A natural cycle of dying and regeneration occurs in your hair. Your hair follicles create less color as they become older. Once you reach the age of 35, your aging hair follicles are likely to create a white or gray hair to replace the last hair that died, even though your genetics will determine when graying actually begins. While some individuals view gray hair as a sign of wisdom and maturity, many people believe that as their hair begins to turn gray, they begin to look older and would prefer the gray to disappear for a more youthful appearance. You have all the hair follicles you’ll ever have when you’re born. There are roughly 100,000 follicles on your head alone. Baldness or hair thinning is brought on by certain follicles ceasing to produce hair as you age. Little is known about the prospect of accelerating hair growth, and research is still being done to better understand how your body’s cells control hair development. The length of your hair and if the cells in your follicle base are still proliferating and developing into hair cells will determine how long the anagen phase lasts. When matrix cells reach the upper follicle, they lose some of their structural integrity, causing hair to develop. To create hair strands that emerge from the surface of your skin, the shed structure joins with keratins. There is still much to learn about what causes our bodies to enter the anagen phase, and more research is required before it can be determined with certainty how to encourage hair growth. Even so, there are things you can do to help your hair grow in a healthy state throughout the anagen period.