We don’t know about you, but if our strands had a relationship status, it’d be ‘it’s complicated.’ Voluminous, slightly rough, naturally curly, and at times, stunted.
You lather your hair with high-grade products and follow hair growth forums and tutorials like the gospel aiming to reach your bum, only to have it stuck shoulder-length.
It’s one of the most frustrating things – probably right there next to dating an individual for ten years and not seeing any signs of marriage or some form of long-term commitment.
While we might not help you with relationship woes (God knows we all have our own issues), we can help you solve your stunted/hair growth plateau concerns.
Keep reading to find out how you can boost hair length retention and effortlessly get past your growth plateau.
Figure Out the Underlying Issue
The first step to any recovery journey is assessing the underlying problem.
With hair growth plateau, this involves looking at how you care for your strands. How often do you shampoo, co-wash, or deep condition? What ingredients have you been using? What protective styles have you been subscribing to?
By asking yourself these challenging questions, you’ll figure out what aspects of haircare you’ve been ignoring and what hasn’t been working for you.
Perhaps you’ve been using harsh chemicals, overusing heat styling, not moisturizing often, or subscribing to defective styling instead.
Either way, examining the significant concerns is the key to finding out the next steps to take and being on your merry way to achieving your hair goals.
Chop/Trim Your Split Ends
Ask any hair care expert, and they’ll tell you to trim your ends every six to eight weeks to enhance healthy growth. Split ends lead to breakage, which triggers hair growth plateau.
So, if you want to get that Lily Singh hair length, why not do the big chop and help your strands grow healthier and stronger?
Better yet, if you’re in the transitioning process, the big chop enables you to work with natural hair texture and not chemically processed ends.
Switch Out Your Products
After giving your strands a much-needed trim, it’s time to give your products’ cabinet a good spring clean.
You need to invest in ingredients that cater to your hair type and stimulate hair growth.
Some of the most recommended and revered products for hair growth include:
- Natural oils like coconut oil, tea tree, ylang-ylang, and thyme essential oil
- Sulfate-free shampoos like Miele Organics Rosemary Mint Strengthening Shampoo
- Revitalizing conditioners like Brigeo Don’t Despair Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
Also, don’t skip on the deep conditioner – ever! It helps lock in moisture after an extended styling period.
Take It A Day At A Time
If you’ve hit the hair growth plateau phase, you might have been overmanipulating your strands with heat or defective styling (protective styles that aren’t quite protective).
Hair needs patience, time, and adequate space to flourish and provide you with desired results. And to do this, you need to try low manipulation styles like flat twists, Bantu knots, and loosely held faux locs.
The simpler the style, the less manipulation required.
Also, be sure not to:
- Leave the style for more than six week
- Moisturize and oil your scalp regularly
- When you take out the style, ensure to remove any shed hair before washing your hair. Not doing so will result in tangled messes
- Give your hair a two-week break in between styles
Document the Process
Like you do with your skincare and weight loss journey, ensure you take a record of the growth plateau journey (from the start) and give yourself updates every three weeks.
Hair growth is a process, and it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and effort, so documenting the small changes will help you understand the effectiveness of your fortified regimen.
See, it’s that easy.
Like everything else in life, hair growth plateaus are not permanent.
By giving your strands some much-needed TLC, you can achieve bum-length hair in no time.
If you’ve ever struggled with stunted hair growth, we want to know how you got past it.
Maybe there are tips we haven’t mentioned. Do let us know in the comment section below.