Hair is the fastest growing tissue on our body with an average growth rate of 0.5 cm to 1.7 cm per month. Optimal hair growth occurs from age 15 to age 30 and then takes a decline in growth speed from age 40 to 50.
This applies to both men and women, however for men, most find their beard growth faster after the age of 50.
According to PubMed, genetic factors are responsible for the density, length, color and texture of hair.
Hair growth speed is affected by our ethnicity, genetics, gender, age and hormones. Hair products such as shampoos and vitamin supplements do not noticeably change the rate of hair growth.
What does affect hair growth are nutrient deficiencies and hormone fluctuations. Episodes of anorexia, bulimia, zinc deficiencies or anemia will affect hair growth, as will thyroid disease, menopause and polycycstic ovaries.
How to make your hair grow super fast? Eat a healthy diet. Hair grows best when your body is healthy and filled with the nutrients required. When your body’s metabolic requirements are met, all vitamins and minerals, optimal hair growth will result.
A diet full of fruits and vegetables, protein and a proper amount of fat will yield faster growing, healthy hair in both men and women. The group of B vitamins, especially biotin, are particularly important for hair growth.
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) gives hair flexibility, strength and shine. Vitamin B6 helps prevent dandruff. Vitamin B12 helps with hair loss. Vitamin B5 also helps with hair loss and greying.
People with poor diets and nutrient deficiencies are often seen with dry, stringy hair that lacks natural luster and shine. They can even experience hair loss from having a poor diet, however, once the nutrient deficiencies are corrected, the hair will be restored.
How do you help your hair grow faster? Eat a healthy hair diet. A good healthy hair diet should include salmon, dark green vegetables, beans, nuts, poultry, eggs, whole grains, carrots and low-fat dairy products.