Since our birth and for many decades our follicles are growing and transforming into new, fresh hair. Throughout his life, it will be many times washed with shampoo, blow dried, styled, conditioned and for sure will be discoloured due to the sunshine and natural elements. It will be damaged by air conditioners, creams, masks and swimming pools. None of this does not helps our hair growing, and some of the above can seriously damage it’s fibres and structure. Hair Extensions are a perfect response but here are few considerations about how hair grows.
How the hair grows
It grows continuously, even if you are net really aware of it. At some point he spontaneously falls, the follicle rests for some time and starts to work again. Your hair re-grows permanently.
Between these two events (birth of a new and the loss of from 2 to 6 years old hair), the growth goes through three separate stages. These steps are important and one each has a name:
▪ Anagen phase (phase of growth, about 1000 days);
▪ Catagen phase (and of growth and rest, about 10 days);
▪ Telogen phase (phase loss of grown hair, about 100 days).
Anagen phase begins when the hair starts to grow. Period of uninterrupted growth lasts from 2 to 6 years. These periods vary depending on sex, age and genetics. At the same time your body actively produces the pigment melanin, which is the base colour of the hair.
Growth phase is followed by a short break is a Catagen phase. The follicle stops working, pigment production is stopped. This stage lasts from 1 to 2 weeks. The roots are resting, no growth.
The next phase — Telogen phase — lasts about 2 or 4 months. The new hair begins to grow and he naturally “pushes” the old one out of the roots. Most often the replacement occurs during the washing, styling or combing.
Hair loss is a completely normal process of replacing the old with new hair.
Any time anyone one out of ten hairs is in the Telogen phase hair (loss). This means we are potentially about to lose 1 of 10 of our hairs during washing or combing, styling. But as the growth is alternating between anagen, catagen and telogen phases we are not completely bold. Thanks, Mother Nature!
The hair grows at a rate of 1 cm a month, on average, which makes us about 12 cm a year. A 7 years period is the maximum possible of continuous growth. Therefore, during those theoretical 7 years of growth our the hair can grow up to about 1 meter. So, to have it waist-length (80-90 cm) we would need to let it grow for about 7 years. Still optimistic and want to know how to grow long hair, are you?
Not all people can have their Hair this length grown
Only those who have the longest phase of anagen (growth phase) will be lucky. And this is simply not possible for those whose growth phase lasts for 3 to 4 years. Of course, this depends on the sex, age and genetic characteristics of each particular person.
How to Grow Long Hair
General health and nutrition will certainly affect not only the quality of the hair, but also his growth. Diets have they importance, and hormonal background is also relevant. If we exclude all the health problems and consider that you are not on a diet (some diets can adversely affect the hair growth), then how could we improve the quality, amount and length of hair?
Minerals are very important, zinc in particular.
Zinc deficiency makes the hair growing thinner, less and slowly.
A zinc shortage in your body can lead to baldness. B vitamins do not only play certain role in the growth, but also improve his physical properties like elasticity, strength, brilliance.
What Food is Good for Growth
Zinc is included in many vitamin and nutritive mineral supplements. It has antioxidant properties and protects against premature skin and muscles ageing. Recommended daily Zinc allowance is 8 mg per day for women and 11 mg per day for men.
Beef, lamb, beef liver and red meet in general contain the largest concentration of zinc in food. The concentration of zinc in plants depends on it’s concentration in soil, on which they grew. Highest content of zinc is generally found in legumes, sesame, poppy, mustard, celery forest nuts, almonds, whole grains, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, clean rice, most sea fish, oysters, raspberries, blackcurrants.