The Growth Cycle
The Hair Cycle
To understand hair loss, you must first understand the hair cycle that each hair goes through. Each strand of hair on the human body, from your scalp to your legs, is at its own stage of development. From the moment a hair starts to grow until it falls out, it passes through three stages. And once the cycle for each hair is complete, it restarts again and a new hair is formed. For some people this cycle takes three years, for others, it takes six years. This again depends on your genes.
This is your hair’s growth phase and the longer it stays in this phase, the longer it grows. About 85 – 95 percent of the hair on your head is at this stage in the cycle at any given time.
Over a few weeks, hair growth slows and the hair follicle shrinks.
Over months, hair growth stops and the old hair detaches from the hair follicle. A new hair begins the growth phase, pushing the old hair out.
Support Healthy Hair Growth
Aside from the causes of hair loss we’ve already covered, mostly hormones and ageing, there are a few other reasons that hair may fall more than normal. Anything that interrupts the hair in the growth cycle can cause more than normal ahir loss. This is the basis for laser hair removal: the heat from the laser is only effective on hair that are in the anagen phase of the cycle. That’s why you must get several treatments around 4 – 6 weeks apart. You want to have a treatment for each new phase of growth. Metabolic imbalances, illness, or improper nuitrition can also disrupt the growth cycle and cause hair fall.
In fact, six weeks after having a high fever or starting a restrictive diet, you may experience telogen effluvium or sudden diffuse hair fall. Your anagen phase has been cut short and more hairs are in the shedding phase at the same time. This is how important health and diet are to a thick head of hair.
You can support healthy hair growth by eating a healthy diet, using high-quality products, and considering treatments like MesoLED and our Plateletherapy that will infuse your scalp and follicles with nutrients and growth factors.
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