What Causes Hair Growth and Hair Shedding?

December 20, 2021 53 Comments

What Causes Hair Growth and Hair Shedding?

Let’s be real: who isn’t obsessed with hair? Whether it’s on your face, body, or scalp, we’re always looking for the latest scoop on how to achieve our hair goals. Hair is so much more than just proteins and melanin - our hair makes up a lot of our individual identities and even carries memories and trauma, too. Not all hair is made equal, but did you know we all experience the same growth and shedding cycles? We like to think all self-care starts with understanding the basics of our natural cycles to make the best decisions, so let’s break down some science together.

All Hair Grows and Sheds in Cycles

Anyone with a pet knows that the second spring hits, everything you own is absolutely covered with your little fur baby’s hair. Unlike animals who shed seasonally, the hair onour bodies is in a constant state of growth and shedding. So at any point in the year, a random number of hairs will be in one offour stages of growth and shedding. And this is true forALL the hair on your body

Lol… what? Basically, throughout these stages, your hair is in a constant state of growth or shedding. Let’s break these down. 

Anagen Phase (Growth Phase)

Each part of your body (that has hair) has maximum lengths it can hit before moving to the next stage. The length of the anagen phase controls how long your hair can get. To show how different all areas are, here’s a look at some of the different phase lengths we experience:

  • Eyelashes: 30-45 days
  • Eyebrows: 2-3 months
  • Scalp: 3-5 years

When you look at those time frames, it’s easy to see why the hair on your head gets so much longer than your eyelashes, eyebrows, or legs. 

Think of it this way: If your eyebrows had an anagen phase of 2-3years, instead of 2-3months, you could probably tuck your brows behind your ears—Lorax chic.

Catagen Phase (Transition Phase)

Once your hair has completed the anagen stage and stops growing, your hair follicle begins to shrink. This new period is called the catagen phase, a transition period that signals the end of hair growth. Typically, hair doesn’t fall out during catagen; however, if a hair falls out or is plucked out at this time, it won’t start growing back until the catagen phase is completed.

This is the shortest period in your hair cycle, and only about five percent of the hairs on your head are in the catagen phase at any given time.

Telogen Phase (Resting Phase)

An estimated 10 to 15 percent of your scalp hairs are in the telogen phase, which lasts an average of about 100 days. During this process, your hair undergoes little to no change and begins to shed. Once your hair begins to shed, the follicle won’t start growing hair again until after the final phase is completed. 

Exogen Phase (Shedding Phase)

Finally, our hair journey ends at the exogen phase. This state is like an extension of the telogen cycle in which new hairs begin growing in the follicles as the old hairs fall out. This shedding period can last anywhere from 2-5 months. Out with the old, in with the new.

This phase gets some bonus assistance from washing and brushing your hair, so that’s why you’ll see hairs chilling on your tub floor after a thorough shampoo session. Shedding is a totally natural occurrence we all experience. Excessive shedding can be problematic and indicative of a larger issue, but losing the occasional eyelash, brow hair, or head hair isn’t something to worry about!Experts estimate on average, a person has 100,000 hairs on their head and over 5 million hairs across the entire body. So, don’t stress about losing some hair - you’ve got a lot to give.

Of course, the hair growth and shedding cycle isn’t the only thing that affects your hair length, fullness, and overall health, including damage, medication, or just plain ole genetics.

The good news is there are ways to nourish and revitalize your hair from root to tip. While a lot of skincare philosophies begin with drying out your skin, we believe in addinghydrating ingredients, like sodium hyaluronate, whenever possible. 

Another thing to consider with your lashes and brows is how you’re removing makeup at the end of a long day. If you aren’t putting as much care into how you take your makeup off, you could be undoing the hard work of yourLash andBrow Serum and causing follicle breakage, and no one wants that. Give your lashes the love they deserve and take your makeup off gently and thoroughly(psst - not sure how? We made a makeup removal guide for youhere.)

So remember - even if you’re doing everything right, your hair will always look different from everyone else’s hair. And that’s a good thing - it’s beautiful! 

You’re an original, and your hair journey is unique to you and your experiences. Own who you are. Trust that your personal brand of beauty is perfect as it is. And if your personal goals have you wanting a little hair boost, we’re always happy to help you become your own kind of original babe. 

