5 Reasons Your Hair Isn't Growing (and How to Change It)

Mary Peffer

Trying to grow your winter ‘do out for summer but don’t seem to be making any progress? We feel you. Keep scrolling for five tips to help promote hair growth without running for the extensions—because that's probably the worst thing you can do to achieve healthy hair. 

Lack of Iron  
Make sure you are getting enough iron. The best sources are in your diet; chicken, turkey, beef, oysters, nuts, legumes, seeds, spirulina, and dark leafy greens are all packed with iron. Ask your doctor if your iron is as a healthy level or if you should try an iron supplement. 

Not Getting Enough Sleep
Sleep is essential. Not getting enough of it can lead to an array of health problems, one of which is unhealthy skin and hair. You have a right to those eight hours so consider them top priority. You can dream about having long hair.

Trimming Too Much
Not all hair was created equal, so why should everyone follow the same schedule when it comes to trims? While it’s important to touch up split ends before they cause serious breakage thus leading to shorter hair, you don’t want to overdue it either. Find a hairstylist you trust and ask them how frequently you need to schedule haircuts. Once they know your dedication to growing out your locks, they can get you on a program where trims only tackle what need to be removed. 

Stress impacts everything in the body, including your hair. Not being able to channel high levels of anxiety or pressure can lead to not only lack of hair growth, but hair loss. Buy a Lorna Jane Yoga Mat ($100) and try meditating for 20-minutes first thing each morning. It’ll help calm the mind before you start the day. 

Using The Wrong Products
Heating tools and hairdresser oils are quick to camouflage fried hair, but they aren’t doing us any favours in the long run. Hair care extends well beyond a cut. Incorporate a deep conditioning hair mask like Kérastase Nutritive Irisome Masquintense Epais ($60) into your weekly routine. Switch from a metal hairbrush to an all natural Boar Bristle Brush specifically designed for thinning hair ($21), or one that focuses on reducing dry hair casualties like Mason Pearson’s Detangling Hairbrush ($248). It’s also important to invest in quality shampoo and conditioner that heal and restore hair with every wash. We are fans of L'Occitane Shampoo and Conditioner ($28). 

Are you trying to grow your hair out? Let us know what tricks you’ve found to work in the comments!

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