An Asian woman touching her long, healthy hair

The average human head has about 100,000 to 150,000 strands of hair. Every day, 100 to 150 of these strands are shed and replaced. With this knowledge, every impatient woman with short or thinning hair has this question on her mind: how to grow hair faster?

The first thing to understand is your hair’s condition and needs. Individuals with “thin hair” were either born with smaller hair follicles, resulting in finer, thinner strands, or are experiencing hair fall, resulting in thinner hair volume.

Hair fall can have different causes, including stress, hormones, diet, and genetics. Medication and other external factors may also trigger it. Visit your doctor to help you determine whether your thinning hair is natural. In the meantime, don’t fall prey to these common myths while trying to boost your hair growth. 

MYTH: Cutting Hair Will Make It Grow Faster

Move away from the scissors: Cutting your hair won’t make it grow faster!

FACT: Cutting hair has nothing to do with hair growth. Hair grows from the root, not the tip. However, when you cut the ends of the hair, you also eliminate split ends and damage that can make hair look unhealthy and frizzy. Getting a regular trim not only makes your hair look healthier, but it also becomes more manageable, enabling you to grow it longer while avoiding damage. 

Preventing damage is one of the best ways to promote healthy hair growth. Sunsilk Strong & Long Shampoo is formulated with biotin and aloe vera that work together to deeply nourish your hair. It helps hair get stronger as it grows longer.

MYTH: Brushing Hair 100 Times a Day Boosts Growth

Damage is the biggest hindrance to hair growth.

FACT: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, brushing hair 100 times a day can cause breakage, split ends, and hair loss — not hair growth. Brushing, however, can make the hair appear healthier and shinier by distributing the oils from the scalp the way a massage does. You don’t need to do it 100 times, though. 

Using a conditioner coats hair with enough nourishment and moisture. A product like Cream Silk Ultimate Reborn Standout Straight Conditioner is specially formulated to smoothen and tame hair in just one wash. It contains 40% more nourishing ingredients to give hair smoothness and shine.

MYTH: Not Switching Up Your Hair Products Leads to Slow Hair Growth

FACT: Switching up products is common advice for hair growth woes. Supposedly, your hair gets “used” to products, which then become less effective.

Indeed, Adjusting your haircare routine is necessary, but for a different reason. Your hair is constantly exposed to the environment, dirt, oils, and sweat, and buildup on our scalp and hair strands. Changes in the climate can make hair dry one day and oily the next. Stress can also increase oil production in the scalp and cause buildup. 

Use a shampoo or conditioner that caters to your hair's current needs. When your hair feels a little flat from excess oil, try Dove Nourishing Secrets Thickening Ritual Shampoo with lavender oil and rosemary extract, which is known to stimulating hair growth and increasing circulation in the scalp. This product gently cleans hair and boosts volume and body, while promoting long-term growth.

Wondering how to grow hair faster? Check your hair growth practices and focus on preventing damage, so your hair stays strong and healthy as it grows.