If you are someone who is suffering from androgenic alopecia (AGA; pattern hair loss) then you might know that trying to overcome it can feel like a never ending battle.
AGA is a very complex disorder that, even with decades of research, scientists do not fully understand yet. This is why we have treatments that work at varying degrees for different people. Some people may only need one treatment in order to regrow their hair entirely, while others may try several combinations and achieve little-to-no results.
The degree of success you will have in overcoming hair loss depends entirely on your genetics and how you respond to treatments. But, whether treatments work or not, you may eventually get to a point where your hair can officially be pronounced “dead” to which non-surgical treatments are not going to work for you at all anymore.
Many people have a hard time identifying exactly when they have reached that point and end up wasting time, money, and effort on hair that is never going to grow again.
I know that all may sound bleak, but the purpose behind me writing this article is to give you the information that you need so you can correctly determine where you are in your own hair loss journey and whether or not you should continue trying treatments or if it may be time to consider more extreme options (like a hair transplant).
Key info: the hair cycle
To correctly identify if you are at the breaking point for hair loss, it is very important that you understand how hair loss works, and in order to understand that you need to know about the hair cycle.
The hair cycle is simple: it is four stages that the hair goes through during growth:
-Anagen: the growth phase that lasts 3-5 years
-Catagen: the transition phase that lasts 2-3 weeks