First off sis, shedding hair is normal. It's the EXCESSIVE shedding that's causing baldness and making women think that their hair isn't growing (IT IS growing... we'll talk about that later in this article though...)
Some experts estimate that shedding more than 100 hairs per day is perfectly normal. About 10% of the hairs on your head are in a resting phase (telogen) and those hairs shed (exogen) after a period of time (generally 2 or 3 months). The other 90% (roughly) of your hairs are growing at any given time.
Your Average Hair Growth Rate
Hair grows at different rates for different people, still though, the average rate is around one-half inch per month. When you stop the breakage and excess shedding, that's when you start seeing some length. Don't let anyone make you think your hair doesn't grow. The devil is a stank-breath liar girrrl....
If your hair shedding seems excessive, you should start by investigating the following areas: tight hairstyles, diet and nutrition, current medications, stress, illnesses, nervous habits, alopecia areata, and hormonal changes.
Shut Down The Breakage & Shedding (Video)
Products suggested in this video to slow down natural hair shedding:
It is important to note that women make up nearly 40% of the individuals in the United States that experience hair loss. We recently wrote an article about the best shampoos for hair loss, however several of these issues may require the professional diagnosis of a medical doctor to determine the root cause of the hair shedding.
Snip It and It Will Still Grow!
Your hair is dead material, which is the reason why you can treat it with strong chemicals, cut it with scissors or apply heat to it without feeling a thing. The only problem with that is – since your hair is not alive, it cannot repair itself.
Damage to the hair must be trimmed away or grown out. For example, there is not a permanent cure for split-ends.
There are some conditioners that can essentially patch split-ends and make them less visible, but over a period of time, those split-ends will reappear. The only way to permanently get rid of your split-ends is to trim them away. You should absolutely never burn away your split-ends.
Your Hair already GROWS FAST (then breaks...)
Hair breakage is the most common cause of hair loss. Tight hairstyles (ex. tight ponytails and braids) can break off the hair and damage the hair follicle.
If your hair constantly breaks you will need to identify exactly what’s causing the breakage and eliminate the culprit to prevent further breakage. The most common causes of breakage are heat, harsh chemicals, tight hairstyles, and rough treatment.
My advice to you: Hot appliances, like flat irons, hair dryers, curling irons and pressing combs, are popular, but often lead to serious hair damage because their high temperatures can result in brittle, dry hair that breaks easily – especially when they’re overused.
If you decide to use heat, then you should use measures to minimize the likelihood of irreparable heat damage. However, it’s important to understand that it’s impossible to completely protect the hair from heat damage.
If an appliance is hot enough to burn your skin, then there is a legitimate chance that the appliance will cause significant damage to your hair.
Make sure that your hairstyles aren’t overly tight, stay away from chemical processes that change the structure of your hair, and handle your hair with care. Too-frequent manipulation (combing, brushing, tugging, pulling, etc.) can lead to increased breakage.
"SHOCKED" at the Power of Green Tea For Hair...(Video)
Pro Tip: Although Naptural85 uses decaffeinated green tea in order to avoid putting caffeine in her hair, it's not necessary. In fact, caffeine has been shown to stimulate blood flow to your scalp, effect DHT and have growth promoting properties! Many companies intentionally add caffeine to their hair growth products. [Learn how to make your own hair growth pills at home RIGHT HERE.]
Health, Nutrition, Hair Vitamins, & Supplements
Generally speaking, the same nutritious foods that are good for your body also promote stronger, healthier hair. If you don’t eat a healthy diet, your hair could suffer.
It’s important to mention that your hair doesn’t contain vitamins – it is not a living structure. If you’re eating a balanced, nutritious diet there is very little benefit gained from taking hair vitamins and supplements.
If you simply concentrate on eating low-fat proteins, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains you can help your hair reach its full potential without supplements.
For those who aren’t eating a well balanced, nutritious diet, or have a medical condition or imbalance, you might need to consider hair vitamins and supplements to help your hair reach its full potential. You should consult your doctor to determine if a full-spectrum multivitamin is right for you.
My advice to you: Eat a healthy, well-balanced, nutritious diet and save your money on hair vitamins and supplements unless you have a medical condition or imbalance.