Before starting on Rogaine treatment for my aging eyebrows I wanted to understand how it works. For that I needed to understnd how healthy hair grows and what is causing my brows to thin out. Hair grows in four stages:
- The growth phase— aka the anagen phase is a period of healthy growth can last for 2-6 years. If you pull out a growing hair by the root, it can take years for it to grow out.
- . The transition phase — aka the catagen phase lasts for 10 days to three weeks. At this point the hair is still alive but no longer growing.
- The resting phase — aka the telegen phase lasts 2-3 months and well, rests.
- The natural end— aka the exogen phase where the hair falls out naturally and the new hair starts growing out.
Interupting the Hair Growth Process
If the hair falls out at any point except the exogen phase, there is a significant delay in replacing this hair. If you pluck out a hair in the growth phase, it can take 2-3 years for a new hair to pop up again. On your head a dozen hairs will hardly make a difference. On an eyebrow, an untimely plucking of a dozen hairs can lead to years of thin, short brows. Rather than using a tweezer to shape the brows, brush up the brows and cut off long unruly hairs. This will leave the bulk of the hair to shape the brow. Reserve the tweezer for the fine hairs way below the brow line. Keep in mind that waxing pulls out many hairs in every stage of growth. Over time agressive waxing and plucking can permenently shut down follicles. 🙁
As time passes hormones decline and our hair follicles start producing thinner and finer hairs– and the body may stop producing hairs entirely. Rogaine expands the blood vessels and allows more oxygen and nutrients into the follicles which encourages renewed activity. Sounds good. It is not believed to affect hormone levels, but approaches hair loss from a different direction.
Adding Rogaine to My Beauty Routinue
Rogaine is applied twice a day to the brows. After washing my face, I use a cotton swab to apply a dab of Rogaine foam on the areas where the brows are thin. This means right under the existing brow area and along the entire “tail” that is barely hanging in there. During this time I vow not wax or shape my brows. I will pluckout stray hairs below the brow, but nothing on the brow proper.