Understanding the Normal Human hair growth Cycle
Hair, without any doubt, is a crucial part of a person's personality. It's often the first thing that people will notice about you. Obviously, it's common for people to get worried if they suddenly start to lose hair. Even a slight decrease in the volume or roughness bothers them.
And the thing about hair is that they don't stay constant throughout your life. They grow, get damaged, fall, and in most cases, grow back. And it's possible that the damage you are noticing in your hair is not actually a sign of aging but a part of hair growth cycles.
So, before you start trying those stinky creams and remedies, let's understand the growth cycle and what to expect at each stage.
Stage 1: Anagen
Anagen is the growth stage of hair that lasts for 2-7 years. In this phase, the hair cells divide and form new roots rapidly. New hair follicles keep on forming and growing throughout these years. You can expect a minimum of a few centimeters of hair growth in 6 months during this stage.
You might also notice a mild hair fall, but that's not due to damage or lack of nutrients. It's because, during Anagen, all the damaged or non-growing hairs are pushed out to form space for new roots.
Stage 2: Catagen
With the end of the Anagen stage, your hair starts to separate from the blood supply. They also separate from cells that produced them. The hair follicles will start to shrink, and the hair will start to grow rapidly.
Putting it simply, Catagen is basically a transactional stage where the hair moves from formation to growth. It will last for around a week to ten days. And only 3-5% of hairs will get through this stage at any given time.
Stage 3: Telogen
Once the hair has reached an optimal length and has detached from the hair-forming cell, they enter the resting phase. In this stage, the hair slows down and sometimes even stops. Luckily, there isn't a hair fall either, and only 6-8% of hair goes through this stage at a time. Plus, it doesn't last more than 100 days.
However, this stage is a crucial part of your hair growth cycle, and any improper handling or lack of dietary supplements will lead to high hair fall in the final stage.
Stage 4: Exogen
Many believe exogen to be a part of the telogen stage, and it does share similarities, but it's not the same. Simply because at this stage, the hairs start to fall instead of staying at rest. You will lose 25-100 talogens every day, and this will continue for 2-5 months.
Usually, it marks the end of the hair cycle and the start of new hair formation. And in most cases, you will notice new hairs replacing the fallen ones after a short while. However, human hair cycles are random, unlike other mammals. Thus, if the hair doesn't get proper nutrients at this stage, the fallen hairs might not grow back.
And assuming you don't want that to happen, make sure to massage your hair and keep them nourished. You can also consider getting a hairfolli hair spray for your hair.
Folli's botanically based hair treatment stimulates hair growth and makes your hair longer and stronger. It fulfills their nutritional needs during the hair growth cycle.