5 Ways To Spot Signs Of New Hair Growth

From dark shadows to soft peach fuzz - every hint is worth noting on your hair journey.

Reviewed by Tiffany Young, Certified Trichology Practitioner
By Ramona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach

Hair strands grow from the follicles, increase in length, and then fall out. Once old hair falls out, new hair grows back in its place, and the cycle continues. You can notice this by understanding the actual signs of new hair growth on your scalp. Most humans normally lose around 100 strands of hair daily (1). But some conditions may cause severe hair loss. A trichologist can help you resolve these hair loss issues. The right treatment options can stimulate new hair growth. Keep reading to understand all the signs that suggest your hair is growing back.

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Hair grows 1.25 centimeters per month or between 0.3 mm and 0.5 mm a day.

The 5 Signs Of New Hair Growth

Part your hair, down the middle and away from your face, and check your scalp under proper lighting. Take time to inspect the roots, scalp, edges, and hairline, especially the area close to the forehead. If you have not colored your hair, you will easily notice the signs of hair regrowth. Look out for:

1. Dark Spots Or Shadow

Close up of dark spots on a woman's scalp as a sign of new hair growth

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If you have dark hair, look closely for dark spots or specks. These are often referred to as a “shadow.” These dark spots indicate that your hair follicles are in the active phase of hair regrowth. The spots look dark because of the color pigment (melanin) in the hair shafts about to grow in the anagen phase (2).

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Anagen, or the growth phase, lasts about 2 – 6 years – during which the primary hair growth begins. Up to 90% of hair follicles are in this phase at any given time.

2. Fine and Short Hair Growth

Close up of baby hair strands on a woman's scalp as a sign of new hair growth

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If you notice fine and baby hair strands on your scalp, it is a sign of hair regrowth. If your scalp is healthy, these short hairs can grow noticeably faster than usual. However, these baby hair strands are delicate. Hence, pay attention and be gentle on your hair and scalp. Avoid scratching, massaging, and brushing aggressively.

3. Fuzz

Appearance of peach fuzz on the man's scalp as a sign of new hair growth

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When hair starts to regrow, it appears like fine “peach fuzz.” It is usually translucent and thinner than the rest of the hair on your scalp. If you recently underwent surgery or had a head injury and are worried about hair growth on the bald spot, the appearance of peach fuzz is a positive sign. It means the hair follicles on that lesion are active.

4. Strong Hair

Woman holding her strong, healthy hair

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Strong hair is a sign of healthy hair growth and indicates further new hair growth. The growing hair strands become active in a few months. They gain volume and grow longer and are not breakage-prone. This is a clear sign that your scalp is healthy to initiate hair regrowth.

5. Soft And Manageable Hair

Close up of a woman brushing her soft, manageable hair

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If your hair has become easier to manage, it is a sign of new and healthy hair growth. A healthy scalp supports healthy hair growth, and healthy hair is always soft and manageable. This is more noticeable in people who have undergone hair loss due to a health condition. Once you start recovering, you consume a healthy diet and take vitamin supplements (3). This improves your overall health and hair health.

Healthy hair grows roughly around half an inch per month, equating to six inches of natural hair growth over the year. Carefully observe your scalp, hair roots, edges, and hairline to notice signs such as peach fuzz or fine hair. The indicators listed in the article will assist you in identifying signs of new hair growth on your scalp. Also, it is crucial to take care of your hair properly and nourish it when you recognize hair growth. Follow a balanced diet, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and drink lots of water to promote healthy hair growth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does hair shedding mean new growth?

Hair shedding typically means some hair strands have reached the exogen phase of hair growth, which means their lifespan has ended. Once the hair sheds, new hair starts growing.

Does hair grow back if the root comes out?

Yes, hair does grow back, but it may take time as a new hair follicle needs to grow in place of the old before the hair shaft springs out. However, if the hair does not grow back, you should consult a trichologist as it could be a sign of a medical condition.

Why is my hair growing so slow?

Hair can grow slowly because of multiple reasons, like aging, hormonal changes, and stress.

Key Takeaways

  • Your hair is considered healthy if your strands grow six inches every year.
  • The appearance of black spots on the scalp (if you have dark hair) and having shorter strands hint at hair re-growth.
  • Other signs of new hair growth include thinner and softer hair, which is easier to manage.

Sources

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  1. Hair Evaluation Methods: Merits and Demerits
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC2938572/
  2. Hair Follicle Pigmentation
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1201498/
  3. Diet and Hair Loss: Effects of Nutrient Deficiency and Supplement Use
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5315033/
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