For years I’ve listened to debates about black hair growth. I’ve heard black women saying “My hair just doesn’t grow” or “Girl know you’ve got that growing hair”
Think about this….if you have a relaxer or you get your hair done in braids or locks, don’t you have to go to the salon for a touch up, re-braid or retighten every so often? Yes!…you do!
What that means is that your hair does grow. If it didn’t, the hair care industry would have a meltdown because they’d never sell another tub of relaxer or service again!
Black hair growth is just like the hair growth of any other group. Let’s look at the real difference between your hair and others.
What makes black hair different is the way that it grows. We have kinky, coily, curly or wavy hair that grows out of the hair follicles in a spiral shape. The tighter the spiral…the tighter the curl pattern produced.
You hair grows anywhere between 1/8th to 1 inch a month. Depending on your genetics and also how healthy you are it also has a maximum length it can grow to that’s different for every individual.
The healthier you are, the faster you hair grows. If you or anyone else you know has ever had kids you might have noticed a growth spurt in your/their hair. This is mainly because women tend to eat better and be on prenatal vitamins and this helps to make the hair grow faster than normal.
Your hair also grows faster in the hot months than the cold months and the rate at which is grows will tend to slow down as you age.