Genetics definitely play a part in hair growth but how much? The regulation of human hair growth has been said to be one of the most mysterious of biologic events. Genetic factors are responsible for the density, length, color and texture of hair. You can’t look at your mom’s hair and say, “My hair will never be any longer than that”. Your genetics stem from your mom and father which were influenced by their parents and so on.  Who’s to say what you will get. When you a have a present, you don’t know what’s in the box until you go through the process of  unwrapping it. It’s the same when it comes to your hair. You won’t know how long you can grow it until you actually take care of it consistently and properly combat any issues that may arise.

Heredity

Genetics play a vital role in determining normal hair growth, as well as abnormal hair growth. Abnormal hair growth may be inherited, or could stem from hormonal imbalances, malnutrition, medication or from cysts and tumors formed in the ovaries. Some conditions that are found to be hereditary include hirsutism and polycystic ovary syndrome.

Hair Follicle

Hair follicles are tiny-organs found on the skin which were created during fetal development, and are specifically designed to create hair. Within the hair follicle, there are three phases that hair is constantly going through; anagen, catagen and telogen. This cycle will continue throughout a person’s life, but certain factors could destroy the hair follicle, and inhibit the production of hair.

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Chemical relaxers, weaves and other unhealthy hair practices can permanently damage the follicle and prevent hair growth. Other factors may include adverse reactions to drugs and cosmetics, or as a result of scarring, tumors, radiation, the genetics of the individual, hormones and/or their immune system.

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Hormones, genetics and medical conditions can all affect hair growth. Knowing your family history of medical conditions could keep things in perspective, and help you realize that you also could be affected. If the hair growth has become excessive, seek medical advice. It is best to get treatment for medical conditions that may be affecting your life. No one wants to have bald spots. 1.) it’s not cute and 2) it’s a blow to one’s self-esteem and confidence as a woman. There is medication that can treat hair loss.

Even if your hair stops growing at a certain length it doesn’t necessarily mean you have reached your terminal length. You must make sure you aren’t slacking on caring for your hair and eliminate any unhealthy hair practices. If you have constant shedding and bald spots  you may have a medical condition that needs to be treated. Seek at dermatologist if you are concerned this may be the case. The average person doesn’t experience this.

Even though it is easy to get distracted, concentrate on properly caring for your hair. Healthy hair is the ultimate goal. Do you worry about how your genetics will effect your hair’s growth?

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