When planning to grow long hair, it is but obvious that you would first like to know the rate at which your hair actually grow.
On an average, your tresses grow at a rate of 0.5 inches per month or almost 6 inches in a year. However, this rate may be more in case of certain individuals.
For instance, some people are genetically predisposed to have hair growth at the rate of nearly 15 inches in a year. Factors like diet, general health, lifestyle and hormones also have an effect on the way your hair grow.
Although it may seem that the hair on fringes develop faster than hair on the nape, but the fact is that strands of hair grow at the same rate at the crown, nape as well as fringe. The ones that are present on the temporal area and other parts of the body grow at a lesser rate.
Hair is a keratinized protein that consists of dead cells on the hair shaft and hair root that is alive.
Basically, there are about 100,000 strands of hair on the scalp. It is normal to lose almost 100 strands in a day that are replaced by new hair over a period of time.
The cycle of hair growth depends on cell division. During this hair growth cycle, hair grows actively during the first stage, that is, anagen phase.
Cell division takes place in cells present in the bulb of the hair follicle; thereby pushing the hair forwards and making it longer.
During the second stage known as catagen phase, hair cells in the bulb stop developing. This phase lasts for about 2-3 weeks.
The third and final stage is called telogen. During this stage old hair fall out hence paving the way for new hair to grow. Strands of hair usually fall out within 1-6 years under normal conditions.
Rate of hair growth tends to decrease with increasing age. Therefore, your hair may merely grow at a rate of a quarter inch in a month in old age.
If you are wondering about the daily rate at which your hair grow then rest assured that your tresses grow approximately 0.3 to 0.4 mm per day.
Surely, it is difficult to appreciate such insignificant amount of growth on your head when you are craving for much more!