Why is your Natural hair not growing?

So being that I have natural hair and spoke about this in a past podcast episode last year. I thought it would be good to write a blog also to share the knowledge. Oh by the way I am a natural hair blogger, I have type 4b-4c short hair close to shoulder length. I have been creating content about natural hair for a couple of years, mainly on my Youtube channel MISSYBEELONDON. And my Instagram page MISSYBEELONDON. I don’t have all the answers but like I said sharing my knowledge below

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HAIR POROSITY

  • Understand your hair porosity. High porosity hair absorbs moisture easier, but losses it quickly too. Low porosity hair finds its hard to absorb moisture and retain it. So it’s good to know what products work good for your hair.

WATER

  • Do/are you drinking enough water during the day? The human body in made up of 50% to 70% water. The body needs a sufficient amount water to function properly.

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HAIRSTYLES

  • What hairstyles are you styling in your hair? are they protective hairstyles? Bad hair manipulation causes hair tension which leads to breakage and hair loss

LIFESTYLE

  • Are you incorporating healthy foods in your diet? are you getting enough sleep per day? are you incorporating exercise regular in your lifestyle? These factors affect hair growth

SWEATING

  • Are you working out regular? Do you sweat regular on your head? If you have answered YES to both questions, you should be washing your hair more regular. As sweat contains Lactic acid which is not good for hair growth, but hinders it. I would suggest to rotate between using a co-wash and using a normal shampoo each wash day

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MEDICATION

  • Are you taking any medication? check the side effects and if they are having effects on you. I myself was taking painkillers for a long period from summer last year till early this year everyday, even though it was ibruprofen, it was still the fact of taking it for a long period due to a injury. My hair was not the best during this time

DIET

  • Do you have a good diet? could you be lacking in vitamins or nutrients. I myself don’t eat fish so I take Cod liver oil capsules. And because I don’t eat much fruit, but getting better now with making fruit smoothies, I would take Vitamin C tablets. My diet is lacking in Vitamin B so I also take supplements for this. THINK ABOUT YOUR DIET!!! What are you lacking in?

ARE YOU STRESSED?

  • What is going on in your life right now? Stress can effect hair growth

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HAIR PRODUCTS

  • Are you using the right hair products i your hair? Watch out for products containing bad alcohols that can dry your hair. Get to know and understand ingredients in hair products

EDGES

  • Are you looking after your edges? Tension from doing certain hairstyles can lead to breakage and hair loss (repeating from HAIRSTYLES)

HAIR ROUTINE

  • What is your hair routine? Are you washing your hair regular? are you moisturising your hair regular? Do you sleep with a satin hair bonnet on your head or a satin pillowcase? Satin helps your hair to keep the moisture in when you are sleeping.

DEEP CONDITIONING

  • How regular do you deep condition your hair? Do you deep condition your hair? I like to deep condition my hair with or without heat every wash day

Best deep conditioners for natural hair in 2020, Africa best hair mayonnaise, activilong fortifying care mask, shea moisture Jamaican black castor oil treatment masque, Africas originals best coconut cream hair mask, sunny isles intensive repair masqueSome of my fave deep conditioners from Shea Moisture, Africa’s best, Sunny isles, and Activilong

DIY TREATMENTS

  • Do research on DIY hair treatments, and its good to make DIY treatment. Plus you actually know the ingredients in the treatment. I must admit I was lazy doing diys, but of lately been starting to incorporate natural ingredients to my haircare routine. Also doing diys you can save money. Examples honey, eggs, avocado, bananas, aloe vera leaf these are just a few to use.

INTOLERANCE TO FOODS AND INGREDIENTS

  • Is your body intolerant to any food or ingredients? For me I randomly can not eat coconut, which is odd. But as we get older the body becomes intolerant to more things. The body will react if it dosen’t like something.

IRON

  • Are you lacking in Iron? Again look at your diet. Search foods that are rich in Iron, are you eating these foods? you can also ask your doctors for a blood test, just to check your blood and if you are low on anything. Iron help with the production of Hemoglobin in the blood. Hemoglobin carries oxygen for the growth and repair of cells in your body, including hair.

SLEEPING

  • What do you have on your head when you sleep? Check (HAIR ROUTINE) I wear a satin hair bonnet to sleep in.
Purple satin hair bonnet for natural hair

Wearing my new satin hair bonnet

MOISTURISING YOUR HAIR

  • Do you moisturise your hair regular? in between wash days? How? What do you use? With water or without? It is best to moisturise your hair regular. With water based moisturising hair products.

WATER

  • In between wash days what water are you using in your hair? PLEASE DO NOT SAY TAP WATER!!!!! If you do not drink water directly from the tap, why would you let it settle on your hair? Good water for your hair are DISTILLED WATER, BOTTLED WATER, and ROSE WATER

HEAD MASSAGE

  • Are you massaging your scalp regular? It is very good to do to stimulate blood flow to the head to promote hair growth.

PRODUCTS

  • Are you using the right type of products for your hair? Products that actually moisture your hair, not just for looks. Gels make a hairstyle look good, but don’t actually moisturise your hair. And are you using them consistently? Re-applying when your hair is dry.
Best hair products for natural hair, asiam double butter cream, asiam leave in conditioner, shea moisture detangler, ors olive oil hair dress, shea moisture leave in conditioner,

Some of my fave styling products from ASIAM, Shea Moisture and ORS

ENDS

  • Remember your ends too, they need loving too. They are the quickest part of your hair to be dry too. Add a little shea butter to your ends.

HAIR OILS

  • Good hair oils to use in your hair are Olive oil, Avocado oil, and Coconut oil. These oils penetrate into the hair shafts not just coat the hair strands.

COMBING/DETANGLING

  • Now this is something you should not be doing regular, but depends on how you have your hair. Also it is best to detangle your hair when damp. Spritz with water or apply a hair moisturiser or detangler before detangling.

There is more advice, but will leave it for another post.

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    1. Do you know what, I am unsure of my hair porosity right now, I always say I am low porosity from doing the water test few years ago. But not done it recently. And looking at both porosity characteristics, not sure. I keep forgetting to do the test on wash days as they are long in general. Thickness I would say normal, I find it easier to detangle my hair when wet or damp with my fingers. My hair dries quick if no products in it, but that is in the high porosity characteristics. Next hair wash day I will try to remember to do the water test.
      What is your hair type and thickness.

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      1. Do the test but tbh the test didn’t really work with my hair because my hair has all the high porosity characteristics but it usually stays on top of the water. I have like 2 characteristics from low porosity but mainly on high. Do the test but also look at the characteristics of them.
        I have type 4b/4c & have thick hair. even the density of my hair, you can barely see my scalp.

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