Hair is the fastest growing tissue of the body, It even grow after ones death, it is made up of proteins called keratins. Hair is made up of strands, Every strand of hair is made up of three layers, the inner layer or medulla only present in thick hairs, the middle layer or cortex, which determines the texture, color and strength of hair, and the cuticle, which acts as the protector of the cortex.
Hair are enclosed in follicles which grow from the root of the hair. Below this is a layer of skin called the dermal papilla, which is fed by the bloodstream carrying nourishment’s vital to the growth of hair. Only the actual root itself is alive while the viable part of the hair is dead tissue and it is unable to heal, it’s just like your finger nails.
It would make sense then to take care of the body and the root or scalp of the hair,to obtain a healthy and beautiful head of hair. Costly treatments that specialize in healing and nourishing the hair are all bogus claims made to take money out of your pocket, they know that they are probably dealing with an inexperienced consumer who listen and take action based solely on advertised claims.
Hormones called androgens, usually testosterone, can cause hair follicles to shrink, causing thinning of hair or eventual hair loss. This is why large steroid users will lose there hair in many cases, Reportedly only bone marrow grows faster in our body than hair does. The average scalp contains 100,000-150,000 hair follicles and hairs, with 90% growing and 10% resting at any given time.
Hair actually grows in three stages:
The anagen phase is the stage where hair is actively growing, of course this phase is longer for follicles in the scalp than anywhere else on your body and lasts longer for women than men.
It is natural of course for follicles to atrophy die or fall out, this is called the catagen phase.
This phase is only temporary, and eventually the follicle enters the telogen phase where it is resting.
These are the 10% at rest as mentioned above.
Normal anagen phases last approximately four to five years, with catagen phases lasting about three weeks,
and telogen phases lasting comparatively 12 weeks. As you see it is natural to lose some hair, it’s the natural order of things. Natural hair loss is considered to be in the range of 100 hairs per day. It is not apparent to most people that hair is actually being lost until copious amounts of hair have dissipated, somewhere in the range of 50% of a person’s hair is actually lost.
Although both men and women can suffer significant hair loss, over 50% of men will suffer with Male Pattern Baldness (MPB), also known as androgenetic alopecia, at some point in their lives. The reason behind hair loss is a genetically inherited sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and 5-alpha-reductase. The enzyme 5-alpha-reductase converts testosterone, a male hormone, to DHT, the substance identified as the end-cause for hair loss.
Despite any genetically inherited receptiveness, it is possible to curtail the amount of hair loss that up to 50% of people will experience, this is done through use of supplements and hair cleansers that eliminate excessive DHT. Also, taking vitamins and minerals that strengthen hair will slow down the inherited tendency for hair loss. Finally, watch for stressful situations that last for months and take counter measures by increasing you hair supplements.
This article was simply written with you in mind, we covered Hair cycles, hair phases, and the causes for hair loss, However I have done my best to keep this article as short as possible ,it is up to you the reader to now take action before the other 50% of your hair start to fall out and laden you the uncomfortable and undeniable feelings that most people will feel as they lose there hair.