Each hair strand has its own unique life cycle. While each hair strand will grow, rest and eventually fall out, each will do so on their own timeline. The four phases of the hair cycle are anagen, catagen, telegen and exogen. Exogen is when your scalp sheds the hair follicle. Our focus is to optimize the anagen phase, which is the growth phase which can last from 3-10 years. Let’s talk about what we can do to extend that duration of growth.
The average person has 100,000 hairs on their head, and we will each lose about 25,000 hairs every year, and between 50-100 hairs every day. Once a hair has shed it will take up to 3 months to see new hair growth. Growing hair is an intricate process and the goal should be to extend the growth phase and create an optimal environment for a new follicle to form quickly.
The average person has 100,000 hairs on their head, and we will each lose about 25,000 hairs every year, and between 50-100 hairs every day.
We now realize that hair health starts with the scalp, similar to the soil in which a plant grows. Our scalps are exposed to oxidative stress from sun, shampoo and hair color, so it’s important to use products that supply antioxidants to help counteract these stressors. For years we have used haircare products to reactively address hair health issues like dryness, coarseness or brittleness. Using haircare products that are proactive can balance free radicals caused by oxidative stress and that increase your supply of the nutrients needed to maintain hair color and hair health.
Is there such a thing as too much shedding?
Keep in mind that on average we lose about 75 hairs per day. If you don’t shampoo it daily, you may perceive that you are shedding more when you do. Those who have hair that is longer or coarser might wash less frequently, because thinner hair tends to show build-up faster. When you consider your length, density and daily hair shed, you can now better understand how much hair to expect to shed with your next wash.
When it comes to shedding, is there a difference between brushing and combing?
When hair is dry we use a brush to polish strands and stimulate our scalps, when hair is wet we use a comb to detangle and evenly distribute conditioners. While in the shower it’s important to use a comb to help make sure each strand has been exposed to conditioner, this also helps strengthen and protect hair strands from styling stress and environmental exposure.
Brushing hair in between washing is a helpful way to lessen the amount of hair shed when showering, especially if you are washing your hair less frequently. A common misconception is that brushing your hair will increase hair shedding. Yes, hair will come out when you brush it, but that is hair that was scheduled to fall out by your body. Brushing your hair can actually increase blood flow to the scalp and help make way for new hair growth to begin.
Brushing hair in between washing is a helpful way to lessen the amount of hair shed when showering, especially if you are washing your hair less frequently.
Hair shedding is one of the most common functions of our scalps, and making way for new hair growth is a daily job. Arey is formulated to assist the body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and a clinically effective peptide. The vitamins and minerals supply fuel to the cells, while the antioxidants help regulate cellular activity by balancing the cells so they can function normally. The peptide that we include in our topical products delivers amino acids that are used to produce collagen, one of three proteins needed to produce hair color and healthy hair strands.
Hair health is a daily routine, and the healthier your hair appears, the healthier you will likely feel. Brushing hair nightly for those with long, medium and even short hair can help stimulate and minimize hair shedding during your next shower. Using Arey products daily can increase the growth cycle of your hair strand and assist in the production of a new strand to replace what has shed.