Telogen - the shedding, resting phase

The telogen phase lasts for 2 - 4 months. Approx. 14% of the hair is in the resting phase. These are the hairs you lose when shampooing or combing your hair. Shedding is part of the normal replacement process of old hair with new. During this time the hair does not grow but stays attached to the follicle while the dermal papilla stays in a resting phase below.

At the end of the Telogen phase the hair follicle re-enters the Anagen (= growing) phase. The dermal papilla and the base of the follicle join together again and a new hair begins to form. If the old hair has not already been shed, the new hair pushes the old one out and the growth cycle starts all over again.