Welcome to the latest installment of the Hair Restoration Laboratories' Blog.
So, you have just received your order of a hair loss treatment product and you want to know when can I expect results? Unfortunately, you must be patient before you will notice results. Hair loss and thinning is a process that takes some time to become noticeable and every single hair loss treatment, if effective, will require time before you will begin to notice less hair falling out and new hair growing in its place.
This article explains why it takes at least a few months for all hair loss treatment products to generate new and better hair:
The Cycle of Hair Growth and Why It’s Slow No Matter What You Use
The short of the matter is that you should not expect significant results from any hair loss treatment product in less than three to four months. That’s not to say it will definitely take that long, but that’s pretty standard.
Even healthy hair grows slowly, and hair loss treatments do not meaningfully speed up the process by much. What they do do is improve the function of your hair follicles, so more follicles will grow thicker hairs in replace of the thinning or non-existent hairs that are on your scalp when you begin treatment.
Your Hair And Its Follicle
Each hair on your head is made of a cuticle and cortex. The cuticle is the scaly outer layer that acts as protection to the cortex, which gives each hair its strength, color and texture. These hairs are made of a strong protein called keratin.
Hair is anchored to your scalp by the follicle. The follicle contains the hair bulb, surrounded by the root sheath, and facilitates the complex interactions of the hair with hormones, neuropeptides and immune cells through the surrounding blood vessels.
Effective hair loss treatment products, such as those offered by Hair Restoration Laboratories, will nourish every component of your hair while inhibiting the effects of hormones, such as Dihydrotestosterone ("DHT") that have a negative effect on your hair growth.
The Hair Growth Cycle
Hair goes through several phases during each growing cycle.
Anagen is the active growth cycle. For hair on your scalp, this cycle can last up to six years, which is why you are able to grow long hair on your head.
At the end of anagen cycle, the hair will stop growing and the follicle will rest. The outer root sheath shrinks around the hair root and creates a club. This transition is called the catagen cycle.
When catagen cycle is complete, the follicle will go through a few different stages that can last several months.
Telogen is the regression of the follicle, followed by shedding in the exogen phase, and finally kenogen ends the cycle with an empty follicle that’s ready to begin new growth.
How Hair Loss Treatments Effect The Growth Cycle
Each follicle has to go through each of those phases in order to grow new hair. Hair loss treatments might extend the active growth phase to achieve thicker, longer hair, but they cannot speed up the process other than to improve the overall health of the follicle so that it functions at peak performance.
When using a hair loss treatment, you should see two kinds of growth: thicker and fuller growth from active follicles and activation of dormant follicles. Both types of growth have to start with a new hair. That means the active follicles must either drop their hairs or complete their cycles before you’ll see fuller growth from them. Dormant follicles that are stimulated by your treatment will first grow thin and colorless peach fuzz before sprouting stronger and thicker hair.
You won’t notice one or two thicker hairs, so you’ll have to wait until a significant number of treated follicles have gone through shedding, kenogen and started new, active growth before you’ll notice a difference. That’s why it can take months for your hair treatment to work, but you can watch for signs like peach fuzz and shedding to let you know that a fuller head of hair is on the way.
Rest assured that, with a little time, patience and daily use of products clinically proven to regrow hair, you will, soon enough, start seeing and enjoying stronger, thicker and healthier regrowth!