Humans are born with around 100,000 hair follicles, but many of us take them for granted until there is a problem. In this blog, we explain how hair follicles work and how you can tell if yours are healthy.
Hair Follicle Facts
The hair follicle is a small organ found in the dermal layer of the skin. Its role is to regulate hair growth, by controlling interactions between hormones, immune cells and neuropeptides. Hair is produced at the base of the follicle and grows in cycles. The anagen phase is when hair is actively growing and lasts for between two and seven years, providing the follicle is functioning correctly. The telogen stage is when hair is resting and sheds to make room for new hair growth. The hair growth cycle can be affected by several factors. Some people’s follicles are genetically-sensitive to DHT, resulting in weakness and miniaturisation (progressively shorter strand growth). In others, a trigger such as stress or illness can prematurely switch the follicle into the telogen stage resulting in early shedding.
How to Determine Follicle Health
There are a variety of methods that can be used to determine whether your hair follicles are healthy. A basic “do it yourself” test is to monitor hair fall. It is normal to shed around 100 strands of hair each day. Consistently losing more than 150 hairs is a warning sign that you could be suffering from a hair loss condition, such as telogen effluvium or androgenetic alopecia. Hair loss specialists identify problems with follicles using in-person examination. They may check levels of hair shedding by performing a “pull-test” or ask the patient to wash their hair in a basin with a cover placed over the drain to catch fallen hair. They may also use a tool called a digital trichoscope, which allows the scalp to be reviewed in great detail.
Worried About Your Follicles?
If you have concerns about your hair follicle health, Vinci Hair Clinic can help. With over 30 clinics across the globe and more than 50,000 satisfied clients, they are leaders in hair restoration. Contact them now to book a free consultation and find out how their clinically-proven treatments can help to keep your hair strong and healthy.