Your hair Growth and the 5 myths in Hair Loss

You will probably have noticed that your hair grows more slowly on some parts of your head than in other places. That is because of the hair growth cycle. Further in the article we also briefly go into the myths, the hair loss models that are there with regard to hair loss.

The growth rate of your hair

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Our hair does not all grow at the same time. Hair falls out, goes into a resting phase and starts to grow again. In some animals, that cycle is different. Those hairs all fall out at the same time (the molting) and all start to grow again at the same time. Fortunately, this is not the case with us because otherwise we were all temporarily bald.

The 3 hair phases

Our hair is in 1 of 3 phases.

The anagen phase
The catagen phase
The telogen phase

The anagen phase

This is the growth phase that lasts between three and five years. Sometimes even up to seven years. That explains why some women have very long hair and other women never get long hair. For example, if you have an anagen phase of seven years and your hair grows one centimeter per month, your hair is 7 x 12 centimeters and therefore 84 centimeters. If you have an anagen phase of three years, your hair will never be longer when 3 x 12 centimeters is 36 centimeters. If your hair also grows slowly, so not that centimeter per month, you can forget about “long hair”.

With a normal cycle, 82 to 92% of the hair is in this phase.

The catagen phase

This is the phase in which the hair is in the resting phase. No new hairs are created. This phase lasts a few weeks and about 1% of the hair is in this phase.

The telogen phase

Here too no new hairs are created. But hairs fall out. This phase can take three to four months. At the end of this phase new hair is created again. As soon as the new hair comes out of the skin, the anagen phase starts again.

The follicle unit

A word that you regularly encounter with hair problems. A follicle unit consists of 1, 2, or 3 (sometimes even 4 or 5) hairs that are surrounded by collagen. This is important in hair transplants because such a follicle unit needs to be transplanted in its entirety.

Five myths in hair loss

1. Bad blood circulation

Hair loss is not caused by poor blood circulation. If it were there, hair transplants could not work and we now know by now that hair transplants work. The head is even the most perfused part of the body. The point is that the hair follicles receive sufficient nutrition. I once saw a device at a congress that made it possible for you to stand on his head. The theory was that this would increase blood supply to the head and thus combat hair loss. Nonsense of course.

2. Hereditary hair loss occurs only in men

Not really. It also occurs in women and even more. The pattern is only different and women have more options to camouflage their hair loss.

3. If you let the hair cut short, it will become thicker

Even if not true. It may seem thicker because the hair becomes thinner on the tips. If it is cut it seems temporarily thicker because the thinner points are off.

4. Less hair loss with less sex

Fortunately, it is not true. It is thought that male testosterone can be guilty of this. However, it is the by-product of testosterone, called DHT, that can affect hair loss. Studies have shown that sexual intercourse has no influence on both hair loss and hair growth.

5. Too many hair treatments cause hair loss

Hair loss comes from within. Of course there are treatments that can damage the hair that is outside the scalp at that moment. As long as the hair follicles are not damaged, the new hair growth is just as good as for those treatments.

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