How does hair grow from the scalp?
For many of us, our hair forms part of our identity. Especially as part of how we present ourselves to the wider world. As we become adults, then into our middle age, our hair growth changes. Certainly, its health alters with our life changes. Sometimes it isn’t in the health we’d like it to be in.
So in order to improve the condition of our hair, we need to first know the answer to “how does hair grow?”
- How does a hair form and grow?
- What helps hair to grow?
- How can I tell if my hair is growing?
- Is it possible to grow hair back?
How does a hair form and grow?
Hair grows from the root of the hair follicle. Formed by cells multiplying and fed by blood vessels in your scalp, hairs are then pushed up through your skin as it grows.
As the hair follicle moves up through your scalp, it produces a hard protein called Keratin. Keratin is a protective protein you find in your skin, hair, and nails. Also gathering oils from glands, Keratin keeps your hair shiny and soft.
Finally, once your hair has reached the top of the hair shaft it emerges from your skin. At this stage it is no longer ‘living’ as it is external to the body. You may be wondering “how does hair grow if it’s dead”.
Although it’s dead after leaving the surface of the skin, the follicle and root are still alive, which continues the transformation of keratin into hair hair growth.
What are the 4 stages of hair growth?
Known as the hair growth cycle, the cycle features four stages for hair growth:
- Anagen (growth)
- Catagen (transition)
- Telogen (rest)
- Exogen (shedding phase)
What helps hair to grow?
You can approach healthy hair growth internally and externally. Especially focusing on your diet and increasing your nutrients. Keeping track of your protein intake can support the growth of your hair.
Also, using growth-focused shampoos and treatments will also support healthy new hairs. Consider a head massage or deep conditioning treatment as part of your weekly hair and scalp hair care routine.
Furthermore, avoid using too much heat on your hair being with the amount of brushing, tugging and styling of your hair. Specific products and ingredients can make your hair grow faster Caffeine is an excellent example of hair growth.
Caffeine also counteracts DHT Dihydrotestosterone, a hormone that is known for early and fast hair loss. Moreover, caffeine stimulates the blood supply to your scalp, which is the main step for hair growth.
How can I tell if my hair is growing?
You’ll start to notice that your hair is growing by seeing darker spots in your hair follicles; this is the anagen stage of hair growth. This is a sign that your follicles are growing a new hair root.For increased hair growth, focus on your scalp which has considerable responsibility for your hair growth.
The two most important layers of the skin, the dermis and epidermis need to be carefully looked after, especially as the dermis features hair follicles, glands and blood vessels, which are all critical components of hair growth. Caring for your scalp allows both blood and nutrients to flow to their growth destinations, minimising shedding and hair loss.
Catagen phase follicles last for about two weeks and create a transitional phase between active growth and active resting. The transitional phase of hair growth starts when a hair’s anagen and catagen phase has stopped.
Only 5% of your hair currently on your head is in the transition phase at any given time. This short 10-day part of the hair life cycle shrinks the hair follicle and separates from the follicle base and is followed by a three-month resting phase known as the telogen phase, where it’s natural for your hair to shed.
This phase is reached when the hair follicle is fully formed. Once this cycle is complete, follicles return to the Anagen phase to restart the process in ‘Early Anagen.’
Is it possible to grow hair back?
If you’ve lost some hair (depending on how much you’ve lost and your hair health) you can get medication from a specialist to reactivate your dormant skin follicles. However, if a follicle is damaged, closed or hasn’t generated hair in years, it will unfortunately not grow back.
In this case, a FUE Hair Transplant using your remaining hair would be a permanent option, in order for you to restore a full head of hair.
What can cause hair to stop growing?
There are several factors that can make your hair stop growing. The 5 main reasons are:
- Family History
- Stress Level
There are also many medical treatments such as chemotherapy and that can cause hair loss. Or cause your hair to stop growing. Some follicles stop growing hair as we age, hair growth typically is fastest between 15 and 30 years.
If you’re in your early thirties and have felt your hair growth slowing, this is entirely normal. Following a healthy and active diet and lifestyle will support the growth of healthy, happy hair. Your rate of hair is personal to you, your family history and your lifestyle.
If you think you’re experiencing hair loss, that’s ok. Also, If you think your hair has stopped growing or are noticing less and less hair regrowth, take a look at your scalp and seek a professional opinion from a registered specialist.
Furthermore, Dr Balwi at Elithair advises patients on the best course of action for hair care, hair treatments and hair transplants at our clinic in Turkey and speaks internationally on hair transplant techniques.
Do you have more questions or are you suffering from hair loss issues ? Then feel free to to contact our friendly team that will answer all your queries.
Furthermore they can also offer a free and non binding hair analysis. So don’t hesitate if you want to benefit from Dr. Balwi and Elithairtransplant’s expertise for a successful and affordable hair transplant in Turkey !