The emotional aspects evoked by hair loss are challenging for many. Whether you’re searching for causes or solutions, we’re here to break down the science behind hair fall and outline what you can do to take back control.
Cause + Effect
Daily hair loss is normal, and on average we shed about 100 hairs a day.
At any one time, about 90% of the hair on your scalp is growing. Each follicle has its own life cycle that can be influenced by age, disease, and a variety of other factors. This life cycle is divided into three phases:
- Anagen — active hair growth that lasts between two to six years
- Catagen — transitional hair growth that lasts two to three weeks
- Telogen — resting phase that lasts about two to three months; at the end of the resting phase the hair is shed, a new hair replaces it and the growing cycle starts again.
As we age, it is natural for our rate of hair growth to slow down.
Medical hair loss, known as alopecia, is different and refers to a substantial loss of hair, often in a concentrated area such as the crown of the head. Thinning hair is different again, affecting the whole head and leading to a reduction in the number of hairs all over the scalp.
But thankfully, if you notice more hair than normal ending up in your brush, there are many things you can do to promote hair growth and boost vitality.
Get To The Root
Genetics play an important role in hair loss. Women may inherit genes from either their paternal or maternal side which make them more susceptible to thinning.
Changes in hormone levels are another common factor attributed to hair loss. When women enter menopause, the levels of estrogen and progesterone drop, causing hair to grow more slowly and become much thinner.
Hair loss can also be induced by an underlying medical condition like under-active thyroid, anemia, hormonal disorders, poly-cystic ovaries and lupus.
Treat Tresses With Care
There is a perpetuated myth floating around that says regular hair washing is damaging, but the truth is that hair should be washed often to keep it clean and healthy!
Research suggests that using products that don’t contain sulfates can help prevent hair loss. Sulfates are chemical detergents found in many shampoo varieties which cleanse your hair and scalp by removing dirt, grime and oil. The most common sulfates you’ll spot in ingredient lists are sodium lauryl sulfate.
While sulfate-based shampoos do a thorough job of getting rid of oil and product buildup, they can also potentially dry out your hair, leading to a lack of moisture and creating a harsh environment for hair to grow, as the scalp becomes malnourished.
Keeping your scalp in good condition is a must, and common oils found in your kitchen such as olive or coconut are great for a DIY scalp massage if you’re feeling a little on the dry side.
Scientifically crafted Tricomin Clinical hair care products (shampoo, conditioner and follicle energy spray) are formulated with patented Triamino Copper Complex – a proprietary peptide blend of copper and amino acids, which has been proven to provide essential elements that invigorate the scalp, nourish follicles, boost hair health and revitalize its appearance.
Triamino Copper Complex technology supports the control of hair loss by:
- Providing precise delivery of copper to the dermal papilla at the base of hair follicles, where it supports the cells responsible for production of collagen and other fortifying proteins
- Optimizing the formation of extracellular matrix components important to follicle health
- Providing enrichment during the active phase
The result is more follicles in the growing phase, each producing thicker strands for a longer period of time.
A potent vitalizing and leave-in conditioning spray can also be used on wet or dry hair for a blast of essential amino acids, minerals and body-building agents at your convenience.
It’s not a secret that regular hair dye treatments can dehydrate hair to become brittle and fall out. Extensions also weaken hair and contribute towards what is called “traction alopecia”, where hair falls due to being weighed down.
If you do wear extensions, give your hair a break periodically so it has a chance to move and grow. When using heat tools such as hairdryers, straighteners and curling irons, be careful not to hold them too close to the scalp and always use a heat-resistant mist to minimize damage to your strands.
Are you feeling extra anxious or tense lately? Prolonged periods of stress can lead to changes in hormonal levels, which result in thinning. If you are worried that stress is behind your hair loss, identify your stressors and find techniques to help improve your coping ability.
Your hair is made up of keratin, which is a natural protein, so ensuring your diet is high in protein will help to keep your hair strong and healthy. Make a special effort to include eggs, fish and lean meat in your diet and over time you may see an improvement.