How Does the Hair Growth Cycle Work?

How Does the Hair Growth Cycle Work?

Your hair goes through many stages of a cycle, with each phase lasting for a different period, dependent on the individual. Unexpected hair loss can often lead to scrambling across the internet for answers, although there may be a different explanation for this problem.

Here’s how the Hair Growth Cycle Works…

Anagen Phase

The Hair Growth Cycle begins in the Anagen/Growing Phase, which differs with different types of hair. During this transition, the follicles are pushing out hairs that will continue to grow until cut, reach the end of their lifespan or fall out. Around 90% of the hairs on your head are currently in the Anagen/Growing Phase. This is common for all heads of hair.

Catagen Phase

The Catagen/Transition Phase begins when the Anagen phase ends. This tends to last around 10 days or so, whereby hair follicles shrink and hair growth slows. The hair also separates from the bottom of the follicle. Only around 5% of the hairs on your head will be in the Catagen/Transition Phase.

Telogen Phase

This resting phase typically lasts around 3 months, as an estimate 10-15% of your scalp hairs are in the Telogen/Resting phase. Hairs do not grow in this phase, and it is rare for them to fall out. New hairs start to form in follicles from the previous Catagen/Transition Phase. Although commonly known as the Telogen/Resting Phase, some scientists and professionals consider this as the ‘Shedding Phase’.

Exogen Phase

Now, not to confuse you but THIS is what is commonly known as the Shedding Phase by many! The difference is that this is an extension of the Telogen/Resting Phase of hair growth. Hair is shed from the scalp (helped by washing and brushing), with this phase lasting anywhere between 2 to 5 months. As new hairs grow in the follicles, old hairs fall away. You can lose between 50-100 hairs a day during this Exogen/Shedding Phase.

What’s the Solution?

Every head of hair can be at a different stage of the growth cycle at any given time. With an overview of the Hair Growth Cycle, this may be helpful for those looking to understand their scalp condition in more detail.

The Herbal Hair formula is refined from various precious Chinese herbs, such as Bai Shao Yao (White Peony Root), Ren Shen (Chinese Sage), Dan Shen (Ginseng), Gan Jiang (Ginger) and many others.

Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo – Advanced Formula (200ml)

This product is mainly designed to cleanse the scalp and hair follicle, preventing hair loss and encouraging healthy hair regrowth. This proven natural Chinese formula removes toxins, dandruff, itching and excessive hair oil from the hair follicle to prolong the hair growth cycle, preventing further hair loss.

Directions for use:

  • Wet hair with warm water and massage shampoo in gently
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water


For best results: Use shampoo twice a week



Tonics – Feed, Cleanse & Loss Prevention – Advanced Formula (120ml)

These products are mainly designed to cleanse the scalp, feed the hair follicle, and prevent future hair loss.

The herbal formulas not only help to re-grow new hair but also strengthens and nourishes the existing hair from future hair loss.

Directions for use:

  • Use 10ml of tonic once a day
  • Massage the tonic into the scalp
  • Comb hair to stimulate the hair follicle

For moderate conditions: Use 10ml of tonic once a day

For severe conditions: Use 20ml of tonic twice a day

The products are available in 120ml bottles or packs of 30 x 10ml for easier application.

As the natural hair cycle is around 3 months, it is fundamental that you follow the instructions for 3 months to notice a remarkable difference. We recommended using 2/3 sessions over 9 months to achieve the desired results – depending on the hair and scalp condition.

We recommend combining the above products, depending on the hair type and hair loss, for the best results.

For most cases, we recommend using the Follicle Feed Tonic, followed by the Prevention Tonic and lastly, the Cleanse Tonic.


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