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Have you heard someone say, “my hair does grow past this length” or “my hair isn’t growing anymore”? Turns out, it’s actually quite common for hair to stop growing past a certain point. Perhaps it appears to be thinning in one area, or it won't grow past a certain length, or you notice that one side appears to grow faster than the other. Whatever it is, it happens and if it’s happening to you, we’d like to give you tips to support your hair growth.
In this article, we will look at the reasons why hair may stop growing and what you can do about it.
Remember our hair cycle? Well, the hair growth cycle has three parts. You may notice that your hair grows faster at different stages of the cycle. Not all hair follicles are in the same phase at the same time. At any given time, 90 percent of hairs are actively growing (in the anagen phase). The following is the hair cycle:
Anagen phase: This is the active growth phase of hair that generally lasts 2 to 8 years. Pregnant women’s hair typically remains in the anagen phase for the entire pregnancy, which is why it’s common for pregnant women’s hair to look thicker and shinier than normal.
Catagen phase: This is the transition phase when hair stops actively growing but doesn’t fall out. It lasts 4 to 6 weeks
Telogen phase: This is the “resting phase” when hair falls out. You might notice more hair coming out in the shower or on your pillow. It lasts 2 to 3 months.
Hair loss is influenced by both family history and genetics in both men and women. Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is a term used to describe hair loss in women, while male pattern hair loss (MPHL) is used to describe hair loss in men (MPHL). Hair loss genes can be passed down from either side of the family. If both of your parents have thinning hair, unfortunately, you may as well.
Hair loss in both sexes can be influenced by age. As a result of changing hormone levels, many postmenopausal women will experience hair loss. Some men's hair will thin gradually as they age. In fact, by the age of 50, 85 percent of men's hair will be "significantly" thinner.
When the thyroid’s typical functioning is impaired, it disrupts the production of thyroid hormones which can cause hair loss. Talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing any other symptoms of an underactive thyroid, which may include constant fatigue or trouble losing weight.
Stress can also put hair into telogen effluvium, a temporary state of hair loss. This can occur following a significantly stressful event, such as:
➢ the loss of a loved one
You may notice your hair shedding after a single traumatic event or after a period of stress.
There are some home remedies you can try to help you keep your hair. It should be noted that regrowing hair that has already been lost due to baldness is difficult. Home remedies for hair growth include the following:
- Scalp massage. This encourages blood flow to the scalp and may also improve hair’s thickness.
- Rosemary oil can stimulate new hair growth, especially in the case of alopecia.
- Aloe vera can condition the scalp and hair. It may strengthen the hair so it’s less likely to break off.
- Biotin can help with hair growth, though it’s generally only effective if there’s a biotin deficiency, which is rare.
- MPL Sure2Gro products are also a great addition to your cupboard to help stimulate growth.
- An important home remedy is diet. Improving your diet is the best way to improve your hair health. Eating a balanced diet, rich in vitamins and minerals can help incite hair growth. If you aren’t already eating foods like eggs, fish, berries and spinach, make sure to add them to your next grocery list.
And there you have it. If you found this article helpful or informative, share it with a loved one who is currently experiencing hair growth troubles.
To healthier hair!
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