If your hair won’t grow or you are experiencing serious hair fallout, you are not alone. It seems like more and more women these days are struggling with hair growth, and today I’m sharing 5 reasons why. You’ll learn how what you put in your body and on your body impacts hair health and simple (and delicious) ways to strengthen hair for long locks.
5 Reasons Why Won’t My Hair Grow
1- Vitamin Deficiencies
Maintaining proper nutrition is essential for growing long, strong hair. With our industrialized food system, it’s not hard to fall behind on important vitamins and minerals. Meeting your optimal requirements for B vitamins, omega-3s, iodine, zinc, and selenium are necessary for long, luscious locks..
Supplementing with the best vitamins for hair growth can seem daunting. * asks self if there is enough space in the medicine cabinet * But with our Superfood Supplements, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
- Our Beauty Collagen Complex contains both collagen (which we know is essential for strong, shiny hair) and zinc.
- Our Hydration Superfood Energy is packed with B vitamins, critical minerals, and hydrating electrolytes for promoting hair growth.
- Our Organic Immunity Greens is loaded with dark leafy greens fabulous for iron intake. If you are a menstruating woman, it’s crucial to get in iron where you can!
You can find all three in our Live Well Bundle, which may be getting a rebrand as the “hair love” bundle after this.
Beyond supplementation, including healthy fats and proteins into every meal will nourish your scalp and help build strong hair cells. You can load up on omega-3s with chia seeds, avocado, fish, nuts, and coconut products. And you can get in your amino acids and protein via seaweeds (find the yummiest here) and collagen (one of the top foods for hair growth).
Loading up on Vitamin C via our Beauty Complex or citrus, strawberries, or greens will help to boost collagen production and support natural hair growth.
2- You Have Split Ends
Your hairdresser is right! Split ends are causing the hair to break faster than it can grow. Split ends are usually caused by rough brushing, excessive coloring, or heat. When you have split ends, nutrients automatically go there to nourish, when they should be used to grow more locks.
Getting a regular trim will help eliminate those nasty ends and promote longer hair growth. You can also avoid rough drying and brushing whenever possible. An excellent all-natural leave-in conditioner also may be your new best friend.
3- Your Scalp Needs Love
Growth comes from your scalp; it’s as simple as that. Looking at your scalp is just as important as looking at your ends. For longer hair, taking care of your scalp is essential.
Opt for a non-toxic shampoo and conditioner that won’t clog your follicles. You can brush or massage your scalp to stimulate hair growth or even hang your head upside down to let blood flow there.
I recommend using a topical rosemary oil and massaging it into your scalp. Research has found that rosemary essential oil stimulates hair growth and health!
To help stimulate hair growth, prevent hair loss, and boost fullness, add 1-2 drops of rosemary essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner. You can even try an overnight coconut hair mask by adding 2-3 drops of rosemary oil with coconut oil and massaging it into your scalp. Rinse well in the morning!
4 – You’re Stressed / Hormone Imbalance
Have you ever noticed that your hair tends to fall out more when you’re stressed? Stress and hormone balance all play an essential role in hair health. We know that stress and hormone levels are directly connected, so you must come up with a stress management plan to help fight hair fall out and lack of growth.
This can look like taking adaptogens, like ashwagandha (found in our Beauty Complex), daily to help you fight stressors. It can also look like setting aside non-negotiable time to meditate, journal, stretch, get a massage, or take a bath. Whatever winding down looks like for you.
On the hormone piece, making sure you are using non-toxic hair products is crucial. Many conventional hair products on the market are loaded with fragrance and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. These easily seep into our scalps and skin, wreaking havoc on hormone balance.
Another common hair loss cause related to hormones is postpartum! It’s not uncommon or even abnormal for women to lose a lot of hair post-pregnancy. Thanks again, hormones! You can prioritize nourishing foods and herbs like nettles and vitamins like selenium during this time. I know it’s hard to stress-less with a new baby, but making sure you have support during this time will help to nourish your nervous system and in turn, your hair.
You can read more about natural remedies for postpartum hair loss here.
5- Your hair is in its resting phase
Did you know that hair grows in a three-phase cycle? First, there’s the ‘anagen phase’ or the growth phase that happens faster in the summer than in the winter. The anagen phase lasts for an average of 3.5 years, and for a select few lucky ones, it can last up to 7 years.
Next is the ‘catagen phase,’ which happens post-anagen phase. It’s the transitional phase that lasts about 10 days. Then there is the ‘telogen phase’, also known as the ‘resting phase’. This phase is when all of your hair is released and falls out. The follicle remains inactive for around three months before the cycle is repeated. The thing is, each hair follicle is independent so they go through the three-phase cycle at different times!
If you feel like you are having excessive hair fall out, remember your phases and don’t lose heart! This happens to everyone, and when hair falls out, it is just making room for healthy hair growth!
How to Promote Hair Growth & Prevent Fall Out
Let’s recap: Below are the simple solutions for promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss:
- Supplement with the best vitamins for hair loss: B vitamins, vitamin C, selenium, iron, iodine, zinc, omega-3’s, and collagen
- Stick to a whole foods diet and prioritize health fats, proteins, and leafy greens
- Ditch conventional hair care products for nourishing, non-toxic products
- Opt for a once a week scalp massage with rosemary essential oil
- Comb your hair, no rough brushing!
- Get a trim every 6 weeks if possible
- Come up with a non-negotiable stress management plan
- Be easy on yourself, remember: you are beautiful no matter what
I hope you found this article helpful. Check out our Superfoods Supplements Line for our Beauty Collagen Complex, Hydration Superfood Energy, and Organic Immunity Greens. Find all three in our Live Well Bundle.
For more help with hormones, download our Free Guide Balanced and Beautiful: 5 Recipes for Hormone Health & Radiant Skin.