This is the first stage in the hair cycle. It’s also known as the growing phase because this is the stage where all the growth actually occurs. It is during this phase that laser hair removal is most effective. Only about 20 percent of our hair grows during this phase. This is the reason why we need to do several treatments of laser hair removal in order to have the best long-term results. This phase can last anywhere from three to four months on our body and about five to seven years on our head. This explains why your hair doesn’t grow the same length on your hair as it does on your legs.
This is the second phase in the hair growth cycle. During this phase our hair stops growing and your hair can even begin to shed. This phase is also known as the transition stage and it lasts about three weeks. It’s best to stay away from laser hair removal during this phase since you won’t be able to see effective results.
This is the third and final phase. The Telogen phase is also known as the resting phase or the dormant phase. About 70 percent of the hair cycle occurs during this phase. It can last anywhere from five to six weeks. Just like the Catagen phase, you don’t want to get laser hair removal done during this stage. You won’t see the best possible results during this stage.
Why does it matter?
It seems strange but knowing the hair growth cycle will help you determine when is the best time to get laser hair treatment. As mentioned before, the Anagen phase is the best stage to get your treatment. It’s the best stage to receive the treatment because this is the phase that the hair is most attached to the hair follicle. The laser targets the hair follicle and damages it in order to prevent further growth. Knowing the hair growth cycle can help you plan your shaving routine between laser hair treatments. It’s important to monitor when you decide to shave or pluck between sessions in order to make sure that you will receive the most from your treatments.