Hair growth is a very delicate process that most of us don’t even think about, until it is too late. Like good health and youth, we take our hairs for granted till the point we start losing them, and usually it is too late to fix them. There is an old proverb, “Prevention is better than cure”, and it fits very well when it comes to hair care. There are several factors that can affect your hair health and slow down hair growth. It is always recommended to beware of all those culprits and avoid them as much as possible to maintain a healthy mane.
Most of the hair loss patients believe that hair loss is a genetic problem and they can’t help, but the truth is that a lot of your not-so-serious mistakes and habits directly influence your hair health and growth. Here are 5 factors that can slow down hair growth process:
1. Stress and Anxiety
Today’s fast moving life is taking its toll not only our physical health but also affects us emotionally. Every other person is seen struggling with stress and anxiety. But did you know emotional and physical stress has been linked with hair loss? Studies have shown that emotional and physical traumas cause more than usual hair follicles to enter Telogen phase. After a few months these follicles shed hairs, triggering sudden hair loss. While there is really no way to foresee and avoid traumatic incidents in life, you can at least try to manage it as soon as possible.
2. Nutritional Deficiencies
Your hair needs a number of nutrients, minerals and vitamins for its healthy growth. Lacking even a single nutrient in your diet for a significantly long time can slow down hair growth process, and in worst case scenario, this may trigger hair loss as well. If you are not eating enough, or you are not consuming the right mix of healthy foods, just beware of the fact that your hair are also growing on whatever you are eating.
3. Chemical Treatments
Exposing your delicate locks to harsh chemical treatments quite frequently can damage your hair shafts, making them dull, damaged, lifeless and prone to breakage. Besides that, harsh chemicals used in these procedures also penetrate into the skin, affecting your hair follicles. This ultimately affects their ability to grow hairs and slows down hair growth. These treatments include bleaching, rebounding, curling, perming and permanently straightening hairs. In worst case, you may also experience hair thinning.
4. Lack of Sleep
You must have heard a lot about the link between lack of sleep and dark circles, but did anybody tell you that sleep deprivation can mess with steady hair growth as well? Your body needs proper rest to perform its functions and healthy hair growth is one among them. If you are not taking proper 7 to 8 hours night sleep every day, or your have some sleeping disorder, this may lead to slow hair growth.
5. Frequent Use of Heating Tools
Use of hairstyling tools to wear different classy hairstyles is quite common these days. Girls spend hours in curling, straightening or perming their hair every day. Heat from these styling tools is really damaging for your delicate hair shafts. These tools not only reduce the quality of your hair but also make it lifeless and damaged. So, avoid use of hot tools and feel confident in wearing your natural hair color, style and texture. If necessary, apply heat protection serum to your locks to minimize the damage.
Try to avoid these factors if you really wish to wear a healthy mane.
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