Hair Growth in a Year

| September 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Hair Growth in a YearDifferent people experience different rates of hair growth, which explains why one person can grow hair a lot faster than another. But on average we grow around one half an inch a month or around six inches of hair a year. Our hair growth in a year can vary due to many factors. These include our climate, age, diet and genetics. But regardless of our gender, men and women usually grow hair at around the same rate. On the whole, human hair growth per year is pretty much the same for most people. If we are unhappy with the length of our hair there really is one simple fix for it, time.

So how fast does hair grow in a year? When asked to explain this topic, I found a few really cool You Tube videos that show the rate of hair growth per year in a few stunning examples. In one, Linda Ruiz set a year’s worth of selfies to music following her unfortunate buzz cut. The video proves that thing we’ve all heard a thousand times about getting a bad hair cut. It really will just grow back. And in another awesome video, Calvin Hoag took one picture a day from January 2012 to January 2013 and created an amazing video time-lapse project. I guess his New Year’s resolution was to grow his hair out along with a really swell mustache. And he certainly accomplished that mission. What I noticed watching both of these videos was that each subject grew about the same amount of hair in the same amount of time. And in each case, Linda and Calvin did a great job documenting their personal hair growth journey over one year.

So what affects our yearly hair growth and can we do anything to speed it up? One big factor here is climate. Hair grows a lot faster during the Spring and Summer months and this speed slows down significantly as we move through Fall and Winter. But the seasons are not really so much to blame but instead our rate of hair growth is affected by our overall exposure to sunlight. People who live in places where the sun shines evenly throughout the year experience hair growth rates at the same levels year round. So I guess you could move to a tropical destination if your hair growth rates are really that important to you although that sounds pretty hilarious and fairly unlikely.

Age is another very important factor that determines how much hair your body will produce in one year. As we age, our metabolism begins to slow down and this causes slower hair growth rates over time. This is the main reason why young people so easily grow hair and those of us who are older simply do not. We can’t do much about this one until somebody invents a time machine or a way to reverse our aging process.

But one major factor for hair growth we can easily influence is our diet. If your regular caloric intake is low inĀ vitamins and proteins, this can slow down your hair growth. Having a bad diet can also cause your hair to thin and fall out. Having a healthy diet is pretty important for lots of reasons. So if you’re experiencing lower than normal rates of hair growth and this is important to you, consult a nutritionist or try to adopt healthier eating habits. The health benefits of that go far beyond the benefits to your hair as well.

Genetic factors can also play an important role in our hair growth but again this isn’t something we can do much about. There are a number of hair care products available to help those of us just simply born with lackluster hair. Hair growth supplies are available and are marketed in many forms including oils, pills and even drinks. Many people report an increase in hair growth just by simply lubricating and massaging their scalp with oils. These are commonly available in drug stores. If you’re bothered by your low rate of hair growth, it might be worth checking out these readily available solutions to improve your hair growth over one year.

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Kip Shives is the Contributing Editor for and like many of you personally struggles with male pattern baldness. Kip strives to cover quality information on hair growth topics to help you hang on to what you got and find ways to grow new hair. He's a graduate of the University of South Carolina College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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