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I’ve heard this far too many times, but the truth of the matter is that hair never stops growing. Don’t fret! What you may be experiencing is damage that is restricting the ability to retain length. You can assess your hair by checking out the 5 reasons below on why your hair is not growing.

Inbalance:
• Lack of Moisture: Solution: Drink more water! and also hydrate your hair with moisturizing products.
• Lack of Protein: Solution: Hair is made up of protein, try adding more protein to your diet or even directly to your hair as treatments.

Hard H20 Deposits:
• Hard water has a high mineral content, usually calcium and magnesium but may also include bicarbonates and sulfates, which can all create build up.
• Solution: By utilizing a good water filter that removes the unwanted metal ions from the water. Also there are tests you can buy at your local drugstore to test if you have hard water. Another technique is to use a chelating shampoo regularly.

Chemical Damage:
Color treatment: Hair dye needs to be able to get into the hair shaft, so in order for the dye to penetrate through the cuticle, it has to be lifted up. The problem with that is once you’ve disturbed the cuticle, the damage has started because the cuticle is not meant to be lifted up.
Solution: The effects of color treated hair is irreversible, but applying a protein treatment to your hair two to three times per month may help. Protein treatments replace the protein in the hair that is lost through processing, and protein helps strengthen your damaged hair.

Poor Diet/Lack of Exercise:
As that saying goes: “you are what you eat”, and if you are not getting the proper nutrients or vitamins for your body your hair could really suffer.
Solution: Hair is made up of protein, eat more proteins! as well as greens. Multi-vitamins also help aid in strengthening hair.

Physical Damage:
Styling maintenance: Sometimes fussing with your hair too much (i.e. over styling), excessive heat styling, chemical hair coloring, and bleaching can cause a lot of stress to your hair. It can weaken your hair’s elasticity and can lead to breakage, thinning of the hair and severe hair damage.
Solution: Less is always more. Use everything in moderation. Try heatless hairstyles for a while to give your hair a break. If you are coloring, opt for a Henna dye or Vegan color which is safer and less harsh on your tresses. Also, low manipulation styles are a charm!

Remember, the key to having long hair is length retention. Your hair is always growing, but by taking proper care of your hair (especially the ends which are the oldest parts of your hair), you will have less damage and breakage and therefore will be able to retain more length. How do you retain more length? By keeping your hair properly moisturized and Finding the Balance. Less manipulation with your hands, combs, and brushes will reduce the amount of breakage. Using less heat and trimming your ends when needed will reduce the amount of damage on the hair.

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What is Biotin?
Biotin is a vitamin of the B complex, which is found in egg yolk, liver, and yeast. A great aid in helping your body process energy, and of carrying carbon dioxide through your body.

Why is it good for your hair?
Generally, if you suffer from a Biotin deficiency, you will typically experience hair loss and brittle nails, and taking supplements or biotin in food will help aid in preventing this process. In many cases, taking a form of Biotin supplement may even help you to stimulate new hair and nail growth.
There are many pill forms of Biotin that are on the market nowadays, that can be taken as a supplement. But you can also have your daily intake of Biotin naturally. Here is a list of 8 natural great sources of Biotin for hair.

Biotin Facts:

  • Biotin Promotes Healthy Hair Growth
  • Protects against dryness
  • Increases hair’s elasticity
  • To reduce breakage, it helps produce keratin that prevents hair loss

Top 8 Natural Food sources of Biotin:
Eggs
Peanuts
Walnuts
Almonds
Whole Wheat Bread
Cauliflower
Avocado
Raspberries

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Growing natural hair may seem like a challenge to most, but it really is just as much as you make it out to be. For instance, having the proper knowledge for hair care and most importantly, patience! Here are a few simple Do’s & Don’ts list to help you along the course of your natural hair journey.

DO’S:
Eat Well
Eating a well balanced diet not only for the health of your hair, but for the health of your entire body. Remember healthy hair starts from the inside.

