The Science Behind What Makes Your Hair Grow!

The Science Behind What Makes Your Hair Grow!

Have you ever wondered ‘how long will it take for my hair to grow?’ or ‘why can’t I grow my hair longer?‘  The team at ubuntu hair & beauty salon in Kidlington, Oxford, are here with some answers!

How fast your hair grows also depends on a variety of factors such as genetics, diet and hormones. Your hair grows on average ½ an inch per month or 0.35mm a day.   If you are pregnant you may find that your hair grows quicker – and, if you are very lucky, it may grow thicker and shinier too!

Why Doesn’t It Hurt When I Have My Hair Cut? 

hair cuts at ubuntu hair & beauty salon in kidlington, oxfordEver wondered why it doesn’t hurt when you have your hair cut? Listen up – here comes the science bit…

We have an average of 100,000 hair follicles on the scalp which rows in small pockets in the skin called follicles.  The hair grows up from the root of the follicle which is made up from cell proteins

Our bodies feed these cell proteins from our blood vessels that are scattered around our scalp. As more and more cells are created, hair starts to grow in length through the skin, passing an oil gland along the way.

Emerging from the pit of each follicle is the hair shaft itself which is made from a hard, strong protein called keratin. When the hair is eventually long enough to show through the skin the hair is already dead, which is why you can’t feel anything when you get your hair cut!

Why Can’t I Grow My Hair Longer? 

Do you ever find that your hair just simply won’t grow any longer? Chances are you’re not doing anything wrong. Believe it or not, it could all be due to the shape and size of your hair follicles. Round follicles grip the hair better so have a better chance of growing hair longer while flat hair follicles are often associated with shorter hair lengths.

As your hair grows and gets longer it also gets heavier until the follicle gets too heavy to hold and sheds the hair. Don’t panic though – it will grow another!

Again genetics play a big part in how long hair grows and often we all have a certain hair length that beyond which, the hair simply will not grow.

How To Grow Your Hair – Tops Tips from Ubuntu Hair & Beauty Salon in Kidlington, Oxfordshire 

The expert hair stylists at ubuntu hair & beauty salon in Oxford have put together their top hair tips which should get you looking like Rapunzel in no time!

  • Eat a rich diet including protein, zinc and iron
  • Take supplements to help nourish your follicles and encourage hair growth
  • Use a gentle shampoo that gently exfoliates the scalp
  • Have a regular hair cut to prevent hair breakage.

What Causes Damage to my Hair?

Our team of experienced hair stylists advise that shampoos containing silicones can degrade the hair and the use of heated appliances will also break the hair shafts. Salt & chlorine can both soften the hair and result in it feeling dry so should be avoided. 

We offer a variety of specialist deep conditioning hair treatments that will leave your hair looking sensational with shiny healthy looking hair. 

Visit Ubuntu Hair & Beauty Salon in Oxford 

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our expert hairstylists in Oxford, please call our friendly and professional team on 01865 374571 or book online.