Hair Growth Cycle

Additional Information

Hair Growth Cycle: 

  • Hair on the scalp grows about  1 cm / (.25 -.5 inches) or about 15 cm / 6 inches per year. 
  • Unlike other mammals  human hair growth and shedding is random and not seasonal or cyclical.
  • At any given time, a random number of hairs will be in one of three 


Main stages of growth and shedding:


Anagen:  is the active phase of the hair. The cells in the root of the hair are dividing rapidly. A new hair is formed and pushes the club hair (a hair that has stopped growing or is no longer in the Anagen phase) up the follicle and eventually out.  During this phase the hair grows about 1 cm every 28 days. Scalp hair stays in this active phase of growth for two to six years.


Catagen: this phase is a transitional stage and about 3% of all hairs are in this phase at any time. This phase lasts for about two to three weeks. Growth stops and the outer root sheath shrinks and attaches to the root of the hair. This is the formation of what is known as a club hair.


Telogen: is the resting phase and usually accounts for 6% to 8% of all hairs. This phase lasts for about 100 days for hairs on the scalp and longer for hairs on the eyebrow, eyelash, arm, and leg. During this phase, the hair follicle is completely at rest and the club hair is completely formed. Pulling out a hair in  this phase will reveal a solid, hard, dry, white material at the root. About 25 to 100 telogen hairs are shed normally each day.

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