The Natural Hair Growth Cycle: What Hair Loss Affects

Hair takes no effort to create. Our bodies create it, and we shave some, keep some, and grow some extra long. Our hair is our crown; our hair is our beauty.

Why does growing hair take time? It’s because of the life cycle of hair. Hair develops from a follicle. When your hair is in the natural cycle, it goes through three stages of growth:

  1. Anagen: the growing stage. It lasts between 2–7 years.
  2. Catagen: this is the transition phase, and lasts about 2 weeks. During catagen, the hair shaft moves up toward the skin’s surface. The structure that nourishes the hair cells (dermal papilla) starts separating from the follicle. 
  3. Telogen: the resting phase. This lasts around 3 months, and ends in the shedding of the hair shaft.

Putting all of that together. A hair follicle grows for a while, does a quick transition, and takes a short break. Then, it reenters the growth phase. 

On average, there are 150,000 hairs on your head. Your follicles’ are not in sync! Each one is in its own cycle, and individually enters the growth phase. When a follicle gets clogged by biological debris (sebum/dead skin cells), it can take up to 2 years for each follicles’ full hair thickness to return, after the hair has begun growing again. 

As with everything pertaining to bodily health, taking early action is best. Preventative care is the healthiest kind of care; it’s better to stay healthy than it is to have to start a drastic diet.


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