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Understanding Hair Loss

Have you ever showered or brushed your hair and noticed a lot of strands falling out - followed by panic setting in that you may be going bald? If so, you’re not alone. Going bald is one of many fears held by both men and women as they age. It’s hard to know how much hair loss is normal and when it means there could be a problem on the horizon without in-depth knowledge of the hair life cycle and the ins and outs of hair loss. Today we’re going to give you the scoop on what the hair cycle looks like and when you should be worried about hair loss.

The Hair Life Cycle

There are three basic stages to the hair life cycle: the anagen phase, the catagen phase and the telogen phase. Not all hair follicles go through the same phases at the same time, which is why it’s normal to always be losing a little hair. Let’s break the phases down.

Anagen Phase

The anagen phase is the growth phase. Hair grows about half an inch a month on average but grows a little faster in the summer and a little slower in the winter. This phase usually lasts three to five years.

Catagen Phase

The catagen phase is a transitional phase in which the hair stops growing and begins preparing to shed. The hair follicle itself begins to shrink in this phase and the bulb at the bottom detaches. This phase lasts around two weeks on average.

Telogen Phase

The last phase is the telogen phase, which is a resting phase and one in which the hair begins to fall out. The hair follicle remains dormant for three months before the whole life cycle begins again.

When to Worry About Hair Loss

While a bit of hair loss is normal for everyone, there is a point when it becomes a subject of concern. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Hair loss is more prevalent than your normal amount of hair loss
  • Hair is visibly thinning
  • Hairline is receding or your part is receding

Fortunately, Dr. Foster offers solutions for thinning hair. If you’re concerned about hair loss or the potential for balding, give Dr. Foster a call today at 442-227-0438.


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