Length

  • Hair typically grows about 6 inches per year.   During this same period as a number of strands may be growing, your hair will also experience shedding at the same time.  Many factors determine the rate and length of hair growth including diet, hair care practices, genetics, health, medication, and hormones. 
  • Hair grows through three cycles: anagen,  catagen and telogen. 
  • The Anagen Phase is the active growing cycle. During this phase, hair grows 1cm every 28 days and stays in this growth phase for 2 to 6 years.  Depending on the length of time one stays in this active phase will determine the common length of their hair.  If you find that no matter what you do, your hair only grows to a certain length then that means you have a short active phase of growth.
  • The Catagen Phase is known as the transitional phase, which lasts approximately 1 to 2 weeks.   During this time growth stops and the papilla begins to separate from the follicle.  This process cuts the hair off from its blood supply and from the cells that produce new hair.  Only 3% of all hair is in this phase at any time.
  • The Telogen Phase is the resting phase and accounts for 10% - 15% of all hair.  This phase lasts 5 to 6 weeks.  During this phase the hair follicle is at rest and if you were to pull out a hair you would reveal a solid white mass at the root of the hair.   This is the typical phase for shedding, which amounts to 25 – 100 hairs per day.
  • After the Telogen Phase the cycle begins again and new hair is formed during the Anagen phase.

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