Has your hair growth come to a halt? These 8 things could be the culprit

There are times when you may feel that your hair has completely stopped growing! Fret not, because there could be several reasons behind this. It’s time to find out now!
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Your lifestyle habits have a major impact on your hair health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Aayushi Gupta Updated: 30 Oct 2023, 14:58 pm IST
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Almost everyone wants long and luscious hair, just like Rapunzel! Unfortunately, most of us have damaged, brittle, thin, grey and white, or short hair. Besides common causes such as a sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet, poor environmental conditions and an inadequate hair care routine, there are various other factors that also lead to tress troubles. You must have heard many people say that their hair has stopped growing. Is it true?

We are sure a million questions just ran through your mind. Well, take a deep breath and relax. If you feel like your hair growth is stagnant, there are plenty of reasons why this could happen. Some things that cause slow hair growth can be related to your lifestyle habits, which are putting your hair health at risk. 

Read on to know about these 8 things that could be limiting your hair growth:

1. Thyroid problems

If you’re a thyroid patient, you know it can bring with it a whole lot of issues, including hair loss. Severe and prolonged hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can lead your normal hair growth rate to slow down or more hair to fall out. That’s because thyroid is a condition that occurs when your thyroid gland either does not produce enough hormones or produces hormones in large amounts.

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Prevent thyroid disorders. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Excess stress

We all deal with events that trigger stress on a daily basis. Besides causing headaches, fatigue, and lack of sleep, stress could also affect the health of your hair. Stress could cause a condition called ‘telogen effluvium’, in which your hair follicles stop producing new hair strands. This can further lead to rapid hair fall, when combing or washing your hair. 

3. Ageing

Age can play a huge role in hair loss, but not everyone experiences hair loss with age. Ageing affects your hair in many ways. For instance, it slows down the growth rate of your hair, may turn them grey or white, and could result in hair thinning as well. 

Also, as you get older, your hair tends to get weak, because of all the wear and tear it goes through, including styling, bleaching, bad food habits and physical health. 

4. Hormonal imbalance

A sudden increase in hair growth or loss in women is often caused by an imbalance of male hormones known as androgen, which are naturally present in women. Hormonal problems like thyroid, PCOS, menstruation, menopause, and pregnancy are the reasons which can cause hormonal imbalance, resulting in massive hair loss.

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Try things to balance your hormone levels. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Genes

Similar to age, your genes can also be the reason why your hair won’t grow. If you are blessed with long, healthy and lustrous hair, despite not doing much, then you must thank your genes. However, if you haven’t been gifted with those genes, you’re likely to be prone to have hair growth issues and thinning.

6. Nutritional deficiencies

A deficiency of vitamins and minerals can lead to serious hair problems like restricted hair growth and hair thinning. Nutrients like iron, protein, biotin and zinc contribute to healthy hair. However, if you’re deficient in these essential nutrients, your risk of hair problems is high.

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7. Hair treatments and styling products

The chemical treatments, products, and processes used to style your hair have a big impact on its health and growth. Overprocessing and styling your hair can lead to breakage and damage, therefore if your hair stays at the same length, you need to change these habits.

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Using the hair styling products can lead to split ends. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
8. Split ends

Severely damaged hair, split ends and heat damage cannot be reversed. Because you cannot do anything with split ends, the only way to stop them from causing further hair breakage is to cut them off. You must take adequate care of your hair to avoid split ends and breakage. 

So ladies, consider managing these problems to improve your overall well-being and boost the health of your hair.

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Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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