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Your Hairstyles

Those tight braids or other styles put excessive tension on your hair follicles, which damages them and causes scarring that can permanently destroy those follicles. According to doctors, this process can lead to traction alopecia, a condition that permanently weakens the follicle and makes it impossible for hair to grow.

So for the sake of continued hair growth, loosen your hair up!

Your Tools

Speaking of hair styling, those hot irons you use (probably too much) damage your hair’s vital proteins. This results in moisture-loss, and an increase in breakage.

Help protect your hair by limiting hot tool usage as much as possible. Also, use a thermal hair product to help protect against heat damage.

Your Food

A poor diet can manifest itself in weak, dull locks that refuse to grown. So eat a healthy diet with plenty of lean protein like fish, chicken, lentils and beans. Just think: your hair is pretty much made up of protein, so getting in around 45 grams of it a day is vital for a healthy body…and a healthy head of hair.

Your BCPs

Some women’s hormonal changes make them more sensitive to shedding hair. The wrong birth control pill can make matters worse. If you’re seeing a hormonal changes in your body, including your hair, talk to your doctor about switching to a low-androgen index birth control pills like norgestimate (in Ortho-Cyclen, Ortho Tri-Cyclen), norethindrone (in Ovcon 35), desogestrel (in Mircette), or ethynodiol diacetate (in Demulen, Zovia).

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