There are myths around how to make your hair grow. Many swear by maintaining regular hair appointments while some steer clear of scissors and leave hair to grow alone. No matter our own quirks and suggestions about the best way best to grow our hair is how hair grows: the hair growth cycle.
By Knowing the way in which your hair grows, you are put into a much better position for achieving fuller, thicker and healthier hair.
The Science of Hair
Let us start with hair structure.
The hair follicle anchors the hair to the scalp and is made up of the papilla and bulb, which are situated under the scalp. The bulb can be located at the base of each strand containing. The papilla provides the blood flow to encourage wholesome hair growth.
The hair shaft is the visible hair that grows from the follicle which is composed of a hard protein named Keratin and a protective layer called the cuticle.
How Does the Hair Growth Cycle Function?
How does the hair growth cycle function? There are 3 stages of hair growth in the cycle, from knowingly beginning growth from the origin to baldness. These are called Anagen phase, Catagen phase and Telogen phase.
The Anagen Phase
The Anagen phase is the period of expansion. The cells in the hair bulb split rapidly creating new hair growth. Hair knowingly develops from the roots for an average of 2-7 years before hair follicles becomes dormant. Within this moment, hair can grow anywhere between 18-30 inches. The length of the phase is dependent on your hair length, which varies between individuals because of health, age, genetics and many more factors.
The Catagen Stage
This period is brief, lasting weeks on average. In this transitional phase, hair detaches itself and stops growing and is then named a club hair.
The Telogen Stage At length, hair enters it’s third and final stage. This phase begins with a interval, where club hairs remaining origin while hair begins to grow beneath it. This stage lasts for about 3 weeks.
Following this time, the resting club hairs will drop out to allow the hair to come through the hair follicle. That is nothing to be alarmed about and is a process that should go unnoticed. Each follicle travels through the development cycle at different times so you do not lose patches of hair and shed 50-100 hairs every day and is independent. Meanwhile, the % of your hair will be in the Anagen stage, developing strong and long!
The “Best Cycle”
There is no “best cycle” for hair growth, everyone is different! However, sometimes when hair slows down too much in telogen phase there are some things we can do to speed it back up to the anagen phase. For other posts on the site!