Some Useful Facts to Know About Hair

Hair follicle that is placed under skin represents a tube shape ending with a bubble shape. Shafts develop and form inside follicles. After that it grows above our skin. Keratin is actually the major hair component, known as protein. Keratin has several life cycles: growth, transition, resting phases.

Hair follicle that is placed under skin represents a tube shape ending with a bubble shape. Shafts develop and form inside follicles. After that it grows above our skin. Keratin is actually the major hair component, known as protein. Keratin has several life cycles: growth, transition, resting phases.

Mature shafts of hair fall being forced by new growing in Teologen or resting phase. Every hair strand passes a life cycle. The ones above your skin (1/8 or 1/4 inch) may be removed by threading, sugaring and waxing. At a follicle base hair goes on growing together with new cells of hair.

Growth proceeds because new cells are created at the follicle base. Androgens, a male hormone is important for producing hair in women and men. As a matter of fact follicles grow in cycles which we can break into phases:

  • Growth phase
  • Transitional
  • Resting phase
  • Growth

There are almost 85% of hairs in the growth phase.

The growing phase is noticed according to weeks: there will appear mustache; and years: hair on the scalp.

Body length, gender as well as hormone conditions influence the time of growing phase.

Transitional phase

  • When the growing phase ends, hair comes in a transitional phase. And it generally takes 1 – 2 weeks.
  • In this period the hair follicles shrink 1/6 of normal length.
  • Keratinized (dried up) hair roots assist the follicle when hair falls out.
  • When new growing cells force keratinized hair to fall out, the hair start shedding or will remain in the follicle.

Resting phase

  • The resting phase generally lasts for 5 – 6 weeks.
  • The papilla is in a rest phase while attached to the hair follicle. And there is no growth.
  • In this phase there are up to 10-15% of hairs.

Then the hair follicle will reenter the growing phase. New hair begins to form at the end of resting phase. Thus the cycle will start over and over again.

Hair shedding and renewal are parts of the cycle. So, hair grows, rests, falls out and regrows. All in all this is usual and quite normal that people lose up to 50 – 100 hairs which are 150,000 follicles a day.

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