The hair growth cy­cle

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BEAUTY -

Hair is made up of a pro­tein, ker­atin, which orig­i­nates in fol­li­cles be­neath the skin. “As new ker­atin is pro­duced, old cells are pushed up the fol­li­cle and through to the skin’s sur­face,” says tri­chol­o­gist Si­mone Lee. “These strings of dead ker­atin cells are what we see as hair. Hair on the scalp is grow­ing 90 per cent of the time. The life cy­cle of each fol­li­cle is di­vided into three phases [an­a­gen, cata­gen and tel­o­gen] – the hair growth cy­cle.”

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