“some people can’t grow long hair due to genetics”

Hi lovelies, there’s a common belief that

“some people can’t grow long hair due to genetics”.

It’s a myth.

According to SCIENCE, genetics only affects:

1. The number of hair follicles you have- ie how much volume of hair you have (fullness). The same number of follicles you’re born with is the number you’ll have your whole life. This is determined at conception!

2. The rate of growth. Some people grow hair at a rate of 1/2 of an inch every month while others grow as much as 3/4 of an inch in a month.

While factor 1 doesn’t affect length at all, factor number 2 can only “slow” your hair growth but not STOP you from growing LONG hair.

Your hair grows in phases: growth phase (anagen), resting phase (catagen), transition phase (telogen) and then goes back to the growth phase again.

MOST of your hair (90%) is in the growth phase which lasts from 3-6 years. Only 10% of your hair MAXIMUM will be shedding at any one time if healthy.

Let’s do the math:

WORST CASE SCENARIO, if your hair grows at least 1/2 an inch every month for a minimum of 3 years, BEFORE it sheds, you are able to grow (0.5 x 12 x 3= 18) at the very worst, 18 inches of hair. That’s approximately BRA STRAP LENGTH!

The factors that slow and affect hair growth negatively are:

  • Stress
  • Lack of proper care
  • Incompatible products
  • Trauma (causes hair loss)
  • Illness
  • Improper diet
  • Tight hairstyles
  • Lack of moisture (which includes humidity and moisture applied by you)

So to grow long, healthy, full hair, you need to simply:

  • Eat well (balanced, colourful diet)
  • Stay hydrated
  • Be gentle with your hair
  • Use products that are gentle and work well
  • Moisturise daily


  • Take care of your own well-being: as in, reduce your stress.

The same rules apply to nail and skin health too!

Plenty of love,




Published by ChiOhi

Writer. Bookworm. Teacher. Wife and Mum. Child of God. Natural Hair Obsessionist and science nerd. When I’m not weaving words together, I’m mixing together organic ingredients to create beautiful cosmetics.

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