It started with a few extra hairs in the shower. Now you’re seeing them on your pillow in the morning. Asking your friends if they notice your scalp more. Is it all in your head? Chances are, you could be experiencing a form of hair loss.
40% of men will have noticeable hair loss by age 35. That number doubles for women coming up to age 60, at 80% experiencing noticeable hair loss. On average, a human head has 110,000 follicles, and can lose 100-200 hairs a day. In the US alone, 21 million women, and 35 million men are experiencing hair loss.
So what are the latest and greatest tools to help with hair loss? Many new studies are being published that show a correlation to nutrient deficiency and thinning follicles. 40 years ago iron deficiencies in women were thought to contribute to increased hair shedding and that has been proved many times since. L-Lysine, an essiential amino acid, also plays a strong role in preventing follicle loss. Double blind studies confirmed the intake of both those nutrients provided a significant hair loss reduction response in test subjects.
Mineral imbalance is also a cause of hair loss. Copper, Zinc, Silicon and Iron all work in a balance, and when one is increased with supplementation, one may be decreased in response. For example, Zinc should not be supplemented without Copper, or Copper will deplete in the body and the two minerals work together to promote a healthy environment for hair and skin. For this reason, it can be a great idea to get a hair mineral analysis done. Deficiency in Biotin and Vitamin A can aggregate hair loss. How about that more extreme type of hair loss, the kind that doesn’t respond or slow to any form of diet reformation? Well, there’s cutting edge treatments available for that. It is 2017, after all.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injection is one such treatment, and it has undergone several clinical trials with great results. Between the first and fourth injection, subjects on average increased from 71 hair follicle units to 93. This treatment is used not just for hairloss, but also for wound healing, sports injuries, and cosmetic procedures. PRP is prepared by collecting blood of the patient which is put into a Centrifuge machine, which spins at different speeds per collection process. The blood seperates into platelet poor plasma, red blood cells, and PRP. That PRP is then injected into the site of baldness, and within 1-4 treatments the patient can expect a minimum of 15% increase (average) of thickness.
Mesotherapy with stem cells is a treatment offered in India for hair loss, but there is very little clinical science backing up the claims made by non-professionals. Low level laser therapy used in a professional setting can improve hair thickness by increasing blood flow and stimulating the hair growth cycle by speeding up the anagen (growth) phase of the cycle, the active growth phase of hair follicles during which the root of the hair is dividing rapidly, adding to the hair shaft.
For male pattern baldness, (if you recall from my previous blog post on hair loss) a hormone called Dihdrotestosterone (DHT) is believed to be the cause of hair loss. Taking a supplement such as Saw Palmetto daily helps to prevent free Testosterone from converting to DHT, which in turn can help prevent male pattern baldness. So check out some of those treatments and nutrient advisement if you want to avoid the dreaded comb-over look.
Here’s to your health,
Your Sin 7 Vanity Manager, Chantelle