At some point in our natural hair journey we all get concerned about hair growth or lack thereof. This is especially true if a big chop was part of our journey to embracing our natural kinks or curls.
According to American Academy of Dermatology, we are born with the maximum amount of hair follicles that we will have throughout our lifespan. As we become older some follicles cease to produce hair resulting in hair thinning and in some cases, baldness.
Hair grows on average 1/2 inch each month, which means you should expect no more that 6 inches of hair growth in 12 months. Your hair growth may be affected by genetics, hormonal changes, nutrition, medications, stress, trauma to follicles or other medical conditions.
There’s no magic treatment for quick hair growth and what works for one individual may not work for you. Your best bet is to first talk to your doctor to rule out any medical conditions that might be impacting hair loss/growth. If you intend to take hair vitamins you should seek medical advice to ensure that these do not interfere with any current medications that you take.
Some treatment hair growth treatment options include:
- Maintaining a balanced and healthy diet. It’s best to treat hair growth from a cellular level. You may add vitamin supplements such as omega-3 and 6, zinc, B-5 and biotin.
- Regular scalp massages with oils such as rosemary, peppermint, coconut oil and castor oil. There are a number of hair growth treatments available on our website such as Tropic Isle Jamaica Black Castor Oil, Righteous Roots Oil and Curlsmith Full Lengths Density Serum
- Some people believe that caffeine stimulates hair growth. Studies in this area are quite new, but there’s no harm in trying .
Since there’s no guaranteed way to increase hair growth, it’s best to minimise hair loss by incorporating the following practices:
- Be gentle with your hair. Use wide tooth comb or specialised brush like denman or Flexy brush only when your hair is wet and saturated with conditioner. Finger detangle as much as possible.
- If you wear protective styles such as box braids and cornrows, ensure that they are not done too tightly as this might lead to hair loss.
- If you have type 4 hair, protect the ends of your hair from tugging on coats and scarves during winter by wearing protective styles.
- Deep condition often to strengthen your hair. Protein treatment is also important.
- At night time wear a silk or satin bonnet to bed or sleep on silk pillowcase. Not only will your hair retain moisture, but hair loss will be minimised.
In summary, some of the factors that affect hair loss are out of our control; however there are practices that we can incorporate in our hair routine to minimise hair loss. If hair loss occurs, there are a number of natural treatment options available.