PS. text "VIP" to 73321 to stay up to date with our product launches - your hair will thank you.

If you have any feedback or questions please contact us directly at info@babelash.com

53 Responses

Alyssa
Alyssa

June 29, 2022

I loved this article- very informative!

Sam
Sam

June 29, 2022

Love the info! Thanks!

Riyah Williams
Riyah Williams

May 13, 2022

Thank you this was very informative! To think you that a didn’t even know this stuff when my body literally goes through it!

Shanna
Shanna

April 04, 2022

This article was so helpful in understanding hair loss & the process of re-growth. Thank you for the great information.

Stephanie
Stephanie

March 30, 2022

Very informative!

Amber
Amber

March 30, 2022

I’m very interested in trying the brow serum! I pick at my eyebrow hairs sometimes when I’m anxious, so this article was so helpful and informative!

Shelby Glazier
Shelby Glazier

March 30, 2022

Thanks for the information! I’ve been loosing hair recently and it’s good to know!

Melissa
Melissa

March 28, 2022

Thanks for the great info. It helped me to understand hair growth better and how your products work and help!

Jenn
Jenn

March 28, 2022

Thank you for this helpful information.

Megan
Megan

March 07, 2022

Very interesting! Thanks for all the information.

Mina
Mina

February 01, 2022

Such an informative article!

Megan Kitchens
Megan Kitchens

January 27, 2022

I really thought this was interesting. Babe lash did my lashes WONDERS and when I stopped using it they eventually went back to normal but still took about 2-4 months to go back to normal.

Donna
Donna

January 20, 2022

Very informative article!

Lilianna Tanner
Lilianna Tanner

January 15, 2022

love it!

C
C

January 13, 2022

Loved the article

Cassie Parrish
Cassie Parrish

January 13, 2022

Very much enjoyed reading this lost of info thank u. My eyelashes just seem to non existing the older I get and my hair on head especially in the front on the sides or thinning bad I’m in my 30s and it seems to just get worst the older I get but after reading this I have a new outlook thank u so much.

Billie Saueressig
Billie Saueressig

January 06, 2022

This was so interesting to read! I am excited to try the serum for my brows and lashes!! I used to have amazing natural lashes but since I started using glue on lashes, my natural lashes are almost all gone!!!

Elizbeth
Elizbeth

January 05, 2022

This was such helpful information! I have always been curious how exactly Babe Serum worked…I get tons of compliments at work about my lashes and people are so surprised when I tell them they don’t need a prescription for the product. Love the serum and the conditioner! Thanks for explaining the science behind it!

Jessica Bohn
Jessica Bohn

December 30, 2021

I read in your prior blog that Babe Lash may be making a hair growth serum for the scalp. I need that ‘stat’. Can I be a beta phase subject? Pretty please.

Morgan
Morgan

December 29, 2021

I never knew that eyelash shedding was normal and healthy! I learned so much from this article!

T
T

December 14, 2021

Didn’t know different ethnic groups have different lengths of hair cycles 😯

Emily
Emily

December 14, 2021

I had no idea the shedding phase lasted so long for lashes! I’m really careful to keep my lashes hydrated and healthy to help keep my volume. I still notice my little baby lashes and they can be really frustrating when doing makeup. Guess I just need to be patient with them :)

Tbom
Tbom

December 14, 2021

I knew Babe products helped the growth phase. Now I know that growth phase is called the anagen phase.

Deeana
Deeana

December 14, 2021

I learned how quickly the growth cycle is. I had no idea.

Holly
Holly

December 14, 2021

I learned there are 4 stages of growth.

Kaelyn Miller
Kaelyn Miller

December 14, 2021

This was amazing. I feel like most people don’t know about the actual cycle our hair and lashes go through. I learned that there are 4 stages including Anagen, Catagen, Telogen, and Exogen, in which I had no idea about! This article was so helpful!

Amanda
Amanda

December 13, 2021

Learning that there are 4 stages of growth and their unique names. Thanks for the makeup removal guide.

Lynette
Lynette

December 13, 2021

I learned I need babe lash :)

Nicole L.
Nicole L.

December 13, 2021

Learning about the growth phase and how to prevent any excess damage to lashes is crucial! Thanks, Babe Lash!

Athina
Athina

December 13, 2021

I didn’t realize that Hair including eyelashes go through phases of growth! That is so interesting!!

