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Why won’t my hair grow past a certain length?

Do you feel as though you’ve had the same hair length for as long as you can remember? Your hair sits somewhere around shoulder length and never seems to get any longer? You might be asking yourself why won’t my hair grow past a certain length? Here’s the thing. It is growing! It just might be at a snail’s pace or damage to the hair is stopping any visible length.

If your aim is to have gorgeously long hair then read on to understand why your hair won’t grow past a certain length.

It’s in your genes

Oh hello, Mother Nature. Yes sometimes it is the case that we’re simply not as genetically-blessed as others when it comes to our hair. There are babies who are born with full heads of hair and go on to lead lives full of fabulous hair-swishing (living the dream in our opinion!) and there are others who have fine and delicate hair often in need of a little encouragement.

The hair growth cycle works in three stages but can vary a little from person to person therefore some people will appear to have a fuller head of hair depending on how long their hair grows before entering the shedding stage of the hair growth cycle. It’s simply down to genetics, unfortunately with this one there’s very little that can be done.

Age is a factor

Asking your age is ill-mannered, unless we’re talking about your hair.

Just like genetics, your age may also be a factor in why your hair won’t grow past a certain length. If you think about the years you’ve clocked up coloring, cutting and heat-styling your hair then it’s no wonder that older hair is more fragile. All the processes your hair goes through as you age, as does our skin, then hair will become weaker and even less flexible (like those aching joints) and it can even begin to thin. Hair that is thin and weak will struggle to grow as long as it used to be able to as there is less hair to support the length and thin ends tend to snap off. You can improve hair strength with our caffeine-charged Hair Density Serum. With hyaluronic acid and an intense blend of unique actives it helps boost hair health, moisturizes the scalp and encourage hair grow and density.


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Here’s a curve-ball for you. Your hair IS growing; it just then snaps off before it can reach the past-the-shoulders point. What a bummer! If your hair grows on average of half an inch every month then within a year you should see around 6 inches of added length to your hair. So where’s all my extra length we hear you cry. If your hair is dry and damaged then while it is growing out from the root, it may be snapping off at the ends which will leave you with the same length of hair even while it’s growing. So you need to care for the ends of your hair if you want to see results and you’re sick of asking yourself why won’t my hair grow past a certain length. Which leads us on to our next point…

You have split ends

As your hair is growing, the ends may become dry and begin to split and as the split goes higher and higher up the hair shaft it will eventually break off leaving you stuck with mid-length hair that never seems to grow. Split ends are the WORST. There, we said what you’ve all been thinking and we’ve known for a long time.

But they’re an inevitable part of hair growth, right? Wrong. You don’t have to put up with pesky split ends. Balance Fibre-Sealing Split  Ends Serum is an intensely nourishing yet lightweight serum that seals hair’s broken fibres and protects hair with an exotic blend of Amazonian oils, including acai, palm and Inca Inchi for stronger, reinforced strands.


The time-tested saying ‘beauty comes from within’ is true in more ways than one. Your diet has a massive effect on the health of your hair, and the healthier your hair is the greater chance you’ve got of having long, beautiful tresses. Think iron, protein and omega rich food. We’ve got tips on how to eat your way to healthy hair that you won’t want to miss!

You’re doing damage

Hair care tips on why hair won't grow past a certain length

The way you treat your hair day-to-day will have a far greater impact on its ability to grow long than any other mask or treatment can do and is more telling in your overall hair health. You should avoid anything too harsh for your hair that can damage it and therefore cause it to become dry and damaged, limiting its potential to grow. Avoid towel-drying your hair and rubbing it too harshly. This will disrupt the hair cuticle and stop it from lying flat and smooth which makes hair look frizzy but feel coarse too and prone to snapping.

Always remember to brush your hair before washing it to ensure it is completely tangle-free as hair is more fragile and becomes overly flexible when wet meaning it can stretch and snap off more easily when you’re washing it.

Don’t use too hot water in the shower and this can dehydrate the hair over time causing hair to become brittle. A good trick is to blast hair with cold water for the last 30 seconds of your shower to seal the hair cuticle, locking in moisture and gorgeous shine.

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