Keep Hydrated
Water is your best friend! You must keep your self hydrated, sugary drinks don’t do anything for our bodies.

Moisture
Keeping your hair moisturized is key to avoiding breakage and dry hair. The LCO method is a great method to retain moisture. Start with a liquid, style with a cream and seal with an oil.

Protect your Ends
Keep the ends of your hair protected, with various styles like buns, two strand twists, French braids or even tuck and roll styles. The less wear and tear your ends endure regularly the better.

Cleansing
Have a regular routine for washing and deep conditioning your hair. Neglecting to remove build up from your hair can cause clogged hair follicles.

DONT’S:
Heat
Constantly overusing heat styling tools on your hair can lead to split ends, dryness, breakage and even alters the natural curl pattern of your hair texture.

Styling
Over combing and constantly brushing your hair isn’t always a good thing. It can actually rip through fairy knots you may have and tear it apart. If needed, try using an oil of your choice and finger detangle instead. Low manipulation styles is key.

Night Routine
Do NOT go to bed without protecting your hair. Cotton pillow cases suck all of your hair’s moisture. Opt for silk or satin pillow cases, bonnets or silk/satin scarfs instead.

Trimming
Set a trimming schedule and trim on a needed basis. Do not neglect your ends! There are also another method you can use, like the “search and destroy” method. Trimming hair helps you retain length.

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Are you having a hard time retaining length? We all want healthy hair overall, but there are a few steps that will get us there. If one of your goals is to retain length but don’t know how, then you will benefit from these tips!

Detangle gently with conditioner
Use a conditioner with lots of slip so it will be easier to detangle.

Trim split ends regularly
Doing so will guarantee healthier hair and prevent breakage.

Oil Pre-Poos
A “pre-poo” is usually an oil treatment applied to hair prior to shampooing or conditioning. Adding a prepoo treatment to hair helps to restore lost moisture.

Air Dry
Minimize heat usage and opt for air drying. Also wring out your curls with a tee-shirt as opposed to a towel.

LCO Method
L=liquid, O= oil, C=cream.Use this method to lock in the moisture in your hair.

Clarify Regularly
Build up clogs your pores, you will want to use a clarifying shampoo or the apple cider vinegar wash to get rid of build up.

Massage Your Scalp
Massaging your scalp regularly will increase your blood flow and promote hair growth.

Protein Treatments
Using protein treatments regularly will aid in making your hair stronger, after all your hair is made of protein.

Low Manipulation
Choose low manipulation hairstyles, or protective hairstyles. Constant tugging, combing and pulling can create breakage and shedding. The less you fuss with your hair, the better the chances are for promoting strong healthier hair.

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Length Checks Create Impatience
Lets face it, you’ve been looking at so and so’s hair and you can’t wait for your hair to get to that length. You start obsessing about their hair length and regimen and start comparing your hair to their hair. Every few months your checking how long your hair is or you start counting how long you’ve been natural. The questions start lingering: what’s wrong with my hair? Why isn’t it growing?

Patience
Your hair is constantly growing. Take your natural hair journey one step at a time and enjoy every stage of it. Patience requires trust and acceptance. Don’t allow your natural hair goals to own you or control you. Be in tune with the moment. We cannot truly enjoy the journey if we are not accepting where we are right now.
Check out this video made by Chescalocs featuring a few of the popular Hair Bloggers on the web, sit back and have a laugh while you discover the one product that really works for hair growth.

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Many usually wonder or ask: what’s the best hair growth aid?’, ‘Which products for hair growth actually work?’ ‘Which one are you using’ etc,etc. Unfortunately, there is no magic pill/oil/ that will help you retain your length year after year. Retaining length is usually done through consistency and nurture of your locks through a great regimen. Having said that, here is a list of the top 7 products for hair growth out there based on most of the forums on the hair boards.

