Archive for April 17th, 2011
To A.C.T. is natural. My hair is cycling through the three phases of its life.
- Anagen Whether our hair is natural or relaxed, this is the most visible phase as we notice the change in the length of our hair with time. On average, hair grows 5 inches each year. During the anagen phase, the hair grows continuously. About 80 to 90% of the hair on our head is in the growing phase, usually 3 – 7 years.
- Catagen The transition phase between growth and rest, usually 2 to 4 weeks. The hair detaches from its source of nourishment, shrinks to 1/6 of its size, and the resulting club hair moves towards the scalp. 2 – 3 % of our hair is in this phase.
- Telogen About 10 – 15% of our hair is in this resting phase, usually 3 – 4 months. We shed 50 – 100 strands daily as the club hairs continues to move upwards above the scalp. The changes are less visible when our hair is relaxed as we brush and comb our hair. At the end of the telogen (resting) phase, a new hair follicle will emerge and A.C.T.
The white specks at the front of my hair tells the story of a few strands that have gone full circle and are moving up through my locks. My hair is ACTing. Living. Loving. Learning. Laughing. Klassi K.