Myth No. 5: Hair Grows Faster On Different Parts Of The Head


     True. There is some scientific evidence that the growth rate of hair may vary on different parts of the head for select people.  There is also some indication that the growth rate of hair on babies may be faster on the crown than on any other parts of the scalp.  Usually the growth rate differences are very marginal and will not impact the hair appearance in any way.

     I really like this one. I always have to bite my tongue when a client says, “my back never grows” or “my top grows faster than everything else”. I usually just stand there and agree because it just seems useless to get into it. With a perplexed look on my face I will just say “really” and sound as surprised as possible.


     Nine times out of ten the reason why your back never grows is because you want it to and the reason why your top grows so fast is because you don’t want it to. Technically speaking shorter hair will seem like it grows faster because you can tell the difference more readily than you will with long hair. When a client, male or female has a short haircut every quarter inch makes a huge difference in the performance and shape of that haircut. With a longer head of hair it is feasible that going an extra week or two won’t seem like a big deal. The only wild card would be a long hair client who is completely in tune with their hair and its performance at different lengths which would pretty much describe my whole long hair clientele.


     The aging process also has a lot to do with different hair growth rates throughout the

head. Over the years both men and women thin out on the tops of their heads; unfortunately! Fear not ladies it is rare that you will see women go bald. This process of thinning hair as we age will affect the hair quality and growth of the hair which is why scalpfriendly products are a must for healthy hair growth. It really lights my fire when a company will say they have a shampoo and conditioner in one that will cleanse and condition or a cream like product that will cleanse the hair and scalp at the same time. On the other side of the coin cheap surfactants used in cheap shampoos can be very harsh on the scalp causing an array of nasty scalp conditions, and cheap conditioners that clog the pores of the scalp will do the same.


     Hair DOES grow at a different growth rates throughout the head and body for that matter. However it is so marginal that it should not affect the way your haircut grows out to a large degree.


!See you next time for our next myth or truth session!

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