Hair plays a vital role in our appearance and in our life. It is much more complex than texture and color and in fact, hair can even transmit sensory information. Hair loss affects both women and men at any age. Losing one’s hair can have a massive impact on a person’s self-confidence. However, today there are excellent hair replacement procedures that can change that completely. If you’re thinking about a hair replacement procedure, you may find it helpful to understand a little bit more about our hair growth cycle.
There are three stages in the human hair growth cycle: anagen, catagen, and telogen. Our hair grows an average of about 6 inches per year but we also loose a lot of hair to the natural process of shedding. Furthermore, the human hair growth cycle is irregular. Different numbers of hairs are simultaneously going through any one of these stages at any given time. The stages are explained as follows:
We shed on average between 25 to 100 hairs a day. Since other hair is also in the growth stage at the same time (about 100 anagen hairs grow everyday) this amount of shedding usually goes unnoticed. However, when the growth/shedding cycle is disrupted then hair loss becomes more obvious. It can also happen if a hair follicle is damaged and scar tissue grows in its place.