Hair growth facts

Hair Growth Cycle


Hair growth is classified in three stages: the anagen, catagen and telogen phases.

During the anagen phase the papilla cells connect with the base of the hair follicle and cause hair growth. On average at any one time approximately 20% of the body’s hair follicles are in the anagen phase. During this phase when the growing hair is removed by waxing or tweezing the papilla cells are exposed. Through the empty hair follicle the Depilar System can reach these cells and inhibit hair growth. The catagen phase is when the papilla cells retract from the follicle and the hair ceases to grow further. The telogen phase is when the body expels the dead hair. During the catagen and telogen phases, the Depilar System is ineffective on those specific hair follicles as the papilla cells are unexposed and unreachable.


Often clients who are unaccustomed to waxing may have a temporary increase in hair growth following the first two or three sessions as the body is reacting to the waxing by resetting the anagen phase of dormant papilla cells. The waxing has synchronized more hair follicles to enter the anagen phase at the same time resulting in the appearance of more hair growth. However this is only temporary and in fact allows for increased Depilar System efficacy during the subsequent applications and more visible results as more follicles in the anagen phase means more hair is targeted and affected during subsequent applications.


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