The Science Behind What Makes Your Hair Grow

The Science Behind What Makes Your Hair Grow

How Fast Does Hair Grow & Why? At Fringe Benefits Hair Salon in Gloucester 

Have you ever asked yourself ‘how fast does my hair grow?’ or ‘how many hairs have I got on my head’?

Here, the team of expert stylists at Fringe Benefits hair salon in Gloucester bring you all the scientific facts about how your hair grows.

You have on average an incredible 100,000 hair follicles on your head that grow around ½ an inch per month or 0.35mm a day!

The pace at which they grow differs depending on a variety of factors such as diet, nutrition, genetics and hormones.

Pregnant women often say that their hair feels thicker and stronger during pregnancy with a healthy shine, this is largely due to the extra hormones racing around the body.

The science behind your hair explained at top Gloucester hair salon

Pay close attention – here comes the science bit…

If you have ever wondered why it doesn’t hurt when you have your hair cut the simple reason is that when your hair pokes through your skin it is in fact already dead!

The hair that grows up from the follicle root is made up from cell proteins, which are fed by the blood vessels dotted around the scalp. Hair starts to grow in length as more cells are generated and push through the skin. A hard protein named keratin makes up the hair shaft itself and when it is long enough it will show through the skin.

When it eventually pops through to show on the scalp, the hair is already dead, which is why you can’t feel anything when you get your hair cut!

Why won’t my hair grow any longer?

Even with regular haircuts, frequent conditioning hair treatments and using the correct styling products, hair will often get to a length and then will simply not grow past it.

This is largely thanks to the size and shape of our hair follicles. Round follicles attach to the the hair better so have a better chance of growing long while flat hair follicles are often associated with shorter hair lengths as they struggle to attach to the hair.

Although hair will often get to a length to which it will not grow beyond this does not mean we can not encourage it to grow quicker and healthier.

The expert hairstylists at Fringe Benefits hair salon in Gloucester give you their top hair tips which will help to grow your hair longer.

  • Eat a rich diet including protein, zinc and iron
  • Take supplements to help nourish your follicles and encourage hair growth
  • Use a gentle shampoo that gently exfoliates the scalp
  • Regular haircuts at Fringe Benefits – although this will not make your hair grow faster it will prevent breakage therefore increasing length.

What causes damage to my hair?

We suggest avoiding the continued use of shampoos and conditioners that contain silicones as they can degrade the hair and cause hair breakage. Heated appliances can weaken and eventually break the hair shafts whilst chlorine can soften the hair and result in it feeling dry.

At our Gloucester hairdressing salon our expert team suggest regular trims and using professional hair care products that will help to strengthen and maintain a healthy, glossy head of hair. At Fringe Benefits our experienced hair stylists will deliver you luxury deep conditioning hair treatments that will leave your hair looking super glossy and help repair split ends.

Visit the hair experts at Fringe Hair Salon in Gloucester 

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our professional hairstylists in Gloucester or would like further advice regarding the hair services that we offer, call our friendly team on 01452 311606.

We offer fantastic discounted hair and beauty services in the Gloucester area – find out more about the offers and promotions  at Fringe Benefits.