5 Internal Reasons Your Natural Hair Isn't Growing

1. Lack of/Imbalance of Vitamins + Nutrients

Just like your immune system needs to be strong in order to protect the body from getting sick, your integumentary system (consists of hair, skin, and nails) needs certain vitamins in order for it to stay strong and immune to hazards that result in unhealthy hair.

To fix this issue, try to have a more balanced diet with foods that are high in vitamins A, B (especially biotin), D, iron, and protein. Supplements are not suggested because you can intake TOO MUCH of a certain vitamins between the food and the supplements which can result in weak hair because it was too much for your hair to handle.


2. Stress and Anxiety

Yes sis. Stress. The medical term for hair loss due to stressful events is called telogen effluvium (TE). When you are stressed or anxious your hair follicles go into a resting state causing your hair to thin and shed. Some cases are more visually noticeable than others.

 To prevent this is easy, try not to stress as much and take care of your mental health. TE doesn't need any treatment once you get it because its not permament. Your hair will grow back the moment you stop stressing.


3. Dehydration

Although you may not physically feel dehydrated, you just might be just by looking at your hair. We always talk about keeping the hair hydrated externally but we rarely talk about the benefits we get from staying hydrated internally.

Dehydration effects your skin which in turn effects your scalp. Those who are dehydrated typically have dryer skin because the lack of water slows down your production of natural oils. This effects your hair because our natural oils that conditions our hair can't make its way causing our hair to be prone to dryness, breakage, and lack shine

To fix this is easy. Drink more water. About 8 cups a day to be exact


4. Imbalanced Hormones

Imbalanced hormones is a subject I feel everyone should look into especially if you take hormonal medications such as birth control, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), insulin, etc. Hair loss is typically a side effect for hormonal medications due to the fact that there are some cases when people consume too much of what their body is already producing.

There are also hormones that are RESPONSIBLE for hair loss such as Dihydrotestosterone. Hormonal changes that come with aging and pregnancy play a part in your hairs health as well.

Everyones hormonal makeup is not the same and there are different cases that come into play when discussing hormones and its relation to hair health. However the solution for this issue is the same for everyone. Consult with your doctor about any hormonal medications you may be taking or hormonal changes you may be going through. Overall, monitor your hormonal health.


5. Lack of Exercise

There are many hair benefits to working out. The first one being increasing your blood flow. Blood circulation brings all the essential nutrients and oxygen your scalp needs to be healthy.

 Curly to coily hair types have a longer hair growth period and it is because it grows in spirals. When you work out, you open your scalp pores giving the hair more wiggle room to pass through the follicle.

 You don't have to do a full blown workout, but some simple cardio will do. Try jogging, running, jumping jacks, cycling, zumba, dance, etc.


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