Ageing and hair cycles

Br J Dermatol. 1995 Jan;132(1):86-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.1995.tb08630.x.


The phototrichogram is a non-invasive technique by which, on the same precise area of the scalp, each individual hair may be identified, and its current growth phase established. This technique was used to study the duration of hair cycles in 10 male subjects, balding and non-balding, by observations at monthly intervals over a period of 8-14 years. The accumulated data served to characterize the effects of ageing in these subjects: a reduction in the duration of hair growth and in the diameter of hair shafts, most evident in the thickest hairs, and a prolongation of the interval separating the loss of a hair in telogen and the emergence of a replacement hair in anagen. These various aspects of ageing of scalp hair contribute to its progressive overall impoverishment. They resemble those observed in the course of male-pattern balding, although their development is less marked.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aging / physiology*
  • Alopecia / pathology
  • Hair / anatomy & histology
  • Hair / growth & development*
  • Hair / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Photography