1.Fast Grow Hair Growth Enhancer Pills – These hair pills are quickly becoming one of the most popular vitamins of their type in the hair care community. They are an all round hair multi-vitamin that claim to boost your hair growth substantially depending on your hair care practices. Plenty of anecdotal evidence shows that they do in fact cause faster hair growth. The mechanisms of this lie in the mix of ingredients. Among it’s nutrients, they contain msm which extends the hair growth phase as well as biotin, vitamin B-12, niacin & silica.

2. Hairfinity
Hairfinity Hair Vitamins are formulated with hair specific nutrients to nourish your hair from the INSIDE OUT and promote faster growing, longer, thicker, stronger hair, and more vibrant hair. They claim that most of their customers report their results and see 3/4 to 1 inch per month of growth. However, growth rates can vary. This product contains the basic nutrients for overall health. By increasing your hair strength and elasticity, you will have less breakage. This will allow your hair to reach longer lengths faster.

2. Miconazole Nitrate aka MN – Miconazole nitrate is a synthetic antifungal usually available in a tube as a cream. It is used for the treatment of certain fungal infections in the body. What’s that got to do with hair? All nitrates are good oxidizing agents. Hence miconazole nitrate hair growth includes the procedure of providing oxygen for the hair when used in the process of hair restoration and hair growth.

3. Biotin
Biotin is necessary for cell growth, the production of fatty acids, and the metabolism of fats and amino acids. The signs and symptoms of biotin deficiency include hair loss that progresses in severity to include loss of eyelashes and eyebrows in severely deficient subjects. Biotin supplements are available in pharmacies with doses beginning with 5000mcg per day, as with fingernails. Some shampoos are available that contain biotin, but it is doubtful whether they would have any useful effect, as biotin is not absorbed well through the skin.

4. Cayenne Pepper with oil

Sounds crazy but the theory goes like this: When applied external on the human skin, rubefacient herbs like cayenne pepper causes irritation and redness of the skin-consequently, there is the attraction of the blood towards the area of the skin where the rubefacient herb was applied. If applied to the scalp, increased blood flow to the hair follicles translates to hair growth? Seems to be a hit on the hair forums!

5. Nioxin Vitamins – These vitamins claim to help promote healthy hair growth, promote more youthful looking skin and strengthen nails. They aid improvement in elasticity, thickness and collagen formation. Many ladies are reporting increased hair growth while using them.

6. Msm/ Sulfur
Sulphur is a mineral present in every cell in the human body, with its greatest concentration in hair, skin and nails. It has often been called the “beauty mineral” and the “healing mineral” because of its ability to promote circulation and decrease inflammation. These qualities also lend to the theory that adequate amounts of sulphur can jump-start hair growth in people with deficiencies. Sulphur is present in protein-rich foods containing high levels of the amino acids methionine and cysteine. These foods include meat, fish, legumes, nuts, eggs, and vegetables, especially onions. However, sulphur has recently become a popular nutritional supplement and topical treatment, thanks to the discovery of methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM.

7.Wild Hair Growth
This product is plant based biologically and has friendly ingredients that contains: Olive
Oil, Coconut Oil, and Jojoba Oil. Despite the smell of this product, many swear by this product.

Have you tried any of these hair products for hair growth?

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Genetics
Genetics play a huge role in hair growth. Everyone is always searching for that miracle product that will give them the long tresses, but the truth is hair growth is largely determined by genetics. Start by taking a look at the women in your family and see if you notice any kind of length pattern. Some people simply have genes that help their hair grow faster and longer than others. Do not get discouraged; genetics aren’t the end of the road. It is just something to keep in mind when you are comparing your hair to someone else’s.

