Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Growth Cycle

Who doesn't want healthy long hair? If you don't then why are you viewing my blog? Lol. Anyway, one way to understand how to grow long hair is to know about your hair such as the growth cycle of the hair.

The are three phases to our growth cycle. The anagen, catagen and the telogen.

ANAGEN - The anagen (the first phase) is the growth period. Every month our hair grows on average, about 1/2 an inch and gradually slows down as we get older. At any one time, 80 - 90 percent of your hair follicles on your scalp are in the ANAGEN phase. In short, the longer the anagen phase, the longer the hair.

CATAGEN -After the ANAGEN phase, your hair will turn into a transitional phase before going to rest. In this phase the growth pauses for about 2-4 weeks as the hair follicles moves up to the skin's surface. Approximately 2 - 3 % of your hair will be in this phase in your scalp

TELOGEN - In the final phase of the cycle, new hairs begin to grow underneath our old hair, which will fall out on its own or it can be pulled out through friction caused by detangling, shampooing or styling. Note: its normal to loose from about 50 to 100 strands daily either when your washing or combing your hair. Around 10 - 15 % of the hair in your scalp will be in TELOGEN phase. According to trichologist (a person who studies the science of the hair and its diseases) Andrea Hayden "if you notice thinning roots or increasing amounts of strands collecting on your shirt, that could be a sign of a problem.

Cool Fact: If you damage your scalp, your hair follicle will start a new growing phase. Cuts and wounds will cause the hair to grow around them provided that there is no scarring in the hair follicle.

Happy Hair Growing!

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