Hacking Your Hair Growth Cycle

Learn it, live it, grow it.

To begin with, you’re born with a set number of hair follicles on your head. Interestingly enough, this number varies by hair color. Blondes have about 150,000 follicles while brunettes or those with darker hair have 110,000 follicles and redheads have 90,000. Typically, each hair follicle will produce 25 to 30 hairs in its lifetime.

Here’s the journey each individual strand goes through in the hair growth cycle along with some tips for maximizing your hair growth.

The Phases of Hair Growth

The Anagen Phase

This is when your hair grows. About 80-90% of the hairs on your head are in this phase at any given time. Each strand of hair attaches to the scalp at the root to a structural formation called a dermal papilla. The dermal papilla provides oxygen and nutrients for growing hair. This is where a high quality hair supplement like our Hair Sweet Hair can really help. The added nutrients support hair follicle health for thicker and strong hair in the anagen phase.

The Catagen Phase

Next, a transitional phase that lasts 10-14 days. In that time, the hair follicle shrinks and the dermal papilla detaches, cutting off the oxygen and nutrient supply. Only 1% of your hair is in the catagen phase at a time.

The Telogen Phase

Although the dermal papilla has already detached, the hair strand remains attached to the follicle for another three months. Then, it sheds. According to The American Academy of Dermatology, it’s normal to shed anywhere from 50 to 150 hairs a day. (No wonder, we’re forever finding them on the bathroom floor!)

If you’ve ever experienced an excess of shedding it may be telogen effluvium. Normally 10% of our hair is in the telogen phase – but in telogen effluvium, this can rise up to 30%. The excess shedding can be caused by hormones, stress, poor diet and skin problems affecting the scalp.

Early Anagen Phase

Finally, the cycle starts again. The dermal papilla moves upwards to meet the hair follicle and start providing oxygen and nutrients for a new strand all over again.

Supporting Your Hair Growth Cycle

There are two biggies to supporting your hair growth cycle. First, a healthy well-rounded diet will ensure your hair gets the nutrients it needs to grow during the anagen phase. A high quality biotin supplement can be especially helpful as it plays a big role in metabolizing proteins into keratin (the stuff your hair is made of.)

Then, be sure to show your scalp lots of love! Consider getting a scalp treatment the next time you’re at the spa – or exfoliate at home by adding sugar to your shampoo. If your scalp is dry and flakey, try adding healthy fats to your diet or supplementing with a fish oil.

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