My hair is at shoulder length right now. I wonder how many years it would take me if I want to grow my hair until my waist.
Basically, my concern has been answered by the hair growth timeline of each of the phases the hair undergoes. Hair growth has three stages: the anagen or the growth phase, the catagen or the regressing phase, and the telogen also known as the resting phase. Hair growth timeline differs for each phase.
Anagen is the phase where about eighty to ninety percent of our hair is actively growing. This is a very important phase since this determines how long our hair could actually grow. On the average, there is a hair growth of about half inch per month. Scalp hair growth timeline for this phase ranges from two years to as much as eight years. Of course, it is different when it comes to our body hair. Obviously it is much shorter timeline for other body hair, reason why they never really grow very long.
At the catagen phase, the hair will stop growing. This is due to major hair cells death. Timeline for scalp hair in this phase is one to three weeks, before the production of new hair begins.
The last phase is telogen phase where it is said that about eight percent of our hair is at rest and will gradually be shedding off daily in an average of fifty to one hundred hair per day. Timeline of hair under this phase is about three months. Growth of new hair will then begin after this.
With these facts, I have ascertained that it might take me more or less thirty six months to grow my hair down to my waist level. That is, if I would not consider trimming it at any point of time. But I know I could not just ignore the fact that hair damages might arise, and I might have to do a little trimming once in a while to avoid more serious hair damages. Wow! That’s going to take me more than three years then! Nevertheless, it’s all right. It won’t matter how fast I grew my hair, it is how healthy I made it to that length.