Each individual hair is formed inside a bulb deep in a hair follicle. The follicle is a tiny but powerful factory, which works continuously throughout your lifetime. From birth onward the follicle continues to produce hair. Each hair grows for many years: during this time it will be shampooed, conditioned, cut, blown dry, exposed to sun and wind, colored, bleached or permed. None of these treatments affect the growth of the hair in the hair bulb, even though some may seriously damage the hair shaft. Finally the hair spontaneously falls out. The follicle rests for a little while, and then starts to produce yet another new hair.

There are basically 3 stages that each hair follicle has to go through around 20 times in your life.


The ANAGEN Phase:

This is the first phase of your hair growth cycle which is also known as the growing phase. At any one time, 80 -90 percent of the hair follicles on your scalp are in the ANAGEN phase. During this period:

  • Your hair grows continuously
  • The growth will continue for 3 to 7 years
  • Growth is at the rate of half an inch a month
  • The hair bulb produces your hair pigment
  • Blood supply provides nutrients and minerals to your hair
  • Hair looks thick and nourished


After the ANAGEN phase, your hair will go into a brief transitional phase before going to rest. This short phase is known as the CATAGEN phase and it lasts for 2 to 4 weeks. During this time:

  • Your hair detaches from the blood supply
  • The detached follicle slowly shrinks to about 1/6 its size
  • The hair bulb stops producing the colour pigment
  • The bulb is pushed upwards towards the surface by the new hair being formed
  • At any given time, approximately 2 – 3 % of the hair on your scalp are in this phase

The TELOGEN Phase:

This is the final phase of your hair growth cycle. It is also known as the resting phase where your hair follicles will slowly fall off to be replaced by a new hair. Around 10 – 15 % of the hair on your scalp is in the TELOGEN phase.

  • 50 – 100 hairs shed daily
  • This period lasts for 3 months before the hair falls out
  • The hair follicles become weak and thin and you can easily pull them out
  • New hair follicles emerge once the hair falls
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    Questions & Answers

    I should look at my mother's family to see if I am going to loose my hair - the gene comes from the maternal side.

    Hereditary hair loss can be passed on by either parent, although the strongest influence is on the maternal side. The gene or genes responsible for this have not yet been identified and the pattern of inheritance is complex. If hair loss in the family, it is likely that you too will be affected. However there are other reasons for hair loss apart from heredity.

    Losing an average of 40-100 hairs a day is normal - they just grow back again,

    It is true for people who don’t have male pattern baldness, and there hairs that fall out will soon be replaced by new once. If you are suffering from hereditary hair loss, those hair often came from follicles that are shrinking and the new hairs emerging from these follicles will be thinner. Eventually the follicles shut down and no longer produce hair at all.

    I can increase number of follicles on my scalp by using drugs.

    Yes surely!! we can with the help of new advanced Root Grow Therapy. We can increase destiny volume and number of hair follicles

    Blow-drying can cause hair loss.

    No, but it can dry, burn and damage hairs that may then fall out. If you are suffering from hereditary hair loss, the new hairs that grow are often thinner and less visible than the ones they are replacing.

    Bald men are more virile.

    There is little evidence of excess levels of testosterone or related hormones in bald man. The belief that baldness makes you more virile than a man with full head of hair is, unfortunately, without scientific foundation.

    You wash your hair too often, you will go bald.

    Frequent shampooing has no effect, positive or negative, on hereditary hair loss. But it is important to take good care of the hair you have.

    If I take special dietary supplements I can prevent hair loss.

    In most cases, hair loss is due to genes and the way that your hair follicles respond to male hormones. Severe malnutrition can bring on hair loss but this in unrelated to hereditary hair loss. However a poor diet can bring on predetermined hereditary hair loss earlier that expected.

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