Monthly Archives: April 2017

Junior Ranger

On this continuing journey of taking and sharing a daily photo I rarely strive for photographic perfection. I am content to capture moments in our lives without concern for lighting or composure or even focus.

But some days the stars align and I stumble across a scene so naturally lovely that I feel compelled to put in a little effort. I am so pleased with everything in this little shot.

Lowell National Historic Site, April 2017

Percy Jackson Fans

The Percy Jackson/Mythology obsession is still going strong around here, and today’s trip to see The Lightening Thief in Concord, NH was just the thing my little Half-Bloods were looking for. Even better to have friends to enjoy it with (those in this photo and others)!

A year-long passion for mythology and history, paired with interdisciplinary endeavors is just about all a life-learning, unschooling Mama could ask for!

Movie Makers

These three (plus one) spent the afternoon making movies together. A second before I took this photo they were all sitting with their backs to me, watching their latest ‘episode’. Just as I snapped the pic one jumped up and I caught this rather dramatic looking, but actually benign, scene.

Beach Hair, Don’t Care

How fast does hair really grow?
We are born with the total amount of hair follicles we will ever have over our lifetime. There may be about 5 million on our body, but our head has about 100,000 follicles. As we age, some follicles stop producing hair, which is how baldness or hair thinning occurs.

The American Academy of Dermatology says that hair grows about 1/2 inch per month on average. That’s a grand total of about 6 inches per year for the hair on your head.

How fast your hair grows will depend on your:

specific hair type
overall health
other health conditions
Science has discovered a little bit about how hair growth is controlled at the cellular level in the body, but not enough to know how we can directly speed up hair growth. Read on to learn about the science behind hair growth and how to use that knowledge for healthier hair.

The stages of hair growth
Hair grows in three stages, and each strand of hair follows its own timeline. These three stages are:

anagen: active growth phase of hair that lasts 2-8 years
catagen: transition phase where hair stops growing, lasts 4-6 weeks
telogen: resting phase where hair falls out, lasts 2-3 months
The average scalp has 90-95 percent of the hair follicles in anagen phase. This means about 5-10 percent are in the telogen phase, which accounts for the 100-150 hairs that fall out every day.

Can you increase the anagen phase for hair growth?
How long the anagen phase lasts depends on how long your hair is and if the cells in your follicle base are continuing to multiply and become hair cells. According to the skinmd1 hair restoration team, hair grows because matrix cells shed some of their structure as they reach the upper follicle. The shed structure combines with keratins to form hair strands that exit your skin’s surface.

Researchers are still looking into what triggers our bodies to “turn on” the anagen phases. But there are steps you can take to promote healthy hair during the anagen phase

Some questions left? Get answers from Dr. William Yates MD.