Shedding Strands: What's Normal?

With all of us girls in the office trying to grow long hair for our sexy summer looks, there have been many words exchanged on the topic of hair growth. We've gone ahead and done a little research and wanted to share it with you.

Long hair doesn't always come easy. If you're frustrated with the rate at which your hair grows, it's not that your hair “won't grow,” but rather that it may have reached the longest point that it can grow to, also known as the terminal length, which varies person to person. And don't freak out when your hair is shedding, it's actually a natural phase your hair goes through. It doesn't mean you're going bald! Did you know healthy hair grows in three phases?


1. The Growing Phase: It can last from two to six years and is usually genetically predetermined. The majority of hair is in the growing phase, which is why it's virtually impossible to detect when it's resting or about ready to shed and fall out.

2. The Shedding Phase: During this phase the strands are shed and new hairs grow in their place.

3. The Resting Phase: This phase occurs when the hair is in a transition period, between growing and shedding, for a couple of weeks.