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Every day we learn something new. A lot of what I share with you guys comes from my own knowledge and what I’ve discovered on my own through trial and error. Although I usually go based off of what I know, I still like to do some research, just to make sure I’m not leading you in the wrong direction.
I was just about to prepare a blog post in which I would be talking about the difference between shedding and breakage but while doing my research I came across a youtube video by Sayria Jade called Shedding vs. Breakage. In this video, she mentioned that our hair goes through growth phases. She didn’t get into it in depth but it stuck with me. So, I decided to do some research and learn about it. Now, here I am to share it with you. The hair growth phases are important to know so that you can better understand your hair and why it sheds.
The Growth Phases
- This is the phase of hair growth.
- During this phase your hair is growing at its normal rate which is usually about half an inch a month.
- 80-90% of your hair is in the Anagen Phase
- The root of your hair is receiving nutrients from the blood supply in your scalp.
- This phase usually lasts for years at a time, usually 3 to 5 years.
- Catagen Phase starts up once the Anagen phase ends.
- This is a transitional phase that lasts about 10 days.
- The bulb at the root of your hair pulls away or shrinks away from the blood supply.
- Resting Phase
- Your hair is receiving no nourishment from the blood vessels in the scalp and it prepares to fall off or shed.
- This phase can lasts anywhere from 3 to 6 months
- 10% of the hair on your head is in the telogen phase.
- Your hair falls or sheds from the follicle
Key Information You Should Know
- Hair growth rates vary from person to person
- Each strand goes through each phase individually
- 1 strand may be in the Anagen phase while another may be in the exogen phase preparing to fall.
- Perimeter hairs have shorter growth rates
- The growth rate of our hair is controlled by our genes and our hormones.