Hairstylists frequently get clients who say their hair is too short,

so what makes hair take long to grow?  Growing your hair is relatively easy but what many people desire is extra-long hair.  Advertisements do not help.  They will find models with the most beautiful hair.  Add incredible shine, a light breeze and females everywhere descend on pharmacies, hair salons, doctors offices, beauty supply stores and therapists trying to get that look!

Like most people, we start out believing that hair would grow long and lustrous because it came with

the body package. Then our caregivers/parents put us on a hair care plan that made us realize some work was involved.  After leaving the nest, as young adults we revised this idea and replaced it with the belief that adding pricey hair products were the best way to do so. Today, after being stuck at the same length for decades,  it should have finally sunk in that products are only  a small part of the solution.

I am not saying we are all supposed to have waist-length hair.  However, if your hair keeps breaking off or

thinning out when it reaches a certain length, something’s up.  Throughout  the years, I have counseled, cajoled and finally thrown in the towel on various clients over this topic.  I found it was best to find out if the issue is a result of belief, lack of information or stubbornness.  The belief and lack of information you can possibly change, it is hard to convince stubborn people. 

In order to find out why it’s taking long for their hair to grow, one has to ask the client about a few things:

  • ¬†Lifestyle – Are they eating well i.e nutritious foods; working too hard; stressed out?
  • Daily Hair Care routine:¬† Do they care for the hair regularly? Wear ponytails/wigs all the time; use a silk wrap; use proper shampoos, use heat a lot etc.
  • Hair Care Habits:¬† Are they gentle when combing out their hair; do they trim their ends often to get rid of the split ones; do hair treatments.


What makes hair take long to grow can sometimes also be linked to certain behaviours. There have been so many times I have given a comb to a client and been shocked by the way they ripped and pulled their hair.  You can discover the reason yours is not growing  by asking yourself the right questions and changing your habits. 

By Paula Barker, Silkie Locks Hair Design.

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