Hair Growth Stages

For many people, it always seems like growing thicker and longer hair is on the forefront of your mind. So is it actually possible to treat and care for your hair in a way that you can get it to grow thicker, fuller, and longer, or is that purely a genetic gift that some have and others don’t?

The length and fullness at which you can get your hair to is mostly a matter of having the genetics for it. Some people have no problem growing hair down to or past their waist, where others may seem like it is impossible to get your hair to grow to your shoulders. Genetics will also lend your hair to be thicker or thinner depending on your parents and ancestors. (Learn more about genetics and hair loss)

Knowing hair growth cycles will help you understand how hair growth products help to prevent promote hair growth.

Phase 1: The Anagen Phase

The anagen phase of hair growth is when the growth of all new hairs occurs. Nearly all of the hair on your head is in the anagen phase, and will be there anywhere from an average of three to five years, and last as long as 10 years depending on the individual and their genetics. During this phase of hair growth, you can expect your hair to grow at the average rate, which is about ½ inch per month.

To increase the anagen phase, consider to take hair growth vitamins that contain biotin, niacin and zinc. These vitamins promote healthy scalp and maximize the anagen phase. You can also promote healthy scalp by massaging it with hair growth oils such as castor oil, coconut oil and argan oil. Check out a step-by-step scalp massage to promote hair growth.

Phase 2: The Catagen Phase

This is the transition stage of hair growth that follows the anagen phase, and signals your body to end the growth phase. Only about one percent of your hair will be in the catagen phase at any given time. This is when your hair follicles begin to contract and detach themselves from the dermal papilla, which is where your hair gets its valuable nutrients. This phase usually only lasts about one to two weeks.

Phase 3: The Telogen Phase

The telogen phase is the final stage of hair growth. This is the phase that describes the time after the catagen phase, and through the time until your fully grown hair has shed. About 10% of your hair is in the telogen phase at any given period of time, and this phase of hair growth can last from three to six months. When the telogen phase of growth ends, this entire three phase cycle will start over again.


To sum it all up for you, the average time that it takes the hair on your head to move through all three phases of growth and start over again is about 4-5 years.

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