Why Does Your Hair Grow Outwards?

Hair grows outwards because of genetics, generally speaking, it grows about 1 to 2 inches a month, and if you want it to grow a certain way, you need to brush your hair in a different direction.

I’ve been doing research for hours and came to the conclusion that. Unfortunately, we can’t really control which direction our hair grows in. However, one thing is for sure we all want to avoid outward growth.

With that said, let’s read more about why outward growth is bad.

Why Is Outward Hair Growth Bad?

Hair growth outward is bad because your hair will get very hard to manage. It will also become very difficult to style. Using hair gel is something that helps with outward hair growth.

Not only does outward growth look bad, but it’s also quite hard to manage. With such growth, you can’t style your hair in a lot of ways. 

Another major problem with outward growth is that such hair easily develops split ends. Lastly, outwards growth can make your hair look untidy even after you’ve brushed it well.  

If you experience outward growth, don’t worry. We’re going to share some tips on how to stop this from happening. 

But, before we do that, it’s important to know why outward growth occurs in the first place. With such knowledge, you’ll be better able to deal with outward growth and can stop it too. 

Why Does Your Hair Grow Outwards On The Sides?

Mostly, outward growth happens on the sides of the scalp, right around your ears. If you’re a male, you’re more likely to face this issue. However, women can also have outward hair growth, especially if their hair is short.

There can be several reasons behind your strands growing outwards. Firstly, your length might be too short to grow in a downwards direction. Everyone has a different texture as well. 

Hence, not all hair starts facing backward or downwards at just 5 inches. Before you tackle the outward growth, you should try to grow out your hair a little more and see if things get better. 

The second common reason behind your outward growth could be using heat to style wet hair. Mostly, people straighten or curl their hair when it’s damp, which causes minor burns. 

The burnt hair then starts growing outwards and often stays like that forever. 

Yet another reason could be the lack of care given to your hair. Washing your hair with substandard products and using harsh colors or chemicals can make the strands weak. 

Such weakened strands often start growing outwards and look like they’re heavily charged. This ruins your look and can also make you feel bad about your hair. 

Other than these, factors like severe weather, sweaty scalps, and using hard water to wash your hair can also lead to outward growth. 

Hence, you must try protecting your hair against these causes at all costs.  

How To Stop Your Hair From Bending Outwards?

It’s best to stop all the above-mentioned practices if you don’t want your hair to bend and grow outwards. However, you can also take some additional steps to ensure lesser chances of outward growth if you want. 

One major way to stop growth in this direction is to brush them as much as you can. You can brush in a specific direction so that it grows in the direction in which you brush it the most. 

If you’re trying to grow your hair, brushing can also help it grow faster. When the strands bent outwards grow, they are likely to change their direction. 

You can also use products like conditioners and serums to help your hair sit and grow in the direction you want. Serums can help you in setting the long hair grown outwards and is a great way to ensure hair’s health too.

Another great way to stop your strands from bending outwards is to get regular trims and cuts. 

You can opt for cuts that are done with your hair held backward, hence preventing their outward hair growth in the future.


Despite everything, you should understand that some hair grows outwards because it’s meant to grow this way. 

Even when you try growing out your hair in a way you want, it’s best to understand your hair as unique and different from others. 

Your strands might keep on growing outwards even when you don’t do any of the above-described things. 

In that case, you should start searching for hairstyles that suit your hair-type better and start loving your hair the way it is. 

Written by Christina Bowler

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