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Hair loss: how to fight it for thick and healthy hair
Hair is a fundamental part of our appearance. Especially women pay special attention and care to their hair. But how is it made and how does it work?
The structure of the hair is quite simple and is the same for every hair of our body. Each hair is located within a hair follicle. In the deepest part of the dermis is the hair bulb, connected to the blood vessels and containing the living cells.
The sebaceous gland, responsible for oily rather than dry hair, is also part of the hair structure.
The hair is mainly made up of keratin, a highly resistant fibrous protein. Other elements are water, lipids, trace elements, pigments, and melanin, a protein that gives our hair its natural color.
Hair loss: the causes.
The common causes of hair loss are several and can depend on various factors such as:
- sex: the incidence of hair loss is higher in men than in women;
- change of season: especially in autumn and spring there is a real change;
- the use of drugs and some diseases can weaken hair health;
- stress: it slows the growth of new hair, so when the old ones fall out, there may be fewer new ones;
- genetics: heredity can be one of the factors to be taken into consideration since some individuals are genetically predisposed to hair loss;
- hormonal imbalances: in women, decreases in estrogen and other hormonal imbalances can lead to hair loss;
- deficiency of some minerals, such as Zinc, responsible for the formation of keratin, and Iron, which contributes to the well-being of the hair and a regulating function on the sebum.
Finally, remember that hair, skin, and nails share many constituent elements such as keratin, collagen, cysteine, and minerals, so much so that brittle hair is often associated with fragile nails.
Hair loss: natural remedies.
Hair has a life cycle that includes three phases:
- a growth phase called anagen;
- a regression phase called catagen;
- a rest period called telogen phase;
This regrowth cycle lasts about 5/7 years and, as a rule, approximately 100 hairs per day are lost.
Hair loss is a completely natural phenomenon that coincides with the end of the life cycle. Our mothers and grandmothers attributed this phenomenon to the “chestnut period”, ie autumn, a season notoriously associated with hair loss.
The thing to keep in mind is that it is not so important how many hairs fall out, but how many grow back: in a normal situation, for every hair that falls out and therefore ends its life cycle, there is one that is born. As long as this cycle is in balance, we will not run the risk of finding ourselves in front of the mirror panicking due to the progressive thinning of our precious hair.
Even in the absence of particular pathologies, however, we could find ourselves in a position to see our hair worsen over the days. Our hair could, in fact, lose shine and strength, lose the natural vivid color, could thin, break easily until it falls out, and not be replaced. These situations are generally caused by heavy periods of stress, an unbalanced diet, or hormonal imbalances.
In all these possible scenarios, nature and a healthy lifestyle can help us find a solution. First of all, you need to guarantee all the necessary nutrients through a varied and balanced diet.
Let us remember that the main constituent of hair is keratin, a protein made up of several amino acids including cysteine, glycine, proline, arginine, and methionine. The foods richest in these amino acids are certainly meat, fish, and eggs, foods that, therefore, should not be missing in our diet. No less important are minerals such as:
- Zinc, abundant in meat, some cereals, and legumes, very useful for the synthesis of keratin and for cell regeneration in general;
- Copper, contained in some cereals and in olive oil, which stimulates the production of melanin, the natural pigment of skin and hair and promotes keratinization processes, and also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin;
- Iron, a mineral present in meat, fish, eggs but also in vegetable foods such as legumes, dried fruit, and cocoa. It is an essential element not only because it is part of the complex structure of the hair, but also because it promotes the proliferation of the hair follicle, and therefore promotes growth, and accelerates the keratinization processes.
Let’s not forget about vitamins, in particular:
- Vitamin E, abundant in oils, nuts, and eggs, normalizes the secretion of sebum from the scalp and regulates its pH; it also counteracts the dryness of the hair, giving brightness to the hair.
- Vitamin C, abundant in fresh fruit and vegetables, is a precious element because it promotes the absorption of iron and ensures adequate blood supply to the hair follicle, keeping it vital and healthy.
Therefore, it is very important to take care of our hair from the inside through a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, meat, fish, and eggs but low in simple sugars and fats that could alter the sebum production of the scalp.
But it is equally important to learn to take care of our hair also from the outside, not neglecting to choose a shampoo suitable for our hair type, remembering, especially if we tend to have dry and frizzy hair, to always apply a moisturizing conditioner that will help us to untangle and comb them more easily.
Finally, we should always pay close attention to the temperature of hair straighteners and hairdryers, which if very high would risk burning and irreversibly altering the structure of our hair.
Hair loss treatment: new Re-Collagen® Advanced Hair Formula.
Problems related to the weakening of hair and nails are common to both sexes, but the treatment requires active ingredients dedicated to women rather than men. For this reason, PromoPharma® has created Re-Collagen® Advanced Hair Formula for Women and Men, two distinct hair and nail supplements that act on the contributing causes at different levels.
Compared to other hair loss supplements on the market, Re-Collagen® Advanced Hair Formula is the only food supplement with a strategy, which unfolds in 4 phases:
- Stimulating the new formation of collagen and keratin: Re-Collagen® Advanced Hair Formula provides the body with the amino acids and other active ingredients necessary to form these important structural proteins of hair and nails, to prevent their fall and fragility.
- Combating hair loss: the most common hormonal type of permanent baldness is androgenetic alopecia, directly related to the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), to which the hair follicles are particularly sensitive, and which determines a shortening of the anagen phase of the cycle of hair growth, with consequent loss.
- Improving skin microcirculation: improving microcirculation in the scalp has the beneficial effect of increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients available to the bulbs, making the hair stronger and more vital.
- Slow down the cellular aging of the hair: some therapies and medicines, pollution, and stress generate a greater release of free radicals in the body which are reflected in the health of the skin appendages.
All these actions are possible thanks to the mix of ingredients present in the two hair supplements, specifically:
- ATV COMPLEX®, amino acid complex based on Glycine, Proline, Hydroxyproline, Methionine, Cystine, Taurine, Arginine
- Vitamin C;
- Vitamin E;
- Vitamins of group B;
- Vitamin A;
Re-Collagen® Advanced Hair Formula Woman is also enriched with Millet, essential for strengthening, regenerating, and growing nails and hair faster, and Red Clover, capable of neutralizing DHT. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a derivative of testosterone with a particularly damaging action on the follicles: it seems to trigger follicular miniaturization that leads to bulb atrophy, definitively ending the hair growth cycle.
Re-Collagen® Advanced Hair Formula Man is, on the other hand, enriched with Serenoa and Nettle, capable of inhibiting DHT.