Hair Growth Cycles
One of the biggest detractors that turns away individuals from receiving laser hair removal is the multiple treatments needed for full removal. Understandably, the adding costs can turn even those most in need towards cheaper, up-front removal methods such as shaving or waxing. Understanding our body’s hair growth cycles can better explain why laser hair removal requires several treatments and can save you money in the end.
Three Phases of Growth
The individual hairs on our bodies all go through three stages of growth development: anagen phase, catagen phase, and finally telogen phase.
Anagen Phase – Our hairs start out in the anagen phase where they grow around one centimeter per month. This phase can last anywhere between two to six years and is mostly determined by your genetics. The individual hairs on your body will all be at different stages of growth development, but typically around 90% of the hairs on your head will be in the Anagen Phase.
Catagen Phase – The shortest stage of growth is known as the catagen phase. This two week period occurs when the hair follicle disintegrates and the hair strand is pushed upward.
Telogen Phase – The final hair growth stage is known as the telogen phase. After disintegrating, the hair follicle will remain dormant for up to four months. Eventually the follicle will start to grow again and create a new hair shaft. This is seen as your hair shedding due to the hair strand being pushed free from the base of the hair. Once this stage is complete, the hair growth cycle starts all over.
How Hair Treatments Impact the Growth Cycle
When you shave or receive laser hair removal treatments, separate strands of hair in the treatment area will be at different stages of growth, impacting how effective your treatment will be. Receiving laser hair removal during the catagen stage will not be as effective as treating the hair follicle during the anagen stage. When you are shaving or treating hair follicles during the telogen stage, you are effectively removing “dead” hair that is not attached to the follicle, making the treatment ineffective.
Why Laser Hair Removal Is Effective
Since not all of the hairs in the treatment area for laser hair removal are in the anagen phase, it will require several treatments for maximum effectiveness. However, laser hair removal targets the hair follicle, unlike shaving or waxing. Better yet, you can save thousands of dollars in the end by choosing laser hair removal for those areas that require consistent upkeep. Receive your free consultation today by contacting the offices of Laser Hair Removal in St Louis. Our knowledgeable staff, led by Dr. Wright, has years of experience in providing the most effective treatments in the area.