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How Fast Does Hair Grow?

By January 27th, 202111 Comments


On average, a hair grows for 3 to 6 years. Average hair grows about half an inch each month during that time, but at the temples, it tends to grow a bit more slowly. After this time, it slows its growth for a few weeks, then rests for a few weeks before being shed. There are always people whose hair will grow longer than 3-6 years or for less time than that. Variation is normal, of course! Hair on the legs and in the armpits grows at a similar rate to scalp hair.


  • Anonymous says:

    to Braelynn, i agree! i have curly hair as well and i never thought about it that way.

  • Anonymous says:

    Answer to anonymous:

    Yes ,the hair on your hair sheds(there are products which can slow shedding but thats another matter), but this doesn't mean all of your hair is going to fall out after 3 to 6 years. Your hair constantly has new growth so while some hair have reached their peak others will still continue to grow. Hope this helps.

  • Braelynn says:

    I guess my growth would be more noticeable if it didn't curl up on my head versus straight on my legs and under my arms. 😉

  • Hind says:

    I am not sure about the rate of the hair in the armpits and the legs.

    I don't have any hair in the legs and the hair in my armpits it grows very slowly.

    But my hair in the scalp grows in the normal average …

  • Anonymous says:

    Wait, I'm confused…so after 3-6 years, the hairs on your head shed?

  • Tai says:

    If the hair on my head grows as fast as the hair in other areas, I should be Rapunzel in about 4 years.

  • brunettefury says:

    I WISH the hair on my head grew as fast as the hair on my legs.

  • Anonymous says:

    I thought the same thing too when I read the article. If the hair on my head was growing like those other hairs, I would not even have to worry about protective styling or trying my hair like silk.

  • Anonymous says:

    Haha Kiss0my0curlz. I was thinking the exact same thing. If I were going by that hair as indicators, then the hair coming out of my scalp should be at least hip length by now.

  • Sharifas says:

    Haha! I say that almost every time I shave/wax…
    -siiigh- if only things were that simple.

  • kiss0my0curlz says:

    Not to sound "Gross" or unladylike,.. but if I saw my hair growing as fast as my apartment hair or leg hair I would jump for joy. They grow back coarse thick and strong despite the ripping from roots (wax), blunt cuts (shave), and chemical annihilation (Nair). And when my hair on my head is treated like the fine silk I am supposed to treat it as.. It doesn't yield the same growth. lol

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