5 Common Reasons Hair Won't Grow

If you’re sick of your thinning hair, you’re not alone. Around 30 million men and 21 million women in the United States are dealing with the effects of hereditary hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia or AGA (American Hair Loss Association). Although there are many different factors that can contribute to hair loss, there are 5 common reasons why it may not be growing. Here they are...

1. Improper Diet

If you aren’t getting enough nutrients and protein in your diet, your hair won’t grow at an optimal rate. Ensure that you’re eating a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and proteins to ensure healthy hair growth. Always remember to take vitamins as well! You can also increase blood flow to your scalp by massaging it regularly and increasing blood circulation with exercise. The more blood flowing through your scalp, the better it will be able to absorb nutrients from your diet!

2. Not Sleeping Enough

8 hours a night is optimal, but 7 or 9 hours of sleep per night should do. Lack of sleep has been linked to insulin resistance and diabetes, so you'll want to avoid missing out on those Zzz's. And if you're not getting enough shut-eye, it can also mess with your hormones—which might be why recent research shows that skimping on sleep can lead to weight gain around your middle. In fact, in one study published in Sleep Medicine , women who slept five hours or less per night were at a 20% greater risk for developing abdominal fat compared with women who slept seven hours or more each night.

3. Underlying Health Conditions

Underlying health conditions—like anemia, celiac disease, thyroid issues, and malnutrition—can also lead to hair loss. It’s important to get to a doctor and figure out what else may be going on, because it could be an early warning sign of something more serious like a hormonal imbalance or even cancer, says dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler in The SELF Guide to Healthy Hair.

4. Abuse of Chemicals

Using heat styling tools, hair dyes, and/or chemical-based products on your hair can strip it of its natural oils and cause serious breakage. But if you’re really determined to color your hair at home, try using more gentle ingredients such as henna or natural dyes like amla to give your locks a vibrant boost without frying them.

5. Lack of Excercise

Exercise is extremely important for hair growth. The physical act of exercise stimulates blood flow and circulation to all areas of your body, which includes your scalp. If you don’t move around much, it will be difficult for your hair to grow. Make sure you have time each day or every other day to get a good workout in. Running, walking, lifting weights and other cardiovascular exercises are proven to help stimulate healthy hair growth.

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