Understanding the Hair Growth Cycle

Hair Growth Cycle

The human hair growth cycle is a remarkable biological process that many of us take for granted. Yet, understanding how this cycle works can be pivotal in maintaining luscious locks. So, without any further ado, let’s embark on a journey through the hair growth cycle, and discover the secrets to achieving the beautiful, healthy hair you’ve always wanted.

Hair Growth Phases

1. Anagen: Growing phase

The anagen phase is the first stage of hair growth. It’s the longest phase and can last 3 to 5 years for the hair on your head. Some lucky folks might even have a single hair growing for 7 years or more!

Now, here’s an interesting twist: different types of hair have different anagen phases. For example, the anagen phase for eyebrow and pubic hairs is much shorter than the phase for the hair on your scalp.

During the anagen phase, your hair follicles are busy growing hairs. These hairs will keep growing until you decide to cut them or until they naturally fall out when they reach the end of their lifespan. At any given time, around 90 percent of the hairs on your head are in the anagen phase.

2. Catagen: Transition phase

The transition phase, also known as the catagen phase: After the growing phase, hair enters the transition phase, which lasts around 10 days during which the hair growth slows down and prepares to enter the resting phase.

In the transition phase, the hair follicles shrink and detach from the blood supply. This means that the hair stops receiving nutrients and oxygen from the blood vessels. The hair separates from the follicle but remains in place.

The transition phase affects only a small percentage of the hairs on the scalp at any given time. It is estimated that only about 5% of the hairs are in this phase. The transition phase is a normal and natural part of the hair growth cycle, and it does not indicate any hair loss problem.

3. Telogen: Resting phase

The telogen phase is like a resting period for your hair. It lasts for about 3 months, and during this time, about 10 to 15 percent of the hair on your scalp is in this phase.

In the telogen phase, your hair doesn’t grow, but it also doesn’t typically fall out. Instead, it’s a time when new hairs begin to form in the hair follicles that have just let go of old hairs during the previous catagen phase.

Some experts call the telogen phase the shedding phase, but many scientists break it down into two parts: the telogen and exogen stages.


4. Exogen: Shedding phase

The exogen phase is the final part of the hair growth cycle. This is when your hair falls out from your scalp, and things like washing and brushing can speed up this process. It’s normal to lose about 50 to 100 hairs each day during this phase.


While your old hairs are shedding in the exogen phase, new hairs are starting to grow in the hair follicles. This phase lasts for around 2 to 5 months.


How to Maintain Hair Health During All Four Stages

Your hair is a vital part of your overall appearance, and taking care of it involves a combination of good nutrition, stress management, gentle hair care, and proper scalp care. So, let’s dive into some practical tips for luscious locks.

Stress Management

Chronic stress can be detrimental to your hair's growth cycle, leading to excessive hair loss. To combat this, consider stress-reduction techniques like yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises, or simply spending time in nature. Getting enough quality sleep is equally important. Aim for 7-8 hours each night to allow your body to repair and rejuvenate, which includes promoting healthy hair growth. Engage in activities that promote mindfulness and relaxation. Whether it's listening to calming music, reading, or spending time with loved ones, find what works best for you.

Gentle Hair Care

When it comes to your hair care routine, there are a few crucial points to keep in mind:
a. Shampoo wisely.
b. Regular conditioning.
c. When detangling wet hair, be gentle.
d. Limit heat styling as much as possible.
e. Be mindful of hairstyles
f. Regular trims every 6-8 weeks

Scalp Care

Your scalp is the foundation of your hair, so don't neglect it:
a. Regularly massage your scalp with your fingertips or a soft-bristled brush to stimulate blood circulation, promote hair growth, and distribute natural oils.
b. Cleanse your scalp regularly to remove dead skin cells, product buildup, and excess oil that can clog hair follicles and hinder growth. Use a mild shampoo and avoid harsh scrubbing.


Stay adequately hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Proper hydration is essential for maintaining the overall health of your hair and scalp. Consider using deep conditioners or leave-in treatments, especially if you have dry or brittle hair. These can provide intense hydration and strengthen the hair shaft. If you notice excessive hair loss, it's a good idea to consult a doctor, as an underlying condition could be disrupting your hair growth stages. Timely treatment can help slow down hair loss and preserve the health of your remaining hair.

Take Expert Opinion

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