is, Is that really true…? That the hair is not growing…?
Of course, the hair is growing! That’s why UNDERGROWTH is possible.
If the hair is indeed growing, even if so slowly (because truth is, our hair can’t all grow at the same rate, different mechanisms are in play in our different bodies), what is causing you not to see any improvement in length AT ALL, after a year, two years, three years, four years, or even a decade?
When you are experiencing “stunt growth” or “hair stagnancy”, many factors can be responsible for that, e.g. high stress level, poor diet, deficiency in essential nutrients needed for hair growth, and even dehydration.
Also, if the hair had been growing from the scalp but you are not seeing it in length, it may be that you are losing it from the mid-length of your hair strands due to friction, or from the tip of your hair strands, especially if you have split edges causing your hair to break off.
This is where PROTECTIVE STYLES come in.
They are basically styles that help protect your hair strands.
There are different kinds of protective hairstyles.
Twists, cornrows, braid and threading are a few examples.
Anything to keep the full mass of the hair from being overexposed is fine as long as it is not too tight as well. And while you are on it, try to leave it there as long as you can. Frequent hair styling equals high manipulation which defeats the idea of protecting your hair strands from friction and breakage.
Also, talking about protection, another question to ask is if you often sleep with your hair uncovered.
Many of us are guilty of this, including me sometimes (covers eyes)
Your hair rubbing against your pillow all through the night is not good.
An unprotected hair is exposed to friction, dryness, etc., and these all leads to hair breakage.
Go for protective hairstyles and while on it, get a scarf or bonnet (satin material, to be precise) to cover your hair while you sleep.
It is important to protect you hair to protect it’s growth🌿
For styles like threading, I can skip wearing scarf to sleep safely as the mass of the hair itself is already protected by the threads.
For cornrows and twists, always, always, try and remember to protect your hair😄🙏🏻
And if you have a satin bonnet like my own that the elastic band is already slack, and you do wake up the following morning to see that the bonnet is no longer on your head…. please find a solution to that 😂😂🏃🏻♀️🏃🏻♀️