You’ve had a hair restoration procedure here at RHRLI, the grafts have healed, and now you’re waiting to see results. It’s perfectly normal for the hairs in the transplanted follicles to fall out and go dormant for up to two months as part of the healing process. New hairs will then form in those follicles and appear on the scalp within three to four months.
The most common question we get after a week or so is, “how soon will I start to see new hair?” That’s usually followed by “can I do anything to speed up hair growth?”
What Actually Helps Hair Growth?
While genetics is a key factor in how fast or slow hair grows, other elements also influence the rate of hair growth. Age, diet, stress, hormones, scalp health, hair care habits, medication, and overall health all affect how fast or slow hair grows. On average, men’s hair tends to grow faster than women’s hair, unless the woman is pregnant.
So, if you want your hair to grow faster, lowering your stress levels will not only help but also provide general lifestyle benefits. Improving your general health can have the byproduct of speeding up hair growth – especially if those health changes allow you to decrease or eliminate the use of medication that adversely affects hair growth.
Avoiding poor hair care habits also helps, not so much because it speeds up hair growth but because damage can slow down hair growth. Using blow dryers on too high a setting, overusing curling irons and flat irons, excessive chemical treatments and tight hairstyles that cause traction alopecia can all damage hair and hair follicles, interfering with good hair growth.
How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster?
If you ask yourself, “How can I grow more hair?” or how to do it faster, what you eat can make a difference. We already know that diet and poor nutrition can lead to hair loss. Eating the right things can improve hair growth rate and overall hair health. Even better, you can start these changes before your hair restoration procedure or during recovery from the process.
Biotin, also known as Vitamin B7, promotes good nail and hair growth. A deficiency causes hair loss, brittle nails, and nerve damage. Protein is also important for good hair growth, which can be a challenge for vegans and vegetarians.
Other nutrients that can improve the rate of hair growth include:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Folic Acid
- Essential fatty acids, especially omega-3s.
Get a Free Hair Loss Evaluation
If you have questions about hair restoration or are experiencing hair loss, call RHRLI for a free consultation. My many years of experience as a hair restoration surgeon and my state-of-the-art facility using the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System means that you will have an outstanding experience. Get your free consultation at RHRLI by contacting us today.