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Can You Grow Hair in a Week?

author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
Can You Grow Hair in a Week?
A woman is brushing her long hair by the water. Photo Credit: Janie Airey/Photodisc/Getty Images

You can definitely grow hair in a week -- just not very much. Hair grows at a rate of 0.35 millimeters per day, so after seven days, your locks will be 2.45 millimeters -- or 0.01 inch -- longer. In a month, though, this adds up to about 1/4 inch of growth. You can't really do anything to speed up this rate, which is set according to your genetics and the natural hair growing cycle.

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What You Can Do

Trim your hair regularly as it grows out to make sure it looks well-groomed and to avoid breakage. A healthy diet full of iron, biotin and zinc -- nutrients found in meats, nuts, seeds and whole grains -- also ensures hair health. A regular scalp massage as you shampoo will stimulate the hair follicles. Condition your hair regularly so that it stays healthy as it grows and looks as lustrous as you imagine when it reaches full length.

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