Help, My Natural Hair Will Not Grow!

There are two reasons why you may not be seeing growth. You may have unrealistic expectations for how fast it is suppose to grow and the care that you are providing your hair with may not be so great.

Now, finding the right product that will keep your hair moisturized is important, but people need to realize their care is equally as important if not more so.

People spend so much time searching for that magic product that will make them grow all of this hair over night, that they neglect bad habits that they need to improve on.

Our hair is always growing and we grow on average 1/2 inch of hair a month (6 inches a year). If you are not seeing growth this means that you are either being impatient or you are not retaining the hair that you have grown.

If you find that you are not retaining your hair or it is breaking off as you are growing it, this means that you have to change how you care for your hair.

Kinky coily ladies, especially you because the tighter your curl is the more prone it is to breakage. Protective styling, detangling, and combing your hair properly or finger combing will help you to see a major difference in the health of your hair.

Heat is another enemy so when you find yourself constantly clinging to that blow dryer every once in a while give your hair a break. Its okay to use heat, but trust me if you lay off of it for a while you are going to be rewarded with more defined curls and yet again healthier hair.

Focusing on keeping your hair healthy rather than being obsessed with length will help you to reach the length that you are genetically capable of.

Trims are an important of any healthy hair care routine. When you don’t trim your ends your hair will continue to grow, but it will look as if it isn’t growing because  it will take on a thinned out appearance.

The longer you wait to remove those pesky splits the further they will travel up your hair shaft. If you take good care of your hair you may find that you only have to trim your hair as needed, however if you use heat more frequently for example you may have to trim more often.

Stop rough housing with your hair and your hair will thank you with less hair breakage. When caring for your hair think of it as a delicate material that you are preserving. Handling your hair with care is one of the most significant factors contributing to its growth.

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  1. jada says

    I am 13 years old and I have been natural now for about 9 months. Now as you can tell that I don’t have a job so it is really hard for me to buy products for my hair. Have anyways that I could get products that are good for natural hair and are cheap?

  2. Taylor says

    I really want to go natural with my hair but it’s definitely not in the right state yet. I’ve done terrible things to my hair (bleaching, dying, relaxing, etc) and it looks like it never grows anymore. Any tips?!

    • says

      Unfortunately you are most likely going to have to start with cutting your hair if you have a lot of damage. Once your hair has been damaged the only thing that can be done is to cut the damage off. Once you remove the damage, it will be easier for your hair to grow. Go to a professional stylist and have them evaluate your hair.

  3. tori says

    thank you those are good tips. I have currently stopped using heat. I used to blow dry my hair after every wash now I am air drying it, and I have seen the difference in length and health. My hair is a lot thicker and stronger. Also I have updated my diet slightly. Also I am trimming myself. Because personally my hairdressers get scissor happy.

  4. Tisa says

    Hi, I am new to wearing my hair natural. I have being wearing it natural for two months & a few days now. At first, I was excited about going natural. Now, I ferl like it is a pain. I have been trying so many different products & ways to retain moisture. Anything I put in my hair it dries in about two to three hours. I notice an abundance of breakage because of it being dry. If anyone could give me some pointers I would greatly appreciate it

    • tori says

      you should try natural oils. when doing this make sure your scalp, ends, and hair is oiled. personally I would say stay away from hair butter and mayonnaise! x

  5. hillz says


    You will do great, with time you will learn what to do and not to do. The regimen I gave you I myself cant really commit to it every week because I work from 6 am to 5 pm and from 5:30 I go to university and only get home at 11 pm. So I only do what is possible for me at that time. Every day I spritz my hair with water in the mornings and massage my scalp. I wash on Sundays only but sometimes on Wednesdays. I am in braids at the moment and its working out just fine, the only thing I use on my hair is Amla oil but only because I have dandruff and due to high heat my hair is discoloring so Amla helps with both my problems.

    The glycerin

    -It does count as a moisturizer, most of the people use it, but it has its pros and cons. You should Google ” Using glycerin as a moisturizer in cold/hot weather”.

    – All I can tell you is that it behaves differently in different weathers even though some people don’t really experience that deference. So don’t over do it because it is a humectant, it draws moisture from the environment and its also toxic- they say- in very huge amounts.

    – I read a few articles before responding and from what I gathered I wouldn’t advice you to use it every day. Make it twice or thrice a week and the other days use plain water.

    Hope this was helpful. :)

  6. says

    Thank you, i hope i’ll do it right and that it’ll work! By the way, i bought glycerine to use as a moisturizer- i mixed it with water and spray my braids up to where my hair ends- does that count as moisturizing done? Is there more i can use the glycerine for and any precautions?

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