Ask UC: My Hair Stopped Growing

"I've been natural for almost four months now and at first I saw a big improvement. You know it seemed as if my hair was growing fast but now it seems to be at a stand still like it stopped growing. I know growing out your hair takes time and I'm not trying to rush it, but do you have any advice, tips, or secrets? Good hair products? " -Ur gurl is NatuRaL you are probably finding out, the growth process is one that takes LOTS of patience. The key is to make sure that you are maintaining all of your hair. Otherwise, you will always feel as if your hair is not growing at all and may become discouraged as I once did.

Hair grows about 1/2 inch per month on average, so you can reasonably expect about 6 inches of growth in a 12 month period. Sounds good right, so why don't we all have long, flowing locks? Sadly, the truth is most of us loose about this much due to breakage. So it is pertinent to protect your tresses to maintain this growth. Here are a few simple steps.

1) Low Manipulation-ditch the combing, excessive brushing, or hairstyles that require a lot of tugging or pulling. Opt for styles like soft pinups instead of ponytails. Twists instead of braids.

2) Moisturize, Moisturize, MOISTURIZE-Keeping your hair well moisturized will combat dryness which is the leading cause of breakage. Many long hair beauties advocate protective styles like the baggy method or weaves. These are great options, but your can maintain your hair without going to those measures through proper maintenance. I like Miss Jessie's Butter Creme for moisture, but if your looking for something a little lighter on the pocket, Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in is great and so is Crisco Shortening (yes, the Crisco that you cook with-I use it on a regular basis).

3) Avoid Heat-Heat is the devil-plain and simple. If straightening your hair is your thing-apply heat no more than once a month. Yes, it can be done-my teen daughter has been doing this for 6-8 months now and her hair stays bone straight and it's growing very fast. During these stretches, cleanse the scalp with astringent and a q-tip or dry shampoo.

Following those few simple steps should help you see a difference but don't give up. Also watch your products, avoid products with Mineral Oil or Alcohol. Try Co-washing instead of shampooing on a weekly basis and detangle your hair with your fingers instead of a comb and brush. Good luck! Please keep me posted on your progress!
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Please keep in mind that hair grows in stages. At any given moment some of your hair could be growing and some could be resting or be in a transitional state. Two neighboring hair could be in completely different growth cycles. The three phases of hair growth cycle are:

Anagen: The Growing Phase

Catagen: The Transitioning Stage
During this time the hair stops growing.

Telogen: The Resting Stage:
hair follicles stop making hair and many times hair shedding will begin. 5 to 15 percent of scalp follicles are in the telogen stage at any one time.

It is important that no matter what the phase your hair is in, like UC said keep your scalp/hair clean, conditioned and moisturized. This is very important.

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