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Why won’t my hair grow?

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Since the exponential increase of African Americans going chemical free, it has been proven that black girls can have long hair. For years, we have made so many decisions that can damage our hair, causing slower growth, but there are some things you can do to grow your hair to its fullest potential.

Too Much Product

Do you find yourself packing on a ton of product? Well this could be the cause of slowed hair growth. In order for the hair to grow, it has to be able to push through your follicle, and using too much product can clog it. When it come to African American hair, our follicle is thinner than others and our hair has to work a bit harder to push through, which is actually why our hair is so kinky. If you are a product junkie, you can still pack on the product but make sure hair is cleansed and exfoliated at least twice a month. This will rid the scalp of product build up, giving your tresses full reign to flow down your back.

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  1. SweetTweet

    May 20, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Don’t forget too tight braids and rows.

  2. Bucktooth

    May 20, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Agree Clarice!! Other factors include vitamins/minerals..Biotin/B Vitamins. In postmenopausal women there could be a Progesterone deficiency. What we eat/drink has a huge impact on our immune systems! Fatty/greasy food..too much sugar/soda..chips. Possibly add more green/leafy veggies..lean organic meats. Horsetail(Silica) is huge for restoring/keeping hair healthy and strong!

  3. Anastasia

    May 21, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Maybe if blacks washed their hair more often there wouldn’t be such a problem. They don’t wash their hair everyday and it is dirty and filthy. Therefore, hair cannot grow through follicles that are clogged with dirt and dandruff.

  4. CJ

    May 21, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Anastasia shut the Hell up with ya “black folk ” comment. It’s a black thing see ya way out!

  5. Lin

    May 21, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Anastasia we can’t wash our hair everyday like you whites can and as CJ said see your way out.

    • Dale Simmons

      May 21, 2014 at 7:56 am

      We don’t HAVE to wash our hair like OTHERS!!! Stay away from chemicals and your hair will grow. Natural is best!

  6. T Savannah Georgia

    May 21, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    anastasia that is so not true. That may happen with the person you’re with..because of your smell when you get wet. dog mania.

  7. Devon

    May 22, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Anastasia tellin the truth yall wear nasty azz weave for three four months and dont wash that sheit the whole time. I know beuz I worked in a salon and when the stylists take out the weave yall hair is filthy dirty and crust on the scalp and when yall wear weave for three four months yall hair STANK!! Nasty azz chicks and yall nasty with feminine hyiene too.

  8. Anike

    May 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    One hair “grows” if not, there would be no need for a “touch up” for those who use perms or for those who dye their hair to re apply hair dye.

    Rather, the question is, “Why can’t I retain length”?

    I know many do not shampoo or blow dry their own hair but rather only go to salon for services.

    The following however is for those who are willing to shampoo and style their own hair

    1. Keep your ends moisturized.

    2. Tie you hair up each evening and/or sleep on a silk pillow case

    3. “Deep condition” you hair at least once a month

    4. Consider taking vitamins, biotin in particular is good for the health of hair.

    5. Minimize the use of heat.

    6. Learn to use so called “protective hair do’s” that do not require the frequent use of heat to maintain.

    7. Massage you scalp occasionally.

    8. Shampoo more often than every two weeks. One could do what is frequently called a “co wash” whereby you shampoo with just conditioner.

    Even if you wear a natural style you should keep you hair moisturized.

    • t_99

      June 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Great advice, Anike. I would just caution sistahs on using protective styles. Many place too much tension on the hair which can lead to breakage and hair loss.

  9. Lin

    May 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Devon not every black women wears weave. I have only worn weave one time in my 38yrs of life. It’s just not my thing but I’m not knocking anyone that does. But you do have to maintain your own hair up under it. You do have to wash your hair at least once a week and do everything Anike said if you want your hair to grow.

  10. Lin

    May 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    As for the feminine hygiene…it must be only the nasty females that you’re laying up with.

    • Devon

      May 23, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Im a black woman trick, been posting on this forum more than a year, you dont like my post scroll thr f@ck on past, you got all offended do you wear weave throw a rock in a pack of dogs one who yelp is the one that got hit.

    • Kay

      May 30, 2014 at 4:31 am

      You have to excuse and pray for Devon that SELF hatred is eating away at him/her. And to be negative ALL the time is the only way people like that feel good about themselves ! They knock someone down just so they can stand up! They can’t be about of the solution because they strive in negativity of the problem.

  11. Helena

    May 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    We must also remember that hair length and growth is a matter of genetics as well.

    I’m in my 60’s and I have a thick full head of hair and I only wash it once weekly. I do keep it moisturized.

  12. kimberly

    June 17, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Once again we have the big mouth Anastasia opening her booty hole mouth again….Bitch!Shut the fuck up! From your post you always have some negative ass shit to say about black folks.Why?You mad because you are not one of us?I get it!You cant live the dream!Get over it because if you dont one day you are gonna run across the wrong black person and they are going to beat your little silly stupid ignorant ass right down to the ground!

  13. kimberly

    June 17, 2014 at 4:37 am

    And deven devon hermon or whatever the fuck your name is please get some

  14. Jan

    June 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Anike thanks for the info. I do most but am missing a few. Will post this on my board. Thanks

  15. Deanna

    June 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I have washed my hair everyday for probably 30 years and I am an African American Woman. My hair growth is very slow, and my hair is short to medium length. There are many factors related to hair growth and a couple of which are genes and nutrition.

    As for the comment on hair washing, I know many white and other races of women who do not wash their hair everyday; maybe every 3 or four days. I personally wash my hair everyday because it is relaxing to me. Although I do not sweat much especially on my head, I dislike the smell of hair that smells sweaty. I walk by all races of people and can smell what I call “hair smell”.

    African American’s are different from other races so our hair issues are our own, so I don’t understand why there are comments from people that have no issues here.

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