Reasons for Slow Hair Growth

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Hair growth is affected by a number of factors.
Hair growth is affected by a number of factors. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of asobi tsuchiya)

Slow-growing hair can be a nuisance for those who desire long, flowing locks. Many factors contribute to the rate of hair growth and quality of hair produced.

Normal Hair Growth

Normal, healthy hair grows roughly half an inch per month, with slightly faster growth in the summer months. Healthy hair grows an average of 6 inches each year, according to Karen Marie Shelton at HairBoutique.com.

Hair growth rates vary with the season.
Hair growth rates vary with the season. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of mikal-bisnovat)

Causes

One or more of the following factors can slow hair’s growth, reports HealthCareandLife.com: poor diet, illness, certain medications, stress, aging and poor hair care practices.

Illness can slow down hair growth.
Illness can slow down hair growth. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Hamed Saber)

Considerations

Hair that appears to be slow growing may in fact be growing at the normal rate. Chronic hair breakage can take length from the ends of the hair, making it appear to be growing slowly, says FasterHairGrowth.org.

"Slow growing" hair may actually be breaking hair.
"Slow growing" hair may actually be breaking hair. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Saquan Stimpson)

Solutions

While some causes of slow hair growth such as age and illness are beyond your control, you can encourage hair growth in other ways. Improve your nutrition by eating a well-balanced diet. Decrease your stress levels by exercising regularly. Avoid harsh styling treatments that cause hair damage and breakage.

A balanced diet can improve your hair's growth rate.
A balanced diet can improve your hair's growth rate. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt)

Considerations

Consult a physician if hair problems do not improve, as it may be a sign of an underlying medical issue.

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