Normally, our hairs grow for 2-3 years before entering their resting phase which lasts for about 4 months. So under normal conditions, the resting phase is when the old hair follicle has fallen out and a new hair is rebuilt using a stem cell from a reservoir beneath the hair. With us hair loss sufferers however, the hair follicles are never able to rebuild due to the inflammation caused by the DHT. So two question: Are the stem cells being released and destroyed or are they in a sort of stasis? Second, if the stem cells still exist how long will it take to regrow hair from them?
Of course, I want to believe that they are being held in stasis but that most likely isn't the case. I didn't go bald overnight, it was a slow process of hairs getting thinner and thinner and the going away altogether. So the stem cells were being used during that time but at some point they may have simply gone dormant. I am not sure of the real answer and am still researching. If someone knows please tell me.
Now, I've been trying to figure out a semi-accurate time frame for hair to regrow. Looking at astressin-b, it took about a month for the mice to regrow their hair. Mice have shorter hair cycles than us humans. Their resting phase is approximately 2 weeks where ours is about 4 months. So if hair growth between mouse and human is a linear function, the estimated time to regrow hair would be 8 months. If it isn't linear then it could be anywhere from 8 months to 3 years. I am hoping for 8 months.
I am still quite confident in my solution and really feel like I have been gaining my hair back. I will post more pictures soon!