How long it takes for hair to grow is not a definite timeline as each individual, men and women have different rates of hair regrowth. 

Hair regrowth after any type of hair loss can be much different than our usual hair growth cycle. It is normal to lose 100 hair strands in a day, however if the thinning of hair is much greater or there is concern for pattern hair loss or issues with blood flow to the scalp, a health professional should be consulted. 

Stages of Hair growth

Hair growth occurs in four distinct stages, the final one being the shedding of old hair making room for new hair growth. Each phase has a timeline and the rate at which hair regrow will be determined by the age, nutrition and overall health of the individual. 

This is where active hair growth takes place during which hair follicles are producing hair. The duration of this phase varies from person to person and also depends on the area of the body where hair is growing. The eyebrow hair has a shorter anagen phase and scalp hair has a longer anagen phase lasting anywhere from 2-7 years. 

In this phase the hair follicles push out hair which continue to grow until they are cut or reach their lifespan.  

This phase is the transition phase and starts once the anagen phase ends. In this phase the hair growth slows or stops as the hair follicles shrink and separate from the bottom of the hair follicle yet remain till final days of hair growth cycle. However this phase is very short and only lasts 2-3 weeks. 

This is called the resting phase of the hair growth cycle. In this time the old hair remains in the follicle while the new hair grows beneath it. So hair doesn’t grow but doesn’t fall out either. This phase lasts around 3-4 months. 

This phase can be an extension of the telogen phase and leads to hair shedding from the scalp. In this phase the new hairs are growing in place of the old hairs. The old hair falls out as a natural process of hair growth. 

Factors affecting hair regrowth

There are various factors which influence how long it takes for hair to grow or regrow. Some of these include inflammation, hormonal fluctuations, stress, nutritional imbalances and insufficient sleep. 

Genetics of an individual can play a significant role in hair regrowth rate and thickness. There is hereditary hair loss as well which can affect hair cycle. These are called male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. As we age, our hair growth tends to slow down. Hence why older individuals experience thinner, slower growing hair compared to those younger. 

Stress in high levels can disturb the hair growth cycle and ultimately lead to hair loss. Our body releases a hormone called cortisol from the adrenal glands in response to stress. Whilst the body undergoes stress, the cortisol levels rise interrupting the growth cycle causing conditions like telogen effluvium in which hair enters the rest phase and shed resulting in hair loss. Individuals should try to manage stress via exercise, meditation, sufficient sleep and seek help when required. 

Nutrition deficiency can affect hair regrowth. Ensuring a balanced diet high in vitamins, minerals and protein is important for hair to grow faster. Nutrients like zinc, biotin, vitamin E and iron support hair follicles and promote hair growth. 

Hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause can cause temporary hair loss or sometimes permanent hair loss. Furthermore health conditions such as thyroid diagnosis or alopecia areata as well as side effects of medications could be a contributing factor to hair fall. 

How long does it take for hair to grow back?

There is no exact way to calculate the timeline for how long it takes to regrow hair. This is primarily due to the varying growth cycles and influencing factors. On average, our head hair grows at a rate of about half an inch per month. However this isn’t for everyone and hence why some people can take several months to notice any growth in hair length. 

There are many hair loss treatments available and many remedies to stop hair loss.

This is a gradual process which requires consistent care and maintenance. 

– Maintaining a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals are essential to stimulate hair growth.

– Avoid harsh chemicals in shampoo and conditioner, hard hair treatments and excessive heat styling are ways to ensure hair starts growing.

– Regular haircuts help prevent split ends which keeps hair healthy

– A clean scalp with regular scalp massage will support optimal hair growth.

Consult a doctor

There are many hair loss treatment options ranging from home remedies, lifestyle changes to pharmaceutical medications. There are certain procedures like platelet rich plasma insertion which is to treat hair loss and promote regrowth. It is important to consult a health professional regarding any concerns about hair fall or hair growth.

Consult a doctor