How To Turbo-Charge Your Hair Growth Rate
For the average person, they can expect to receive around half an inch of hair growth each month, but this rule is not set in stone and it is possible to speed up your hair growth to over 1 inch per month, and for some people even more. The rate at which your hair grows will depend largely on your genetics, but the food you eat, the external care you provide, and your all round health and wellness levels will directly influence growth rate too.
Did you know that Asians tend to have the thickest shafts, and the same is true for redheads. In fact, redheads will have much thicker shafts than the average person, but not as densely packed as a blonde or brunette. While your genetics may play a role in the thickness and appearance of the hair as it grows, and while hair growth rates tend to be quite set in their timings, there are lots of things you can do to boost hair growth to the maximum.
As a child, hair tends to grow at a pretty standard speed, this is until hormones and puberty kick in. Once this happens, you can blink and your hair has grown another inch, and sometimes in places, you don’t even want it. Hormones are the main factor in hair growth rate and speed. For women who are going through the change of life, they will normally notice that their hair begins to look dull and lifeless, and thinning soon sets in. For men, too much testosterone can convert into DHT, which attacks the hair follicles in predisposed men and leads to male pattern baldness.
How Fast Does My Hair Grow Each Month?
The average person will experience roughly half an inch of hair growth each month, which equates to around 6 inches each year.
According to the U.S Center for Disease Control, hair grows at an average of 0.50 inches (1.25cm) per month, which means the average person grows 6 inches per year. To some, that may sound like a lot of hair growth over the year, but for most people, it is nowhere near enough and they would like to be able to grow much longer hair at a faster rate.
How Exactly Does Hair Grow?
On your scalp, there will be between 90 -150 thousand follicles. Think of these as the pores on your face, they are tiny little depressions in the skin where the hair shaft will emerge from the root of them. The hair itself is made from protein, and blood flowing through the blood vessels delivers nutrition and oxygen to the follicles for optimal growth. The more proteins that are delivered and the better the rate of blood flow to the scalp equals a faster growth rate of your hair.
During its life cycle, your hair will go through 3 different stages, and each of these will have their own growth speed, The first phase is the growth phase, think of this as springtime on your scalp. Anagen will see the flourishing and quick growth of your hair, which can last between 2 years to 6 years, and sometimes even longer.
At the end of its growth phase, hair will enter the stage called Catagen. Catagen is when the hair follicle detaches itself away from its nutrition supply and begins to shrink. The hair is now no longer growing and is on its way to the last phase, which is dormancy.
The dormant phase is also known as Telogen. The hair follicle is now no longer active and is in resting mode. The hair that was grown out of the follicle will be held in place by its root, and over time it will begin to soften before eventually breaking away.
Luckily for us, these 3 stages do not happen to all hairs all at once. Otherwise, we would spend years of having hair and being bald. As soon as the telogen phase has finished (dormant phase) the cycle will begin again. For men, over time telogen may become more permanent until eventually there is no more hair growth from the follicles.
Easiest Way To Grow Long Hair Quickly
Increase Your Biotin Intake
Biotin is part of the B-vitamin family and plays a vital role in transforming calories into energy. It also plays a role in helping metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and amino acids, which are the foundations of protein building and help create quicker hair growth. Biotin is also commonly referred to as vitamin H, whatever name you know it by, you should increase your intake of it for best results.
You can either get your daily dose of biotin, which is 30 micrograms a day via supplements, such as a multi-vitamin or you can get it from the food you eat. Either way is fine, but you should aim to get as much nutrition from the food you eat and use supplements for those times when yo9u can’t get nutrition from your food. So, what foods contain high levels of biotin?
- All types of nuts, especially almonds and peanuts.
- Eggs, especially the yolk, which is one of the richest sources of Biotin.
- Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yoghurt.
- Red meat and organs, such as the porcine liver.
- Oily fish, such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel.
- Broccoli and cauliflower, both full of antioxidants.
