Have you ever thought that your beard has stopped growing? Believe it or not, there are cycles in hair regeneration that make up the 3 stages of beard growth.
The 3 phases in the hair cycle are anagen, catagen and telogen.
These stages of beard growth really determine how long your beard is likely to grow at full length. As we have said before, it is down to genetics. A good grooming routine with high quality natural products can help support the life of the hair though. Hair nourished and hydrated with a good beard oil will outlive hair that is dry and brittle.
Understanding the 3 stages of beard growth will give you a clearer idea of how long your beard is likely to grow.
The 3 stages of beard growth
Anagen This is the growth phase which on average can last between 2 – 6 years, or more in some cases. As mentioned before, 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 This 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 This is 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.
Hopefully with this information, you can approach your beard journey with a clearer understanding.
• It 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. • 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.