The Hair



The hair growth cycle consists of 3 stages:

1. Anagen Stage:
This is the phase of hair growth in which the cells inside the dermal papilla divide and form a hair shaft. The hair shaft is then keratinized, growing upwards to the scalp level. At the same time, the hair follicle grows deeper into the levels of the skin in order to receive proper nourishment. As a result, the longer the Anagen cycle is, the hair will grow to be longer and healthier. This stage can last anywhere between 3 – 6 years depending on your age. Those people that have a short Anagen phase will only be able to grow shorter hair. On average, each hair grows approximately ½ inch every month. Therefore, if you do not cut your hair, it may grow between 12” – 48” in length.
2. Catagen Stage:
This stage of hair growth is very short lasting for only a few weeks. This stage is also called the transitional phase. This part of the hair recycling stage is where the hair stops growing as the blood supply has been cut off from the follicle. The follicle then begins to shrink and as a result, the lower part of the hair (the bulb) is destroyed and breaks away from the papilla. The hair is pushed from the follicle and prepares for the next stage.
3. Telogen Stage:
The Telogen phase usually lasts for about 2 – 4 months. During this time period, hair growth is still dormant; however, the hair is still attached to the follicle. The dermal papilla is in a resting stage, which means that 10-15% of the hair in your scalp will be resting as well. Once this cycle is complete, the hair then returns to the Anagen stage and the old hair is pushed from the follicle. On average about 80 – 120 hairs should fall out per day. Ensuring that the hairs return to the Anagen stage is a very important part of the hair growth cycle and is overlooked in many cases. Apollo offers solutions to any excessive hair loss that you may be experiencing.

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