What Makes Hair Grow

All You Need To Know About Growing Your Hair from the Hair Experts at Fresh Lifestyle Hair Salon & Spa

What Makes Hair Grow

How fast does my hair grow? How many hairs do I have on my head? These are some of the questions we often ask ourselves with regards to our hair. Here are some facts about how your hair grows from our hair stylist at Fresh Lifestyle Hair Salon in Blackheath, Islington & Fitzrovia.

An average human has over 100,000 hair follicles on their head, and the hair follicles grow at an approximately ½ inch per month or 0.35mm per day. Every single hair strand is composed of the three different layers – the medulla, cortex and cuticle. The cortex and medulla both hold the pigment that gives the hair its colour.

The rate at which the hair follicles grow is dependent on things like diet, hormones and genetics. It is quite common to hear pregnant women say their hair feels thicker and stronger and this can be explained by the extra hormones running around the body during pregnancy.



Why can’t I grow my hair longer? 

If you cannot grow your hair longer than a particular length, then you most likely have a flat hair follicle.What Makes Hair Grow

Sometimes how lengthy your hair can grow is not dependent on your inputs, conditioner hair treatments and regular haircuts will also not help.

Flat follicles do not grip hair very well, resulting in shorter hair lengths while round follicles are associated with longer hair lengths because they grip hair well.

As your hair length increases so does the weight, and when it gets too heavy for the follicle to hold hair, it sheds hair. You need not panic with this knowledge,  as each follicle will be able to grow another hair!

Ever wondered why haircuts are painless? Here is the reason.

When hair grows, it passes through a small pocket of the skin called the hair follicle. The hair that grows from the follicle roots contains many cell proteins gained from the blood vessels around the scalp. As more cells are produced, the hair starts to grow in length and pushes through the skin.

The hair shaft is made of keratin, and when very long, it will appear through the skin. By the time it becomes visible on the scalp, the hair is already dead. This structure is why you cannot feel anything when you get your hair cut!

How to grow your hair – tops tips from Fresh Lifestyle Hair Salon & Spa

While there might be nothing we can do about growing our hair to great lengths, we can speed up the growth process. Here are some top hair tips towards how to get healthy hair by the hairstylists at Fresh Lifestyle Hair Salon and Spa:

  • Eat a diet containing a good amount of zinc, protein and iron.
  • Use a gentle shampoo that will not be harsh on your scalp.
  • Take supplements that will nourish the hair follicles
  • Have regular haircuts – they will prevent hair breakage which will lead to increased hair lengths.

What causes damage to my hair?

A common cause of hair damage is the use of shampoos containing silicones – such shampoos damage hair and cause hair breakage. Other causes of hair damage include the use of heat appliances and contact with chlorine – heat appliances like curling irons and hair dryers, weaken the hair shaft while the chlorine leaves hair dry. Continuous use over time results in hair breakage.

The professional hair care products suitable for your hair texture and type and regular haircuts will help prevent any damage to hair.

We offer different deep conditioning hair treatments that will make your hair healthy and shiny at our hair salon.

Visit the hair experts at Fresh Lifestyle Hair Salon & Spa

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