As an electrolysis patient, it is important to understand hair growth cycles. Hairs grow and rest in cycles, so the hair you can see at any given time is not all the hair that you have in total.
- Anagen: Growing stage of the hair
- Catagen: Detachment from the papilla
- Telogen: When the hair is at the end of its cycle.
When a hair has completed its growth cycle the follicle releases the hair and goes into a dormant stage. The dormant stage allows the hair follicle to rejuvenate in preparation for growing another hair. This stage can last from six weeks to two months before the hair is again visible.
The best time to treat a hair with electrolysis is during the active growth cycle, Anagen, because when the hair first starts to grow it is at its weakest, with a thin shaft and a shallow root. This is why it is so important to stay on a regular treatment schedule in order to achieve the best results in the shortest time frame.