We all want long and healthy hair but stunted growth is one of the most relatable issues for people with
afro-hair. You feel like your hair is not growing and no matter what you do your hair just won’t go past a
certain length. This may make you question if it is even growing at all.
According to The American Academy of Dermatology, our hair grows all the time. Afro hair, like any
other hair type grows about half (1/2) inch per month on average. That’s a grand total of about 6 inches
This begs the question, why am I not seeing this yearly 6 inches worth of growth in my hair? It is because
you are unable to retain this length and then it seems like growth is not happening in the first place.
Here are four reasons why you don’t see your yearly 6 inches worth of growth.
Tangles and knots are a big and constant truth of kinky, curly and coily natural hair and detangling means
getting rid of these knots and tangles. Every good hair care routine begins with proper and thorough
Not detangling properly or not detangling at all means that you are combing through or styling dry and
tangled or even matted hair. This is a sure-fire way to cause damage to the hair but more importantly
treating your hair in such manner causes hair breakage which translates into little to no length retention
which further means there is no hair growth.
Not Deep Conditioning
Deep Conditioning is a must for every hair, especially for natural afro-hair. Not doing so properly and
regularly will cause your hair to lose elasticity which makes it more likely to snap and break. Hair
that is not deep conditioned continues to loose strength and weaken over time especially at the tip
(because it is the oldest part of the hair strand) and you know what this means – hair breakage at its finest.
Although your hair may be growing from the roots, with split ends, it is ultimately breaking off from the ends, making it seem like your hair is stuck at a certain length. Leaving split ends will only cause your them to split further up the hair shaft, leading to more breakage and zero length retention.
Handling your hair without care is a sure-fire way to make sure your hair does not grow past a certain length. Things like towel-drying your hair, using too much product, using too little product, brushing your hair aggressively, washing your hair with steaming hot water, etc are poor hair care practices that will lead to breakage and cause you to lose whatever length you worked for.
These are some of the reasons why your hair can’t seem to get past ear or even shoulder length no matter how hard you try. A lot of it has little to do with what is coming out of the scalp so much as how we treat it once we see it.