What are your hair follicles?
Our hair follicles essentially anchor your hair into your scalp. They’re made up of the papilla and the bulb – structures both located beneath your scalp. Active cells grow the hair around the papilla and the bulb can be found at the bottom of each strand. The papilla provides the blood supply that your hair follicle needs to promote hair growth.
The Hair Growth Cycle
There are three stages to the hair growth cycle – the anagen, catagen, and the telogen. Each and every single strand on your body is going through one of these stages right now!
The FIRST phase of your hair’s growth cycle – the anagen phase – is the period where you can actually see hair growth. The cells in the bulb divide rapidly, producing new hair fibres that continue to grow as the follicle itself is anchored deep within the dermal layer of your scalp, providing your strand with nourishment. About 90% of your hair is currently in this phase which can last anything from 2 -7 years depending upon your genetics. Once your hair has reached a maximum length your hair follicle becomes dormant.
The SECOND phase of your hair’s growth cycle is much short, this is the catagen phase. This usually lasts only about 2-3 weeks on average and is a transitional phase in which your hair stops growing, detaches itself from your blood supple and creates ‘club hair’.
The FINAL stage of your hair’s growth cycle is the telogen phase. This is the resting period where club hair rests in the root while your new hair begins to grown beneath it. After an average of 3 months, this resting club hair will fall out to allow your new hair to come through your hair follicle.
Stimulating hair growth - in three easy steps!
From the hair growth cycle you may have noticed that there’s only one phase where actual growth happens, meaning this is the most important phase for anyone that wants to stimulate hair growth!
Whilst there isn’t currently away to get around pure genetics, there are things you can do which incorporated into your routine will keep your hair in the anagen phase as long as possible.
1. Massaging you scalp. By simply incorporating a regular massage into your routine you can help restore hair growth, stimulate the bulbs that nourish your strands and promote the overall health and well-being of the roots of your hair. Additionally, scalp massages can improve hair thickness and growth and has the added benefit of being a stress and tension reliever!
2. Using a detoxing product like our Purifying Scalp Scrub to remove product build up that suffocates your scalp and inhibits hair growth. Our hair and scalp has a specific pH that needs to be maintained in order to promote and maintain a healthy environment for healthy hair growth. By regularly detoxing your scalp, you are also removing any free radicals that have built up that could damage and internal integrity of your hair follicles.
3. Brush your Hair. This is a simple one but you’d be surprised how many people do not brush their hair right. Ideally you should brush your hair for a minute – first thing in the morning and last thing at night. This evenly distributes your hair’s natural oils, helping to maintain healthy moisturised hair. In addition it increases circulation which helps make your scalp healthier. But be mindful that brushing your hair when it’s wet with the wrong type of brush / method can seriously damage it due to it’s very fragile state. Always opt for brushes with large spaced bristles or even better – an old fashioned comb!