Laser hair therapy is well known (and well documented!) for treating hair loss effectively, provided a device is engineered with top-notch standards. Did you know, however, that you could also put the odds in your favor and prevent hair loss before its dreadful signs even begin to show?
To know why and how, you have to understand how the hair growth cycle functions. A healthy growth cycle consists of three phases: the active phase, called anagen; the transitional phase, called catagen; and the resting phase, called telogen.
Hairs in the anagen phase are in the growth phase; they typically stay in that phase between 2 – 6 years, but that depends on individual genes and other determinants such as stress and environmental factors. If you’re lucky, you’ll reach the 6-year mark, but if your relatives are all walking around with thinning hair, you may belong to an unlucky range– as in much lower than 2 years. Regardless of their lifetime, all hairs then enter the short 2 – 3 week catagen phase, when all blood supply is discontinued to the hair follicles
Since blood carries nutrients, essential to the existence of your hair, a discontinued blood supply carries a bad omen. The end of a hair’s life follows: the ghastly telogen phase, otherwise known as the execution phase. It takes about two to three months for a hair to die and go from being a strong, terminal and prominent leader amongst your scalp to withering away into a fine, weak vellus hair. There’s no going (or growing!) back once you’ve reached the shores of telogen. But don’t despair (yet): the rest of your hairs may be in mourning for the recent telogen victim, but a new hair follicle starts to form in its place, eventually sprouting into a new hair.
That is, unless you’re suffering from hair loss. Normally, only about 10% of your hair should be dying (or should already be dead). Translation: only 10% of your hair should either be in catagen or telogen. The rest of your healthy head should be in full anagen bloom. Signs of baldness begin to show when your hair growth cycle is, to put it in simple terms, not functioning at it should. So if you’re beginning to use a hand mirror to perform 360° inspections of your scalp in the bathroom, your hairs may have been kicked out of their anagen comfort zone and may be starting to loiter in catagen and telogen.
Want a concrete example of the hair growth cycle? Think of the “comb-over” hairstyle. If you’re losing hair in a particular area, such as the top of your head, then these hairs have a much shorter hair growth cycle than the rest of your scalp. A man sporting a comb-over hairdo has much longer hairs on the sides of his head, which permits him to comb them all the way across his problematic areas– (probably with excessive amounts of gel). This means these hairs have been granted a longer anagen phase than their less fortunate, top-of-the-scalp compatriots.
Okay– so where does laser hair therapy come in? How does it affect the hair growth cycle? And how can the Theradome prevent hair loss?
Technologically advanced laser hair therapy devices, such as the FDA-cleared Theradome LH80 PRO, do something that no other hair loss/thickening medication or product can do: the Theradome actually tweaks the hair growth cycle to your advantage. When applied to hairs at the start of anagen, the Theradome’s 80 proprietary lasers extend the growth phase, while hairs at the end of their growth phase enter the transitional catagen phase at an increased speed, in order to accelerate the birth of a new hair follicle. This allows catagen hairs to enter the telogen rest phase at an accelerated pace, which forces telogen hairs to shed faster, allowing a new, healthy hair follicle to form and flourish with an elongated growth phase that reaches the 6-year boundary.
With the Theradome by your side, and a brand new optimized hair growth cycle, you’re ready to affront and prevent whatever might cause your hair to dive into telogen– whether it be a temporary medical condition, shedding season, work-related stress, or what genetically lies ahead.