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Mythbusters! Does Hair Grow Slower in Winter?

06 Jun 2024
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Have you ever found yourself staring at the mirror, wondering when your hair will finally reach its ultimate length? Or perhaps you've experienced the regret of a 'trending' Style Cut that just doesn't suit you the way you thought it would, wishing your locks would magically grow back overnight. 

Many people are fascinated by hair growth or frustrated by its lack thereof. But how fast does hair really grow, and do the seasons affect its growth rate? 

Let's take a look into the science behind our crowning glory.


 

 

 

Firstly, it's important to understand the basics of hair growth. Hair grows from follicles found beneath the skin. These follicles experience a cycle of growth, rest, and shedding. In general, our hair grows around half an inch per month, which is just under 1.5 cm. The growth rate varies from person to person and can be influenced by genetics, age, health, and, yes, even the climate and seasons! 

Which is where we find ourselves now ... in the cold winter months.

Research suggests that colder temperatures are connected to (lack of) hair growth. During winter, our bodies prioritise keeping vital organs warm, which can reduce blood flow to the extremities, including the scalp. Since blood carries essential nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles, reduced circulation can slow hair growth.

Environmental factors such as dry air and indoor heating can also lead to dehydration, which may impact the health of the scalp and hair. A dry scalp can result in itchiness, dandruff, and even hair loss, exacerbating the perception of slower growth during winter.

However, everyone's hair is different. So, while some people may notice a change in their hair growth rate during winter, others may not.

Diet, stress levels, and hair care are essential for overall hair health and growth.

So, what can you do to support healthy hair growth, regardless of the season? Here are a few of our expert tips:

  1. Nourish from Within: Maintain a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein, which are essential for hair health.
  2. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your scalp and hair hydrated, especially in dry winter conditions.
  3. Protect Your Scalp: Wear hats or scarves outdoors to shield your scalp from harsh weather conditions.
  4. Avoid Overstyling: Limit the use of heat styling tools and harsh chemical treatments, which can damage the hair and hinder growth.
  5. Be Gentle: Handle your hair with care, avoiding tight hairstyles and excessive brushing or combing, especially when wet.
  6. Regular Trims: Regular trims can promote hair growth by preventing split ends, which can lead to breakage and stunted growth.

Understanding the factors controlling hair growth and embracing healthy habits can help your locks reach their full potential, regardless of the season.

So, the next time you find yourself impatiently waiting for your hair to grow, remember to give it the nourishment and care it deserves—and before you know it, you'll be flaunting those luscious locks with confidence, no matter the season! 

Remember, every stylist at Just Cuts is an expert in haircare. They can help prescribe the best hair styling and hair care tips tailored to your needs. Visit your nearest Just Cuts salon today!

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