At Canberra Hair Extensions, we believe healthy hair is beautiful hair.
We provide hair extension services for a quicker path to thicker, longer hair. But we also do everything we can to care for your hair, including providing information and recommendations to assist your hair health journey so that one day you may not need hair extensions! Below is a list of tips and tricks to help get you started on your path to healthy, luscious hair.
The 3 phases of hair growth
Every hair on your head is always in one of three growth phases. All of your hair is never in the same cycle – if it was, you’d lose all your hair at once every so often – and it would all grow back at once! Instead, every hair is at a different phase. That’s why there are times where you lose a lot of hair when washing or brushing, and less hair at other times.
It’s also the reason you might find pesky fly-away or ‘baby hairs’ in your hair. These are most likely not breakage but new hairs growing. Hair grows on average 1-1.5 cm a month, or 12-18 cm a year.
The Anagen phase is the period of growth. The cells in the hair bulb divide rapidly creating new hair growth. Hair actively grows from the roots for an average of 2-7 years before hair follicles become dormant. In this time, hair can grow anywhere between 18-30 inches. The length of this phase is dependent on your maximum hair length, which varies due to genetics, age and health.
The second phase of your hair growth cycle is Catagen. This period is short, lasting only 2-3 weeks. In this transitional phase, hair stops growing, detaches itself from the blood supply and is then named a ‘club hair’ which prepares to shed.
Finally, hair enters its third and final stage called the Telogen phase. This phase begins with a resting period, where club hairs rest in the root while new hair begins to grow beneath. This phase lasts for around three months.