What Makes Your Hair Grow?

What Makes Your Hair Grow?

All You Need To Know About Growing Your Hair from the Hair Experts at Bliss Hair Salons in Nottingham & Loughborough

Ever asked the question ‘how fast does my hair grow?’ or ‘how many hairs have I got on my head?’

At Bliss Hair Salons in Nottingham and Loughborough, our expert stylists separate fact from fiction to bring you all you need to know about how your hair grows.

Did you know that on average you have 100,000 hair follicles on your head that grow at the rate of around ½ an inch per month or 0.35mm a day? How fast they grow can vary depending on diet, genetics and hormones. 

Ever wondered why it doesn’t hurt when you have your hair cut? Well, when hair grows it sprouts up from small pockets in the skin called follicles. The hair that grows up from the follicle root is made up from cell proteins, which our bodies feed from the blood vessels that are dotted around our scalp.

Hair starts to grow in length as more cells are generated and push through the skin. The protein 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!

Each individual hair strand has three different layers – the medulla, cortex and the cuticle. Both the cortex and the medulla are where the pigment is held, giving hair its colour.

Why can’t I grow my hair longer? 

It can be so frustrating if you have hair that only grows to a certain length.  If that sounds like you, the chances are you have flat hair follicles!  Round follicles grip the hair better so you have a better chance of growing hair longer while flat hair follicles are often associated with shorter hair.

As your hair grows and gets longer it also gets heavier until the follicle gets too heavy to hold and sheds the hair. Don’t worry though – it will grow another!

How to grow your hair – tops tips from Bliss Hair Salons in Nottingham & Loughborough

Although we can not make our hair grow longer than it wants to, we can help it to grow quicker. Here are our top hair tips to help you on your way towards healthy hair!

  • Eat a diet rich in 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 – although this will not make your hair grow faster it will prevent breakage, therefore increasing length. 

Visit the hair experts at Bliss Hair Salons, Nottingham & Loughborough

We are here to make your hair look and feel fabulous.  If you want a hair treatment, a fabulous colour, a restyle or a cut & blow dry, let our expert stylists work their magic.  Call your local Bliss Salon using the links below: