Cycle of Hair Growth
In part two of this series, I am going to discuss the cycle of hair growth and why understanding this process it essential to achieve the best permanent hair removal results from electrolysis. In the diagram below, it can been seen that hair grows in three stages. These stages of growth are called: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen.
The hair follicle can be permanently destroyed during the Anagen phase, also called the active growth stage. This is because the hair is attached to the dermal papilla which supplies blood and oxygen to the hair. Electrolysis destroys the dermal papilla so that hair can no longer grow.
When hair enters the Catagen and Telogen stages it detaches from the dermal papilla and eventually sheds. Treating the hair with electrolysis during the Catagen and Telogen phase is less effective because the hair is not being nourished and therefore not actively growing.
The Best time to treat the Hair
Electrolysis is most effective during the early Anagen phase. When a new hair begins to surface the skin, it is at its weakest point. This is because the dermal papilla is in the process of nourishing the hair to grow stronger. By treating the dermal papilla with electrolysis at its weakest point, the treatment is the most effective at achieving permanent hair removal. Because hair grows at different stages on different parts of the body it is important to commit to regular treatments in order to target hairs during the active stage (Anagen Stage).
Achieving the Best Electrolysis Results
Let’s sum up of this series about how to achieve the best permanent hair results from electrolysis. Make sure your electrologist is skilled at making accurate and precise probe insertions and also follow the recommended plan by your electrologist to target your hairs during the active growth stage (Anagen Stage).