Have you ever wondered why your hair seems to be growing slower than a friend’s, or why it won’t grow past your shoulders? Well here’s the reason. Our hair grows in cycles and everyone’s growth cycle is not the same!
Our hair grows in cycles and each hair is growing and being replaced at different times in these cycles. Our hair grows about 6 inches per year, however for those of us who have a shorter Anagen phase [defined below], this means that they have less hair growth, when hair is at its most active growing stage.
Anagen – 1st Stage
This is when your hair is growing from your hair follicle and out of the scalp. This stage lasts anywhere from 2 to 6 years. So you can see here that if your anagen stage is only 2 years, your hair would appear to being growing slower than someone who’s active growth period is 6 years.
Catagen – 2nd Stage
At this stage your hair is not growing. The follicle is shrinking and part of it will die in preparation to restart the process. About 4% of your hairs are at this stage at one time. Your hair is at different stages of these growth cycles at anytime. This is the reason why some hairs are shorter than others and why there is daily shedding of hairs as well.
Telogen – 3rd Stage
This is the stage where the hair follicle reactivates and old hairs are being pushed out of the follicle to be prepare to repeat this entire cycle all over again.
If your hair grows slowly, scientifically, there isn’t really much you can do about it, so don’t be tricked into buying so called “miracle” products that claim to speed up your growth rate. What you can do is keep your hair and scalp as healthy as possible so that you don’t lose any hairs due to breakage and over styling. Taking proper vitamins such as Selenium, Zinc and Magnesium are some of the minerals that your hair needs and also amino acids and B vitamins are great for hair growth and can help as well!
I hope this helps and gives you a little more insight into your hair’s growth.