If you or a loved one are experiencing hair loss, this page will will be of great help to you. Know this, you are not alone. There are many, many cases of hair loss involving men, women and children.
More than half of the men and women in the United States experience thinning hair with about 30% of these by age 30. An estimated 30 million women in the United States suffer from thinning hair. This condition affects 50 percent of women over the age of 50. This can be traumatic for anyone because losing hair can affect self-esteem, confidence and relationships.
Although there are no definitive answers as to what causes a person to lose their hair, there are a number of general factors to consider.
1) Stress can release excessive hormones that may interrupt hair growth. Thyroid malfunction can also do this. Genetics (heredity) play a big roll as well.
2) Shampoos and other hair products containing the chemicals PHTHALATES, DEA, MEA, TEA, SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE and FRAGRANCES can cause a red, drying rash on your scalp, around the eyes and along the neck, with flaking, peeling, itching and eventual loss of hair. (The federal government doesn't limit their use NOR are they required to be listed on the bottle!!)
3) Diet, allergies, lack of sleep and taking medications can have a powerful effect on the daily functioning of the scalp.
4) Internal virus, bacteria, or general illness can upset scalp balance.
5) Scalp cells that become packed and clogged eventually kill the hair follicle.
On the technical end: The human hair follicle is a tiny biological system for the production of hair. Inactive hair follicles are not dead hair follicles; they're just dormant. Sometimes a hair follicle becomes reduced in size to the point of inactivity, and over time, that reduced hair follicle will die and once your hair follicles become hardened they stop producing hair. It is believed that too much androgen, a testosterone-like hormone, and a build up of collagen are responsible for this effect.
Three Main Reasons For Loss of Hair:
1) Too much androgen, a testosterone-like hormone, in its natural form responsible for dense male body growth, and in its synthetic form, used in birth control pills, can often be responsible for balding in women. Androgen accumulation can cause a hair follicle to die.
2) Bad circulation - A lack of blood flow can shrink and kill the hair follicle because it is not getting a sufficient supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients. Scalp massages twice a day and lowering the head below the heart can help bring more blood to the scalp.
3) Infectious Condition - Folliculitis, can lead to inflammation of the hair follicle so severe it permanently destroys the hair follicle, resulting in bald patches.
Scalp Disorders Include:
Traction alopecia is the most common type of hair loss. It can result from the overuse of heated styling tools (blow-dryer, flatiron), chemical treatments (hair dyes, perms), or ponytails, extensions or braids that are too tight and can be reversed if caught early but it could also lead to permanent loss of hair due to damaged hair follicles.
Alopecia areata is the result of stress which leads to bald spots.
Telogen effluvium, which is a diffuse loss of hair all over can be caused by pregnancy, diet, thyroid disorders or anemia. Birth-control pills, surgery or testosterone supplements can also contribute to hair loss.
Seborrheic dermatitis is an exaggerated form of dandruff caused by yeast (malassezia). It can result in inflammation of the hair follicles. After a while, a red, itchy, dry rash develops on the scalp and can also develop on the face as well around the eyebrow area, nose and ears.
Psoriasis occurs on the scalp and body and is caused by the immune system causing a proliferation of skin cells. Basically, the cells don't shed and build up.
Cicatricial or scarring alopecia is an intense inflammation and permanent destruction of hair follicles.
The Hair Follicle
The hair follicle has a limited effective lifetime: each follicle completes 10 to 20 cycles in its lifetime. In other words, each follicle produces 10 to 20 hairs in its lifetime. Completion of each scalp hair cycle can take from 2 to 8 years. There are about 1 million hair follicles on the head and 100,000 to 150,000 on the scalp.
There are three phases of growth. In the active hair growing anagen phase, the follicle continues to produce fibre for three to six years. Then, the hair enters a rest phase called catagen for up to three weeks after which the hair falls out in the telogen phase. Normally, at any point in time 90% of your hair is in anagen and the other 10% are in telogen. It's a matter of genes, sex, age and, overall health that determines how much you have and, how long it can get.
Of the three main reasons for hair loss, it is mainly the alterations in the metabolism of androgen in the body that brings about hair loss. Androgen is the male hormone that plays a very important role in both hair loss and hair growth. On a deeper level, this metabolism of androgen gets involved with an enzyme, the 5 alpha reductase which tends to combine with the male hormone, testosterone to give DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). This DHT is the natural metabolite of the human body that is the main reason for hair loss.
You see, the most important structure of a hair follicle is the dermal papilla, which is responsible for hair growth. It is responsible for deriving nutrients for hair follicle growth. It is very important for a person to have proper nutrition to maintain hair.
