The fear of your beard hair falling out sets in. We’ve all done it, brushed our beard in the morning and noticed some hairs have jumped ship and are now taking refuge in your brush.
It is perfectly normal to lose around 50 – 100 beard hairs EVERY DAY! Sounds scary right? But, the average male has around 30,000 follicles on their face, so losing some isn’t going to make a dent.
Your hair goes through 3 cycles of life which results in growing, laying dormant then falling out, it’s natural.
The 3 cycles that are involved in your beard hair falling out are…
Anagen This is the growth phase which on average can last between 2 – 6 years, or more in some cases. Genetics plays a large part here. If you naturally grow hair fast, you’ll have an awesome beard in a shorter time than other people. If you grow hair slowly, that’s totally fine, just be patient, good things come to those who wait n all that. The key to growing a great beard is patience and regular maintenance. Everyone seems to want things instantly these days, taking useless supplements to chase results. Slow down and enjoy the journey. On average, hair will grow 1cm every month.
Catagen Is the stage where the hair has stopped growing but stays embedded in the follicle, just chillin’, kinda showing off and enjoying the view. Behind the scenes, a process is taking place that cuts the hair off from blood supply and the cells that produce new hair, this phase lasts around 2 weeks. Then that hair enters the telogen phase.
Telogen The phase where a new hair is born and replaces the old dead hair by pushing it out. This is where the anagen stage begins all over with the new hair.
Every individual hair goes through the 3 stages of beard growth at a different rate, this is why you will find random hairs on your desk or dead hairs in your comb/brush. They have been shed through the telogen phase and new hairs are entering the anagen phase. It is completely natural to lose 50 – 100 hairs daily! If your body is under extreme stress, physically or mentally, you may lose more.
(If you are losing much more than 50-100 per day, if it’s coming out in clumps and leaving bald patches, go visit your doctor. There are illnesses that can cause hair loss.)
The timeline of the cycles can vary person to person but on average they last as follows;
Growing a beard takes time and patience. Look after your hair with natural beard care products to keep the hair nourished and hydrated. Don’t tug at the hair aggressively with a comb or brush, be gentle. Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. A healthy diet will supply healthy nutrients to the hair via your blood supply, exercise will get the blood flowing. If you have more growth on one side than the other, visit a good barber who specialise in beards to balance it up for you.
Things that can prematurely cause beard hair falling out are drying it too aggressively with a towel, this can damage the roots. A poor diet can slow down hair growth, like our bodies we need good nutrients to grow, also extreme stress can cause hair loss.
I hope this has helped put your mind at ease a little when noticing beard hair falling out? Thank you for reading. JJ Join the #Brawtherhood