(Closed) Hair Won't Grow/Keeps Breaking

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
1999 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Hair skin and nails gummies changed my life. I’m so serious. I also found that flintstone chewable vitamins help with those too! 

Post # 3
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

What’s your diet like? A girl I work with had thin, broken hair. She switched her diet from vegan to omnivorous and her hair became much healthier and grew more quickly. She wasn’t making sure she was getting enough protein in her vegan diet. This is an extreme example, of course.

Post # 4
9388 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016


Well first you need to cut off all the split ends, and go to a GOOD hairdresser–the quality of their shears really matters!

Vitamins are good, also use strengthening shampoo and strengthening masks now and then.

Never blow-dry your hair wet.. the currently believed “best practice” is to let your hair air-dry 50%-75% of the way and then blow dry it the rest (because leaving it wet for too long is bad too).  Make sure to get a heat protectant product to use on your hair before you blow dry.  Never use your towel to dry your hair by rubbing your towl back and forth or whatever.. just squeeze your hair gently into the towel and then let the air do the rest.. friction from the towel can cause split ends.

Never brush your hair while wet, and in general avoid brushing if you can.

Dry shampoo is a life-saver.. some believe washing your hair (and then drying it) is damaging, and that might be true.. but more than anything the washing and drying your hair the *right* way is so time consuming that dry shampoo is the best because it means you only have to go through that ordeal every 2-3 days.

Get a trim every 3-4 months to cut off any new split ends–yes it shortens your hair, but overall it’ll help you grow long hair without it all falling off due to split ends.

Good luck!  I’ve been growing my hair from ear length for a couple years and now it’s down past my arm-pits.  

Post # 5
3067 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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chigirl217bride:  We have similar lengths and ive been trying for yeaarsss to grow my hair. I just accepted that my hair type just cant hold really long lengths (I too used to dye it) Its like once it hits my shoulders it won’t hold the length, it will break off. My hair grows really fast but it just wont stay long. 

Post # 6
1836 posts
Buzzing bee

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chigirl217bride:  I’d recommend that you see your doctor. Hair changes can indicate a medical problem — thyroid issues, for example. 

Post # 7
1806 posts
Buzzing bee

One thing overlooked is water…the water you are washing your hair in specifically. If it is well water or even from certain community sources, the mineral deposits will dry your hair, weigh it down and break it. If you suspect your water is heavy on the minerals, look into a water softener. Because these can be expensive, consider washing and rinsing your hair using bottled water only, too. Before changing your washing habits, get a clarifying treatment at a salon….this can go a long way to setting your hair to rights!

Post # 8
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Keep your hair off your shoulders to avoid breakage. Depending on your hair type (curly, straight, thin, thick, etc) you may only need to shampoo every other wash, and co-wash the rest of the times (wash with conditioner only).

Post # 9
34 posts

doTERRA has some amazing vitamins & a root to tip serum that protects against breakage that is amazing!! You can message me if you would like more info! 🙂

Post # 10
2111 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m in the same boat – it’s just past my shoulders and just snaps.

I’m going to get a trim on Friday and then invest in a good treatment. I’ve reduced the amount of heat I use on my hair and will also get a heat protectant for when I need to blowdry my hair.

I’m also considering going darker as I highlight my hair but still not 100% sure if I will do this.

Post # 11
448 posts
Helper bee

I had this problem and in my case, it was diet. I had cut back on meat and was eating a lot of vegetables, which overall would have been fine except that I had drastically reduced the protein in my diet. I added more protein (doesn’t have to be meat, could be beans, hard cheeses, nuts, etc.) and started drinking a lot more water. I saw big improvements in my hair and skin after that.

I also never blow-dry my hair or style it with heat. I’ve embraced its natural texture (slightly wavy). I got a haircut that worked with my texture, not against it. This strategy might not be for everybody, but since they’ll pry my highlights from my cold dead hands, I try to “help” my hair out by not frying it twice over.

Post # 12
822 posts
Busy bee

If you’re using any products with keratin or protein daily, STOP! These products are meant to help your hair on a weekly or biweekly basis, not daily. They add too much protein and cause breakage. Use moisture shampoos/conditioners daily and the keratin/protein products once or twice a month only.

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Post # 13
48 posts
  • Wedding: March 2016

Birth control pills or hormone contraceptives can drastically reduce hair growth through causing thinning and the depletion of a number of vitamins and minerals that retards new hair growth. Ensure you have enough protein, minerals, and essential fats in your diet. I would see a doctor/naturopath/nutritionist to look into nutrient deficiencies or any medical issues such as thyroid 

Post # 14
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Your hair is likely breaking off at the ends. The only way to fix that is to cut all of your split ends completely off. That might mean quite a drastic cut. But once the ends of the hair are split, that split will travel up the shaft of the hair and cause more damage and breakage. A trim of just an inch or two isn’t going to help if the split ends are longer than that. 🙁

Other than that, try Biotin supplements and try to avoid heat styling and over washing. Good luck! 

Post # 15
1739 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Eggs.  Eat more eggs.  They are an awesome source of protein as well as biotin and sulphur, all of which are good for you hair (and nails).

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