Each strand of hair goes through three stages of development. These
stages are anagen the growing phase, catagen the intermediate or
transitional phase, and telogen the resting phase. All hair strands
go through these three phases and are not affected by the growth
of the neighboring hairs that surround it.
Known as anagen, the growth phase varies in length of time from two to six years. About 85% of all the hairs are in the growth phase at any given period of time. This phase starts the moment a hair strand begins to grow. The anagen phase usually lasts without interruption at a rate of 1 cm a month.
The catagen phase follows the growth phase. When hair goes into this phase,
the hair follicle shrinks to about a sixth (1/6) of its original
length. The lower part of the hair follicle is destroyed and the
papilla breaks away. The catagen phase usually lasts between two
to four weeks. This is the time when the follicle stops producing
hair and moves up towards the skins surface.
The final phase is known as the telogen or resting phase. The hair does not grow at all during this phase, which lasts about five to six weeks. An average of 10% or 15% of all the hairs is in the resting phase at any given period of time.
At the end of this phase, the hair re-enters the Anagen or growth
phase. The papilla joins the base of the follicle and new hair will
be formed. If at this time the old strand of hair hasn't fallen
out yet, the newly growing hair strand will push the old strand
out as the hair growth cycle starts again.
Hair may stop growing at any point in time. This lack of growth is often caused by a short anagen phase and a longer telogen phase. People who experience thinning hair can have their hair growth aided by the use of medication sold with prescriptions. A common drug used for hair growth is Propecia. Propecia is a treatment for hair loss and is newly approved by the FDA. Available in 1mg pills, propecia is to be used solely by men and can alleviate hair loss and thinning.
A lot of people, mostly women, want to increase the growth of their hair. Although there are no tried and tested ways in making one’s hair grow faster, there are some things you can do to aid in healthier and faster hair growth.
Tips for Fast Hair Growth
- Eat right! Getting the right vitamins and minerals can maximize
the hair growth cycle. Hair reflects the condition of the body,
so if the body is well nourished, hair is sure to be healthy and
shiny as well. If one's diet isn't well balanced, hair growth
vitamins and supplements can help. Some known vitamins and supplements
that promote hair growth are Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin
E and Beta Carotene.
- A protein-rich diet results in an improvement in hair growth.
Hair is made up of protein called keratin, so a good dose of protein
in the daily diet will surely increase the hair's growth potential.
- Be wary of hair growth blockers. Stress and lack of rest can drastically
change the growth of hair. So relax, exercise, get lots of rest
and stay healthy this will ultimately contribute to an increase
in hair growth.
For the people who are not fortunate enough to have healthy and
fast growing hair, medical alternatives to hair growth and restoration
are available. Laser
hair growth and restoration procedures have high rates of effectivity
when used in conjunction with hair
loss treatment products. Aside from preventing hair loss, individuals
who have under gone laser hair growth treatments are now also growing
thicker and healthier hair.