How fast does your hair really grow?

It’s a common question. Maybe you got a bad haircut, or you want to grow your hair out a bit but are getting impatient. Has anyone ever told you their hair grows faster than average? People are inclined to think they are above-average across many categories, and hair growth is no exception.

But what are the facts? Common wisdom states that hair grows around a half inch per month, or 6 inches in a year. Of course, your mileage (inch-age?) may vary. Several factors contribute to speed of hair growth, including:

  • Age. Growth rate slows with age.
  • Gender. While it doesn’t directly affect the speed at which hair grows, testosterone contributes to thicker strands of hair, which in turn break less frequently. This results in hair growing “faster” since it isn’t fighting as hard against hair breakage and loss.
  • Hair type. Again, while curly hair may not technically grow faster, it may appear to be that way.

None of these are factors you can control. So if you want your hair to grow faster, is there anything you can do?

Can I make my hair grow faster?

While some factors related to hair growth rate may be outside your control, there are some steps you can take to help give it a boost.

Ensure adequate nutrients

There are several nutrients which have been linked to hair growth rate:

  • Biotin. Also known as vitamin B7, biotin has various benefits, including promoting a healthy metabolism. Adequate biotin intake is fundamental for hair growth and health. Note that while excess biotin has not been proven to bring results, getting enough biotin if you are currently deficient can promote stronger, healthier hair.
  • Iron, calcium, and zinc. Have you ever seen white spots on your fingernails? This is likely linked to a zinc or calcium deficiency. Since fingernails and hair are made of the same protein, called keratin, make sure you’re getting enough of these minerals.
  • Omega fatty acids. Multiple studies have linked consumption of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to reduction in hair loss.

Hair products

Using hair products with the following ingredients can positively impact hair growth:

  • Protein. Using a hair product with certain oils, or simply applying plan coconut oil to your hair, can help repair damaged hair.
  • Caffeine. A new kid on the block when it comes to hair growth supplements, caffeine has been linked to hair growth. There are several shampoos or conditioners on the market that contain caffeine.

The bottom line

In the end, growing out your hair is mostly going to take a lot of patience. However, taking control of your hair (the BYB motto) can help ease the frustration. By equipping yourself with the tools and knowledge you need to cut your own hair, you can take the “awkward stages” of hair growth head on. No pun intended.

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