5 Things That Prevent Hair Growth
Worried that your hair is not growing like it used to or not at all? It’s caused by several factors that are worth knowing so you can immediately do something about them.
And here we will identify the exact reasons that are preventing hair growth and keeping you from looking your best whenever you head out the door.
1) Unhealthy Diet
You have to eat a balanced diet as much as you can. That means you should eat a lot of fruit and vegetables (maybe even in shake form), sufficient carbs, protein, and dairy to get the essential nutrients.
Healthy hair requires that you get vitamins and minerals like protein, zinc, iron, niacin, fatty acids, selenium, folic acid, vitamins A, B7, D, E, and other antioxidants, according to many studies, including this one.
2) Hormonal Issues
Hair that has seemingly stopped growing or fallen out can be attributed to hormonal imbalance or issues.
Illnesses that cause hormonal imbalance and in turn, hair loss include thyroid problems and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
Thyroid problems can come in two forms: hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) or hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). Both of them will result in a thin and unhealthy hair look.
On the other hand, PCOS may cause male-pattern baldness in women. This type of hair loss appears as a triangular patch.
Life-threatening illnesses such as pneumonia and cancer can lead to hair thinning and loss. Both will cause the hair follicles to undergo a stagnant phase during which hair doesn’t regrow until they’re treated.
With cancer, hair loss and hair growth inactivity are often the results of chemotherapy. That’s because chemo doesn’t just attack the cancer cells but also those of the rest of your body.
Normally, our hair grows in a cycle of growth, rest, and shedding.
Shedding is natural provided that it is balanced with the new hair that’s growing out. Otherwise, that translates to thinning or balding hair.
Stress is another common cause of inactive growth and even loss of hair. Many people shouldn’t just shrug it off, as it also increases the risk of diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, and other conditions.
You can reduce your stress by physical exercise (such as running or cycling), meditation, eating at your favourite restaurant, or watching Netflix, among other activities.
5) Excessive Hair Treatment
We naturally want to look our best. Among the cosmetic treatments you may want to try out is perming or colouring your hair at a salon.
That’s all well and good, but just don’t do them excessively because the chemicals used might eventually damage your hair strands, dry them, or make them break and split at the ends.
Likewise, heat-styling your hair a lot is not healthy either, as it can prevent your hair from growing healthily. If you can, we recommend just doing away with it.
Also, don’t style or comb your hair too forcefully, overdo your hairdo, or use uncovered elastics because this can put pressure on your hair, causing them to shed or break off.