It is possible that a majority of us haven’t heard about the term “club hair” and so, we hardly know what it means. At this point, let’s learn more about club hair and whether you have them or not.

Club Hair: What This Term Mean!

Every individual has what we call club hair and this type of hair is part of the normal hair growth cycle. It is known that the human hair growth cycle is comprised of three stages, which are; anagen ‘the growth phase’, catagen ‘the transition phase’, and telogen ‘the resting phase’.

The telogen phase is also known as the dormant phase in which some of your hair stops growing, but doesn’t fall off immediately. Instead, the hair follicles will attach themselves to the hair shafts to form what we call club hairs.

Therefore, club hairs are also termed as an end product of the last phase of the hair growth cycle. These hairs have a bulb of keratin ‘protein’ at the root of the hair strands. This bulb will maintain or keep the hair follicle until it eventually falls off. Once that happens, the hair growth cycle will begin again.

As the new hair grows, the strands will push out the club hairs slowly by slowly until all of them are replaced. This phase ‘telogen’ can last for about 4 months and during this period, it’s uncommon to lose 100 hair strands in a day.

How Club Hair Develops & How To Identify It

Club hairs develop in between the catagen phase and the resting phase. They develop when blood supply is cut off and it generally takes two weeks for club hairs to develop.

You can identify these club hairs by conducting an examination. You can simply take a look at the end root of your shed hair. At the root, you will notice a bulb and in some cases, the root of the club hair tends to be lighter.  

Are Club Hairs Treatable?

Club hairs develop generally because of the hair growth cycle that your hair follows. Cases where these club hairs are triggered by an underlying factor, a hair specialist may diagnose the case and then identify the suitable treatment.

In most cases, your treatment won’t require a hair transplant, but rather, will focus on treating what causes the club hairs to develop. In this case, the hair specialist may provide treatments for;

  • Anemia
  • Infection
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism

The doctor will also provide effective measures through which you can improve your diet and eliminate the effects of stress that could be the reason for your club hairs.

When Is A Hair Transplant Recommendable?

Commonly, a hair transplant is advisable in case your hair loss is triggered by the DHT hormone. In this case, your hair loss is known as male pattern baldness.

The DHT hormone commonly affects the frontal and crown hairs and via a hair transplant in India, a hair transplant surgeon will collect fine hairs from the back of the scalp and then implant them in the bald region.

Before a hair transplant, a patient must discuss his surgical options with the surgeon. Generally, you have either FUE or FUT technique to restore your hair. With the FUE hair transplant, the hair follicles are extracted individually using a micro-punch whereas, with the FUT, a strip of hairs is cut from the back of your scalp.

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