What are the 3 stages of the hair growth cycle?

3 stages of hair growth

Do you know there are the 3 stages of hair growth and hair is simply dead keratin and dead skin cells? There is no such thing as making your hair grow overnight. I’m sure you have come across that phrase a couple of times on some YouTube videos. I do not think it is even possible to grow your hair faster in a week.

However, there are things you can do to make your natural hair long and healthy. For example, applying essential oils and treatments, taking vitamins and supplements, using proteins among other methods.

When we talk about natural hair growth, it is important to understand the natural hair growth cycle. According to science, the cellular level in the body controls hair growth.

In addition, hair growth rate varies from person to person and depends on:

  1. Age
  2. Hair type
  3. Health of person
  4. Environmental factors

3 stages of hair growth

Anagen phase, first of the 3 stages of hair growth

The Anagen phase is the growing phase where hair emerges from the follicles. It begins to grow for about 2 to 8 years. The longer your antigen phase, the longer your hair will grow. The length of the Anagen phase also depends on whether the hair follicles keep multiplying and becoming hair cells.

Some people have a longer Anagen phase, and the hair may grow for up to 10 years.  Some people have a shorter antigen phase, which is below average, and their hair can grow for about 2 years.

The antigen phase is mostly genetic. However, there are things you can do to extend your antigen phase. This answers the question usually asked of how I make my hair grow super-fast. The Anagen phase is the most effective stage of hair growth.

Catagen phase, second stage of hair growth

The Catagen phase is the transitional phase for your hair, and it lasts for about 4 to 6 weeks. In this stage, your hair detaches from the dermal papilla and goes to the Telogen phase.

Telogen phase third stage of hair growth

The Telogen phase is the resting stage of your hair. There is hair shedding at this stage but your hair doesn’t literally fall out. Hair grown is not lost. This explains how long hair shedding can last.

At this stage, your hair stops growing for about 2 to 3 months. It is, however, important to understand that the growth cycle is theoretical and hair already grown doesn’t practically fall out otherwise we would be all bald at this stage.

The Telogen phase lasts for about 2 to 3 months and this explains why if your hair does not grow for over 3 months, there are mistakes you are making.

3 stages of hair growth

After 2 to 3 months, a new hair emerges from the follicle and pushes out the old hair and the whole growth cycle starts again. This is what causes new hair growth.

The only difference is the hair growth rate is different from person to person.

Your hair does not literally fall out when a new cycle begins

The growth cycle is theoretical and so your hair does not literally fall out when a new cycle begins as the growth cycle suggests. It is important to mention that hair does not stop growing.

80% of your hair is in the Anagen phase

The good news is that 80% of your hair is always in the Anagen phase, which is the growing phase. Halleluyah to that! 15% of your hair is in the Telogen phase and that’s why our hair sheds. Shedding is normal but excessive shedding is not normal.

Stop trimming your ends every month

With this explanation, you need to stop cutting your natural hair every month in the name of getting rid of split ends if you want to see growth. Your hair grows for about 6 inches a year. Do you even know what split ends look like in natural hair? You will know your natural hair is growing by measuring the length. You can do this every 3 months.

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A 4C Natural Hair and Lifestyle Blogger who also doubles as a Techie. Founder of Mizizzi, a sister, a friend, and a daughter.