Amazing that there is still so much not fully understood about that "simple" hair and follicle! The complexity of life is stunning.
I remember saying that the papilla is a "moving target" and that's probably one of the more important things I've ever said ... whether it goes "upward" to meet up with the matrix and then "goes down," only confirms the movement of the papilla. Then again, some biologists postulate that the anagen follicle "finds" a new papilla.
There is interplay between these many structures for sure ... With your successful technique, Jossie, you are killing off all of the structures and it does not matter where they are in the grwoth cycle! And, that's the only truth that matters!
Yes, I agree, this is the only thing that matters, especially for the customer.
However, I'm looking for answers, and when someone says stem cells located in the bulge are more heat-resistant than progenitor cells, I need some scientific explanation to support this statement (even if who says such a thing is an authority as the Dr. Douillon).
Like you, Michael, I question everything, including my own conclusions, for that reason, a claim with no other purpose than to keep alive an old hypothesis in order to satisfy the ego of a large part of the group (the "only anagen" school) and which contradicts the results of the other half of the group (including you and me), represents nothing at all for me.