How to Force Hair Growth

Hair growth
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Q: My hair is weird. The hair underneath seems to grow faster than the hair on the top. Also, my bangs grow really fast, too. Is there any way that I can make my hair grow?
I don't use hair dye, and I was my hair every 2 to 3 days because the oils in the hair are supposed to keep your hair healthy and shiny. I just don't know how to make the hair grow.

A: The likelihood is that your hair seems to grow faster in the underside portions because the upper layer of hair is the one most exposed to environmental and styling damage.
Even minor breakage can result in some fairly dramatic changes in the perception of the hair's growth. With the lower hair's position providing protection to it, the net result is that the lower hair seems to grow at a faster rate than that on top.
As for the bangs: their perceived rate of growth is probably a result of relativity. Since the bangs are shorter and are generally cut to fall at a specific point, the growth of this hair is infinitely more noticeable.
There is no way to "force" hair growth. The hair grows at the rate determined by your genetics and the health of the skin (and subsequently, the follicles). Keep the scalp clean and healthy, the hair well-conditioned and gently groomed to avoid styling damage and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and you can optimize your hair growth.
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