Hair Growth: and Un-Wanted Hair Growth
The first phase in your hair growth cycle is the growing
phase. The growing hair you see is between 80 & 90 percent of your hair
follicles on your scalp. This is also referred to as the Anagen
phase of hair growth.
You should know that:
- your hair grows from 3 years to 7 years
- Normal hair growth is about (1/2") half an inch
- The hair bulb produces your hair pigment (color)
- Blood supplied at the root of the hair
provides nutrients & minerals your hair needs to grow.
Next the hair stops growing & separates from the blood supply
(hair bulb). This
takes between 2 and 4 weeks. This is also called the Catagen phase.
Lastly the hair rests for about 3 months before starting to grow
again. This is also called the Telogen phase.
Some products promise to restore hair to bald or balding heads. This
dream has been around since the first head started to loose hair
permanently. There is little we (both men and women, doctors and
hair stylists) can do to restore thinning hair. The latest trend is to
talk about doing something to stop the thinning process just as ,or just
before, it begins. This is often referred to as "optomizing the
condition of the scalp to provide the best environment for hair
growth" and or "neutralizing DHT" or both.
The choices seem to be
- Do more with what you have - Enhance you appearance by changing
your hairstyle to do the most with what you have.
- Work to insure your diet, your hair, your vitamins, and scalp are
in optimum condition to support your remaining hair. (also see
Vitamins for Hair Growth )
- Use products the neutralize DHT as it is formed. (also see
Products for Hair Loss)
- Use a Hair
Treatments for Follicle Release by Framesi
- Protect your scalp, use sunscreen, & hats
- Protect the hair you have
-- do what you can to help with dryness and stop breakage by:
Add hair in the form wigs, hairpieces, and hair weaving.
(Weaving is a process where hair is glued onto your existing hair to
give you a fuller look.)
For disappearing eyebrows, and eyelashes try permanent make up,
this is a form of tattooing. Also see eyebrow restoration
on our Hair
Loss in Women) page.
Some prescription drugs may slow hair loss, other treatments can
insure the hair and scalp stay in the best condition possible to
support and maintain the health & growth of the remaining hair.
The surgical procedure referred to as "Hair Transplantation" can move
hair from a place where it normally does not stop growing , to a place
where it has stopped growing. The latest procedures include surgical
scalp reduction, or making the balding area smaller so you need to
transplant less hair. (see Hair
Loss in Women)
- use a detangler so you do not stretch and break the hair that is
- use Hair Oils (no these won't leave you
hair all oily feeling), and or hair silk products,
- use heat protectors and sun screens designed to spray on and leave in your hair. These
are usually found in products for color treated hair. Framesi Biogenol
uses a "Phycocorail Heat Shield
Protection" taken found in ocean coral (see Phycoccorail
heat shield for hair). Lanza makes a spray on detangling
sunscreen using sunflower extracts. This more than doubles the life of
hair color you have added to your hair. Just think what it can do if
you are not using color at all! (see Lanza Heat Shield & UV Protector.)
There is what we refer to as the "vicious circle of hair hope." Here
is how it goes
Before you use a product that claims it can start or re-growing hair,
you should know... There here have been NO long term studies that show
that if it grows back, it will keep growing.
Why? Because the increased blood flow that causes the hair
re-growth, also brings chemicals made by your own body, that are
trying to stop your hair from growing.
so be realistic
If you know that all you are doing is "pushing back" the clock or
"slowing down" hair loss and "staving off your natural hair
tendencies" - Then you have realistic expectations, so "go
for it!" It's just like color you hair to hide the gray. You
look younger, you feel better. This is good while it lasts.
- The body makes products that reduce the flow of blood to the hair
bulb finally resulting in hair loss. Sometimes it is referred to as
DHT, in the past we were told the skin on the "becomes thicker"
reducing the blood flow.
- You would think that the obvious answer is to increase the blood
flow to the hair bulb
- No matter how this is done (light therapy, electrical therapy,
pills, massage, standing on your head, etc)
- The body systems are still working. The increased blood delivery
means more "stop my hair from growing" chemicals are delivered to the
hair bulb, which in turn tries to re-stop your hair stops growing.
If you have Sudden Hair Loss and can
find the cause of the problem you have a good chance at being able to
reverse the hair loss by correcting the problem.
For both men and women Unwanted Hair Growth happens when a surgeon
relocates a patch of skin, containing hair, from one area of the body to
another. For example if you discover a skin cancer (melanoma), have it
removed and skin is transplanted as part of the procedure, you may
discover hair growing where in the transplant area.
Unwanted hair growth for men, starts between age 35 and 40 showing up
as unwanted log hair on the ears and growing from the nose. This
is followed by fast growing, long hair eyebrows.
Women often discover stray unwanted hairs on the chin, breasts,
sternum, and other parts of the body. This can be a symptom of disease,
hormonal changes, menopause, or it may just be normal. Ladies, unwanted hair growth may not
be something thy want to talk about to perfect strangers so ... go ask your mother and grand mothers
if they had a similar hair growth problem.
Sudden onset hair growth is
something you should consult with your doctor about. You will probably
want a blood test to check for hormone imbalances. If you have not
had this test when things were normal you will have no basis for
comparison so you will not know what "normal" is for you. However the
doctor can compare you readings to "text book" normal, based on age,
race, family history and so forth. For a quick at home screening
make a list dividing the body into 9 areas. Upper lip, chin, breasts &
navel, the shoulders & back, the arms, the hands & fingers, bikini
line, the legs, and finally the feet and toes. Now look at and
rate the hair growth in each area (no hair growth = 0 1-5
hairs =1, 5-10 hairs = 2 more than 10 = 3 for areas like the arms, and
legs that normally have hair.. the normal expected amount of hair = 0,
slightly more hair growth = 2 and heavy new hair growth = 3 ). Write
down all 9 areas then next to each area rank your hair growth. When
you are done, if the total is 9 or above you should be visiting your
doctor. For example, of one common cause for unwanted hair growth
is poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (cysts on the ovaries). Additionally
there are 9 glands in the endocrine system, any one of which can cause
unwanted hair growth. If you regular health professional does not
discover the cause of the unwanted hair growth you should get a referral
to an endocrinologist.
important for your health to discover, and correct the cause of the
unwanted hair growth, whatever it may be. Otherwise, the ailment will
continue, which you definitely do not want to happen. Further if you are
having treatments to remove the unwanted hair, you might only be treating
one symptom of a medical problem. You body will be getting sicker and
making hair grow faster than you can have it removed. In this case, "All
I want to do is get rid of this hair!" is the WRONG answer. Please
help yourself and fix the underlying medical problem before trying to
get rid of that pesky unwanted hair.
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