Stages of Hair Growth | Hair Growth Cycle

Did you know that there multiple stages of hair growth?

The most important thing for people to understand when going in for Laser Hair Reduction is that one zap is not going to do it. Why? Because human hair grows in stages, each hair on your body follows a certain pattern and cycle.

Your hair grows in three phases:-

  • Anagen (growth phase)
  • Catagen (shrinking phase)
  • Telogen (resting phase)

Each hair follicle on our body is independent and goes through the growth cycle at different times (And THANK GOD for that otherwise, all your hair would fall out at once!). On an average, a person has around 75% hairs on their body in the Anagen phase at any given point in time, 1-2% in the Catagen phase and, 10-14% in the Telogen phase.

Though there is one major point to note here, there are different stages of hair growth for your body hair and head hair. The Anagen phase for your legs, arms, back, underarms, face etc. lasts for just 30-45 days whereas it lasts for 3-7 years for your head hair. That’s why the hair on your head grows longer since the longer the hair is in the anagen phase, the longer it will grow.

At the end of the Anagen phase, your hair enters the Catagen phase. This stage is not exactly ideal for permanent hair removal as it is during this stage that the hair begins to shed, this shedding is not the same as after the treatment.

The Telogen phase is the final phase known as the resting phase when your hair is released and falls out. In this stage, laser hair removal is completely ineffective because the hair is neither growing nor developing and it is no longer attached to the papilla.

Due to the fact that each hair follicle is undergoing this cycle simultaneously and at different stages & speeds,  6-8 treatments are recommended on average, spaced out according to the growth cycle.

To know more about the sessions required for Laser hair reduction, click here.

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