Here’s a fascinating fact: You’re born with all the hair follicles you’ll ever have — around 5 million to be exact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Of those, about 100,000 follicles are on your scalp. When it comes to losing hair, the AAD says it’s totally normal to lose about 50 to 100 hairs a day.
Hair grows from a root at the bottom of a follicle under your skin. The blood in your scalp goes to the follicle and supplies oxygen and nutrients to the hair root, which helps your hair grow. As your hair grows, it will push through your skin and pass by an oil gland. According to the AAD, it’s the oil from this gland that makes your hair shiny and soft.
But what can help your hair grow? While genetics does play a role in maintaining healthy hair growth, several other factors also come into play. Although there’s no magical potion or remedy that will result in instant growth, there are steps you can take to help your hair grow.
Let’s look at 10 steps that may help your hair grow faster and stronger.
1. Avoid restrictive dieting
2. Check your protein intake
3. Try caffeine-infused products
4. Use essential oils
5. Boost your nutrient profile
6. Indulge in a scalp massage
7. Look into platelet-rich plasma treatment (PRP)
8. Hold the heat
9. Talk to your doctor about minoxidil
10. Go easy on coloring your hair