Can particular types of hair cuts affect the normal hair growth cycle?
At Advanced Hair Studio UAE, we receive a lot of queries regarding hairstyles and whether it impacts on the normal hair growth cycle. Recently a reader wanted to know whether his preference for buzz cuts could adversely affect hair regrowth down the line, so we decided to share our insights on the matter.
Buzz cuts & hair loss
We are very happy to report that buzz cuts do not cause hair loss or hair thinning. The only relationship between buzz cuts and hair loss that we could find is that gentlemen who suffer from male pattern baldness often prefer to shave their heads rather than opting for less slightly solutions like a comb-over hairstyle. Happily, there is no causal relationship between the two beyond the notion of personal preference.
In fact, you are more likely to impede hair regrowth or contribute to hair loss by wearing your favourite cap day in and day out. We recently published an article that discussed the notion of continual hat wearing and how it impacts on hair loss, which you can read here. The gist of it is that blood flow restriction and exposure to excess sebum and sweat could negatively impact on the health of your scalp and therefore deter natural hair regeneration.
What is the normal hair growth cycle?
While we are on the topic, here is a quite explanation of the four stages of the normal hair growth cycle:
- Anagen (the growing phase): The anagen or growing phase will normally last between two to seven years and determines the length of an individual’s hair.
- Catagen (the regression phase): The catagen or regression phase will normally last approximately ten days. During this phase the hair follicle shrinks and detaches from the dermal papilla.
- Exogen (the shedding phase): The exogen or shedding phase refers to the period between the natural death of a resting hair and when it detaches from the follicle. During this phase the hair naturally loosens and falls.
- Telogen (the resting phase): The telogen or resting phase lasts approximately three months and around 20% of your hair is in this stage at any given time.
It is important to note that our follicles are in a constant state of flux, which means that not all of your hair will be in the same growth phase at once. While some are growing or regressing, others are shedding or resting. There is not a lot you can do to prolong the growth stage or shorten the shedding phase, except adhering to a healthy lifestyle that will promote your body’s ability to grow strong and healthy hair. Look out for our article on daily lifestyle habits that keep your hair healthy for helpful advice on giving your body a helping hand.
Hair styles that do impact the normal hair growth cycle
While a buzz cut might not impact on the normal hair growth cycle, there are hairstyles that contribute to something called traction alopecia. In short – certain hairstyles pull on the roots of the hair, slowly killing it over time. These hairstyles include tight buns, cornrows, dreadlocks, weaves, hair extensions and chemically relaxed styles. Buzz cuts do not contribute to traction alopecia.
So what can you do when you notice hair loss?
At Advanced Hair Studio UAE, we offer a range of hair loss solutions, including the extremely effective Strand-by-Strand Blitz® treatment. This breakthrough procedure is the result of 45 years of research at the hands of the world’s foremost plastic surgeons, tricologists, stylists, and hair loss experts and features a singular combination of clinical and cosmetic elements to restore your crowning glory to its previous lush state.
Two major research and development departments and three state-of-the-art labs in Australia, UK, and America, work continuously to upgrade our technology and product range. The benefits of Strand-by-Strand Blitz® includes not only improved hair texture and density, but also gives a much wider array of styling options that allows you to select a style that suits your lifestyle and unique requirements.
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