Hair is an outer covering of the human body that grows from follicles underneath the skin.
It protects the skin and keeps it warm. Hair also has a social function, such as determining gender or expressing personal styles for cultural reasons or as a sign of social status.
Hair is classified according to its shape, length, and growth rate.
The hair growth cycle is a process that all hair goes through.
There are three phases of the hair growth cycle- anagen, catagen, and Telogen.
Each phase has different characteristics that determine the length of time the hair stays in that phase and the rate of hair growth.
The anagen phase is the active phase.
Hair in this phase grows around 1 cm per month and can last anywhere from two to six years.
During the anagen phase, hair follicles become gradually active underneath the scalp.
The hair grows in strands that continue to grow until either cut or natural causes make them fall out around 90% of the time as they end their lifespan.
The root of each hair is composed of cells in a constant state of division and repair.
A new hair begins to form, which pushes up a hair that has stopped growing or longer exists in the anagen phase; this is called ‘club hair.’
The catagen phase is the transitional phase.
Hair in this phase doesn’t grow and lasts for two to three weeks before returning to the anagen phase.
The hair cycle is invisible to us, but it grows from a follicle in the skin, progresses upward, and forms a club at the end of its growth phase.
The telogen phase is the resting phase and accounts for an average of 6% to 8% of all hairs.
Hair in this phase doesn’t grow either and lasts for three to six months.
As the club hair is formed, some of it sheds.
This process is perfectly normal and has no cause for concern.
It helps to consider the club hair shedding phase divisible into two stages: Exogen, which comes after Telogen, and Catagen, which comes before Exogen.
The exogen stage is a sub-stage of the telogen stage of the hair growth cycle.
The telogen stage lasts for about four months after catagen and anagen (mitosis).
During this phase, the old hair falls out and is replaced with new hair.
This happens all over your body every day, with approximately 50 to 100 hairs falling out.
The hair growth cycle changes as we age.
The anagen phase becomes shorter, and the telogen phase becomes longer.
Therefore, our hair doesn’t grow as fast, or if it did when we were younger, and why many people suffer from extensive hair loss such as pattern baldness.
Sadly, there is no cure for hair loss, but there is a perfect solution.
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