Make Use Of Inversion For Hair Growth
One of the best-known methods of speeding up your hair growth rate is by making use of the inversion method. To put it simply, inversion is when the heart is raised above the level of the head. It has been a hugely popular practice in Thailand for many centuries and has been adopted as a foolproof way around the world to enhance hair growth. You will hear many people saying they grew an Inch of hair in a week, and while this is highly unlikely to be true, it could be possible. You are much more likely to experience growth of around double the normal growth rate. Anything faster than that would lead to thin, wispy and weak hair.
So, the inversion method is definitely worth a try. How exactly do you perform the inversion method? Well, it is actually really quite a simple process and it won’t take long to achieve. You need to set aside 7 days in a row for the routine, and it must be done at least one time per day for the very best results.
To begin with, use the tips of your fingers and apply gentle pressure to the scalp. Gently rotate your fingers and massage for around 5 minutes. You don’t need a timer, just an approximation is fine. While massaging the scalp, lean your head forward so that it becomes level with the line of the knees and slightly lower than the area of the heart. The thinking behind this is that increased blood flow can lead to the start of the anagen phase. Of course, washing your scalp with hot water will also increase blood flow, so if you don’t like this method, a hot shower will help.
On days 3 and 6, use an oil-based hair mask, such as one that is coconut or linseed based. This will allow your hair to be moisturised properly, which won’t make your hair grow faster, but it can help prevent breakage. This will give the appearance of faster hair growth and also pack a powerful shine too.
Massage not only improves blood flow, which delivers nutrients to the hair follicles, but it also helps wash away toxins and free radicals from the scalp area. This allows for a better environment for hair growth to take place. If you have a friend or partner to do the massage for you, then all the better as this not only stimulates hair growth but also is much more relaxing than doing it yourself.
Hot water will definitely increase blood flow to your scalp, but if combined with harsh shampoos it can strip the scalp of much of its natural oils. It is best to use warm water to wash the scalp. This will allow the pores and follicles to open up and be cleansed properly, but gently at the same time. After you have finished, you should rinse with a final burst of cold water to close the cuticles and add shine to the hair.
Some people think that cold water closes the pores of the scalp and helps hold the hair in for longer, which is laughable as the pored open up as soon as the scalp warms up. Cold water will, however, cause a rush of blood to the scalp and help give your hair a nice and shiny look to it.
Enjoy Some Jelly
The type of jelly you enjoy is not important, it can be grass fed, oat fed, sweetened, flavoured, sugar-free ... the main thing is that you consume proper jelly made from Gelatin. In the U.S Jelly is what we in England know as Jam, so you will want to look out for Jello there instead. Gelatin has long been the turn to cure for decades for those looking to boost the growth of their hair and nails.
Don’t believe everything you read about gelatine and hair growth though. While it will help provide plenty of protein and collagen to the body, which may help with speeding up the growth of hair, it is definitely not going to make your hair grow an inch a week like some people claim it will. What it will do for you is provide a strong foundation for hair to grow from, which will lead to longer and thicker growth. Agar Agar and plant-based gelatins are not going to cut the mustard with this one as they lack the protein content that gelatine has. This protein is what makes it so great for improving hair growth and strength.
Leave Out The Heat and Add In The Oils
Heat does nothing for the hair other than weaken it from the base of the scalp upwards. If possible, you should always try to avoid using heat on your hair. If you really must use straighteners, curling irons, and hair dryers, then use a good heat protection product beforehand. Try to let your hair air dry as much as possible, and also try to avoid tying your hair up.
When you tie your hair back, you will be pulling it from the root, which could lead to its premature ejection from the scalp. Leave hair down and let it breathe a little. It is also a good idea to employ a coconut oil conditioning routing once every week. Coconut oil will provide an intense shine while providing many vitamins and antioxidants to the scalp.
Simply dip your fingertips into some coconut oil and then massage the scalp with it. Leave it to sit and rest for around 20 minutes, then using your fingers, gently rub it from the scalp to the tip of the hair and then rinse with a gentle shampoo and warm water. Don’t leave any oil sat on the scalp as it could lead to blocked pored and acne between the hair follicles. Always rinse thoroughly and then leave hair to air dry.