If you’re here, you’ve probably already spent an hour panic-Googling how to make your hair grow faster, while pouring over medical sites that offer zero comfort. Maybe you’re currently convinced your hair is looking thinner after anxiously examining your hairline in the mirror (been there), or maybe you just gave yourself a regrettable at-home haircut and are now looking for ways to make your hair grow faster within a week.
Whatever the reason, our team of eight experts—two dermatologists, two trichologists (hair scientists), and four hairstylists—is here to help with the correct facts on how to grow your hair, along with all the debunked myths and the best hair-growth products and tips that really work. Let's get started.
How fast does hair grow?
According to research, hair naturally grows at a rate of 0.35 millimeters per day, which equals roughly ½-inch per month for a total of 6 inches per year. Note: The shorter your hair (whether you're working with a bob, lob, bangs, or a buzzcut), the faster your hair will appear to grow—even though the rate hasn't changed. Similarly, already-long hair may appear to be at a standstill, when it's actually steadily growing (barring, of course, medical complications; more on that below).