What Makes Your Hair Grow?

What Makes Your Hair Grow?

All You Need To Know About Growing Your Hair – Top Tips from James Dun’s House Hair Salons & Spas in Aberdeen & Glasgow

What is the number of hairs on my head and how fast do they grow? These are some of the questions our hair stylists often get from clients here at James Dun’s House hair salons in Aberdeen & Glasgow. So, we will be providing all the facts with regards hair growth and hair in general.

The number of hair follicles (small pockets of skin that hair grows through) on your head is over 100,000, and they grow roughly 0.35mm daily or ½ inch per month. How fast the hair follicles grow relies on factors such as diet, hormone and genetics. It is not unsurprising to hear pregnant women say their hair feels thicker and stronger and this is due to the new hormones running through the body during pregnancy.

Each hair strand has three separate layers – the cuticle, medulla and cortex. The medulla and cortex both keep the pigment in charge of hair colouration.

Why can’t I grow my hair longer?

Inability to grow your hair longer than a particular length means you may have flat follicles – flat follicles have a loose grip on hair, which results in shorter hair length.

How long your hair will grow is not dependent on your input – regular haircuts and deep conditioning will not help grow your hair long if you have flat follicles. The reason round hair follicles help you get longer hair length is that they hold hair firmly.

As your hair length increases, the weight increases too and when it gets too weighty for your hair follicles, shedding occurs. This is no cause for worry as the hair follicle will grow the hair again.

Why are haircuts painless?

The reason a haircut is painless lies in the structure of hair. Hair grows through the hair follicles, and as hair grows, it picks cell protein from the blood vessels in the scalp. These cells help to nourish the hair follicles, and as more is produced, hair becomes lengthier and pushes through the skin.

When hair becomes long enough and visible, the cell’s proteins are already dead. So, the hair you can see and touch is dead, and that is why you do not feel pains when you cut it.

How to grow your hair!

While how long your hair grows might not be dependent on your input, but your input can hasten the growth process.  Here are four tips that will help your hair grow faster and be in good condition:

  • Ensure your diet is rich in protein, zinc and iron
  • Have regular haircuts
  • Take supplements that nourish your hair follicles
  • Avoid shampoos that are harsh to your scalp 

What causes damage to my hair?

Regular use of heat appliances like curling irons and hair dryers weaken the hair shaft – continuous use over some time will lead to hair breakage. Contact with chlorine when you go swimming can also damage hair as it leaves hair brittle and prone to breakage. It is advisable to cover hair completely when you go swimming to avoid contact with chlorine.

A common cause for hair damage is the use of silicone-containing shampoos – such shampoos lead to hair breakage.Use professional hair care products suitable for your hair texture and type to prevent hair damage. You can come in for some deep conditioning hair treatment at our Aberdeen or Glasgow hair salons & spas for a shinier and healthier hair.

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