Hair Growth and Hair Loss

Generally your hair grows about 6 inches per year. Usually the majority of your hairs (90%) are in a growth phase. There are 3 cycles to hair growth: anagen, catagen, and telogen.

An overwhelming majority of the time the hair is on the scalp, it is growing. Only about 10% of the strands are in transition or resting at any one time. Hair grows about 6 inches a year for most people.

Anagen (Growth Phase)

About 90% of your hair is in the anagen or growth phase. This normally lasts about 2-8 years.

Catagen (Transition Phase) Catagen is the transition phase and typically lasts 2-3 weeks, during which the hair follicle shrinks.

Telogen (Rest Phase) The rest phase is the telogen cycle and usually lasts around two to four months.

Many things can interfere with the hair cycle: medication, illness, infection, stress, or chemicals. Even your own body's hormones have the potential to stop hair from being formed properly.

Want To Stop Hair LossGet to Know Your Enemy

The best analogy to help you understand your hair growth and loss is to imagine your garden. It's what goes on in the soil underground that determines whether your flowers grow or wither and die.

Testosterone is converted into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) via an enzyme called 5α-reductase. Hair follicles are sensitive to DHT which causes them to shrink and have a shorter life span.

The dermal papilla (papilla of hair) is responsible for hair growth. The cells divide and differentiate to form new hair follicles. Oxygen and nutrient rich blood from the surrounding capillaries feed the papilla its essential nutrients for proper hair follicle growth. However, the dermal papilla also has a large number of androgen receptors (more in males than females) which are sensitive to DHT.

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HairCheck for measuring hair lossIf it can't be measured it can't be managed

Precise, Safe, Accurate

Why leave anything to chance? At Elite Hair Institute we use the scientifically proven Cross-Section Trichometry (CST) as an accurate test that allows patients with thinning hair to objectively see exactly how much hair they have and how much hair they've lost. HairCheck® gives us a convenient and useful tool to clinically and objectively assess changes in hair mass caused by thinning, shedding, breakage, or growth in males and females with progressive alopecia or those receiving alopecia treatment. Get exact answers to:

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    Am I losing hair? If so, how much hair have I already lost?

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    Are the hair growth products I am using actually working? Which products work for me?

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    Is hair breakage responsible for my hair loss?

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Hair Loss Treatments

Propecia for hair loss Finasteride (Propecia)

FDA approved in 1997 under the brand name Propecia for the use of male pattern baldness Finasteride 1mg. has been proven in a 10 year study to regrow hair in 86% of men.

Minoxidil for hair loss Minoxidil (Rogaine)

Now available over the counter Minoxidil (brand name: Rogaine) has been shown to improve hair regrowth in 30-40% of patients.


Available exclusively through BioLife BioHair-5 is available over the counter while BioHair-7 requires a physician's prescription due to its higher Minoxidil concentration and prostaglandin ingredients.

There are other treatments that have been shown to be effective in restoring hair by slowing down hair loss or re-growing new hair or both. Ask us at your consultation about Medical Hair Restoration.