Hair Growth FAQ
One of the most frustrating question people always ask me is what they can use to get their hair to grow. First thing first, do not compare your hair and your journey to anyone else’s. No one’s hair is exactly the same and sometimes it’s just plain ole genetics. Love your hair. There’s no secret formula to hair growth, no magic oil or product.
It’s important to understand how hair grows and the different stages. The first stage is the growth phase. This phase can last between 2-7 years of active growth. Hair grows an average of 1 cm every 28 days and about 6 inches per year. It’s possible to get between 18-30 inches of hair. The next phase is your hairs transition phase and it lasts between 2-3 weeks. Your hair stops growing and detaches itself from the blood supply and becomes “club hair”. The last phase is the resting period. Your club hair rests in the root while your new hair begins to grow. This phase typically lasts about 3 months.
Now that we know the cycle of our hair let’s talk about where we mess up at and ways we can fix it. Hair growth can be disrupted by:
- Metabolic imbalances
- Hormone imbalances
- Traumatic events
- Improper nutrition
This could mean that birth control, imbalanced diet, stress, and too much tension to name a few can disrupt your growth phase. While some may have the whole 7 years of active growth others may only have 2. But With a few lifestyle adjustments and TIME you can see longer and thicker hair.
Hair is fed by blood vessels, meaning the nutrients in your blood contribute to its growth. Hair grows best when it’s properly fed and has low manipulation. If you are struggling with your diet vitamin supplements are a great way to boost your overall health, hair and skin. As well as drinking water. I can’t stress how important it is to drink water. We are water, your body NEEDS water. Don’t let anyone tell you anything different.
Your hair will shed. It’s going to shed. Shedding isn’t really a bad thing. You will lose about 50 -100 hairs per day. so when you take that sew in out or take them braids down and you end up with a handful of hair that’s just all the hair that would have shed over the past 2-3 months (if you have it up longer than that then we need to have another conversation).
Another point I want to cover is hair retention. For the most part everyone’s hair will grow; the biggest problem is retaining that length. If it’s constantly breaking from tension or split ends then you’ll never see the length. In other words take them ponytails out, chill on the tight braids, and get your ends clipped. The best rule of thumb is every 6-8 weeks. Of course you can stretch it out but just know that it will still be the same amount of hair being cut and it will look like a lot all at once verses a little bit more often. Split ends either break or keep splitting. They absolutely have to be cut.
Now let’s talk about the fun part, products. I honestly don’t believe one product or brand is better than another. I believe it’s all based on preferences, hair texture and type. What may work for me may not work for you and that’s not necessarily a strike on the brand but just not what your hair requires. Most hair products will have zero effects on your hairs growth. Shampoo is to clean your scalp and hair, conditioners will hydrate your hair, treatments treat a specific problem, and styling products help achieve a desired style. Essential oils can help when applied to your scalp since the benefits can absorbed by your bloodstream.