I wish I had known about our hair cycle; especially before I turned 40. As a 60-year-old, I missed 20 years and I can’t get that time back. Time, in which, I could have prevented the hair I’ve lost. Well, here’s what I discovered about our hair cycle. There are two major phases our hair goes through; the anagen and the telogen. During the anagen phase, the hair is actively growing. As our hair matures, it enters into a resting stage, the telogen phase. Then the hair bulb migrates outward and eventually is sloughed off. It is during this migratory phase that the stage is set for new hair to come in after the original hair is lost. Age, various diseases, and a wide variety of nutritional and hormonal factors influence the duration of our hair cycle.
Unfortunately, hair loss is a normal part of the aging process which usually begins by age 40. The rate of hair growth begins to slow down and new hairs are not replaced as quickly as old ones are lost. There is a hair pull test one can do to determine if one’s hair is more into the telogen phase than the anagen phase. This test is very simple for all one needs to do it take a few strands between the thumb and forefinger and pull gently. Hairs in the anagen phase remained rooted in place, while hairs in the telogen phase come out easily.
It’s important to know approximately how many hairs were pulled and the number that came out can indicate the percentage of hair follicles in a telogen state. For example, if 20 hairs were pulled and 2 came out, then the frequency of telogen hair follicles is 10 percent. As a rough guide, a 10 percent telogen frequency is excellent, up to 25 percent is typical, and over 35 percent is problematic.
Several months ago before I started using MONAT’s hair care products, especially its nutritional supplement for natural hair care growth, strands of my hair were easy to pull out. But, not now. After completing this hair pull test, not one strand fell out. My hair strands are stronger and have a different texture.