Yes ladies, the dead protein growing out of our scalps actually has a life cycle. Many of us aren’t really aware of how and when are hair grows so in this post we’ll attempt to demystify the process. First of all, the hair is a protein filament or a threadlike object made up mostly of Keratin (protein). Hair can be divided up vertically this way:
(1) the bulb, a swelling at the base which originates from the dermis,
(2) the root, which is the hair lying beneath the skin
(3) the shaft, which is the hair above the skin surface. (www.wikipedia.com)
The hair life phase can be broken down like this:
Anagen (growth phase), Catagen (shedding phase) and Telogen (resting phase)
Hair grows at about 4-6 inches per year and during the anagen phase about 85% of your hair is growing at the same time. Although, this phase to can last for about 2 to 7 years, genetics can play a big role in how long your hair can grow. However, there have been studies that show that supplements such as MSM or Methylsulfonylmethane an important sulfur that aids in joint and allergy relief actually aids in locking your hair into the growth phase. Please consult with a doctor before taking any supplements. Pregnant women actually experience hair growth b/c hormones in the body again lock the hair into the growth phase. Hair on the arms, legs and eyelashes have a growth phase of about 45 days which is why body hair is much shorter.
The Catagen phase more likely known as the shedding phase occurs after growth and lasts for about one or two weeks until a new hair club is formed. Hair is supposed to shed so don’t be worried if you notice strands coming out., as 25-100 strands shed each day. The bulb breaks away from the blood vessel, a healthy hair shed will reveal a white bulb at the tip. Afterward, hair enters into the
The Telogen or resting phase this lasts for a little over a month and then hair starts growing again. At this point new hair pushes out the old hair and the cycle starts over again at the growth phase. I never really knew about these phases until I started doing the research, but the more knowledgeable we are about our hair the more we can maximize its potential.