Update: I needed to make an extended post as I need to clear a lot of confusion with this post.This post is not about breakage and it is definitely not about altering what you are genetically predisposed to. It is about SOME NEGATIVE FACTORS THAT CAN AFFECT YOUR GROWTH RATE
Yes! Genetics play a big role in the rate at which our hair grows. Some folks grow hair at the rate of 0.25 inches per month, while some other folks grow theirs at 0.5 inches per month. It really depends on what you are genetically predisposed to. To reach your OWN MAXIMUM GROWTH POTENTIAL (which may be 0.25 or 0.5), you should take care of your body and practice healthy lifestyle. This post does not indicate that once you follow the advice listed below, that your rate of hair growth will increase. I am simply saying that you should practice healthy habits to KEEP the rate of growth, that you are genetically predisposed to.
I believe that any hair can grow and reach it's maximum length if it is well cared for, however, there are several factors that can make retard your own growth rate.
It is generally known that hair grows at a rate of 0.25 to 0.5 inches per month, depending on one's genetic predisposition. However, there are certain factors that affect EACH INDIVIDUAL'S normal rate. These factors can cause hair loss or prevent your hair from reaching it's maximum length. Please note that everyone's normal rate differs due to genetics. The most common factors that can affect one's normal hair growth are:
- Improper Diet
- Too much stress
- Lack of physical exercise
Smoking: This can affect your blood vessels making it impossible for essential nutrients and oxygen to get to your hair follicles, which in turn will lead to thinning hair and slow growth rate. Besides, the toxins, carcinogens and chemicals found in tobacco can damage keratin, which is the main protein that makes up hair.
A lot of people overlook this and think that supplements can replace nutritious food. Hair needs essential nutrient to grow in a healthy manner and if your body is not getting the nutrients, you will hardly see any progress in your hair growth.
Foods rich in protein, sulfur and water should be consumed regularly as hair is made up mainly of these three things. Water must be consumed in amounts of at least 8 glasses a day to internally maintain the moisture level of your hair. Avoid eating foods rich in fat, sugar and salt.
will restrict blood supply to the scalp, which in turn will prevent nutrients from getting to your hair follicles. In fact, too much stress can make the hair detach from it's follicle and fall out. Stress is a fact of life for most people. You may not be able to get rid of stress but you can learn how to better manage it.
Lack of physical exercise:
In general, if you want a healthy body, exercise regularly!!!! Exercise helps the hair grow at one's normal rate as it encourages proper blood circulation, which in turn will allow nutrients to get to the scalp and hair. A scalp massage is also very necessary to improve blood circulation to your scalp.
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