Waiting for your hair to grow can feel like watching paint dry. Unfortunately, the paint will long be dry before you notice a difference in the length of your hair. And while it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how fast hair grows, since the growth rate varies, one can expect to see about half an inch of hair growth per month.

Several factors influence hair growth. Some you can control, like personal hair care. Other growth rate factors, like genetics, are beyond your control. Men’s hair tends to grow faster than women’s – unless a woman is pregnant, which can speed up the process. Even the seasons impacts the rate at which your hair grows; it’s slower in the winter months and faster during summer.

If you’re looking for ways to safely promote hair growth, whatever the reason, here are some things to consider.

Diet

The way to a healthy head of hair might just be through your stomach. A nutritious, balanced diet filled with such nutrients as vitamin C, niacin, and iron will help keep your hair looking its best while support healthy hair growth. Stock up on these super foods:

  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Olive Oil
  • Nuts
  • Berries
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Whole Grains
  • Beans
  • And many others rich in biotin, protein, and omega-3

Scalp Health

Not surprisingly, your scalp plays a major role in overall hair health. Except that those who use chemical-packed hair care products subject their scalps to routine beatings. Here’s how to show your scalp more TLC:

  • Wash your hair regularly, but don’t over-wash.
  • Avoid using harsh or abrasive hair products.
  • Use hot styling tools sparingly and avoid getting too close to the scalp.
  • Hair is most fragile while wet, so use a specialized wet brush to prevent damage.
  • Sleep on a silk pillowcase instead of cotton.
  • Use natural conditioners, masks, or treatments to moisturize and strengthen hair.
  • Get regular trims to encourage hair to grow, especially if it seems like you’ve hit a plateau.

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Image of older man with grey hairAccording to statistics from the American Hair Loss Association, nearly two-thirds of all men will experience some noticeable hair loss by the time they reach the age of 35. Baldness or thinning hair is primarily caused by genetics, but hygiene can also play a role in hair loss. While specially-formulated hair care products can provide hair with much of what it needs to be healthy, the frequency and timing of hair washing should be taken into account.

Natural Hair Oils

Hair follicles contain oil-producing glands known as sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, a natural substance that is healthy for hair roots in certain amounts. At times in a person’s life, however, sebum production goes into overdrive. The build-up of sebum can cause the follicle to clog, restricting hair growth. While this is most commonly a problem for those undergoing puberty or pregnancy, it can also apply to men undergoing testosterone treatment for medical reasons. Regular washing with shampoo can help remove these oils and maintain a healthy amount of sebum on the scalp.

Over-Washing Hair

More commonly, the mistake people make in their hair-care routine is over-washing. The immediate effect of washing the hair too much is that weak or dead hairs fall out. In the long-term, too much washing with shampoo and conditioner can make the hair dry, brittle, and more likely to break off or fall out. This is due to the sulfates and other chemicals found in most shampoos.

So, How Often Should I Wash My Hair?

Each person is different—there is no magic answer. Those who are producing more sebum should consider washing more often. It may be surprising, but in general, try to shoot for washing with shampoo no more than three to four times a week. This doesn’t mean the hair can’t get wet, though. Continue to massage and exfoliate the scalp during showers to remove excess dead skin and dirt.

Even people who follow the strictest of hygiene regimens are not immune to the effects of time and genetics. Thankfully, those who suffer from hair loss now have more options than ever before. Modern medicine has developed a number of safe and effective hair loss restoration techniques that can restore a person’s hair and confidence. DiStefano Hair Restoration Center is at the forefront of applying these techniques and helping patients look and feel their best. With convenient locations across New England and highly-experienced doctors, DiStefano Hair Restoration Center is your best choice for reducing the effects of hair loss. Contact us today to learn more.