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2. Catagen – Following the Anagen stage, the hair proceeds in to the Catagen stage a transitional period, where the hair is being prepared for the final stage of. The Catagen stage of the hair growth cycle is a brief stage lasting only around 10 days.
3. Telogen – The Telogen stage is the final sequence in the human hair growth cycle. This is the stage that the hair strand is physically shed from the hair follicle. Around 100 hairs are shed from hair follicles on your scalp during the Telogen stage daily. Once the hair is shed from the scalp the hair follicle become dormant and enters into a resting period for round 3 months. Think of this stage as the hair strand taking a bit of a holiday, after all it has been working non stop for the past 2-5years.
The cycle then begins again from the beginning and continues this way for an individuals line. Each hair follicle goes through the different stages of the cycle at different times and and the hair follicles are independent of each other. If all the hairs on your head were at the same stage of the cycle at the same time, there would be periods that we were complete bald.
Sheesh, who knew it would be so hard to find a hair growth cycle illustration with curly strands? If it doesn’t exist, create it right? So, I went to work in my little sketch pad on these cute illustrations (patting myself on the back). I them hopped into illustrator to turn my little sketch in to a graphic. Hopefully the attached images help to adequately show the exact 3 revolving stages of human hair growth.
Naturally your next line of questioning may fall along the lines of, ‘what can we do to increase our natural hair growth?’. Well, I am working on a posts on this very topic. Is it even possible to increase hair growth? Check back in tomorrow for my offering of nature vs nurture pertaining to hair growth.