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Questions About Hair Loss and Hair Growth

March 10 2016

Vern Cole

Over the past decade there have been a lot of advances in hair restoration. This has prompted lots of questions regarding hair loss and the methods of being able to treat hair loss and promote hair growth. Let us answer some of the very questions that are on top of many peoples inquiries.

Is it true that hair grows more quick when trimmed frequently?

For years it was believed that frequent hair trimmings of your hair ends would have an impact on the rate at which your hair growth. Hair grows from follicles located deep underneath the scalp, and strands on the surface are actually no longer growing at all. While regular trimming of your hairs ends will alleviate the split ends it will not affect the rate at which hair grows. By removing the split ends and some hair weight can only give the look of healthier, fuller hair.

What causes hair to turn grey?

Initially, when your hair is first formed underneath the scalp, it is completely colorless. As the individual hairs grow up and through the skin, it passes specialized cells called melanocytes that infuse two pigments, eumelanin (which is black or dark brown) and phaeomelanin (which is reddish-yellow). These two pigments combine in many different proportions to produce a variety of possible hair colors. However, as we grow older the melanocytes gradually become less active and deposit less pigment in the hair which will make it appear lighter in color. Eventually, as the graying process progresses, the melanocytes dies off and future hairs no longer contain the pigment that they once had. Although in some rare cases hormonal imbalances may contribute to premature graying. The process is usually natural, and harmless, as a result of genetics.

When I was pregnant, why did my hair look so great, and why did it stop?

It is not uncommon for many women to experience this phenomenon, which is mainly caused by fluctuations in the body’s hormones that affect the hair growth cycle. Hair follicles move through a regular pattern of growth where old hairs are shed only to be replaced by new, growing hairs. This is the reason a healthy scalp will shed anywhere from 50 to 125 hairs each day. However, during a woman’s pregnancy, shifts in her body’s hormones prevent the hair from completing the telogen phase, so that even though new hair continues to grow, the older hair is not lost. This will make the hair appear much thicker and fuller. After a woman gives birth, the body’s hormones shift yet again and the hair follicles resume their ordinary growth cycle. This results in a short period of telogen effluvium, where a large amount of hair is shed all at once, before the hair returns to its customary pattern of growth.

At HRI, We’re Here to Help

When it comes to hair loss and thinning hair, finding the right solution that works for you can be frustrating, time consuming and overwhelming. Let a trained hair loss specialist at HRI in Bloomington, Minnesota help you and show you the many amazing solutions to hair loss and thinning hair that are available to you today. We invite you to schedule a free, private, confidential visit today.

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