Three Stage of Hair Growth

Hair loss is a completely natural part of aging. Sure, some people experience it earlier in life than others; some people experience it to a deeper degree than others.  And none of that has anything to do, necessarily with health. Indeed, you can adjust your fitness to try to slow the progress of hair loss but genetics also plays a factor.

Understanding the stages of Capilia hair growth (and loss), however, might help you make better decisions about your health. It could help you better understand how nutrition and overall health play a role in hair growth and hair loss.  

Here are some facts:

    • the average human being loses about 100 hairs per day
    • hair growth can take as little as 2 years
    • hair growth can take more than 6 years (depending on genetics)
    • 90% of your hair is always in the “resting phase” (which means that only about 10% are growing at any given time.Image result for Three Stage of Hair Growth.

In that “10%” growing period, hair goes through three phases:

The ANAGEN PHASE

During the Anagen phase, hair growth begins with the papilla. This phase can last anywhere from 2 to 6 years, alone.  This is the initial phase, during which the papilla divide and produce new hair fibers. Each follicle will bury itself into the dermal (outer) layer of the skin. It is a bit like when a plant roots into the ground in order to get its nutrients.  Roughly 85 percent of the hairs (on your head) are in the anagen phase at any given time.

The CATAGEN PHASE

After the Anagen phase, the body sends out a chemical signal to instruct the beginning of the Catagen phase.  This phase is predominantly characterized by the cessation of melanin production. It lasts roughly two weeks and acts as nothing more, really, than a transitional phase, during which time the follicle renews itself.  At this point, the hair has stopped “growing” but it will continue to push outward as its rooted follicle shrinks due to papilla disintegration.

The TELOGEN PHASE

Finally, we have the Telogen Phase.  This is the “resting” phase of all hair. During this time, the follicle can “sleep” for as many as four months.  Once the follicle “awakens” it will soften, again, and the base of the hair will break free and shed.  The process, then, begins anew.

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