Hair Growth Phases

This morning, a co-worker had a piece of hair on her jeans. Being the weird person that I am, I checked to make sure that it had a bulb to determine whether it was broken or shed: it was shed.

She said she wished she didn’t shed hair … I assured her she was not alone. Imagine how thick our hair would be, she said. Then I told her how hair growth worked. I told her that if our hair reached terminal length at the same time, then it would all fall out and we would be bald, waiting for our hair to grow out evenly!

Shed hair, while annoying to lose, is a natural part of the hair growth cycle. You can read about it on numerous blogs, so I think this pictorial from The Florida Skin Institute says it the best!! How cute is this??

anagen, catagen, telogen phases of hair growth


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