Laura
Laura

December 13, 2021

“Lorax chic”! That one made me giggle. I actually JUST messaged you guys a few days ago because I’m not seeing lash growth like I had been. One of your lovely employees dropped some knowledge about the growth cycle- who knew?! And I’m SO excited about a possible hair serum!!

Kaylee
Kaylee

December 13, 2021

Wow! I had no idea there were 4 phases! Learn something everyday!

Tianna
Tianna

December 13, 2021

I didn’t know eyelashes go through phases lol!

Tayli
Tayli

December 13, 2021

That your lashes start to grow new ones by 100 days! And babe lash helps a ton! I love this product.

ashleigh murrow
ashleigh murrow

December 13, 2021

I’m in esthetician school right now at Acaydia! We recently learned about the hair growth cycle and I knew about the ACT phases (anagen, catagen, and telogen) but I had no idea that there was an exogen phase! How cool! I’m going to ask my instructor why she didn’t share that there was another phase 😂

Lizandra
Lizandra

December 13, 2021

The shedding(exogen) phase can last anywhere between 2-5 months. No wonder mine are always falling off.😂

Callie
Callie

December 13, 2021

Wow!! I learned a lot. Thank you!
That’s incredible that your eyelashes having a 30-45-day growth period. I’ve definitely noticed a difference after using my Babe Lash serum for 45 days now. 😍 it was also good to know that it’s normal to shed eye lashes. 👏🏼

Jessica
Jessica

December 13, 2021

Thank you for teaching me so much! Found you thru a friend. Did not realize how often the growth cycle is for lashes.

Amanda
Amanda

December 13, 2021

It’s always so nice to see companies really take the time to go over not only their own products but the reasons behind why the products work/help! I learned about 3 new things that I didn’t know prior to using babe lash! They care!!!! Love this product so much!

Kaili
Kaili

December 13, 2021

Such great info! Now I can stop giving myself panic attacks when my eyelashes are going through the exogen phase! 🙌🏻

Diane
Diane

December 13, 2021

It should have been obvious to me, but I didn’t realize eyelashes and eyebrows have different lengths of time for the anagen phase. Very informative article!

Peyton
Peyton

December 13, 2021

If I had known the phases my lashes went through at a you get age, I would’ve taken better care of them years ago rather than playing catch up right now! But the essential serum has help a ton in helping my lashes get back to being healthy!

Nikki
Nikki

December 13, 2021

That there are multiple stages of growth. And not all hair growth in your body grows at the same speed

Cindy Smith
Cindy Smith

December 13, 2021

If only I had known all these things when I was younger. I’m definitely taking better care of my skin and hair now that I’m older. I didn’t know about the growth cycles for hair. Very interesting article. Thank you.

Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller

December 13, 2021

I found it fascinating to learn that your ethnicity can factor into how long your cycles are. Crossing my fingers for the good genes!

Krystal S
Krystal S

December 13, 2021

I never knew there was a growth cycle for eyelashes.

Jordyn
Jordyn

December 13, 2021

I never knew that different hair on your body has different lengths of the anagen phase!! Love what Babe Lash is doing to not only promote their products but educate about our lashes!!!

Rachel
Rachel

December 13, 2021

I learned that your eyelashes grow for 30-45 days! That doesn’t seam very long!

taylor wenner
taylor wenner

December 13, 2021

I learned your lashes go through growth and shedding cycles!

Jamie Dwyer
Jamie Dwyer

December 13, 2021

I learned all lashes has a growing cycle and falling out cycle.

Amy
Amy

December 13, 2021

Not washing your face actually can undo what my serum I apply, is trying to improve.?!?
No more skipping, even when exhausted

Abbie Thompson
Abbie Thompson

December 13, 2021

Losing hair has always made me a little anxious! I try so hard to have healthy brows, eyelashes, etc. But, after reading this article I loved how it said, “So remember – even if you’re doing everything right, your hair will always look different from everyone else’s hair. And that’s a good thing – it’s beautiful!”
This made me relax, and know that it is normal! As long as I continue using babe lash products I will have the hair I want! Even if it goes through different stages 😘♥️

kenley
kenley

December 13, 2021

Your scalps anagen phase is 3-5 years!! Too bad it’s not longer so my hair would grow even longer 😂

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