Waiting for your hair to grow when you have gotten a questionable haircut, are trying out a hair loss medication, or you just want to try out a longer style can seem like watching grass grow. (Although, grass growth rates have hair growth rates beat by a long shot at around 2-6 inches a month...)
There are some average growth rates that are attainable for most people, as long as you are not dealing with some sort of hair loss condition or scalp disorder.
Even for the fastest hair growth rates, hair growth will almost always seem to take a long time -- and this is normal. Learn a little more about what growth rates should be expected to help you gather some patience when you are hoping for longer locks.
Below, we will cover the average growth rates in 6 months for perfectly healthy heads of hair, what sort of growth rates you may expect when you are on hair loss treatment medications, why there is sometimes a lag in growth when starting hair loss treatments, and how you can help your hair reach its optimal growth rates.
For the average person, you can expect hair to grow at a rate of about ½ an inch per month, or about 3 inches in a 6 month period.
Some lucky people do have growth rates higher than this, up to maybe ¾ of an inch per month, or maybe even 1 inch per month, although this is not very common. People with spectacular hair growth rates in these ranges likely have some great hair genes to thank for their faster-than-average growth. However, these faster growth rates are unlikely to be something you can attain from starting a supplement, medication, or any other hair growth booster.
Basically, if you seem to be hitting right around ½ of an inch of new growth per month, you are doing perfectly fine in the hair growth department.
For someone who has something going on with their hair or scalp, you may be seeing slower rates of growth than the ½ in per month. This may be able to be helped by taking care of the root problem like male pattern hair loss, dandruff, or anything else that seems to be taking a toll on your scalp. Hair growth rates also tend to slow down naturally with age.
If you are currently on a hair loss regimen for male pattern or female pattern hair loss, using medications like Minoxidil, Finasteride, or Spironolactone, you may not expect to get ½ inch of hair growth right off the bat. In fact, some people experience a few weeks to months of paused growth or shedding when starting on medication for hair loss.
This initial shedding may be due to some hair follicles being more rapidly pushed out of the resting or shedding growth phases and onto the active new growth phase. Ultimately, this is a good thing and may mean that more follicles are actively growing a few months down the line.
However, the growth that you do have, should still be around the ½ a month range.
In male pattern and female pattern hair loss, part of the mechanism of the hair loss is the shrinking of the hair follicles leading to the production of thinner, finer, and shorter hairs. In this case, even if the hair is growing at a normal rate of ½ inch per month, it may look very fine, and fall out sooner than usual, making it seem like it is not growing.
With medications like Finasteride, Dutasteride, and Spironolactone, they try and stop the miniaturization of the hair follicles in the first place. If you can avoid hair follicle miniaturization with medications like these, you may be able to see hair growth more easily, or be able to revive some follicles that were on the road to becoming dormant.
You may not be able to force your hair to grow much faster than ½ in per month, but you can do what you can with lifestyle changes to give it the best possible chance of hitting the optimum growth that your follicles can muster.
Take good care of yourself with plenty of nutritious food, enough water, adequate sleep, low stress levels, and regular exercise. Many of these general health tips also apply to you growing the healthiest hair possible.
If you are currently on a regimen of hair loss, staying consistent with your medications and applying or taking your treatments at about the same time each day can help you see the best results.
At Strut, we carry multiple hair loss medications in both oral and topical formulations. We offer hair loss treatments for men and women using evidence-based active ingredients like Finasteride, Minoxidil, Dutasteride, Tretinoin, and Spironolactone.
If you are interested in seeing if one of our hair loss treatments may be a good fit for you, you can have a free questionnaire and image-based telemedicine visit with our U.S. licensed doctors today in about 10-15 minutes.
If you are a good candidate for hair loss treatment, your medications will be shipped to your front door with our free shipping.
If you have any questions during your hair loss treatment journey, our team and doctors are available for free unlimited follow-ups.