The philosophy you will need to accept is PATIENCE and PERSEVERENCE. Here’s a little course in hair physiology.
You’ll need to understand three important phases.
The first one is Anagen. Your genetic make-up has a lot to do with this one. ANAGEN = GROWTH. Your genetics control how long this phase is (two to ten years), how long your hair can grow (¼” to ½” per month), and what kind of hair you have. Anagen is the phase with the problems for those of us with hair thinning and loss. Genetics is crucial, but other things can alter your Anagen phase, like stress, health problems, medication, dietary preferences.
The second one is Catagen. This is the scary phase: CATAGEN = SHEDDING. Ten to twenty percent of your hair may be in this phase at any one time. Your hair follicle has a hair shaft protruding from it. The shaft is dead material. The follicle takes about three weeks to let go of the shaft it produced. It is the follicle under your skin on your head that has the living cells in it that reproduce your hair. It’s important to put this phase in perspective because it can be alarming. So, remember that about three weeks after any hair procedure, you WILL start shedding. It is normal.
The third one is Telogen. TELOGEN = RESTING. This phase is about six months. Don’t fret….that hair follicle is just fine, it’s resting! When it is ready, your hair follicle will go into the growth phase (Anagen). They don’t all do it simultaneously; they do it when they are ready, so it may seem like there are some areas sprouting before others.
So, the take-away message here is PATIENCE! And whichever treatment we decide for your hair loss, PERSEVERE with it! Hair needs to go through its phases. Changing treatments, going on and off treatments, can startle your follicles, interrupting its cues to cycle through: Shedding, Resting, Growing. Your follicle has to go through the other phases to get to Anagen and grow a new hair shaft. When you are knowledgeable of what is going on with your hair, you can recognize that your response on your head is normal. When you put the phases into perspective, you can understand that it may take up to a year to fully realize the results of your treatment. I am here to offer continuing evaluations and recommendations. I am here for the long run.