"My hair won’t grow past a certain length."
We hear it often at Kasia, and it is our goal to educate our clients on how to best treat their hair at home and to prescribe the supportive products that nourish the hair and build it up over time.
The stunted growth can be contributed to a number of reasons. Quality nutrition, ammonia color (more damaging) over-processing, over-heating with irons, and even cutting it too often are all factors to consider if your hair isn’t growing longer.
For the most part it’s not that your hair isn’t growing, but that it’s breaking off. No matter how good your diet, if your hair is frequently snapping off at the ends the length will be affected. Hair grows about half an inch a month, so, if your hair is breaking approximately that much in the same time period, it will stay the same length. This hair breakage can be caused by the incorrect and frequent use of straightening irons, and curlers. Using a hair-dryer without a protective serum/spray, using uncovered elastic bands, or brushing your hair too often or too roughly.
All of these processes can cause your hair to lose excessive amounts of moisture, causing dryness, brittleness and loss of elasticity, which lead to breakage.
The way to minimize this breakage is to use products that will infuse moisture back into the hair shaft and products that protect your hair. Using nurturing shampoo and conditioner is vital for not stripping the hair.
How often should I cut my hair?
In 8 weeks, your hair will grow approximately 1 inch. Therefore, you will not want to cut more than 1/2 of an inch every 2 months. It is important to keep the ends of your hair in good shape.
Diet is another reason for hair not growing past a certain length. Low ferritin levels can affect the growth cycle of hair, especially in women. Ferritin is your body’s iron storage. It can have a profound impact on the health of your hair as good levels of ferritin optimize hair growth. A lack of ferritin can result in the hair moving out of the ‘growing phase’ and into the ‘shedding phase’ sooner than it should.
Ferritin levels should be over 80 for optimum hair growth. Anything below this can result in your hair falling out before it has reached the desired length. An under active/overactive thyroid can also do this. Over 40% of women have a deficient thyroid. Getting your thyroid and iron levels checked is also a good idea if your hair isn’t growing past a certain length.
Vitamins B12 and Zinc are also vital when it comes to hair length and texture. Insufficient levels of zinc can lead to brittleness and breakage. Adequate protein intake is important for quick energy for the body's ability to manifest energy and growth. consult your Doctor before taking any supplements as too much of any vitamin/mineral can be detrimental to your health.
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