Have you heard about hair growth cycle?
I started to pay more attention to my hair after going through what is about it.
Hair condition changes as one grows older.
I hope this will help you to understand little bit more about your hair.
Why is understanding hair growth cycle important?
There are 3 stages in hair growth cycle, Anagen, Catagen and Telogen.
Around one hundred thousand hairs go through these 3 phases over 3 to 6 years and it repeats the same steps for about 15 to 20 times.
Let’s take a closer look at the hair growth cycle.
The Anagen Phase (3 to 6 years)
Hair grows strong and thick by the cell division.
It continues over 3 to 6 years for healthy hair.
There are 3 stages for an Anagen phase.
The Anagen phase 1
It starts to make new hairs by cell division of hair matrix cells when the old hair falls out.
The Anagen phase 2
This is the phase the hair start to grow deep in the scalp and pushes the old hair out. Old hairs are easily come off around this time and the hair falls out when you shampoo or brushing around this time are most likely at this stage.
The Anagen phase 3
This is the phase that old hairs come off and new hairs to grow thick and strong.
The hair continues to grow generally about 3 to 5 years for men and 4 to 6 years for women as the hair matrix cell work actively.
AGA is what happens when the anagen phase becomes short.
It also happens because of their hormonal imbalance.
The Catagen Phase (2 to 3 weeks)
This is the phase that the hair growth is no longer active as the hair matrix cells end and decrease the cell division.
It will take 2 to 3 weeks until the hair stops its hair growth completely.
It is said that one percent of all hair is at this stage.
The Telogen Phase
This is the phase the hair starts to fall out as the cell division at the hair matrix cells come to an end.
The hair starts to get ready to be fell out after the hair growth stops while new hair begins to grow beneath it.
This phase lasts for around 3 months.