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November Newsletter

Electrolysis and the Growth Stages

Electrolysis is a method of removing individual hairs from the face or body. Today’s medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. After a very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, the hair is removed with tweezers.

Most areas of the body can be treated with electrolysis, including the eyebrows, face, abdomen, thighs, breasts, and legs. There are generally no permanent side effects, but sometimes a temporary, slight reddening of the skin may occur.

What Causes Unwanted Hair Growth?

Hair growth is the result of heredity and hormone levels. Also, some drugs, temporary methods of hair removal, and illnesses can stimulate hair growth. Electrolysis may be an option when hair growth is in an area of the body where it may not be desired such as on a woman’s upper lip, chin, or bikini line.

How Many Electrolysis Treatments Will I Need?

Many factors influence hair growth, so you will need to return for several electrolysis visits. The total number of sessions needed to remove hair permanently from a particular area will vary from person to person. Most clients return once a week or every other week as needed. But the unwanted hair will be gone forever once the series of treatments is complete. Each treatment lasts between 15 minutes and one hour.

The life cycle of your hair

Each hair is born in a hair bulb present in the hair follicles. The hair bulb is a miniature factory where the cell division takes place. As more and more cells divide, the older cells are pushed outside the hair bulb and it grows out as a hair shaft. The hair typically proceeds through three important phases in its growth cycle, Anagen, Catagen and Telogen.

  1. Anagen

Anagen is the growth phase. The cell division happens rapidly, the older dead cells are pushed outside the hair bulb where they get keratinized and the baby hair starts to grow. The Anagen phase lasts for about 3 years. On an average each hair grows by half an inch each month. At any given time 85% of hair follicles are in growth phase.

  1. Catagen

Catagen is the resting phase or transitional phase. The hair stops growing when it enters the Catagen phase and stays in this phase for about a month. At this stage the hair follicle from which hair strand has grown starts to shrink. However, the hair does not fall out and stands firm for some time. At any given time an average 1% of hair is in resting or Catagen phase.

  1. Telogen

Telogen is the final phase and also known as the falling phase. This is the time where the mature hair falls off. This phase lasts for about 3 months. Once the hair falls out, the hair follicles re-enters the Anagen or the growth phase. At any given time approximately 10% of hair is in Telogen phase.

Factors that increases and decreases hair growth –

Now that you how hair grows it is really very important for you to know about the factors that increases and decreases hair growth.

Hormones – Female hormones generally have a favorable effect on the growth of the hair whereas the male hormones have a negative effect on the hair growth. Also hormonal issues like the diabetes, thyroid, PCOD lead to hair loss and stunted hair growth.

Genetics – Genes also play a very important role in the growth of the hair.

Stress – Stress is one of the primary factors which lead to many hair problems hair loss being one.

Diet – A poor diet leads to hair problems especially which lacks with proteins, minerals, essential fatty acids.

Medications – Lots of medications are known to have adverse effect on the hair. They are generally anti-depressant medications, many anti biotics, Vit A derivatives