I’m asked this question pretty regularly. People really hope that that the tightness, tingling, and itching on their scalp means that their are experiencing massive regrowth, but many also know that they experienced this same thing when those same hairs were coming out or shedding. The truth is that any time when a large number of hair follicles are either shedding or growing, you can sometimes have these same symptoms. They are ways to tell which one is happening though, which I’ll discuss in the following article.
What Is The Time Frame In Which You’re Feeling The Tingling And Itching?: One way to help you determine if you’re starting to see some regrowth is to ask yourself where you might be in the hair cycle. Generally speaking, you’re going to start seeing new hair about 2 months (give or take) following the beginning of the shedding or hair fall. If you’re experiencing these symptoms very soon after this first occurred, then it’s less likely that this is because of regrowing, since the time frame is occurring too soon.
Some Ways To Tell If What You’re Experiencing Is Regrowth (Or Just More Shedding On The Way:) You probably already know that “burning scalp syndrome” is the name given to scalp issues that often correspond with dramatic hair loss. Many people worry that what they hope is a symptom of regrowth is really just this burning scalp condition continuing on or getting worse. (And, it is possible to have the syndrome at the same time that your hair is regrowing.) But, there are ways to tell which and which. And, you can often do this by just taking a close look at your hair and scalp.
Start by standing in front of a mirror and pulling back your hair line. You should see a fairly generous amount of little baby hairs coming in. They might begin fine and light in color, but they should quickly start to thicken up and darken if everything else going on is normal.
Another thing to try is to slick your hair straight back. Shine a bright light on your head and see if you can pinpoint any short hairs sticking up between the slicked back strands. (It can help to hold up a piece of paper behind you so that you can more easily see.) Better yet, spray your hair (on the top) with dry shampoo. If you are liberal enough when you spray, your hair will turn white. This will make it much easier to see those short regrowth hairs.
Finally, you can lean your head to one side and then comb your hair all to opposite side. Now, look by your ear area and see if there are short hairs sticking out and going against the grain. All of these methods should help you to pinpoint a new supply of baby strands.
What To Look For In Healthy New Hair That Is Growing Without Problems: As I said, the new strands might be lighter in color or look kind of skimpy at first. But once the hair is long enough that you can easily see it, then it should begin to darken up and be more normal in width. If you are unsure about this, you can compare one of the new hairs against one of your longer hairs. This will tell you if the diameter is similar.
The reason that this is a concern is that you do not want to see miniaturized regrowth. If you do, this is one indication that you may have some androgens that have affected your follicles and your ability to support healthy hair and a normal scalp. Generally, the sooner that this is addressed, the better your results are going to be. Generally speaking, hair that is only slightly miniaturized responds better to treatment that hair that has been greatly affected over a longer period of time.