Can your hair grow back if you have alopecia?

A cycle of the hair growth is the important mechanism regulating the hair growth in the body. As a rule, every hair grows in accordance with own cycle regardless of the rest hair on the head. About 80-85% of hair have the stage of the active growth (anagen). The hair follicles are the most active during this period, and despite a regular hair loss from 2 to 5%, it does not affect the general amount of hair on the head. 

About 13-15% of the head hair is at the resting stage. This is the hair that has achieved its maximum potential and will not grow anymore. They stay at the resting stage for some period, and then they fall out. Then, new hair grows in the hair follicle. About 1-2% of hair is at the stage of crossing – a fall (telogen). These are natural cycles that follow each other, and this way, a change of hair and a regular process of the activity of the hair follicles happens on the head.

In case of the androgenic alopecia, the hair follicles lose its activity. And if about 80-85% of hair has the active stage on the head, during alopecia, this rate drops to 50-60%. And the rest goes to the stage of resting (catagen).

So, a prompt hair loss does not happen during the androgenic alopecia. At first, hair stops growing, and then a great amount of hair goes to the stage of the crossing. It usually happens at the turn of 5 years of the androgenic alopecia. The activity of the hair loss is very intensive during this period.

Despite the development of alopecia, a man may have the hair production. As the hair follicles may keep the activity for a long period, the active stage of the hair growth is not inhibited within several years. There are cases when a change of the percentage rating in the cycles of the hair growth has been insignificant, so that men actively grow hair in 15 years after the diagnosis the androgenic alopecia.

It depends on genetics and a sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone. The higher the sensitivity is, the faster the activity of the hair follicles will drop. But there are methods to reduce a sensitivity and keep the first stage anagen as long as possible.

As a rule, men use the cosmetic products at first. Let’s face it, they will not cure of the alopecia. But some professional shampoos, hair masks, and products for the hair root care may prolong the first cycle of the active hair growth.  

How is it achieved? All these products may contain ingredients improving the blood circulation in the skin of the head, regulate the release of the sebum, remove dryness, and others. Due to the reduction of the initiating factors, the hair roots may produce hair more comfortable and even during the bad nutrition.

Dihydrotestosterone is the main enemy of men and the main cause of alopecia. Is it possible to increase the hair growth during the high level of dihydrotestosterone? The answer is yes.

  • First, there is Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar) drug on the pharmacological market that helps to block the production of dihydrotestosterone.
  • Secondly, a decrease of the dihydrotestosterone level is the main task of not only trichologists, but also andrologists.

As a result of the increased level of this hormone, hair roots and prostate gland suffer from it. The increase of the dihydrotestosterone level is one of the main factors of the development of the benign prostatic hyperplasia. The tumor develops quickly and is accompanied by many negative symptoms. It is possible to reduce the tumor and relieve the outflow of the urine with the help of Propecia and Proscar.

Considering the hair growth during the alopecia, it is necessary to note that the disease is reversible. The activity of the hair follicles is completely controlled and the cycle of the hair growth is regulated during the decrease of the DHT level.

A new hair cycle starts in 6 months of the regular use of Propecia. And if a doctor diagnosed a chronic alopecia, it is not a reason to refuse from the treatment.

A term chronic alopecia does not exist. The matter is that a disease may be chronic when it is developed independently. In case of the alopecia, it is enough to remove the main factor of the hair loss and regulate a cycle of the hair growth. Then, you will notice how your hair grows faster and becomes thicker.

Knowing the principles and the phases of the hair growth gives a great advantage during the treatment of the alopecia. Many men do not even suspect that it is not obligatory to take medications and spend money on the expensive shampoos. It is enough to return 80% of the hair follicles to the stage of the active growth and reduce the amount of hair in the stage of catagen and telogen.

After this, the further treatment is pointless. Doctors who want to get more profit on their patients do not prescribe a professional hair diagnostics and prescribe the ineffective treatment within 5-10 years.

The recovery of the hair growth happens within a year during the proper approach. Then, a man should maintain the healthy microflora on the skin of the head, follow the level of the androgenic hormones and the basic signs of the hair loss.

Hair may grow within a whole life even during alopecia. The question is what amount of this hair will be active and what hair will have the stage of falling.

This article was written by Vetta Thompson, the founder of The Center, who is one of only 9 internationally certified trichologists in the entire United States, certified specialists in the field of trichology.
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