If you’ve decided to use a hair-growth product, you probably have lots of questions—and chances are the ones you’re most curious about include: How long will it take for my hair to grow? What results should I realistically expect?
The simple answer is: Depending on what’s causing your hair loss or thinness, the results can vary from person to person. Some people may not see the growth they were hoping for, while others will see visible changes in thickness and length.
Either way, persistence and patience (and maybe for some people, expert help) are key. Start with arming yourself with some knowledge. Here are your questions, answered!
How Long Does It Take to Get Visibly Thicker, Longer Hair From Serums and Supplements?
Hair grows, on average, about half an inch per month, or six inches a year .
So any change will likely take a minimum of 30 days, but 90 days is more likely for people to see actual results. Others may not see much change for six months.
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results immediately—it doesn’t mean your case is hopeless or that you should give up. Be patient and give your body time to work with your product!
There are many different factors that can influence hair growth , including your:
- Stress level
Which is why results will be different for everyone!
Why Won’t I See Immediate Results?
Your hair grows in stages, also called cycles, and they’re another reason why you won’t see immediate results from a hair-growth product.
During the anagen phase—the growth phase—your hair will grow anywhere from two years to seven years before entering a “resting” period of about three months.
The next cycle, called catagen, is when your hair stops growing and new hair growth begins. The final stage, called telogen, is when the hair will eventually fall out, and you’ll lose around 50-150 hairs each day .
Fortunately, most of your hair remains in the anagen phase—about 90 percent . The goal is to keep hair in the anagen phase for as long as possible support proper growth, because as you age—along with other factors—hair can prematurely enter the resting period and stop growing sooner than it should.
Why Does Hair Growth Take Longer for Some People?
You are unique! And your hair growth will be, too.
Again, this goes back to all the things that make you and your hair one-of-a-kind, from your genes to your stress level to what you eat.
There are also certain conditions that can delay or minimize the results you see from using a hair-growth product. These conditions include:
- Traction alopecia. A condition that results from putting too much physical stress on hair—think a tight ponytail or other hairstyles that put tension on hair follicles. Traction alopecia is reversible in its early stages, but if it continues, your hair follicles may be permanently impacted, reducing your chances for new growth .
- Alopecia areata. An autoimmune disorder thought to be caused by intense stress, alopecia aerate can cause hair to leave the anagen (growth) phase too soon and enter the resting stage. While hair can certainly grow back, the disorder can be unpredictable, so hair growth results may be unpredictable as well .
- Telogen effluvium. Temporary hair loss that occurs approximately three months after an episode of severe stress, shock or trauma, hair may take three to six months to grow back following telogen effluvium .
Hair growth isn’t impossible with any of these conditions, and they don’t mean that you can’t support your hair to give it its best chance for growth!
What Can You Do to Maximize Hair Health and Wellness?
So what can you do to support your hair while you’re waiting for a hair growth product to work?
- Stay consistent. You wouldn’t stop using a skincare cream or serum once you start seeing brighter, more youthful-looking skin, so don’t stop using your hair care serums or supplements, even after you start seeing results!
- Eat healthy. Supplements are an excellent way to support hair health, but don’t let them take the place of a well-balanced diet. There’s a reason they’re called supplements! With that said, supplements allow you to pack your body with the necessary, targeted ingredients that will support hair growth. For gorgeous hair rejuvenation, Vegamour’s GRO+ Advanced Gummies take hair growth to a new level by using broad-spectrum CBD oil to help reduce stress, nourish hair and support stellar growth.
- Manage your stress. Like you need one more thing to manage, right? But in all seriousness, stress can play a role in hair loss, so taking care of yourself can support hair wellness in addition to overall wellness !
- Style with care. Heat can put stress on hair and negatively influence its growth, so be mindful of how often you use heat to style your locks. You don’t have to toss your blow dryer, but decreasing your use (or moving the dryer farther away from your head) can help you see more vigorous growth !
- Nourish your hair with a serum. Just like your slathering your face with a concentrated serum will encourage more noticeable results, a hair serum will give your locks the best chance at lushness. Consider our GRO+ Advanced Hair Serum, which we’ve specifically formulated so hemp can penetrate hair follicles to improve circulation, extend the anagen (growth) phase, and support stronger, thicker hair!
Now you can approach your hair-growth journey with well-managed expectations. Be patient and let your hair down!