Stages of Hair Growth
Hair is a vital factor for the attractiveness of both men and women.
Hair is a much more complicated body structure than it may seem…
An optimum nutrition will feed your hair with the right vitamins and minerals essential for hair growth. Keeping your liver and kidneys free from toxicity and heavy metals will ensure your blood is clean and free to transport nutrients to your scalp keeping your hair on its natural growing phase.
Your body is covered by approximately 5 million hair follicles; you have hair on most of the major visible surfaces of your body.
Your hair is the only structure in your body that is completely renewable without scarring.
Hair is mainly composed of a strong structural protein called keratin. It has 2 separate structures: The follicle in the skin and the shaft we see.
Hair on the scalp grows about 6 inches per year.
Unlike most animals whose hair cycles are controlled by weather and change of season, human hair occurs randomly.
At any given time depending on the conditions of the person a random number of hairs will be in various stages from growth to shedding, each follicle cycles independently through the 3 phases of hair growth:
Anagen – The Growth Phase, Catagen – The Transitional Phase and Telogen – The Resting Phase.
It’s the active phase of the hair.
The cells in the root divide rapidly… a new hair is formed and pushes the club hair up the follicle and eventually out.
When your hair is on the anagen phase it grows about 1 cm each 28 days.
On a healthy individual up to 90% of follicles are actively growing and can remain on the anagen phase for up to and 8 year period.
The amount of time a hair spends in the anagen phase controls how long the hair will grow.
Some people have difficulty growing long hair because they have a short active phase of growth.
Taking the right supplements to ensure most of your hair is on the growing phase is vital if you want to grow abundant beautiful hair.
When the anagen phase ends your hair will enter a transitional phase know as Catagen.
It lasts for about one or two weeksand 3% of all hairs are in this phase at any given time.
The Catagen phase involves a period of major cell death and growth stops during this short transition period.
The outer root sheath shrinks and attaches to the root of the hair. This formation is known as a club hair.
Also known as the resting phase; lasts normally about 5-6 weeks.
During this time the hair does not grow but stays attached between the club shaped root and the follicle.
These hairs are shed easily and when examined have undamaged rots.
Pulling out hair in this phase will reveal a solid hard dry white material in the root.
About 25 to 100 telogen hairs are normally shed each day.
Approximately 10 -15 % of all hairs are in this phase at one time on a healthy person.
Several different factors can make a higher percentage of your hair enter the resting phase resulting in undesirable hair loss.
Growing thick and beautiful hair is clear sign of a vibrant health.
If you detox from poisons and heavy metal accumulated in your body your body will be able to properly transport nutrients to the scalp keeping your hair on the desired growing phase.
Remember: Creating an optimum balance is vital for hair growth. If any part of the equation is missing growing hair can be a nearly impossible task simply because your body won’t have what it takes to stay on its growing phase and give you the thick and luscious hair you’ve always dreamed of.