Our hair is precious to us. We put love and care into managing it. Whether you are natural or have relaxed hair, how it functions and its condition is at the top of our list of “things to care about.” With the effort and time we put into our hair, we expect a return. Yes, we expect the hair gods to give us good luck and flowing tresses when we’ve done everything in our power to be kind to our mane.

Hair care can be extremely frustrating because sometimes no matter what we do, it just doesn’t want to act right. This “misbehaving” can be in the form of breaking off, a lack of cooperation and a halt in growth. Let’s talk about the latter.

Some women have experienced an interruption in growth for one reason or another. It is annoying, it is distressing and it is extremely discouraging. When you have done everything you know to do but still don’t see the results you once did, it can make you want to throw in the towel altogether. But no matter the reason for your faltering hair condition, you can’t fix it if you don’t know why it’s happening in the first place. So here are some possible explanations as to why your hair has stopped growing.

What Are You Eating?

We all know the saying, “You are what you eat” but when it comes to your hair, what you put into your mouth can greatly have an effect on how it does or does not grow. You want to eat foods that are rich in vitamins like B and C so that you can get important nutrients to your tresses.

How is Your Scalp?

Are you paying enough attention to your scalp? This comes down to your hair habits. If you are not giving your scalp the TLC that it needs, it will most definitely affect the condition of your hair. Maybe you were doing really great at one point and then slacked off because you achieved the results you wanted. I hate to break it to you but in the natural hair game, you can’t slack off… ever! It’s tough but your hair needs the attention and neglecting to take care of your scalp with the right products will leave you feeling sorry and upset later.

What is Your Routine?

I talk a lot about routines because they are just too important not to mention them, pretty much, all the time. What is your plan for your hair is what I want to know? You have to know what you are going to do to your hair, when and how. This gives you a guide to follow and it helps you measure your progress.

Do You Have Underlying Health Issues?

When it comes down to it, sometimes there are underlying health issues you aren’t aware of that is taking its toll on your hair. The body has its way of telling us when things are not okay and we should really be thankful for that. One of the ways that it lets us know is through our hair. Hormonal changes and deficiencies, overproduction as well as other ailments can do everything from thin your hair to cause breakage. If you can’t find the answers for what’s going on with your tresses, maybe it’s time for a trip to the doctor.

Your hair is going to act and respond according to how it is treated. In those moments when you don’t know why things are happening, consider these things and proceed accordingly. Hair that once flourished and shine can definitely do so again.