How fast does hair grow?

If you are someone who has short hair and are looking to grow your locks, you need to consider the time. While you might want smooth and long hair tomorrow, it can take years to get our hair exactly as we want it to be. That can be tough to work with, though, and can go a long way to making it hard to getting your ideal hairstyle. However, if you want to know how fast hair grows then we’ll try and break it down for you below, so you know what timescale to expect.

Hair growth relies on a few factors

The main thing that many people will find is that the rate in which your hair will grow is impacted by a few factors. The first factor that matters is your age. Naturally, as we get older, it becomes harder to keep on producing hairs at the same speed as our earlier years. It makes a lot of sense, too, as our body rates hair as a ‘low priority’, so as we age it starts to focus on other factors prior to hair.

Your hair type matters, too

Another factor to keep in mind is that your hair type is going to play a role in how fast your hair grows. If you have straight and thick hair naturally, this hair type generally grows at a faster pace. If you have thin and curly hair, it will likely grow in at a slower pace than you would have imagined.

So, make sure that you think closely about your hair style before getting too upset.

Your health and lifestyle counts

If you are someone who has a poor nutritional profile and you live a sedentary live mostly indoors, hair growth will slow. Our hair benefits from good nutritional intake as well as lots of vitamins – particularly vitamins that we get from sun exposure. So, if you want to help hair grow faster you might need to spend a bit more time outdoors, as it is linked to boosting growth.

So, how fast does hair grow?

There are various estimates as to how fast our hair grows. Some experts think that hair can grow around six inches per year. This works out at around 1/2” per month. That’s not very fast, as you can imagine. And while having a healthy lifestyle and the ‘right’ kind of hair can contribute to faster growth, it’s no miracle cure to make your hair magically re-appear.

Hair grows at its most active comes when we are growing our hair for the first few months. With around 100-150 hairs lost from our head per day, we need to rely upon the ‘anagen’ phase of hair growth to help make sure that our hair keeps coming back. We don’t quite know yet what makes our hair move through the various phases of growth, though, so it’s hard to say definitively what can or cannot speed up this particular process.

Rest assured, though, that hair growth will increase if you eat the right way, live the right way, and have a bit of luck when it comes to things like genetics.


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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