Hello. I am 26 years old. My hairline has been receding for about 6 years at the left and right temple areas. I still have the middle section of my hair (I’m not sure of the best way to describe it). Anyway, when I closely inspect my scalp, the entire receded area is still covered with VERY small, fine, fuzz-like hair. At a quick glance it looks bald, but upon closer inspection the hair is still there.
My question is, do I have a good chance of growing the lost hair back? I don’t know how long it takes for a follicle to completely die, but I would imagine that if that had occurred, there would be no hair visible in the area at all, right?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Hi and thanks for your question.
If you examine any part of your skin (except your palms and the soles of your feet) closely enough you will see tiny, almost invisible, transparent hairs. These fine hairs are known as ‘vellus hairs’.
A hormone by-product called DHT causes the tiny vellus hairs on the arms, legs, faces and other areas to grow thicker and darker during puberty. The same DHT has the reverse effect on the hairs on the head, later in life.
In order to save these tiny vellus hairs from total extinction you need to reverse the miniaturization process by reactivating the vellus hair follicles. In cases where the hairs have become almost invisible, your hopes of reactivating them are slim, but it is possible – providing you work fast; which is why starting a good hair regrowth regime before your hair loss gets too bad is always advisable.
How do you reactivate these dormant hairs?
In order to bring these hairs back to life you need to follow four important stages:
- Reduce DHT levels going to the scalp
- Remove DHT already present in the scalp
- Increase blood flow in the scalp
- Increase nutrient supply to the hairs
DHT is what causes the hair follicle miniaturization in the first place (in most cases), so that’s the first thing to deal with. Then it’s a case of getting the blood and nutrient supply to above and beyond the levels required for a terminal hair (normal thick hair) to grow healthily. Once DHT is eliminated from the equation and nutrient and blood supply are charged up, the hairs can begin to regrow.
There are a few other tricks that can help. The scalp needs to be shocked back into ‘hair growing mode’. It may have been in ‘hair loss mode’ for a while, so it needs something to spark it back into life. This is a fairly simple process that can be completed from home.
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