Did you know that hair loss was a natural part of your hair growth cycle? Loosing between 100 – 150 hair strands a day is healthy because it gives your hair follicles a rest, allowing them to be renewed so that they can continue to produce hair over time. However, if you are shedding more than the average amount of hair daily, over a period of time, you might be suffering from a hair loss condition. Recommendations for dealing with excessive hair loss will be made at the end of this blog.
There are three stages in the hair growth cycle that culminates in the loss of a minimal, healthy amount of hair. The first stage of the hair growth cycle is Anagen (the Growth stage), Catagen (the Transition stage) and Telogen (the Resting stage resulting in hair fall). Each stage of the growth cycle will be described in full below to provide a full understanding of why shedding between 100 150 strands of hair a day is a normal and necessary part of hair growth*.
Anagen (Stage 1): This is the growing phase of a hair follicle. During this phase, hair grows, on average, between one centimetre and half an inch, every 28 days. Hair remains in this active growth phase for between 2 – 6 years. Between 80% to 90% of your hairs are in this phase at any time. Genetics determine the amount of time hair stays in the Anagen stage.
Catagen (Stage 2): During this stage hair detaches from its blood supply during this stage of transition. This stage lasts between 2 to 3 weeks.
Telogen (Stage 3): This is the last stage in the hair cycle whereby the hair is released and the hair follicle rests for about three months before the follicle returns to the Anagen stage. On average, you loose about 100 – 150 hairs a day as your hair works its way through the final stage of the hair cycle. Between 12% and 20% of your hair is in this stage at any one time.
Please note that if hair loss becomes excessive, treating the condition is recommended to prevent the situation from worsening. ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Shampoo and Lotion is so effective at treating hair loss is because it works in tandem with the science of your hair’s growth cycle. ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Shampoo and Lotion revitalises hair follicles and increases the rate at which blood flows around the scalp, passing nutrients to the hair bulb (microcirculation), which helps to extend the Anagen (Growth) stage whilst shortening the Telogen phase because the hair follicle is renewed faster which reduces hair loss and improves hair growth.