You’ve been aiming for long, flowing, healthy hair like all the gorgeous men and women on Instagram, but it’s been years since you’ve noticed any difference in your length, so what gives? While most would just say, “My hair doesn’t grow.”, the fact is, hair is always growing (unless there are damaged follicles in the equation) and the culprit responsible for you not reaching your natural hair goals could be one or more of the 5 reasons I’m going to talk about in this post.
You Don’t Consider Your Hair’s Porosity
Ever used a product that had all the ingredients you wanted and none of the ones you didn’t? You’d think it’d be perfect for your hair, but when you use it, it just doens’t impress and sometimes it’s absolutely horrible.
Maybe your products aren’t working because of your hair porosity, which is your hair’s ability to absorb products and moisture.
Check Out These Articles To Learn More About Hair Porosity:
- All About Porosity
- Guide To Hair Porosity
- Hair and Porosity: Why Knowing Your Hair Porosity Is Crucial
The biggest breakthrough I’ve had during my hair journey was when I learned more about my hair porosity. Who knows? Maybe this knowledge is the info you’ve been missing all this time!
You’re Confusing Hair Growth With Length Retention
I hear so many people say their hair doesn’t grow when what they really mean is they aren’t retaining length. Your hair is breaking just as fast as it’s growing, therefore, it seems to you that your hair isn’t growing at all.
If you find yourself in this situation with in your hair journey, it may be time to amp up your length retention efforts. When you’re able to retain length, the fact that your hair grows will become apparent and you’ll feel like your hair is “growing faster”.
While it’s nice to have options, you know you’ve gone overboard when you have 10 shampoos from different companies or are constantly visiting the hair product aisles despite not having any more storage space for the products you currently own.
The reason being a full-blown product junkie can be keeping you from reaching your natural hair goals is due to the fact that you likely use so many products on your hair that you can’t tell how each product is affecting your hair.
There is such a thing as an “organized product junkie”, it’s a term I personally chose to describe someone who knows what their favorite products are and now that they have this information they go out and buy all of their favorites and (again) have zero space left on the shelf in the bathroom (or under the sink).
While being an organized product junkie is better than being the kind of product junkie that just goes out and randomly buys because the product label is so pretty, it’s better to use a product until you run out and THEN if you want to try something new, you can go for that pretty pink bottle.
Not knowing what products are doing to your hair is like walking into a beauty supply store wearing a blindfold and grabbing any ol’ product.
You’re Not Reading Ingredients
That gel you love so much could be one of the reasons your hair is so dry, thanks to the drying alcohols present in certain gels. Just like that conditioner that is packed with proteins that you love so much could be why your hair keeps breaking.
You get the jist. Ingredients can make or break your hair (pun intended) so learning which ingredients would benefit your hair and avoiding the ones that can do more harm than good.
Check your ingredients prior to purchasing products to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
If you’re not sure what an ingredient is, try Curlsbot, a site that provides information on ingredients that can cause buildup or have harsh sulfates.
Obsessed With Admiration
It’s great to watch the progress of others on their hair journeys, but oftentimes we get so sucked into the progress of someone else that we either forget to focus on our own hair by following regimens that work for someone else’s hair instead of our own or we waste time watching and following those that have reached their hair goals instead of using that time to wash and condition your own hair.
Try using those YouTube natural hair tutorials for new ideas, but don’t end up being another natural that says “YouTube broke my hair” by following someone else’s routine.
You’ll see naturals online all the time that say, “Do what works for YOU”.
When it comes to your hair care, what works for you and your hair is where your focus should be.
Stop Holding Yourself Back
If you’re noticing that you aren’t any closer to your natural hair goals than you were 3 years ago, it’s likely you’re doing or not doing something your hair wants you to and it usually has less to do with a company’s products.
Find what works for you, which will take trial and error, but once you find what works for you, stick with it for a while in order to achieve the most success possible during your hair journey.
Which of these bad habits have been keeping you from reaching your natural hair goals? What were your results after you corrected these bad habits? Share your experience below!