Most people long for beautiful, flowing hair that goes all the way to their waist. But this is a lengthy process, and the waiting can be infuriating. So, exactly how fast does hair grow, and how can you make it grow faster? We’re here to give you the rundown on hair and how to keep it healthy and happy. At Mother Dirt, we’re all about biohacking the biome to achieve the best skin and hair health of your life, so we know a thing or two about hair. Let’s get started...
What Affects Hair Growth?
There are a few factors that affect hair growth that you should know about. Things like age, nutrition, genetics, and stress can all play a part in your hair’s length journey. Usually, the average growth of hair is about half of an inch a month.
One of the most common causes of hair loss is stress. To keep hair healthy, you want to minimize the stress in your life and find a healthy outlet to release it. As you age, your hair starts to grow slower, and you might begin to naturally lose hair. Older people might have to start working extra hard to keep their hair growing strong, such as eating extra vegetables and getting exercise.
Another huge part of hair growth is in your genetic makeup. Your genes are where your hair’s color and texture come from, as well as its growth rate. Some people are able to grow their hair down to the floor, and others aren’t.
Hormones, especially during pregnancy, can change your hair’s growth pattern. Estrogen produced during pregnancy causes the follicles to increase in number, and more hair grows as a result. Although, after birth, women tend to lose a lot of the hair they gained.
Scalp’s Role In Hair Growth
The scalp on your head has a microbiome, just like your skin. It also has layers called the epidermis and the dermis. This is where your hair follicles have something called terminals. If damage occurs to your scalp, it can disrupt the hair growth process. Things like sun exposure and certain hair products can hurt your scalp in more ways than one.
The sun causes the epidermis to become thin, and some hair products harm the hair shaft in the process. When you go outside, make sure you protect your scalp from the UV rays. Another aspect of your scalp is the bacteria that dwell on it. This bacteria can cause either harm or help your hair’s growth and overall ecosystem. The key to healthy hair is balancing the bacteria on your head so that it works for your body and not against it.
One of the ways to balance your scalp’s microbiome is with probiotics. Probiotics are microorganisms that offer antimicrobial properties for your hair and skin. They’re the good bacteria that you want more of for your body. Probiotic hair care aims to put good bacteria back onto your skin and strengthen the scalp’s skin barrier.
When your scalp is unbalanced and full of bad bacteria, itch, irritation, and dandruff can develop. When you incorporate probiotics into your hair routine, it lowers the skin’s pH and allows it to create an environment for healthy bacteria to grow.
Stages of Hair Growth
Hair typically grows in three stages. The first one is called the anagen phase. This is where your hair is actively growing, and the cells in the hair bulb divide to create new ones. This stage can last for up to seven years and can be as short as two. The length of time that your hair is in this stage will depend on your hair’s maximum length.
The next stage is called the catagen phase. This only lasts about two to three weeks and is known as the transitional stage. The hair will stop growing during this time and detach from the blood supply.
Finally, the hair enters the telogen phase, where it starts to rest. This stage lasts about three months and allows time for the hair to relax before it sheds. For the best growth, you want your hair to be in the anagen phase for as long as it can be. There are a lot of ways you can do this, through proper diet and choosing the right products for your hair.
Let’s talk about how you can help your hair grow as fast as possible.
Tips For Long Hair
Nothing will magically make your hair grow 17 inches in a week, but there are a few things you can add or subtract from your daily routine to help make your hair grow. Your body operates like a machine, so feeding it the energy and nutrients it needs will allow it to function properly. One of the best ways to do this is by supplying your body with vitamins.
A lot of nutritional deficiencies can be linked to hair loss. This is because your body needs a variety of foods and supplements to be healthy and grow as it should. Here are a few vitamins to take into consideration.
Vitamin A helps your skin produce sebum, which is needed to moisturize the scalp and keep your hair healthy. This vitamin can be found in sweet potatoes and carrots.
Vitamin B helps carry oxygen to your scalp, which helps with hair growth. A lot of whole grains and leafy greens contain a good amount of vitamin B for your body.
Vitamin C contains antioxidants that help your body create collagen. It also helps your body absorb iron and can be found in strawberries and other citrus fruits.
Vitamin D helps your scalp create new hair follicles and plays a role in hair production. Vitamin D can be produced with sun exposure, but you should be careful with UV rays. Many grains and dairy items are fortified with vitamin D. It’s also found in fish and mushrooms.
We understand that cutting your hair might seem counterintuitive for growth. But, it actually helps your hair stay healthy and allows it to keep growing without breakage. Getting rid of the damaged ends improves your hair’s overall shine and well-being. Allowing split ends to spread upward will inhibit hair growth. Try to go to the salon every three months for a trim.
One of the things hair needs the most to grow is the right amount of moisture. Conditioning your hair in the shower is the best way to give your hair what it’s craving. When you color your hair or use heat styling tools, it loses a lot of its natural moisture. Our Probiotic Hydrating Conditioner is formulated with probiotic extracts to moisturize your hair without weighing it down.
It helps restore balance to the scalp with plant-based ingredients that soften and nourish. It’s designed to work for all hair types and maintains your hair’s pH and acid mantle. At Mother Dirt, our products are made without any sulfates or parabens so that we only give your hair exactly what it needs. The conditioner contains rose water, tucuma seed butter and lactic acid.
Lactic acid is a natural pH adjuster that promotes healthy bacterial growth. It also has the ability to smooth and moisturize your hair at the same time. The Rosa Damascena Flower Water, found in our Hair Wash and Conditioner, is derived from the legendary rose - a botanical with soothing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Revamp Your Routine
If you aren’t happy with your hair growth, try changing your routine up. You can try shampooing less frequently to start out. Hair often doesn’t need to be washed as much as you think it does. Overwashing can dry out your strands and have adverse effects on their growth. Cut down your washes to three or four times a week, so your hair isn’t overworked.
Coldwater rinses are also great for sealing the hair’s cuticle layer and smoothing it down. This reduces frizz and breakage, allowing it to grow better. When you’re finished washing your hair, take a deep breath, and turn up the cold water for about 30 seconds while you rinse your hair out. We know it’s a bit unpleasant, but it can do a world of good for your hair.
Probiotics for Hair
The ultimate goal for hair is to have it feeling strong, full, and soft. Probiotics are the key ingredient you’ve been missing for your hair health all this time. They help prevent future damage and repair the current damage. You can refresh your entire hair routine with our Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash and Conditioner. The hair wash deeply cleans and helps restore balance to your scalp microbiome, while the conditioner moisturizes hair without weighing it down.
Our last piece of advice is to decrease the amount of heat you expose your hair. Blow drying and flat ironing your hair every day is extremely damaging and can slow the rate at which your hair grows. Try styling without heat to give your hair a break from the high temperatures.
The Bottom Line
We believe that your relationship with the microbial world is one of the most important parts of understanding hair growth. Once you achieve balance in this area, the sky’s the limit for your hair. Try Mother Dirt’s probiotic hair care today, and you won’t be disappointed.