Top 10 Reasons Why Your Hair Is Not Growing

Top 10 Reasons Why Your Hair Is Not Growing

See why your hair remains the same length month after month in spite of your efforts at hair care 

Are you going wrong in your regimen somewhere? Maybe you are doing too much or too little. This list covers both natural and relaxed hair. See the top 10 reasons why those locks just won’t grow.

1.  Irreparable damage – You are starting with extremely damaged hair (heat or chemical damage). No matter how you look at it, hair has to be healthy in order to grow it long.

If your hair is already damaged, you may have to accept that you will be starting from scratch. Happily enough, hair never stops growing so if you make the decision now to stop mistreating your locks, the new hair growing right now will remain healthy.

Eventually once you rid yourself of the damaged hair through trims, you will start to see the health of your hair improve drastically and the length will follow shortly thereafter. It’s a process ladies!

2. Mistreating ends – You are not treating your ends as the most important part of your hair. Remember the flat ironing job you did recently when you went over your ends numerous times because they just never get straight enough? Remember the braids you took down recently and how you hacked through those knots with a comb while detangling?

Look at the ends of your hair today thinking about how you treat them and ask yourself this; “Will these ends still be there in 5 years time?” If you think it’s doubtful then something in your regimen has to change, and fast.

3. Over-processing – If you are partial to chemically straightened hair or color; you are relaxing your hair ‘bone straight’ or over processing your color. With bone straight hair, sure, it means that your hair will have fewer tangles when you are washing it but the length you think you are saving in avoiding knots will be lost due to weaker drier hair.

Remember, the longer the chemical is left in your hair, the more bonds are being broken. These bonds are what hold your hair together so by breaking too many of them, your hair will get weaker with each minute the relaxer or color is left in your hair.

You may want to consider texlaxing or texturizing your hair instead. These techniques reduce the curl ie deliberately under-process your hair to leave it some some of it’s innate strength which will lead to healthier longer hair in the long term.

With color I suggest that you steer clear of at home box colors and have a good color stylist recommend the best coloring technique for your hair.

About Alma

Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.


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  • BNatural

    Nice article darling!!

    • Venky

      its good

  • deb

    You are spending way too much time on the hair care forums, buying too many products and hence over manipulating your hair as you try to work your way through the crate loads of products. You know yourselves!

    Isn't this a hair care forum???!!!! WTH?

    • BHI

      I agree, you ladies know yourselves, cant go a day without logging onto BHM and LHCF! But I like to think of this site more as a learning emporium . . .

      • deb

        I just discovered your site yesterday. It's very informative.

  • deb

    I do agree with #9 & #11 though. Good piece!

    • BHI


  • Venky

    Nice Hair

  • From not conditioning her properly and too much heat treatment.

  • I have the opposite of this problem. My hair grows an inch a month but the ends get damaged so quickly and fray like an old sweater. It sucks.

  • Michelle M

    I’m nine months in my healthy hair journey, however I noticed in the last month that my hair is shedding more than normal, I beleive it’s because it is been extremely cold. What’s your opinion?

    • Alma

      Yes hair tends to shed more in colder months, it’s perfectly natural. Just ride through it, as long as it’s not breakage don’t worry too much.

  • Karen Armstrong

    My concern , is Alopecia what can i use?

  • Cause my hair stylist keeps cutting it off? New year, new stylist

  • Them wigs will do it! Hair being pulled back too tight & stress! #ILoveCrochetWeaves!

  • Using too much heat can leave the hair dry and brittle and break it off.

  • It doesn’t like me.

  • Mine is growing beautifully. Heat only twice a year for the last year. Yay!!

  • I have a bad case of graves disease (over active thyroid) for about 14 Yes now my hair has thinned out completely nd I even has lost some. I do not use any realaxers what so ever but my has seem to stop growing nd it is very very dry no matter what I try especially the ends plz help.

  • I have a bad case of graves disease (over active thyroid) for about 14 Yrs now my hair has thinned out completely nd I even have lost some. I do not use any realaxers what so ever but my hair seem to stop growing nd it is very very dry no matter what I try especially the ends plz help.

  • Not knowing what you are doing, no matter what state it’s in…

  • simply neglecting the Hair

  • Hyperthyroidism

  • Akilah

    Hi Alma. I was reading the part about natural hair not always being a political statement and how relaxers don’t always represent self-hate and I agree with that. I’ve been natural for almost 3 years now, and had relaxers prior to that. I didn’t hate myself or wish I were white, that’s just what I did since an early age because that was just the thing to do. Before I got a relaxer, the thing for me as a little girl was to get braids with beads. At that age, I was young to even have an opinion of myself or anything. We like what we like what we like and sometimes that’s all that is. I chose to go natural because I liked the way it looked, I like to change up my hair, but also, I wanted a more natural lifestyle and I also wanted to connect to my roots on a deeper level (outside of what I’ve already achieve when I had my hair relaxed). The one thing I want to argue is about African women relaxing their hair and how it can’t be related to self-hate because there is a higher percentage of Blacks there than whites to the point where there really aren’t any at all. Just because that may be the case, and because we understand that relaxers don’t equate to self-hate, doesn’t mean that the haven’t been affected by white supremacy. The were colonized by European (white) nations and have been influenced by them. They also, like many other people in this world, watch movies and TV shows and follow music artist that and who promote that ideology that white is better or at least, in the case of the skin bleaching epidemic in several of those African countries, being dark is not good. So they too have cases of self-hate for certain Negroid features, but at the end of the day, for some people, hair is just hair and what ever is done with that hair jmhas nothing to do with making a statement other than, I like this yodat just because I do.

  • Hair does grow it depends on how you care for it.

  • Shavonne

    None of these mention proper diet/exercise or hydration. That is the foundation of proper hair care…


  • Aliyah Morrison

    My hair has been growing . I just read this article for tips .