When DHT reaches the hair follicles and dermal papilla, it tends to prevent proteins, vitamins and minerals from providing the needed nourishment to sustain life in the hair of these follicles. With this, the hair follicles tend to reproduce at a slower rate and this in turn either shortens the growing phase of the hair follicles or lengthens its resting stage.
DHT is also responsible for shrinking hair follicle with which the hair follicle gets smaller and finer with which the hair ultimately falls off. This is how DHT is responsible for about 95% of hair loss.
In addition to all this, DHT tends to create a wax like substance around the hair roots and it is this accumulation of DHT in the hair follicles and roots that gives rise to male and female pattern hair loss. Using DHT blockers and drugs can be dangerous and disruptive to the body.
The goal is to revive tired hair follicles and prevent the remaining active hair follicles you have from becoming dormant due to the hardening of the follicles.
Many customers ask over and over again, "What natural things can I do for my hair loss?"
Here a 2 step hair plan that has literally helped 1000's:
Step 1) First, apply a highly therapeutic scalp cream at night before bedtime by rubbing it into the parts of the scalp affected allowing it to absorb overnight.
It should be plant based and contains urea . This type of special cream can then penetrate the 7 layers of the thicker scalp skin and unpack sticky, dead cells that are suffocating your hair follicle that results in loss of hair.
Step 2) Then following this with the right shampoo is critically important. Stay away from highly commercialized and highly advertised products with chemical filled ingredients.
I believe in using only naturally made products made with herbal ingredients. I have seen time and time again that using an effective shampoo is critically important.
Three highly effective ingredients in an herbal shampoo should include tea tree oil, shea butter and urea. These three ingredients provide a powerful formula to strengthening the scalp and preventing hair loss.
Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree Oil has been used for many, many years by people around the world for its' extraordinary medicinal qualities. It has a very helpful restorative effect on skin infections and scalp disorders of every kind.
Shea Butter: This thick, rich butter has a soothing, moisturizing and protecting effect. Shea butter also helps cell regeneration and capillary circulation.
Urea: Has been medically proven in various clinical studies to have superior anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that helps promote fast healing of dry, cracked, split skin, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, acne as well as dry, itchy, flaky scalp as well as adding much needed moisture. A natural shampoo doesn't disturb the natural PH of the hair & scalp like most commercial shampoos do. It should be so gentle and mild that it can even be used on babies and small children and be safe for the whole family.
Continue with this 2 step program with consistency. When your hair loss is resolved, you can simply continue with just the shampoo to KEEP your scalp healthy and PH balanced.
Remember, plan to be consistent for your good results! If you have a "hit or miss" attitude your results may be delayed or hindered all together.
Below you will find a link to the natural products I recommend that, in my professional opinion, work BEST for hair loss.
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At this point, I must warn you about Rogaine!
First, let me explain that Rogaine (generic name minoxidil) is a medicated (drug) solution used to treat baldness or hair loss. It's not clear how Rogaine works. One theory is that it opens up the blood vessels and stimulates the hair follicles with increased blood flow. It may work better on the top and back of the scalp than it does on the front or sides. To maintain new hair growth, you MUST continue to use Rogaine EVERY DAY for the rest of your life. If you stop treatment, your hair will return to its pre-treatment growth pattern. Many of our customers have spoken of the following dangerous side effects that I feel you should be aware of:
1) an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives)
2) chest pain
3) irregular or very fast heartbeats
4) dizziness or lightheadedness; or fainting
You should know that drugs force the body to respond in a certain way but there is most always a "rebound effect" when you stop using it and many times, even during usage. Our company firmly believes in assisting the body's processes through only natural means. Below is a testimonial I just received from a woman in the UK and I'm sure it will encourage our viewers and help direct you.
I am sending this email to tell you that I have been using DOUBLE STRENGTH THERACREAM on my husband's scalp, he has dry red patches where he is bald on the front and top of his scalp. He also uses my HERBAL SHAMPOO TREATMENT every day. I have been massaging the cream in nearly every night to see if it could help with the dry red patches; not only has it helped but most amazingly he is growing hair on top!! All he had left on top was a tuft of hair in the front and quite thick hair around the sides and back. We are absolutely thrilled with it! It was so unexpected. He keeps going to the mirror to check it out. I think he's scared it is all in his imagination but I can assure you and him it is not. We'll keep on applying it to fill in his scalp!
Just thought you may like to hear this testimonial. Thank you heaps and I look forward to filling you in on his progress.
Kind regardsHelen B.
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Letter to Nanette:I came to you with a completely shaven head because I was loosing my hair so fast I wanted to hide it. Shaving it all off seemed to be the only thing I could do. After taking your advise and following the 2 part program you recommended, my hair is starting to grow back. I have since let all of my hair grow in and I'm very grateful for your help. B.B.,Huntley, IL
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