The average adult human has between 90,000 and 150,000 hair follicles on their scalp. Those with blonde hair have an average of 150,000 hair follicles and those with red hair have an average of 90,000 hair follicles while those with brown or black hair have around 100,000 to 110,000 hair follicles.
The Hair Growth Cycle
Hair grows about a half inch per month or 6 inches per year. Rather than growing continuously, hair grows in three stages over a three-to-five years cycle.
1. Anagen (Growing) Stage
During the anagen stage, the cells at the hair root are dividing rapidly to form a new hair. This new hair grows about a half inch per month and will grow continuously for 3 to 5 years.
2. Catagen (Transitional/Intermediate) Stage
At the end of the growing stage, hair stops growing. During this two weeks period, the deeper part of hair follicle called papilla, starts to collapse.
3. Telogen (Resting/Shedding) Stage
During the shedding stage, the hair follicle rests completely for about 100 days. Up to 100 Telogen hairs are shed everyday.
Hair Loss Mechanism
At any given time, around 90% of hairs on the scalp are at anagen stage and around 10% are at catagen and telogen stage. It is normal to shed up to 100 hairs per day as it will grow back in time. However, in some people, Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a powerful sex hormone and facial/body hair growth promoter, adversely affects the hair growth cycle by shortening the anagen (growing) stage and lengthening the telogen (resting/shedding) stage. Over the years, this causes thinning hair and potentially, baldness.
Due to a higher dehydrotestosterone level in their body, men are more likely to suffer from hair loss than women. Nevertheless, DHT can cause thinning hair in both men (Male Pattern Baldness) and women (Female Pattern Baldness).
How to Stop Hair Loss
It is difficult to stop hair loss completely. Scientifically, there are two effective ways to slow down the hair loss and promote hair growth:
1. Reduce The Effect of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on Hair Follicles
Finasteride and Alfatradiol are prescribed drugs that can be used to reduce DHT level in the body. Due to high risk of unwanted side effects, it is highly recommended to see a medical expert before taking any of these drugs.
Alternatively, caffeine can be used to reduce the effect of Dehydrotestosterone on the scalp. A study published in the International Journal of Trichology suggested that topical application of caffeine helps prevent DHT to shrink the hair follicles.
2. Stimulate Hair Growth
To support healthy hair growth, it is important to make sure that hair follicles get enough nutrients. Minoxidil, Niacinamide, Menthol, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Thyme and Ylang Ylang essential oils have been proven to be capable of stimulating hair growth.
It is crucial to treat hair loss as early as possible. When the hair loss has reached an advanced stage, it is not possible to fully restore the hair density.
Treatment for Thinning Hair and Hair Loss
For those who opted for prescribed hair loss medication, were often asked to take finasteride orally and use topical Minoxidil solution on daily basis. However, growing number of people have experienced the adverse effects associated with these drugs, and are looking for an alternative treatment.
Henry Tianus Haircare for Thinning Hair and Hair Loss consists of two products that have been specially formulated to reduce the signs of hair loss and thinning hair.
1. Scalp Stimulator
This pre-shampoo hair loss treatment product has been formulated with Caffeine, Allantoin, Menthol, Polysorbate 80, Salicylic Acid, Rosemary, Lemon and Neem leaf extract to rejuvenate hair follicles and boost hair growth.
It is suitable for daily use for both men and women. Gently massage Scalp Stimulator to the affected area of the scalp. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes then shampoo it off or rinse thoroughly with water.
2. Hair Growth Serum
A scalp revitalising serum that has been formulated with Caffeine, Niacinamide, Menthol, Rosemary, Thyme, Cedarwood and Ylang Ylang essential oils to energise and rejuvenate hair follicles.
Gently massage Hair Growth Serum into the scalp every morning and evening, then style your hair as usual. With regular daily use, it helps strengthen hair roots and stimulate hair growth.
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