The average human scalp is covered by 100,000 hair follicles and if you have all your hair that may seem like a big number. But if youâ€™ve noticed your hair falling out, each individual follicle becomes much, much more important. What decides the fate of your follicles? What makes your hair grow or fall out?
Letâ€™s shed (pun intended) a little light on the issue.
Hair follicles are like little hair growing machines. They produce every new hair on your head and do it a pattern called the â€˜natural hair growth cycleâ€™. This cycle goes through three stages.
1. Hair Growth
New hair is grown by the follicle over a period of 4-6 years. Not all hair grows at the same time, instead follicles are all in different stages of hair growth, creating the ability to have hair at all times. If all your hair grew at the exact same time and fell out at the same time weâ€™d all be bald once every few years.
2. Resting Phase
After the hair growth cycle has finished hair goes into a resting phase and does not grown any more. This period of rest can last anywhere from 2-4 months and varies from person to person.
3. Hair Falling Out
After the resting phase, your hair falls out of the follicle. At this time, a healthy hair follicle begins to grow new hair. The cycles begins again and for the next 4-6 years that new hair grows.
This cycles repeats itself over and over for our entire lives. The balding problem begins when we start to notice old hair falling out and no new hair growing in.
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If a hair follicle is not healthy and fortified with the nutrients that it needs it goes into a sort of â€˜death stateâ€™ and can no longer produce new, healthy hair. Some unhealthy follicles are able to produce only small, clear hairs and others produce no hair at all. This unhealthy hair follicle condition can also be caused by factors like emotional stress or strain, a change in hormonal balance (women), a sudden weight drop or crash diet or other physical alterations that cause your body to no longer provided sustenance for your follicles.
Hair Falling Out Treatment
The key to new hair growth is recharging your hair follicles and restoring them to full working condition. The follicle never dies and with help can grow new hair again.
The FDA has approved Minoxidil, a treatment that restores follicles to working order and promotes new hair growth. Minoxidil can be found in the leading hair loss treatment that is proven to effectively grow new hair for both men and women.
Using this type of treatment almost anyone can stop their hair from thinning and grow new hair.