badIf you really want your healthiest locks, they need a little TLC. Read on to learn why your hair’s growth is at a standstill and how to get results.

Frying it.

Heat damage is no fun, whether it occurs on relaxed or natural hair. For natural hair using a high temperature of heat can give the same permanently bone-straight results as relaxing your hair. And, relaxed hair becomes brittle, dry and breaks easily.

“For breakage issues it’s best to see your stylist to get a trim. Severe damage may warrant a little more cutting to re-grow the hair,” says Sherrell Dorsey, a natural hair expert and licensed esthetician. “Combat heat styling issues by getting regular protein treatments and deep conditioning treatments to make the hair healthier and stronger.”

Not moisturizing it enough.

To prevent hair loss and drying, both the hair and scalp need to be moisturized. A lack of moisture causes hair to be brittle and prone to breakage. Instead of using petroleum-based products because they can clog pores, Dorsey says.

“Turn to nature’s best oils like olive, Vitamin E, jojoba, coconut and monoi oils that naturally hydrate the scalp, hair and even body,” she suggests.

Pulling it too tight.

Pulling hair too tightly can result in permanent hair loss such as traction alopecia, which occurs around the temple and near the ears. It can also result in acne or sores to the scalp, and that’s just not a good look. We already lose about 100 hairs daily, so there’s no need to double this number from irresponsible styling.


Relaxers and hair dye and hair curler, oh my! Doing too much to your hair at once is dangerous. It’s damaging to hair’s overall health and can result with immediate consequences such as chunks of hair falling out. Be sure to read instructions carefully and to do your research before trying multiple treatments at once and for proper maintenance over the long run.

Not exercising or eating right.

A healthy diet results in healthy hair. “Our diet plays a big part in the health of our hair,” Dorsey says. “ Make sure that you are eating enough Omega-3’s like salmon and nuts and drink enough water to keep your internal health hydrated to support healthy hair.”

What other habits compromise your hair’s health, Clutchettes?

-Margaret Francois

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  • Keenyah

    Thank you Clutch for including exercising and eating right. Women don’t realize healthiness starts from the inside out. When you eat bad and don’t take care of your body, it shows in your hair.

  • Pseudonym

    Neglect during those busy weeks/months. I find it better for my hair to wash and slather it with conditioner and coconut oil and wear in a simple single braid (or even under a headwrap) than let it be until I get around to it…and I never get around to it…

    Using this method, when I finally do take my hair down, it’s super soft and moisturized.