Question: My hair simply won’t grow past a certain point or it does but it gets less full. Why is this and how do I fix it?
Answer: Your hair goes through a few cycles of growth. It grows, it remains and stops growing, then it falls out. Technically these are called the anagen, catogen, and telogen phases, respectively. We all have hair in each stage every day, each doing their own thing. We all lose about 150 hairs a day on average, which may sound like a lot, but compared to what’s staying on your head it’s a very small fraction. However, that means your hair only has a certain amount of time to grow before it’s going to fall out. The time frame is different for everyone, and the more hair you have, the more time it will take to cycle through all the hair on your head. That’s why it’s so easy for your friend with the super thick hair to keep hers long. She simply has more hair to cycle through. If your hair is fine or less thick, it might be harder for you to grow your hair long because it’s going to shed more quickly through those cycles.
However, sometimes it’s not about the stages of growth and natural shedding patterns. I’ve had clients who suddenly go through periods when their hair won’t grow even though it has before. I usually begin by asking these clients if they’re flat ironing more often, sleeping on their hair wet, swimming in chlorine more often, or in some other way damaging their hair more often than they were before. Usually that’s the case. The reason behind this is that their hair is most certainly growing, but it’s breaking before it gets to the point where it can grow longer. Protecting your hair can go a long way toward keeping it healthier and longer.
If your hair is starting to feel like there’s much less of it at the ends than through the mid lengths, it could be either one of these problems depending on your hair type. In general though, a good trim and proper hair care will help you keep it fuller.
Posted on Fri, August 7, 2015
by Ellie Byrom filed under