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On the floor, your pillow, the shower drain, and your brush. But, is this normal? Typically, the average person sheds 50-100 hairs a day as part of the hair growth cycle. To understand the phases of the growth cycle and how they relate to hair loss, it helps to start with the biology and anatomy of hair.
Hair strands are primarily made up of a protein called keratin and grow from hair follicles in the skin. At the base of each hair follicle is a living bulb. Inside the bulb, active cells divide and grow to create hair. Blood vessels provide nourishment for the bulb and deliver hormones that impact hair growth.
Hair loss occurs when there is a disruption to the natural growth cycle. A variety of factors can interrupt the cycle, including genetics, age, poor nutrition, extreme stress, illness, prescription medications, hormonal changes and diseases. When the cycle is disrupted, or if a hair follicle is damaged, hair may fall out faster than it can be regenerated, which can lead to overall thinning, patchy hair loss or a receding hairline.
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For informational purposes only. The exact cause of hair loss can only be determined by a medical professional.
Hair grows at an average rate of a quarter to half-an-inch per month. As your hair grows, individual strands randomly cycle through four, ongoing phases: growing, transitioning, resting, and shedding. Understanding the natural growth cycle of your hair helps explain how disruptions in the cycle can lead to hair loss.
It’s important to note that the last three phases (transitional, resting, and shedding) combined take place for approximately 3-4 months. That’s why it takes at least 3-4 months before you start to see results from any topical, laser, supplemental, or surgical treatments for hair loss.
Once a follicle stops growing hair, it’s considered inactive and there is nothing that can make that follicle produce hair again. However, surgical hair restoration** moves active, growing follicles to your thinning areas so that you can regrow your hair. Hair Club also offers non-surgical options that give you a full head of hair again, as well as regrowth solutions like laser hair therapy for those just starting to lose their hair. Come in for a free consultation with a trained hair health expert to learn about your options.
Everyone’s hair loss is unique, which is why your hair loss solution should be, too. Hair Club has devoted more than 40 years to providing personalized solutions for people of every age at every stage of hair loss. We combine innovative technologies with a team of 1,100+ trained hair health experts and licensed cosmetologists to help you make how you look on the outside match how you feel on the inside.
The first step to getting your hair back is understanding your level of hair loss. Schedule your complimentary, private consultation with one of our hair loss experts and, together, we’ll identify a customized solution that fits your specific needs and lifestyle.