Does hair grow faster or slower than fingernails or toenails? What makes nail growth faster or slower? All three are made of keratin, a strong protein that is also present in animal hooves, so we assume that they would grow at the same rate, but do they? First let’s discuss what we are dealing with.
Both hair and nails have living parts, but those living parts are beneath the skin. Hair and nails grow out from a matrix, which for our hair turns into our hair follicle; for our nails it is the nail bed or nail plate.
Audrey Sivasothy says, “Cells grow out from the matrix, and older cells eventually are pushed out by newer cells growing in. The newer cells cause the older cells to become compacted, and as the cells are further removed from their blood supply, they form keratin proteins and begin to harden into the hair fiber, or nail, that we see.”
Hair growth and nail growth are the results and are known as keratinization, which is what makes our hair and nails grow.
Hair and nails are a direct result of our health. How we eat, how we exercise or move and how we are handling stress and life. Several diseases will and can cause hair loss along with dry, brittle, dotted, yellow, or unusual nails. Livestrong attributes healthy nails to a healthy organs like the thyroid, kidneys, and our hormones. Things like poor blood circulation, bad eating habits and some medications can directly slow down the growth rates of your hair along with your nail growth.
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Your age, diet, exercise or lack there of and even sex can all contribute to the growth of your hair and nails. Experts say summer is when hair and nails grow the fastest yet scientists do not know why.
So, which grows faster? nails or hair? According to Sivasothy,
Fingernails grow approximately 2 to 3 millimeters, or about 1/8 inch, per month. Toenails grow slower than fingernails, at a rate of about 1 mm per month. Hair, on the other hand, grows at a much faster rate: roughly ¼ to ½ inch per month, or 6 inches per year. In fact, after bone marrow, hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body.
Why are products like biotin and hair and nail growth products so popular and folks SWEAR by them? It’s because they help to strengthen both and make it harder for them to break which make lead to them hanging around longer giving length retention. Honestly, just by me taking a muti-vitamin like ONE A DAY Womens Complete Daily Multivitamin allows me to see my nails getting stronger and getting longer.
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In supplements with Vitamin C, B2, B7 and vitamin E wills all aid in healthy tissue and will make your hair stronger, healthier, and can grow at amazing rates. Yes, these can all of which can be found in foods instead of a supplement but taking care of your hair and nails will help too so they won’t break after all your hard work! I am not knocking supplements at all, as I use them, but never underestimate the power of eating right and exercising along with knowing how to properly care for those nails and your hair. Check out my books (both above) for maximum hair growth and knowledge.
Take care of both your hair and nails,