Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Some negative factors affecting Hair Growth Rate


Update: I needed to make an extended post as I need to clear a lot of confusion with this post.This post is not about breakage and it is definitely not about altering what you are genetically predisposed to. It is about SOME NEGATIVE FACTORS THAT CAN AFFECT YOUR GROWTH RATE

Yes! Genetics play a big role in the rate at which our hair grows. Some folks grow hair at the rate of 0.25 inches per month, while some other folks grow theirs at 0.5 inches per month. It really depends on what you are genetically predisposed to. To reach your OWN MAXIMUM GROWTH POTENTIAL (which may be 0.25 or 0.5), you should take care of your body and practice healthy lifestyle. This post does not indicate that once you follow the advice listed below, that your rate of hair growth will increase. I am simply saying that you should practice healthy habits to KEEP the rate of growth, that you are genetically predisposed to.

I believe that any hair can grow and reach it's maximum length if it is well cared for, however, there are several factors that can make retard your own growth rate.

It is generally known that hair grows at a rate of 0.25 to 0.5 inches per month, depending on one's genetic predisposition. However, there are certain factors that affect EACH INDIVIDUAL'S normal rate. These factors can cause hair loss or prevent your hair from reaching it's maximum length. Please note that everyone's normal rate differs due to genetics.   The most common factors that can affect one's  normal hair growth are:

  •  Smoking
  • Improper Diet
  • Too much stress
  • Lack of physical exercise

Smoking: This can affect your blood vessels making it impossible for essential nutrients and oxygen to get to your hair follicles, which in turn will lead to thinning hair and slow growth rate. Besides, the toxins, carcinogens and chemicals found in tobacco can damage keratin, which is the main protein that makes up hair.

Improper Diet:
 A lot of people overlook this and think that supplements can replace nutritious food. Hair needs essential nutrient to grow in a healthy manner and if your body is not getting the nutrients, you will hardly see any progress in your hair growth.
Foods rich in protein, sulfur and water should be consumed regularly as hair is made up mainly of these three things. Water must be consumed in amounts of at least 8 glasses a day to internally maintain the moisture level of your hair. Avoid eating foods rich in fat, sugar and salt.

Stress: Stress,

will restrict blood supply to the scalp, which in turn will prevent nutrients from getting to your hair follicles. In fact, too much stress can make the hair detach from it's follicle and fall out. Stress is a fact of life for most people. You may not be able to get rid of stress but you can learn how to better manage it.

Lack of physical exercise:

 In general, if you want a healthy body, exercise regularly!!!! Exercise helps the hair grow at one's normal rate as it encourages proper blood circulation, which in turn will allow nutrients to get to the scalp and hair. A scalp massage is also  very necessary to improve blood circulation to your scalp.

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  1. i disagree i don't smoke nor do i eat fast food often. i would say breakage would be the main issue. Most women of African decent have not found products to help reduce breakage enough to see growth! Im working like a slave just to get my hair. so far i have reduced breakage. still looking for something a little stronger mayie add two eggs

    1. This is not about breakage Dear. This post is about SOME of the factors that can affect HAIR GROWTH rate. In other words, the rate at which your hair grows(0.25 to o.5 per month) can be affected by various factors. The most common ones are lack of nutrition and stress.Even if you do not smoke, if you are not eating properly, your hair growth rate will be affected.

      Now to touch on your issue, which you have indicated as breakage, let me just say that it is not about products. Yes, some products can help fill the cracks in your hair strands, like conditioners with protein and some products can help moisturize your hair, however, if you are not properly detangling your hair and you exert unnecessary damaging physical stress on your hair, you will not see growth. I have a lot of experience with that. Do not over-manipulate your hair. Put your hair in protective styles for as long as possible, till you see your desired length, then you can be more flexible after that. I feel your frustration because I have had the same struggles. This is why I am in protective styles all the time and I plan on doing that till I see some length.

      My advice to you is as follows:
      Clean your hair and scalp regularly
      Moisturize your hair daily and seal your ends with oil or a heavy butter
      Put your hair in protective styles, making sure the ends are hidden. If your hair is not long enough to have the ends hidden, invest in wigs and extensions. Learn to do those by yourself since you know your hair better than anyone else and you can be gentle.

      This is what I am doing to my hair now and I am seeing progress. I have made mistakes along the way but I have learned so much about my hair too.

  2. I believe genetics play a BIG part in hair growth...a person can follow your all of your points Coilybella, which they are OUTSTANDING points...BUT a person hair is pre-determined DNA is a factor

    1. I don't even know if people read my posts before they make comment.
      You are right! DNA plays a big part. But I am speaking specifically on some negative factors that can affect hair growth at any rate, whether it be 0.25 inches or 0.5 inches per month. Even if you are genetically predisposed to having long thick hair but fail to practice healthy habits such as eating nutritious food and drinking plenty of water, the rate at which your hair grows could be affected. I did not indicate that your hair growth can jump up from the rate of 0.25 inches to 0.5 inches a month if you quit smoking. I am simply saying that if you are genetically predisposed to growing hair at the rate of 0.25 per month, then, you want to maintain that rate, your hair's maximum growth potential, by practicing healthy habits... Got it? I have to make an extended post to explain because I realized that some other people may be confused too.


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