Hair Growth Products
Many products have very little impact on hair growth. In addition to that, everyone has an optimal growth rate, which can be inhibited by things like diet, stress, etc. and promoted by vitamins, exercise, and eating healthy. However, there are very few products that will make your hair grow faster than your optimal rate — which varies from person to person. For example, Castor oil is known to have a positive effect on thinning hair, hair growth and is also used to thicken eyebrows and other variable natural oils.
• The key is taking extra time to ensure your hair is properly moisturized and wearing a lot more protective or low-manipulation styles (rod sets, straw sets, etc.).
• Hair that retains moisture, has more elasticity, breaks less and retains more length. Dry hair is more brittle, breaks off easily and prevents you from retaining length.
• Eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking adequate water, taking vitamins and exercising regularly have all been known to support hair growth no matter your ethnicity, genes, etc.
• Eating a lot of saturated fats and sugars can also prevent your hair from growing at its optimal rate.

Protective Styles
Protective styling does not help your hair grow any faster, but it helps you retain more length because you are not constantly manipulating your hair. The ends of your hair are the most fragile because they are the oldest part. So after all the combing, detangling, blow drying, and flat ironing, it is very easy for your ends to become damaged and if you don’t get your ends trimmed regularly, they will break off. So in order to keep your ends healthy, you have to continue to trim. The average person’s hair grows 1/2 inch per month, so if you are losing that amount or more due to breakage then it will appear as if your hair is not growing.
• Protective styles like braids, twists, up dos or any style that tucks away your ends and doesn’t require manipulation can help you retain more length.
• Natural hair is prone to snagging on clothing (especially wool), which can cause breakage and split ends, so keep that in mind during those cold months.
• Remember that just because your hair is in a protective style (yes, extensions count too), don’t neglect to moisturize it. Because when you take it down, you will have a lot more breakage due to the fact your hair has dried out.

Scalp Massages

Massaging your scalp for 20-30 minutes per day is a great habit to get into. It increases blood flow to the scalp area and can stimulate growth. This may be especially helpful if you have thinning edges from relaxers or weaves. If your hair is not permanently damaged, this could help your hair grow back. If you cannot sit and do the scalp massage all at once, do it several times per day in smaller intervals.

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The Green House Effect Method is a natural and effective means of boosting hair growth due to the fact that it allows the hair to retain moisture more efficiently. The steam effect created penetrates into the scalp to increase average growth rate. The method involves covering your hair with a plastic cap after moisturizing and sealing in order to create a ‘steam’ effect on your scalp overnight.

How It Works:

The belief is that if you use the Greenhouse Effect, your scalp will thrive because it is moist. If you have a healthy and happy scalp, your hair will grow as well. They say that it can double and even triple your hair growth. You could also give yourself a quick scalp massage before covering your hair for the night to enhance the growth effect.

How To Do The Greenhouse Effect (Baggying Method):
• Use a spray bottle and spray your hair with water until very slightly damp.
• Apply oil to your hair (avoid getting too much oil on the scalp to prevent clogged pores).
• You can put your hair in a bun, ponytail, braids, twists or any other style.
• Cover your hair with either a plastic cap if you can find one big enough or a plastic grocery bag will work pretty well too.
• Cover the plastic bag with your scarf or bonnet making sure that everything is secure for the night.
• You can use this method anytime from one – five times a week, it is all about maintaining a healthy balance and finding out what works for you. Also,please note that you do not need to wash your hair after using this method.
• In the morning allow up to 20 minutes for your hair to dry or else use a blow dryer on a cool setting to get rid of the excess moisture.

Some benefits of using the GHE:
• Hair growth
• Naturally softens the hair
• Helps combat dryness
• Moisturized hair has more definition
• Easier to seal in the moisture.

For Best Results:
Doing the GHE method often for two to three months at a time will get you great results, you can choose how many days a week you want to embark on this challenge and do it. At least 3 to 4 days a week. You can alternate between scalp massages, which help improve blood flow in your scalp and also helps generate hair growth as well. You can also do a length check (take a photo) before you begin and choose to do one bi-weekly or monthly when it comes to this challenge. See if it is working for you and if it is helping your hair grow.

Have you tried the Greenhouse Method?