Hair loss has been the subject of jokes for years, but those jokes create lasting impressions, causing many men and women to think that their thinning hair is a hopeless case. For many, however, the facts show otherwise.
There are a number of misconceptions about the credible hair regrowth solutions currently on the market. High expectations for quick results are often unfulfilled simply because of the biological processes behind hair growth. Simply put, it takes time to grow hair, especially when the follicles aren’t healthy. It’s important to know the realities of hair regrowth before beginning a treatment regimen. Though people might not get the instant, dramatic improvement they hope for, real results are worth the wait.
Here are four common hair regrowth misconceptions we often hear, and the realities about hair restoration time, processes, and technologies.
Myth 1: Once I start treatment, I’ll have a full head of hair in no time.
Reality: Healthy hair grows at a rate of about 6 inches per year or one-half inch per month.
Keep in mind that’s healthy hair. Naturally, people suffering from hair loss or thinning don’t have healthy hair follicles, which is why one of the first things they notice is that their hair just doesn’t grow like it used to. Most hair treatments begin working shortly after the first session, but it still takes time to see new growth or thickening hair.
Results are really about covering space, so a large thinning area will take time to cover with healthy hair. In fact, it usually takes between four to six months to see substantial results with any viable hair loss treatment, so don’t be discouraged if you only see small hairs a few weeks after beginning treatment. Be excited — it means the treatment is working.
Myth 2: I can grow all of my hair back.
Reality: Hair regrowth requires follicles that are still active, but might need some help to grow healthy hair. If you’re completely bare, the follicles are inactive and can no longer produce hair, and your only option is likely seeing if you’re a candidate for hair transplantation.
It’s important to set realistic expectations for your hair growth. For individuals with thinning hair or early stages of hair loss who still have a good amount of healthy hair, there are a number of options to begin the hair restoration process. But you should know that nothing except a follicle transplant can replace a dormant follicle.
Myth 3: The more light/laser treatment, the better.
Reality: The use of low-level light therapy (LLLT) to regrow hair continues to rise. Devices with LLLT technology focus red light on hair follicles, and initiate chemical reactions that cause hair to thicken and grow.
It’s true that LLLT can stimulate the growth of thicker and healthier hair, but going beyond the recommended treatments won’t necessarily accelerate or improve the results. Using a device like the iGrow a few times each week will effectively help regrow hair, but after a certain number of treatments the effects of this technology plateau. While treatments beyond the recommended usage aren’t harmful, they won’t make your hair grow faster.
Myth 4: Nothing works for me.
Reality: Remember that hair regrowth starts with healthy hair follicles. If you are experiencing the early stages of hair loss, your follicles can still produce healthy hair, so you’re likely a candidate for hair restoration options.
Do your homework and find the best solutions for you. Don’t be afraid to try multiple products at the same time — they each work differently so you could get a separate result from each one. Most importantly, don’t wait! Start treatment soon after you see thinning hair or hair loss. The earlier you catch your hair loss, the better your results are likely to be.
Clearing the air
Hair restoration begins with healthy hair follicles, but can be improved with new technologies and better understanding. Individuals with thinning hair or who start to see hair loss, can regrow thicker, fuller hair by finding a solution early and revitalizing the follicles to produce healthier hairs. While a few misconceptions still exist about hair loss, the reality is that for many people, healthier hair is just a few months away.