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Published 2/17/19, 7:18 PM by Fleur Scalp Care
How Our Hair Follicles Works
The health of our hair follicles has a direct impact on normal strand growth patterns. With a few tweaks, you can keep your hair follicles healthy, making your hair strong and healthy. Let’s learn more about our hair follicles and how to help strengthen and promote it!
Our hair follicles go through a natural growth cycle - anagen (growth), catagen (stop) and telogen (rest). Luckily this cycle is staggered so that not all our hair will go into the shedding or resting phase all at once. During each phase, the hair strands renew itself undergoing structural changes. While the visible hair that we see are actually dead cells, it is the follicles that need to stay healthy and function properly in order for new hair to grow back. This is why taking proactive care of our hair follicles is vital to achieve healthy hair. You can read more about how our hair works here.
In some cases of long-term hair loss, hair follicles have been diagnosed as dead, thus unable to regrow the hair shed. The goods news is that this is a long process which may provide extra time to spot it and manage it early on. Problems such as scalp trauma scarring or hereditary conditions can damage hair follicles. Once damaged, the follicles may shrink overtime making new hair growth finer and more fragile, leading to hair thinning or hair loss.
However, it is important to note that not all hair loss is a result of dead hair follicles as it has the ability to regenerate itself. So the best way to identify damaged hair follicles is through a scalp analysis and consultation. Here are some proactive care that you can consider to keep your hair follicles healthy and happy.
How to Strengthen & Stimulate Hair Follicles
Like any other organs, our hair follicles require adequate minerals and nutrients to stay healthy. Aim for a well-balanced meal rich in protein, iron, omega-3s, zinc, vitamin A, B, C, D and E helps provide the foundation for healthy hair follicles.
Our body is made up of 60% water and 10-13% of our hair strands. Hair follicles require plenty of H2O to stay moisturized and function properly. Caffeinated drinks such as coffee or soda may dehydrate our body faster.
Hair Care Routine
Making a few hair care routine changes can greatly help with healthy hair follicles. Using suitable hair care products and reducing the frequency of heat and chemical treatments can give your follicles space to breathe. Scalp massages are also ideal for hair follicle renewal and growth as it can help to stimulate circulation and invigorate the skin right below the scalp.
Book your free scalp analysis and consultation with us here and understand your hair follicles better.