This lockdown had given us time to focus on ourselves, and taking care of our skin and hair, which we otherwise don’t really have time for. When it comes to hair, while some people managed to get long Rapunzel-like hair after the lockdown, others are permanently stuck with the same length. If you fall into the latter category, don’t worry, you’re not alone! There are plenty of women who, no matter how many products they use, still can’t get their hair to grow beyond a certain length.
Many factors contribute to this dreaded hair issue and finding the root cause of it before trying any DIY stunts can actually help your hair grow faster--and don’t be surprised if it’s a recently-occurring problem for you. From scalp health to nutrition to heat styling tools, here are few main causes that result in slower hair growth.
Stress doesn’t only affect your body internally but its signs will also show up on your skin and hair. There is a direct link between your mental health and physical well-being which is why it’s important to always work towards having a calm mind. According to experts, continuous stress or trauma can cause telogen effluvium. This results in the hair leaving the resting phase of hair growth (telogen) and shedding excessively. Even the stress of a global pandemic is enough to cause changes in your hair growth.
A clean scalp leads to good hair growth. Nobody likes an itchy, scabby, an excessively oily or flakey scalp. Aside from how uncomfortable it feels, an unhealthy scalp can also affect your hair growth. The buildup of dirt and bacteria on the scalp can lead to clogged scalp pores and follicles, and hinder the hair growth process. An unhealthy scalp can also lead to weak strands and excessive hair fall.
What you consume has an effect on your skin and hair as well. If you have an unhealthy diet, it could contribute to your lack of hair growth. Even health issues like anaemia, low or high thyroid, vitamin deficiencies, or recent acute illnesses, can stifle hair growth which is why it is important to add nutritious food to your daily diet.
That straightening iron that you have been using since your college days is partly to be blamed for your slow hair growth. Continuous use of heat styling tools leads to brittle, damaged hair that’s susceptible to breakage and lead to slower hair growth.
Once you tackle the root cause, you’ll immediately notice a change in your hair.
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