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Natural Hair 101- Hair Growth Cycle Simplified

Natural Hair 101- Hair Growth Cycle Simplified

Hair Growth Cycle

  Image gotten from The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Hair Growth Cycle

Each strand of our hair has its own follicle from which it grows from our scalp. We are expected to grow 1/4 to 1/2 an inch of hair per month but due to factors like age, lifestyle and hormones, each person’s hair growth cycle is different. 

Furthermore, each hair strand goes through four stages;  Anagen ( growing stage), Catagen (resting stage), Telogen (the shedding stage) and Exogen ( the period of time which the hair follicle remains inactive before beginning a new Anagen). These four stages help to keep our hair strands in a continuous cycle, thereby ensuring that we always have hair on our head.

Take home points :

  1. Hair is unique on every individual.
  2. Shedding is normal (only when it is excessive should appropriate measures be taken).
  3. There are several factors that affect hair growth.
  4. Our hair growth occurs in a cycle.

 

I hope this brief summary of hair growth stages adds some knowledge to what you already know about hair.

 

Peace & Blessings,

Chinwe Juliet

Sourced from the Science of Black Hair by Audrey-Davis Sivasothy.

About The Author

Chinwe Juliet

Hi! My name is Chinwe Juliet and on here I share with all honesty all the information about my natural hair. Natural hair is beautiful so all my tips and tricks will be listed to help you achieve the look you desire. I also hope to inspire everyone of you not only with your natural hair but your inner beauty as well.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Thank you for being here. Stay blessed and love always.

1 Comment

  1. Werimegbe Martha

    Hi my name is Martha. I’m a Nigerian. I am transitioning from relaxed to natural and my hair was short before I started transitioning though. Basically I know just a few things and now am having dandruffs on my hair and I don’t know how to get rid of it. Pls desperately need help. I am so lost in this hair journey. I would appreciate it if you could help me. Thanks.
    P.s- can’t wait to hear from you.

    Reply

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