Are You Ever too Old to Grow Long Hair? How Does Your Age Affect Your Hair Growth Rate?

Older woman with natural hair

Right off the bat with no real thought my answer to that question is a resounding yes. Of course my answer is based on the flashes of pictures of gorgeous silver foxes with long flowing gray hair that my mind has retained.

I also have a bit of experience too, my grandmother has hair that is at the very least waist length for as long as I can remember so without even thinking about it why would I think that long hair for mature ladies would be impossible?

However we cannot rightfully answer that question without a bit of thought and science. Lets take my grandma for instance, she has worn her hair in a braided bun for as long as I can remember. She brushes her hair at night, covers it, wakes up buns it and repeats this ritual daily.


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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Jennifer Greene

Nooooo

Cunchyne Stribling

Nooo my grandmother before she passed away her hair was to her butt and she was 90

Starlan Hoke

My Grandma was 93 she was the same way

Sheree RowellArmstead-Morgan

I am in my late 50’s, and I am already am noticing slower growth. Medications also play a role in shedding. Can’t wait for warmer weather, hopefully it will grow a little faster.

Helena
Helena

Thank you for a thoughtful, respectful, hopeful, loving, and sensitive article. 🙂 And, blessings upon your grandmom!

Jennifer Queen

Sheree did you ever attend Saint Patrick school?

Carmen Martinez

Hair never stops growing…..did you know that your hair continues to grow up to one year after death? While the rest of your body is decomposing, your hair on top of your head is still growing

Kristin Douglas

No.

Cb Sampson

I dont think age effects growth as long as you are healthy and eat healthy food along with 30 mins of exercise daily circulation effects growth

Lvnmb
Lvnmb

Happy to see this addressed. I’m trying go natural at age 58. Anyone with female pattern baldness in the family having success with natural hair? What products, styles etc? I have been thinning in the top and front for a few years now.
And what if you want silver-white vs yellow/gray? When I started becoming salt and pepper it just made my hair look dull and dirty. Now that I have more defined white hairs it’s looking better and I’ve officially been natural almost 2 years, but just stopped using petroleum products, sulfate shampoo etc for about a year and already see a big difference in my hair.
One more question….might as well ask em all since I only read not post 99% of the time. I have been carefully observing the hairs in my hand when I finger comb and seems my head is a mix of 3c,4a, with a patch of 4b/c and even some 3bs! Good thing is much less “broken ends” , almost no split ends but of course SSKnots! I notice a few hairs that have completed the growing cycle, whether 4a or 3b, tend to be 6-10″ or more long…..does that mean the most my hair will grow is 12″s?
Ok I’m done!
Love BHI! Great articles! Love it! LVnmb

zainab
zainab

My mum is 55 and her hair still grows well,am 22 yet my hair doesn’t grow as fast as her hair does and she’s has this habit of trimming off 3 to 4inch of her hair yearly

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Coco_Kitchi-gummi

One grandmother that passed had really long hair, but my other grandmother chose to cut her hair short, she just didn’t want to spend so much time styling it. I’m glad that someone addressed that just because your getting older that you have to cut your hair.