About Hair

The hair growth cycle consists of three main phases: the anagen phase (growth phase), the catagen phase (transitional phase), and the telogen phase (resting phase). Here's a brief overview of each phase:

  1. Anagen Phase: This is the active growth phase of the hair follicle. During this phase, cells in the hair bulb divide rapidly, and new hair is formed. The length of the anagen phase varies for individuals, typically lasting between two to seven years.
  2. Catagen Phase: This is a short transitional phase that marks the end of the active growth of the hair. It lasts for about two to three weeks. During this phase, the hair follicle shrinks, and the lower part of the hair detaches from the blood supply.
  3. Telogen Phase: This is the resting phase, lasting for approximately two to four months. In this phase, the hair follicle remains dormant, and the old hair is shed to make room for new hair growth. Around 10 to 15 percent of hair follicles are usually in the telogen phase at any given time.

After the telogen phase, the cycle repeats, and new hair starts to grow from the same follicle. It's important to note that not all hair follicles are in the same phase simultaneously, which is why hair shedding is a normal and ongoing process.

To maintain healthier hair, several factors can contribute to its overall well-being:

  1. Proper Nutrition: A balanced diet that includes essential nutrients, such as vitamins (especially biotin), minerals (like iron and zinc), and proteins, is important for healthy hair growth. Foods like fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, nuts, and seeds can support hair health.
  2. Regular Hair Care: Gentle handling and regular cleansing of the hair and scalp are essential. Avoid using excessive heat, harsh chemicals, or tight hairstyles that can cause damage or breakage. Choose hair care products suitable for your hair type and use them as directed.
  3. Scalp Care: A clean and well-nourished scalp promotes healthy hair growth. Regularly washing your scalp and keeping it free from excessive oil, dandruff, and buildup can help maintain optimal conditions for hair growth.
  4. Hydration: Drinking an adequate amount of water is important for overall health, including hair health. Proper hydration helps in maintaining the moisture balance of the hair and scalp.
  5. Minimizing Stress: High levels of stress can contribute to hair loss and affect the hair growth cycle. Incorporating stress-reducing activities like exercise, meditation, or hobbies can help promote healthier hair.
  6. Avoiding Excessive Styling and Heat: Frequent use of heat-styling tools (such as blow dryers, curling irons, and straighteners) and harsh chemical treatments can damage the hair shaft and lead to breakage. Minimize their use or use protective products when styling.

Remember that individual factors, such as genetics, underlying health conditions, and medications, can also influence hair health. If you have concerns about your hair, it's always a good idea to consult with a medical hair loss specialist for personalized advice.

BKS Hair Restoration

Bhumik Shah, MD
807 N Haddon Ave, Suite 2
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Phone: (856) 470-1398


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