If length is your goal, you should be aware of the factors that affect your hair growth.
Between hair product commercials, reality television shows, and magazine ads, long hair is constantly glorified in the media. A sign of glamour, lengthy locks are desired by many but cannot always be attained. There is a reason so many hair growth product companies are in business! Here are a few reasons your hair might not be the length you aspire to, some within your control, and some that are not.
Each person has an individual hair cycle growth phase in which their hair has potential to reach its longest. The terminal length of hair is the maximum length that it could possibly reach without being cut or damaged. Hair does not necessarily stop growing once it reaches a specific length but once a certain period of time has passed. The growth phase is largely determined by genetics and typically lasts between two and six years. Most hair grows half an inch per month on average; this can often be faster for Caucasians and Asians and slightly slower for those of African descent. Each hair completes the cycle at different points, so this is the reason most people have multiple lengths of hair on their heads at all times.